Archive for April 9th, 2011

Apr 09 2011

Big News; Bad News; Baby News

This blog will be resuming, probably this week. There’s a lot to write about, most of it scary and not-good, unfortunately. But the good news first:

We have a new daughter! She was born by c-section at 36 weeks, so about a month early (counting months in 4-week intervals). She had no major negative side-effects from the early arrival, and is just about perfect in every way that we need both now and in the weeks and months coming up. There is one superpower evident already, as even people who don’t like babies think she’s sweet and adorable. She is the best-tempered baby I have ever seen (and I’m not just saying that because I birthed her), so far only crying when there is an obvious reason to be upset (dirty diaper, hungry belly, cold). She was born on 3/30/11 and passed her first week of weight loss and back into the gaining zone while still in the hospital, weighing more now than she did at birth (which was 5 lbs 14 ounces). She came out a full-length baby at 19 1/4 inches long, so it’s quite likely she’ll take after my husband’s lean and long side of the family. We’ve been having fun looking at my own baby pictures as there is a strong resemblance between how I looked like then and how she looks now.

We did not stay in the hospital for nearly two weeks because of the pregnancy and childbirth, however. (Bad News Alert) I have cancer again. The breast cancer has metastasized (yes, even though there were no signs of metastasis last year) and is in much more scary parts of the body now. This is also the source of the extreme and excruciating pain that sent me into the hospital two weeks ago. At least we know why the other treatments weren’t working to take away the pain, and we have a plan of action to start working on this new phase.

So stay tuned to this website and blog for more posts detailing what we’ve learned in the last couple of weeks, as well as more details about all parts of the new cancer experience and of course, baby news!

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