Stories & Such

From a mother of three to you.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Baby Russell Ultrasound #5

Some good news came with this ultrasound. First, the baby is looking healthy and growing well. The SCH has shrunk from 6x1 to 4.5x2. The next ultrasound will be on January 4th.

Also, although the ultrasound tech would not say conclusively, she was fairly sure that we are having a baby girl. Start thinking pink.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Baby Russell Ultrasound #4

I just returned from the latest ultrasound. The baby is doing fine, growing well, moving around, etc. The SCH (subchorionic hematoma) is measuring 6 x 1.5 x 6. Here is the latest picture:

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Baby Russell Ultrasound #3

At my last OB appointment, on December 5th, the baby had a strong heartbeat and everything seemed to be progressing normally. They decided to schedule me for weekly ultrasounds to monitor the baby and the hematoma. I went back for an ultrasound on the 6th. The hematoma had decreased slightly from 3.5 x 7 to 3.5 x 5.5. This is good news. If the hematoma heals completely we're in the clear. Cross your fingers!

Here are the pictures from this week's ultrasound.

Baby Russell Ultrasound #2

The Monday after Thanksgiving I went to see my OB and had another ultrasound. She said that it's difficult to predict the outcome of these situations. My hematoma is rather large, but there are a great deal of women with large hematomas who heal up and go on to deliver full term, and others with very small ones who have complications or negative outcomes. They gave us a 25% chance of miscarriage.

Here are pictures from the second ultrasound. The hematoma had not changed.

Baby Russell Ultrasound #1

On October the 8th Paul and I found out that we were expecting. This being baby number 3, life was moving by pretty quickly and we'd barely had time to get used to the idea when things started to get complicated.

In honour of Paul's upcoming Masters graduation from Harvard, and our upcoming 5th wedding anniversary, I planned a trip to Bermuda. We took off as planned on November 18th, and when the normally 2 hour flight turned into 8 hours it was only the first of many events over the next few days that made us wish we were back home with the kids. When we did finally make it to the airport on Wednesday the 22rd we were exhausted and so ready to be home it was all we could think of. However, we had just barely made it through check-in, security, and customs when I started to have some bleeding.

We were taken to the King Edwards hospital in Bermuda, where an ultrasound found that the baby was doing fine, but that I had experienced a subchorionic hematoma. This is not an uncommon occurrence in pregnancy, and the outcome, I was later to learn, is very difficult to predict. Mine measured 3.5 x 7 cm. Here is a picture of the ultrasound from Bermuda.