Friday, March 30, 2007

WHY won't my baby sleep at night?!?!?!? She sleeps great during the day. But at night... *sigh* She was up for hours just fussing and whining last night.

And of course, the crying woke up Valerie... so they were BOTH up. :-(

I need sleep!!!!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

It's hard to find the time to update these days. Between the two girls, I have no time for anything else! I am beginning to wonder if I will ever leave the house again. And if I will ever sleep again. If it's not Veronica, it's Valerie. One of them is always awake, crying, hungry, thirsty, dirty, whiny, or needing attention... wanting something. Valerie is all about "mommy mommy mommy!" and wants to be by my side all the time. On the rare occasion they are both asleep (like now), it isn't for long. And in that short time, I'm usually washing bottles, mixing formula, putting laundry to wash, folding clothes... or laying down trying to get a little bit of rest. So, my online time is very limited. It doesn't help that my laptop died, so I have to sit at the desk at my regular computer. The laptop with wireless was so nice, as I could sit anywhere watching the kids and still surf and read stuff online.

Veronica is still having reflux issues. She's vomited twice in the last day or so. We have the hardest time getting her to burp. It's usually the times when I just give up and lay her down that all the milk she just drank comes back up. She is growing and gaining weight though, as her newborn sleepers are getting small on her already. Oh, and she STILL has the thrush in her mouth. It was getting better, and I didn't give her the medicine as I should have, so it came back. Roni HATES the medicine and cries so much, but I know I have to give it to her...

Valerie is being so sweet. She's full of hugs and kisses for us lately. She loves her little sister. Her latest thing is rainbows. Everything that is multi-colored is a "rainbow _____." Rainbow towel. Rainbow pants. Rainbow rug. Anything arc shaped is also a rainbow. Neat how she associates these things with rainbows. Val is also in love with our new washer and dryer. Every time I have clothes washing (which is every day!), she says "hear it? round and round! hear it?" She loves to watch the clothes go round and round. Val talks SO much now, and I really wonder where and how she knows some of the things she does. TV I guess.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Kids are keeping us BUSY ... but doing "okay." Just dropping off a few pictures.

Big Sister Valerie!







Sleeping Veronica!




Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Veronica had her two week check up today. She weighed in at 7lbs 11 oz and measured 20"! She's doing much better with her eating since we switched formula and bottles. She does have thrush as I thought and a yeast diaper rash, so we have prescriptions for that. Hopefully she'll be over it quickly! They did that awful, awful, PKU blood test. For some reason, her little foot wouldn't bleed. The nurse had to stick her 5-6 times. :-( Oh how she cried and screamed!!!! I know it's for her own good, but I felt terrible. It was just awful holding her in my arms while the nurse squeezed her tiny foot and my baby screamed in pain. :-(

Clint is in Houston all this week. Valerie stayed at my mom's last night and is there again tonight. She loves it there and they love having her, so it's all good. I miss her though. Roni sleeps a lot, so the house is extra quiet. I felt really bad this afternoon when Valerie was here. She wanted me to watch TV with her. "Dora Boots Momma!" she kept saying. And kept pointing to the bed "right there!" wanting me to lay down with her. I couldn't though because it was time to leave for Veronica's appointment. I told her I'd play with we got back, but it took forever at the drug store, so that didn't happen either. I'm going to get her tomorrow, so we'll see how it goes on my first night on my own with both of my girls!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

First jaundice... then reflux... now thrush AND a yeast diaper rash.

*sigh*

:-(

Friday, March 16, 2007

Thursday, March 15, 2007

I just want my baby to be well!! We've had a couple of bad days/nights. If Roni kept down 3-4 oz of formula yesterday that was a lot. Everything she ate during the night came right back up with in 10 minutes. Yesterday she slept and slept and slept. Poor thing was SO listless. I'd wake her to feed her, only to have her vomit it up again and again. We went through every single onesie I have for her -- and that is a BUNCH. She'd scream and make awful faces as if she were hurting. She is so hard to burp and we can't always get that air bubble to come up. I know it's hurting her, along with the reflux. I felt so helpless!!

Our peditrican said to switch to Good Start formula and give her 1/4 tsp of Mylanta every 6 hours. Done! We also decided to only feed her one ounce at a time, break for a burp, wait 10-15 minutes, then feed her a second ounce. No more than 2 oz a feeding. Then a few hours later, repeat. Small frequent feedings are supposed to help. And we have her propped up on the boppy to sleep so she isn't laying flat. So far so good.... she hasn't thrown up or spit up since late yesterday. Keep your fingers crossed... we follow up at the doctor Tuesday for her 2 week check up.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

After last night... I think... no, I'm pretty sure that Veronica has reflux. *sigh*

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Random....

* The day before Veronica was born, our washing mashine died! It was leaking water all over - cracked pump housing. Our dryer has been on the verge of dying also.... so we opted for new stuff. We got a nice front loading washer and dryer. I love them! They better last a long time since they cost and arm and a leg.

* My laptop died today. The wireless card went out...

* Veronica is already so different than Valerie was at this age. For one, she eats so slowly! Valerie used to suck down those bottles in no time. Roni takes her sweet old time. And we often have to wake her a few times in the middle of a feeding since she tends to doze off. She is eating better though.

* Valerie is fascinated by Veronica's tiny fingers.

* Clint is going to Houston next week. I have no idea how I'll manage. I'm still recovering and hurt when I do too much.

* While I don't miss being PG, I do miss my baby belly.

* Yet I still feel sad knowing I'll never be PG again... never again feel those baby kicks.... sad that part of my life is over.

* I forgot how nice it is to sleep on my stomach! And be able to bend over! And shave my legs!

* It is going to take forever to lose this baby weight. It's more inches than pounds... I am already 8 lbs away from my pre-preg weight, but no where near the same size.

* I go back to the doctor tomorrow for my 1 week follow up.

* Hoping to give Veronica her first bath this afternoon.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Picture post!

Last PG pic ever....


In the hospital...



Veronica, a few minutes old




Another Daddy's Girl!


Veronica Leigh, 5 days old

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Veronica's Birth Story! ( the short version! lol )


Here's the "short" version of Veronica's birth. I'm working on a much longer, more detailed one for myself!

We checked into the hospital a little before midnight on Sunday. It took a little while to get settled. The nurses asked their usual thousand questions, got me set up with an IV, and hooked up to the monitors. It was 1:30am before my nurse got around to administering the Cervadil. I tried to rest, but it's hard to sleep in the hospital. Contractions started at some point during the early morning hours. At first they were uncomfortable, then they started to hurt a bit! My doctor checked me at 8:30am, and I was at 2cm! She said I could have my epidural when I was ready. It was way too early for that so I got out of bed every 30 mins to walk in hopes it would get things going. But nope, a few hours later, no change. My doctor said she could break my water and that would help things along. About 11:40 I opted to get my epidural before doing that because I knew what was coming! One of my biggest worries was that my epi would be the same as it was for Valerie - not strong enough. And of course, it was. Luckily the new women's center has an anesthesia department all to themselves, so my epi was adjusted right away. I think it was a bit too strong though, as one leg quickly became completely "dead" while the other was numb but I could move it. Right after my epi was increased, I felt REALLY bad - dizzy, light headed, weak, and I could barely talk. Clint called my nurse (who was wonderful BTW!) and she ran in telling me it was my blood pressure. The epidural had made my BP crash, so they had me turn over and gave me a shot of efedrin. It helped, but for a long time afterwards I felt weak, very sleepy, and a little out of it. About 12:40, my doctor broke my water.

So, I just sort of laid there for the next few hours trying to rest. I could still feel tightness of the strong contractions. No pain though. Still, not much else was happening. I had dilated to 4-5 cm, but it was progressing very slowly. About 4:00, pitocin was started to kick things in gear. For the next few hours, I just waited and watched the contractions on the monitor.

As the contractions got stronger, the baby's heart rate started to decel. The nurses had me turn from one side to the other over and over. But when each contraction peaked, her heart rate would drop off some. This went on for quite some time and I was really worried. My nurse said she hoped it meant the baby was coming down the birth canal. She checked, and found that I had a second bag of waters that hadn't broken. Weird! But the baby was lower, so there was progress! The next time I was checked .... 7 cm! Not much longer!! They started getting the room ready.

It just so happens there was another patient of my doctor's in the next room in labor who was 7 cm. My nurse told me to let them know if I felt any pressure before my doctor got back to me. Soon after I had a big contraction and felt pressure. I wasn't sure if that was "it" though. Then I had another even bigger contraction with major pressure. At the same time, the baby's heart rate slowed way, -way- down and stayed there. Three nurses ran in telling me to roll on my other side NOW, and it really freaked me out!! I told my nurse about the pressure I felt with each contraction, and she said I was probably ready! The baby probably dropped all the way down, and that was why hear heart slowed. Sure enough, I was 10cm and the baby was right there. And my doctor was delivering another baby!!! My nurse said breathe through the contractions and don't push! The pressure was so intense!! I held on to the bed rail and Clint's hand for dear life with each wave praying my doctor would hurry. It was about 8:15 pm.

Much sooner than I anticipated in walks my doctor. The other baby had come pretty fast! So she puts on her scrubs and they get me situated in a birthing position. I pushed for about 5-7 contractions, 3 counts of 10 on each. It took about 30-40 mins and with the help of the vacuum, Veronica was born at 8:47 pm! 7 lbs, 6.5 oz (bigger than Valerie!!), 18.5" long. My doctor said if she had been any bigger, there was no way she would have fit. Inducing when we did was the right thing to do because she would have easily been over 8 lbs if I had gone to term!!

I have to say it was such a great experience in comparison to how hard Valerie's birth was. We came home Wednesday. We had to spend an extra day in the hospital because the pediatrician on call didn't think Veronica had eaten enough. The next day, we had to wait even longer because they said she had spit up some of her formula. (don't all babies do that!!?) She does have a bit of jaundice, but we took her to our regular pediatrician today and she's just fine.

I'm doing pretty good. I feel so much better than when I was PG, even with all the postpartum stuff going on. I'm tired a lot due to the pain meds I'm taking (Tylenol 3), but I hope to be off of those in the next day or so. Valerie is still adjusting. When Roni cries, Val is right there "matter baby? matter onica? okay baby?" But I can tell that she is confused and maybe a bit jealous. I'm trying to pay as much attention to Val as possible, but it's tough. I'm sure we'll figure it out though.

I'll post more Veronica pictures soon!! Believe it or not, I really haven't taken that many yet. Bad momma!!!

Veronica Leigh Galliano

3-5-07

8:47 pm

7 lbs, 7 oz.

18 1/2" long


We are all doing great! Birth story and more pictures to come soon! It's pretty hectic around here, as expected! Her birth went very well, MUCH better than my experience with Valerie. I have to say the new Women's Center at the hospital was fantastic!!!! Even with all the post-partum issues, I already feel 100% better than I EVER did while pregnant!!!!!

Thanks everyone for all the well wishes and thoughts!!!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

counting down.... 9 hours to go....

I'm nervous.


And scared.


:-(

Saturday, March 03, 2007

We went grocery shopping today for the week. And we're cleaning a bit, decluttering. I know I'll feel better coming home to a clean(er) house than a mess!

I'm starting to feel really anxious about being induced. Nervous. I went through it with Valerie, and made it okay, but it wasn't exactly "fun." But really, is giving birth ever pleasant?! lol! I'm just panicking about the whole thing. I just hope it goes as quickly as it did with Valerie. And the baby is okay... I'm okay. Even though I've been knowing for 9 months a baby is coming, it still doesn't seem real. Are we ready? How on earth am I gonna manage TWO kids? How will Valerie handle being a big sister?! Lots and lots of questions and worries running through my mind .... I keep hearing the second baby is easier. I sure hope that is true!!

It still doesn't seem that the day after tomorrow (as long as everything goes according to plan) I'll be holding Veronica!! In a way I'm sad that I wasn't able to enjoy being pregnant. I really wish I would have felt better. I would have liked to savor each moment instead of wishing it all away. It's bittersweet that this chapter of my life is over since I will never do this again. Yet I am looking forward to focusing on raising my babies and enjoying our family.

Well... We check into the hospital tomorrow at midnight. The next time I update should be to share pictures of our new addition!!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Home

Back home... still no baby!

But we have a date!!

I'm to go in Sunday at midnight to begin the induction process... so Veronica should be here sometime Monday!!!!!

Thursday, March 01, 2007

In the hospital for 24hr observation again.....

Tomorrow my doctor is going to make a decsion about inducing... I'm fairly certain it'll be a yes!

So, we'll probably have a baby before Monday!!!!!!

Will update again when possible.....