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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

6 weeks to go!!

So tomorrow marks the start of our 34th week and 6 weeks till we reach full term. I can't believe that it has been a month since I went on bed rest and that we seem to be on the downward slope.

This week has been fun because we have officially started paintinig the nursery. That project should be done by the end of this week and then I can actually start organizing the nursery. Of course that will all depend on how much the doctor lets me get up and around. I am hoping that at our next visit he will let me start walking a little more around the house to start building up some strength. Not to mention that I am suffering from major nesting withdrawls.

So the last blog entry we wrote was the revealing of the name. As most of you have already figured out...that is not the name we are really going to use. However, it would have been good one.

We do have the official name and will be revealing it very soon. I am so excited because it is a name that we both love and it feels perfect!

I also want to congratulate Czarina and Craig on baby Izzy! They are all home now and doing well. I wish I could get in my car and drive over to see them all but Czarina knows I am thinking of her nonstop and wishing her all the best.

We have our next appointment on Tuesday and can't wait to see how much our little boy has grown. Last time we were at 4 lbs 12 oz. I am hoping that he has gotten close to 5lbs 5 oz.

So until then...stay tuned for nursery picks and the REAL NAME to be revealed:) :)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Baby Has A Name!!! Oh My

Well, the boredom of bed rest forces you to think of a lot of things. I finally decided that, even though we don't quite have the nursery finished, I don't want to wait any longer to choose a name. Naming the baby is much more important than painting, so we need to get that out of the way as soon as possible. Anyway, a lot of people have been asking about a name.

Clay and I had it narrowed down to three scenarios, all of which had their merits.
We considered using a traditional family name, but nothing seemed to work out. Clay Coleman Jr. just did't have the right ring to it.

As many of you know, Clay and I are pretty liberal when it comes to political views (Clay much more so than me), and we are truly blessed to be having a child in this year of monumental political gains for our Democratic party. What a great year to be born in America, born under the leadership of such a great man.

So, the name is....

Kyan Barack Coleman

Clay knows that most of the conservatives in his family will not like this, but we must remember that Barack is a middle name, not a first name. Anyway, "Hussein" is not that great of a middle name, you know?

He will go by Kyan, not Barack. You all can rest easy now.

32 weeks and holding steady

So we have officially hit the 32nd week of the pregnancy. I am so happy that our baby boy is staying put for now. I really want to make it to 36 weeks since everyone said that is when his lungs will be the strongest. However, that means that I will have another 4 weeks to go on bed rest. However, these first three weeks have not been too horribly bad.

The storms that came through Dallas over the past 24 hours were very scary and I was praying to god that we would not go into labor during it. That would be one of my worst nightmares. We survived and I was happy with that. However, today we had no power all day until 6pm. I will say that bedrest can be very boring at times...but not as boring as bed rest with no electricity. That meant no laptop, no tv, no good reading lights, and no radio. Not to mention...NO FREAKING AIR!!!

Every pregnant girl's dream is to be stuck in a house with no air conditioner in the heat of the summer at 32 weeks...it does not make us crazy. (sarcasm)Thank god for a great neighbor who had his power. He allowed us to run an extension cord into our house through the bedroom window from his home to plug in a fan for me. That was my saving grace. Then I decided to take a Benadryl and sleep away the rest of the powerless day.

I am looking forward to my field trip to the doctor in four days. I will finally be out of a jail for a few hours and I can't wait. Until then I will continue to embrace the bed rest and cheer on baby coleman to stay put.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

QUESTION-How many times can you visit a hospital in one day?

Well the answer on a personal level is three:) Yesterday was a very interesting day. It was my first field trip out of the house since last Wednesday and my first day up and about from bed rest in about 2 weeks. Let's just say I was super excited.

My morning started off nice. Clay brought me waffles in bed, coffee, and juice. I did some computer work and took care of personal business via the Internet. Thank you so much to Tri Delta for hooking me up with a connection to the outside world.

I then decided to take a quick shower so I would not stink. You see I was going to the hospital for a follow up appointment since my release. I took a good shower and crawled back in bed for a blow drying and flat ironing extravaganza. I call my bottom drawer of my nightstand "Spa Ashley". It has all my necessities to get ready and I can do it while following orders and staying in bed. :):)

At 12:15pm Clay picked me up for my adventure. It had been raining earlier but the sun had come out just for me. The day was going perfect!! We made it to the hospital to see Dr. Rhinehart, my perinatal specialist. He gave me a good bill of health. My cervix was still stable and the best rest was really working. My baby boy had gained a full pound since the last exam, 2 weeks prior to the day I was hospitalized. He is now 4 lbs, 8 oz. He is a big very active boy. However, he has decided that mommy's cervix is the best pillow and wants to keep his head right down on it.

We then had an hour to kill before I went to see the obgyn so Clay treated me to Red Hot and Blue. This was the best field trip ever!! I had not been in a restaurant since the day I was in the hospital with my boss at Tri Delta. So I was in hog heaven.

We then went back to the hospital, counting this as trip 2, to see the obgyn. I got another clean bill of health. My stomach was the right measurement, my weight was perfect, and they were pleased of how the bed rest had been working. So I was sent home with orders to repeat my field trip in two weeks. I was already counting the days of my next release from prison.

Well the third trip to the hospital came later that day. I admit I was worn out from the field trip so I went straight to bed for a two hour nap. Clay was heading off to his photography class in Plano. Shortly before 8pm I began to get an excrusiating pain in my lower pelvis. This was a pain I had never felt before. I was crying and did not know what to do. I just remember the nurse telling me to go pee and then lay on my left side to see if would stop. So I did that. IT DID NOT STOP...I immediately called my aunt because I did not want to interrupt Clay's class. She was in the car and on her way and told me to call Clay. So I did and before I could apologize for interupting his class he was already telling me he was on his way. I love him:) :)

I called the nurse on call and she told me to go straight to labor and delivery. So here I am laying there in bed on my left side for what seemed liked forever with horrible pains. My aunt got to the house and we were off to L&D. Clay was to meet us there. I got checked into the triage for observations where they determined I was still have pretty good contractions. They decided to give me a shot to stop the contractions and do a test to see if I would be going into labor soon. Thank God that was negative. After monitoring for another two hours they released me. The shot had worked and the contractions had stopped. I was heading home dopped up on Ambien and it was just past 11pm. I slept like an angel, well except for the dream of a monkey chasing me. Don't ask:)

This experience made me realize that you never know...the baby could come early or we could go full term. But I do know is that contractions freaking hurt...and I am not ashamed to admit I am a sissy when it comes to pain. So when we really do have the true labor process beginning. GIVE ME DRUGS!!!

So for now baby, mom, and dad are doing fine. Tired today but glad to still be cooking my little boy in my womb.

I also have to give a CONGRATULATIONS to Melissa and Tony on the delivery of their healthy son Mason on June 2nd. We are so happy for you.

Thank you also to Cassidy, Czarina, Leslie, & my sweet Jeannine for coming to visit me today. I loved all my sweet suprises and so happy to have you all in my life.

So for now...we are praying for no more scary moments and we look forward to our follow up with the doctors on June 16th. I love you baby boy:) :)