A growing family

Once Frank and I decided we are going to expand our family,  my head was full, so many thoughts, will we be good parents?  Will our children sit on some couch in 30 years talking about how we screwed up their lives? But in we dove.  The decision was the easiest part.

To start with I gained over 70 pounds when pregnant with Megan.  There were many reason for this I assume. I was a smoker and quit as soon as I found out I was pregnant.  I am sure I was a real hormonal piece of work  to be around while going through nicotine withdrawal.  I also decided that Megan liked Lemon water ice and mini chocolate donuts.  She NEEDED to have them!

At some point the pregnancy was deemed “high risk”.  I had placenta previa.  I would have to take a few days off from work each time and lay flat and not move.  I was sent for a “high risk”  ultrasound, which was code for way too long.   They  counted every limb, finger and even toe.  They searched for each organ and after almost 2 hours they determined that Megan was just fine.

I grew larger and larger, my due date came and went, I walked and grew and then walked some more.  I thought if I kept moving she would eventually drop out.  Once I was over 2 1/2 weeks late they finally induced labor and my giant 9 lb 6 oz baby girl arrived.  They quickly swept her away from me after determining that she was not breathing properly.  She stayed the next few days in the NICU. In the end, thankfully she was fine.

I loved being a mom.  We decided the Bailey clan needed another member.  My pregnancy with Madison was pretty uneventful.  Other than being huge massive and extremely uncomfortable, it went pretty smoothly.  Once Madison was born, my Megan seemed to be taken over by a very unhappy little person that I did not know.  There were some complications during delivery with Madison so they converted to an emergency C-section.  I ended up in the hospital for several days.  During visits Megan would not talk to me or sit with me and she wanted nothing to do with her sister!

Things are so much easier with the second child.  By the time I left the hospital, the nurses had already had Madi on a decent schedule.  She was such a pleasant baby.  Good eater, good sleeper and for the most part little fuss.  It did not take long for Megan to warm up to her sister.

Watching them together was and is wonderful.  They get along beautifully.  Of course they argue at times but they are the best of friends and think of each other always.  If either is away from the other and offered anything, they ask for one for the other.  They are my world.

Could there be room in the Bailey clan for more little ones?

3am do you know where your BPM patient is?

SO I sit here in a nice quiet house.  Actually slept for about a 4 hour stretch. I woke up in some real discomfort but I think I can say not pain exactly.

Did I mention that Frank moved our guest bed downstairs to the family room for me so I did not have to climb stairs?  And my powder room is now filled with my necessities?  Very handy!  I am still getting used to getting into and out of a non hospital bed but at lease I can do it on my own!

I took the opportunity to empty my drains. Not too bad 17ml total in 12 hours.  My girls have been wonderful but I am still trying to keep some things completely from them.  The drains are really something.  A much-needed yet totally uncomfortable and honesty very disgusting need.  I have put together an outfit with and undershirt underneath one of Franks short sleeve button downs.  I can pin the drains to the undershirt with the girls not having a clue that they exist.

Guess I should wiggle my way back into my bed.  I am still doing the breathing exercises from the hospital.  Not sure if I am supposed to or not but figure they sure can’t hurt!  I will post some pics of my new family/bed/hospital room soon.

Today I get my first home health care nurse visit.