Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Baby Tell.

A few weeks ago, we had our big anatomy scan of our baby. As far as I could see, everything looked good. We again opted not to find out the gender. When I had my OB appointment the next day, I was a little surprised to discover that they had actually seen something abnormal - a choroid plexus cyst. I knew that without other abnormalities, these cysts were probably nothing, but a quick google search (yes, sometimes doctors do them, too) told me that they are a "soft marker" for trisomy 18.
In my previous pregnancies, I have opted not to do the blood test that screens for certain birth defects since my insurance wouldn't cover them. California has a much more developed prenatal screening program, though, and my OB was really pushing me to have it done, so this time I actually went ahead and did it. I'm thankful, since at the same time I found out about the cysts, I also found out that my screening test was negative for Trisomy 18,  which was very reassuring. Even though these cysts are really common, the OB sent me to have a level 2 ultrasound with the perinatologist to make sure there were no other abnormalities. We had our first scan a few weeks ago, and everything looked good, but the baby was being stubborn and they couldn't get a good look at the heart. Since heart defects are very, very common with Trisomy 18 they needed to take a second look. This past week we had the second look and I was pleasantly surprised that they also did a 3D scan of the baby's face. I've never had one of these done before and getting such a clear picture of the baby made me much more emotional than I expected.

When I found out I was pregnant this time, I really didn't feel ready. So many days I feel at my limit with the kids and I had hoped to lose a few more pounds. Each of my prior healthy pregnancies have also been preceded by a loss, so it took me kind of a long time to believe that this little baby was going to stick around. Coupled with the fact that I felt terrible for the first trimester and had no energy to do anything, I just haven't been all that excited. Which is crazy to me seeing as how I longed to get pregnant for what felt like the longest time before we had Judah.

Seeing that sweet face, though, with that nose that looks like Judah's has made me feel so much more attached to this little one than I have been thus far. I'm also very thankful that everything looks completely normal and there are no signs that anything more serious is going on with this baby.

I'm really looking forward to meeting this little one in December.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Natural history museum, part 2.

Last month I took the kids to the last free day at the Natural History museum until fall. Although we still enjoyed the dinosaurs and stuffed mammals, there actually were a few more parts of the museum we checked out that we had missed last time, including a more hands-on area where we got to play with various bones and antlers.

The highlight for me was the butterfly exhibit. I couldn't stop taking photographs.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

An overdue post.

Here is what I've been working on lately:
Growing a new human!

Obviously I have been having some trouble blogging regularly since starting my new job, but getting pregnancy really has thrown me for a loop. Those first few weeks are just brutal with the fatigue and nausea that are compounded by, you know, actually having responsibilities like taking care of children and working. Thankfully I seem to be past all that now, and have noticed that I actually have a little energy. Today I even cleaned out the frig.

Baby should arrive sometime in early December and we are once again waiting until baby's birthday to discover the gender.

I have lots of thoughts about being pregnant again, rather easily, after all our previous problems, so maybe I can write down a few soon. We are getting more and more excited (and terrified) about adding another one to the mix.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014


These pictures are WAY overdue, but I did manage to make part of the kids' easter outfits this year. I actually love how these turned out - Naomi's skirt is very adorable and Judah really loves these shorts. The seersucker is super soft and he wants to wear these a lot. He calls them his "soft shorts".
 For Judah's shorts, I used this tutorial from the blog Made. I was able to whip these up in maybe an hour, which included some time to re-sew the side seams when I decided they were too wide.
 Naomi's skirt was also made from another tutorial from the same blog. Seersucker really is the perfect fabric for this project. I loved not having to hem each layer and just using my serger. This was a slightly more involved project, but still fairly fast.

Of course, no photo shoot would be complete without someone crying for no particular reason. I'm really not sure why Judah was so bummed out here.
 I don't think I've sewn anything since I made this stuff, but seeing these pics again is a little motivation to get the sewing machine back out.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Slow start

Trying to slowly get back into this blogging thing. Here are just a few highlights of our summer trip to SC:

Hanging out with these cuties:
Watching my little brother graduate from medical school. I am so incredibly proud of him and excited about his future.
All the Doctors Rampey (plus the one Dr. Tell)
Beach time with the cousins:

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Dry Spell

And once again I'm here, wondering how nearly a month can go by without updating the blog. We had some vacation (Yay!!), saw my younger brother graduate from medical school (double yay!!), and then came back here and had to get immediately in the swing of things (boo!). I'm not sure I've completely recovered from all that yet. Hopefully I can get some photos downloaded from the camera and do some photo posting, which seems to be about all I have the energy for these days. Even just working part time and having two kids - that is some serious business.

In other news, the resident I was supposed to work with today was in a little car wreck (he's fine) and so today I was back rounding by myself. I had almost forgotten how to dictate a discharge summary.  I had forgotten how nice it is when you have a resident around to do all the paperwork and write all the prescriptions. I wasn't quite able to make all the phone calls I needed to today, and I also think the SC hospitalist Dr. Tell would have managed to get one more discharge today, but I did the best I could.

I also seem to be having a dry spell in the dinner making department. If anyone has any easy and delicious favorites, shoot me a comment. I should probably attempt to resume some meal planning, since lately my plan has been to stare into the fridge starting about 4:30 and try to conjure something up from what I can find.  I think I need some ideas to get my excited about dinner.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Birthday Party!

I am finally getting caught up with the photos on my camera. We had a small party for Judah's birthday with a few friends from church at our favorite park. Here are some highlights:

Rock Climbing.



More rock climbing.

Playing with friends!