Nathan's Milestones

Nathan Patrick Y.

August 31 2006 – Positive Home Pregnancy Test (HPT) @ 4pm – Started Progesterone

September 1 – Positive HPT @ 8am
                      Positive Beta – hCG count @ 61

September 3 – Positive HPT @ 12pm

September 4 – ER – Beta @ 136 … Ultrasound, too early to see anything

September 5 – Positive HPT @ 4pm

September 7 – Positive HPT @ 8am

September 8 – Beta @ 520

September 14 – Ultrasound – Saw SAC & Yolk sac w/ Baby attached – possible cardiac activity

September 21 – Ultrasound – SAW THE HEARTBEAT!!  Heart rate @ 114

October ….. started feeling some pops here and there through the month.  Movement – yippy!

October 8 – really sick & some spotting – put on anti-nausea meds by Dr. B over the phone

October 10 – 9 week Ultrasound – Due date of May 13/14 …. Heart rate @ 184

October 23 – 1st Appt w/ RN – BP 157/93 – quick ultrasound to make sure baby is Ok

October 27 – PHN stopped by – BP was 150’s/90’s ….
                      ER late that night – shaking uncontrollably – low grade temp – BP was 150s/80s

November 1 – 12 weeks pregnant!!  Off Progesterone!

November 28 – Ultrasound & Amnio -  Heart rate @ 153 – Fibroid Tumor mentioned, Baby 
measuring 1 to 2 weeks behind what should be

November – I definitely started to feel light movement this month

December 8 – DR APPT – WE HEARD THE HEARTBEAT!!  Heart rate @ 160 – gained 4 lbs

December 11 – IT’S A HEALTHY BABY BOY!!!  (genetically he’s perfect!)

December 26 – Ultrasound – heart rate @ 153 – estimated weight 7oz – Measuring about 3
weeks behind (due date based on size was June 7)

December 29 –  Got a call with the Ultrasound results – Cyst on baby’s brain (told not to worry
about it),  Mom’s tumor is “rather large”, Baby has 2-vessel cord, and IUGR
December 31 – Braxton Hicks & some Contractions

January 6, 2007 – ER -  headache for several days, dizzy, faint, weak – BP when got there was
174/91, BP when got back into the room was 168/98 and after laying down for a
bit and getting some pain meds – 141/81.   No protein in the urine & blood levels
looked good.   Putting myself on Bedrest… 

January 10, 2007 – Marshfield, DR. M – Had a level 2 ultrasound and then saw DR. Meier, went
through the issues (Cyst, 2-Vessel Cord, & IUGR)… as long as everything continues well and he doesn’t come off his own little growth curve, we should make it through the pregnancy most the way. 

January 12, 2007 – Dr. B – Heartrate in 160’s … measuring 18 weeks (huh?) …  BP was better
Then it has been the whole pregnancy.  Cyst is called a “Dandy Walker Variant”   Ordered to do a 24 hr Urine..

January 15, 2007 – L&D – Constant contractions that wouldn’t go away, finally went away after
some time in L&D

January 26, 2007 – Dr. B – BP 153/84 … gained 0.8 lb…Trace of Protein (24 hr came back okay)
..  heart rate 150… belly measuring 25cm…

February 6, 2007 – Dr. M – Same ol’ … Ultrasound and then appt where we talked all about the
baby and … of the Dandy Walker, 2-Vessel, IUGR …  Baby is measuring 1lb 3oz and should be around 2lbs.   Dr. M says “our goal is 33 weeks”

February 17, 2007 – Dr. B – BP 143/72 (Bedrest does one good)…  I lost 2lbs… My belly
measured 28… cervix was closed … Baby’s heartrate was 150’s … urine was
trace + 1 for protein … Pre-Eclampsia panel, 24 hr urine ordered and the Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) was done… Dr. B OFFICALLY put me on bedrest, he thought it was great that I had put myself on bedrest and it had helped slow what seems inevitable down… but he wanted to OFFICALLY put me on it now..

February 21, 2007 – Found out I failed the GTT Test….. 3 hour here we come

February 23, 2007 – 3 Hour GTT Test…  1st draw – 102 which seemed high, but I passed…
My BP was 180/52

March 1, 2007 – DR. M – Ultrasound… Baby gained about 8oz in 3 weeks… he is now estimated
to be 1lb 11oz … (he should be 2.5 to 3lbs by now)…. Instead of saying “we think we’ll get to 33 weeks” … it is now “I think we’ll make it to 36 weeks!”

March 10, 2007 – BABY SHOWER….   Came home, thought my water was leaking

March 12, 2007 – L&D – Due to leaking fluid ..BP 140/80 … fluid about 13.7 ..

March 15, 2007 – Dr. M -  Baby is measuring about 2lbs 4oz,  BP 170/84 .. Baby still on his
growth curve and things are trucking along. 

March 16, 2007 – Dr. B – Total weight gain of 15lbs, no protein, BP 173/86…. A lot of pre-
eclampsia symptoms are present, blurry vision, swollen, reflexes off, gained 7lbs
in a short time, BP is high again, constant headache…  etc….  Running more
labs, another 24 hr urine…  and have been told I’m only being allowed to go to
36 weeks, that’s it… then he’s coming out, and that’s only if I make it that far,
the second there are concrete signs of the Pre-eclampsia, he’s coming out.  Having contractions again, but think it’s because I was dehydrated…

March 19, 2007 – L&D – Leaking fluid again.  All tests came back negative, but I don’t believe
them – Cal’s did too, and I was pretty much out of fluid when he was born.

March 20, 2007 – Odd movement, wonder if it may be Nathan having seizures. 

March 21, 2007 – PHN - 170/90 ..  very swollen, short of breath… 

March 22, 2007 – BP 141/73 … First NST … passed ..

March 23, 2007 – Urgent Care – BP 170/93…very swollen, lots of pain

March 26 2007 – NST – Passed… Heart rate around 140’s

March 29, 2007 – Dr. M – Ultrasound first, he was measuring about 3lbs 1oz and scored 8 & 8 on
his biophysical profile … BP was 160/90… gained 2 lbs… Decided to get the first
steroid shot in for the baby’s lungs.

March 30, 2007 – Dr. B – Second steroid shot for baby’s lungs given…  BP was 193/98… gained
5lbs since the 26th, all tests came back good, trace of protein in the urine.

April 1, 2007 – ER – Mom played and April Fools Joke on a few people, saying she was going to
L&D … and the joke was on her!!   Mom was having a lot of trouble breathing,
couldn’t catch her breath, called in and told the DR that I have asthma and he
wanted me to go in.  I go in and they are thinking a blood clot… My O2 Stats
were in the low 90’s, my temp was 99.2, and my BP was 183/89 .. when checked
by hand it was 160/100… did a CT with dye, EKG, blood draws, urine test…
everything looked good… had me go up to L&D for a check on the baby and
baby is doing good.  Mom gets an updraft … and then they send her home.

April 4, 2007 – PHN & Sarah – Stopped by to check my BP… was 158/104 and 170/120, been on
cold meds, think that’s it…

April 5, 2007 – Sarah – stopped by to check my BP again, it was 140/90 at 8am and 150/90 at

April 6, 2007 – DR. B – BP 170/112… wasn’t happy with my BP, nor the look of the tape off the
NST … he let it go for awhile and came back and said it looked better. I was right on the line for him to say GO to the hospital… but he sent me home for the weekend.  Blood tests & 24 hour urine ordered.

April 9, 2007 – Dr. B – Heartrate 140’s… BP was 183/110 and 178/108 ….gained 1lb over the
weekend…  the perimeter for Pre-eclampsia in the urine is 300, mine was at 294. 
Put on BP Meds until after the c-section.  Put on Strict Bedrest.

April 11, 2007 – Dr. B – BP Check – 140/80 … Decision made to deliver Nathan the following
                        week … either Tuesday (my appt down there), Wednesday or Thrusday by the
latest (Thrus = 36 ½ weeks.) 

April 17, 2007 – Dr. M – BP sitting down was 180/104 and then after a few minutes it was
148/80… C-Section scheduled for Thursday April 19, 2007…  NOAH ENDED UP IN

April 19, 2007 – Headed down one floor from Noah’s room at 8:30am to L&D in St. Joseph’s in Marshfield.
                        At 11:07 AM he arrived …  all 3lbs 4oz and 15 ¾ inches of him… APGARS were 8 & 9

January 2007: Oh funny story... for those of you who are, or have been, pregnant.... I was going to the bathroom the other day .. and as I was going potty (sorry if TMI) ... the little stinker KICKED MY BLADDER TWICE!! I tell you - there is no weirder feeling then getting HELP from the other side of your bladder. I said "HEY" cuz I was startled - and then I said "I DON'T NEED HELP!" LOLOLOL...

March 3, 2007 – while at the last appt Daddy and I were chatting about baby’s name…  Dennis Phillip Burnett Yahnke II ….. and Dennis jokingly said “If he is born on St. Patrick’s Day, lets name him Patrick” … and I thought… okay.. but said “If we do that, then there is no point in naming him Dennis now is there?” …  lol… Poor Daddy…  so he said “How about Patrick Nathan?”  See my name, had I been the boy my Mother expected, would have been Nathan Allen … she has been bugging me through 3 pregnancies “Nathan is a nice name” yes, mom it is…  and she got Calahan, and Noah instead.  Teehee…   So I said “How about it, but Nathan Patrick sounds better.”   He said “yeah it does” …  then said “ONLY if he is born on St. Patricks Day though” ..  I’m like okay…  but then he kept going, “Nathan is really growing on me” … all day, and over the last 2 days… so I said…  “make up your mind” and today – he did…..  We are now having Nathan Patrick Yahnke.  

Nathan Patrick has Arrived!!

Our little boy came into the world screaming and letting us know that he was not happy being removed from his nice warm water bed where he was napping into the cold world and harsh light!  But Dennis and I couldn’t have been happier, and more relieved, to hear his strong cry!

We got a quick glance of him before they rushed him off for assessment, and then Dennis got to see him a few moments after he was born, and I got to see him an hour or so later.  It was hard, having another tiny baby, but I can’t say it wasn’t worth it.  We soon found out he was 3lbs 4oz and 15 ¾ inches.. though we had hoped and thought he would be bigger.

Nathan sure is a testimony to how strong little babies can be, just as Noah was.  Even though Nathan is Dennis and my first baby together, he sure is taking after big brother Noah, in more ways then one.  Nathan also has some health issues, but much like Noah, they are not serious, or life threatening.  We were told that he has a cleft palate (not lip, the soft palate –roof of his mouth, in the back-) though that is now being questioned – his palate is high and short, but there is no obvious hole.  We’ll find out in a month or so.  He also has some minor heart issues, and the same urinary tract issue that Noah had that he’ll have to have corrected after he is a year old.  The other issue he has is called a Dandy Walker Cyst, where there is a pocket of spinal fluid in his brain by his cerebellum, although this can be a serious issue, it isn’t currently with Nathan.  We just have to keep an eye on it, he’s at risk for hydrocephalous and may need a shunt if the fluid builds up, but so far, that is fine.  The last issue is that he shows a lot of the same characteristics as Noah with the Mosaic Trisomy 16, but all of Nathan’s genetic tests have come back perfect, so that is great news!  But we are still going through testing there. 

Most of all, Nathan is AMAZING and he is the newest miracle for Dennis and I.  He is Dennis’ first preemie sized baby, and he has taken to being the Dad of a tiny baby so well.  I’m a little more use to it, having dealt with Noah (who was 1lb 12oz).  The second time around, is a lot more stressful then the first though.  You go in there knowing a little too much from the first time.  

Nathan is 4 weeks old now, he has grown to 4lbs 10oz already.  He spent 3 weeks in the NICU in Marshfield.  He has some trouble eating and needs a tube that goes down into his nose all the way to his stomach so that he can continue to grow and get stronger and hopefully he’ll be able to bottle feed very soon!  Both Dennis and I were trained how to place the tube so we could bring him home now, and start living our life with him home.

Big brothers Calahan and Noah have taken to him like he is most important thing in the world, although I’m sure that novelty will ware off soon!  We dream of having our family complete, including big sister Jessa too.  Hopefully someday soon, Dennis will be able to see her again, and she’ll get to meet the rest of her family here.  But she is always in our hearts.

We hope that you have enjoyed reading the news of our Nathan Patrick…  as much as we are loving him everyday!

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