Tuesday, June 28, 2011

When I said "I Do"

As I wrote my wedding vows, I let my heart guide my pen.  I wanted to stress that this union was the one the past 29 years had prepared me for.  Through sunny skies and gloomy days we would walk through all of them, together.  His handwritten vows were a mirror to mine. 

As we spoke those words, there was no way to predict that within a year we would deal with sickness, pain, and loss.  We rode out those stormy days by leaning on each other and keeping our eyes on the horizon that glows bright.  Our vows were more than words recited at our wedding, they are our way of life.

This song could not have said it better;

"When I Said I Do"

These times are troubled and these times are good
And they're always gonna be, they rise and they fall
We take 'em all the way that we should
Together you and me forsaking them all
Deep in the night and by the light of day
It always looks the same, true love always does

And here by your side, or a million miles away
Nothin's ever gonna change the way that I feel,
The way it is, is the way that it was

When I said I do, I meant that I will 'til the end of all time
Be faithful and true, devoted to you
That's what I had in mind when I said I do

Well this old world keeps changin', and the world stays the same
For all who came before, and it goes hand and hand
Only you and I can undo all that we became
That makes us so much more, than a woman and a man

And after everything that comes and goes around
Has only passed us by, here alone in our dreams
I know there's a lonely heart in every lost and found
But forever you and I will be the ones
Who found out what forever means

When I said I do, I meant that I will 'til the end of all time
Be faithful and true, devoted to you
That's what I had in mind when I said I do
Truer than true, you know that I'll always be there for you
That's what I had in mind, that's what I had in mind,
When I said I do

Artist: Clint Black & Lisa Hartman Black

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29 Weeks and Counting!!

We had an appointment yesterday and there are all kinds of big things happening in my BIG belly! Here are baby P's latest tricks;

-He opens his eyes and looks around. Yesterday while we were watching the ultrasound, he was looking from side to side and blinking.

-He sticks his tongue out. He gave us a little tongue peep show while we were watching.

-He has hair! It's just a little fuzz now, but the tech anticipates it to grow grow grow before we have him.  Maybe the old wives tale about having heartburn really is true!!

-His toes are ticklish. He was stretched out with his feet planted on my side, but when she would run the wand over the bottoms, he would curl up in a ball until she quit.

-He's practicing his breathing! She could feel and see him trying to expand his lungs to prepare them for life on the outside.  I felt the same sensation the night before and just thought he was moving like crazy.  Now I know what it feels like when he practices breathing!!

-I passed my gestational diabetes test!! Meaning I don't have to be put on a strict diet and I don't have to take the 3 hour test!

-P's feet are measuring over 2 inches long!  This baby really may come out taller than his daddy and I!
My cervix is a nice 3.8 length. We'll take it! When I was admitted into the hospital previously, it was at 2.2. That shows you how a little bed rest can really help a cervix out! :)
Keep the prayers coming!!!  3 more weeks until goal #2 is met!!!
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Grow Baby Grow!!!

Happy 28 weeks!!!
It's been a busy couple of weeks around the couch!!!  This past Monday we hit 28 weeks!  This is the first date our Dr. told us to aim for.  A sigh of relief could be heard for miles as we marked that day off the calendar.  Next goal...32 weeks! 

Yesterday we had an appointment so I could take the Glucola test.  This test is administered for all pregnancies to detect gestational diabetes.  I will get the results Mon. or Tues. of next week.  Fingers crossed, it comes back negative!  Baby P's heartbeat was perfect and my stomach is measuring right on target.  Nothing is as reassuring as having a good appointment!

This week we celebrated my Poppa's birthday!  Since my activity is limited my family had a "surround the couch" birthday party.  My dad smoked ribs and brought them over while my sweet husband cooked up sweet potatoes and made homemade ice cream.  It was bizarre laying on the couch while my husband prepared food for my family.  He never once complained and he later put his finger over my lips as I thanked him for taking care of everything. 

My Daddy!
On Sunday we celebrated Father's Day.  My sweet parents came over to spend some time with us.  I got to love on my Daddy and I showered my Father-to-Be with all the love and affection a girl on the couch can administer.  I think both "Daddies" had a great day!!

The previous week I told Scott we were going out to dinner.  His birthday is at the end of June and since we were unsure of when my Dr. would want me admitted to the hospital, I figured we better celebrate while we could!  With the Dr's. approval, we went out to dinner!  I felt like a puppy with my head hanging out  the window as I was so excited to be out of the house.  Scott and I realized this could very well be the last time we eat out pre-baby!  After dinner we made a quick stop at Dairy Queen for a blizzard.  The baby wanted it.

Date night with the hottest guy I know!

Our friends and family have made our time on bed rest easier than we imagined.  My parents visit at least once a week.  Momma will bake up something delicious, do the dishes and laundry, and spend time talking to her grandson.  My Poppa entertains Scott and fixes up items around the house from loose and broken spindles on our deck to painting a little table for the nursery.   My in-laws visit once a week to bring us dinner and catch up on appointments.  And my friends...  They come over to keep me company, do my toenails, bring us dinner, send cards, and continually call/e-mail/text to check on us.  Each interaction makes me smile and boost any spirits that may have taken a dip.  i knew how wonderful my friends were before...but I didn't know the depth of their compassion and love.  For these friends, my family and in-laws, we appreciate you, we are so happy to have you in our lives, and we love you!

So 28 weeks brings along the title of 3rd and final trimester!!  We are so happy to enter this time frame.  For the first time in 30 years I have begun to experience heartburn.  I've heard this means we are going to have a baby with a headful of hair.  We shall see!!  I've also started to feel tired more.  Maybe it's because I lay on the couch all day or maybe it's because baby is roughly 3lbs. and busier than ever, but I'm starting to revert back to my Sleeperella days.

Two more weeks at home than off to my stay in the hospital!  The change of scenery will be nice as well as the peace of mind knowing that if baby tries to make an exit, they can get him out within 10 minutes.  I'll keep the updates coming and ask you to keep us in your thoughts and prayers!!

The Fisher Two...soon to be The Fisher Three

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Bed Rest-Day 12

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Greetings from the plaid couch in Southern Indiana.  Who would have thought that laying on the couch each and everyday could be such a rollar coaster ride?  Sometimes it's a roller coaster that tickles my stomach and makes me laugh, but other times it's a ride that makes me want to bury my head in my hands and not look ahead. 
Our last two appointments have been filled with positive news and lots of hope.  Today we learned that our little fish has hit 2lbs.  I've never been so happy with any 2lb. part of my body before now.  He also hit the 26 week mark today.  That means that we are 2 weeks away from hitting our first "goal" (28 wks).  We are 6 weeks away from goal #2 (32 wks), and we are 9 weeks away from our ideal delivery date (35 wks).  Each and everyday is critical to the development of his little body.  Every morning I am so thankful that it is another day towards our goals.

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 So how does one spend 12 days of bedrest...I've been very lucky to have many visits from family and friends.  I've also been the lucky recipient of many cards, texts and e-mails.  It's nice to hear from the outside world as sometimes laying here, I feel like the rest of the world is passing me by while I'm stuck in "pause" mode.  I've worked numerous sudoku puzzles, finished 1 novel, started watching the True Blood season 3 series, colored (yes, and I have to admit I enjoy color by number pages!!) watched a handful of movies, read over 30 magazines from Shape (not recommended for someone who is confined to the couch) to Better Homes & Gardens, and played a few games of Solitare.  I am limiting my time on the computer and watching television as I don't think it's good to stare at a screen all day.  I try to have "music" time with baby daily because I think he's a huge fan of my singing!   He gets most excited when I sing Fleetwood Mac and Ray Lamontagne. 

I've realized there are a few spa type activities I can participate in from the horizontal position.  I can do face peels, paint my toes (with the help of a lot of pillows) and use moisturizing mittens on my hands.  I try to keep a routine each day and so far there has only been 1 day that I stayed in my pajamas the entire day.  Before Scott gets home, I spruce myself up just a bit (just because I lay on the couch all day doesn't mean I want to look like a lay on the couch all day). 
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I just started reading a book that my momma brought me, it's the Second Edition of "Preemies."  I would recommend this book for anyone that knows they are going to be delivering early.  The book explains what the baby will look like once born depending on what week he makes his arrival as well as which moniters and devices may be hooked up to him depending on his health at birth.    It's a great way to prepare us for what we will be dealing with in the near future.  The book has also helped explain some of the ups and downs that I've had as well as comfort me to know that it is normal to have some of the feelings I have had.  Not very often, but some days I just don't feel like talking to anyone.  I just want to curl myself up on this couch and disappear from the rest of the world.  The other 6 days of the week I am focused on the fact that this temporary situation directly impacts our long term lives.  That makes it easy to watch the lint balls roll across the kitchen floor (ok not easy, but I don't get up and sweep them away).

12 days down, atleast 14 more days at home on bed rest prior to being admitted between 28-30 wks for constant monitoring.  I would much rather stay at home on bed rest so hopefully we can make it to 30 wks (July 4th) without them admitting me. 

Without a doubt, I know the prayers that have been said for our family have made a difference.  I can't help but think of the verse Matthew 18:19 "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”  I am forever grateful to each one of you that has joined us in praying for our baby as well as Scott and I.  Please continue to think of us as we move through the next few weeks.  Our next appointment is one week from today.  Fingers crossed, we have a 3rd positive appointment!

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