Thoughts & Happenings 6/1/16

living lighter thoughts

I was watching a Back to the Future movie last night when it happily occurred to me that it was very, very likely that Elizabeth would have June birthday after all (it was 10pm at the time). We’d all been wondering about it since our weekend was full of me having regular contractions, pain, and an upset tummy! But, no, thankfully she is still inside where she belongs and June will be her birthday month. Mine is at the end of this week and Maggie says she hopes we don’t end up sharing birthdays. I wouldn’t mind, but I’m not a kid anymore and I’m not sure how children feel about sharing their birthday with one of their parents.

I got the results back from last week’s CBC. Thankfully, my platelets have only dropped 1,000 from four weeks ago and are now at 96,000. I delivered Samuel with them at 99,000 so that’s nearly the same. I don’t think there will be an issue with that count, though I’m still three weeks away from when I had him.

I also found out the results to my GBS test…it’s positive. I feel like a failure. I hate that I will be exposing my baby to an infection as she is being born. :( I’m allergic to penicillin so I have to have a different antibiotic. Basically, if I get to the hospital, have one dose and don’t deliver within four hours, she should be okay. If I have her earlier than four hours after that first dose, they have to do blood work on her and we have to stay for 48 hours instead of 24 so they can monitor her. I am not happy right now. Given that I was only at the hospital for an hour with Samuel, I don’t see how in the world I could be there for at least four this time.

So, I have been reading again lately and I think it’s going to be a joy to have a good book in hand while breastfeeding and sitting with Elizabeth. I remember (guiltily) feeling somewhat tied down with Samuel but its because I wasn’t used to sitting so much or being bored. Reading is so much more stimulating than tv, and yet it’s calmer. :)

We’re planning on grocery shopping today and I proudly have the meal plan and shopping list done already! I was finally feeling pretty good yesterday so I decided to take advantage of it and get organized in the kitchen. I’m thinking much more in terms of pending labor now and don’t take time for granted, particularly caring for things that I normally put off until the last minute. I’m trying to stay on top of everything!

8 thoughts on “Thoughts & Happenings 6/1/16

  1. That stinks on the GBS results. You’re in our prayers! I don’t my results til Friday so I’m anxiously awaiting my appointment. Good for you, getting some shopping done. I have to spend a few hours giving myself a pep talk to just leave the house!

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    1. Thank you. XO I asked for my test to be done a week early because I’ve been positive before and because of the penicillin allergy (I wanted to be able to get a plan in place with an alternate drug). Still not happy :/ but I feel better after having read a few comments by nurses/midwives on this: http://www.circleofmoms.com/breastfeeding-moms/group-b-strep-so-many-questions-please-help-629159
      Haha, I barely left the house this weekend! And yesterday all I did was go to the library. I did manage grocery shopping today – yay me! – but tomorrow I will likely not go anywhere but a playground for my four year old, and then Friday to the doctor for me. ;) So, yeah, not too much going on!

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  2. I won’t go into tons of detail, but I wish I’d had the opportunity to have the antibiotics. My case was a one in a four thousand chance, and my daughter’s hydrocephalus is the result. I realize that we’re kind of a worst scenario though.

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    1. I absolutely want to get there in time to have the antibiotics! I’m planning to get in the car and head in as soon as I think things might be getting real. With my third, there just wasn’t time once I got there, but I also wanted to spend as much time laboring at home as possible…I’m not doing that this time. I’m so sorry that your daughter had complications from GBS. :'(

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      1. Also I’m glad your platelets are stable. Forgot to say that the first time.

        Eh, I’m starting to not blame myself (she’s a year old) so that’s good lol. It really was a perfect storm of shitty luck.

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