Wednesday, June 27, 2007

James Gordon Henry Thomas

Nico and James
Originally uploaded by Chiubacca
Nico has developed a renewed interest in Thomas the Tank Engine. For the longest time, he favored Thomas, followed by Percy.

This time, he loves James, a red engine. We took Nico to a "Day Out with Thomas" event where Nico got a tattoo of James on his right cheek.

Nico loves James so much he has already told his friends his baby brother will be named "James Gordon Henry Thomas" (four Thomas & Friends tank engines).

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

New blog again?

I was having trouble with my other blogspot blogs (my template tab disappeared!), so I decided to start a new blog and see what happens.

Besides posting more frequently here, I'll also be moving over some posts from other blogs and publishing draft posts I never quite got around to finishing up.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Placental separation?

We had an active weekend running around to Nico's teeball game, his parent-tot swimming lesson and other activities. Also, Vic and I worked on organizing and cleaning up the third floor in 90 degree heat. I guess with all the activity, I might have overdone it a litle bit. Over the weekend, I had some bleeding that I didn't think much of at the time. Since it was fairly light, I wasn't too alarmed.

In any case, I called the doctor on Monday morning to tell him about the bleeding and was told to come in to see the doctor on call (my own OB-GYN was out of the office). She examined me and I had to undergo a bunch of tests, including an ultrasound at University Hospitals.

It was reassuring to hear the baby's heartbeat and see, via the ultrasound, that he is doing OK and being active. But then the maternal/fetal medicine specialist pointed out an area of internal bleeding. Apparently, there is a slight placental abruption. While the worst case scenario would be devastating, the probability of that happening is pretty low. I hadn't researched the topic and was not taking the situation very seriously until I spoke to a co-worker who had had the same condition during one of her pregnancies and lost a baby because of it. In my co-worker's situation, she didn't know the placenta had separated until it was too late. She delivered a tiny, stillborn daughter.

Anyhow, I've been told to take it easy and stay off my feet as much as possible. The doctor said I could work from home a few days a week, but that if I do work in the office, I shouldn't walk home from campus anymore, etc.