PEYTON ....well she is 3 months old today! when you have a preemie they tell you to expect them to hit their milestones according to their gestational age , so far she is ahead she will only be 42 weeks tomorrow and she is interacting working on keeping her head. she also smiles a lot!
she is up to 8 pounds! which means she has gained almost 3 pounds since she came home a little over a month ago! the kid loves to eat which make her parents and pediatrician very happy! We are coming up to RSV season which means less visitors and no public appearances so we can keep our princess healthy. Preemies have a weak immune system so the winter season is very scary! We are trying to take every measure to keep her safe and healthy including getting re- vaccinated for several things!
To all of you amazing nurses and doctors thank you for getting her through the biggest struggle of her life! Thank you for hugging me when I would break down and allowing me to have my moments. YOU are the reason she is healthy and alive today !
After 45 days many of the girls became like family. Thank you for everything there is no way I could have gotten through without you. I will never forget you and you will never know how much you have touched our lives. While I had almost every nurse on the 4th floor at one point and they were all amazing some of you went the extra mile. I know that I may have missed some people but I am grateful to you all and the few words that are here are not enough.
Dr. Dorsett : Thank you for not just writing me off for helping fight to keep me in the hospital and to keep her in as long as possible. You never showed any panic in front of me even though I knew it did not look that good. You are an amazing Dr!
Dr. Shultz: Even though you could have passed me off to the high risk team and never did. You came by at least once a week and were always updated on my condition, you always made sure I was comfortable and if I needed anything.
Knudtson: ahh we went full circle I had you the 1st week and the week before labor and delivery ...thank you for being honest even though you were not my favorite person in the beginning it was the news you were telling me not you . In the end you turned out to be one of my favorites.
MY OBSCU GIRLS:
Jennifer, Lori, and Megan : Thank you for not going into a panic every time I went into labor it helped keep me calm and that helped so much more than you will ever know. You also cared about what was going on instead of just trying to get me passed on.
Lisa : thank you for coming to my rescue with Zofran a few times in the middle of the night and the fetal monitor once I got to my paranoid phase.
Sherrie: You always wore the best earring and you could always make me laugh.
Mary: upon being admitted you were the first face I saw the next morning. Thank you for letting me cry and not making me feel like it was not a burden upon you to visit with me. Thank you for getting me out of that icky room! lol
Lesly: Thank you for patience! You had to give me steroids and you also got me after each scare so every spot or cramp you reassured me.
Jane: oh Jane you are amazing and always told me how great I was doing. You have such a kind heart
All the nursing supervisors: you and your girls are amazing!
My next 3 girls you are stuck with me forever :) Jessica: Thank you for keeping me entertained lol! I loved that if I got bored and you werent busy you would come visit. Also for movies and music staring at those 4 walls was boring at times. You had me the first night there and made it seem so easy no fear that night on my part. You were the first person that checked for her heartbeat after starting meds and after being under stress. That moment will always be with me because you found it right away and she was ok.
Stacy: I will alway be grateful that usually if I was over at labor and delivery that you were there too. It made it easier because I didnt just stare at walls thinking about what could happen at any second! Thank you so much for being an amazing nurse and friend! ps the coach outlet opens soon!!! Oh and thank you for the best diaper bag ever
Kaleigh: thank you for twix runs, baby name entertainment ...oh and getting me hooked on 30 Rock! Thank you for not laughing at me when I thought my water broke :P . Ben is going to have an amazing Aunt!
After spending an entire summer in Children's hospital many of the nurses, doctors, volunteers and employees became like family! Although I am glad to be gone they will be missed because they made the scariest and trying times in my life bearable.
On May 11th I went to see Dr. Schultz and had mild cramping. Many of you know I had surgery on my ovaries right before I found out that I was pregnant so after an exam and ultrasound everything looked fine minus a small cyst nothing that would cause any major problems. I had just entered my 2nd trimester and was feeling better less tired , less vomiting..the usual pregnancy
May 17th while at work I started have severe stomach pain but kind of thought I was getting sick nothing pregnancy related. At lunch time I told Stephanie I was running to urgent care but that I would be back I didn't want to get dehydrated.....I would soon eat those words.
After arriving at Unity they checked my vitals and I started to get the feeling something was not right they quickly sent me to the OB department not the ER.....at 22 weeks and 3 days I was terrified. At this point I tried to stay calm stress is a factor and can cause stress on your baby. The nurse reassured me that it was probably fine, then she hooked me up to a monitor........and immediately checked me and informed me that I was dilated to a 1. They hooked me up to an IV and gave me 2 doses of turb to stop my contractions, they stopped and I was sent to OU.
OU...after getting checked in I was sent to an urgent care room where they gave me fluids and reminded me that if I went into labor my daughter was not viable. I was dehydrated but at this point I had been throwing my guts up so that didn't surprise me then they noticed I needed potassium. At this point they checked me again and my contractions stopped they brought a machine they call R2D2 an older sonogram machine checked my cervix and thought that everything had stopped. She almost released me to go home but then I started vomiting everywhere. So then they admitted me for observation. May 18th.................they next morning the first person I see is Mary the first nurse to be on Megan watch 2010. I can tell you that this day was the scariest of all 45 and she helped me through it. After a cervical check you know it is not good when they say the doctor will be in soon, and a team of white coats come in. We find out that dilated to a one is accurate but my cervical length was not there I am not sure exact length but it was not there under a cm. Basically getting to 24 weeks (viability) was going to be a challenge. After they left I contracted again and went to a 1-2. This point is when I broke down and Mary let me cry but stayed so calm and comforting that it helped in a way no one could have at that moment. I was given Indomethacin to try to calm contractions and prayed.
Plan of attack: Usually you wouldn't be admitted at 22 and 4 but well I was. Bed rest in a hospital until delivery. Most short cervix patients would get a cerclage but at this point it was thought it would not do much good. So progesterone suppositories were an attempt to keep her in at least until 24 weeks and 48 hours to get steroids. This is also when I meet Dr. Dorsett you will here more about her in a moment. ps.. at this point I was in a creepy room that was dreary, next day Mary gets me moved to my official room
Week 1-3 : nothing no contractions :) we get our first round of steroids courtesy of Lesley ! At this point we have a doctor act as if I may need to go home...Dr Dorsett assures me this is not the case
Week 4(our first scare) just 25 weeks I get a familiar cramp....I call my nurse , Jennifer was on that day and tell her she throws me on the monitor and there was the contractions right on the screen. she comes in with the IV and Dr. Dorsett I am dilated to at least a 3 then the bleeding comes. Now I am a 4 so over to labor and delivery I go and magnesium is started. After 24 hours the contractions are gone :) and I am sent back to my regular room!
Week 5- Scare 2 now I am 26 weeks but like 80% effaced. The day started normal Jeremy and I were watching a movie courtesy of Miss Jessica :) I fell asleep and woke up and felt something I thought my water broke but it actually was a bleed starting. I call Lori who is my nurse that day. This was probably one of the more terrifying scares because when I am checked they say they can feel her head and I am now a 5 rushed to labor again. we get a second round of steroids and my contractions stopped so back to my room.
Week 6 : I start bleeding again and am rushed over dilated to a seven..This time they don't let me go back to my room they keep me in labor until P is here.
Week 7: p is coming. after dilating over several days July 2nd they said it was time to break my water. hearing her cry was the most amazing sound in the world!
After 55 days August 25th Peyton got to come home! Due to a weak immune system all visitors must be spread out and not any signs of sickness not that we don't love you all but we must keep baby girl healthy through RSV season! She also came home on an apnea monitor just for safety sake !