Saturday, November 24, 2007

Thanksgiving 2007

Given the hospital visits and the utter and total chaos of the days leading up to the Thanksgiving feast, I thought it fitting to decorate our place setting accordingly

We didn't actually get into the bottle of Jack in the background, as Sarah was admitted to the hospital Thanksgiving morning, (where she stayed until she begged to be released this morning) and also we figured we better be on our very best behavior because we got to take Isaac home Thanksgiving night.

Sarah's blood pressure is still hovering around 140s/90s but nothing has dramatically changed since Thursday. So after two full days in the hospital, she's headed back home today where she'll remain on strict bedrest until something else happens.

The chaos!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

It's like deja vu, all over again

It's happening again.

Can't anyone in our family have a normal pregnancy?

When I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia in my 28th week of pregnancy, we thought we learned a lot. In those eight weeks until Cameron was born, we did the tests and went through the motions and put my feet up until the swelling went down. Cam was premature, although not by that much. He spent 10 days in the nicu.

Fast forward three years to Blakley's pregnancy. In her 30th week, she completely bypassed pre-eclampsia and eclampsia and, in an incredible show of one-upsmanship, went straight to HELLP syndrome. The doctor on call that night could probably count on one hand the number of cases of HELLP he'd seen in all his years practicing medicine. Blakely was sick. Aaron was very sick... life-flighted to Portland and spent more than three months in the nicu.

And now it's happening again. Already troubled with type 2 and now gestational diabetes, Sarah is exhibiting signs of eclampsia... at 35 weeks and 1 day. She gained 10 pounds last week. She wears Carey's shoes to work. When I heard she had the pitting edema, I called her today to ask her just exactly when she was going to take herself down to Labor and Delivery. She was at work, but had a 3 pm doctor's appointment. I told her to prepare herself for the fact that she wouldn't be at work tomorrow. I don't think she believed me. After four hours at the hospital and a battery of tests later, she's now on bedrest at home. They almost admitted and delivered her tonight, but are going to revaluate in an appoitment on Friday.

The thing that's scary to us is that the same doctor who botched Blakely's case was on call tonight and sent Sarah home. Our advice: to regroup and get a second opinion at L & D tomorrow.

Prayers are welcome. We'll keep you posted.

Monday, November 12, 2007

You're about to get a Lesson in Girl Power

Or, as Cameron likes to say:
Girl Power, Schmirl Power.
(Yes, we've seen Air Buddies one too many times around here.)

But here's what I did this weekend, by my very own darn self:

Bonus room before... and after. Cameron's stuff was bursting at the seams over on one side of the room, so we expanded into the other, relatively unused dormer side of the bonus room as well. I picked up the cubicles for pretty cheap at Target and even put them together by myself, with all of the finished fronts facing the outside (I've made the mistake of putting furniture like this together backwards and forwards before) AND proving that cheap, MDF furniture CAN be put together in this household without the use of explitives.

I kept asking Jeromy over and over for some sort of medal, but he didn't find that very funny.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Hey! This stuff happened LAST NIGHT

Dinner, and the theatre.

Cameron and three friends: Lindsey, Connor and Ryan.

Ryan went home with his daddy, Connor almost made it to intermission and Lindsey and Cameron both had to leave at intermission.

But they did pretty well, for a live showing of Beauty and the Beast.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Halloween, 2007

In what is becoming a pattern, here's our "update"... just a few days late!

This is the only picture I got of Cameron in his costume. As usual, he's surrounded by girls (this time, 80s Ladies) and not paying much attention to the camera. Too excited for trick-or-treating.