6.14.2016 – Seriously?

When life keeps giving you lemons, I’m here to tell you, you WILL get sick of making lemonade.

Two weeks ago I went to see my OB because I’d been spotting for about 24 hours. I was 22 weeks and 3 days pregnant. She did an exam and told me that she could feel my membranes. She said I have an incompetent cervix and I needed to immediately go to the hospital where I’d be admitted for at least a couple of days.

She told me that she was going to call a high risk surgeon to meet me and she was hoping he’d be able to place a “rescue”cerclage in my cervix. There wasn’t a whole lot of certainty in her voice though. She was really unsure whether anything could be done. She was very factual and calm, but I could tell baby boy and I were in deep shit.

So I hopped a cab (faster than uber or an ambulance) over to CPMC California. The nurses in triage were expecting me (I started having major PTSD flashbacks of the adria leak and my trip to the ER for the antidote….)

Long story short, I was having emergency surgery within an hour and a half. I was 3cm dilated and the surgeon could see baby boy’s feet coming out through the membranes (which were bulging out of my cervix).  Thank heavens the doctor was able to get the bag back into my cervix without rupturing it and there was enough cervix left to work with to insert a cerclage.

I’m not going to lie to any of you. The outlook those first 72 hours was really, really grim, but my body pulled through, and, far as anyone can tell, the baby is none the wiser (though he did get a good healthy dose of narco post-op and a 4-day-round-the-clock-dose of antibiotics via IV to my body).

So now I’m on indefinite bed rest at the hospital. Since I was asymptomatic when all of this started (save a little spotting) my doctors are hesitant to breathe a sigh of relief. We’re forced to take everything day by day and pray for the best.

It’s been 14 days since I arrived here. It’s been incredibly hard not to see Nora, Maisey and Paul all the time. It’s been a major test of character to have to surrender 100% control of everything in my life. From caring for my child, to my own body. I have to be strong every day and remember that I’m a mere vessel. Here to incubate the newest member of our family. It’s not an easy job at all. I was in a lot of physical pain early on. Now I’m in a lot of emotional pain. But when I focus on one day at a time, that helps.

This past Saturday I hit 24 weeks in my pregnancy, which is a huge milestone. Should baby boy arrive at this point, there are life saving measures that can be taken. That was not the case when I first arrived at 22 weeks.

So we are grateful for every small victory and we’ll keep pushing on. There are so many more details to the story, but the above is the gist. We’d appreciate it if you could keep us all in your prayers and hold space for us. We’ve got a long, long road ahead and hope that it’s drama free.

xoxo,

Andrea

 

I’m 11 Months Old Today!

I can’t believe I’m 11 months old today! Mom tried to take my picture with the bear and age block on the rocking chair just as she’s done in past months, but I had other ideas. Check out the video below, haha!

I just spent a week on the east coast at my uncle Chuck’s house with all of my mom’s family for Thanksgiving. We had a blast. I got to hang out with all of my cousins and play the entire time! Mom posted a ton of pictures below for you to see.

I’m officially walking more than I crawl. My mom says I’m a force to be reckoned with. I have some serious ants in my pants and I love keeping her on her toes throughout the day. I’m super curious and adventurous — which means I’m often getting into things that mom says are “no-no’s”!

I babble and sing like it’s my job. I can say “dada”, “mama”, “mai-mai”, “E-I-E-I-O”, “Hi” and I can growl like a pirate “arrggh”.  I clap along to “If you’re happy and you know it” and I wave my arms like a crazy person for “Where is thumpkin?”

While I’ve made a lot of progress on the moving and communication fronts, I still have NO teeth! lol And I’m still a picky eater who wants everything pureed to a pulp. What can I say, I like what I like!

I met Santa Claus at the mall and helped mom and dad put up our Christmas Tree. It’s been an action-packed month! I wonder what excitement my 11th month will hold………

 

 

 

Hello World!

We welcome with love, Nora Anjali Sieminski
January 7, 2015 6:34 am
6lb. 4 oz., 19.5 inches

It’s go time!

Dearest baby of mine: for the next number of hours, it’s just you and me kid. I promise to take very good care of you on your first journey.

My water broke early this morning — so we’re heading to the hospital to meet you.   We can’t wait to wish you a happy birthday! It won’t be long now…….

 

 

 

Showered With Love

Baby Sieminski is so loved by so many of you. It makes me so happy!

Over the past two weekends, we’ve had two incredible baby showers.  The first was when we were back east in Buffalo visiting family and the second was here in SF.

Both were exquisite. These two Sieminski girls feel so loved and cherished. Thank you all so much for the support and lovely gifts.

I have to send a special shout out to Sandy in Buffalo and Sarah, Tegan and Ami in SF — you  all did an amazing job planning and hosting these events. I will never forget them!

I’ll let the slideshows below do all the talking!

Buffalo Shower:

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San Francisco Shower:

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26 Weeks

I’m 26 weeks and things are chugging along.

hhmm, sort of looks like my ass is eating Maisey...poor doggie!

hhmm, sort of looks like my ass is eating Maisey…poor doggie!

Different angle so that you can see Maisey is indeed alive and well!

Different angle so that you can see Maisey is indeed alive and well!

The nursery is almost done (crazy, I know), newborn photo session has been scheduled, we’re signed up for our birth class, newborn class and hospital tour, birth doula’s been hired and postpartum (night) doula’s beed hired.

We still have to install car seat bases and get them checked (I just learned that you have to have someone check them — thanks Shadin for telling me — I never would’ve known!), pick a pediatrician, and probably a million other things I haven’t thought about. I never realized how much stuff is in involved with baby prep.  Right now I’m living in the blissful world of “I don’t know what I don’t know!” Perhaps I’ll keep living there for awhile longer…..

As for me, I’m feeling good, though my energy is starting to wane. I’m still going to the gym on a semi-regular basis. I don’t do a heck of a lot while I’m there — just walk on the treadmill, or do some strength training, or pop into the pool for cardio (think old lady, cruise ship cardio!). So far so good on the exercise front….

Gymin' it

Gymin’ it

Just a quick update to say hello and let you all know how I’m doing 🙂

xo