I'm sure most of you have heard by now that I was admitted to the hospital last night. I woke up on Wednesday not feeling like myself at all. I knew something was wrong. I went in to see my OB to check on Kate since I had been throwing up and not feeling well at all and thank God all was well with her so I went home and went to bed. When I woke up yesterday I felt like I was on my death bed. I can't even describe the pain and discomfort I was in. I ache from my head to my toes, had a hard time breathing, was throwing everything up even ice chips, had a really high fever....anything and everything..I had it. Finally at 10pm last night we decided to pack up and head to the ER since I had no fluids left in my body. Chris was worried sick about his girls. Thank God for our doppler, he kept pulling it out to check on his baby girl. He has very worried. The ER was a disaster. We finally got a room around 11:15 and they started running tests on me right away. Blood tests, nose swabs, breathing treatments and they also were monitoring Kate. She was a champ and is doing really well. I was having contractions 1-4 minutes apart. Not fun. We're making progress though! Now 80% effaced and dilated to a 2! Getting closer! We finally got sent up to our private room in L&D around 4am. Needless to say we were beyond exhausted. Chris fell asleep right away and slept for 3 hours while I was up every hour getting vitals done and trying to keep medication down. We got word this morning that I tested positive for influenza A. They have sent my swab off to the CDC and we will have a confirmation with 4 days to confirm the H1N1 virus. I've learned a lot about it in the past 24 hours... they say it hits you really fast (obviously) and you get it 10x worse than the regular flu. I will testify to that! I am in great hands here at St. Joes. The nurses could not be nicer. I have been on fluids and anti nausea meds since I've been here. My doctor came in tonight to check on me and he is really happy with my progress from last night. It looks like we get to go home tomorrow!! :) He is not one bit concerned about Kate. She is doing really well and has been a wild woman in there today. The Dr. said that my body is actually making antibodies right now that she is getting to help her fight infections once she is born. Pretty cool! We feel so blessed by all the love that has been shown to us. Your love and prayers mean so much...thank you!! My husband has been such a doll. I could not ask for anything more. You know that line in the wedding vows "for better or for worse, in sickness and in health.." we're living it out and it is such a blessing to be married to such an amazing man. He still somehow makes me feel great even when I look like a blown up cow in a moo moo. God bless him! I am waiting for my nurse to come in with my sleepy meds and my tamiflu...praying we get some rest tonight. We are VERY anxious about meeting Kate. As you can imagine she has been all we are talking about. It's hard not to when we're surrounded by newborn babies. Ahhh our turn will be here soon enough. Until then we need to rest up! I will update when we're home and settled. Hugs!
When Chris and I went to Mexico this past winter we quickly become addicted to their blended espressos. I found myself craving them when we got home so I played around with a couple of instant espressos and ended up making the best iced coffee, ever. What you’ll need. Medaglia D’oro instant espresso Water Ice Coffee creamer of your choice Heavy cream + caramel Trust me on the instant espresso. I tried them all. This is the best. I get it at Kroger. I’ve also heard Walmart carries it as well as trusty amazon. Step one. Get your ingredients out. I fill my glass up halfway with water and pour a capful of instant espresso in. Mix it real good. Time to cool it down. Now comes the sweet part. This next step is money. Lordy. If you’re feeling really naughty you can add caramel sauce. Do it. If you’ve been wanting the recipe for the BEST homemade caramel ever then you’re in luck. This is the recipe from my mother in law. It is life changing. Ta-Da! Tag me on Instagram at