"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." ~Randy Pausch

Monday, August 16, 2010

The Big Day

I can't believe I slept at all last night. They checked my blood sugar every two hours since I couldn't eat after midnight. But in between checks I really did sleep.

I'm in dialysis right now. They are taking off a TON of weight, leaving me at 61.5 kilos. I'm getting out of here at 135 pounds and that's before the baby is born! They want to leave room to play with my fluid levels. Apparently there will be a large shift in fluid once I get the epidural. My nephrologist talked directly to the anesthesiologist so everyone's on the same page.

The nurses are getting excited. The one OB nurse that I like so much came down to see me and is going to rearrange her day care schedule so she can stay till the baby is born. She's sweet. The dialysis nurses want me to call as soon as she's born.

I think Alli is excited, but I'm worried about her. She's already tired of having dinner at my parents house. I hope we can make her life as normal as possible so that she doesn't resent the baby. But she's excited to help decorate the baby's bulletin board.

When Alli was born there was nobody waiting in the waiting room. I guess it was because it was unplanned. But today there will be lots of people waiting. My parents and brother, Jason's parents and brother and sister and in-laws. I have a stupid worry about who gets to go back to see her first. Jason says not to worry about it, but I really don't need in-laws or parents getting their feelings hurt.

Now it's just waiting until 1:30 this afternoon. I'm more nervous than excited, but I am excited. I can't wait to see her little face and little fingers. I wonder who she'll look like. Will she be as cute as Alli? Will she have my eyes? Will she have Jason's nose?

If I can figure out how to do it, I will post pictures here on the blog. If not, I'll send some through an email and please feel free to pass them along. I'll continue to blog after the baby is born so you can keep up with me and her.

Thank you for all of your well-wishes and prayers. The support we've had over this journey has been overwhelming and greatly appreciated. Lots of love.


  1. I had a great time visiting with you guys on Saturday. I hope I didn't stay too long and wear you out. I'm sure she will be just as beautiful as Alli! Can't wait to see the pictures.

  2. I am so glad your big day is finally here. I will be thinking of you guys all day long and look forward to hearing some great news!

  3. Best of luck today! Let us know if you need anything!

  4. so excited for all of you!! hope that everything goes as smoothly as possible!!

  5. Kelly,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family today.

    If you need anything, I am just a phone call away.

    Love, Colleen

  6. Thoughts and Prayers are with you and the whole family!
    Thank you so much for keeping those of us posted that are so far away and like to keep up! May god bless you all! xoxo
    Solanna (carroll) Rittenhouse

  7. Just dropping by from Mrs. Spock's blog to lend some support. Hope your little girl's time in the NICU is short and sweet - home soon with no issues is the best wish I can think of.