Monday, February 25, 2013

Bed Rest Update: 35 weeks & 1 day

Well, my protein levels are still in the high 600's,
and my BP's have been high the past few days,
so I am defiantly in the hospital for the long run.
My OB is keeping a close eye on my platelets
and I will be doing more blood work on Wednesday
to check on those levels.

I did an ultrasound this morning to check on Reese
and she is defiantly growing, and the fluid levels are looking good!
Reese is measuring 38 weeks and 2 days and the looking to be about
7lbs 15oz, and the projected weight at birth is 8-8.5lbs at 37 weeks.

I have been staying busy with projects & crafts....
~made felt and fabric flowers for the girls hair
~addressed Reese's baptism & Bellamy's birthday invitations
~made birth announcement list
~magnetic felt alphabet set.... I was working on a second set but
had to stop because the sewing makes my hands swell more than they already are

One of the nice nurses brought in all the supplies for me to do a Pinterest project,
so I will share that later this week!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

SO WHAT! Wednesday

Linking up with Life After I "Dew" today...

  • I just cannot get into "Fifty Shades Freed"
  • I was ready to check myself out of the hospital the other day. Who wouldn't after being on Hospital bed rest for over two weeks.
  • I have slept like shit the past two nights, even after taking something to help me sleep. ...thank goodness I can take a nap later on today!
  • I wish that I could have Reese today, as long as she was healthy and ready! ....I am just over being pregnant right now

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Surviving Hospitsl Bed Rest

Pregnancy alone has many ups and down, and then to be put on bed rest, its like being tossed on to an never ending roller coaster. You are going to have good days and bad days while on bed rest. Just accept that today may be a bad day, but acknowledge it, get through the day, and know that tomorrow is a new day and you will most likely feel better.

Yeah, it SUCKS to be on bed rest and there isn't much that you can do about it, so just give in and follow your OB's orders. By staying on bed rest you are helping your baby grow and keeping both you and baby healthy. This is just a temporary situation. Every day the you stay pregnant is two less days baby would have to spend in the NICU.

Here are a few of my surviving hospital bed rest tips...
1. Come up with a daily Schedule for yourself... Get up at a the same time everyday {try to be up by 8am, you can always nap later if needed}. Try to keep some sense of consistency. This helps to breaks up the day .

2. If you can shower everyday... DO IT!! Get dressed in day clothes , style your hair, and put on a little make-up.

3. Make your bed each morning when you get up. I have the privilege of being able to sit in the recliner in my room, so I try to only be in my bed for NST monitoring, napping, and bedtime.

4. Open the blinds to get sun light in the room during the day.

5. Keep fresh flowers in your room ...a little color in the room is so nice!

6. Schedule visitors as often as you would like. It’s important to make sure to keep in touch with the outside world so you don’t feel so isolated . Face Time and Skype are great too, for those friends and family that are out of town.

7. Ask your OB for permission to have wheelchair rides. I am allowed one 30-45 minute wheelchair ride each day {with adult supervision ...haha!}, so I use it when Bellamy comes to visit each night. We head down to the cafeteria to get her dinner, which allows her to sit in a highchair and eat a normal dinner instead of her running around my hospital room, and us "trying" to feed her! Any ways, wheelchair rides are a MUST, because it is SO nice to get out of your room for a little bit.

8. Give in to the help. Your friends and family will all ask and want to be there for you, let them . You will need your laundry washed,  hygiene products brought in, snacks brought in, Starbucks decaf coffee runs, etc. Not only will it help you but It will make them feel good to be able to do for you.

9. Ask the nurses if there is a massage therapist on staff you can see. If not give your Chiropractor a call and see if they cannot send a therapist out to work on your aches from sitting around. My massage therapist came out yesterday to work on my neck and it was wonderful!

10. If you are a new mom, this is a good time to read up on those parenting books because when the baby comes you mostly likely won’t have a lot of time. Otherwise have someone bring you in a few good books or order some on iBooks. I am currently reading the 3rd book in the Fifty Shades series, but I always get a hard time from the nurses and doctors, saying that the books are the reason why my BP is so high!

11. Thank goodness for on line shopping! If this is your first baby, you can manage you baby registry or buy those last few things you need for baby. I'm all set for baby Reese, so I have just ordered a few things like Easter dresses for the girls from Etsy, a few gifts for their Easter baskets, and  BIG Sis/Lil Sis shirts.

12. This is a great time get crafty or learn something new. Start a new project or do some kind of arts and crafts. I have been busy making a few sets of magnetic felt alphabet sets. See HERE.

13. Have delicious smelling Scentsy burning. It just adds a homey feeling to the room and the nurses love it too!

14. Organize bills, photos, and other stuff that you have been putting off. Later this week I am going to save all of our photos to disk, which is a project I have wanted to do for a long time!

15. Make a count down calendar or a paper chain leading up to your due date, to celebrate that you made it through another day and that your getting closer to your goal. This is very important because every day baby stays in you, is two less days they spend in NICU.

16. Make sure you have all the necessities {computer/charger, books/magazines, remote, phone/charger, snacks, lipstick/chap stick, and whatever that you use a lot} near your bed/recliner.

Friday, February 15, 2013

DIY: Magnetic Felt Alphabet

I came across this idea on Etsy/Pinterest while searching for a DIY project
to make for my 19 month old.

These are selling on Etsy for $60-$90 depending on if the letters are 2 or 3 inches tall!
I found several tutorials on Pinterest and my favorite was from Hellobee.

Here are the supplies you need:
I purchased an assortment of 25 felt sheets from Colonial Crafts.
I purchased the autumn pack. This pack is enough to make 2-3 alphabet sets,
so you defiantly get your monies worth for $24!!

 This will be used plump up each letter and give them a 3-D effect.

Craft Needles

Embroidery Floss
I just used black for the entire alphabet,
but you could mix and match with different colors if you want.

Alphabet Template
Alphabet Template for cutting out your letters
I got the template from Hellobee.
You will want to save to your computer and then print on crad stock paper and
then cut out each letter. You will then trace each letter onto the felt twice, so you
have a front and back.  I traced the letters with a sharpie.

Make sure you have good pair of fabric scissors.
It will make cutting the felt so much easier.

If you want to make your letters magnetic you will need to purchase
round magnets between 3/8" to 1/2".
I purchased mine at Home Depot but you can also find them on Amazon.

Then cut each letter out ...twice.
Keep going, till you have the entire alphabet cut out ...twice.

If you want to make your letters magnetic, now is the time to hot glue your magnets into place. Make sure you test the magnets to determine which side is actualy magnetic and glue that side down.
I used 3-6 magnets per letter, depending upon the size of the letter.
For instance with the "W" I had to use 6 magnets.
Once you have all your magnets in place, thread up your needle with some embroidery floss.
I used a blanket stitch to attach the the two sides of my letters.
Even if you’ve never embroidered anything in your life, which I NEVER had, you can do a blanket stitch. Watch this video and you will be be ready to go!

The next step is to add in some poly-fill as you work, to give the letters that 3-D look.
It’s VERY helpful to have something long and thin to work the filler into the corners as you sew.
I used the handle of a cuticle cutter. Odd, I know but it worked great!

One more tip.... on the A, B, D, O, P, Q, & R sew the center first and then the outside.
I'm not going to lie, each letter takes some time to sew
{20-30 minutes perfect something for me to do on hospital bed rest!},
but soon you will have a completed alphabet set for your toddler!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

A few weeks ago we signed up for Studio 127 Photography's
Valentine's Day Kissing Booth Mini Photo Session

Here are a few of Bellamy's pictures...