Archive for January, 2008

The Pregnant Park Girls

January 29, 2008

Yes – I’m still here and still pregnant. 3 weeks ago I was praying to God to keep my baby in me so he could grow more. Now I’m praying to God to let him come out. I’m SO READY! I’m getting to the uncomfortable stage where it is hard to sleep, my back hurts and my bad foot is swelling. I wasn’t like this with Owen so it’s a whole new world which I’m ready to say goodbye too.

Jenny came to visit this weekend so we had the opportunity to take another sister belly picture. We’re 10 weeks apart with little boys. Jenny is such a cute pregnant person… look at that little belly!!! Me – I’m getting bigger everyday which is another reason I want Ben to come any moment now. I’m running out of clothes that fit well!!

Let the waiting game begin!

January 23, 2008

My last dose of medicine was today at 12:45. So… this means Ben could come any time now if he wants. I’m hoping he either comes before Feb. 1st and if he doesn’t, I’m hoping he holds out until the 15th (when they want to schedule an induction). BUT… knowing my luck he’ll come Feb 7th – Owen’s birthday. That has been my biggest fear this entire pregnancy. I’d like at least a week cushion around the 7th. Guess only time will tell!

OH – and we have the nursery 95% complete. I just need the crib skirt (which is on back order) and to put on a few last finishing touches. I’ll try and post pictures sometime this week.

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

January 18, 2008

Our Maxie girl is 4 today! WOW how time flies. It seems like just yesterday we brought the little furball home. Those first weeks were trying, but we could not imagine life without her. We love her just as much as our real kids! =) She is the rock in the center of this family. I’m serious. Whenever we are having a bad day, just cuddling with her and rubbing that soft head makes it all better. She’s also great with Owen. He’s one lucky little boy to have such a wonderful dog.

Max had a great birthday… she got a visit from her favorite person in the world… Grandpa Park… got a new bone… and had ribs for dinner! YUM!!

So in honor of Maxie’s birthday… here are some of our favorite pictures of her over the past four years!

The day she came home to join the Thomas family!

I went to the doctor’s yesterday for a post hospital discharge appointment and it went very well. I had a few restrictions lifted and I got the OK to return to work since I have a desk job. This was music to my ears because I only had 3 weeks vacation saved for maternity leave and used one of those last week. Once the 2 weeks I have left are gone, all time will be unpaid. I feel like I have a weight lifted off my shoulders now that I don’t have to worry so much about the finances.

The Dr. also over ruled the mid-wife who discharged me and told me to stop taking my meds at 36 weeks. After that it’s up to Ben to decide when he wants to make his entrance into the world. He said that once the contractions have been calm for a while they might stay that way so I might not go into labor right after stopping my medication. If worse comes to worse and he decides to say put for a while, they are going to induce me on February 15th. At least we have a plan for now. It might change, but it’s a plan and the planner in me likes that course of action.

I’m feeling pretty good today both physically and mentally because today we passed the first big milestone… 35 weeks. If Ben was born before 35 weeks it was an automatic stay in the NICU. Now that I’m past the 35 week mark, if he comes and is healthy and strong, he can go to the regular newborn nursery.

On a side note, Owen was excited tonight when his new wheels arrived. Well, they are for him and Ben… that’s right, we broke down and got a double stroller (Thanks to Mimi). It’s funny… when we were stroller shopping he wanted nothing to do with them, but tonight we couldn’t keep him out of it.

I’m home….

January 11, 2008

and Ben is still in my belly!!!

After a long 5 day stay in the hospital I was discharged last night. I’m on bed rest for now and on a special medicine to stop the contractions. We had a scare Wednesday night and thought he might come then, but the docs got everything under control. Thank god. I’m not ready for my baby to come just yet.

I have to take this medicine until I’m 37 weeks pregnant, which is January 29th. After that it’s up to him to make up his mind whether he wants to make his entrance into the world or stay put a little longer. Let’s also keep our fingers crossed the meds work that long.

It’s wonderful to be home. Just to be able to see Owen, pet Maxie and be in my own surroundings is fabulous. I missed home and my little family so much.

Also, Mike and I would like to send a BIG THANK YOU to our parents for all their help over the past week. Your love, support and help was so greatly appreciated. And thanks to all our family and friends for your prayers and well wishes. They seemed to do the trick. Keep them coming!

Oh – and here is a picture I’d like to share… it’s me seeing Owen for the first time in the hospital. As you can see we were both very excited to see one another! It was hard being away from him.

Happy New Year!

January 9, 2008

I did plan on posting pictures from our lazy family New Years night, but instead I’m here to tell you our new year will start with a new addition sooner than we expected. I was admitted to the hospital Sunday with preterm labor. Things are stable now and we’ll know more over the next few days as to what will be going on. Either I will deliver Ben with in the next few days if plan A doesn’t work or if it does, sometime after I hit the 36 week mark, which is in a little less than 2 weeks. That is still a little earlier that I’d like, but the last ultrasound we had Monday had him measuring between 5.5 and 6.5 pounds so that is good. They also gave me the steroid shots to help develop his lungs.

My family has been great. My mother-in-law came to help take care of Owen, my mom and dad have been huge moral support and running all kinds of errands for me (thanks dad for use of the laptop while I’m in the hospital) and my friends have been saying tons of prayers and sending well wishes. We are grateful for it all.

I really miss my Owen and Maxie though. Luckily Owen can visit me at the hospital. In fact yesterday we cuddled in my bed and I was in heaven. Too bad hospitals don’t allow dogs. I’d be forever stroking that soft bulldogge head of Maxie’s. It’s the greatest therapy. For now, her picture with Owen by my bedside will have to do.