Friday, February 27, 2009

Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia

Late in the day and then around midnight last night I started having trouble catching my breath and my heart was beating extremely fast. Of course, during the day I was by myself so all I knew to do was take deep breaths and wait it out. When it happened at midnight, Nathan took my pulse which was 120! I felt like my heart was gonna beat out of my chest and I was having a hard time catching my breath. He told me to relax and take deep breaths for a few minutes then he took my pulse again. It was 100.

Both of our moms are nurses which is such a convenience at times like this. Nathan got up and called his mom. She suggested that I do a few things to slow down my heartrate. I did those and it did slow down but not enough. I called my doctor's office and left a message for the on-call doctor. Luckily, my doctor was the one on call. He returned my call within a minute or so and asked me to track these episodes between now and next Wednesday (my next appointment). He said it's a normal occurence at this stage in my pregnancy, especially for women on bedrest. It's called Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia (PAT). Since I have been on bedrest and not as active as normal, my heart is trying to compensate. He was very encouraging. Within a few minutes my heart rate was down and I was able to get some sleep.

I am so thankful for a compassionate husband! I was pretty upset and scared when my heart was beating fast and I could feel the baby kicking. It was something I had never experienced before and my first thought was, "Is this hurting the baby?". Nathan stayed so calm. If you know him very well, he is very laid back but even during the unknown he remained unmoved. How encouraging! I love you!


Meg

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Company

I had company yesterday which was great! It was a great break from staring at the same four walls all day long. My great friend, Sally, and her baby girl, Laine, came over yesterday morning to hang out and work on wedding shower invitations for our friend, Cassie. They were here for a few hours and it was a great time to play with two-month old Laine and chat.


We got the invitations done which is great, but a while after they left I noticed that my feet were swollen which means my blood pressure was up. I guess I did too much while she was here even though I didn't do anything. Anyway, I got a mini-sermon from Mama and Nathan so I was down for the rest of the day yesterday. It's so hard to just sit/lay all day but I know that's what's best for me and baby so I need to get over it, huh!?

Nathan did a load of laundry last night and made breakfast this morning. I am lucky to have such a sweet husband!


Meg

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

It's Wednesday morning...the second full day of bedrest. I have been getting up at the normal time (7:00). I think that's mainly because my body is used to waking up that early but, also, my bladder is being kicked by my sweet little baby boy! =)

Around noon yesterday I decided that I was bored which made me realize that the next week was going to be LOOONNNNG if I didn't find something to do. So, after doing some much needed journaling, I decided to start reading books that Nathan's mom gave me. I love Terri Blackstock novels and Carol gave me two series when we were in Alabama for Thanksgiving. I have read one of the series but I decided I would start on the second.

The doctor's office called me yesterday with the results of my blood work from Monday. They said everything came back normal - praise the Lord!

Anxiously awaiting next Wednesday,
Meg

Monday, February 23, 2009

Be still

"Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in all the earth!" Ps. 46:10

Today was my 24-week check-up for Baby Boy Moore (name still undecided). Up to this point, I have felt great and I haven't had any concerns. Over the past week and a half or so, I have noticed a lot of swelling in my feet and legs. I was a little nervous going into the doctor's office because I was afraid the news would be negative. I met with the nurse first. I weighed in and she took my blood pressure. She had a look of concern on her face as she filled out my chart which made me a little nervous considering I had never seen her that way before.

My doctor is amazing...he is very calm, cool and collected and always makes me feel at ease. He walked in this morning and said, "Well, we need to talk." Since I had that feeling that there would be concern on his part, I wasn't shocked but I got scared REAL fast. He proceeded to tell me that my blood pressure concerned him. In the past it has been relatively low and it had jumped significantly enough to cause concern. What was intended to be a 30-minute check-up turned out to be a two hour process.

I had some lab work done and I have been instructed to do a 24-hour urine sample before going back to the doctor for a follow up and ultrasound next Wednesday. I have been put on bed rest from now until then in an effort to lower my blood pressure. Preeclampsia is his concern right now. He isn't overly concerned at this point, but he is going to monitor my blood pressure and look at lab results before my appointment next Wednesday. Like I said, he is going to do an ultrasound and we will go from there.

I did get to hear little man's heartbeat which was VERY encouraging. He sounds great and I feel him moving more everyday. The doctor confirmed that baby is perfectly fine at this point which was such a relief!!! So, for the next few days, I just need to take care of myself and find things to keep me from going stir crazy.



Meg

"The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing." Zeph. 3:17

Monday, February 16, 2009

Valentine's Weekend in Jackson

Nathan and I spent Valentine's weekend in Jackson, TN with my family. He was off work Saturday and Sunday so we took advantage of a weekend off work by driving to my parent's house. My sister and her family drove down from Hendersonville so it was a great opportunity to see the neices, nephew and PREGGO sister! =) Unfortunately, Jonathan wasn't able to make it from Chattanooga - we missed you, Bubba!

I assumed that everyone would be in bed by the time we got there. We didn't leave Louisville until close to 7:00 which means we didn't arrive in Jackson until 10:30 or so. We walked into my parent's house and there was a card game going on with snacks on the kitchen counter. Party animals!! =)

Saturday was an eventful day. My Daddy Bill was awarded his football letter during halftime of the Union University men's basketball game. He played football in the 1940s but never received his letter. Through a series of events, word got around to the man in charge of alumni and he made the award ceremony happen. It was a special time for Daddy Bill and I was so glad I could be there for it.

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That afternoon we went shopping. Mama got me a Grass Monkey gift certificate for Christmas. Since that store is only located in Jackson, I had to wait to use it. I got a new purse (of course), earrings and sunglasses. We also went to Old Navy where I got Baby Moore's first little outfits. Well, Nathan's mom got baby a Halloween outfit which is really cute but he can't really wear that everyday! I mean, I guess he could but that might be weird...and kind of gross. So, Mama bought him a few outfits and I bought him a few. My favorite is the ORANGE AND WHITE onesie...GO VOLS! (He will learn quickly I hope). Nathan is a Bama fan so I have to do what I can to convince this baby that UT is the way to go.

We spent early Saturday evening watching Tennessee basketball and playing cards. Graciee was the entertainment of the afternoon:

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The day was almost perfect...and then we ordered Sakura (sushi) for dinner. The day was NOW complete and totally perfect! =) No, I don't eat the raw stuff.

Tiffany's birthday is on the 23rd so after dinner we sang Happy Birthday and ate ice cream cake which TOTALLY put me over the top. Baby Moore was definitely kicking looking for more room! =)

Sunday morning Nathan and I went to church and then to lunch with my grandparents, parents and Uncle Lawrence. Nathan got his BBQ fix so he was happy!! =) We went back to my parents house after lunch to relax before starting the journey home.

Nathan and Tommy (brother-in-law)

Tiffany and Tommy - expecting twins in August!

Sunniee watching the Gremlins

SUSHI NIGHT

Celebrating Tiffany's birthday

Austin, Sunniee and Graciee



We had a great time and we are looking forward to family vacation in Gatlinburg in April!!



Meg

Friday, February 6, 2009

Prayer for the Bakers



Please pray for this family. Hearts are heavy for Benji, Rebekah, Caroline and baby Gracie.


Love y'all!



Meg