I don't have a whole lot of time to write, as the hospital allots "quota time" for blogs and such.
On Sunday, Feb 27th, I watched the Oscars, kissed Joe good night and went upstairs to bed. I laid down, ready for sleep, when I noticed fluid coming out. I'm very in tune with my body, especially while pregnant, so it hit me as being odd. I got up to check myself and the sheets had a pool of blood on them.
I called Joe and ran to the bathroom, where I started dripping blood pretty heavily. I was starting to freak out, Joe got me dressed, we woke up Tom and I don't even want to know how fast Joe drove to the hospital. By the time we arrived I was crying and scared, but the nurses were very calming and reassuring. They called my doctor who said to prep me for an emergency C section.
This time I was awake for the entire thing. It was indescribable and very weird, feeling no pain but feeling the doc and nurses tug at your insides. And then I heard them say "Hello baby girl!" and Sophia Alexandria Savino was born :) I got to kiss her beautiful face before they rushed her to NICU.
I found out what happened is called placenta abruption, where the placenta separates from the uterus. Everyone kept telling me how good it was that I came down right away, and after reading the wiki link I can see why; infant mortality from it is 20-40%, and it also causes a high risk of maternal death.
But ah, who cares about those statistics because I am fine and Sophia is fine! She's been upgraded to the Progressive Care Unit and while she is having trouble digesting food they give her and a bit of trouble holding her temperature steady, she is breathing great and I am pumping whatever milk I can for her little tummy. It sucks not having her in my room while I heal up, I miss her and Joe and Tom so, so much. But she is in the best of hands and is doing better every day!
I'm sorry I don't quite have pictures yet. They were taken on my phone and I have to upload them to Flickr. As soon as I can I will post the link again for my Flickr stream.
Sophia was born February 28th, 2011 at 2:09am. She was 5 lbs, 10 oz and 19.75" long. :D
Update coming. Morning sickness has decided to last the entire pregnancy, so I have been really sick and exhausted.
OK so my desk is no longer a disaster area I can get to my laptop and sit and write again, very good :)
I am having a GIRL! It's scary and awesome all at the same time. :)
Thomas is doing great and loves playing in my studio. Currently he is playing with a box of colored pencils, just drumming them on everything. Joe pointed out there were some pencil marks on the floor, and I said, "It's an art studio!" haha :)
I'm finally starting to feel better enough to draw again. Going into my third trimester and my weight gain is -3 lbs. My docs were worried but baby seems to be growing just fine, it's just from being so sick.
Joe got rushed to the hospital this week to have his appendix out, but he is home and feeling better.
Oh yeah we got another kitty too =^_^= His name is Chester and he is about 9-11 months old. He is super chill and immediately just made friends with Thomas, Jasmine and almost Moxie (except that she hasn't quite warmed up to him and is sulking, but slowly but surely being nicer).
I'm sure anyone with an infant will understand the lack of updates. (in fact, I had to run upstairs mid sentence to comfort him - we both have a cold so he's not sleeping well). So here is a quick and dirty rundown of what is going on:
Thomas is doing good, his playroom is done except for the "fence" splitting the room in half. The other half, my studio, is almost organized and I have started organizing/working on starting my freelancing. It's a lot of work but it will be worth it.
I still love my house and it gets better every day. Joe has been working hard on repairs, the yard and building things like a gate and such, while I have been cleaning and organizing the inside.
I'm about to upload a bunch of stuff to flickr, lotsa cute Tom pics :)
Sorry guys, when LJ comes up with a decent uploader for iPhone I will be able to update more frequently.
If you have Facebook you can friend me, I'm under Stephanie Savino. Lots of Thomas pictures there too!
I am doing very well. Thomas is growing up so fast and he is the happiest baby I ever met. He just laughs and smiles all the time.
I am working on my portfolio to reopen NoisyCat Creations (formerly Urusai Neko) and actually get going on some freelance work. I am also working on products for my Etsy store.
My days are very busy and tiring, but I wouldn't trade them for the world!
Moxie turned 2 on April 1st and she is doing well. She is still completely insane and makes me laugh all the time.
Jasmine is doing good, the yard really brought out the puppy in her and she is all slimmed down and perky again. :)
Sorry for not uploading. I'll check to see if semagic has an app. I'm not on my computer much except to work on stuff.
*hughughughughug* <---to everyone :)