Slow Down!

I am first in line to admit that I LOVE to count down to certain things.  I live for the anticipation and am VERY impatient while I wait.  What is my rush?  I have no idea but I got a glimpse of another side over this past Labor Day weekend of why I need to be okay with life ‘slowed down’.

Saturday morning, Erik left to go help his family and I stayed back with the kiddos.  I was starting laundry to get some of Rayne’s things washed and ready as I was also tag teaming Ryan and Reese as they played upstairs.  Reese is obsessed with the stairs and made her way down to the landing where another set of stairs begins.  I was on my way up the stairs to get her and as I turned with her in my arms, i fell….. slid… rolled…. tripped…… something.  I took a dive down the stairs with my daughter in my hands.  I cannot really recall exactly what happened that got us to the bottom step but I was in pain.  I could not get up.  Reese was crying, I was crying and the only person who could come to my rescue was my 3yr old son.


I am sure the shrieking cries of both me and his sister were enough to frighten him but he was very loving and helpful.  I was able to get to the phone and call my Dad who lives a few miles up the road and if I had a super hero picture of him, I’d attach it here because I swear he put on Batman’s cape and flew here to help me in lightening speed!

A hospital visit was in my future as I could not move and the Dr’s take a fall very seriously, especially when you are 35 weeks pregnant.  I had an ultrasound, blood work and was hooked up to an NST machine to be monitored for 4 hours.  Just as I thought my day was complete at the hospital, I began having contractions.  They started off as ‘irritable contractions’…. nothing to worry about…. and then turned to REAL defined contractions.  I had no idea why this was happening but the nurses kept saying that it was okay if we had to deliver this baby and we had to be prepared for that to happen. 

SLOW DOWN!! I’m not ready to have Rayne right now!  I haven’t showered, shaved my legs, gotten her room ready, washed her clothes, moved Reese to her big girl bed, planned Ryan’s birthday party among a few things that were crossing my mind. 

4 pokes later I got an IV started of fluids to help stop the contractions and thank GOD they finally subsided.  12 hours in the hospital and I finally got released.  My tailbone is pretty banged up, but the risk to verify if it is broken, fractured or just badly bruised was not worth it to the Dr. or nurses since there is nothing you can do about it anyway.  Joy!

So… when people ask… “Are you ready for this baby!?"  (I think they are going off of the weather and how big my stomach is to ask this question) but I learned from my 12 hour stay in the hospital… that NO…. I am not ready yet.

Sunday, I shimmied around with the help of Erik to get Rayne’s room completed and a monitor set up in Reese’s room so she could start sleeping in her big girl bed.  This is a huge accomplishment and very exciting for Reese but I am sad. 

SLOW DOWN!! I wasn’t ready for her to move up to be a big girl YET!  She did great and I doubt she even notices that she is in a different room, other than she probably has found that she has WAY more room to wiggle around during the night. 

Then, I was looking at the calendar and am now in motion to get Ryan’s 4th Birthday Party planned.

SLOW DOWN!!! He’s almost FOUR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT!? 

Also, I’ve been so excited for the holidays.. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas but when I think of all those wonderful holidays and wishing they were here NOW…. I have to remind myself to SLOW DOWN!!! The faster those go by just means that my maternity leave with Rayne will be almost over, she will be nearly 3 months old and I’ll be back at work again.

Lots of chaos and excitement and many wonderful things are upon us as a family but I’ve really gotta learn to SLOW down and enjoy the things in the present…… oh and steer clear of the stairs!


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Cherished Bliss said...

OMG! It's a good thing I didn't know about this until after it happened! I would have been freaking out!! So glad your ok!!

PS. I'm not ready for you to have this baby yet either! I have something to make, a tutorial to write, and well I gotta hurry because you could have this baby any day!

Jill said...

I hear you! I have a friend who is always "looking forward" to the next big event - and I keep begging her to just live in the moment and enjoy where we are NOW! She makes me panic sometimes! I get that we all need to look forward to things, but when she's swooning over Thanksgiving dinner in July, it makes me want to shake her! haha!

So glad you & the baby are okay. :)

Anonymous said...

I'd just left you a note on facebook, but then thought I'd check over here to see if you'd updated anything. That was such a scary day for you! I'm so glad you're okay! And that Rayne stayed inside where she belongs for another few weeks! :o) You be careful, missy!!!

Bridget said...

OMGosh, I am so glad that you and Reese and Rayne are okay! Please take care of yourself until Rayne makes her appearance.

I know you are so proud of Ryan for being such a little trooper and a big help, too.

Jessica said...

I know I've said this already but I'm SO glad y'all are all ok and that Rayne decided to stay put a while longer.

I can't imagine how scary this must have been for you, Reese, and Ryan!


Amber said...

I'm glad you and Reese are ok and I'm sorry you didn't get time off for your broken ass. You really need to be more careful when you're walking and not be such a klutz-o!


I love wishing time away...I can't help it! I'm just waiting for something exciting to happen, yanno?!

Anonymous said...

Oh I am so glad that you, Reese and Rayne are ok.

Be careful on those stairs :)

Anonymous said...

Oh I am so glad that you, Reese and Rayne are ok.

Be careful on those stairs :)

Emmy said...

Oh no!! I am so sorry! I am so glad the baby is okay and you are okay-ish. So glad nothing worse happened. And yes, it really does go so fast

Rachel said...

Glad you and baby are okay!! Scary! I also need to remind myself to slow down a well!

Rachel said...

Oh I am glad you and both babies are ok! Sorry you hurt your tail bone but maybe this will force you to relax a little more for the next few weeks!

Impulsive Addict said...

Oh poor girl. This is terrible! I'm glad you're ok, I'm glad Rayne is ok, I'm glad Reese is ok and I'm glad that they stopped your contractions. SLOW DOWN GIRLFRIEND!!!!

And you better be getting things ready. She'll be here SOONER THAN YOU THINK!!!

becca said...

first so happy to hear you and baby are doing well what a scare. as for slowing down i wish some days i could stop time. It seems like yesterday i was pregnant and now i blinked and i have an 11yr old. so yep i want things to slow down so i can enjoy. hugs

Gauger Family said...

OMG so scary. I am soooo glad you both are okay (actually all 3 of you!) Yes, do slow down and BE CAREFUL ON THE STAIRS! Ugh. Sending you hugs!!

lynn said...

Oh man, kinda scary! Glad to hear everyone is OK :)

Date Girl said...

Ok my heart leap into my throat reading this. First off I'm SO GLAD you and the baby are ok. Whew. Thank god you were able to get to a phone and call your dad, and better yet, that your dad is close by.

I always tend to want to rush things, to get to the next step. But now that my first year of marriage has flown by so fast, I'm ready for things to slow down!

Connie said...

How scary!!

I hope that you get everything done that you want to get done. I'm like you and feel a need to get these things done.

I"ll be praying for you....and your tailbone.

Liberty said...

I'm so sorry you had to have such a scary situation all by yourself with your kiddos... sniff sniff sniff. So thankful you guys are all ok and that Rayne will hold off her debut just a little. I have been thinking about you since this weekend and now I know why!!
Hugs and more hugs girl

Ashley said...

Love this post!! I am so glad to hear all is ok! And I know how you feel, Carter will be 2 next month, and I feel like I just found out I was pregnant with him! I NEED TO SLOW DOWN TOO!! I feel like life is a big rush sometimes, and that isnt good. Live for the moment! :)

Ashley said...

Love this post!! I am so glad to hear all is ok! And I know how you feel, Carter will be 2 next month, and I feel like I just found out I was pregnant with him! I NEED TO SLOW DOWN TOO!! I feel like life is a big rush sometimes, and that isnt good. Live for the moment! :)

Anonymous said...

I'm SO happy you and babes are okay. How scary!

Not having your legs shaved for the event is equally as scary. ;)

I agree--slow down time!