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March 2001 I found out from the doctors I had 5 fibroid tumors in my uterus. They did surgery and was able to only remove 3 of the 5 tumors the other 2 were in the inner wall of the uterus and the only way to remove them is to have a Hysterectomy. I  realized at that time that I wanted to have kids someday. Then they decided to try to shrink them with birth control pills which worked. Then they told me if I wanted to have kids that I better think about it soon. They told me with tumors you never know how long it could take to get pregnant.

Time went by fast and my doctor kept telling if you want kids you should do it soon. Rod was now 35 years old  and I just turned 32 years old. So I got off the pill in September 2003 and the doctor said to wait a little while to let it go through my system and he continue to check me and he did not seem to think that the tumors were growing.

 February 2004 I found out that I was pregnant and I would be due some where between October 20 to October 31 2004.

During my last check up  3 weeks ago he thought the tumors might be growing a little. So I had  ultrasound done and next week may 3,2004 I should get my results.

 It is hard to believe that this June 12,2004 rod and I will have been Married 11 years ago and we will be having our first baby. Time goes by too fast and we have done so much together in life. To think when we got married all we could think back then about was career, career, career and now things change and all I can think about is that I could not see us together in life with out having a family that is some one a part of us.

We went to the doctor for a follow up appointment on May 3,2004 and the doctor gave us our results from the ultrasound we had done. The doctor wanted to see what was going on with the two tumors that I had in the inner wall of the uterus now that I am pregnant. Everything seemed to be going good before I was pregnant the tumors were shrinking down in size. Then my last doctor appointment  he thought they might be growing again due to the hormones. Well sure enough the biggest one is centimeter and the second was a little smaller and they were both up high enough so that I should be able to have the baby normal providing there are no complications along the way. The doctor said the two tumors that I had were fairly small in my case he has seen a lot bigger ones. I guess there is nothing in the world that is guarantee 100%. Then there is this blood test A.F.P. that I should take that shows any problems with the baby which is scary . There is a part of me that wants to Know and a part of me that does not. Talking it over with my husband we both agree to have it done.

I have a appointment for another ultrasound in 18 to 20 weeks to see check out the baby and look for any abnormalities and make sure it is healthy. Then there going to look at the tumors again to see if they have grown any hopefully not too much.

 I have noticed during the weeks that have gone by that I have not had morning sickness real bad. I think I have had heartburn really bad two times it so bad it made me sick. I think the worse thing I have to deal with the most is constipation. Well I guess I can not complain to much because other than that I feel good.

When I went to the doctor on May 3,2004 the doctor used a this thing to listen to the heart beat and we could not the baby's heart beat which scared us so we went to his ultrasound machine to see if the baby was ok. we were all relieve  to see the baby and it's heart beating away.

I got the A.F.P. test about 4 weeks ago and I got the results back may 28,2004 and it came back negative which we were very happy to hear.

Next week June 7,2004 I will be about 20 weeks along and  I am scheduled for an ultrasound to see how the baby is doing and hopefully find out what it is. With my dad being so sick we felt it would be best to find out what it is so we can tell him just in case he is really bad when the baby is born. Rod and I don't care what it is as long as it is ok and healthy. Then we go see the doctor after that for a check up he most likely will not have the results until about 2 weeks. I hope with the last scare at the doctor appointment  that this one is smooth. I hope the baby  is ok and healthy.

Well on June 7,2004 I am approx. 20 weeks  we went down to have the ultrasound done and everything looked good with the baby still was not able to get a good view of what it was? Hopefully in 2 months when we get the 3D done we well get a better view and find out if it is a boy or a girl?

the ultrasound Tec. then said it looks like your having contractions I asked her if that was bad and she said no lots of women have contractions early. Then we visited the doctor and he said that the uterus is stretching and the baby is growing and that is the cause of the pain.

The next day I woke up with cramping pains in my stomach so we went to the hospital and was admitted for check up and monitored and found out I was in preterm labor. The nurses thought it might have been brought on by dehydration so they pumped a lot of water through me and it slowed the contractions down a lot. I was still having contractions, but not as strong and not as much and my cervix were closed which was a good sign.

Then they sent me home and said there is nothing else they could do that night and to see my doctor the next morning. The next day my doctor sent me back in the hospital  to be monitored and the contractions had stopped ,but I was still having little pains they checked my cervix  and they were still closed . So the doctor sent me home for bed rest . Two days later still having some light pain in lower abdomen off and on  I went to see the doctor at the doctor office and he checked me out and said my cervix were still closed and I should take it easy bed rest and if it gets worse call him and if not he would see me in 2 weeks for a check up.

 Then in 2 more weeks I would have this swab test done to see if I am going to go in labor early if so he would have to refer me to a high risk pregnancy specialist that does advance aggressive stuff. to keep me from having the baby early and no work until after the baby is born.

If the test comes back that I am not going to go into labor early then he would continue to see me and I would get to go back to light duty work until the baby is born.

There was a part of me that was sad because rod and I were going on a weekend cruise to Ensenada Mexico for our 11 year anniversary June 12, 2004 and our last freedom cruise and the doctor said we should cancel the cruise and stay home and rest.

Rod just happen to pay for a $70.00 insurance deposit on the cruise just in case something happen and we had to cancel for medical reasons we would get all our money back except the $70.00 insurance deposit. So we both decided it would be best to cancelled the cruise we both feel better and happier about that because there will always be cruises that we could go on and it is not worth losing our baby over it. This  baby  is a part of us and our life now and forever.

June 18 through 20 2004 I am approx. 21 weeks Over the weekend rod and I had a his sister and her husband and the 2 youngest boys and well I think I over did it a little this weekend and I had to go to hospital and be put back on the monitor again for pains in the lower part of my stomach. They monitored me for a couple hours and did not see any signs of contractions on the monitor so they sent me home and stated the pains are most likely for the baby growing and stretching the uterus and what I might be feeling was actually her moving and kicking me and not contractions.

June 24,2004 I am approx. 22  weeks still having some pains in the night more than the day doctor said to stay home and rest and drink lots of water and  unless it is so unbearable that I can not stand it then come in and the can check it out. They said they might be able to figure it out if I came in when I was actually in pain. In the past I have been going in the day when I was not in very much pain and it is hard for them to figure it out.

June 28,2004  we went to the doctors office for a check up my blood pressure was a little bit high 140/80 so the nurse took it again after I laid down on my left side for 5 minutes and it wert down to 117/70 which was a lot better.  Then the doctor check how my cervix was how the baby's heart beat was and both were great. Then the doctor sent me over for blood work since my blood pressure was high at first as a precaution and it came back the next day as normal except I was a tad bit anemic and she said it was not enough to worry about .

July 3,2004 I am approx. 23 weeks I am feeling good and taking it easy I will see the doctor again on July 8,2004 at 9:15am for a test called fetal fibronectin this test that they will do is like a  pap smear they go in and swab  and the results is if it comes back positive then that means I could go into preterm labor and they may have to keep me on bed rest and give medication to keep me from going into preterm labor if the test comes back negative then that means that there were no signs that I could go into preterm labor and I might be able to resume back to normal but still take it easy and I might be able to go back to light duty work.

July 8,2004 I am approx. 24 weeks rod and I had a doctor appointment at 9:15am and he performed the fetal fibronectin test on me and listened to the baby's heart beat and checked my cervix and every thing looked good the test came back negative which was good and it meant that I would not go into labor at least the next 2 weeks but I will have to keep taking the test every 2 to 3 weeks until the baby's is born to make sure that I won't go into labor because the test is only good for 2 weeks at a time. The doctor was a bit concerned even though my blood pressure had been low all week it was a bit high when I saw the doctor it was 130/90.The nurse had me lay down on my left side for 5 minutes and she retested and my blood pressure was 100/60. I asked the doctor if maybe I was nervous about the test because I was not sure what was going to happen and he said it was better off not to take any chances and he did not want me to go back to work for at least another 8 weeks providing that I don't have anymore contractions and if I can keep my blood pressure down and if my fetal fibronectin test keep coming back negative. Then the doctor said if I keep having problems that I may not get to go back to work until after the baby's is born. So I am hoping that if I keep taking it easy and I don't have any problems that maybe I could return back to work in 8 weeks so I can build up some more sick an annual leave for when the baby is born.

July 18,2004  I started having sharp pains in upper left front side and dull pains in lower front and back so we went to the hospital to as a precaution and they put me on the monitor and said I was having slight contractions and the monitor could tell them the difference between the real contractions or if they were Braxton hicks contractions and my temp was slightly up 100 so they check to see if I had a bladder infection but it came back negative. So they gave me 2 shots of terbutaline to stop the contractions and a shot for the pain and monitor me for 1 hour then sent me home and said to see the doctor the next day.

July 19,2004 I went to see the doctor the next day but my doctor was out of town so I saw my doctors brother who worked in the same doctors office and he checked me out and said my cervix was still closed and that it is normal to have Braxton hicks contractions and that the pain that I had in my upper left front side might be a fibroid tumor so he set me up for an ultrasound for July 20,2004 although I had one for August 9,2004. He told me to keep my August 9,2004 ultrasound and 3D picture Appointment and this Appointment July 20,2004 was to check the fibroid tumors.

July 21,2004 I am approx. 25  weeks I went in for my ultrasound and the tech. checked around were the pain was and saw the baby's foot but did not see a Fibroid tumor so she kept looking around  and found 3 fibroid tumors on my right side. So she went back to the left side and thought maybe it might be a cyst my ovaries that was causing all the pain but she did not see anything. then she went up a little higher and found a fibroid tumor that was sort of long and came down and attach to the left ovaries and the baby's foot  was close to it. So she thought that maybe the baby's foot might have been kicking the tumor and that is what was causing all the pain. The ultrasound tech. said that next week July 26,2004 when I go to see my doctor again that he should have the ultrasound results to confirm what was causing the pain and he had plan to due another fetal fibronectin test on me again. Then the ultrasound tech. checked again to see if we could see if it is a boy or a girl and she said last time she thought it might be a girl but she was only 60% sure so she looked again and she said that she was 98% sure it was a girl.

Rod and I have decided that since we have had names picked out for 11 years and we still like the names we had picked out that we were not going to change them . Our names that we have had picked out for so long is if it is a boy Justin Cole Poplarchick and if it is a girl Kirsten Lynn Poplarchick and just in case you did not know my maiden name was Cole and rod and I both have the same middle name Lynn and that is where we got the middle names for the baby if it is a boy or if it is a girl.

Just in case you did not know the hospital the baby will be born in will be at Clovis Community Hospital and if your not sure where Clovis is it is next to Fresno CA.

July 26,2004 I am approx. 26 weeks I had an appointment at 2:30pm so we went down early because I had to do a monitory glucose test which was not as bad as I heard the drink tasted like RC Cola which was good then I went to my doctor and he did the fetal fibronectin test on me and it came back negative and the doctor said everything else looked good. The doctor said if I keep taking it easy and my test that I do every 2 to 3 weeks keep coming back negative and I do not have anymore  real contractions then he would let up on me around 32 weeks and I might be able to go back to work light duty. He said after 32 weeks if the baby is born then the baby would have a better chance to survive. If the baby is born before 32 weeks the baby would have trouble surviving. Then my doctor had me reschedule my ultrasound and 3D for August 23,2004 since I just had the ultrasound done July 20,2004 the doctor want there to be some space between ultrasounds. Then I went back where I drank the R .C. Cola drink for the glucose test and they drew my blood and I should get the results in a couple of days.

July 29,2004 I am approx. 27 weeks I got my results back from my glucose test and they were slightly high they told me that I did not have to fast so I had breakfast and went to burger king for lunch and had a soda no caffeine which might have cause my glucose to be slightly high and I hope that was the case. So they had me do a 3 hour glucose test where I had my blood drawn then drink this drink that tasted like orange crush then they drew my blood every hour for the next 3 hours when I got done 3 hours later I had my blood drawn 4 times and I had to stay at the clinic the entire time. the process was not all that fun but I did it and it was not that bad and hopefully the test will come back negative I guess I will find out soon enough.

August 9,2004 I am approx. 28 weeks I went to see my doctor and my blood pressure was 115/72 which was good and my 3 hour glucose test came back negative and that was good and I did another fetal fibronectin test and it came back negative and that was good. The doctor said everything looks good but the nurse had put down that I had only gain a total of 9 pounds since I have been pregnant and I told him that it  can not be right before I was Pregnant I weight 145 pounds and now I am 159 pounds and that would put me at 14 pounds  that I had gained and he said that they had it wrong they had me a 150 pounds before I was pregnant. Then the doctor said that if a gained 14 pounds that should be about right.

August 23,2004 I am approx. 30 weeks Rod and I went and had another ultrasound done to check the Fibroid Tumors and the tech. said she did not think they change much. She said the last ultrasound had my due date for Oct. 31,2004 and this ultrasound had my due date as Oct. 27,2004. Then the tech. check again to make sure it was a girl and rod and the tech. both said it was clear as day it was a girl. Then she went to do a 3D Picture of the baby but she had her hands and feet up by her face so I got up and walk around trying to get her to move and tried it again and this time her feet were out of the way but her hands were still in her face. So after about 20 minutes approx. we got some pictures of her eyes and nose and her nose and lips. I guess she is going to be shy or she was really happy and content were she was at and she did not want to move. The one thing I think she did not like was when we listen to her heart beat the nurses say they can hear it when we listen to there heart beat and they do not like it and so when we were listening to her heart beat she started to kick away and move around a lot. The tech. said she must not like it because she was kicking where ever she put her wand on my stomach. Well next Monday August 30,2004 I will see my doctor and get the results of my ultrasound and how the baby is doing and I will keep you updated.

August 30,2004 I am approx. 31 weeks rod and I went to the doctor today. The doctor said that everything look great I had gain a total of 16 pounds and that was good. Then he listen to the baby's heart beat and he said it sounded healthy. Then the doctor said that I am all most 32 weeks and he could be more relaxed so I asked him if I could return back to work and he said no. Then I said I thought you were going to be more relaxed and he said I am do what you have been doing but do not over do it. Then he said and if you go back to work it is on you and I told him they will not let me back with out a doctor note and he said well I am not going to give you a doctors not but maybe at 38 weeks you can return for light duty. So when rod and I left we talked about not being able to go back until 38 weeks and that is close to the baby being born and it is kind of a waste to go to work for maybe 4 weeks of if the baby is born early then I would work less then 4 weeks. We also decided that we think the doctor is stringing us along trying to keep us content for a couple of weeks or more and then delaying it again until it is to late for me to return to work and the baby is born. So have decided to make the best of it and enjoy it while it last because after the baby is born I sure I will be busy and in the mean time I am looking out for the baby's safety. Well my next doctors appointment is September 13,2004 and then the doctor said it will then change to weekly appointments after September 27,2004. Rod was a little shocked to hear about the weekly appointment but you have to do what you have to do.

September 6,2004 I am approx. 32 weeks Monday after the Mariposa and the Coles Family Reunion. I started to come down with a cold but spite the cold Rod and I continue to work on the baby's room and by 9pm that night the baby's room was done and it turned out great. It is one of the colorful and prettiest rooms I have ever seen. I hope that Kirsten enjoys growing up in that room because that room seems to me to the funniest room I have ever seem.

September 12,2004 I am approx. 33 weeks Rods sister and 4 boys came up on Friday to be here for the baby shower and some friends of rod and I came up too for the baby shower there names are Brenda and Shiloh. On the morning of the baby shower Shiloh took some pictures of Rod and I  and then my friends from school showed up Heidi and Lisa to help with the baby shower. The baby shower was put on by Stephanie Bonillas my cousin and Barbary and Stan Cole my parents and Barbary Dugan my sister and Donna Konopacki and Doreen Blanchard friends that adopted Rod and I like we were there family. The shower turned out great I could have not asked for a better baby shower.  I saw a lot of friends and family that I have not seen in a long time. I was getting over a cold which was not the greatest but that did not stop me from have a great time. The cake was a gift from my Aunt Leota and My Cousins Lana and Linda and it turned out fantastic and it had a Winnie the pooh theme and was the prettiest baby shower cake I have ever seen. One of my close friends that was in my wedding was there and she gave me a card the she wrote in it that my mom that past away in may 1999 was looking down on me and she would be proud. That was one of the sweetest things anyone has ever told me so much I started crying and everyone was asking Rod what was going on. Well Kirsten got a lot of neat and pretty things and everything will come in handy and just in case anyone is reading this and you were at the baby shower I want to say thank you again for coming and for the wonderful gifts and I will be sending out thank you cards soon.

September 13,2004 I am approx. 33 weeks I went to the doctor for a check up and he said everything looked great and the baby's heart beat sounded great and he check me and said it seem that she had turned she was sideways across my belly and now she is head down. Then he said he would see me in two weeks. Then we left and went baby shopping with some gift cards and money we got from the baby shower. We got a stroller car seat combo with a base , diaper genie , couple of bottles , some baby baths stuff , and a couple of clothing items and a baby's 1st Halloween outfit.  My next appointment September 27,2004.

September 14,2004 Tuesday I started my child birth classes today and I will be going every Tuesday for 6 weeks from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. My last class is October 19,2004 Tuesday.

September 27,2004 I am approx. 35 weeks I went to see the doctor today and he did a test on me that is done between 35 and 37 weeks it is called Group B Streptococcus know as Strep B. the test is done to make sure that the mother does not carry the bacteria and when she goes into labor and the baby is born it can be passed on to the baby making the baby sick or death in about 5% of the infected babies. If the test comes back negative then no need to do anything but if it comes back positive then when the mother goes into labor they would give her antibiotics by IV and it would kill the bacteria right away and the baby would be born with no problems. Other than the test everything else went along great he said everything looked good and the baby is head down and he took me off of  bed rest  but would not let me go back to work until after the baby is born. From now on until the baby is born I will have to go in to see him once a week on Mondays.

October 4 ,2004 I am approx. 36 weeks I went to see the doctor today everything seem to be doing good. My Group B Streptococcus test came back normal which is very good. The doctor also said if I have not packed that I should start packing that once I get to 37 weeks I am consider full term. My next doctor appointment is October 11,2004. I also did a Thyroid test and it came back slightly low so they up my medication and my white cell count was high. So they did the blood work again to make sure and if it comes back high on my white cell count then that means I have an infection and they would give me an antibiotic to stop the infection.

October 7,2004 I am approx. 37 weeks today and I am considered full term. I have finally packed Rod's bag and  Baby Kirsten's bag and My bag for standby to go to the hospital.

October 11,2004 I am approx. 37 weeks I went to see the doctor today my blood pressure was 135/90 so the doctor checked to see if I had dilated and I had not dilated yet then he checked to see if there was protein in my urine and there was none which was good. So the doctor said we could induce labor but since I had not dilated there might be a chance that they would have to do a c- section and rod and I did not want a c- section unless it was necessary. So the doctor sent me home to monitor my blood pressure for the next couple of days and then he wants me to come in to have it checked again. Rod  has been monitoring my blood pressure the last couple of days and it has been 117/80 and 110/70 which is good.

October 13,2004 I am approx. 37 weeks I will be 38 weeks tomorrow. I went to the doctor again today and my blood pressure has been good but when I went in and they checked it they got 140/100 so the doctor checked again to see if I was dilated and no was not and then he checked my urine for protein and no there was no  protein so he said he could induce labor and possibly break the water tomorrow and I still have a good chance of having her vaginally but he had got tickets to go out of town for the weekend and he was leaving tomorrow around 2pm and so he might not be there for the birth. Then he said that if I got blood work done and hung around until we got the results back and they come back normal and the urine come back normal and I have not dilated then as long as I go home and rest and rod checks my blood pressure every four hours and it stays low and I continue not to have headaches and any major swelling in hands, feet, and face until my next doctors appointment which is Monday October 18,2004 then I may not have to be induced before October 18,2004.

Then the doctor said when I go in on Monday October 18,2004 he would evaluate me again and decide what we should do if my blood pressure is normal then he may wait and if it is high depending on other test if they are normal or high he may or may not induce but at least he would be around next week just incase he had to deliver. Hopefully things will be alright until Monday October 18,2004.

October 18,2004 I am approx. 38 weeks I went to see the doctor today and my blood pressure was 120/35 I was slightly high but since all the test come back negative and I still have not dilated the doctor said if I did not want to get induced that I did not have to as long as I keep and eye on my blood pressure and let him know if I started to have bad headaches and started to swell badly. the doctor also said he thought she was approx. 7 pounds.  I guess she is not ready to come out yet my next doctor appointment is October 25,2004 I guess we will have to wait and see if she will be ready then or maybe not.

October 25,2004 I am approx. 29 weeks I went to see the doctor today and my blood pressure was 135/85 It was high so again the doctor sent me over to blood work and to hang by until we got back the results. The results came back that my platelets were low and so the doctor thought it was best for me to be admitted in the hospital.

 4pm I was admitted in labor and delivery room 502 and they did a urine test which came back that I had slight protein in my urine which all the symptoms were signs of  preeclampsia so they did not want to take any chances because my blood pressure was high they thought the                 preeclampsia was brought on by the pregnancy and could be bad for me and  the baby.

 7pm the doctor put me on drug to soften my cervix and it was suppose to take 12 hours and the next morning October 26,2004 7am no change. Then at 9am the doctor put me on another drug to start the contractions and hopefully the would get things going. they gradually bump up the medication from 1 to 20 per minute and by 5pm I was having contractions but no change. The doctor then said we could do it all over again and there may or may not be a change and it might be because of my tumors or to due a c-section.

6pm Rod and I talked about it and we decided it would be best for the baby and I to do the c-section due to all the problems that I had been having. Dr Dan said he would do the c - section in one hour after he got a hair cut and that would give me time to get prepped..

6:45 I was prepped  for surgery and they gave me a spinal block and then they brought in rod and at.

7:14pm on October 26,2004 Kirsten Lynn Poplarchick was born 6 pounds and 9 ounces and 21 inches long. When they pulled Kirsten out of me they told rod to look and at that time she started crying and rod said I am in love and I started crying when I heard her cry and when rod said that. Then rod went over to the baby and cut the cord and they checked her out and rod brought her over to me so I could see her and rod got to watch the doctor cut out 2 of the 4 tumors that were in me the other 2 were in the uterus and could not be removed they will shrink back in time once the hormones decreased and with the type of birth control they were going to put me on. Then he removed some scar tissue from my last surgery and cut out my old scar and pulled my skin together and stapled it together to make a thinner nicer looking scar not so wide and not to Frankenstein looking.

 8:30pm  for 1 hour for observation and rod went with Kirsten to the nursery to get a check up and get her first bath. then at 9:30pm they took me to my new room 212 and I was there for about 10 minutes then rod came in and wheeled Kirsten in and he said as he picked up Kirsten and brought her over to me look mommy what my daddy put in my hair for you and it was this cute tiny pink bow. we thought that Kirsten and I was going to get released on Thursday  October 28,2004 but they thought it would be best for me to stay one more day and so We were released from the hospital on October 29,2004 at approx. 12pm. This has been the most wonderful experience rod and I have ever had in the 11 years that we have been married and now I look back and say why did we wait so long and we both can not see life without her.

Thank You to every one who has email us and sent presents and came to the baby shower and of course was able to come and see us at the hospital. All of your love and support was greatly appreciated .

I would also like to say Thank You to Dr. Dan and his Nurses and all the Nurses at Clovis Community Medical Center for making my Experience so Wonderful and I could not have asked for a better group of people.


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