Jamie just finished talking to the genetic co...

December 30, 2002 by Adam in Emma

Jamie just finished talking to the genetic councilor. She confirmed that everything is fine, and that it really was a girl. I guess when you're looking the the chromosomes, it's pretty obvious.

As a bonus, we've asked for a copy of the karyotype which should be arriving in a few weeks. For those of you who aren't big biology people like Jamie and myself, a karyotype is a picture of someone's chromosomes all nicely layed out. It should make a nice addition to the baby album.

Well, we're all breathing a sigh of relief

December 28, 2002 by Adam in Emma

Well, we're all breathing a sigh of relief. A couple of weeks ago, we were notified that Jamie's bloodwork didn't look quite right. So, we went in to see a genetic councilor, thinking this was just an ordinary thing. Evidently, Jamie's hormone levels were indicative of a one in eleven chance of the baby having Down's syndrome. That day, we opted for an amniocentesis, and had it done later that day. It was far from pleasant, though Jamie was a real trooper.

For the next couple weeks, we've been waiting and worrying. I've been sleeping poorly, getting little sleep and being cranky. People have been asking how everything was doing, and I've been trying hard not to answer. There were a few uncomfortable situations, but I think we mostly made it through.

This Friday, we heard that there was good news, though it was only through a phone message, so we don't know the details. Since it's an either/or kind of thing, it looks like things are normal. We've also known for awhile that the baby was a girl, though we haven't really wanted to tell anyone until now. It's not a for sure thing, though the ultrasound we had a couple weeks ago suggested it strongly.

So, hopefully the next five months won't be nearly as exciting. Jamie's feeling better these days, though still tired. I'm just happy to be able to sleep nights again.

We went to the OB this morning

December 05, 2002 by Adam in Emma

We went to the OB this morning. All seems fine. We got to hear the baby's heartbeat and it was chugging away like it's supposed to. Jamie's still pretty tired these days, and the nausea still hasn't let up. Our physician recommended B6 and positive thinking.

Jamie seems to have finally overcome the morn...

November 08, 2002 by Adam in Emma

Jamie seems to have finally overcome the morning sickness phase. We're still crossing our fingers, as it has only been a couple days without nausea. She's showing just a bit, with a cute little bump around her tummy area.

Well, "Peanut" is wearing out her mommy

October 24, 2002 by Jamie in Emma

Well, "Peanut" is wearing out her mommy. I fortunately have a son and husband who are very good and healthy right now, and who enjoy playing computer games together for indecent amounts of time.

Well, we've decided to tell everyone

October 17, 2002 by Adam in Emma

Well, we've decided to tell everyone. Jamie's pregnant. Her morning sickness was getting harder to conceal, and she was running out of excuses as to why she was so tired and didn't feel well. So, we decided it was easier to simply make the announcement.

We went in for an ultrasound last week, just to make sure everything was looking okay. So far, so good. We even got to see the tiny heart beating away. Of course, there's no possible way to tell the gender, so we're still calling it "peanut" for the moment.

Jamie has morning sickness pretty bad this time, with non-stop nausea for the last few weeks. I think it has taken its toll, so everyone please be extra nice to her.

Although it's been awhile, I'm going to try t...

May 29, 2002 by Adam in Emma

Although it's been awhile, I'm going to try to post a little something here from time to time. Like most big life-changes, some things take awhile to get used to. We still talk about the idea of a new baby. I think Jamie's slowly getting ready again, after a hard winter when nothing seemed to go right.

We made tie-dye shirts over the weekend. Everyone got one, and we took a couple of Sam's old onesies for the new baby. I did one, with blue and yellow stripes, and Jamie did another, with red and yellow spots. Great fun.

Sad news

January 16, 2002 by Adam in Emma

Sad news. We went to the doctor's office today for the appointment to hear the heartbeat. Unfortunately, there was none, and an ultrasound confirmed it. There's a small chance that things just aren't as far along as we thought, so Jamie has a follow-up ultrasound next week. Still, it's likely that this pregnancy is over.

We're still a bit in shock. Last time, we waited quite a ways before telling anyone. I think we weren't expecting problems this time around, so we're having to communicate both the good and the bad news. We still haven't sat down with Sam yet.

I think Jamie would like a little bit of space for awhile. Neither of us have really had time to think about things. I'll keep posting to the best of my ability.

The new baby keeps growing every day

January 11, 2002 by Adam in Emma

The new baby keeps growing every day. Jamie's got a noticeable bump, so she's wearing maternity clothes most of the time. I think the nausea is finally tapering off, though she's still tired from time to time. I'm excited for next week, as we have an appointment to hear the heartbeat.

We're also working on having Sam become as independent as we can. Dressing, potty training, and being generally helpful are high on our list. We also do playacting with Sam's doll Emma. Of course, he did try to run over one of his little babies with the monster truck. I had to tickle him a lot for that one.

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