where’s baby?

I know some of you are wondering what’s going on and where ‘s this baby that’s supposed to arrive Saturday.  Well, unfortunately the ward that I’m supposed to deliver had a turn of events and I got bumped – 3 times.  Needless to say, hearing it the third time today became very emotionally draining today and I was ready to sign myself out of this hospital.

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I am learning so much patience this pregnancy, it sometimes amazes me.  The nurses could really sympathize with me today and understood that my fuse was about to go.  However, it doesn’t help that the resident doctor keeps repeating “I understand this is frustrating news, but ideally we’d like to see you go to 40 weeks.”  40 weeks? No sir. You don’t understand how frustrating that is. By the looks of things, you aren’t married, and I doubt you have children.  You don’t sit in a hospital for 23 days in a row where you’re basically restricted to the outside world. You don’t know what it’ll be like to come home to a child who hasn’t seen you more than 3 times in the last month and then force him to share his attention with a new baby.  You don’t know what it’s like to spend hundreds of dollars on parking costs, food, on top of lost wages while your wife sits in a bed day in and day out.  You don’t understand being told you can’t leave farther than 10 minutes from the hospital incase you go into labour.  No sir, you don’t understand.

We finally got to meet with the doctor who’s helping my doctor oversee his patients while he goes on holidays this week.  She read my file, saw that I was here for a very long time, and understood my frustration in a different light.  She was worried about my mental health ie: post partum starting before the baby even comes.  She said she was advocating for me in the labour floor, and plans to follow up with the charge nurse tomorrow to get me in.  I’ve been here a total of 23 days.  Long enough.  I’m full-term, and according to the fetal assessment today, he’s virtually perfect.  There’s no reason to keep me here any longer.  It felt nice to hear someone’s on my team and understands my voice.

So one or two more days, and I can hopefully hold my little guy. We still continue to pray for guidance for the doctors and for strength for myself.  We still ask for prayer for our patience, as we do realize that every day that the baby is in me is a benefit to his growth and development.

And as for Simon, he’s soaking in his one on one Auntie time for the next few days.  ♡ Thanks Alesha.

Andrew & Andrea

another status update

Well, nothing has changed. I know a lot of you are anticipating the arrival of our little boy alongside us, but it looks as if he’s in no hurry what so ever.  The doctor plans to induce tomorrow if I can get on the list, however I found out today that there were about 10 ladies waiting in the triage.  The nurse explained to me that it really doesn’t mean anything; sometimes the ladies get sent home if they are not ready to give birth, so it could still very well be tomorrow.

We thank everyone for their concern and eagerness to find out what’s going on, but we will be politely turning our phones off to focus on the delivery.  I’m constantly in prayer with God asking him to calm my nerves.  Labour is never the same, and I feel I had a good experience last time, so we just pray it goes as well as last time.

The time here has actually gone faster than what the days feel like.  I miss Simon more than anything and I am so thankful for the people in his life that pour their love and energy into making his days easy.  We are aware that the transition at home will not go as we initially planned, seeing as I’ve been gone for 3 weeks.  We just pray that he adjusts well with his baby brother and that he takes it all in strides and doesn’t feel overwhelmed with the adjustment.  I have developed great relationships with the nurses here and I will miss having my OBGYN as my regular doctor.  I have also developed a great relationship with my roommate, which I look forward to seeing our boys grow up together seeing as they’ll be only a few days apart.  I never knew I would have someone I can pray with, and talk life with every day while staying here.  I will sure miss her company.   I will not miss the sounds coming from this floor.  I have heard 2 deliveries occur, one basically in the hallway.  I will not miss the flavourless food, or the parking bills, or the gas costs that all came a long with me being here.

It saddens me that I was not able to spend the last few weeks of Simon being the only child.  We never anticipated me staying here as long as we have, and looking back I wish I could’ve used the time at home with him. However truthfully, this was the safest place for us to be in case something did go wrong or I did go into labour.  But as my OBGYN said, “you probably have one of the strongest amniotic sacks we’ve seen”.  Yep. Agreed.

One other thing to mention, with due to the horrible flu virus going around, we ask that people contact us prior to visiting.  We won’t be travelling for a bit, but we are open to visitors, however we want to protect our little guy as much as possible while this virus is still on high alert.  Feel free to message either of us or text us if you’d like to stop by. 

We continue to ask for prayer during this transition and look forward to showing off our little blessing.

Andrew & Andrea.

 

 

baby update

Yesterday was a day I was looking forward to for awhile – fetal assessment day!

Even though we’ve all been anticipating the arrival of our little guy, seeing him still felt amazing.  Knowing where he’s placed, his movements, heart beat, breathing, all of that good stuff was nice and reassuring to see.  Unfortunately, they couldn’t get a good picture of him because he was so far engaged, but he did wave at the camera.

Currently, he’s estimated to be 6lbs 7oz. They tried telling me I was a week behind what was told to me, but that was quickly readjusted to the proper gestational date.

4 days till induction date.

I can do this.

11 days and counting

ELEVEN days I’ve been here. ELEVEN!

No change when it comes to the progress of this labour, however I did meet with my OBGYN yesterday and he let me know he’s penciled me in for an induction date.  This baby is getting evicted Jan 13th! 

One blessing I’ve had as I mentioned in a previous post, is being able to get to know the Indian lady and her husband that are sharing the room with me.  Let me share a bit about them and a bit of their journey.

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pregnancy update

First and foremost we sincerely want to thank everyone who has poured out their love and prayers for us this past week. We also want to thank the people who have opened their homes in Winnipeg to andrew while we wait for the arrival of our little guy. being a parent on top of handling this is rough but Simon is doing better than we ever thought he would. He always amazes us with how brave + grown up he is. here’s to 2018.

I recently got a roommate here.  I dreaded getting one because not only do you share this tiny space, but what if they’re someone you just don’t jive with? What if they’re a sleep talker, or even a sleep walker?! When she came, I didn’t know what to expect, but in no-time we were able to connect.  She and her husband moved to Canada only 3 weeks ago from India and she is currently 24 weeks pregnant.  She has lost 5 other children due to miscarriage, so this child is a miracle to them.  Hearing her journey and her story really made me reflect.  She’s incredibly humble and trusting that God will provide.  That trust is truly inspiring.  I’ll never forget meeting her.

Emotionally, I’ve been feeling better about being here knowing that Andrew is being home with Simon these last few days.  As much as I miss him, knowing that he’s at least spending time with one of his parents during this process is reassuring.  Don’t get me wrong, my in-laws have been amazing but something about having your mom or dad home makes him feel a lot better.

Progress wise, nothing seems to be happening except that I’m feeling more and more pressure which always surprises the docs when they come in that I’m still here.  They’ve already just started popping their heads in and asking “any changes?” and then leave.

Happy New Year to all my readers, friends and family out there.  May 2018 bring you lots of blessings.

 

xo| andrea

 

2017 recap

2017 is something I feel I’ll always look back and remember.  It’s been a year of a lot of firsts, blessings, and a few challenges along the way.  A year where I really felt I was able to reflect on myself and the growth I’ve had as a mom, wife, friend, sister, and daughter.  Little did we know that 2017 would be the year of a lot of change for our family.

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