Our micro-preemie son's journey

Baby G Version 2.0

On May 9th we found out that our family would be growing once again when the second line came up on the pregnancy test. I’ll be honest. I cried. Then I called Nate and told him over the phone. He said, “THIS is how you choose to tell me? Over the phone?!” I cried some more and said that I just had to tell him right then.

You see, it took two IUI’s (fertility treatments) and a high out of pocket cost to get pregnant with Cayden. To say we were shocked that this baby came the natural route, well, it’s an understatement.

My health hasn’t been good for a while. I have a history of papillary thyroid cancer and my tumor markers have been positive again for the past six months, which we have been watching closely. As much as I hate to admit it, I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been. My sugars aren’t good and my allergies are practically out of control at times. I have gastritis and esinophilic esophogitis, as well as, ulcers in my esophagus and GERD. I was told by both my OB and my Endocrinologist six months ago NOT to get pregnant with my health. And, no, we weren’t trying. What we have been doing for the past three years has been working, or so we thought.

Now you know why I cried. I was and am scared to death of the unknown. We just had no idea that Cayden was as sick as he was until it was almost too late. Even though we wouldn’t change our beautiful miracle son, we don’t want a repeat NICU situation.

I saw the Nurse Practitioner on the 30th and after a tearful visit with lots of information and plans, we got to see a beautiful little baby with a strong heartbeat of 150bpm. What a relief!

Here is the plan from the first visit: Stay on Metformin 1500mg XR, keep my Synthroid and monitor about every 4-6 weeks along with my tumor marker levels, prescription prenatals, start taking coated baby aspirin, start progesterone, continue Vitamin D and Zyrtec, talk to my GI and my endocrinologist. Come back in two weeks. Cut carbs and sugars. After Cayden was born, I had a ridiculous amount of blood work. My Factor VIII was elevated and so was my beta 2 glycoprotien 1gA. Those are clotting disorders and can cause the IUGR that Cayden had. Because we couldn’t retest them and the numbers are high/worrisome, that is why we are starting the aspirin.

It’s been two weeks since my appointment and things have drastically changed since then. I am now taking Carafate, Nexium, stopped the baby aspirin, and am now taking Lovenox injections instead, and after today’s appointment, probably start an additional blood sugar medicine. I’ll be taking a nutrition class next week.

Today’s appointment was great. Baby is growing beautifully and the heart rate was 167bpm. I’ll go back in four weeks and do my NT scan and blood work. We’ll probably start a consult with a high risk OB soon after that appointment, as they want me monitored closely in hopes that we don’t miss anything.

We know every pregnancy is different, but we want people to understand that this is an incredibly scary journey for us. We are thrilled to have another baby, but are terrified that we might be back in a traumatic situation. We are going to take it week by week and hope like crazy to make it past the time when we think my placenta stopped working with Cayden (24/25 weeks) and then aim for term. We are being hopeful, but realistic. My health sucks and it’s going to add to the stress of an already risky pregnancy.

When you think about it, we would greatly appreciate the prayers for this baby and for Cayden. He has always been the center of our world and this will rock him to the core when he realizes exactly what is happening. We talk to him about it all the time.

Meet Baby G, Version 2.0: estimated arrival January 17, 2013!


1 Melissa { 06.13.12 at 11:16 pm }

This is great.

I was restricted with my 2nd pregnancy since they did not know what caused the 1st to be preterm. My 2nd child came 1 day after her due date.

I will be saying prayers for you, Nate, Cayden and Baby G.

2 Sandi Marr { 06.14.12 at 9:46 am }

Congratulations! This baby is meant to be, and the first thing this little one is doing is helping you get your health back under control, so she/he is already doing a great job. Keep up the good work, watch those numbers and enjoy your pregnancy. I do understand why you are scared, and your have a right to be. But just try to relax a bit and just keep track of everything you can and lots of prayers and positive thoughts will be with you all.

3 kari { 06.14.12 at 2:18 pm }

tami if you need the name of a good high risk ob dr i can give you the name of mine and he delivers there at texas womans congrats on another baby we will keep yall in our prayers we love yall

4 Carol Watts { 06.14.12 at 8:47 pm }

Congratulations to you and Nate, and Cayden, too! Our family was worried about how our little 2 yr. old granddaughter would react when her twin sisters arrived-but I am happy to say she adjusted very easily and I bet Cayden will too. Continued prayers for Cayden’s progress ( which has been amazing) and prayers for the health of you and your baby. Prayers always for Nate’s safety at work.

5 Peggy Wilson { 06.15.12 at 9:16 pm }

Tami and Nate,
Congrats on the great news. Please know God doesnt give us more than we can handle. Maybe this is his way to get your health back under control. Try to relax as much as possible and do every little thing the doctors tell you. Cayden will be shocked but very happy when he does realize what is going on. He has come so far and reaches so many obstacles on a daily basis. Yall are the best of the best parents. Please call,email or text us if you need ANYTHING. We love you all. Will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

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