Welcome to the World Marina!

Marina1 I’m sorry it has taken me a couple of weeks to post this. It has been pretty hectic here. From my previous post I let everyone know that I was being induced. I had planned on trying to have a natural childbirth with noMarina5 pain medication but my blood pressure was interfering. When I arrived at the hospital, I was already having contractions but I couldn’t feel them. The hospital started the pitocin around 7:30am and had to keep giving me more because the contractions just weren’t strong enough. They finally set the drip at about 14 and then the contractions kicked in really hard one right after the other. I couldn’t even take a breath. We tried a pain killer to take the edge off but it didn’t really work, then my blood pressure started going up higher and it was affecting Marina. My mom talked me in to getting a epidural. I’m glad she did. We found out later that they were discussing doing a c-section because of my blood pressure. The epidural helped a lot and my blood pressure stabilized. Marina Jade was born April 8th 2014, 8.12pm at 6lbs 15oz  and 20 inches long.  She is so beautiful and  has the most adorable dimple on her right cheek. My blood pressure has still been high and I had swollen up like a balloon because of fluid retention so I am taking the medication until it starts coming down again. Luckily my blood pressure was low  enough for us to leave the hospital on time. Marina also had slight jaundice so both of us had to see the doctor the first week she was home. Marina is now on a normal checkup schedule but I am still seeing the doctor once a week.

I can’t even begin to described what I feel for my beautiful little girl. She is so tiny and perfect and my parents say I got lucky. She’s not fussy and doesn’t cry very often. She does eat like a little piglet and I am so thankful for my parents. They help me during the day so I can catch a nap after being up so often at night with her. I am also  on track with  school. I am still home bound but graduation day is almost here. It is going to be crazy busy the next few weeks but it has been so worth it.Marina4


I am being induced tomorrow!

I went in to my appointment this morning and Marina is doing very well 🙂 She was very active while I was hooked up to the monitor.  My blood pressure is up again so the doctor has decided to go ahead and induce me tomorrow morning. I have to be at the hospital at 6:00am but I have had my bag packed for a couple of weeks. It’s going to be a long eventful day!



Rough week and 36 week baby bump.


36 Weeks

Last Saturday night I was feeling pretty rough so my parents took my blood pressure. It was really high even with the bed rest so they took me in to the emergency room to get checked out. I ended up staying in the hospital until Monday afternoon. They had to put me on blood pressure medication to help bring it down. They also did a very thorough ultrasound and 24 hour urine test,  and an EKG on my heart because I have a heart murmur. They monitored Marina all weekend and I was having a few contractions, but they stopped. Since they managed to lower my blood pressure they decided not to induce and sent me home. I now see the doctor twice a week to keep an eye on my blood pressure and to make sure it isn’t affecting Marina. It was pretty scary but the nurses and doctor were great and took very good care of me. I can’t believe I am already 37 weeks. I am hoping that we can keep the preeclampsia under control so I won’t have to be induced. So far it looks like the medication is working.

On the bright side, I  had a very cool mail week! I received a box of 2 cans of baby formula and 4 $5.00 off purchase checks from Gerber. I also got a package in the mail from Munchkin for signing up to be a brand ambassador for them. I didn’t get chosen but they offered me a shipment of their MBaby clothing line to review on their site. I received a “Onester” and “Sleepster” from them  so as soon as Marina is born we’ll be trying them out. They are so soft and adorable!

I’m getting caught up with my school work that I missed the first couple of weeks I was placed on bed rest. Not to much longer and I will be graduating high school and welcoming my baby girl into the world. It has been a crazy, hectic 8 months but all of this will be so worth it in the end.

34 Week Update and Bed Rest Is Not So Fun :/

Carmen-34WeeksI know it has been a couple of weeks since I posted an update. I was frustrated at my 30 week appointment. My mom turned in my request for home bound instruction but the doctor couldn’t sign it yet. I was beyond miserable. I would come home from school with my hands and feet so swollen up you couldn’t see my ankles. My pulse would be raised and I’d have severe headaches. I was absolutely miserable 😦  When I had my appointment it was first thing in the morning but I wasn’t quite so swollen up but my blood pressure has been borderline high. My parents decided to have me take their blood pressure monitor to school and check it throughout the day. It turned out to be very high and I was extremely swollen up, so we went back to the doctor.  He diagnosed me with Gestational Hypertension and put me on bed rest for the rest of my pregnancy. I go in to see him once a week right now so they can monitor Marina. So far she

Poopy Diaper Game

Poopy Diaper Game

is doing well but my blood pressure is still high. I haven’t had any protein in my urine so I am very thankful for that but I have been very worried. I’m hoping with me staying off my feet that we can get my blood pressure under control.


Me and Aunt Lea

My mom, aunt and sister hosted a baby shower for me the weekend before I was put on bed rest. I am glad I was able to spend time with my friends before I was put on home bound. The shower was awesome and Marina got lots of cute outfits and things I never would have thought of until I needed them, like a rear view mirror for the car and a shopping cart cover. I have amazing friends who have been so supportive of me through this journey.  I did an impromptu shower with my grandma in Texas on Skype to open the gifts she sent. She is just awesome! She sent a little bit of everything all wrapped up in a pink bathtub and my aunt in Texas sent me the most adorable pooh bear stuff. Love you guys ❤

I have a couple of weeks of school work to catch up on. I am hoping to get that soon. It takes a little time for the school to get everything set up but luckily my home bound instructor will be my Algebra teacher. That is going to be a blessing!  I am looking forward to walking with my class on graduation day!

30 week baby bump and a very sad week for us.

carmenbabybump-30weeksDanteI just wanted to get a quick update in. It has been a very hard week for me and my family. We had to put our cat, Dante, to sleep. She had a very large inoperable tumor around her kidneys and liver. She was a member of our family for almost 9 years and I miss her so much.  We rescued her when she was about 6 weeks old. She was part of a litter of kittens that lost their mother to hurricane Katrina. Dante and her siblings survived the storm by hiding in the engine of a truck.  We found them after we were able to go back to MS when the roads were cleared. All of the kittens were adopted by different families in our apartment complex.

I am now 30 weeks and can’t believe how big my tummy has gotten. My paperwork for home bound is with the doctor and I have an ob appointment tomorrow so hopefully we can pick it up then. My grades have been really good, I have a 101 in pre-cal, a 100 in economics, and a 101 in personal finance. Hopefully I can keep this up til final exams while I am on home bound.


Time is going by so fast!

PoohBearI have 80 days left til my due date. Not much time to get everything ready but we are making progress. This weekend Nick came over and helped put up Winnie the Pooh wall decals  near the crib. I’m going to have to get more of these! They turned out so cute.  My dad picked up this set for me as a surprise and I love them.  We haven’t picked up crib bedding yet and I don’t plan on using a standard bumper with the crib. Pooh Bear bedding is so expensive 😦 I think I’m just going to go with flowers  or something like that to go with the nature portion of the mural. That should fit my budget better.

I’m starting to get stocked up on diapers thanks to some awesome coupons I had from Huggies and a good sale at Walgreens. I had enough bonus points to take $20 off my purchase so by the time was finished I bought 7 packs of diapers for $15. That broke down to $.06 per diaper! I guess my Personal Finance class is doing me some good.

My parents are starting the paperwork for me to be put on home bound. If everything works out, I should be in the program by the end of February. I can’t wait. My feet are starting to swell and it is getting harder to go up and down the stairs at school. We are only given 6 minutes to change classes. It was barely enough time for me before I got pregnant but now I have to take it slow!

It has been a crazy couple of weeks!

Carmen-26WeeksI had a great holiday with my family. Mom made lots of food and my best friend spent the day with us. We chowed down and vegged out watching movies. I definitely have my appetite back!

I got a new drawing tablet from my parents for Christmas – which I absolutely love! My old one was acting up so I was very happy when I opened it. I also got one of those tummy support pillows and other cool goodies for both me and Marina. I had a lot of fun watching my family and friends opening the gifts I got for them too. I loved picking everything out for them. We ended up celebrating 3 different days because of work schedules but it really made the weeks so much fun.

I had a prenatal appointment on Dec 31st and I ended up in the emergency room Sunday. I had lots of blood in my urine and pain in my lower abdomen so they did some tests and sent me up to labor and delivery to make sure I wasn’t having any contractions and check Marina’s heart rate. I was pretty scared. Marina is fine but I have a UTI so I have to take Macrobid for a few days and then go back to the doctor in a couple of weeks so they can do another test to make sure everything is clear and also get my blood glucose test done. I’m so glad everything was ok.

We went back to school Monday but we’ll be out for 2 days next week for teachers works days. New classes start next week. I’m going to really enjoy the 4 day weekend 🙂