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New baby

Discussion in 'Optimal Kids' started by Rubicon, Jul 26, 2018.

  1. Rubicon

    Rubicon Avoiding Equilibrium

    My wife Tania and I are expecting our first child on Aug 7. Unfortunately, a c-section is scheduled for that date. I thought I'd do a little write-up on how it's gone sofar.

    We did a couple of rounds of IVF last year. My very low sperm count made it impossible to become pregnant naturally, hence the need for IVF.
    Each round of IVF produced around 7 viable eggs that were fertilized via ICSI, and in the end we were left with 4 viable embryos in cold storage. One was implanted Dec 7, 2017 and pregnancy was achieved.

    We spent 4-weeks in Mexico in Dec/Jan to hopefully help get a good start to the pregnancy with lots of sun exposure. Otherwise, we've been stuck up at the 55th latitude for the remainder of the time. Pretty early on Tania found she lost her appetite for butter and salmon and switched from a low carb diet to a lot more carbs, dairy, honey, fruit, etc. Oysters have been tolerated and we've eaten them regularly. She's used her phone, wifi, and computer more than I have liked, but it was difficult to compromise on that. Wifi and power to the bedroom get turned off every night, although wifi from neighbors houses has the same signal strength as our own router. Also, there are at least 2 wireless smart meters at our house, one in the basement and one on the outside of the house.

    This summer we've been getting tons of sun and going to a nearby river valley where there are no cell signals. A day in the sun at the river is noticeably more refreshing than a day in the sun in town (a small city of about 60,000 people, ton's of cell towers, airport).

    A day of sun at the river, water is still pretty cold:


    The final ultrasound was completed last weekend. It showed baby is in the 80th percentile for fattiness, and Tania has a lot of water. The baby is sitting laterally instead of head down, with the cord wrapped around the neck. The obgyn does not feel it's safe to attempt to move the baby into proper position, a breach birth is too risky, and has gone ahead and scheduled the c-section. Aug 7 will be 38 weeks & 4 days of the pregnancy.
  2. Jenelle

    Jenelle Gold

    @Rubicon ~ congratulations & best wishes!

    My clinical experience last night was in labor & delivery, and I woke up this morning still thinking about it. How timely to see your post today and this wonderful picture of your wife. Your baby is so fortunate already.

    Please update when you can! I'll be thinking of you. :)
  3. Phosphene

    Phosphene Gold (finally)

    Wow that’s a great pic! I imagine it couldn’t have been all THAT comfortable for her. Most mothers will do almost anything to give their kids the best.

    Speaking of which, I’m curious what Dr. K thinks of this. Unnecessary? Dangerous? I’d be tempted in a healthy mother.


    FWIW, my first son was born with the cord wrapped around his neck. Dad still cut it and now son is doing this:


    You still have time for the positioning to shift naturally. Best wishes!
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  4. caroline

    caroline Moderator

    thinking of you and your wife and baby ........Can't wait to see pics of your bouncy bundle of joy!
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