Wednesday, April 18, 2012

31 Weeks

My health concerns were at bay for a couples but now they are back in full swing.  Last week my bp was elevated again so Dr. Mills had me do a 48 hour urine screen this last weekend. Yesterday she received my labs results and called me at work. She had me come to the office right away to check Piper’s vital signs. They hooked me up to the non-stress test for 20 mins. After twenty minutes Piper’s heart rate would not elevate. So they simulated her with a noise/light combo tool. She was non-reactive to the light and noise. They sent me in for an ultra sound. Her heart rate was 143 which is good but again she would not respond to light or noise. She was moving a little and breathing in short spurts. They want her at this point to be able to breath for at least 30 seconds without stopping. She is making it to about 18 seconds without stopping. They score babies on ultra sounds she scored a 6/10. Last week she scored 8/10. Dr. Mills is optimistic about her functioning and health. To be diagnosed with preeclampsia your protein levels have to be over 300 and your bp 140/90 or higher. In one week my protein levels went from the 240 range to over 850. My bp today was 150/110. The Dr. has ordered bed rest and moved her due date up 2 more weeks. She says most likely I will not make it past 37 weeks. Which would have Piper arriving at the end of May instead of the middle of June. Yesterday I also received the results from the amino. The results were inconclusive. They are unsure if she has diabetes or the function level of her pancreas. They will do more testing once she arrives. She does have sugar in her amniotic fluid but that could be there for several reasons. She does have adequate fluid around her. At this point we are just trusting in God to take care of our little Piper.

Saturday, April 14, 2012


Planning the nursery has been so fun.  From the moment I knew I was pregnant I knew I wanted the room to have an argyle focus wall.  The only questions was boy or girl? Once we found out that we were having a little girl we decided to go with purple.  My best friend Kristi offered to paint the nursery.  She has spent several hours taking the border down, patching the walls, painting the entire room & closet light purple and now she is working on the fun part...the argyle. All that is left is the black stitch marks & a fresh coat on the white trim. 

 Kristi created the design and is painting without tape
 First Set of Diamonds
 Making Progress
 All Free Hand
 I am getting so is starting to come together.
 Next Black Stitches and Trim!!!

Sparks Easter

This year we celebrated Easter with the Sparks family.  We had a fun day filled with good food, an egg hunt, & a tee-ball game!  I also enjoy watching all the kids play together.  I look forward to Easter next year with our little one. 

(My photo disclaimer - Eric took the pictures)
We never got a picture of Walker he slept most of the day. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

To Do List

We almost have our to do list complete.  9 weeks and counting until little Miss arrives!
Our Current To Do List

Find a Pediatrician

Find a Day Care

Pull Boarder Down in Nursery

Paint Her Room

Put Nursery Furniture Together
Organize Her Room
Finish Reading Breastfeeding Book

Get our Taxes Done

Finalize Maternity Leave

Register for Birthing, CPR, Breastfeeding, & Infant Care Classes

Pre-register at the Hospital

Contact Lawyer & Get a Legal Will

Monday, April 2, 2012


The weeks are passing quickly and she is growing!
  In 10 weeks or less my little princess will be here!
Being pregnant is so amazing. I can't even explain the joy I feel. She is so active now, last week Eric felt her kick for the first time. The joy is sometimes overcast by the health scares. We are still facing some health concerns. My gestational diabetes is becoming more difficult to manage. Each week my placenta is becoming more insulin resistant. I continue to follow my diet with low carbs and little to no sugar. This week I was placed on medicine to help lower my sugar levels. The doctors are concerned with my pancreas functioning correctly so this week I will go in for more testing and I will be having an amino test. I am very nervous but the doctors have reassured me that this is safe and will help them understand her growth and my sugar levels better. Last week she grew 7oz in 6 days which is very concerning at only 28 weeks. Hopefully with my continued diet and the new medicine she will grow at a more appropriate rate. I am just trusting in the doctors and praying for good news.