Monday, September 29, 2008

9 Week Update

Hello Everyone!

Well, I was supposed to have a follow up ultrasound this past Friday, but when Jan-Mendelt and I showed up there had been a scheduling problem due the death of one of the ultrasound techs, so I was rescheduled for this Thursday. That means that I do not have any news on that front just yet. In other doctor-related news, I did have my bloodwork done last week so that is at least one more thing I can take off my to do list.

JM was on call Friday, so I had dinner with two friends and then caught a Midpoint Musical Festival Show. I figure that I have to take advantage of my free time while I still have it. I know that our lives are going to change drastically and that late nights out will have to go on the back burner for a while.

I am still totally exhausted, but other than that I feel that I am doing really well! I just go to bed a lot earlier than I used to!

JM and I are taking a vacation starting this Friday, 10/3. We are going to visit to my dad and little brother out in the bay area of California! We are also celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary there. It is hard to believe sometimes that we have been together since 1999!

JM never ceases to amaze me. He is kind and intelligent and always makes me laugh. I am so lucky to have him in my life, and our little tillema is especially lucky to have him as a father! JM is going to be a wonderful father. (He had a great role model!)

I promise I will update as soon as I have the ultrasound tomorrow at 2:00.

Wish all three of us luck!



PS-My weekly pregnancy e-mail from this week informed me that little tillema is now the size of a grape!

Friday, September 19, 2008

7 1/2 Week Update

Goede Morgen!

I just wanted to come on and write a little update about what is going on this week. I was so excited after the ultrasound last Friday and everything seemed to be going great (it still is!), but unfortunately I got a call from one of the nurses at my doctor's office who informed me that the ultrasound showed "subchorionic bleeding" and that I had to take it easy for the next few weeks. I have been so committed to doing yoga and exercising on my elliptical machine and walking Cider at least twice a day, that I felt pretty bummed that I am not supposed to do any of those things for a while. I want to stay strong and healthy during this pregnancy. More than worrying about what I can or cannot do, I have been feeling very worried about the baby and I felt really scared when I got the call. I discussed this situation with my good friend Phoebe (one of JM's colleagues) and of course with JM. It is a common occurrence in almost 30% of pregnant women and should go away on its own. There aren't any medical solutions to the problem, it is just a "wait and see" situation. I cried a little Tuesday night because I was feeling sad and scared and JM was stuck in the hospital overnight. However, I woke up Wednesday feeling a lot better and I am positive that everything will work out and that we have a healthy little tillema in May!

I already knew that something was going on because I had been "spotting" for two weeks. This is why my OB ordered an early ultrasound. The positivity must be working, because I have not had ANY spotting since Tuesday afternoon!! I am going to continue to take it easy for a few weeks to ensure that both little tillema and I are doing well. (By the way - the condition I have causes me to bleed, not the baby.)

Other than this situation and feeling very very tired by the end of the day, I am feeling really great. I have barely had any nausea and for the most part, I have had energy to do things with JM and with our friends.

I also started to knit a hat for little tillema last week. When I am finished with it, I will post a picture on this site.

There will definitely be more to come!



Friday, September 12, 2008

Little Tillema Has a Heartbeat!!!!!

Check it out! I had my first ultrasound today and so far so good. Everything is in the right place and I even heard the heartbeat for just a few seconds. Here are two of the better pictures they gave me to bring home.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

First OB appointment!!!

Hello Everyone!

I am so nervous and excited for my first OB appointment tomorrow. My appointment is at 10:40 and I am looking forward to everything that I will learn. I will definitely keep all of you updated with the results of this appointment.

On another baby front, this summer two of Jan-Mendelt's colleagues had babies. Michael was born in July and little Julia was born yesterday. We went to the hospital to visit Julia and her parents Chris and Angela, and while we were there Corinne, Chike and Michael showed up. It was great to see how everyone is doing. Michael is a very healthy and constantly hungry baby. Julia is brand new and was fairly exhausted from her entrance into the world.

Angela was feeling exhausted after a long shift in the Emergency Department the night before. She arrived home at midnight and at 12:40 her water broke! Julia was born around 6:30 am. Everyone is doing great and I feel grateful that I will be able to call upon both new moms for advice.

Wish me luck tomorrow!