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Preterm Labor [Oct. 20th, 2005|01:18 pm]
[mood |restlessTweeked]
[music |Gospel Music in the Other Room]

I am now 34 weeks pregnant but on Tuesday, little Davey decided he wanted to come out. With contractions 4 minutes apart, I was admitted to the hospital for monitoring to find that I have begun to dilate, am 60 % effaced, and the baby's head is in a ready position for coming out. I was released yesterday after they stopped labor with a series of shots that made me feel like a crackhead. I am now on bedrest (and on that medicine) for the next two weeks. I am spending the days at my mom's house and I'm not allowed to do anything. My contractions haven't stopped but they are inconsistent on the medicine- which is good.

My Dr.'s told me that although we are past the point of any major concern to the health of me or Davey, they want to try to postpone the rest of labor for a couple of weeks ( until I am 36 weeks). They did tell me that as long as I can hold off for another week, they would want to keep me and Davey for 2 days rather than one and, as long as he is eating properly, he could go home with me.

I am a little freaked out- not to mention disoriented and tweeked from this medicine. I know that everything will be alright but I am still not comfortable with everything. There's also so much to do- organize and clean the car and the house, exchange the newborn Christmas clothes for 0-3 month clothes. Maybe I am just stressing myself out because I can't do even the littlest of things.

I am being told that my sitting up time is over so I guess I've said all that I can.

PS- Happy Birthday to my sister.
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A Long- Overdue Update [Oct. 6th, 2005|09:48 am]
[mood |excitedexcited]
[music |The sound of Nextels in the Background]

Wow. It’s been a long time since I posted. Well, our addition was taking too long and costing too much money. We decided to rent just to have room for the baby. In the process of looking we were approved for a loan, found a house, AND BOUGHT IT! YAY! It’s in my childhood neighborhood of Gateway-, which has improved immensely over the years since I lived there. The house is a 3/1/1 with a lanai and tool room for David (and a big yard with a weird monkey cage- like thing in it).


I am officially 8 months pregnant today and am definitely doing the nesting thing in our new home: hanging pictures and working on the baby room.

We have a lot of things to situate but hopefully I’ll be getting some reimbursement for some medical care I received for my accident last December within the next week. That will help immensely.

We no longer have an internet connection and it will probably be a while before we can get one. I have to do all of this at work when no one is looking.

I had my baby shower last a couple of weekends ago and got most of the stuff I need. YIPPEEE!!!

David is thinking of getting a new job… he hates the one he’s got and- since I work there too-I understand at least partially. His sister Stacy’s boyfriend says that he can get him a high paying job with the electrical union with excellent benefits. I think he should take it but I have to support him in anything that he wants to do because I love him and want him to be happy.

My sister here just got out of the hospital from a horrible staff infection and we recently found out she’s on probation and is going to be sent to a long term residential rehab program. This is wonderful news. She didn’t get in enough trouble to die or go to jail but just enough to be forced to get help- and my parents don’t have to pay for it! The only problem is that the court system takes soooooo long.

My other sister in Tennessee is recovering from having a stint put in her heart. No one ever told me that anything was wrong with her but she should certainly quit smoking now. I want to go visit her but my Dr. would rather me not travel now.

Alright… there’s so much going on and I know I have missed very important events. However, I think I’ve basically caught everyone up.


Oh yeah... and all of the complications I have had 1 after another after another throughout my pregnancy have finally cleared up and I am expected to have a healthy delivery!
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Placenta [Jul. 15th, 2005|04:43 pm]
[mood |excitedi'm good]
[music |Alice in Chains- Heaven Beside You]

I went to the Dr. and they said that, according to my sonograms, I have total Placenta Previa. In other words, my placenta is blocking my birth canal. The way that mine is positioned with the baby causes increased pain, bedrest, and often results in a c- section up to a month early. I am at higher risk for pre-term labor and hemorrhaging. I will do whatever it takes to keep my baby healthy. I am so excited!!

I am going to Maine on Wednesday with my family for my cousin’s wedding. I am excited about getting away. It’s really nice because it is the last time that the Dr. is letting me leave the area before my son is born. We just went to Orlando with David’s family (which was kind of stressful) and then to Ocala for an anniversary weekend (which was nice aside from being stuck in a thunderstorm on a cold spring in an aluminum canoe and realizing that we suck at it). Hopefully, this will be a nice getaway for us. My parents bought the plane tickets and the rental car and my aunt and uncle got us a hotel room.

Before we go I have to get new maternity clothes with my mom because mine feel like they are cutting me in half. Anyway… I’m getting my hair cut tonight so I have to wrap it up… nothing much else that is new in my life.
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My kittie [Jul. 1st, 2005|09:40 am]
[mood |depresseddevestated]
[music |none]

I had to put my kittie to sleep and that makes me sad... I wanted to update but it's too painful to write about. RIP by beautiful baby lion.
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MY BABY BOY!!!! [Jul. 1st, 2005|09:38 am]
[music |People Chattering at the Counter]

I haven’t posted in a while… I am 18 weeks and just found out that I am having a boy!!! A BOY!!!!!! I am so excited! Neither David nor I have any boys on our sides of the family. A boy is much needed. David Thomas Connolly III. It’s so wonderful. He’s healthy and I can feel him kicking all the time. I am tired and have broken out very badly but it’s all worth it to see my baby kicking around on the sonogram screen. I would be posting the ultrasound pictures but I don’t know how… Oh well… maybe later. That’s all for today. I’m at work.
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HELP ME WITH MY FELINE PROBLEM! [May. 17th, 2005|05:09 pm]
[mood |worriedat my wit's end]
[music |Cat- Scratch Fever]

David says that I have to get rid of my cats before the baby is born for sanitary purposes and because one of them is aggressive and unpredictable. My mother will take the other one. The aggressive one I have had since I was 13 and he was 2 weeks old. I love him more than I can describe and he is my little lion. I can't adopt him to a family (especially via newspaper ad), the humane society and all other shelters will put him down immediately, the no-kill shelters won't accept him and it seems that I have exhausted my options. He is a 6 year old, grey domestic short hair, neutered and declawed. He gets along with dogs but not more than one other cat at a time. He is deathly afraid of the outside and is spoiled rotten. He can be very sweet at times and very loving too. I want for him to be in a place where i can be sure that he won't be abused, neglected or euthanized but he's just so damn mean sometimes. I just don't know what to do. I would appreciate any suggestions. I'm desperate!
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APPLIANCES! [May. 17th, 2005|05:07 pm]
[mood |jubilantjubilant]
[music |Benny and Joon soundtrack]

Our refrigerator broke and so we had to look for a new one. Our salesman from work had an almost new stainless steel kitchen set (huge refrigerator with lots of compartments, a digital dishwasher, and a self cleaning, digital glass top stove/oven) for $850! This is extremely good since none of the aforementioned existing appliances worked in our house. We get our new washer and dryer back from his sister because she got a new one and we will be set on appliances! I am extremely happy about that. I am having some different estimates done for interior paint and the tile in the kitchen and bathroom. Maybe we can have those two things done while we are on vacation. That would be great! Then all I would have to worry about is work and exercise and the addition. I COULD FINALLY RELAX! YAY!!!
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HAHA this is funny.... [May. 17th, 2005|01:21 pm]

Your Deadly Sins

Gluttony: 60%

Wrath: 60%

Envy: 40%

Greed: 0%

Lust: 0%

Pride: 0%

Sloth: 0%

Chance You'll Go to Hell: 23%

You'll die from food poisoning - and then the natives will feast on your fatty limbs.

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Food and Everything [May. 5th, 2005|07:34 pm]
[mood |aggravatedcontented- yet not]
[music |watching a pbs movie]

So, I got the new drawings for the addition today. They’re nice. I’ll have a huge closet and bedroom, a bathroom with a separate bath and shower and my own sink, a washroom under the stairs, and a brand new, spacious baby room. I’m so excited! The construction guy said that it should all be done well before the baby is born. They’re coming to put in a new tub in the existing bathroom on Monday. We’ll have to go next door to shower but oh well. At least it will be done.

I’m still depressed though… and I feel sick. I made a nice dinner with lemon pepper chicken, herbed mashed potatoes and mixed veggies and when it was time to eat it, I got nauseous. I was hungry too!

Damn I want a Chicken Gordita Supreme! Yummmm- sour cream………………………………….*DROOoooooooollllllllllll*
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Update on Everything Joy [May. 4th, 2005|08:45 pm]
[mood |blahhmmm- that's a hard one]
[music |none- it's silent]


So I got the results of my quantitative blood test a while ago- 82,806. What the hell does that mean?! My OB wanted my primary physician to send me for a size and date sonogram to see how far along I am because, as a result of my recent cysts, they can’t accurately figure it according to my period. So, on a reference scale they figured that I was between 5 and 12 weeks. THAT’S A LOT OF FUCKING DIFFERENCE! The whole point in ordering the sonogram was to figure out how far along I am. Anyway, my OB was annoyed with that. PS- my OB delivered our favorite 2 year old- Klaudia!

I had some gut-wrenching pain in my abdomen so I called my mother who came to pick me up and brought me to the OB- who I had never actually seen before. The Dr.s were in surgery so I talked to a nurse who apparently is an old friend of my mom’s. Not only did she order an immediate sonogram at Manatee Memorial Hospital, but she also gave some medical advice to my mother who is meeting up with her for coffee to catch up on old times. I had the sonogram done and I got to see the baby and hear his/ her heartbeat. They ran tests and concluded that my baby is very healthy and that the pain I had experienced was caused by my tilted pelvis interacting with a rapidly growing fetus and stretching a ligament. I am very excited but I David was very upset that he did not get to hear the heartbeat (he couldn’t get out of work). Anyway, as of today I am 10 weeks and 3 days and my due date is December 1!

I went for my first actual OB appt today with David. I just met with the nurse and went over family histories, paperwork and insurances. I feel much better about the whole process. I was sent to Quest Diagnostics to have routine blood work screens done and to my surprise they took TEN VILES OF MY BLOOD! AHHHH! I took a nap and watched the PBS- NOVA video “Life’s Greatest Miracle” which is an amazing video from conception to birth. I had to watch it in child psych. Even if you think you know the process, you will be amazed. You can watch it online at www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/miracle/program.html


I got an A in Geology, a B in Gerontology, a C in Nutrition (which is actually more like chemistry) and a tentative A in English pending the grading of my final and portfolio. I intend on taking all online classes this semester so I don’t have to bee big and pregnant driving to Tampa, and I can finish before finals which are on the week of my due date. Then, I will have all of winter break, take spring semester off, and all of summer -before I take some classes again next fall- to bond with my baby. My academic advisor is sending me some info on classes to take. I still need to talk to someone about the Bright Future’s Scholarship situation though.


The addition to the house is about to begin. Hopefully, after it does, it will only take about 3 months to complete if weather permits. I need to have a nursery for my baby. I am so cramped where I am. I’ve been told that I’m “nesting” and it is a terrible feeling when renovating. Nothing seems to work. The dishwasher, the washer and dryer, the bathtub! AHHHH! I need to paint and I need a pretty space to put baby! I don’t understand this feeling but it overwhelms me. The crew is starting on the tub within a week or so, during which time, I won’t have a place to shower.


David -the workaholic- has been working not only as the manager at City Electric Supply Company (where I am the secretary) but also at Blockbuster at night (where I used to work). He is always gone and I know that he is just trying to prepare for the baby financially; I still miss him a lot. I wait up for him and, when he gets home, he talks to the baby through my bellybutton. It’s endearing. David is being very supportive of me at this time (as much as he can- understand that he’s a man and he doesn’t understand). I am very grateful for him right now. He is even going to all of my appointments with me. YAY! This way I don’t have to explain shit to him later. He can hear it for himself.


I am ecstatic about having a baby. I am also super- super- super depressed. With the whole David being gone and my unbelievable urge to make everything around me pretty, I am overwhelmed. I don’t even get out of bed sometimes. I feel like hell but I make myself get up and go do things and see people that I haven’t seen in a while- my sister Tammie, Drew, people… etc. That’s good but I’m extremely sad- and bored!


My sister is in detox, AGAIN! She went to First Step Detox Center (same place she went last time). Last time (about a month ago) she thought she could stay clean on her own without any help. She is willing to go somewhere this time. She needs to go to a year program but if she’s willing to go to a 30 day program, it’s better than nothing. Besides, being away from her cat has been keeping her from going and the one she’s considering would allow us to bring her cat to visit on weekends. This will be good for her although the place she’s going isn’t exactly known for its high success rate.

My friend Auna broke up with her abusive girlfriend finally but it ended in Auna’s eviction. She told me she’s call me when she moved. I bought her some sushi and couldn’t find her. Her mom said that she had moved in with her business partner and his wife on Siesta Key a couple of weeks ago but never left a name or number. I know it is like her to leave her insane mother, but not to leave her little brother and sister. She sees them every day- or used to. I’m really worried about her.

My good friend Michelle has moved back here from Rochester New York and we have a lot of catching up to do. She has a baby and has been in college and we haven’t talked much because wee can’t communicate over the phone (she’s Deaf). We’ve been talking over the IM and it’s great. I’m hanging out with her sometime this weekend.

WELL… I’ve babbled on now for a very long time cause it may- or may not- be a while before I update again. BYE!
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