Saturday, January 31, 2009

So big!

"Chickpea" is getting so big already. It is amazing to see how much she has changed since she has been home.

Aunt Sue came to visit this week and took some pictures that I thought I would share.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Hanna's First Doctors Visit

Hanna Banana had her first doctor's visit yesterday and she did great. When she was discharged from the hospital on Friday her weight was 5 lbs 4 ounces. At the doctors yesterday she was 5 lbs 12 ounces. And she grew an inch and a half since she was born. My little girl is getting so big!!

Here are some pictures Aunt Becki took while she was visiting on Saturday.

And of course we can't forget Hanna's big sister!!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

She's home!!

What a great day yesterday was! Hanna was given the ok to go home once we found out that she did need a monitor and did not need the daily caffeine doses.

The staff in the ICN was great! They were so nice to everyone and treated baby girl so well.

She looked adorable in her pink outfit that Grandma Lock and Aunt Becki picked out. I'll post some pictures as soon as I can. I need to go eat and finish blow drying my hair before she wakes to eat.

(I can't believe I am a Mommy!!)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

It's almost time...

for Hanna Banana to come home!!

Little girl is doing very well according to the doctors and nurses in the ICN. As of this morning her weight was up to 5 pounds 2.6 ounces. She is sleeping a little more then she was before (it seems like every time we go up there she is sleeping but when we aren't there, she is looking all around!) but that could be because she is eating more and that can tire a girl out.

Hanna is the Princess of the nursery. Everyone likes to hold her, including the doctor!

Today she is having her sleep apnea test and that will determine if she needs to come home with a monitor. It is a little scary to think that my baby may be hooked to a monitor for 2 months but I guess it is better to be safe then sorry. We will know either way tomorrow and she should be coming home either tomorrow night or Saturday.

It has been a long week and a half but she is so worth it. We are all tired and stressed but once she is home I know we will all rest better.

Thank you to everyone who has offered their love, support, fed us meals and listened to us when we were down and needed to talk. We wouldn't have gotten through it without you!

Sunday, January 18, 2009

First Photos

Here are a few pictures of Hanna from Monday (aka birthday) courtesy of Aunt Becki. I'll post some more updated ones later.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Another Hanna Update

Our little girl is doing well. As of this morning she is off the oxygen which is a great step in the right direction. She is eating all of her bottle in record time. Hanna is one hungry girl!

We are now able to take her out of the isolette and change her when we visit which makes us a very happy Mama and Papa.

I have lots of pictures to post..soon.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Hanna Update

Hanna is doing well. She is still at the hospital in the ICN where she is being loved on by all of the nurses. She is getting a little help with her breathing and catching some rays under a bili light. I was able to come home yesterday and we are anxiously awaiting the day we can bring her home.

I have some new pictures to post but I have to get on the other computer to do that.

I will keep you posted.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Introducing...

Hanna Lynn Ryan

Hanna will be spending a few extra days in the hospital as her lungs need a little help. But she is doing great and we can't wait to take her home.

I'll post more pictures when I get home.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

L&D take 2

Yes. It says take 2. And what an adventure it was.

Friday I had my regular doctor's visit and I was scheduled to have another Non-Stress Test (NST) as a follow-up to Sunday. No problem we thought.

Well the visit didn't go as planned. My blood pressure was high (which isn't normal for me), I had protein in my tinkle (sorry if that is TMI!) and little girl failed the NST. (They needed to see 2 accelerations and she only had 1)

So off to L&D we go so they continue to monitor me and do blood work. After several hours of observation they tell me I still have the protein, there is uric acid that showed in one of the blood tests and my blood pressure is still too high. So then I get the news that I thought I would eventually hear but I wasn't completely ready for. Bed rest.

The doctor also said that if my blood pressure remains high, that she will most likely be here before week 40.

People have asked me if I am ok with that. I want her to be healthy. And if it means that she makes her debut early rather then later then I am fine with that.

So tomorrow morning we go back to L&D (yes, that will be take 3) for another NST and blood pressure check. On Monday we go for an ultrasound to check the amniotic fluid and her position. And when I am not at either of these places, I will be in bed.

* On a side note, for those who aren't bloggers... you can leave comments on posts by clicking the comments link directly below this. (that is a suttle hint!!)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

People say the darndest things!

Someone just told me that it looks like I am going to have a big one!

I was also told if I go down the stairs to fast the baby may come out.

Thanks.

Better Day

Little Girl,

Thank you for participating in our morning ritual this morning. Like clockwork, you were right on time with a little acknowledgement that all is well. For this, I am having a better day. And when Mama is having a better day, so is the Papa!

We can’t wait to hold you!

Love, Mama

Monday, January 5, 2009

L&D take 1

Stephen said he thought that we wouldn’t get through this pregnancy with out at least 1 visit to L&D. And he was right. But at least I waited until closer to the end!

Little girl’s movements are often so consistent that I could set my watch by them. So when they don’t happen it is a bit disconcerting.

We have a ritual. I get up sometime between 3:30 am and 4:00 am for a potty break. Then I go back to bed. At precisely 4:00 am we have our bonding time. I put my hands on my belly and she lets me know that all is well.

Well we didn’t have our bonding time Saturday or Sunday morning. Not because I didn’t want to. She wasn’t interested I suppose. All day Saturday she was having an off day. I was sitting on the bed all afternoon “nesting” going through papers and bins and I wasn’t getting any great movements. I mentioned it to Stephen and he said maybe she is just sleeping a lot. Sounded ok to me.

But when we didn’t have our morning ritual on Sunday, I was wide awake and growing concerned. At about 5:00 am I let Stephen know what was going on. We both kept hands on the belly for about a half an hour and felt just a slight movement or two. And I knew what he was going to suggest. And he did. I called the service for the doctor’s office and the doctor called back pretty quickly. She was on her way to the hospital to do a c-section and told me to come in for a Non-Stress Test (NST). It was 5:30!!

Off we went and I kept telling Stephen that as soon as they hooked me up to the machine she was going to start moving. I am psychic I tell you!! The nurse said that it happens all the time. They monitored me for a while and told me all was well and to go home and get some sleep. I had a few Braxton Hicks contracts while I was there but there was nothing going on that they were concerned about. They said that she is just getting bigger and running out of room in there so I will begin to feel less movement.

I go to the doctors at the end of the week and they are going to do another NST to make sure all is still well.

I felt like I overreacted but I have been assured I didn’t. I was also told not to wait a day and half before I call for something like that.
Lesson learned!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

34 Weeks

Here is today's picture. Some have said my belly is dropping but I can't tell.

And I think I look extra big because we just got back from a great dinner at Ralph's!