I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas yesterday. 🙂 I was all set to write steadily the last time I blogged, yada yada yada – and then reality hit me as I still had to finish everyone’s pajamas, and help Elizabeth finish making piano bags for everyone, and do at least some baking, oh, and clean the house, and…and…and….
I got it all done. Three nightgowns, one set of boy pajamas, and two pair pajama pants for Paul, plus 5 piano bags that Elizabeth “made”. It was her first introduction to the sewing machine and she learned how to release and put down the pressure foot, guide material through while I was sewing, etc. So everyone now has a piano bookbag made from left over material I had laying around that had music notes and such on it. Everyone but Jacob that is – we’ll have to make him one when he is older. 🙂 I never did get the corn heating bags made for people though – oh well. 🙂
I managed to do some baking, though the majority of it ended up being on the 23rd. We have our Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve so Mom doesn’t end up in the kitchen all day on Christmas and we can snack and eat as we go and enjoy the kids. I suppose it could be that I overdid things a tad bit during the week, but on Christmas Eve morning I woke to a rather unpleasant surprise that sent everyone into a whirlwind of worry.
Vaginal bleeding – not exactly the kind of Christmas presant I was hoping for, and as I have never had such problems I was a tad bit panicked and stressed. My midwife came over (at 5:30 a.m.) to check and things with baby seemed to be fine – the heart rate was fine, etc.. As soon as she things opened up in the morning I was scheduled for an ultrasound. I was ordered to bed and to stay there until we could be sure that things were ok. But what to do about Christmas dinner?
Paul stepped up to the plate, marvelous man that he is, and cooked the whole thing. Anyway, I digress. We found a wonderful girl who was willing to babysit on Christmas Eve and took off to the hospital where (even though we were there at the scheduled time) waited for 30 minutes before the ultrasound took place.
Everything was and is fine. No placenta abruption, nothing wrong with the cervix, they aren’t really sure what caused the bleeding though there are several different things it could be. Plenty of amniotic fluid and baby’s heart rate was healthy and baby was and is active. I was allowed to move around more, though Paul still wouldn’t let me set foot in the kitchen – I think his theory was that I overdid things a bit. Stress was allieviated, though there still were a number of clots and light bleeding. After a lot of rest we still managed to have a wonderful and normal Christmas Eve with all our usual festivities and traditions.
During the night as Christmas morning approached I remember feeling a few quite strong contractions and praying, “please not tonight – I don’t want to spoil Christmas, etc.” Thankfull nothing happened. No bleeding and feeling quite “normal”. Paul is still forcing me to take it easy – though honestly I want to – I’m not taking any chances. So while I am up and about I am focusing on not doing too much no matter how the messy house after Christmas bugs me. 😉
Our Christmas day was splendid and filled with marvelous fun – there was even less squabling and such than usual – which is pretty good considering all the new things that everyone wants to play with.
Baby now has permision to come whenever he (no, we don’t know that the baby is a boy, but can’t stand saying ‘it’) wishes and apparantly is working on it. Contractions, though not frequent (or spaced close together) have picked up quite a bit in potency – they are actually starting to hurt! So maybe, just maybe I might be early for a change. Due date is a week from tomorrow, so who knows. I have another prenatal on Friday, so will shoot for any more updates at that time.
Until then all is well, and we had a wonderful Christmas. I sure hope all of you had a wonderful one as well!