9.29.2013

35 weeks and bed rest

This post should actually be titled "34 weeks and bed rest" because I've already been horizontal for an entire week now. But, now that we've made it to 35, I'm concentrating on that number instead. Every day counts and I'm just praying that I make it a few more weeks. Until then, I will be dreaming of taking 4-mile walks with Sherman through the woods. Did you even see him in that picture? Look closely. He kind of looks like a small pony.
A couple of weeks ago I went in for my weekly ultrasound and they found that my amniotic fluid had dropped from an 11 (which they thought was low to begin with) to a 6 in just one week. For those who don't read about amniotic fluid on the daily, normal pregnancy levels during the third trimester are 5-25cm so anything around a 5, they start to worry about. Anything below a 5 ... and you can betcha you'll be admitted to the hospital to be monitored closely. 

So, they took another look a few days later and sure enough, I had dropped to that magical number of 5. Luckily it was a 5.2, so I am still hospital-free. However, I left the office holding a note that said BED REST in big, bold letters. So I ripped up that note and took Sherman for a run. Just kidding. But I did think long and hard about how to get out of it. I'm not exactly a bed rester. I don't watch tv. I don't read books. I don't take naps. But, that's what I've been instructed to do. Relax. Take it easy. Build up my fluid.

10 hrs horizontal at night + 6 hrs horizontal during the day.
The rest of the time I get to sit up. Yippee. ;)
Bed rest honestly hasn't been that bad though and one reason I took so long to even write this post is because I never want it to seem like I'm complaining. Every other blog I read and every other person I talk to ... a story comes up about someone not being able to have a baby. Someone struggling with getting pregnant. Or staying pregnant. It breaks my heart. And even though I had some struggles of my own, I feel so very blessed to be where I am and I never want to take it for granted. But holy moly has he been a high-maintenance fetus.

Currently I am seeing maternal fetal specialists weekly to get biophysicals and non-stress tests on baby boy. The awesome news is that he has passed both BPPs with 10/10 and also did very well on his first NST. He is a champ at practicing his breathing and is measuring in at a whopping 6.2 lbs. He is still in the breech position, which is no surprise with the level of fluid that he has to work with. So, I've been told to go ahead and prepare for a planned C-Section. Damn. I won't get to experience those amazing labor pains after all. ;) We're hoping to make it to 38 weeks, but depending on his growth pattern and fluid levels, we might be holding our baby in about two weeks. TWO weeks people!

So, we are no longer looking at a November baby.
And hopefully not a September baby because that would mean giving birth tomorrow (yikes).
Let's hear it for that October baby! :) 

Other updates: 
Sherman is doing well. He doesn't quite understand why mom is being so lazy and laying on the couch all the time, but he makes an effort to give me 24 slobbery kisses a day, usually when I'm sound asleep, just to make sure I'm alive. 

Dan is just being his normal "Superman Dan" self. He goes grocery shopping and cooks me amazing meals like Saffron Risotto with Butternut Squash (Really? Who cooks with Saffron??). He buys me flowers and does the laundry and gets me books from the library and runs ridiculous errands that I think are extremely important. He wakes up early to feed Sherman and takes him on morning and evening runs. Yesterday he installed the car seat and set up the bassinet and has been getting everything ready for the arrival of our boy. All while his wife lays on the couch, eating candy corn and watching The Real Housewives of ____. Dan, I know you don't read my "coffee cup blog" and may never read it ... but thank you from the bottom of my heart. You are beyond amazing.

Guys ... it's finally getting COLD outside!!!! Hip hip!

31 comments:

  1. glad to her baby boy is growing well still..enjoy the "rest" and i hope you all make it to week 38 or more!!!

    praying for a continued smooth bed rest and then a smooth delivery in october :)

    your husband sounds even more amazing,you and your boys are lucky :)

    enjoy the Fall weather,even if it is just from a laying/sitting position!

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  2. Oh man, even though this is said, you still make me laugh so hard! :) Love your writing style. I'm so sorry you're on bed rest, but it sounds like you have a really good attitude about it. Tell Dan he is amazing and Sherman, good job for giving your mama those wet kisses!! Love your little family Tiff. :)

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  3. you don't even know how excited I was when I saw you had posted!! So glad for the update, even though it's half bad/half good. :) Glad you're looking at it like a glass half full, way to be positive!!

    P.S. Saffron?? Really?? Laughing so hard. I like Dan even more now than ever.

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  4. I'm sorry you're on bed rest! I hope these last few weeks are ok for you. My co-worker had to start maternity leave early (at 37 weeks) and thank God, because she had the baby 4 days later!

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  5. Sorry to hear that, and hope the fluid levels remain above 5. Enjoy the rest while you can though, every mommy deserves to chill out sometimes! Dan sounds like an amazing husband, can you send him over here to inspire and help teach my man? :) That photo of Sherman is great always love reading updates about him too. Good luck!

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  6. tiff, seriously. You are so great. Most people would be complaining about this, but you always have such a great attitude. Love all your posts, every time! So funny and witty. :) Good luck with everything and give Sherman a kiss from Harlow!

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  7. Oh man, I can only imagine how difficult this has been for you. Hang in there momma! We all know that once this is over, it will be soooo worth it! Keeping you, baby boy, Dan and Sherman in my thoughts and hoping everything goes smoothly the next few weeks.

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  8. Aw...I'm sorry you are on bed rest, but I'm glad you are being so well taken care of!! Yay for October and your baby boy.

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  9. On the one hand, I read bed rest and thought I was jealous. But of course I don't mean that. :) Hopefully the little guy keeps doing well and stays put for another couple of weeks. Only a couple of weeks!!!

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  10. I'm so glad to hear you and the baby are okay, even if not ideal. I'm glad you've been able to pause the scary, and give that little boy some more time to develop. After all, he's gonna need to come out ready for 4 mile walks ;)

    Hang in there. Do you need Netflix Instant suggestions?

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  11. Sending good thoughts your way girl!!

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  12. Oh Tiff! First of all, does this baby boy have a name? Second of all don't ever feel like your complaining. This is your blog. Your space to document your thoughts! Third- I'm the C section pro so seriously, email me with questions, concerns. Fourth- October 14th would be a GREAT day to have your baby... I would be happy to share my birthday :) Prayers for YOU, baby boy, Sherm, and Dan :)

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  13. Good luck on bed rest! I always thought it would be terrible, but at least you are near the end so it probably doesn't seem as daunting as having to go on bed rest at, say, 28 weeks. Lucky you on a superstar husband! I am in the final 2-3 weeks as well, so I'll be eagerly awaiting news on your big arrival!

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  14. wait saffron risotto with butternut squash what type of man did you marry? geesh tell him to stop trying so hard or feeding you so well ;-) good luck with the bedrest, i'm sure it is tough but it is all for the best

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  15. I couldn't imagine being on bed rest! I was just thinking about you the other day, and am glad to see you're doing okay...even if you are on bed rest. In the meantime....Dan can send any leftovers my way because it sounds like he's an excellent cook!

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  16. I'm sure bed rest is hard, but it's important for that baby boy of yours! I'm glad he seems to be doing fine since your fluids are low. Hopefully he can hold out another couple weeks. I can't believe he'll be here soon!

    In the meantime, enjoy all that pampering from your other boys. :)

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  17. Tiff! So glad to hear that you and baby and Dan and Sherman are all doing well. So sorry you have to be on bedrest, but it sounds like it will be over before you even know it. My cousin just delivered last week at 36 weeks.... about the same as what you might be looking at! He was breech too, and delivered at 7lb 6 oz...

    So excited to see pictures of your sweet little boy soon :)

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  18. Tiff,
    You have been on my mind often the last few weeks. From a gal who was on bed rest a weekend and almost had a fit...you are a trooper! I can't wait to meet your lil' guy. Soak up the sleep, spoiling and peace before he arrives.
    Love you girl,
    Kate

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  19. Praying for an easy delivery for you! Glad you are doing well.

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  20. I was thinking about you yesterday and am so glad to hear an update!!! I guess with bed rest you could do a lot of netflixing, blog reading, shopping and well blogging yourself! Keep us posted!

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  21. I didn't even see him in the picture at first ;)

    Rest easy girl!!

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  22. I know how you feel! I went on bed rest for 7 weeks starting at Week 31. It sucks majorly, but they give you a really cool trophy at the end, in the form of a healthy baby! :) Good luck and catch up on all those amazing shows everyone always tells everyone to watch!

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  23. oh darn! Sorry to hear about the bed rest -- and thankful for today's technology that is able to catch these things and bring your baby into the world safely!!

    Try and enjoy this time - find something you wouldn't EVER do with this time. Praying for 38 weeks!

    xoxo - Tiffany

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  24. I was thinking about you last night trying to mentally think how far along you were and how you were doing and alas, I read your blog today and find out you're on bed rest. I'm glad you're doing well apart from the bedrest orders, but it could be worse. So happy for you and I can't wait to see this lovely little person in the next little while. All my best love!!! xoxox Love from Canada~

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  25. I'm so glad that things are going pretty good for you! Although bed rest isn't so great, but it will all be worth it when you get to squeeze that little booger! Good thing Dan is super to be taking awesome care of you!

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  26. Oh sweet, Tiff, thinking of you! You and Liz...! You do what they tell you and then post lots of pictures of that little guy!! (Think you can hit Jen's b-day?!)

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  27. I have been wondering how you were doing! Take it easy! :) I know how boring bed rest can be!! Hang in there! :)

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  28. Oh my goodness. Thinking of you!! I don't think I would be very good with doctor's orders of bed rest either. Or at least at first... :-( Exciting that you may have a new scheduled due date though! EXCITING!

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  29. Where are you delivering?? Maybe we will be there at the same time!!! I'll be at OP Regional. Hopefully soon :)

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  30. Oh girl, I'm sorry you're going through this! I had low fluid with my first pregnancy, and I read on Dr. Google that drinking a LOT of water would help, so I drank A LOT of water. Like, so much I thought I'd throw up. It did temporarily increase my fluid level from 5 to 10, but by 38 weeks it was back to 2 so I was induced.

    I don't know if extra water is going to get your bedrest restriction lifted, but kudos to you for your attitude on everything. He will be so worth it!

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