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PostSubject: The Complications of Life   Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:14 pm

Hi guys Smile

Its good to see that people, namely Ainsley, are still posting in view of my couple of months absence. Ainsley, I truly am indebted to you, my friend, for remaining faithful.

As you know, I took a new job. This new job was heading towards the big one. I mean.... they were going to promote me to Head Chef. I would have headed an already great team with loads of support and truly gifted and lovely managers who were more than supportive of me having the role.

However, for the foreseeable future, that is no longer on the cards.

You see gentlemen.

I'M PREGNANT!!!!!!!

You read right. Shadow and I are going to have a lovely bouncing bundle of joy

Smile Smile Smile Smile

So, yeah. Still working things out with my new employers. They are being extremely supportive and are loathe to have me leave. They want me back when ever I am able to return. I'm still working for them, but obviously in a lowered capacity. I'm not exactly showing yet, but today I mark my 10th Week!

Besides bemoaning the fact that I am getting fat, I am greeting this news with both excitement and a little trepidation. It will be a new era of existence for me.

I fully intend to keep you in the loop - and I do not believe I have twins. The last scan did not show any separation, so I'm not sure if that's good or bad news. Anyways, soon I will be having leave from my job (of which I am still operating as a Full Timer) and will have a bit more time to devote to my lovely forum.

As I have said, but perhaps not enough,

Thank you.

For those who are still here. Thank you for your continuing support and understanding. This site truly cannot be without you.

To the Future, Lads. And whatever it may bring Smile

(Ps.... I want a girl. Hehe)

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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:55 am

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Hi guys Smile
'Sup?  Smile

Wraith wrote:
Its good to see that people, namely Ainsley, are still posting in view of my couple of months absence. Ainsley, I truly am indebted to you, my friend, for remaining faithful.
Aww, shucks.  Well, my Mama didn't raise a quitter.  A slacker, maybe, but not a quitter.  Wink

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As you know, I took a new job. This new job was heading towards the big one. I mean.... they were going to promote me to Head Chef. I would have headed an already great team with loads of support and truly gifted and lovely managers who were more than supportive of me having the role.
One of my Sims in The Sims 2 just got promoted up from Sous Chef to Executive Chef, then to Restaurateur.  So we can assume that Head Chefs are a pretty big deal.  Like that angry midget with the scrawny moustache in Ratatouille.  He was a big deal right up until Linguini took his job, right?   Wink

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However, for the foreseeable future, that is no longer on the cards.

You see gentlemen.

I'M PREGNANT!!!!!!!

You read right. Shadow and I are going to have a lovely bouncing bundle of joy

SmileSmileSmileSmile
Pregnant?  Now how did that happen?  Razz 

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So, yeah. Still working things out with my new employers. They are being extremely supportive and are loathe to have me leave. They want me back when ever I am able to return. I'm still working for them, but obviously in a lowered capacity. I'm not exactly showing yet, but today I mark my 10th Week!

Besides bemoaning the fact that I am getting fat, I am greeting this news with both excitement and a little trepidation. It will be a new era of existence for me.
That's not fat.  It's baby love!  Diet and exercise should help it go away in about nine months.  Very Happy

Wraith wrote:
I fully intend to keep you in the loop - and I do not believe I have twins. The last scan did not show any separation, so I'm not sure if that's good or bad news. Anyways, soon I will be having leave from my job (of which I am still operating as a Full Timer) and will have a bit more time to devote to my lovely forum.

As I have said, but perhaps not enough,

Thank you.
Anytime.  Smile

I was wondering where you had gone, though.  The last I heard from you was that "Yay, Sylvea got a post!" post.

(Speaking of which, I really need to get back to work on that list of cleric spells.  Stormwrack gave us a heap of new spells, but I'm thinking that sea clerics (who cast their faith with oceanic gods like Deep Sashelas and Umberlee) should get access to those spells off the bat, while all of the other clerics (death clerics included) might have to learn those divine invocations through learning certain sea-related rites.  I should probably throw the clerics of death and undeath a bone by giving them free access to all of the Libris Mortis spells (with the obvious exceptions of the Necrotic Cyst spells).  Thoughts?)

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For those who are still here. Thank you for your continuing support and understanding. This site truly cannot be without you.

To the Future, Lads. And whatever it may bring Smile
Cheers!  Keep us informed on Little Wraith's progress, will ya?  Smile

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(Ps.... I want a girl. Hehe)
And if Shadow wants a boy, then someone's going to be disappointed no matter what.  affraid 

So why doesn't Shadow visit us anymore?  He hasn't gotten to be too good for us ruffians, has he?  Razz
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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:49 am

A baby??? Well, heck. Smile

Gratzi Wraith!

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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:49 am

Congrats Wraith!!!  I have two kids myself and they are wonderful to be around.  A lot of work to be sure, but fun.    Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:18 am

I don't have any kids. Or a wife. Y'all are making me jealous. Razz
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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Fri Nov 08, 2013 4:05 pm



12 WEEKS!

Of course i'm a little late, I'm 16 weeks now... but yeah. lol.

Getting another scan soonish! It'll be four months next week!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:30 am

So what have you been doing for those four weeks between getting the ultrasound pic and posting it? We miss you! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:47 pm

Hi guys!!!

Wow... the news.

The last six months have been hectic to say the least. The pregnancy was going well and I was looking forward to becoming a mother and Shadow was gearing up to being a father. All of our friends were just beginning to get excited. I was only just getting ready to buy all the necessary requirements for a baby as well.

My new job, while quite hectic was treating me well. I moved on from Hogsbreath gradually, moving down to part time and then quitting in favour of helping my mum manage her own restaurant.

For a month, everything was going well. We were working details out for our upcoming life as parents, the business was growing and our future looked to be on the up and up.

On the 30th of December, my waters broke. My baby was only 25weeks and 6days gestation. I rushed to hospital and the diagnosis was made. I was put on several medications to help stop the oncoming labour and transferred to another hospital which specialised in premature babies. The odds did not look good if I went into labour. Luckily my cervix did not dilate.

I was able to hold onto my son for 2 weeks in hospital on bed rest before infection arrived and the doctors were forced to do an emergency Classical C-section in fear for his life. The decision saved his life.

My son was born at 25 weeks and 5 days gestation and his blood stream was riddled with infection. He was on a ventilator for the first 3 days of his life. After that he upgraded to a form of oxygen called C-Pap. He went on antibiotics for three weeks for the initial infection, but other ones popped up and had to be addressed. He was born severely jaundiced and underdeveloped. His home for the past month has been a humidi-crib in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Our son was born on the 12th January at 10:24pm. His expected delivery date was 22nd April. He weighed in at 808 grams.  

For the past three weeks, our little man has been through a tremendous struggle and the nurses and doctors have constantly tried their hardest to help him through it all. He was lucky enough to get into a hospital which specialises in the care of extreme prematurity in babies and who are also the most wonderful human beings I have ever met.  

Tomorrow our miracle will be one month old. He is off all of his machines with only the c-pap and his various monitors attached to him. His jaundice is gone and he has developed a nicely working digestive system. The PDA in his heart did close, but is now open again, though the doctors say it is not adversely affecting the flow of blood through his body. His oxygen saturation goes up and down but he no longer has apnoeas (when he stops breathing completely). He breaths by himself most of the time with the need for the occasional push, thus the c-pap. He is off all of his antibiotics and shows no more sign of infection.

Just the other day, he opened his eyes. He is gorgeous.

He is growing very well. Understandably, he needs to push his body to do things that he was not expecting to do for another four months, but he is coping nicely. His skin is fully developed and his digestive system is going well. His brain is developing nicely as well. He is well on his way to being 1 kilogram with a current weight of 947grams. All in all, it looks to be on the up and up.

Though its a very up and down trip for extremely premature babies, we are hoping that the worst is behind him. After getting off the antibiotics, he seems to have been making up for lost time. My baby has to grow so fast! He is also on full feeds, which means he only eats my milk now - he used to get a mixture of milk and fluids and initially just fluids - piped directly into his stomach as his gag reflex and breathing reflex has not yet developed.

Tomorrow we will see him for his one month birthday. He is the most gorgeous and precious little boy I have ever seen and I love him with all my heart. Shadow is similarily afflicted.

I will not be uploading any photos as they are a bit confronting and I'm not ready to share him with the world yet. But I did want to explain what had happened.

While this miracle was happening, my own infection threw me around for a long while. I kicked it, but it returned. The doctors kept me in hospital after the delivery for two weeks. But other than that, the most difficult thing I've had to do was take in the fact that I cannot have my own child for at least another three months and get used to my breastmilk expressing schedule. People are saying I'm doing well for a mother who is not yet supposed to be producing it. I am trusting in their experience.

So.... that is the reason I have not devoted my time to this lovely forum. I expect that I will not be able to devote all that much for the next couple of months or so either, between getting ready to have my son home and all that entails as well as travelling to visit him. We live about a 2 hour train ride away from the hospital.

So, apologies for not popping in sooner. I had been planning on it. I had been planning on bedrest for a while yet, but my little man had other ideas!!

Anyways, thanks for reading.

I'll keep in touch.

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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sat Feb 08, 2014 3:57 pm

No worries my dear. Believe me when I say that this place is not important in comparison to what you and Shadow have going on. Take care of your boy and get him home. Once that is done, then I'll pester you and Shadow both to return to the vale.

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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:25 pm

Family will always be more important than any duties that you have here in IV so don't even think about it until your little man is better. I will keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers.
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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sun Feb 09, 2014 1:03 am

Ditto. As a former infant who was born clinically dead after delivery complications (and only resuscitated thanks to the late Dr. John Turner Sr. and his prompt care and attention...thanks again for giving me my life back, Doc...), I can certainly understand and relate to your son's ordeal. He may need plenty more love and attention in the months ahead, but it sounds like you and Shadow are already giving 110% anyway. So my money says that he's going to come around just fine. Smile

Like I always say, Real Life comes first. We'll hold the fort while you're offline and taking care of baby, so don't worry. And many years of joy and goodness to you three. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:15 pm

Hey guys!!

Just a quick update. Kayleb has passed his first 2 months!!!

We are going to weigh him tomorrow, but I have a sneaking suspicion that he is going to weigh 2kg!!!! I can't wait to see that magic number! His last weigh was 1967g, so he has to only gain 33g. And he's been averaging about 40g for each weigh!!

QUIETLY EXCITED!!!!

Everything so far is going well. Preparations for him coming home is coming along and he's slowly weaning off the oxygen support. He's showing signs of being able to breast feed soon too!!

Though it is slow going, he is making amazing progress. Everyone is very happy with him and the nurses and doctors love him so much. He's such a little celebrity already! And boy does he like the attention.

My little man has such an attitude too! He gets the almighty cranks when he wants too! Its amazing to hear his strong voice! And he's so loud!!! LOL, I know ill get sick of it when he comes out, but for now, I'm loving it.

Shadow and I are doing okay. Understandably very stressed, but okay.

Miss you guys.

I'm tentatively writing on Lit at the moment, hopefully I'll be able to come back here too. But, baby steps. Lol.

Having to stress about expressing every three hours sure kills my time Sad

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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:20 am

I am glad to hear that your little Kayleb is doing better. As a father I know how stressful things can be when anything happens to your children. Still keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Hopefully your little man will be home with Mommy and Daddy soon. I will say it again come back to IV when you are ready FAMILY COMES FIRST ALWAYS!!!
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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:47 am

So...seeing as I'm single and am therefore unqualified to coach Wraith about having children, here's GoldenDrakon to talk about his kids. Take it away, Drak! Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Fri Sep 05, 2014 5:27 pm

Thanks for all your support guys.

An update is sorely needed I think Smile

Kayleb is home. Has been home (off oxygen) since the beginning of May. Hence my absence as I begin to order by new routine. He did really really well. His only main concerns at coming out was his eyes, a possible hernia and he had developed chronic lung disease. To see the discharge papers and what he actually went through and what he was diagnosed with was staggering. And brought home just how close we were to losing him.

Having spent 116 days in hospital, Kayleb promptly began to boss mum and dad around. He has been a very active and strong little baby. He gains weight like a pro (though he isn't a chubby baby, he is very long) and eats like a champion. I'm still giving him breastmilk but I'm having to supplement it with formula now. He has quite the attitude and is currently telling me to get off the computer and play with him.

Haha, he's a great self soother.

He is currently clear of Cerebal Palsy and he is hitting all of his milestones at the appropriate levels. His muscle density is of a higher category than most full term babies and his vocal skills are amazing.

Mum and dad are doing ok. Still getting used to the fact that we have a little boy lol! He's also a great sleeper! He will go down at about 10-11pm and wont wake till about 8-9am. He isn't a screamer, though he will get insistant if he has to.  He's discovered his toes already as is now working on rolling over and sitting Smile

Doctors are all pleased with his progress and the physiotherapists are keeping a close eye on him. He's got fantastic head control (but he always had it, he could lift his head with the C-PAP machine on it, from 28 weeks)

Currently 7months 3weeks old (4 months and 2 weeks Corrected) his last weight was 5.65kg and his last length was 63cm.

Then:




And now:

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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:41 am

Well, it looks to me like he's in the clear now, and he'll keep getting better from here. Bravo, little guy! Smile

So, GD...about that parenting advice.... Razz
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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sat Sep 13, 2014 10:02 am

Well, I now have a little bundle of joy to call my own.  Between 2:22 AM and 4:00 AM, a new baby was born into my family and my household.

Baby Pic 1

Baby Pic 2

Baby Pic 3

See?  Very Happy

Make Uncle proud, li'l baby.  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:33 am

I am so happy to see that your little man is doing much better and is home with his mommy and daddy. He is adorable and I personally love the look in little children's eyes when they look at things in the world for the first time. Many more happy moments are to come I'm sure.

Glad to have you back.
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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sun Sep 14, 2014 5:34 am

The House of Ainsley wrote:
Well, I now have a little bundle of joy to call my own.  Between 2:22 AM and 4:00 AM, a new baby was born into my family and my household.

Baby Pic 1

Baby Pic 2

Baby Pic 3

See?  Very Happy

Make Uncle proud, li'l baby.  Smile

He looks yummy.  Just a little blue chees dressing and he'll look even yummier.
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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:35 am

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He looks yummy.  Just a little blue chees dressing and he'll look even yummier.

You're never coming to Chicky's birthday parties, you unspeakable cad!

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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:53 am

Thanks guys!!!!

My little Man is the reason I smile. He is so strong, just like his daddy.

Oh yeah.... and now he's teething.... T.T

Thanks Tiger!! It warms my heart that you guys have stuck around, even after the admin dropped off the face of the planet. It really does.

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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:09 pm

Oh, teething's not so bad if you're deaf. It gets worse if you're breastfeeding him, of course, but he'll get over it soon enough. I like to think that I was quick with my teething. Wink

Wouldn't it be nice if the entire Members roster had stuck around too? This site would be jumping. Of course, people could also get a bit lost in the shuffle, as sufficiently large forum sites do. "Hey, did you hear? Wraith just had a baby, and now she's coming back!" "Oh, she was gone? I didn't notice."

So I guess being part of a small website has its perks, eh? We're a bit more intimate and sociable here, I like to think. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:13 pm

Intimacy is good! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:04 pm

So are chicks.  Why does Tiger want to eat my baby chook so much?  Sad
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PostSubject: Re: The Complications of Life   Sun Sep 14, 2014 7:05 pm

Isn't it obvious?

He's a Tiger.

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