Saturday, September 27, 2008

Update on Baby #3

So the clot is gone!!! They took an ultrasound yesterday and could see where it had absorbed/died and is no longer an issue. I was so glad to hear that news and was so excited to start working out again, start being active, etc.

Then they told me that there is another large clot that has formed sometime in the past two weeks. They're stumped by this since there's nothing I can really do to cause it and there is nothing they can do to prevent it. I am still on the same restrictions with just that much more caution surrounding the situation now. I was really bummed about it yesterday... I just really hope I don't have to go on complete bed rest.

Good news is that the baby is completely healthy and growing at the appropriate rate, she's right on target. The clot(s) seem to be doing nothing to harm her at all.

Maybe this clot will disappear, too...

Friday, September 12, 2008

Another Baby #3 Update

Today we got good news about our newest addition -- the clot is definitely much smaller! It went from 45 ccu to 29 ccu in two weeks, a remarkable improvement. The doctor said she was finally excited about how things are going, finally because it hadn't shown any remarkable decrease in size for a while. I'm still only 16 weeks pregnant which means the fetus is not viable yet. So, at 24 weeks, when the fetus is viable, she said I may be put on complete bedrest to rule out any possibility of pre-term labor. That would be a nightmare for me! My dr. said she doesn't think that will happen because she believes the clot is going to be gone by then. We are certainly praying that would be true!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

More Holden Beach pictures

They also enjoyed a few bike rides around the island with Shishaw and Pawpaw. I think it was mostly because they got to wear their "Pedro helmets." (Pedro is a little cartoon airplane from Chile, so any and every airplane becomes Pedro. Shiloah will even refer to herself as Pedro whenever she's trying to overcome any obstacle, like climbing into a chair.)

And, a little family picture of the 5 of us. :)

More Holden Beach pictures

Holden Beach

We got to spend 4 great days at the beach this week, cut short by the way over rated TS Hanna. It was sunny and 90 every day, except Friday. But we got to spend a night in Raleigh because we left early, which means we got to see my brother and his new wife (and their awesome new house), Corey's sister and her husband and some dear friends. Hannah kept saying, "Are we in Raleigh?!"

Our little girls have very different personalities and they can be easily seen in their attitude towards the water. Shiloah jumps right in and prefers to swim in the deepest water in the pool, Hannah likes to hang on the side where she can touch and play with her little dolls. As for the ocean, Shiloah would have walked right out into the waves if we let her. There is a picture of her laying on her stomach waiting for the waves to get her! We finally decided to let her feel a little impact of what the ocean can do, so as to instill a little bit of healthy fear in her. It worked for about a second, then she was ready to jump back in! Hannah liked to stay where it was safe and the surf just got her a little bit. She was easy to watch. We spent a long time on a nice big sand bar one afternoon and the girls had a great time with the shallow surf that came up to get their feet.

There was also this great tidal pool (we called it the lagoon, like in the Little Mermaid). It was fresh ocean water but without the waves! Perfect for the little girls! Shiloah, of course, wanted to swim out to the middle all by herself, Hannah preferred to stay in the shallow areas and "catch fish" in her net. Hannah did venture out both in the ocean and the tidal pool but it just took her a little while. She has all these neat little creative things she likes to do and is happy with just a little bit of water.

We had so much fun!

Here are some random pictures of last week:
Grandma Rae and Hannah reading a book together. Based on the look on Hannah's face, it was obviously an intense book.

Hannah dressed up to greet Daddy when he came home from work.

Shiloah organizing some of Daddy's papers on the bed.

Aunt Budgie came for a night to babysit and had a great time with the girls.

The girls dressed and ready for Preschool orientation.