Archive for October 2010

Shot to the Heart, er– Stomach!   1 comment

Stab, stab, stab.

A few years ago (some of you family and friends may remember), Julie was hospitalized for the treatment of a MASSIVE blood clot in her left leg and 3 in her lungs. After recovering, she learned that she has a blood disorder that causes her to hypercoagulate. The risk of clotting is increased by certain triggers such as prolonged inactivity (like on a long plane trip), the use of birth control pills, and— here’s where this gets interesting— pregnancy. Shortly after the home pregnancy test revealed that our family would be expanding, Julie’s doctor prescribed an injectable blood thinner to help prevent the occurrence of a dreaded clot. So, for the entirety of the pregnancy and the first six weeks following the delivery of Lil Person, Julie gets to give herself shots in the stomach. She was nervous about the injections at first, but it turns out they’re not too bad. We’re all just hoping that these shots will be sufficient to prevent a blood clot that could be dangerous to both Julie and the baby (and it sure would be nice if they had some additional benefit— like ensuring that Lil Person is born already sleeping through the night!). In general, the pregnancy is going well (and finally, now that Julie is 14 weeks and 5 days along, the nausea is starting to let up) and Lil Person is healthy and growing. We hope things continue to go well and look forward to giving you all more updates along the way. Stay tuned!

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Posted October 30, 2010 by Nate and Julie in Julie, L'il Person, Medical

Heartbeat, It’s a Love Beat   Leave a comment

This morning, Julie had an appointment to hear L’il Person’s heartbeat. Nate did not go because he has been under the weather and was afraid of spreading illness to expectant mothers.

The heartbeat is strong, in the 150bpm neighborhood. Grownup heartbeats sound like this: THUM-BUMP      THUM-BUMP     THUM-BUMP.

L’il Person’s heart sounds like this: lubdublubdublubdublubdub. It’s fast and really cute. When Julie got home she got on the internet to see if we could guess a gender from the heartbeat. Old wives say we are having a girl based on the b(s)pm. Younger wives say the old wives are full of crap.

We’re very anxious to know what we are having, but it looks like we’ll just have to wait until science joins our team in December. All we have right now is our best guess, which is just about fifty-fifty.

Posted October 23, 2010 by Nate and Julie in L'il Person, Medical

The Major Tom Debate   2 comments

This is our dog.

His name is Major Tom, he is 2 years old, and he is in for a rude awakening. Up until now, Major Tom has been our primary dependent, (not that we are able to claim him on our taxes), but come the end of April, Major Tom will be firmly in last place in our list of favorite family members. There are many things that Major likes to do. Some of these things we do not encourage, and some of these things we will probably stop encouraging once L’il Person arrives, such as:

Here is a list of more of Major Tom’s favorite past times:

  • Barking at neighbors, children, and old ladies.
  • Going on walks.
  • Whining to get his way.
  • Running in circles on rugs and carpets.
  • Becoming psychologically unhinged when encountering cats, squirrels, rabbits, or other dogs.
  • Getting his belly rubbed.
  • Falling asleep in someone’s lap.

So here’s our dilemma. Do we continue to show Major the same level of attention and affection and let him enjoy these next few months, or do we start preparing him now by locking him in the basement for long stretches of time with no food and water? Tune in next time to find out.

Posted October 21, 2010 by Nate and Julie in Major Tom

It’s a baby!   4 comments

Several weeks ago we found out we are having a baby, which means that soon we will have a child that will do things that every child does, but we will find these things to be monumentally important and mindblowingly adorable. While we don’t expect ‘John Q Blogreader’ to appreciate every giggle and burp that comes from our offspring, this baby has friends and family scattered throughout the contiguous United States. Therefore this is our blog; the purpose of which to keep family and friends informed of the goings on of our growing family.

Here’s what you need to know so far: 1) We are due April 25th, 2011. 2) The sex of our baby, hereafter known as “L’il Person”, will remain unknown until late November/early December. 3) L’il Person makes Julie very sick unless Julie can get McDonald’s Breakfast. 4) We had an early ultrasound a few weeks ago (see below), and L’il Person, at the time, had little arm and leg buds and a little, yet strong heartbeat.

See the leg buds!?!

More to follow! Stay tuned!

Posted October 16, 2010 by Nate and Julie in L'il Person, Medical