Monday, December 27, 2010
Posted by Emmalee at 5:24 PM
Friday, December 17, 2010
I have waited a long time to right this post. Not in actual days, but years as I have waited for a long time to be an official MOM. This past week my life got turned upside down, and my dreams became reality. I have have patiently waited these last few weeks to get to go home. All I wanted is to keep those babies in my belly until January 1st at least. This past week my sonos had proved that nothing had changed and that my cervix was still measuring the same and the babies were still growing, my contractions had stopped (the first night that I entered the hospital). My doctor had said when I first arrived that around 34 weeks if I was still here he would probably send me home to bed rest, because 34-36 weeks is simi normal for having twins, but ideal was getting past 36 weeks. So week 33 came and my doctor came in and said that if I promised to behave I could go home on bed rest coming in to see him at least once a week. Check Check and Check I was so happy to go home and be at my house. So this was around 9am Wednesday morning. About 9:30 my nurse came in and to check all my vitals and send me on my way. She took my blood pressure and it was high, it's NEVER been high since I've arrived. So we checked it again and again for about an hour. Since it didn't go down he had my blood drawn and urine checked to see if everything was ok, well it wasn't. Apparently I had preeclampsia and my kidneys weren't doing good and my liver was following right behind it. So at about 5 to 11 on Wednesday just a couple of hours after I thought that I was going home, my doc came in and said that we were having the babies today. Not only were we having the babies today, and since I had gotten sick to fast with no symptoms he didn't want to chance me getting sicker with an eduction so it was strait to a c section it was. I called Justin bawling that we were having the babies today and that we weren't going home, not only were we having them, but in an hour and he needed to get there. The next opening was at 12 and that was my stop, although it took a little longer than expected because the NICU wasn't ready for us. So at about 1:45 I went back to get started and get all ready for my babies to arrive, I thought that they forgot about Justin, but they don' get the dads until they make the first incision, but then I had started to panic just a little. But that all stopped when I heard the first cry.......
Born 12-15-10 @ 2:11 pm
4lbs 11 oz
17 3/4 long
Brody Jacob Lee
Born 12-15-10 @ 2:14 pm
3 lbs 12 oz
16 1/2 Long
To us they look like mini me's of the two of us. It is so funny that they look so much like each of us, brody to justin and brooklyn to me. Since I got sick the first 24hrs I was on meds that would not let me out of my bed, so I didn't even get to go see them until last night, but all is good now, and I love going to visit them. I get to walk around and move, but I have no energy to do so, so it's a little overwhelming.
Today they were a little jaundice and so they have to be under a lamp all day, and I love their sunglasses!!!!! It really was so cute to go in and see them with these on it helps to make things a little lighter. I will try my hardest to keep everyone updated, but there is a lot going on and so it's really hard to be in touch with everyone. Thanks for all your well wishes and love and support for our new little family. Love you lots, Emma and Justin
Posted by Emmalee at 4:06 PM
Thursday, December 9, 2010
So we made it to out next milestone, 32 weeks!!!!! We are just trucking along and hanging in there. I've been here for 4 weeks now, and it's getting easier for me to deal with what's going on. They feed you three meals a day, let me out for 2 30 minute wheelchair rides, and I get to shower and watch TV whenever. It's not like jail AT ALL. Visitors have been great and I have such a good time to see new faces. Justin is so good at coming up here to visit everyday, but he is so burnt out that most of the time he is napping or he is bored out of his mind just sitting here because he can think of all the things that need to be done at home. He had someone come in and paint and repaint our house. I can't wait to see how everything looks, Justin said that it looks like a different house. He also has my cousin there working on organizing all our little messes around the house that I just ignore, because I can't get my husband to tell me what he wants done with everything, but I guess when you are paying someone to do it your attitude is a little different.
So as far as everything goes for these babies they are still playing in the womb and hopefully they are there for about 4 more weeks. The doctor has been talking about sending me home to bed rest, but yesterday when we did a couple of different tests I didn't pass them. My cervix has shorten a little bit more, but when Brooklyn's head is right there it makes a world of difference. I had to have this swab test done to see if I was leaking any juices to show signs of delivering when in the next 10-14 days and that was awful!!!!! I have had it done before and it wasn't bad at all, but this time I think just the fact that she came in at 6am to do it was the first bad thing. Then it felt like she had sand paper wrapped around the cotton ball and she was just shoving that thing up there, grrrr. I then went to go to the bathroom and shower and I notice a little bit of blood. That's when I started to freak out inside. I called the nurse station to see if that was normal and she basically said no, but it could be something else, because I had also went to the bathroom and it burned!!!!!!!!!!!! So on top of not being able to go home, they think I have a UTI. Great! I have never had something like that which I feel blessed that this is my first one, because they suck. She told me to up my liquids, to drink 4 28oz size mugs of water. I was like are you kidding me, I started to do what she asked of me, but I was up seriously every 5 minutes, I don't think it's possible for a pregnant women to do that, let alone one who is on bed rest and is supposed to be lying down. A little later I called to see what they had found out because I wanted some medicine to get this thing cured, but the nurse said she talked to the doctor and he thought it might be a kidney stone. WHAT!!!!!!!!!! So now we have to what to see what the culture says and all I can do is breathing exercises while I pee so I can handle the burn until they figure out what's going on. Needless to say yesterday was not a good day up here at the hospital. It's a little better today, but not near cleared up so I hope we find out soon. Also, after the nice cotton swab test, the doctor came in to exam me to help him get a better idea as to what was going on with my cervix and he said that it was soft and I was about 50% effaced. That made me freak out a little more because he kind of gave me a run around as to what that meant, but the nurse told me that people can walk around for weeks at that, so that helped relieve my worry some. So the doctor came in today and said that he will most likely have me home for Christmas and then from that I only have about 2 weeks left before I want to have the kids so I'll have to be really good at home. I can't wait for these guys to get here, as much as I hate all this sitting around I know that life is going to get really crazy soon, but after all this I can't wait to see and hold these little guys.
Posted by Emmalee at 11:06 AM
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
So I'm movin on up. To the East side, to a deluxe apartment in the sky!!!!!!!! That's right folks someone went home today and since I have been here the longest I got to move into a MUCH bigger room with some what of a view. I can actually fit in my bathroom now without bumping my belly on the door when I was trying to enter it or leave. Justin gets so antsy that he starts to pace, and in our old room it would drive me nuts. Now he can do it because he is far enough away from me that that's not all I can see. So we went from a shoe box to a refrigerator box. I have the biggest smile on my face. So now when you come to visit me I'm in a different room down the hall, and for all those who haven't come to visit shame on you!!!!! Just kidding, I understand everyone is busy or has kids, but please feel free to bring them on up because there is enough room for a small party now. The doctor can't make up his mind on to if he is going to keep me here or let me go home so he keeps giving me false hope, now that I have this good room watch him let me go home and I won't get to enjoy this. Who am I kidding one night in this room is worth the move, but to be honest with you I hope he keeps me here a little longer so Justin can get through Christmas lights and not have to worry about me getting up to get myself breakfast and lunch or trying to do something I'm not supposed to do because I'm home and I see that something needs to get done. I had Justin do a little rearranging when we got in here and he didn't quite finish and it's killing me!!!!! My clothes are still sitting in my suitcase, and all my bathroom stuff was still in it's bag, but I needed to get ready for bed so I had to but all my bathroom stuff away, but I was good and left the clothes alone because these babies do not like me up on my feet.
Posted by Emmalee at 10:39 PM
Monday, November 29, 2010
(Nice facial expression)So we made it to 30 weeks!!!!!! I've been here at the hospital for two and a half weeks and it really hasn't been that bad. I've had lots of visitors(thank you all) and wonderful husband who is here as much as he possibly can be. I have great nurses that are really nice, some are a little odd or really by the book which is a little annoying, but for the most part they are great. the babies are doing great. They move like crazy now and it's so funny, because Brody tries so hard to kick off the heart rate monitor and the contraction monitor whenever they are on. Brooklyn doesn't have very much room to move, but she tries. Yesterday at when the doc did the sono she weighed in at 4lbs and Brody at 3.2lbs. I was a little worried that he was so small, but the doc said that he is normal and she is a little fatty. So cute!!!!! Last time they told me their weight she was 3lbs and he was almost 3lbs and that was 2 weeks ago, so I'm hoping that they only grow about 3 more lbs or I'm going to have one HUGE belly. As boring as it is up here I'm so happy that my cervix still measures the same, it hasn't gotten any shorter, and my contractions are minimal. I'm also happy that even though I'm eating three well rounded meals a day I haven't gained any weight while on bed rest, but it's probably because I'm losing muscle, but it is what it is. Last week a couple of my friends came up for a girls night and we played games and made a count down chain, so I get to tear one off a day until hopefully 36 weeks and then the babies will be here. If you don't mind keep us in your prayers so these babies come out healthy and happy.
Posted by Emmalee at 6:27 PM
Friday, November 26, 2010
So while I have been here in the joint I've had lots of projects to keep me sane. If any of you know me really I'm not really a crafty person, I just don't use my time with crafts I'd rather be unproductive and watch TV or read a book. So to add a little somethin somethin to this place I have been making a few thing to hang up and decorate.
Started decorating for Christmas a little with my North Pole venue. Santa Claus is coming to town!!
Then I dabbled in a little light coloring projects to keep me busy. Until I got some real projects.
My sister came over with a bag full of goodies and all the materials to actually do a real craft project. We stared with making these flowers, I'm allergic to the real thing so I settled for these bad boys that won't lose their color or start to wilt. I love them and they were so easy to make, I should make another bouquet.
This was my next project. My sister went and got me some scrapbook paper and I went to town with cutting the pages into strips and then gluing them on the wreath. I was pretty time consuming, but I have a lot of time around here. I plan on making three more of these. Another Christmas one and then I want to make a boy one and a girl one for Brody and Brooklyn's room.
This was my last endeavor. I ripped pages from a book and then rolled and fanned and twisted the pages to glue them to this wreath. I need to fix the middle of it, and make it have more of a hole, but then it should be good. I have few more things in the works, like making hair bows for Brooklyn and I'm working on a cross stitch, but I'm not really that good at it, to many holes. Hopefully I can fix it.
Hey Mary do these wreaths look familiar???? Did y'all do them for enrichment???
Posted by Emmalee at 11:37 AM
Thursday, November 25, 2010
sunshine on my face
bundling up for cold weather
hot cocoa on that cold day
doctors and nurses who take care of me
my babies kicking and growing in my belly
my husband who is taking care of me
projects that keep me busy
friends that stop by to say hello
the joy of being pregnant and anticipating their birth
medicine that can stop contractions
air control in my room so that it's a nice 65 degrees
my daily shower to get out of bed
wheelchair rides to get out of my room
my love and knowledge of the gospel
a good vacation
giggles from a child
smiles from a stranger
things that make me laugh (which is a lot)
Posted by Emmalee at 9:49 PM
Sunday, November 21, 2010
to have a normal pregnancy
to have my babies grow as long as possible in my belly
to wear all my cute maternity clothes at home hanging in my closet
to not have a sore bum from lying down sitting in a bed all day
to start enjoying this time off from cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping
to walk down the hall
to be able to go to church
to be able to go any where
to drive my car
to not worry if I took to long of a shower
to be able to go Christmas shopping instead of doing it online
to be able to see my baby furniture that just came in
to be able to help my husband with work so that he is not so run down and over worked
to have a better attitude about being on bed rest
to find more projects to do while I'm sitting here
to appreciate that the doctors found this problem before it went to far
to not hate my doctors for not letting me go home
to know that I can handle this and not go crazy or go into a depression
to have better hospital food
to be able to go home for thanksgiving dinner
to stop feeling sorry for myself and be thankful that my babies are safe inside me
Today was a hard day!!! Even though I've been blessed with great friends and family that have been so kind to come and visit me whenever they get a chance, I still felt like I was all alone. I have been doing lots of projects to keep me busy, but that's all it is is busy work. I'm sorry that this post is so negative but that's my mood today. I did get wheelchair privileges yesterday so i got to go outside and enjoy the fresh air, and tonight my sister ad her family and my parents all came up here and Justin wheeled me down to the cafeteria for dinner. It was nice to eat a meal at a table and chair instead of my bed. So this week should be good, and I can look forward to getting out of me room for 30 minutes twice a day, so that will be nice. I'm keeping my glass half full and looking at the days that have past instead of how many more there will be. once i get my pictures off my phone I will post the fun projects that I've been doing.
Posted by Emmalee at 10:21 PM
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Not everybody that I blog with is a friend on facebook as well, manly because I don't really facebook a ton and for that matter I don't really blog a whole lot either. Anyways, last Wednesday I went to the Doctor for a check up and a sono. We did the sono first, and everything was looking good, the babies are growing good, nothing looked abnormal and they were weighing in pretty close to 3 pounds each. This was my 28 weeks appointment, so in my eyes things were great. The tech needed to get one more measurement, and that was of my cervix, which she was having a hard time doing, so she did the internal sono. I thought nothing of it, since this is my first pregnancy and all I thought that this was normal. She didn't really say a whole lot just that we'd have to see what the doctor had to say. Justin was teasing me and telling me that I would love bed rest because all I do is lay around and do nothing. Whatever!!! So the doctor came in and Justin was correct he was putting me on bed rest. My cervix had shortened and I was apparently having contractions. So since we didn't want the babies to come early he told me that I was going on bed rest. I looked at Justin and gave him an evil eye, but then that's when the doctor dropped the bomb on me, he said ok so I'm going to call upstairs and have them get a room ready for you. WHAT!!!!! Yep that's right folks, he but me on bed rest at the hospital for the remainder of my pregnancy, at least 6 weeks. I almost started crying right then and there not because there was a possibility that I might go into labor, but I was going to be stuck at the hospital and I didn't get to do my favorite thanksgiving tradition, black Friday shopping. I didn't worry about the babies, because for some reason I don't have a fear of them coming to early, it's weird, so hopefully I'm right about this, but I know that the doctor caught this in time that me and babies will be safe. The first night I was having some contractions so they put me on some medicine to stop them, and the next morning me cervix hadn't changed so that was a good sign. To me though all I could think about is that they got my contractions to stop, they put me on a pump of medicine so I can take it home, so why can't I be on bed rest at home?????? I'm still having a really hard time with that, but I know that here if anything happens I'm here and hopefully they can get it under control. The babies are moving a ton more and it's so funny to watch my belly contort and pop when they kick. We've come to realization that their names are going to be Brody and Brooklyn, and know I tend to call them that and it's fun. Brody is not a fan of the heart rate monitor that they put on my belly twice a day and tries to kick it off the whole time he is on it. He has even been know to roll over so that we have to hold the sensor a certain way and angle so that we can get this heart beat. Thank you to all the people who have had time to come up and say hello, and bring us food. Justin teased me about being on bed rest, but he's on it too because all he can do is come up here and sit with me at night, which is hard for him because he doesn't like to sit still. He has had to do my laundry and bring me supplies from home whenever he gets a chance, while he is running around trying to get Christmas lights up and bids and get over a cold, poor guy. I think that there is a reason women are meant to housewife's!!!!! He is doing a great job and I couldn't thank him enough. I'll post more pictures on the next update with some of the projects I'm doing and a picture of my big fat belly.
Posted by Emmalee at 10:47 AM
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
So I'm going there my camera that I never use to see all the pictures that I have never documented. So here are a few new posts and there are more to come.
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So after the buggy buggy cars we headed to the beach, and saw this
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Thursday, July 22, 2010
Last night my husband really wanted to get out of the house and take a drive on his new toy, a golf cart, I'll post about that later, so he tried to bribe me with ice cream to get me off the couch. I said no thanks I'm good I don't really feel good. His comment to me was you MUST be really sick to deny ice cream twice in one night. I hope that he gets it a little more that I'm not just trying to get out of house work, I really don't feel good some days.
Posted by Emmalee at 2:16 PM
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Blogging is hard to keep up with. I don't feel like I'm ever doing anything blog worthy, and we NEVER take the camera anywhere. Braxten has come and gone this summer. I had so much fun with him this year. He is growing up so fast and it makes me a little sad. He doesn't just miss his mom anymore when he comes out he is starting to miss his friends, which just makes me think he is getting to old. Braxten has such an imagination, and loves to build. He builds legos and makes new worlds and skate parks and his mind just keeps going, he is so smart. We got to spend a lot of time together this summer. The first two weeks he was here, his cousin came out with him from Utah, and his grandparents and aunt. It was so much fun having everyone here, and playing and I think Braxten really liked having his cousin on his turf for a change. They were XBOX junkies anytime they weren't in the pool or on the lake, so I thought that it was going to be a long summer, because I'm to old to watch them play because it makes me sick. But after he went home Braxten did a lot more lego building and so forth. Justin had to work A LOT this summer because about two weeks into Braxten being here his lead guy quit so he had to go install lights everyday, instead of just line the guys out. So there was a lot of time with just B and I, but I loved it, except shower time and teeth brushing time!! Braxten's new love this summer was Six Flags, he loves roller coasters. Last time we went he wouldn't ride anything and this summer he went twice and all he rode was the adult rides, no kiddie rides this year. I think his dad going with him helped him be a little tougher this year, but he still loved it. Justin on the other hand gets motion sickness on them and it hurts his back. I told B next time I would go and we would leave the old man at home. Which brings me to our next exciting news of the summer. After six and half long years of trying to get pregnant our prayers have been answered and we are having TWINS!!!!!!!!!!!! We are so happy and a little overwhelmed, but can't wait to welcome our new members to the family. I can't wait to find out what we are having. My due date is Feb.3rd but we will most likely have them the first of the year. So if you've just done the math in your head I'm 3 months along and counting down until they come. Everything is going good, but there was a little bit of a scare at first so the is why I have waited to long to post. I'm so thankful to be able to have had the journey that we've been on to have children. I don't wish it upon anyone, but it brings you closer as a family and that I wouldn't trade for anything.
Baby A was in a much better spot than B but in both videos you can see the heart beats!!! It's so cool, I can't get over the fact that TWO are coming. We of course want healthy babies and that's all we ask for, but I'm also hoping that it's one of each!!!!! We'll see!
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
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Monday, February 15, 2010
So I'm so behind on my blogging I don't even know when this happened, but it was a fun filled evening. Justin's cousin called and asked us to come help him to get out of the mud. Justin hesitated because he didn't want to drive across town and by the time we got there, they would be unstuck. Well let me tell you that was NOT the problem. We arrived on scene to this...
So we decided to try at a different angle, and that is what lead us to this.
Posted by Emmalee at 4:03 PM
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Or should I say MADE of Ice. We have a hotel around here that every year for Christmas season they put together an exhibit of everything made of ice sculptures. It is so cool. Justin's grandma was here in Texas for about a month and a half so I wanted to take her to do a few things. For this outing we invited everyone to come. We had such a good time, although we had a rather late start, it was still a great time and the kids really enjoyed it.
Bundling up for the extreme cold, it's -9 degrees inside the tent, they give every one these blue parkas to stay warm. They are so big on the kids that they look like a bunch of penguins waddling around, it's so cute.
Grandma Mary, Haley, and the Grinch. This is ALL ice behind them, it's so cool to me, I love it!
Not only do they have sculptures, but they make a slide of ice. This is Olivia sliding down, her and Haley were the only kids that would go, but they have a bigger slide for the adults that we all went down, it was so much fun.
The Lee's with grandma Mary, and the Grinch is back there too!
This is my kind of cake, no calories!!!!!
These two were so cold! They tried to warm up with the fire candles, but it didn't work out as planned.
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