Friday, July 15, 2011

She's Here!!!

Natalie Elaine Farris - born 7/15/11 6:55 pm (without an epidural - GO MOM! lol)

4 lbs even, 17 3/4 inches long

We are head over heels in love with our little girl already!

Momma and baby are both doing well, she is in the NICU but breathing on her own. Mom is sore and tired, but happy. We will update soon!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I suck at being pregnant...

Well, it is now Wednesday. I am still here, and Natalie is still NOT here. I suppose that is a good thing. She needs to be cooking for as long as possible. Part of me is happy that she is still in my belly getting the nutrients she needs and growing like she needs to be. BUT, part of me is sick and tired.

SICK. and. TIRED.

Tired of sitting on my bum, (it hurts) tired of the useless contractions that I experience about once an hour, (it HURTS) tired of how being in this bed makes my whole body sore: legs, back, sholders. (IT HURTS) I know, I KNOW, I sound like a whiny baby myself, but part of me just wants her to GET HERE already. (or at least make up her mind if she's going to get here or not - so these darn contractions either MEAN something or GO AWAY) Part of me wants to be done with this whole mess and be able to hold my baby girl in my arms, seven weeks early or not. A big part of me just wants to go HOME, and not be stuck in this damn hospital where I don't get to see my pets or my family whenever I want. I want to get it over with and heal and get back to work, and get my little girl home and get her and me back on a NORMAL schedule and get back to my LIFE!

I suck at waiting. I suck at being bored. I suck at being pregnant.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Our Last Hurrah Babymoon

So before I get into the drama of this past weekend, I would like to share with you some pictures from our "Babymoon"!

After I got discharged from the hospital on Monday and rested for the rest of the evening, everything seemed to be fine. On Tuesday I followed up with my OBGYN and they sent me over to my delivery hospital for a non-stress test to make sure I wasn't contracting anymore. They also gave me a steroid shot to help with her lung development in case she does come early, which is very likely now that I have had positive labor. They told me no working, and that I would need to go home and put my feet up, but we decided to go to the game anyway, since it was our two year anniversary (omg!) and since I was feeling good and wasn't going to be doing a lot of walking anyway. It was so fun! Between the three games that we went to, we lost two and won the last one. But it was super cool to sit behind the Cubs bullpen and watch the pitchers warm up! The last game was an AWESOME win, the Cubs were down 8-0 and came back and won 10-9!! Here are some pictures from the games:






 I also wanted to share some pictures of the progress of the baby's room. I haven't really gotten to do much, but I will get to the reason behind that in just a little bit.


 This is her dresser which was bought for her by my Dad and Stepmom, Lisa. Thank you guys we love you!


They also came over last Friday and helped us paint her bedroom purple! Doesn't it look fantastic!!?


I printed off the letters that I want above her crib. It reads : Life is but a dream... Right now the dresser is sitting there but it will actually be moved to the back wall under the window. The letters will be painted up on the wall in dark purple. I also have a wooden letter project in the works that unfortunately I can't work on at all right now.


This is the first baby gift package that I got from some of my AMAZING customers at work. There is a baby blanket, a few onsies, bottles, two rubber ducks, a rattle, a bottle brush, a few bibs, a stuffed bunny rabbit, and her first piggy bank! They are so sweet! I want to document all my gifts like this!

So, the reason I can't paint the walls or do my wooden letter project is because....

I am BACK. in. the. hospital. My water is now "cracked" and leaking and sent me back into contractions on Sunday morning. The doctors said I wasn't doing enough to be determined to be in active labor, so they have put me on bedrest and pumped me full of fluids (although I am now off of them because they are feeding me) and now I just get to wait. And wait. And wait. There's no going home since there is a chance my water could break, but I don't think I'm going to be having this baby for a few days or MAYBE even a week or so. It's going to suck being cooped up in this hospital bed for days on end, but she's still WAY too early to be coming into this world. And the plus side is that all the nurses are super great and are making sure that  I am happy and well taken care of. They are definitely making this easier, because while I enjoy being lazy, I definitely do NOT enjoy being confined to bed, or being away from my pets. I can only hope that either by some grace of God she stays in and they eventually let me go home with strict orders for bedrest, or I have little Natalie here soon. I was hoping for an August baby, but little Natalie is SURE being impatient! Let's just hope that she can stay in a few more days.

I will update soon!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Nothing says fear like...

Nothing says fear like a nurse telling you that you're in pre-term labor and you're two centimeters dialated...

Let me start from the beginning. I worked four straight days this week, preparing for our four day "vacation/babymoon" last hurrah before the baby gets here. Thursday I was fine. Friday I was feeling some discomfort, but I just chalked it up to Natalie growing so fast this week. (SERIOUSLY, I had a normal belly button on Monday and by Friday I had an almost completely flat tummy there!) Saturday i went to work and actually felt good that night, although I had the big round tables and was EXHAUSTED by the time my shift was over. I went in to work on Sunday at 1 and I felt a lot of pain all throughout the day but again just thought "well, she shifted and I'm just not used to it yet." I also had some weird discharge but asked a friend and they said it was pretty normal. Well I still didn't feel well when I got home, and "tummy/kick count" time didn't go well at all, so we decided to go in to the doctor. Well our OBGYN was closed so we went to the ER and they sent us right upstairs.

They get me in a gown and get me hooked up to the monitors, and here's the shocker: I HAVE BEEN IN LABOR all day. Those crampy feelings I had been getting were freaking CONTRACTIONS. So they gave me some kind of asthma medication that they use to stop the contractions. The first dose works for about 45 minutes and then they come back. The whole time I'm freaking out thinking my little girl is coming eight weeks early and I can't stop her and we have NOTHING - not even a diaper - to take her home in! The second dose seems to stop them almost completely, so they switch me to an oral medication to keep everything calm and tell me to go to sleep, that they're keeping me overnight. I got to come home around 9:30 and went back to sleep. I've still been feeling a little off today, but nothing like Sunday. I have to call my OBGYN in the morning and get seen tomorrow and I will give an update sometime tomorrow or the next day. I am worried that they are going to tell me that I am not allowed to work anymore, but that's probably the case. If so, I have no idea what I am going to do with myself! I am sure I will be blogging out of sheer boredom at some point, but whatever it takes to keep my little girl growing inside of me rather than trying to keep her alive with machines outside of my body I will certainly do.

Stay in my belly Natalie or your grounded! :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

My Husband Rocks Friday!

So it's been awhile since I've done one of these and I think it's about time I re-start the tradition!

Three reasons my Hubster rocks today:

1. He kisses my belly goodnight, and kisses me every morning :)

2. He's taking me on a four-day baseball extravaganza for our anniversary! It's going to be so fun!

3. He's been SUPER understanding about my lack of motivation to do...well, ANYTHING around the house.

Love you Hubster you're the best!!

52/52 update tomorrow!
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