Coming Soon…

a new addition!

a new addition!

So, I’ve been away from the blog forever.  I’ve honestly been meaning to write this post for at least two months. But, life has been a little crazy and wonderfully exciting lately because Jeff and I are expecting a baby! I’m due in August and the two of us can’t wait to have this sweet little person join our family. We have planned and thought and hoped for this baby for a while, so to learn I was pregnant in December was the very best Christmas present. The weeks that followed were filled with holidays, doctor visits, first ultrasound, lots of evenings at home, and trying to wrap our brains around this new journey.

I’m now 18 weeks and starting to look and feel pregnant.  The first trimester was filled with lots of excitement and firsts, but also considerable fatigue and daily “morning sickness” (which was often worst in the evening). I’ve logged far more hours curled up on our futon with our cats than I care to admit :) Thankfully, I’m now starting to feel more energetic and most of the queasiness is gone. It’s been fun to start picking out baby gear like car seats and cribs and plan for the arrival of our little peanut.

I know that my profession will influence the parent I am becoming and parenting will change what I bring to my professional life. I can’t wait to see what playfulness is in store.

Family to Family

We see a lot of respiratory patients at my hospital.  Many of them are babies and toddlers that rely on a tracheostomy and/or ventilator to breathe.  Learning to provide routine care is a huge undertaking for families and requires significant time working with respiratory therapists and nursing staff.  Families are under significant stress after multiple medical procedures, long hospital stays, and many nights at bedside. I recently came across a wonderful blog called Trach Ties that documents a family’s journey bringing their daughter home and finding a new normal. It is full of lots of tips for families- everything from easier clothing, to organizing supplies, to planning for travel. I wanted to share this blog because it is an awesome example of families sharing knowledge and support over the the internet. Even children with rare diagnoses can find and communicate with one another through cyberspace.  Blogging makes the world a smaller place.  I learned a lot from this blog that I will bring back to the hospital, and I wanted to share it with fellow child lifers.