So today we went into the doctor's office. I was super nervous and didn't get much sleep the night before due to contractions(yep they are still coming!) Once we got there I became less nervous. My blood pressure was slightly elevated and I had lost two pounds from the previous visit 10 days prior. At that point I was becoming a little nervous again. The Dr. came in and did the Beta-strep test, which they usually wait until week 36 but decided it would be advantageous to do it a little soon just in case. He checked my cervix and said it had softened and 'dilated' if that's what you would call it to about the size of a straw (so I'm not to 1 cm yet.) I was very relieved but also a little exasperated! I was mostly just exasperated that it's been so uncomfortable the last week with so little dilation but hopefully it will make for an easy labor and delivery (the uterine muscles must be trained to run a pretty good marathon by now :) I am glad though that it doesn't look like she'll be coming this week. The Dr. was so nice, he sat down and actually spent a good amount of time talking to us. He helped to calm any fears and helped to explain that I have what's called an irritable uterus so I will probably have this happen with every pregnancy. He was so patient and I knew that he was the one I wanted to see at the next visit. So we'll be going in for another appt. in 2 weeks! We'll see if she arrives before then or not.
So Tuesday July 13th, I woke exhausted and noticed a few contractions here and there. I was watching Ryan that day so when it was time to put both little ones down for a nap I noticed that they had become regular and knew it was the perfect time to get some rest myself. I laid down and could still feel them coming. I took a nap and woke up and they were still regular. I called the doctor, by this point it had been 2 1/2 hours of regular contractions. The on call nurse told me to go straight away to labor and delivery to be evaluated. We got there and they got me all hooked up the the monitors and were able to see that they were about 2-3 min. apart. The nursed checked me to see if I had dilated. I had not. Afterward, the doctor was going to order to have the Fetal Fibronectin test down but since the nurse had checked me for dilating it could come back as a false negative. After she checked me they started becoming a lot stronger and regular. I was then given a shot of morphine to help with the pain and to help relax everything. Two things: getting a morphine shot HURTS and it's some amazing stuff (I was pretty loopy for the rest of the evening until I fell asleep.) It worked and stopped the contractions, I was sent home only after having spent 4 hours in the hospital. I was told not to do any heavy lifting, as little walking or exercise as possible and just to take it easy. Since we lived here in Provo the doctor also felt if was fine to let me go home.
Wednesday I had contractions that would become regular for an hour but then would slow down or go away. It was a full day of contracting and not contracting.
Yesterday, I was having a few random contractions so I decided it was safe to go visit my friend who was having a mommy group over. It was fund and enjoyable and she invited me to stay for lunch. I was noticing they were become more regular and finally they were becoming slightly uncomfortable and it was the toddler's nap times. So I came home and got some rest. The contractions slowed down. I was still having the occasional ones. At about 9 after Hannah finally went down (she had been having a rough time going down last night) they starting coming 2-3 min. apart. After and hour of the 2-3 min. apart I took a hot bath and that slowed them down so they were more like 5-10 min. apart. Then around 11:30 the started coming again 2-3 min. and had gotten stronger. I called Dan at work and he came home to give me a priesthood blessing and to give me a massage to help slow them down. Again we were able to get them slowed down and then I took some Tylenol to help with the pain. I was finally able to fall asleep at about 2 am and woke up with no contractions. So far I've only had the occasional contraction. It's frustrating for me not knowing if I should do to the labor and delivery or just try and wait it out. Anyways, thanks for listening to me. It's been super frustrating especially when they become uncomfortable. Enough complaining for now. Love you all.
It's hard to believe that I am now 22. I guess I feel like I should be older but then at the same time I feel like I shouldn't be 22 already! It was a wonderful birthday. And all my wonderful family and friends made it that way. I was woke up to a yummy breakfast and a brand new teapot. I accidentally ruined our last one this winter (I left it on the burner to boil and then forgot all about it until it was too late. I blame it on the pregnancy, I have definitely been more air headed this time around.) And then got ready to go with my friend and neighbor to the Bean or Life museum on campus. Dan had asked her to get me out of the house for a little while. I wasn't suppose to know that that's the reason she invited me but I knew anyways I was glad that Dan still takes the time to surprise me. He's the best. We had a fun afternoon with the kids and then had a little lunch and came home to find that Dan had shampooed all the carpets! I was SO pleased. I had been planning to do it soon and have been talking about it for at least the last month but everytime I go to the store and planned to see how much it would cost to rent a carpet cleaner I would forget (of course.) We got in a much needed short nap (I've found that I've been needing more and more sleep the further along I get in the pregnancy) and was awoken by the sound of a message being left on my phone ( I had missed like 4 calls....i must have really been out of it) and it was a guy who was trying to find my apartment to drop off an edible bouquet!!! My family had sent it to me......it was SO delicious and looked just as good. And was presented with yet another gift, so perfume from Victoria Secret. We then decided to head to Sandy for the rest of our birthday adventure. We ended up eating dinner at The Mayan (it's like the Rain forest cafe only with cliff divers.) It was SOO awesome!!! It was a Monday so we were able to get a table pretty close to the pool and had a great view of the little shows they we would do every 30 min. Hannah loved watching them dive into the water and was still going on about them jumping into the water on the way home. She enjoyed the bird noises and especially the monkey noises. And bobbed her head to the music. Seeing her get so excited made the experience more enjoyable for us. It was the perfect place to go out to as a family. And when we arrived home my dear friend Kristi had brought over some cupcakes. It was a wonderful birthday and I was a little sad to see it end. Again a big thanks to all my friends and family for making it so special for me. Love you all!!!!
I put up two videos of her eating a chocolate banana for my mom. So you do not have to watch both to get that she really did enjoy eating! I also put up one of while we were eating.
Well, I am sad to say that we didn't get very many pictures and we didn't do nearly as much as we did last year. Dan worked a double shift Saturday and Monday due to the fact that everyone was asking off for those days and he's trying to get in as many hours as possible before we head down to the family reunion and the baby. Saturday night (July 3rd) Hannah and I went and joined Dan at the movie theater to watch the fireworks from the Stadium of Fire on top of the theaters roof. It was very enjoyable to get to spend some time with Dan and to see Hannah's reaction. She kept saying "More sparklies." And was sad when the show was over.
Sunday (July 4th) was a busy day with two baby blessings. We attended one of Dan's friends blessing his first baby and then we were able to attend the blessing of Eva Campbell. And then were able to enjoy some delicious food over at the Campbell's. Thank you for inviting us! It was a very enjoyable Sunday. We even woke Hannah up after it had gotten dark to watch some fireworks and to let her hold some sparklers we had from the previous year. We also watched some fireworks that our next door neighbor had.
Monday (July 5th) we had planned to get up at 5:30 am and go see the hot air balloons but went to bed late and with Dan working a double shift knew it would be difficult to do so without a nap. Instead we got up at 8:30 am and headed over to watch as much of the parade as we could catch before Dan had to be at work at 11:15 am. We were able to see more than half and grabbed some breakfast to eat together before Dan had to go to work. Dan took and an hour lunch break so we could stop in at the Arapaho house where Dan's uncle hosts a BBQ every year. I didn't think we were going to be there very long so I didn't bother to bring a swim suit for Hannah. I soon regretted it because she was dieing to get it. Julie was nice enough to let us use on of their swimsuits. We(Hannah and I) then came home and were preparing to go to another BBQ (of some friends from the ward) when Hannah became sick and we ended up just staying in. I really didn't mind because it had been a long day and I was missing Dan. Overall it was a very tame but enjoyable holiday.
This is Hannah and Kody(our next door neighbors little boy) he always calls her "My Hannah." And he has his arm around her in this picture. So cute.
These were all taken at the parade while we were waiting for it to start.
And as a last note this last week we went to the Veterans Pool (I didn't get any pictures because cameras are not allowed) which has a great waterworks area for young children AND slides! We were able to take Hannah down the slides with us and she LOVED the waterworks and swimming. We bought her a swimsuit that has the flotation boards built into the swimsuit and were trying to help her learn to swim. She was loving every minute of it and was not afraid one bit (for better or for worse :) She loves the water.
Another thing is that she went to nursery all on her own today! After Sacrament meeting we noticed she had disappeared and found her headed to nursery. We watched her go in with out a backwards glance. And when they brought her to us to change a wet diaper (I still haven't had the courage to keep her in underwear when we're out and about even though potty training is going great! She pretty much tells us when she has to go these days with the occasional accident) she shut the door on Dan when he was dropping her back off! It made us laugh a little. And then when we went to pick her up from nursery she said "I miss you mommy" when I told her I had missed her. And then she went on to tell me what she had done in nursery. She mentioned the puzzles, some ducks and cars she had played with, and could not stop going on about the bubbles that they do at the end. It was so much fun to see her excited and to hear about her day from her own mouth! It made our day :) But anyways, we hope you are all doing well!!!!