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+ 0 - 0 | § I don't know how Kari does it

Stay sane, that is. At least I can leave every once in while, and leave to take care of errands, feed the cats, etc. Kari's been stuck here for a month and a half, which would be bad enough on its own, but she has to do it while really pregnant to boot. Yet, she's been calm, and pleasant to be around. I'm really proud of how well she's been handling the whole ordeal.

+ 0 - 0 | § Another chat, but we still don't know anything.

This morning marked another chat with Dr. Botti.  Unfortunately, there isn't much more that they can tell us, it seems.  They are going to do the ultrsound on Monday, and if the swelling is still there, then he'll consult with the cardiologist to form a plan.  If they decide that the baby is better of outside, then they'll induce labor.  If not, we'll be here longer.  As for the problem itself, we did find out that it wasn't entirely unexpected.  I got the impression that looking for issues like this one is exactly why I'm here at the hospital and getting close attention in the way of NSTs and ultrsound scans.

In other news, it looks like I might finish the latch hook kit today.  Any suggestions for what to do next?

+ 0 - 0 | § Some more details

We talked with Dr. Botti this afternoon, and asked him some questions about things that we were worried about. Apparently the thick skin that they observed can be a sign of heart problems. As people with heart failure can get swelling, so can babies in the womb. They are going to keep a close eye on this, and we'll take it from there. If they do decide that it's time for the baby to be born, they will try and induce labor. From here, there are several possibilities, first, she could go into labor, and the baby reacts well to active labor. If that happens, they will just deliver the baby normally. The second is that Kari goes into labor, and the baby does not like labor. Then, they will do a Ceasarian. Third, Kari could not go into labor, then they will do a C-section. The Doc says that the third is not likely, as Kari's been more or less about to go into labor for a while now. Keep in mind though, that these three options only come into play if things get worse. Right now, things are going well enough to just keep a close eye on things.

In Kari's NST today, it looked like her contractions are getting a little bit closer together and more organized than they have been. This isn't anything to worry about, but it does signal to me that the end is in sight. To throw another cliche out there, we see the light at the end of the tunnel, let's just hope that it's not a train. Tomorrow is 35 weeks. It really doesn't feel like we've been in the hospital for 5 weeks. Suprisingly it's gone faster than that. On the other hand, it feels like I've been out of work for a looooong time. I've been trying to keep up with things via the 'net while I'm here, but unfortunately the combination of the stress, hospital, and hectic scheduling with nurses, doctors, etc. has made me much less productive than I would like to be. I'd like to thank Dion and Eric at work for being so understanding of things.

+ 0 - 0 | § Avoidance techniques

Natasha - To respond to your comment, me and my tummy are avoiding cameras these days.  I don't think my middle would fit in the lens too well!  Oh, and they said that they'd do the next ultrasound on Monday.

To Lori - I've now finished about 60 of the 74 rows in the latch hook rug.  To Lori's family - Thanks for your good wishes!

+ 0 - 0 | § Interpretation of the last ultrasound

We talked with Dr. Botti this afternoon, and he gave us his interpretation of the last ultrasound. He said that basically everything is as it has been so far. The stomach is still hard to see, and the heart problems are still there, but he's right about the appropriate weight. The only new thing is that some areas of his skin are thicker than they should be. He said that this could be a symptom of the baby's heart not functioning correctly. So, they are going to try and do some more ultrasounds, one up in our wing of the hospital, and another downstairs in radiology after that. If the thick skin problem gets worse, they are going to say that it's time to have a baby. I'm not sure if that would mean discontinuing the medication, inducing, or doing a C-section. I guess we'll find out more tomorrow or the next day, or at least on monday, at the next ultrasound.

+ 0 - 0 | § A surprise ultrasound...sorry Dan!

Today was another Dan-mows-our-lawn day, so he left after breakfast to do that.  The docs said earlier this week that they were planning to do an ultrasound on Thursday, so we figured that today was a good day for him to leave.  However, in the middle of my NST, they came around with the wheelchair and said that the ultrasound room was ready for me now...so much for planning.

Anyway, the technician didn't say much about the scan as usual.  The baby is about 5 lbs. 6 oz. now (+/- 13 oz) which is apparently in the 47th percentile (almost average) for size.  The rest of him looks the same as it has, except his tummy isn't so small compared to the rest of him now.  They also said that his skin looks thick in some places.  I'm not sure exactly what that means, or even if that is something to be concerned about, so we'll have to ask the docs the next time they wake me from a sound sleep.  They are also working on scheduling another ultrasound of his heart next week, with the cardiologist.  They might be able to tell us a little more about the condition of his heart at that point, but I'm pretty sure that most of the details are going to have to wait until he is born.  Until then, it's back to my Alaskan-sized latch hook!

+ 0 - 0 | § He calls it nesting...

...I call it cleaning up after my husband.  When you're stuck in the same room for a very long time, it would be nice if you could at least see some of the flat surfaces in the room.  The nurses actually laugh at us and wonder how Dan is going to get all of this stuff out of here when we get to leave.

+ 0 - 0 | § Kari's funny

They say that pregnant women go through a phase late in the term where they go through "nesting" behavior, where they want to clean up the house, and set up the baby's room, and such. They think that this is a hormonal thing, in addition to a psychological thing. The thing is the Kari is in the hospital room, so she goes around the room, arranging things, and putting things away. I think that it's terribly funny.

+ 0 - 0 | § She's still here and pregnant, Ha ha!

Kari is a latch hook fiend. A coworker of hers gave her a relatively large latch hook project, that's approximately the size of Alaska, and she has finished a portion about the size of New York so far. If you combine the olympics, and the latch hook, it's almost enough to keep her occupied. I've been keeping busy working on a paper for a conference, and fixing the problems with the web site.

They say that statistically, Kari is likely to pop any day now, or as the doctor put it, she's more likely to go before 36 weeks than 38 weeks. Seeing as how she's at 34 1/2 weeks so far, that means that the clock is ticking. It seems like the whole time we've been here, which has been a rather long time, we keep thinking that she's going to go any minute now, but I think that with the way things look, she'll actually deliver late, just because. I know that that would be the best thing for the baby, but I don't know if I'll stay sane staying here for another month. I'll have to bring in a desk, and a refrigerator, maybe a recliner. When we leave, we'll have to get movers to help bring all of our stuff out.

+ 0 - 0 | § Sorry for the downtime

I'm not sure how many of you got wierd server messages between last night and about 5 minutes ago, but it seems that everything is back up and working with the server. I'm not sure if I fixed the problem, or if tech support did, because we were both trying to fix the problem at the same time. I prefer to think it was me.  :)  That's my story and I'm sticking to it. After all, I did spend about 3 hours today googling the problem. Damn meaningless server error messages.

+ 0 - 0 | § The first post on the new server

This is mainly a test to see if everything transferred over correctly. If you can see and read this, then everything went successfully. :)

+ 0 - 0 | § No baby news, but some future blog changes

I talked Kari into letting me get a domain name the other day, and I will be transfering the blog there. The address is http://www.thenortonzoo.com, and the blog will be at http://blog.thenortonzoo.com or http://www.thenortonzoo.com/blog. When you go there right now, you won't see anything, because I haven't set it up yet. At some point in time, I will be transferring the blog over there, and there might be some hiccups until I get things squared away. I'm going to give everyone fair warning that there might be some comments lost in the process, because I might copy things over there, and before I get it set up over there, you might post to the dion1.che.udel.edu/blog address.