The Adams Family

We’re kooky, but hopefully not too creepy…

Here We Go Again September 9, 2009

Filed under: Pregnancy — hjhadams @ 9:54 am

Last week I went to see my midwife for my 34-week appointment, and while I was there I got to have an ultrasound to see the baby.  During the ultrasound I got some news I really didn’t want to hear…Peanut #2 is breech.  I was really hoping this wouldn’t happen again because I want to do whatever I can to avoid having to have another c-section.  The good news is that we have a lot more time than we did when I was pregnant with Elyse. 

 

I have met with a chiropractor once and am going again later today.  There is an adjustment they do that some say opens up the pelvis and gives baby more room to move.  I may also try to go to my acupuncturist.  Yesterday I spoke with my midwife and told her that if the baby is still breech next week when I go for my 36-week appointment I want to give the external version another shot.  (We tried it with Elyse, but since I was less than a week from my due date there was pretty much no room for her to move.)

 

Please keep your fingers crossed for us over the next few weeks…I really do not want to undergo another c-section and all the hospital time and recovery that is involved with it.  I can’t imagine staying in the hospital so long while Elyse is at home, and I know I’ll be anxious to bring the new baby home to start our new life together.

 

The good thing that came from the ultrasound was this 3D picture of his/her cute little face…look at those chubby cheeks!

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The “Big” Ultrasound May 27, 2009

Filed under: Pregnancy — hjhadams @ 4:48 pm

Today we had our 20-week ultrasound for this pregnancy and were so glad to find out that everything looks perfect!  The baby is measuring within one day of our due date of October 12th.  Although it was hard, we were able to stick to our guns and not find out the sex of the baby.  There was a lot of movement and the heartbeat is strong – 148 bpm.  Baby had hiccups during part of the ultrasound and I’m pretty sure he/she waved to us at one point.  🙂

 

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Baby foot:

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And a bonus – a 4D picture of baby’s face!  (You have to look closely but it’s there…you can see a good line of the nose, lips and chin especially.)

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Peanut #2 May 1, 2009

Filed under: Pregnancy — hjhadams @ 6:37 pm

As most of you know, we found out in early February that we’re expecting another bundle of joy this October.  Even though it was a bit of a surprise, we are excited nonetheless.

The pregnancy started out smoothly, nausea and all.  Then about four weeks ago we had a bit of a scare.  I woke up on Saturday morning and knew immediately that something was wrong.  I called the doctor on call and told her my symptoms and at first she told me to wait and see.  About 45 minutes later I called her back to tell her things seemed to be worse.  She advised us to head into the ER.

Two and a half hours later we were finally taken in for an ultrasound and we saw that the baby was fine and the heartbeat was strong.  Needless to say we were beyond relieved.  We had already been through two ultrasounds before the visit to the ER and seen the baby moving around and a heartbeat.  The technician at those ultrasounds also saw what she believed to be a fibroid, which is fairly common during pregnancy.  However, the technician during our visit to the ER saw something else; I had actually been pregnant with twins and I was miscarrying one that hadn’t developed.  (It’s actually a fairly common occurrence sometimes referred to as a ‘Vanishing Twin’.)   The doctor in the ER confirmed this, and we’ve been back to my midwife’s office twice since then. 

Although we were sad to hear about the loss, we still feel very blessed to be having one healthy baby.  They will continue to follow my pregnancy closely just to be sure, but what has happened should not affect Peanut #2 in any way.  I will be 17 weeks this coming Monday.

Here are some pictures of our newest little one, and we are taking suggestions as to what we should call him/her.  (And for those of you who are wondering, we will be finding out the sex of this one on or around October 12th on his/her birthday!)

11weeks 3 days:

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12weeks 3days:

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12weeks 5days:

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13weeks:

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15weeks 1day:

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Elyse Ramona Adams August 13, 2008

Filed under: Elyse,Pregnancy — hjhadams @ 8:14 pm

I’m over a week late in posting this, but things have been more than a little crazy.  In an effort to keep us on our toes, our little Peanut decided she was not going to do things according to plan, and she made her appearance a day earlier than expected.

On Sunday, August 3rd, I started having light contractions in the morning.  While we were at church I started timing them, and they were approximately 5 minutes apart.  I also had somewhat of a feeling that she had possibly turned back to head-down.  We called the doctor, and she said to go in to Labor & Delivery and they would check the position.  I was really hoping they would say she’d flipped and that I was in early labor and I would get to go home and wait for things to progress.  Sadly, the ultrasound showed that Peanut was still breech.  We headed home and planned to go back in on Tuesday morning for the scheduled c-section.

Throughout the day on Sunday the contractions started getting stronger and longer, and I just kept thinking to myself, “Well, this is going to suck to go through this until Tuesday morning.”  That night Jim said he wanted to get to work early on Monday since it would be his last day before taking his 2 weeks of paternity leave.  I suggested he sleep in the guest room so I wouldn’t keep him awake while I was having contractions.  Let’s just say that the two of us were definitely in denial.  After all, we had a plan.  The c-section was scheduled for Tuesday morning, and the baby couldn’t possibly be born before that.

I started timing contractions around midnight, and they were between 4-6 minutes apart and over one minute long each.  Jim came in at 2 AM to see how I was doing, and I sent him back to bed telling him everything was fine.  Around 3 AM he came back, and I told him I didn’t think I could take it anymore, and that maybe we should call the doctor.  He said, “Why don’t we wait just a little longer?”  Two minutes later my water broke.  We called the doctor and she said to come in to the hospital.

At that point, we probably looked like one of those crazy couples in the movies who are freaking out, running around like crazy people trying to get to the hospital.  We got there around 4 AM and I started begging for drugs instantly; I was having back labor and it was a million times more painful than I ever imagined.  (Since we weren’t going to get to do the natural birth we originally planned on, I may as well take advantage of what they had to offer, right?)  They got me ready for surgery and at 5:20 AM on Monday, August 4th, Elyse Ramona Adams was born.  She was 7 pounds 12 ounces and 20 inches long.

We were discharged from the hospital on Friday, and have spent the last few days adjusting to life with a new person in charge.

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7 pounds 11.8 ounces:

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Change of Plans July 30, 2008

Filed under: Pregnancy — hjhadams @ 1:52 pm

We headed to the hospital this morning for our appointment to attempt to get this kid to flip.  The doctor did an ultrasound when we first got in to see if, by luck, Peanut had decided to move back to head-down position on his/her own.  Of course, that was a big NO.  I now have a baby with a head under my ribs on the left side and feet poking up under my ribs on the right side.  NOT comfortabe in any way.

I received a shot of Stadol, a drug that is used to relax the uterus.  My doctor, along with another doctor from her practice, worked together to try to get Peanut to move.  It was not comfortable at all, but also not as painful as I was anticipating.  They pushed hard, in both directions, and baby didn’t budge at all.

We have now moved on to Plan B.  A c-section has been scheduled for next Tuesday morning, August 5th.  I am not excited about this; I am, in fact, pretty devastated.  I was really hoping to experience the natural birth we have done so much planning for.  I feel like I’m going to be robbed of that special experience only mothers get to go through.

I know that this is not the end of the world.  I am very glad to know that baby is perfectly healthy.  I just need a little time to wrap my head around this sudden change of events.  The planner in me is somewhat relieved, because now I can have the house in order, have groceries purchased and arrangements made for the pets ahead of time.  But the other part of me was kind of looking forward to waking Jim up in the middle of the night to say, “I think this is it!”  Two weeks ago, after my weekly check-up, we were thinking I’d be going into labor in the next week or two…baby was head down and doctor said we were making great progress.  Now this.

When we go in for the c-section next week the doctor will do an ultrasound before anything else.  If Peanut has flipped back into the head-down position by then, we will be allowed to go home and wait for labor to begin on it’s own.  I am going to do whatever I can in the next few days, and I’m going to do a lot of praying…but I am trying not to get my hopes up.

I know that whatever our birth story is, it will be ours and it will be special, but I am having a hard time with this change.

 

Flippin’ Out July 28, 2008

Filed under: Pregnancy — hjhadams @ 4:10 pm

So this little stinker living in my uterus has decided that she/he is going to do things differently than what I, the mother, would prefer.  The groundings are going to start early in the Adams’ household!

This morning I went in for my regular weekly check-up, and I casually mentioned to the doctor that I hadn’t felt much movement in the past day or so, but that I wasn’t too concerned.  The doctor checked for the baby’s heartbeat and couldn’t find anything, so she took me in to have an ultrasound.  The technician found the heartbeat right away, but they also noticed something else: baby had flipped and is now in breech position.

Jim & I have done a lot of preparation for the arrival of Peanut, and one of our hopes was to have a completely natural, drug-free birth.  If baby is breech, this will not be possible. 

After some fetal monitoring, and determining that baby is still healthy and everything is fine, I was sent home.  The doctor called later and said that if I want to try an external version, she is willing to give it a go, but the success rate is not high…especially after the 37th week.  Since I’d like to say I tried everything possible to have a natural birth, we’re going to head in on Wednesday morning to see if it can work for us.

I am pretty sure baby flipped on Saturday morning.  I was on the couch watching TV and I felt something very funky going on, and then I looked down to see my stomach was lopsided.  Later that night I felt the baby’s hiccups, and they were much higher than usual, and off to the side.  In the back of my mind I had a feeling that baby was no longer head-down, but I kept telling myself to stay positive.

Between now and Wednesday morning I’ll be spending a lot of time on all fours with my butt high up in the air, so if I don’t answer the phone, you know why!

 

The Final Countdown July 25, 2008

Filed under: Pregnancy — hjhadams @ 9:10 am

We’re officially at week 38 of this pregnancy today, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more anxious in my entire life.

On Monday I had my weekly check-up with my OB/GYN and I had some pretty good progress since the week before.  Still only 1 cm dilated, but I was approximately 60% effaced and the baby had dropped a LOT.  When I talked with our doula that evening, she said she thought that if we don’t have a baby this week, it will definitely be next.  She does NOT think I will make it to our due date of August 8th.

As of today, there’s not much going on.  If I’ve had contractions, I don’t know it.  I have had some other ‘signs’ of early labor over the past week, but I will spare you the details. 

The nursery has been complete for a while now, and I feel like there isn’t anything else we could possibly need for this little person who will be joining us.  (I’m sure that feeling will fly right out the window one second after we bring him/her home.)