Sunday, June 27, 2010

How we've been passing the time...

...taking silly pictures on the computer!

So it's body doesn't like being pregnant! I'm on bed rest again! Last week was around the same time that it happened with Madeline and I was feeling some contractions, but mostly paranoia. I called my OB (who I've never met since we just moved) and the nurse said I should just go to Labor and Delivery. So off I went, with packed bags of course. I spent several hours in triage being monitored. Matt is working ICU nights, so he stayed with me for a bit and then had to go work his shift. After a lot of tests, they said they would admit me because I was dilated to a 2 and 30% effaced. Darn.... Luckily my mom had come down and was able to take Madeline home with her.

They put me on medication and modified bedrest and I went home the next day. It was actually quite a relaxing night to myself! It was fun, too that Matt came up and visited me a few times since he was on a different floor of the same hospital.

I was able to spend part of the week up at my parents' house and I've been home for the weekend. I have an appointment Tuesday morning. Hopefully nothing has changed. I'm only 28 weeks and I've got to make it to 37!

Things that have been challenging:
-With all of the chaos, Madeline has become extra clingy and wants to be held (begging me to stand up, not sit on the couch) or hold her hand wherever she goes. I feel for her, but I'm hoping it will help her be more flexible
-Potty training - Madeline was basically potty trained before we moved, but has since been determined not to be and this inconsistency is not helping the situation
-Madeline has decided to really fight naps and bedtime
-As a result of the last point, she has had quite the tantrums lately
-Matt works from 5:30pm - 6:30 am and sleeps during the day.

Things that have been rewarding:
-No distractions - Since I can't really do the daily busy things, I get to sit on the couch, color, read library books, laugh and giggle with Madeline and focus on what's important
-Being able to spend time with my mom and be reminded of what a wonderful mom and grandma she is
-Being humbled at the generosity and love from family and friends
-Experiencing the blessings of modern medicine and kind, good doctors.
-Getting a priesthood blessing from Matt and feeling the comfort of the Spirit.

I will update with any news, but I'm hoping for a boring pregnancy from here on out...


  1. Ugh... bedrest is my worst fear. I don't know what I would do with my kids if I had to stay down all day. Good luck! I hope he stays put for a while longer! You're a trooper!

  2. Poor little Manny...

    I'm so sorry about the bed rest thing, never done it, but i'm sure its frustrating and hard.

    It was SO fun seeing you guys yesterday...via i chat :) We need to do that again for sure!

  3. Bedrest...umm sounds like a dream for a day...but I am sure it gets old! I am sorry...You can add call crystal to your list.. :) I am glad your mom is there!!!!

  4. I wish we were closer... Ry and I would be up in no time to keep you guys company. Hang in there... and enjoy the excuse to just sit on the couch while it lasts :)

  5. Oh Malerie I am so sorry. I wish we were still neighbors so that I could be there to help you and steal Madeline away. But it is great you have your family so close. I will keep you in my prayers that you make it a few more months.

  6. Hang in there Mal. I'll bring Nora over soon to distract Madeline - maybe she will become a flexible little girl.

  7. I'm so sorry, Mal! That stinks! I can't imagine trying to entertain a toddler from the sofa. Hang in there! What a blessing to be close to family. I wish I could do something to help...

  8. My thoughts and prayers are with you! I'm happy you have family near by to help out... a toddler can be very demanding while your pregnant!

  9. Whoa! Sounds way too tricky!. We will be praying that the little guy will stay for a while! I can't imagine how you are doing it! I love your mom! I'm so glad she is nearby!

    (By the way, #2 coming for us in December!)

  10. I am so sorry Mal! And you too Madeline! Let me know what I can do!

  11. On another note, I'm kind of confused. I thought you were living in Iowa. I thought your parents live in Spokane. Did you move to Spokane? Or did your parents move or did I just miss something?

  12. Mal, I'm so sorry! I am so glad to hear that your family is able to help, isn't it great how these moving things work out?!! Good luck and know that you are in my prayers.

  13. How great that you get to be near your parents to help you out with this stuff!! And I admire you for looking on the bright side with it all :) Can't wait to see your little boy, but let's keep him in there as long as possible!!

    And, let's see some belly pics! I bet you are WAY too cute.

  14. What's amazing is that you have such a good attitude! If I had to do a similar post, you better bet there would be no section counting my blessings. Just whining. You can make it through! A couple months from now, these days of trials will seem so distant (at least that's why I keep telling myself!)