Friday, November 20, 2009

Our family Birthday celebration for Aubrey's 6th!

Aubrey is now 6 years old! Happy birthday Aubreyjeanie!

Its almost time to pop

These are some pictures from this week. Smiles in the pictures, but mostly I've been pretty grumpy. At my Dr. appointment yesterday, I was dialated to a nearly 5. Perhaps my labors aren't quick - perhaps they are excruciatingly slow... lasting weeks... Ugh.
On a brighter note - so looking forward to our cute little girl.

Friday, November 6, 2009

More October

Here is more from October. And a few words about the last few months. Its been busy. With this pregnancy we've gone from plan A to plan B, to plan C, D, E, F, G, H... I think we're on plan H now. At 30 weeks at the very end of September, I went to the hospital with early labor contractions. They stopped it, gave me terbutaline (I call them jitter pills) and sent me home with instructions to rest (plan B). The contractions continued but were pretty controlled by the medicine. The Doctor officially upgraded (downgraded?) me to bedrest (plan C). What to do about being in bed all day and not being able to do much of anything was the substance of plans C through F. Many, many kind friends have helped us out in so many ways from watching the kids, to making dinner and doing dishes so I could have the elders for dinner (that was while I was still in denial about what "bedrest" means.), many have brought meals, and I've even made a new friend with the person taking Aubrey home from school each day. Brian has been wonderful. My angel husband took over everything from dishes, laundry, kids, dinner, errends, etc. etc. etc. - I think he is amazing. Nothing short of the hand of the God has sustained him in his double portion of the family burden.
The kids got the influenza A a few weeks ago. They all tested negative, but with the high rate of false negatives, and the symptoms they experienced, we assume it must be the flu. They were all sick. Brian and I stayed well, but I went ahead and made the decision to get the H1N1 vaccine. I got it, and a few days later, Aubrey got sick with strep. Brian took her to the Doctor and she tested positive for flu and strep. She had the speediest recovery on record and was back to school on Monday after the weekend. We suspect the flu results were leftovers from being sick with the flu the week before. She got medicine for both, and I called the pediatrician and my Dr and got everyone else on Tamiflu - Except Brian who was supposed to have a perscription called in, but it never got to the pharmacy - twice. Then it was too late. Brian got the flu and strep throat, went to the Dr and got some medicine for both, but he has really suffered. With Brian out of commission, and my really reduced capacity for... anything, its been interesting. So I guess that brings us to plan G. We have been so blessed by the relief society this week. Several families have brought us dinners which has helped out immeasurably - just enough to keep us afloat until Brian gets better. We are so thankful, how can we complain? Nothing has really gone as planned, but neither had we planned on being so blessed during this time.
So, all is well. I will be 36 weeks on Monday and the little girl and I are healthy. Around 37 weeks I will officially be off bedrest, but I don't know that I would be able to increase my activity much even if I wanted to! Oh well, come what may!

Here are pictures from my latest ultrasound this week. The first one has a very good picture of the little girl's face. Is she not beautiful? The doctor was able to catch some hair on the ultrasound - its already fairly long. What excitement!

This week's situation has necessitated some creative dressing as the laundry is not getting done. Joe had to wear his sister's pink shirt to bed... and no one changed it the next day! He's ok - very secure in his boyhood.

These are the arrangements Brian made before he got sick to keep the germs at bay. Notice also the many medications and syrenges - There's more drugs there now...