Wednesday, December 26th, 2007
Three Pregnancy Updates: More Bumps in the Road
We have a baby due in March. To recap our saga thus far:
- Baby brewed in a home conception kit.
- Mom catches Fifth Disease.
- Ultrasound rules out ectopic pregnancy related to an earlier medical problem.
- No ill effects seen from Fifth Disease in ultrasound.
- Another ultrasound reveals baby has dangly boy parts
Update #1, 23rd week
In the second week of November our 3-year-old daughter was running to hug my wife, but performed some sort of running knee-jab to her belly. She experienced pain and contractions that persisted all day, resulting in an evening at the hospital. There was external bruising, but no harm was seen in an ultrasound.
Update #2, 24th week
In the last week of November, we spent another evening at the hospital after my wife lost her mucus plug. She has had a tough pregnancy with back pain, tightening of the belly and contractions when she’s tired or stressed. This was the final straw, with a doctor’s order to stop working part-time and take it easy.
So, she has been home and taking some anti-contraction medication and not doing a whole lot because she easily gets wiped out. This is a sort of double financial whammy for us because she’s off work, and I work at home, and as the pregnancy progresses more of my time is devoted to family and home issues. If we only lived in Norway…
Update #3, 27th week:
The week before Christmas my wife acquired a phlegm-filled cough that we thought was a chest cold. I had some lingering doubts that she might be catching pneumonia, so last night we stopped by the hospital to have her lungs listened to.
Did I mention she occasional has asthma attacks and was taking puffs of her medication all day yesterday? So at the hospital she was diagnosed as having asthma symptoms (inflamed lungs, etc.), with 88 percent oxygen saturation. That refers to how much oxygen is in her blood. Normal saturation is 98 percent or higher. They put her on a heavy-duty inhalant fed continuously through a mask to get her back to normal.
Dare I say it? I worry what effect everything to date may have on the baby. But with the latest ordeal, you kind of need to bite the bullet because, you know, a woman’s got to breathe. It’s 1:40 a.m. and we’re back home…
In other news, if you’re finished with the holiday rush, stop by my ill-conceived discussion launched on Christmas Eve about taking toddlers to movie theaters, and e-mail me about the best gifts you gave your children because the As Not Seen on Thingamababy Thinga-reader Gift List will be published tomorrow.