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02.07.12 / Eventful

‘Eventful’ – that’s what the last few days have been for us. My employer let me know Friday that my last day at my current store {I’m a retail pharmacist} will be at the end of this month. They need someone to work 40 hours/week and I just can’t commit to that right now. I had been trying to help out at 30 hours/week but their volume has increased to where they need those 10 more hours/week. I’m bummed about leaving my current store. Even though I don’t like what I do {I’d rather be tweaking!}, my co-workers are great and I’ll really miss them.

So, it turned out that this past weekend was my last at my current store. On top of just feeling blah about leaving in a few short weeks, I also wasn’t feeling well physically. Saturday I was mainly tired. Okay, exhausted, all day. I normally have a high energy level and don’t require that much sleep. Give me 6 hours a night and I’m good. But my arms and legs felt like I had just finished running a few miles but in reality I was only standing.

Sunday, Handy Hubby left for yet another business trip after dropping off the boys at my dad’s house. I went to work. As soon as I got to work, things went a little downhill. I was crampy and having contractions all day. I didn’t feel right but I figured it was from being on my feet for the past 3 days. I decided to wait it out until closing time. After work, I drove 45 minutes to my dad’s house and had some more contractions along the way. I figured I’d down a bunch of water and lay down as soon as I arrived. I did. An hour and a half went by and the contractions were actually becoming more regular and stronger. I was having one every 3-5 minutes in that last hour. They weren’t horrible by any means but I could tell that they were above and beyond simple Braxton Hicks.

I reluctantly called my OB. I already knew what she was going to say. I ended up being one of the few Americans who didn’t watch the Super Bowl {I actually enjoy football}. Instead, my dad and I spent the night at the hospital. My *bonus mom* {that sounds so much better than stepmom…I love her lots!} stayed behind to watch the boys for me. As soon as I got to the hospital, I got a text from HH telling me he had landed safely at his destination. My reply text? “I’m at the hospital. Having contractions. I’ll let you know more when I do.”

To make an 8-hour long hospital visit story short, I was in fact having preterm labor contractions. I was only 1cm and 40% effaced but I’m only 31 weeks and that’s waaaaay too soon for baby to come. I was immediately given a shot of terbutaline to relax my uterus but the contractions were still coming on an hour later. So, I was given a second shot. The second shot worked and after being monitored for a few hours, I was sent home with strict orders to take it easy. No working, no lifting, no exercising until my next appointment on Thursday. No more of this…

Or this…

I’m on modified bed rest. The boys and I are staying with my dad and his wife since HH is out of town until Friday. HH is on standby to catch a flight home before then should anything transpire. My dad lives in a rural area with no internet service. I felt good enough this morning to drop off Layne at school then swing by the apartment to write up this post…then I’m headed back to my dad’s.

I’m following doctor’s orders and gave my dad’s couch my full attention yesterday. I can’t say I’m entirely surprised this happened. I had contractions off and on all last week but tried to ignore them. HH wanted me to call my doctor then and I didn’t. Looking back, I probably should have. We medical professionals are the worst patients.

The good news is that the baby seemed fine and healthy during the whole ordeal. No drops in heart rate and lots of fetal movement. I’ve only had a handful of contractions since being released from the hospital and hopefully it stays that way. I see my doctor again in two days and should find out more then. I’ll take any non-contracting thoughts you want to send my way!

Needless to say, my priorities have changed…yet again. #1 is trying to keep this baby inside me for as long as possible. With this being my third, I know that no matter how uncomfortable I get, things will be even more hectic once baby arrives. I’m happy to carry him/her as long as I can. So, that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m very sorry if I’m not able to reply to your recent emails/comments and give you up to date coverage of the Underdog. But I’ll do the best I can without jeopardizing baby’s well being.

My boys are being so great during all of this. Everett hangs out with me on the couch {he’s a snuggler} and talks to the baby. Layne has been bringing me water to drink but he did make it clear that I shouldn’t ‘treat him like a servant and ask him for a tray of food.’ :) He’s hilarious. As much as they love Grandpa and Karen, the lil’ guys are  eager to return to our apartment. Still not sure when that will be.

HH wishes he were here. I keep telling him there’s not really anything he could do anyway, so just take care of business and then come home.

I’m very grateful to my dad and Karen {my dad’s wife} for helping me out. They are such a blessing! I don’t know what I’d do without them.

Even with all that’s going on, I do have some design news for you. I’ve been working with Joss & Main over the last month or two in preparation for a sales event that I’ve put together. I’ve teamed up with them to curate a collection of items that will be available for purchase next week. {You may remember Young House Love doing something similar a while back.} I’ll be sure to post all about the event when it goes live {scheduled for next Tuesday} but I wanted to give you a heads up in case you’d like to sign up FOR FREE to become a member of Joss & Main before the big sale. {You must be a member to purchase event items.} I’m so excited to share the items I’ve picked! Hope you’ll tune in. More details to come.

Have a great day people! I hear my dad’s couch calling…

images: 1&2) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 3) Joss & Main

70 Comments

07.February.2012

Sending you good thoughts and many wishes for a completely UNeventful month!!!

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07.February.2012

take care, sending lots of positive vibes your way!

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07.February.2012

I’m so glad they were able to stop the contractions! That must have been scary. Congrats on the Joss & Main event — I’m a member and love their stuff. Now stay off your feet!

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07.February.2012

Glad you have a comfy couch for a new BFF and family to help with the boys. You do what you have to for baby & family – we’ll all be here when you get back to “normal”.

Internet hugs headed your way!

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07.February.2012

Wow – how scary for you! Glad you (and the baby) are doing ok. Take care of yourself!! :)

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Glad to hear that they were able to stop the contractions – it must’ve been quite scary. Take care of yourself and try to take it easy!

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07.February.2012

So glad you and the baby are okay! Hang in there.

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Sending good wishes your way for many more weeks of being pregnant.
Rest…rest and let me think…rest!

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07.February.2012

Oh wow. I know the feeling. My daughter was born 6 weeks early. Take your time and rest.

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07.February.2012

I think pregnancy, especially in the end, is a time to slow down. I know you’re a pharmacist but I wonder if it would be possible to sit down to do your job for the last two months, or even take an earlier leave. I’m not a doctor, but given the circumstances, getting off your feet more seems wise. Praying for you and your little one!

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07.February.2012

By all means take care of yourself and that precious baby. We will be here waiting for you when you are able. And, I might add, eagerly awaiting pictures of the new cutie. Take care and Glad’s blessing upon you are yours.

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07.February.2012

Hang in there with number 3. I had the exact same thing happen with my third, and he ended up being full term. The modified bed rest is so hard with little kiddos at home, but is so necessary. Take all the help you can get and rest as much as possible. Praying for you and your family!

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07.February.2012

Please take care of yourself! That was scary, but thankfully you and the baby are ok!

In life things happen for a reason, and always happen for the best. You said it, your baby’s health and yours are your #1 priority and this job was certainly interfering with that. So better off without it. When you are ready to go back {if you so desire :)}, there will be plenty of opportunities available. In the meantime, take this opportunity to relax, as hard as it may be with everything else that is going on in your life.

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07.February.2012

Rest Rest Rest, you and baby come first. The blog will be here. Enjoy your time on the sofa, you won’t get much of that for another 18+ years :)

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07.February.2012

Good news #1 : you and your baby (and the rest of the family) are OK ;
Good news #2 : you have time to rest, read, cuddle, have your own little waiter (Hi Layne !!), think hard about anything and everything you want ;
Good news #3 : you can have a zillion posts ready to be sent on the web as soon as you get back to your apartment !
Big hugs from France. Take care !

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07.February.2012

As much as I love Underdog updates, I love babies beins safe and sound better. Take care of you. My thoughts are with you and your family.

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07.February.2012

Good luck, I hope you are able to carry this little one full-term. I have a friend who was very active during her pregnancy and probably should have slowed down a bit. She gave birth to her baby girl in September 2010 but the due date wasn’t until January 2011. Little Bella was only 1 pound 4 ounces. The beginning of her life was such a struggle, but the great news is she is now a happy & healthy 16 month old and so far the doctors have found no lingering effects from being born early.

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So glad things worked out ok for you the baby!

Take it easy!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Sending thoughts and prayers your way!

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07.February.2012

Sending lots of positive and non-contracting thoughts your way! The blog and your readers will be here when you get back, so take the time for you and your family :)

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Hope you’re feeling better! That’s no fun!

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07.February.2012

Praying for you!

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07.February.2012

Sending you good thoughts!

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07.February.2012

So glad everything is okay — enjoy the quiet, restful time while you can! :)

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07.February.2012

I don’t think I’ve ever commented, but I so look forward to your posts. Sending lots of good thoughts to you and the baby. And praying for peace and rest all around!

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07.February.2012

Just do what you have to do for yourself and your baby. I’m adding you & family to my prayer list.

Let people pamper you, if they want to!

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07.February.2012

Glad to hear things are ok for now. Take care of yourself and let your loved ones pick up some of the slack for you right now. Even super women run out of gas sometimes!

Wishing you and baby good health and an uneventful few weeks. I suggest a Netflix streaming video subscription to keep you occupied on the couch in the meantime. :)

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07.February.2012

Sending baby-stay-in-there vibes your way! I’m due two weeks after you and keep having to tell myself that I need to slow down. I managed to pull a muscle in my ribs last week by bending down to pick up my 30-pound toddler. And I love Layne’s response about not treating him like a servant, that’s hilarious.

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07.February.2012

Even though this wasn’t your plan, everything happens for a reason. I’ll be praying for you and your baby that you can keep him/her in for a good bit longer. Don’t worry about us, we’ll all be here when you return. Best of luck to you!

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07.February.2012

Your jobs lets you go and the baby wants to come early…I would listen to what ever you want to call it because you are getting some signs that it’s time to slow down. The momentum can be hard to stop, but something greater than you is definitely interferring here and it’s for the good of you and baby #3.

Take some good down time now until the baby comes and we’ll all be here when you are ready :) In the meantime, I’m going to go thru the blog again to make sure I haven’t missed even one post!

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07.February.2012

Sending warm and positive thoughts your way!

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07.February.2012

I’m a pretty recent follower of housetweaking – love it!!! I have gone back and read almost all of the underdog’s posts – wish I had time to read everything. You just take care of yourself and those gorgeous boys and we’ll enjoy whatever updates you can manage. I am 30 weeks with number 3 and you need to get rest where you can. Will be praying for you!

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07.February.2012

Hi Dana,

I’m glad to hear you’re both ok; baby is more important than anything else. Happy resting!

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07.February.2012

Keep the door shut and let that baby finish cookin! Good thing Friday was your last day – now you can rest up :) Thanks for the update – and take care of yourself!!

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07.February.2012

Sending good thoughts your way! Can’t wait to see your Joss & Main collection!

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07.February.2012

Yes bedrest will give you a new appreciation for the productivity of doing nothing. I’m currently on my 10th week of bedrest (with many more to come) and I find myself bragging to my husband about my ability to stay in bed for X amount of hours that day. ;) It’s a different sort of accomplishment but an accomplishment all the same. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and babe.

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replied on February 7th, 2012

Laura – Oh, I wish you the best with your bed rest and baby!

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07.February.2012

Hi Dana, I’m a health professional too (GP, aka family physician) and also make a terrible patient. But I had high BP with my first and it was bed rest that saved us from pre-ecclampsia. My advice, in the nicest possible way, is: do as you’re told! And don’t ignore your instincts. Yes, bed rest isn’t easy with 2 other kids but, you have troops (your dad and bonus mum and HH when he gets back) so call them in! My biggest problem is being able to ask for help, I hate doing it, but for the sake of our families we must holler for help at times. Sending positive thoughts your way….

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07.February.2012

I’m so glad to hear things are OK. You had me a little nervous at the beginning of your post. You hang in there and update us when you feel up to it. Best wishes!

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07.February.2012

Can’t wait to buy some Joss & Main for you and keep you home Tweaking!

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07.February.2012

Hey, Dana
Sorry to hear about all this! I don’t have kids, but did a lot of OB in residency. My attending had twins and was in bedrest during HER residency and therefore didnt have much sympathy for those moms that “just wanted the baby out!” This too shall pass. Let your dad and bonus mom pamper you. Praying for you!
God bless. Marcia

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07.February.2012

Oh my goodness – so glad you are taking things easy and have people around to care for you, especially your precious servant. Hoping things settle down for you and that baby stays where it is.x

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07.February.2012

Sending up lots of prayers for you and your little one.

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07.February.2012

Sending good thoughts your way.

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07.February.2012

Take care of you and your baby! Your blog can wait! Praying for you!

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07.February.2012

Wishing you good health! Congrats on the Joss & Main collaboration. That’s super exciting and a testament to your design talents. Can’t wait to see your collection.

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07.February.2012

Wow that little one is eager to see the underdog… Please rest up and keep you and the baby safe and healthy. We can wait. I promise! I am so glad they were able to get the contractions stopped and everything is ok. Take care!

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I’m so sorry to hear about your job and the pre-term labor. Sometimes life throws crazy curveballs at us but you are taking everything with a great attitude. Lots of health and good vibes heading your way. Let’s keep that baby cooking as long as possible.

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07.February.2012

Will keep you, your family, and baby #3 in my prayers. My 4th and 5th babies (twins) were born at 31 weeks when my hubby was out of town on a business trip! No long term problems as a result, but wish I would have listened when everyone said “Take it easy!”. Would have been a lot better than 2 premies in the hospital and 3 other kids at home:-) Best wishes to you.

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07.February.2012

Wishing you the best and lots of rest!

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08.February.2012

Take care of yourself! I’m glad you’re following doctors orders.

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08.February.2012

Dana,
Do you by any chance know how to knit or needlepoint or hand stitch (a la Alabama Chanin)? I found during a high-risk pregnancy MANY years ago that having a needlework sort of project to focus on while I was forced to rest calmed me down and made me feel like I was accomplishing something creative/beautiful/useful.

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replied on February 8th, 2012

Bunny – Growing up, my mom tried several times to teach me crochet and knit. I was a poor student! I think it had something to do with her being right-handed and me being left-handed. I just couldn’t pick it up. I can sew and type! That’s how I’m biding my time so far.

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08.February.2012

My thoughts are with you. I had a rough pregnancy so I know how scary it can be. RELAX and just take care of yourself and your baby. We will be here waiting for when all is well and you are back to house stuff. Rest for now and know all of thoughts are with you!

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08.February.2012

Take Care of yourself! Came on to your site to visit and got a great updates. We’ll be sending the stay in vibes to that sweet little baby!

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08.February.2012

I am so sorry! I went into pre-term labor with my first two boys around 32 weeks. I too went to the hospital, was monitored, received the shot and then went home to rest. My first baby I was working too much, the 2nd I was working and moving. Not a good combination. Take it easy!!!

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08.February.2012

Happy, non- laborous thoughts coming your way!!! And good for you for putting family and your health first!!

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08.February.2012

I had my first baby at 32 weeks so rest rest rest. I am a nurse, and was working way too much. I never had any contractions, just swelling, then bam one morning my water broke. Good thoughts to you!

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08.February.2012

Glad everything is okay and sending lots of good thoughts your way.

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08.February.2012

Good luck!! I have a 31-weeker who is the one of the sassiest, smartest little boys you’ll ever meet, but six weeks in the NICU was definitely a tough start. I’ll be hoping you stay pregnant for a while longer, but do know your little one will be just fine if she/he makes an early entrance at this point.

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08.February.2012

Oh, do please keep taking good care of yourself! I’m sure it’s no fun at all, but it’s great that you have so much great help. Don’t worry about us on the blog, we should be your very last concern; we’ll all still be here when you get back.

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09.February.2012

Prayers coming your way!

Hope that you will be able to take it easy!

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09.February.2012

Take care! Best wishes for you and the baby.

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09.February.2012

Don’t worry about anything but taking care of yourself!!!

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Geez– I really thought when you started this post that you had gone into crazy-fast labor again, so I guess it’s good to hear that baby isn’t quite out yet. Thinking good non-labor thoughts for you!

And please don’t worry about pleasing your readers at this point. It’s much better for you and baby to be healthy!!

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10.February.2012

Be restful! It sounds hard to do for a high-energy, high-achieving woman like you are!

This is my first comment, having just found your blog recently and reading back to find out the story of the Underdog. Love it! What you’re doing to your sweet little house is what I wish I could do to my rental … such good potential in this 1700 sf rancher with a great 5 acres and lovely mountain view. Sad that my sweet little house fell into the renter doldrums the way it did … wish we’d been in it before that happened.

Anyway, the changes you’re making in your home are so similar to what I’d do here if it were mine … pretty wood floors, white cabinets, new lighting, using the same doors. I’ll be following your blog to see the lovely reclaiming of a home,

Keep well!

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12.February.2012

Any chance you might have low progesterone? My sister suffers from that when she is pregnant (which necessitates shots and/or oral progesterone) to keep her from having contractions. She also had a friend that had to take progesterone to keep pre-term labor at bay. . many doctors don’t even test for this. Just a thought.

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12.February.2012

Sending love and postive thoughts from way over here …. xx

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13.February.2012

Thank goodness all is well. Take are and rest, rest, rest. x

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13.February.2012

Wow! Glad you and the baby are doing alright… it’s so hard to “take it easy” but it’s worth it. Hang in there!

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15.February.2012

Love the collection on Joss and Main–great job! I want all of it! Glad to find your blog–and rest easy!

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