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Sunday, October 31, 2004


MamaT at 25 weeks pregnant Posted by Hello

Thanks Auntie Charlotte

Thanks Auntie Charlotte (MamaT's friend from work) for the bags and bags and bags of clothes!

Friday, October 29, 2004

Baby's First Gig

Nothing much to post this week...

We're heading out to the Sidetrack tonight to see The Rheostatics. Seeing as the baby can hear now, I guess it's technically her/his first gig. And here I thought Baby's First Gig would be a punk show...ah well. Can't have it all...:-P

Thursday, October 21, 2004


Over three months to go still and already I have experienced the joy of swollen feet and legs. Its pretty disgusting. I really hate it. Today is a Good Day because my rings fit.
Of course, I have been told a kajillion horror stories about it all too. Shoes not fitting, mandatory bedrest for the last 2 months of the pregnancy, feet never going back to normal, etc.
I just have to remember to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and watch my salt intake. Of course, I love salt. Love it so much that I got jealous of my hamster who had her own salt lick wheel! Yeah, yeah, I know..salt/sodium are Bad period. High blood pressure, etc. etc.

Still...I am not sure how much healthy stuff my abused body can take. I have it quite accustomed to operating on sheer garbage.

Now instead of Doritos (mmmm...Doritos), I get cucumber slices without salt! Instead of a caramilk bar (mmmm...chocolate), I get watermelon. Nothing against cukes and watermelon, but when your body is used to Doritos and chocolate, it takes some getting used to.

Thanks Grandma and Grandpa Sherman

For the corduroy booties and the use of the 'family' crib. Special thanks to Grandma Sherman for finding that missing piece of the crib so that we don't have to rig it.

Thursday, October 14, 2004

Thanks Auntie Amber and Baba!

Auntie Amber was in from Calgary this weekend. She brought some denim overalls, a black "I'm the baby your Mom warned you about" t-shirt, a polar fleece teddybear suit, and the bestest kitty pajamas. PJ's have both orange and black cats on them and the word "hissss". Thanks Auntie Amber!

I'll soon know if my mother reads this blog. If she does, I am anticipating a negative reaction to me referring to her as "Baba"
Thanks to Baba for some froggy bibs, froggy washcloths, and cute wee white baby socks with paw shaped grippies on the bottom.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Pain in the Nuchal Fold

I'm feeling a little shocked and bothered. I knew something was fishy when I was sent for a second ultrasound. I was told that you only get the one ultrasound unless there is a "problem". So when I was told not to worry about being scheduled for a second and then a third, I went ahead and worried. All I knew was that the requisition had the words "Reassess nuchal fold" on the second last ultrasound appointment. I asked the doctor "what's a nuchal fold?" and she told me that she didn't know! I am thinking now that she knows exactly what it is, but didn't want me to panic. She can justify her response to me now by saying that they didn't know the proper measurement of the nuchal fold, so I can't really call her a liar. Much to my doctors dismay, DaddyR and I regularly consult Dr. Google. Dr. Google told us that the nuchal fold is the fold of skin at the back of a fetus' neck. And that there is a correlation between the thickness of the fold and the chances of having a Down Syndrome baby. The first two ultrasounds listed the fold as "thicker than normal" but did not give an actual measurement. The third ultrasound was scheduled a week after the second one, so I didn't even get to go back to my doctor and ask "WTF?" before I was off to the Royal Alex hospital for yet another ultrasound. After the pictures were taken, DaddyR and I were told that we were going to be having a consultation with the doctor and led into a hospital interrogation room. The first doctor came in while DaddyR was out plugging the parking meter. He looked like Stephen Harper meets Charlie Brown and his face really unnerved me. He asked if I knew why I was there and whether I knew why they measure the nuchal fold. When I had positive answers to both, it seemed to catch him off guard. Thankfully DaddyR came back soon. Then this guy left to go get the other doctor, so DaddyR and I got to sit in a brightly lit interrogation room seriously worrying about what was coming next. We were told about the Downs connection, knew that 3 ultrasounds had been done, and that some other doctor needed to sit down and discuss options with us. Options? This is a baby, not a new car..I was freaked right out. Turned out to be not as bad as I thought. The other doctor was much better spoken and didn't put the fear of god into you with just the look on his freaky-assed Charlie Brown-Stephen Harper face. The good doctor explained that nuchal folds greater then 6mm are cause for worry and usually further assessment. Our baby's fold was measured once at 5.3mm and again at 5.8mm which he likened to having a 6'3" man stand in a crowd of men of average height. It may look out of the ordinary, but it still within the 'normal' realm and cannot be considered an abnormality. He explained that there are other 'markers' on ultrasounds for determining whether someone is at a higher risk, but none of these are diagnostic. Our baby shows none of the other Down's markers (thank Buddha) such as short femur length or lack of a nasal bone. The only way to know for sure would be to either give birth or have an amniocentesis done. There is another blood test, CVS, that is used for these purposes, but it has to be done earlier in pregnancy and I am past the cutoff date.
Anyway, the doctor at the hospital advised us that this "thicker than normal, but not abnormal" nuchal fold should not be a huge cause of concern for us based on my age, the lack of known history of chromosomal defects in our families, and the lack of any other markers. The chances of having a miscarriage due to the amnio test (1 in 200) is greater than our chances of having a Down Syndrome baby (can't recall the revised stat).
I'm getting more and more dumb in my old age though...The chance of having a baby with some kind of chromosomal defect increase with the womans age. 35 seems to be the magic age for making the jump to being a high-risk. Yet they say that 80-85% of Down's babies are born to women under 35.

Friday, October 08, 2004


So I went for another ultrasound this past Tuesday. Baby was very uncooperative in every way. Wouldn't stop bashing the ultrasound scanner out of the way. Wouldn't stop moving for a nanosecond so the tech could get the shots that my doctor needs. After a while, the onsite doctor at the clinic came in to try and get the pictures that are needed, but he had a hard time too. And no way did the baby want to share whether its female or male. Given the uncooperative nature of this kid so far, I am guessing that she's a girl!
This time, I got to see the baby practicing breathing (amniotic fluid, I think) in addition to the dancing, kicking, and screaming (well, opening and closing of the mouth, anyway). Oh, and there was a distinctive hiccup after a few breaths. I didn't know that a fetus practices breathing in the womb so that the lungs are ready for the cold, harsh real world. There's a lot that I don't know. :-)
Anyway, I have to go again on Oct 12 for yet another ultrasound. This one is scheduled for the morning instead of the afternoon, so the baby might not be as active then. Its also being done at the hospital where they have better equipment than the clinic that I have been going to...

I almost wouldn't mind if they kept sending me back monthly for these ultrasounds as its pretty kewl to watch the wee alien jig around inside of me.

Friday, October 01, 2004

BabyDM's other big brother Scooter Posted by Hello

BabyDM's big brother Sparty Posted by Hello

MamaT heading to 18 week ultrasound Posted by Hello

DaddyR going to the 18 week ultrasound w/ MamaT Posted by Hello

MamaT at 20 weeks pregnant Posted by Hello

DaddyR @ 20 weeks pregnant Posted by Hello