Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Mommy Josh...

I know the title of this post is a little interesting so let me explain... Josh has been the main care giver to Oakland for the last 4 weeks! And has done an amazing job!! The week after I had Oakland, I started noticing a pain in my leg that I just chalked up to sore muscles from walking around the mall with Josh the day before. I let it go until my right leg was three times bigger than my left and black and blue! I went in to the ER and was admitted with a blood clot that ranged from my abdomen to just above my knee.

I was in the hospital for a just under a week... As you can imagine, this was SO insanely hard. I just had a new baby that I wanted to be with more than anything in the world and couldn't. I was trying to pump my milk so that I could continue nursing when I got out. I was worried about Josh having to take care of this week old baby. I was worried about myself and in a ton of pain. Oak could only come visit for short periods of time because we didn't want her to get sick from all the germs that were in the hospital and I had a hard time holding her because of all of my IV's and the pain in my stomach.

After a week I came home but was on strict bedrest so Josh was still in charge of Oakland. A week later I made Josh take me back to the ER because the pain was getting worse and I felt like there was something wrong...sure enough the blood clot was not breaking up and had now extended from my abdomen to just above my knee, to my abdomen all the way down to my ankle. Our only option was to be admitted to the hospital again with no idea of how long I would be there this time.

I was having a really hard time staying positive and know a portion of that was being cooped up in a hospital and bed for the last couple of weeks. The only thing that kept me going was knowing how lucky I was to have a healthy baby girl waiting at home for me....

So after being in the hospital twice and on bed rest until about 4 days ago, I am finally starting to walk around!! I still have a hard time staying up for long periods of time and have to elevate my leg as much as possible after being up and moving but I am finally starting to be able to take care of myself and Oakland.

I always knew that I had a good man after Mac passed away and after all the help he gave me emotionally for that, but Josh just gets better and better every day. He took 100% care of Oakland for 4 solid weeks and put up with me bossing him around since I couldn't do anything for myself. He cleaned the house and kept up on the laundry and did his finals for school! I will never understand how I got so lucky to have him as a husband.

I also have to publicly thank my family and friends. From visiting me in the hospital and at home in order to keep my spirits up to helping take care of Oakland. From feeding Josh and I dinner to letting me invade their living room so that I could sleep comfortably and get some sunshine. For checking up on me and letting Josh hang out with them to get away from us nagging girls. :)

Life sure does throw a lot of curve balls at you and I haven't been ready for any of them!! I can tell you this though...I have learned something very valuable from every single hard situation that has come up but am ready to have a break for at least a little while and just hang out with my little 6 week old baby girl who is not so little anymore!!!

Now that I am back on track with life I will post some pictures of Oakland soon and updates on what her and Josh have been up to the last little while. :)

13 comments:

Janet said...

Been popping in to "visit" for a while now and I am delighted that you are back on your feet and can enjoy your baby girl and my, what a special hubby you have! Sending hugs from South Africa and looking forward to seeing how much Oakland has grown!

The Eyre Family said...

We heard about the hospital visit from Jess and have been praying ever since. I am glad you are home now! And Good work Josh! Being able to count on him in tough times makes a good marriage. Enjoy Miss Oakland!

Lance, Tiff n Ash said...

Cali! Yay your back :) Im soo relieved things went ok.
We were praying and fasting for you guys! It just broke my heart knowing you were cooped up all day in the hospital, with a new baby at home and Josh going full force with finals while being mom & dad all in one!! Im so glad things are on the right track now. Please dont hesitate to call if you need anything, Ash and I are home all day, and would love to come help out or hang out with you and Oakland when you're up for it!

Jace and Karen said...

So glad you are feeling better! we cannot wait to meet little oakland!

Sara said...

I am so happy to hear that you are okay now. I was wondering if something had happened or if Oakland was just keeping you WAY busy. You will continue to be in my prayers and I wish you the best in your continued recovery! It is always nice to have a GREAT man by your side! I too have one!

Waggoner Family said...

I am so glad that you are doing better! My prayers and thoughts will continue to be with you. Can't wait to see new pics of the little one!

Meredith said...

Cali, I was worried something was wrong. It is not like you to go 6 weeks without writing. I am so glad you are feeling better and am so happy that God gave you a wonderful husband. Josh sounds so amazing! You have a wonderful story to tell Oakland one day. Keep resting and lovin on that baby. So glad you are back.

Meredith from Tennessee

ryansmom said...

I'm so thankful to hear that you are on the road to recovery. Way to go Josh! I will keep you and your family in prayers. Can't wait to see pictures of your darling Oakland.

Village said...

Oh my gosh Cali!!! That sucks. I know, I said it. You are so lucky - Josh is awesome and please post some cute pictures of that baby!!!

Katie B.

karlielsa said...

Cali,
you have gone through some really rough stuff. you are amazing!!! please keep trucking through and keep your head held high. god loves you but he sure is throwing you some curve balls. he knows you can handle it and you will be blessed.

Anonymous said...

I am so thankful that everything is ok. I have been checking your blog and was really starting to worry about you and your beautiful family. May God continue to bless you and watch over you all.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cali,

I'm so sorry you had to go through all of this on top of everything else! What a trooper you are. Was the blood clot a side effect of the induction?

Ashley said...

I'm so glad you are doing better! I heard from my Grandma about your blood clot. You have definitely had a lot of curveballs thrown at you recently! Its awesome you have someone so amazing like Josh by your side. Keep feeling better! :)