Tuesday, May 29, 2007

One Week Old Already

Things are going surprisingly well so far! We had a couple tough nights when she first came home, where one of us kept getting up every 30 minutes, but the last two nights have been great. She has only gotten up once to eat and have her diaper changed, and then she goes back to sleep until 5:30. Yesterday she was much more alert. In fact, she was up for almost 2 hours after first awakening, and just got passed around from mommy, daddy, nene and poppy.

Of course we all love to admire her and keep telling her how beautiful she is, so I hope she doesn't become too spoiled. She is just a little angel. Daddy was supposed to return to work yesterday, but after a morning away from her -he returned for lunch and never went back. I know we all need to settle into our normal routines, but it is too hard right now. I guess being new parents, we just can't get enough of her. All we do is hold her and take photos of her. Steve went off to work again this morning, and is going to try to work a full day this time.

We have enjoyed the past week spending time with family, but this morning we said goodbye to Poppy, who returned to Illinois. Last night he enjoyed holding her, but I guess watching her sleep, made him a little sleepy and now we know where she gets the sleeping with her mouth open.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Bennett Comes Home!

It has been a busy day! Bennett and I both were checked over once again by our doctors this morning, and after getting a clean bill of health - we got all packed up so we could go home. She is a little jaundice now, but her pediatrician expects her to be back to normal in no time.

We had to get her all dressed up in a new pink dress for the ride home. And since she had a full head of hair, everyone thought it would be cute to have a pink bow. She was quite the sport with the whole thing.

We had a short ride home, and then Nene, Poppy, Shelby and Spencer were there to greet us. Everyone was excited to welcome her home - even her 4 legged siblings (see the smiles on their faces). Shelby gave her little kisses on her feet, and Spence just sniffed her carseat. And of course...Bennett slept through the whole thing.

She is doing very well, but due to her young age - she sleeps more than anything. In fact, we have to wake her to feed her, and even then she falls asleep during the process. I know we should cherish these quiet moments, but we just love to admire her when she is wide-eyed and looking around.

In fact, one of our highlights of the day was giving her a bath at home. Since I get to bond with her through nursing, we decided it would be Daddy's job to bath her so he could bond with her then. She loved her first bath, and didn't cry once.

We'll report more...very soon.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Bennett Clegg Mizerany!!

We cannot be happier to announce the arrival of our precious angel - Bennett Clegg! She blessed us on Wednesday afternoon at 4:21, weighing in at just 5 lbs 13 oz and measuring 19 inches long. We are both doing well, and hoping to leave tomorrow sometime.

We had our family present on Wednesday to meet her, and since then -many visits by friends and co-workers. Bennett has slept through most of it, but we have been documenting it all for her with photos.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Home Again!

After yet another ultrasound this morning, we were happy to see the amniotic fluid increase a little more, now 9 cm. Since it wasn't in the 10-12 range like my doctor wanted, I didn't expect to go home - even though my blood pressure has been more stable. In fact, I choked down another hospital lunch before I heard from her. She finally blessed me with her presence this afternoon and let me go home!

I obviously couldn't be happier. However, we are still playing the wait and see game. We have another appointment on Wednesday morning. If my fluids drop to 6 cm or below, then she will schedule a c-section for that night. But, if they are in the same range - then we'll just play it by ear. I also have to monitor my blood pressure daily, and if there are any changes with that - then everything can change.

So, overall - we don't really know a whole lot more. Though our families aren't happy to have me home - my dogs and I are. In fact, Shelby told me that she would be more than happy to stay on bedrest with me!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

A Quick Field Trip!

Today my doctor finally came around some and let me out of my room for 15 minutes! It was my biggest adventure of the past week. I have been missing my dogs terribly, so I knew immediately how I wanted to spend my free time....outside and with my doggies!

Steve has recorded them for me at home a couple of times (I know you all think I am pathetic), but it has been extremely enjoyable and comforting to watch. However, seeing their little tails wag when they greeted me today made me even happier and gave me the boost I needed to make it here a few more days.

In fact, today was also a special day for us because Michelle Mizerany, Carol Ann Juliano and Penny Ferguson hosted an absolutely lovely shower for us. Due to my situation, Steve went in my place - and was quite the trooper with all of the ladies. Being the caring and thoughtful person that he is, he arranged for me to watch the shower on a webcam, while there was another one present for the guests to see me. We once again received some fabulous items, and we thank everyone who attended.

We have another ultrasound tomorrow morning where we will hopefully get some more answers and find out if baby Miz is arriving this week. Though if everything looks good, I may be discharged and she'll just monitor the baby and me every couple of days. So please continue with your prayers, and keep checking the blog for more updates.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

My Old Friend Visits!!

Today my life got a little sweeter...my old friend visited me in the hospital....TIVO!!! Since I still have the original TIVO which only holds 20 hours, it was smoking at home and completely loaded. So Steve had the bright idea of bringing it here so I could catch up on my shows, especially since all of the season finales are on now. I couldn't be more thankful. This past week has been painfully hard watching...gulp...live TV. I honestly haven't watched live TV in years, and I now recall what a waste of time it is to watch. With almost half of the show's dedicated time being spent on commercials - it is amazing how much time is wasted.

Since there is absolutely nothing on TV during the weekends, except old movies and sports, I plan to clear my TIVO off by Sunday night. Then I want Steve to take it home and hook it back up so it can get some of the shows I watch on channels not offered by the hospital. Not to mention, my mother is a little upset that she can't tivo her soap operas next week (I converted her a couple of years ago).

For those of you who still don't have digital video recorders (DVRs) - you are missing out BIG TIME!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

No News is Good News??

I am still here, and it appears that I will now be here through the weekend, and most likely the end of the pregnancy. I took it hard this morning when my fluids barely increased, but I have finally resigned myself that I am here until the end. It has been hard letting go of my work responsibilities that I left on my desk, as well as the home jobs that I have yet to complete. In addition, I am upset that I will be unable to attend the baby shower that Michelle, Carol Anne and Penny have planned for us this weekend. However, I think Steve and Michelle have come up with a plan - Steve is going to attend in my place, and we are either going to videotape it for me, or utilize webcams so I can still feel like I am apart of it (thank goodness for technology).

In addition, my mother is flying in on Saturday to help Steve get some of these items done around the house before the baby comes. Then my father will fly in on Tuesday, so we'll have the whole family here for the arrival - hopefully late next week sometime. It is hard to imagine that I have been waiting for this little one's arrival for the past 8 months (secretly wishing that it would arrive early) and now I'm hoping the little one will just stay put for another 9 days.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

An Earlier Arrival is Probable

Well, I am back at the hospital. Yesterday afternoon I went in for my weekly check-up and they determined that my amniotic level had fallen again. As a precaution, they admitted me overnight for fluids and to monitor the baby. Fortunately we are both doing well - the baby's heartbeat is strong and it is very active. However, we had another ultrasound this morning, and my levels didn't increase like they had hoped. So, I am here for another night. They will recheck it again tomorrow morning, and if it has gone up to a "safe level" then I will be discharged to bedrest at home. If it stays the same or decreases, then I will continue to spend nights here with day to day monitoring. We are trying to keep the baby in there until next Friday, when I will be 37 weeks.

It is still too early to determine what will actually happen, but I think that it is likely that I will go even earlier than June 6th now. Though the amniotic level is 5.7 cm (the bottom of the normal range), the doctor is concerned that something else is going on since I have been on bedrest a full day now, and have literally been pumped full of fluids (3 IV bags and lots of water). Steve and I aren't worried though - we feel good that we've made it this far along and are confident that this baby will be okay.

There is wireless internet at the hospital, so I am able to at least check emails and surf the web to break up the monotony of TV. Who would've thought that I, Julie "tivo" Mizerany, could tire of watching television, but I have. Steve has also been an angel, sitting with me for hours during the day and night, and taking care of our kids at home. We'll update the blog with any pertinent news, but in the meantime - pray that we make it another 10 days.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Christian - the Ham!

Shannon and Christian stopped by today for a visit, and I realized that I didn't have a current photo of just him for his new cousin's room. We want pictures of all the cousins so the baby gets to know them quickly. So I pulled out the camera, while he tried out some of the baby's toys, and smiled for every take...he is quite the ham. He has just learned to crawl, or should I say walk like a monkey. He uses one knee and one foot to scoot around the room. He seems to be happy that he can just move on his own, but now the fun begins for Brian and Shannon. He has already played with the dog bowls, but fortunately there wasn't anything in it. However, I'm sure it won't be long before he is eating the alpo like his daddy did years ago.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

A Date is Set!

This morning we went for our weekly doctor appointment - the baby weighed 5 lbs 10 oz! Following the ultrasound, we talked with the doctor, and since the baby is still breech we set a tentative c-section date. She was pushing for a week before our due date, but since a few of my family members couldn't be present, I asked for June 11th (my aunt's birthday). Our doctor said that she would prefer us to go earlier, so we settled on June 6th.

Though I am estatic to have our delivery moved up, she told me to not bank on that date too much. If the baby flips, then everything could change. However, I am going to remain hopeful and pray that the baby comes June 6th (4 weeks from today) or sooner!

Sunday, May 6, 2007

Georgia On My Mind...

We were able to get away to Georgia this past weekend for a few days of fun and relaxation. Steve and I, and friends Chris Corts and Leslie Conwill headed east to my parent's home. Steve and I found ourselves eating and sleeping a lot, but Chris and Leslie did plenty of walking and were much better at keeping up their regular routines. Though the weather wasn't warm or clear enough to get any sun, we enjoyed lunch outside at the Ritz at Reynolds Plantation, and Leslie and I had a massage. I swear if I could have one luxury - it would be to hire a personal masseuse for a daily massage. With my feet swelling so much the past couple of weeks, I could really utilize a foot and leg massage every day after work. Thankfully Steve has been helping me out with that some and rubbing my feet at night. It helps, but I feel guilty asking.
Though our trip was a just a weekend, it was nice to get away. Reynolds is such a relaxing place, so peaceful and quiet. We enjoyed our last getaway before the baby comes.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007


Well, miracles are possible - Shannon & Brian have finally set up their own blog! Christian took a three hour nap today, which allowed Shannon the time to create her homepage and make their first post. You'll have to check it out because Christian is such a cutie pie, and the camera loves him! http://bantablog.blogspot.com/ I have also added it to my favorite links.

Nothing new to report on our end. I had another doctor appointment this morning, and everything went well. Our baby is still breech, but it has plenty of fluid around it, so no worries. The doctor said that since things seem to be going so well, she now expects me to go full term. I guess that is good for the baby, but for those of you that I have spoken to recently - you know how anxious I am to deliver this angel. I guess we'll just have to wait a little longer. The biggest bummer is that my feet and ankles have started to swell recently. In fact, last week I flew to Tampa and when I got off the plane - I had cankles! In fact my feet were so swollen, they looked like they belonged to a 90 yr old woman! Though I have a sedentary job, just sitting all day the blood pools there and my shoes get tighter and tighter as the day goes on. The sacrifices us women make for our children.