Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

This is the end

Well it is sad to say but this will be the end of my hyperemesis blog.  I have had 4 hyperemesis baby's.  My first in 2004 (a little girl, 8lbs 15oz), my second in 2006 (a little girl 8lbs 11oz), my third in 2009 (a little girl 8lbs 14oz), and my last Sept 2012 (a little boy 9lbs 9oz).  I have had 2 picc lines, 100's of IV's, and all 4 were zofran baby's.  This journey in life was unexpected and sad.  I think I would have at least one or two more if it was not for hyperemesis.  But I am happy to say I fought and beat hyperemesis 4 times.  I know if I can do it anyone can do it.  It is worth the fight in the long run.  I know 40 weeks sounds like forever, but it is not and the end result is the most wonderful gift ever.

Feel free to leave comments on my blog with your e-mail address and I will e-mail you back.  I highly recommend reading the book, Beyond Morning Sickness, for more information.  I hope the journey I went through might help someone else with hyperemesis and I hope and pray for a cure one day.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Birth Story



I want to start off by saying I am so lucky that I had the doctor that I had who delivered the baby.  Any other doctor would have gave up and did a c-section and my doctor stayed until 10:30pm (she was off at 7pm) to deliver my baby and help me have him vaginally!  I am so thankful for her and my many blessings.
My husband is a big indy race car fan so we hung it up.  The little yellow cars had all of our names on it.  Baby Evan was the driver of the big car! 

Monday morning my mom showed up at my house at 6:45am.  I think I had been up all night nervous!  Brad (the hubby) and I left at 7:10am for the hospital.  Lizzie (our 8 year old) was awake when we left and excited to see her new brother after school (or so she thought).

Brad and I went to the hospital and checked in.  We had a nice big room and a great nurse, who had been a I think nurse for 13 years, but only 3 months as an ob nurse (so she was in training).  She was really great!  She got my IV on the first try (which is rare), checked me and I was 1.5 centimeters dilated, and the baby was still at -3 station (VERY high).  They decided they could start pitocin and at 10:30am pitocin was finally started (pharmacy was running slow).
Waiting for pitocin!

My mom took the 2 oldest girls to school and Maddie (our 2 year old)to a friend’s house for the day (I was nervous about this because we have never left Maddie anywhere.  But she did great and our wonderful friend Lisa sent pictures to my mom all day on her cell phone of Maddie having fun). Then around 11am my dad and mom came to the hospital.

The doctor came in and I asked her when I can get the epidural, she said whenever I wanted too, she expected with baby number 4 I would go quick and fast with the pitocin.  I wanted to wait until I was in a good amount of pain, but the nurse told me 4 people were lined up for the anesthesiologist and he was next door so I could be next if I wanted.  I was not sure but after some pressure from the hubby and parents and the pitocin kicking in VERY fast I was in some pain I decided to do it.
Me with pitocin before the epidural, last picture before birth because i was in so much pain.  Should have taken more pictures!

They told my hubby and parents the epidural would take 20 minutes and to go to the waiting room and come back in 20 (I hate not having my hubby with me).  The anesthesiologist who did not speak English very well was not so great.  I kept telling him it hurt while he was doing it (my other ones did not hurt with the other 3 kids).  He called me a baby and told me “no pain no gain”!  He clearly did not know the hell I had been through with hyperemesis with this baby!  He left the room.  At about 20 minutes I told the nurse who was the only one in the room I felt really funny.  She said describe it and I said I couldn’t, I just did not feel right.  Then the heart monitor thing stared beeping and my heart rate was 184 bpm…..really high, she called for another nurse and the anesthesiologist to come back.  My hubby walked in and they asked him to go back to the waiting room (he was trying to ask questions and no one would answer him).  The room was now spinning, I started gagging and trying to throw up, I remember them telling me to cough (I have no idea why). They rolled me on to my left side and my heart rate settled, I said something was still wrong and my blood pressure dropped 80/30.  They said I passed out at that point but I just remember the room being foggy.  It was a full hour until everything got calmed down and they let my family back in.  I really felt like I was going to die, it was the weirdest experience I have ever had. My mom said she knew something was wrong in the waiting room when no one was coming out to update them and it was taking so long.  Brad was not a happy camper about not knowing what was going on.  I never really recovered from this point forward.

An hour later (about 1pm) I was a 4 centimeters and stuck there until 6pm…..not dilating at all!   I felt every contraction.  The epidural did not work at all, I was numb from the thighs to my toes.  And not numb from my hips to my chest.   But having my legs and toes numb did not help anything. What a waste!
My dad sleeping since I was not into playing cards like I usually am when I am in labor, I was in so much pain!  My dad got a good 2 hour nap though :)

At 5pm Brad went home and got the girls dinner, played with them and hung out.  My moms friend Kathye now had all 3 girls at our house (she picked up the 2 oldest from school) and was planning on spending the night with them.  Huge thanks to her also!  Her husband brought over ice cream, pop corn and cookies!  YUMMY!

 Then I made it to a 10 centimeters at 8pm.  But the baby was still a -3 station.  This is not a good thing.  You cannot push a baby out who is not against your cervix.  They pushed on my belly (the epidural  is still not working).  I pushed for almost 3 hours.  The baby was sunny side up.  3 of my kids have now been the wrong way.  The doctor said it was due to the shape of my pelvis.  She kept spraying soap up inside of me trying to make the baby slippery to turn him.  Bubbles everywhere……weird place for bubbles to be coming out!  No luck, so the doctor told the nurse to flip me to the side and try to push and left the room (I did not know at the time but she left the room to schedule the operating room for my c-section…..if the baby did not flip he could not make it through my pelvis sunny side up).  The doctor came back and flipped me back onto my back, and he was now sideways, not sunny side up, but not looking down either.  She said she thought he just might make it through!  We pushed another 20 minutes and out came Evan at 10:27pm!


Notice football in the background


He looked so small……everyone guessed he was 8 pounds (yes that is small for my kids)………..everyone was wrong 9 pounds 9 ounces, 21 inches!  I knew he was big!  He was perfect but because of his large size he needed blood sugar levels checked every 4 hours for 24 hours, he did not like this.

My dad went home around 11:30pm and my mom went to my house to stay with the 3 girls at 11:30pm.  She would bring the girls back in the morning at 9am and my dad came back at 7am to be with the baby.  The girls were so excited to see their brother and stayed at the hospital most of the day until dinner to go home and take a break and come back later with their cousins to visit.  Maddie was happy to her mommy!
He is as big as my 5 year old!

3 proud sisters!

2 excited cousins, Livi asked me if it hurt, I thought that was a cute question :)

Maddie cried leaving mommy that night and cried all the way home.  My mom stayed at the hospital all night with me because when they took the baby to the nursery for all the different tests I wanted someone with him (I do not like my baby out of my sight or my parents). 

We were discharged at 11am Wed morning! YA! 


He did not like his ride home!



Nursing has been a breeze, easiest one yet, no sore nipples!  He is a big eater!  I am not sore in the vagina area at all!  I even had stitches from natural tearing, 2nd degree whatever that means. No pain at all.  No hemorrhoids, another first ever!  Going to the bathroom has been so easy too!

But let me tell you the contractions from my uterus has been the worse ever, I am taking Tylenol, motrin, and percocet with no relief.  When I nurse the contractions are so bad I cry.  It hurts!  My stomach is still HUGE, with the girls I could wear none maternity clothes within a day, I am still in maternity clothes and I am devastated!  What if my belly never goes down???

That is the story of Evans birth!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

He is here!

More to come this is short and sweet:

  • 9 pounds, 9 ounces
  • 21 inches
  • Born Monday night after hours of pushing
  • Sunny side up
  • Very tired mom
  • Nursing very well
  • Had complication with epidural :(

Sunday, September 16, 2012

NERVOUS!

I can not believe I am as nervous as I am, considering I have done this 3 other times!  I guess it is because I know how much it is going to HURT!  I did not go to bed until 2am last night because I had a thousand things going through my head!  Wish me luck and I will update the blog when I get home from the hospital (I am not taking the computer to the hospital to update)! 

I still think he will be over 9 pounds, lets see if I am right!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Over-Due!

I hate being overdue!  Not as much as I hate Hyeremesis though!

This baby still shows no signs of coming until the doctor pulls it out on Monday!  HA HA HA!

The worst part is I am stuck at home because I am so swollen it hurts to go anywhere or do anything!

I can not sleep at night because I literally have to pee every hour!  I was never this way with the other kids, and I literally have to pee a ton every hour, maybe I am drinking too much water, is that possible?

Well just an update to let everyone know I am still pregnant!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

40 Weeks!

Well no luck trying to convince the doctor to induce me!  They do what is called a "Bishops Score"  It is a number from 1-5 on these 5 areas:
  • Cervical dilation
  • Cervical effacement
  • Cervical consistency
  • Cervical position
  • Fetal station
You need to have at least an 8 to be considered "Induce-able" I scored a 5!  1 in each area, lowest possible score!  So the doctor said I can be induced Monday or I can come into the office on Monday and they can check my score again and give me another week!  If I go to the hospital on Monday and I am still a 5 the chance of a c-section is 50%!  At this point to be honest I really do not care how this baby comes out, but it is going to come out Monday, one way or another!

Monday, September 10, 2012

40 weeks in 48 hours!

AND STILL NO SIGN OF BABY COMING!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

39 weeks!

I did NOT like the doctor I saw today!  She checked me and I am still only 1 centimeter, I asked her to strip my membranes and she said No because I am NOT 39 weeks until tomorrow!  REALLY?  I asked her if I could come back tomorrow and she said NO, the insurance won't cover it!  What a piece of work!  10 hours makes that big of difference?  I do not think so!

She said it will still be a few weeks!  Does she understand what I have gone through? 
H-Y-P-E-R-E-M-E-S-I-S!  I have paid my dues, I deserve to have this baby OUT! 

He is NEVER coming out!

I am a dork!

So everyone knows when you go to the doctors you have to pee in a cup every time!  I drink a ton of water before I go to the doctors so I can pee in  the cup! This has happened to me 2 times now, once last week.  I have to pee so bad I run into the bathroom (the cups are sitting right there staring at you) I pee, wash my hands, come out of the bathroom and the nurse asks me, "Where is your cup?".  How could I forget?  2 Times!  I feel like such a dork!

Monday, September 3, 2012

What everyone thinks Evan will look like!


Baby Evan

Lizzie (8 yrs old) – I think he is going to have red hair like me but that is curly like Maddie.  I think he will have blue eyes like Maddie.  I like the name Evan.  I want him to weigh 10lbs and 9oz.  I think he will be short and be 19 inches long. 

Emmie (5 years old)- I think he will have brown hair like me, I think he will have very short hair and straight like daddys.  I think he will have blue eyes because we all ready have lots of brown eyes in our family. I think he will weigh 9lbs 15 ozs.  I think he will be really long like 22 inches.

Maddie (2 years old)– I think Evan will have curly hair like me.  I think his hair will be blue to match his blue eyes.  I think he will be a boy and we will call him Evan.

Daddy – I think he will have brown hair, straight hair.  I think he will have blue eyes.

Mommy – I think he will have brown hair but hope it is red like Lizzie.  I think he will have brown eyes but I hope they are blue like Maddie or green like daddy.  I think he will weigh 9lbs even, and 20 inches.

39 weeks!

Still no baby!  I went to my parents house for dinner last night, ate dinner, played cards, and hung out for about 4 hours, we went to leave and I put on my shoes and they did not fit!  In 4 hours my feet had become 2 times the size they usually are from being swollen!  I have never been swollen before!  WEIRD!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

38 weeks!

Well Wednesday morning I woke up at 2am with really bad cramps, they were horrible!  They started in my back and wrapped around my belly.  I could not lay down, I was up the rest of the day and never went back to sleep.  I lost my mucus plug in the morning and felt "wet" all day!  So I finally called the doctor and went in at 4pm to the office to see what was going on.  I was still only 1 centimeter but my cervix had thin out, that's good but still means it could be a few more weeks or today!  Come on out baby (it will be a few more weeks, I am sure)!  Luckily last night I felt better and slept all night!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Still 38 weeks!

I forgot to mention I was Strep B Negative!  I was Strep B positive with the last one!  I am so excited because it means no antibiotics!

Congrats to my cousin who had her baby last night, she has 3 boys and now a little girl!  I am so jealous, how did you get that baby to come out (we were due together)?

The doctor said they will not induce me until the 19th!  It went from having a c-section in 7 days to not having a baby for all most a month!  Not fair!

Monday, August 27, 2012

38 week doctor

No news to report............this baby is never going to come!  I am still only 1 centimeter and he is still head down but does not look like he is ready any time soon.  It will be October!  HA HA HA!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Almost 38 weeks!

I have contractions all the time and they HURT!  I am so sick of them and TIRED of being pregnant, peeing all the time, being moody, and the contractions!  Come soon baby!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

37 Weeks!

Doctors appointment today:

The doctor I saw I have never seen before but he prescribed all my picc line and home healthcare.  He managed all my hyperemesis issues though I have never met him.  My home healthcare nurse use to work with him and would tell me how good looking he was!  WELL SHE WAS RIGHT!  Nothing better then a HOT doctor!

GREAT NEWS:  BABY IS HEAD DOWN! 

C-Section was cancelled, I could not believe it when they did another ultrasound today (how many is that now 10?). Sunday night I thought I was having contractions really bad I described it to my hubby as really bad cramps, at one point we thought we should go to the hospital but I decided to wait it out.  I think that was the baby turning.

Everything else looked great blood pressure 110/70.....gained 2 pounds (I had just eaten though).

So now what will this baby be 2 weeks late like that last 3? Excited I do not have to have a c-section, not excited about not knowing when the baby will come!






Sunday, August 19, 2012

Almost 37 weeks!

Well I am DONE!  With my 3 girls I never had back pain, had problems sleeping, or had to pee all the time!  This baby is a whole different story!  I pee like every 30 minutes all day and night, I minds well live in the bathroom!  I can not sleep to save my life, this baby is so much more active then the girls ever were.  And now I have really bad lower back pain that shoots down my legs and it hurts to walk.  Can I really go another 2 weeks?  Not to mention the 2-4 hours of nauseousness I still have to deal with everyday!   

Monday, August 13, 2012

36 weeks!

Well today was my 36 week check up and this is what we found out:

  • I lost a pound.........weird since I have been eating like crazy.
  • My blood pressure was low - 100/70
  • They did my strep-B test (I was negative for the first 2 but positive for the last one)
  • The doctor did an internal exam and I am 1 centimeter dilated, but thick and long
  • The doctor was 100% positive the baby was NOT breach!  She showed me where the butt was and his leg and arms.  She said he was head down.
  • I disagreed with the doctor and told her he was BUTT down and I wanted an ultrasound.
  • I went over to ultrasound and sure enough he is BUTT down, breach as can be!  I was RIGHT!
  •  I went to scheduling and scheduled the c-section. 
  • It shows you to follow your gut feeling, another good example is everyone says  to try and move the baby around but I feel like there is a reason he is breach and I want to leave him alone.  Though I do NOT want a c-section I feel this is the safest way to get him out.

I am still sick everyday from 11am - 12 and feel like death for an hour, I hate it!  I HATE hyperemesis!
I was having braxton and hicks contractions last night for 2 hours, and it HURT!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

34 weeks!

Had my check up:

  • Blood Pressure 117/60.........amazing how great it has been!
  • Gained a ton of weight! 5 pounds in 2 weeks!  BOO!  A total of 20 pounds so far this pregnancy!
  • Baby heart Rate 120's
  • Baby is BREACH! 
  • I go in 10 days and they will do an internal exam and see if indeed he is still BUTT down! I think he will be!  
The doctor office I go to has like 10 doctors so I don't always see the same one.  The one I saw today was one that I saw when I was the sickest I have ever been at the beginning with the hyperemesis (I have not seen her since)!  She walked in the room today and said, "I am so glad you are still alive!  You are the sickest patient I have ever seen!  I had no idea what to do to help you (She is the one who went and got another doctor)."  She said she thought the hospital for 20 weeks was the best place for me!  She was so cute and funny, I think I gave her a good scare! She genuine felt so bad for me!  She was happy to see at 34 weeks I was not still GREEN!

    Sunday, July 29, 2012

    Baby Shower

    Like the sports theme?  My hubby is a huge sports NUT!  This cake was awesome!  A lady my mom works with made it!

    This was awesome, baby in a cradle made by Kathye Schaffer!  My hubby is loving all the left over fruit!  I think my 2 youngest daughters ate all the strawberries at the shower!

    Before the shower!  My 3 girls!

    Who could make the best baby out of play-dough by Lisa Kay!

    My big belly and my oldest daughter not so happy!  Notice the blue neck-less on my youngest daughter that I made for all the girls that say, Its a boy!

    Treat bags for everyone by Lisa Kay that say, SARAH IS GOING TO POP!
    My mom and 3 of her friends through me a baby shower on Saturday (Lisa, Karen, and Kathye).  It was so great and wonderful.  We had 40 people!  WOW!  You should have seen how long it took to open gifts (not really my 3 girls went to town opening gifts.....ha ha ha)!  Baby Evan has a ton of cool boy clothes and will not have to worry about wearing pink!

    Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Happy BIG 33 weeks!

    I have gained 14 pounds and look like I have gained 100! I am so BIG! This shirt fit me the day I delivered Lizzie my 8 year old! I can not believe how differently I am carrying this boy!

    I still have no stretch marks but worry about them and worried about having extra skin after the baby is born! Why is pregnancy so hard on a woman's body?

    My husband and I went and saw the movie, "What to expect when your expecting", it was not all that great but the funniest part was the debate Cameron Diaz and her boyfriend were having on circumcision!  It was great!  She asked him if she got the video she sent him and his response hilarious!  He is for circumcision and she is against it, it is great!  Then she says she is going to name the baby Jackson (the name I love), and he says no way!  Then they end up having the baby and it is a girl!  I have dreams all the time the baby is a girl!  CRAZY!  


    Friday, July 20, 2012

    Kids Birthing Class!

    Took the kids to a hospital tour and birthing class, they had a great time and now are prepared for their new baby brother to come!

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    32 Weeks!

    Today was the 32 week check up and it could not have gone better!  Here are the stats:

    • Blood Pressure 120/65........Perfect!
    • I gained 2 pounds in 3 weeks.......happy mommy (though I am suppose to gain a pound a week)
    • I have gained 14 pounds this pregnancy (ya, hopefully I will not hit that 30 pounds you gain when you are prego)
    • Not dehydrated (no keytones or sugar in the urine)
    • Baby is measuring 2 weeks ahead...............YA!  Come out early (fat chance of that happening) (mine are all 2 weeks late)
    • BABY IS NOT BREACH ANYMORE!

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

    32 weeks tomorrow!

    I had someone tell me today I look so tiny for being 32 weeks pregnant!  It made me feel good but I thought maybe she was blind since I am so BIG!

    I am so tired, lately too!  Baby is still very active and tomorrow is my 32 weeks appointment!

    Thursday, July 12, 2012

    The girls shirts!

    Well the girls really wanted shirts for the hospital tour next week, the baby shower, and when the baby is born (I did not want to spend a ton of money buying them).  The first shirt was my first attempt to do an iron on that said, "I'm the BIG sister"......but it did not work!  I was so bummed!  I have no clue what I did wrong!  So it became my practice shirt!

    Then I free hand......yes that is free hand......the letters. I used fabric I had around the house and used bonding to put it on the shirt!  It turned out so cute, the girls loved it and had fun helping me do it!

    31 weeks!

    That technically means 8 weeks left (since the baby WILL be a week early)!  HA HA HA!  The heat has gone down this week so I am happy to report I am not as HOT!  I go to the doctors in one week for my 32 week check up and we have our hospital tour!

    Worst part of this week:  My hips are killing me!  I have NEVER had hip pain before!  I can not walk far with out wanting to cry.  I lay in bed a lot and when people call and my daughter answers the phone and people ask for me she tells them I am in bed, people must think I am LAZY!  The baby is still breach!

    Best part of the week: I went and had a pregnancy massage done, and it felt so good except I did a deep tissue massage and my poor shoulders hurt for 2 days after.  But it was nice and relaxing. I realized how blessed I was to be sick while the kids were in school in Jan-June because I am loving be able to stay busy with the girls this summer and not have to sit home with a picc line!  A picc line and swimming would not go hand in hand!

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

    I can NOT do this for 10 more weeks!

    Happy 30 weeks, and I am DONE!  I can NOT stand it anymore!  I hate being pregnant!  I have 4 huge issues:

    1. - I am so big and uncomfortable I can NOT sleep!  No matter how many pillows I do or do not use, or body pillows, and which side I lay on it is so uncomfortable!  Last night I laid in bed, on the coach, in my chair, on the floor!  No relief anywhere!  I just want to sleep!  If I can not sleep I want to be up holding my new born baby boy!

    2. I am so HOT! HOT is an understatement!  I am NOT a hot person, I never sweat and I am so sweaty all the time!  Like ring out clothes sweaty!  Nothing cools me down!  I have 3 fans on me, the air on 72, and sitting over the vent for the air conditioner and I am still HOT!  This has never happened to me before!  I am so HOT it is painful!

    3.  Sugar Spells!  I am getting huge, and I hate it!  Just not my belly but everywhere.  I want to eat less and healthier but my body freaks out on me when I am not eating 6 full course meals a day!  I had a bad spell today because I only ate a bowl of cheerios and pb sandwich before 11am.  I see stars, get dizzy, and throw up, then I am too sick to eat!  It is such a horrible cycle!  I am so tire of eating!  Tired of getting FAT!  Tired of the spells!

    4.  Due to the baby being breach his head is in my rib cage and lungs and half the time I feel like I can not breathe!


    I can NOT last 10 more weeks!  I am so cranky!

    Monday, July 2, 2012

    30 weeks in 2 days!

    Oh how I hope I only have 8 weeks left!  So this weekend marks the first time of not being able to get comfortable while I sleep at night, even with a body pillow and extra pillows I am so uncomfortable!

    Yesterday I had a hormone rush and just about anything could burst me into tears!  As I did at dinner! So, unlike me!  I hate it!  Much better today!

    Then late last night I started having really bad chest pains I am not sure what it was, I have never had heartburn before so I am not sure if that is what it was but it did not feel like it.  My chest felt like an elephant was sitting on it and it was hard to catch my breathe.  I tried a shower with no relief.  I was in tears it hurt so bad.  I think the baby's head is pushing into my rib cage and lungs and it was making it hard to breathe.  I was much better today though!