My bedrest in the hospital was....well....an adventure! I have never been more excited to sleep in my own bed once I made it home 5 weeks later and celebrated the birth of our boys! Not to mention I made it to 34 weeks which was my goal. I entered the hospital in full blown labor at 30 weeks and was put on magnesium to stop contractions. I hope to never experience anything like what that drug made me feel. I was on FIRE! My whole body was burning up and my mouth was dry as a cotton ball. I sucked on water dipped sponges and kept those puppies coming around the clock. We had the room cranked down to FREEZING and poor Tim slept in multiple layers of clothes along with a hoodie and jacket when he wasn't fetching me frozen wet wash cloths for my body all night. You know the freezer pads that women receive after vaginal deliveries for healing? You can crack them in 1/2 and activate these little crystals that turn cold and help with swelling. Well, I am happy to announce I went thru 24 of them for my FACE and HEAD to keep my body temp down. LOL LOL And when I asked for more, one nurse told me she didn't think I could have anymore b/c that wasn't the purpose for their use. Boy did I get mean. My labor was put on hold successfully. After begging the dr to deliver me during all of this, I quickly realized how glad I was to have my babies cook a little big longer once the NICU team payed us a visit and share all of the 'dangers' of delivering this early. I remained in the hospital till I delivered the boys!
Here are my gorgeous (sense my sarcasm???) belly pics and the famous picture of my belly/super swollen face the night before I delivered. I swore I would NEVER show these but now that I have lost the 80lbs I gained, I find these pics to be no big deal!
34 weeks and the night before delivery and once again......I am sporting the adorable grey shirt. As if my smile was going to make me look any more glamorous in this pic! Cracks me up! I was BEYOND miserable and still under the impression I was 'stretch mark free.' HAHAHA!
So grateful I can look back on this time period with a good sense of humor. It was certainly not what I anticipated but once my water broke at 6am on November 18th 2011, I sure was glad to be right where I needed to be and deliver healthy baby boys 2 hours later!