28/29 weeks update

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

It has been quite a while since I last made a blog post, but things have been a bit overwhelming recently and blogging helps me process my thoughts. Hopefully in the near future, I will post a better update about how we got to where we are currently, but for now, this update will have to do!
28 weeks 2 days. So, last Sunday I started feeling off around noon and by 8pm I was having pretty regular contractions. I had been trying everything to get them to ease off (thinking they were just Braxton Hix) - laying on my left side, drinking water, walking. Nothing was helping and I was timing them on an app and by 9pm we decided to head to the hospital. We arrived at triage right at 9:30p and things escalated pretty quickly. I was admitted to L&D by 10p and immediately began magnesium to help stop the contractions. I was dilated to 2cm. I had a negative FFN test (thank goodness). They determined I also had a severe bladder infection and started me on an IV antibiotic and regular fluids. I was also given a catheter and told to stay in bed. I continued to have intense contractions throughout the night, but they were decreasing in frequency. Overnight, I received the first round of steroid shots for the baby's lungs and my Rhogam shot. 
28 weeks 3 days. Monday morning I met with MFM. They guessed Georgia is around 2lbs 11oz. They did a cervical length check and it was 1.4cm - they want it at least 2.5cm. The doctor wanted me to stay on magnesium until Tuesday morning when they'd perform another check. I continued to receive the antibiotic IV fluids, magnesium, regular fluids, and also received my second set of steroid shots. By Monday afternoon, the contractions were down to about 6 an hour. I developed a severe headache that they tried to treat with tylenol, but unfortunately it didn't help. That night I was give morphine and phenergan and was able to get some rest. To be honest, I was miserable and an emotional mess. 
Tuesday morning one of the OB's came to check my dilation at I was still at 2cm. The contractions had slowed drastically and I was only having about 1-3 an hour. They stopped the magnesium and other fluids and sent me home on pelvic rest. We scheduled a follow-up for the following Monday with the OB and MFM. I was cleared to return to work on Thursday. 
While at home on Tuesday and Wednesday, I had very few contractions. I felt okay and took it easy. I did a lot of laying around and drank tons of water.
28 weeks 6 days. Thursday morning I got up at 6a and started getting ready for work. I had 2 painful contractions before I left at 7:30a. I drove to work and arrived around 7:50a. By 8a, I was having contractions every 10 minutes or so. By 8:30a, they were every 5-7 minutes. By 9a, they were every 2-3 minutes apart and I knew it was time to head home. As I was leaving the office, I decided to call my OB's emergency line just to let them know what was going on. They told me to head straight to triage. My husband met me there and by 9:45a I was being admitted again. They checked and I was contracting every minute and a half to three minutes and I was dilated closer to 3cm (although, they still recorded it at 2cm since I wasn't 'quite' 3....). They started the magnesium again and more IV antibiotics because they determined I still had a bladder infection. They didn't make me have a catheter this time (bad pan instead), but I was still bed-bound. I was monitored all throughout the day. 
29 weeks. Friday morning we met with MFM. I was so incredibly sick that morning. I had a horrible headache and was terribly dizzy and nauseous (thank you, magnesium). I almost got sick in the MFM office - it was so embarrassing!) They performed another cervical length check and it had grown to 2.1cm. They said the baby was at 'zero' station and head down. Since the contractions had slowed over night, they ordered the magnesium to be stopped. I was also taken off the IV antibiotics and the regular fluids. They started me on Procardia which is an oral med that I take every 12 hours to help with the contractions. They said it is a symptomatic medication - meaning it won't stop or prevent the contractions, it will just help keep them under control. They kept me in L&D on Friday to see how I reacted to the Procardia. I seemed to do okay for the most part. Around midnight on Friday, I had multiple contractions during a 20 minute time frame. They had me lay on my side and started back the IV fluids. It seemed to help and the contractions slowed again to 1-3 an hour. 
29 weeks 1 day. Saturday morning we met with the OB. She said she felt like they could comfortably send me home on the Procardia for now. I will return to the OB next Monday (August 7th). For now, I am not on bedrest. I am still on pelvic rest and am not allowed to bend, stoop, lift, or over exert myself (among a few other things). I can only go up/down stairs twice a day (which is difficult because we live in a two story house). They said to take it easy over the next week. I am hoping my work will be flexible and allow me to work from home (which is what the OB recommended). 
29 weeks 2 days. Sunday - I had waves of nausea, hot flashes, and headaches. I had several contractions, but nothing consistent or overly worrisome. 
The OB did tell us that they don't think I will make it past 35 weeks. I pray we are able to make it longer, but I understand the reality of the situation. For now, I will try to do what I can without pushing myself. I have to continue to work as long as possible. I would appreciate all the thoughts and prayers as we try to deal with things during this time. 

Where in the world is Simply Sapough?!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

What a whirlwind the past (almost) two months have been! The hubs and I are starting a new adventure and Simply Sapough will be back up and running by the end of the summer. 
Stay tuned, loves!

Why I Use Protection (on my hair, silly!)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

If you're anything like me, you know how expensive going to the salon can be. The last time I got my hair highlighted (partially) without a cut or style, was $160. Maybe you have $160 just lying around waiting to be spent, but I sure don't! That's why I do everything I can to take care of my colored hair by using protective products. 

The HASK Kalahari Melon Oil collection is my daily go-to for hair care. This line of products helps protect your hair from fading and damage that occurs on a daily basis. Kalahari melon is found in the desert and is known for holding in moisture, keeping my blonde locks looking healthy and bright! To avoid frequent trips to the salon, HASK is a lifesaver!

Kalahari Melon Oil Shampoo and Conditioner is perfect for everyday use. Shampoo your hair using the product as normal (wet, lather, rinse) and then apply the conditioner. Letting it sit for a minute or two before rinsing is ideal.

I use the deep conditioner once a week (but twice is acceptable!). After applying to wet hair and massaging in, leave the treatment on for 10 minutes before rinsing.

To add a protective shine, I apply the SHINE oil to either wet or dry hair. This gives my hair a silky, soft finish that lasts all day!

Do you color your hair? 
How do you protect your investment?

*Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. 

What I've learned from Grey's Anatomy

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

We all have that one show we could binge watch for hours. Mine is Grey's Anatomy. I didn't start watching it until about two years ago. Since then, I've seen the entire series...twice. After watching over 250 episodes, here are a few things I've learned from Grey's Anatomy.

"The problem with secrets is even when you think you're in control, you're not." 
Meredith Grey

"She's my person. If I murdered someone, she's the person I'd call to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor. She's my person." 
Christina Yang

"Did you say? I love you? I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life...did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work towards it. But every now and then, look around. Drink it in. 'Cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow." 
Meredith Grey

"It's good to be scared. It means you still have something to lose." 
Richard Webber

"When the ground gives way and your world collapses, maybe you just need to have faith and trust that you can survive this. Maybe you just need to hold on tight. And no matter what, don't let go." 
Meredith Grey

"Bad things happen, but you have to move past it. Leave it behind. The sooner, the better. Or it'll cut away at you and stop you from moving forward." 
Miranda Bailey 

"Not everybody has to be happy all the time. That's not mental health. That's crap." 
Meredith Grey

"Change; we don't like it, we fear it, but we can't stop it from coming. We either adapt to change, or we get left behind. It hurts to grow, anybody who tells you it doesn't is lying. But here's the truth: Sometimes the more things change, the more they stay the same. And sometimes, oh, sometimes change is good. Sometimes change is everything." 
Meredith Grey

"SHUT UP! Dance it out." 
Christina Yang

What's your go-to show?
 Are you guilty of binging?

8 Tips for Summer Skin Care

Monday, May 2, 2016

 No one has to tell you to wear sunscreen anymore – it’s common sense! With all the attention that skin cancer has received in recent years (which is great!), people are now more aware than ever about protecting themselves from the harmful rays of the sun. It’s important to care for your skin and use sunscreen year round, but there are also several other ways you can watch out for yourself! Here are 8 simple tips for summer skin care.

1. LUSCIOUS LIPS - Are you more of a glossy girl or a balm babe? For summertime, it’s best to lean more towards balm’s as they help lock in moisture and hydrate your lips for longer. Also, don’t forget to look for lip balms with an SPF of at least 15 – don’t want your kissers to get burned!

2. DON'T SCRATCH - Bug bites are inevitable and depending on where you live, they can be absolutely dreadful! Here in the south, we go through a lot of bug spray in the summertime! Be sure to keep (safe, read the ingredients first!) bug spray around and a cortisone cream on hand (for when the bites happen). Try to avoid scratching as this will only result in scabs and potential scars (yikes!)

3.WEAR PROTECTION - Protection for your face, that is. Avoid clogging your pores and causing potential breakouts by using a sunscreen designed specifically for your face. Some sunscreens can leave your face feeling oily and less than perfect. Your face is some of the most delicate skin on your body and deserves to be treated with respect. Sunscreen, or a moisturizer with SPF, should be a routine in your morning beauty regimen.   

4. HIDE YOUR FACE - Okay, don’t actually hide your face, but don’t be afraid to wear a hat to help protect your face from being the recipient of some harsh sun rays! Not a fan of wearing hats? I’m not usually either, but there’s lots of options out there to try – from baseball caps, wide-brims, and even visors. I’d rather wear a hat any day that have a bright red Rudolph nose after a day outside!

5. SMOOTH IT OUT - Exfoliation is key to getting rid of dead skin cells and cleaning out your pores. For best results use a natural exfoliator two-four times a week (or as directed). This will help keep your face soft and smooth and will leave you feeling confident!

6. QUENCH YOUR THIRST - Adequate hydration is always important but is absolutely crucial during the summer months! Even if you don’t have a bottle of water handy, you can even consume foods that are composed of high water concentrations such as watermelon, blueberries, and cantaloupe!

7. TAKE IT OFF - Naturally, we all sweat more when it’s warm outside- some of us more than others! It’s so important to take off your sweaty clothes when they become noticeably damp! Back and chest bumps can become more problematic when there is wet clothing sitting on the skin for long periods of time. Taking a shower is another great solution to dealing with sweat and preventing the dreaded “bacne” (back acne).

8. RUB IT IN - It’s just as important to keep your skin hydrated as it is your body! Applying lotion after you shower is a great way to lock in moisture while providing nourishing hydration to your parched summer skin. This will help keep you summer glow looking on fleek!

Now get out there and safely enjoy the summer sunshine, love, you deserve it!

This post can also be found on my sweet friend Erica's blog  http://www.chicchicagostyle.com/.