ramona & her mother, part six

(this is essentially ramona’s birth story, but because her birth was so crazy, there’s a lot going into it. this is part six of ten, & all are tagged “birth story,” in order to help you the reader navigate from one part of the story to the next.) they wheeled me into the OR &Continue reading “ramona & her mother, part six”

ramona & her mother, part five

(this is essentially ramona’s birth story, but because her birth was so crazy, there’s a lot going into it. this is part five of ten, & all are tagged “birth story,” in order to help you the reader navigate from one part of the story to the next.) jared came in for dinner on thursday.Continue reading “ramona & her mother, part five”

ramona & her mother, part four

(this is essentially ramona’s birth story, but because her birth was so crazy, there’s a lot going into it. this is part four of ten, & all are tagged “birth story,” in order to help you the reader navigate from one part of the story to the next.) i woke up feeling reasonably refreshed (whichContinue reading “ramona & her mother, part four”

ramona & her mother, part three

(this is essentially ramona’s birth story, but because her birth was so crazy, there’s a lot going into it. this is part three of ten, & all are tagged “birth story,” in order to help you the reader navigate from one part of the story to the next.) when i got to overland park, theyContinue reading “ramona & her mother, part three”

ramona & her mother, part two

(this is essentially ramona’s birth story, but because her birth was so crazy, there’s a lot going into it. this is part two of ten, & all are tagged “birth story,” in order to help you the reader navigate from one part of the story to the next.) the nurse practitioner went ahead & orderedContinue reading “ramona & her mother, part two”

ramona & her mother, part one

(this is essentially ramona’s birth story, but because her birth was so crazy, there’s a lot going into it. this is part one of ten, & all are tagged “birth story,” in order to help you the reader navigate from one part of the story to the next.) full disclosure: i am mainly writing thisContinue reading “ramona & her mother, part one”

BABYwatch terror alert: meet ramona!

ramona astrid xyerra-taber was born last night at 11:37pm va emergency cesarean after a trial of labor foiled by severe pre-eclampsia. she is 17.75 inches long & weighs four pounds, eleven ounces. she was pink & angry & hollering. she is now in the NICU at overland park medical center getting CPAP therapy & intravenousContinue reading “BABYwatch terror alert: meet ramona!”

what to expect when you’re not really expecting severe pre-eclampsia

today has been the first really boring day in the hospital. monday was a whirlwind of meeting doctors, social workers, financial consultants, etc. they had me on magnesium & a catheter for the entire day so i wasn’t allowed to get up. i was hooked up to a fetal monitor 24 hours a day, havingContinue reading “what to expect when you’re not really expecting severe pre-eclampsia”

how i wound up in the perinatal ICU

as a pregnant lady you know you are in for a tough time when your obstetrician calls you at home, on a sunday, when she is not the doctor on-call that weekend, & asks how you’re feeling. i mean, there’s compassionate medical care, & then there’s a clear emergency situation. the last time i updated,Continue reading “how i wound up in the perinatal ICU”

bumpwatch terror alert: week 32

i can’t believe i am already 32 weeks pregnant. only seven weeks to go, tops, if my doctor has her way & induces me by 39 weeks (due to the whole gestational hypertension/pre-eclampsia issue). i am now twice as pregnant as i was when i started taking these weekly photos. let’s take a trip backContinue reading “bumpwatch terror alert: week 32”