Good morning! Happy last day of November – it feels truly crazy that we are already in the Advent season and Christmas is so close!
On Thursday, November 19 I had my 32 week prenatal appointment. Baby is growing well and ahead of schedule. Supposedly he has long legs and they’re predicting him to be a big baby. I had my usual lab work pulled and we went on our way excited to have seen our son on an ultrasound sucking his thumb, and nervous about how big he may be by delivery time. Friday I got a phone call from the OB telling me that while my iron levels were looking better, so we could hold off on IV transfusions, my platelet count was continuing to drop and was in the 90s, diagnosing me with gestational thrombocytopenia. This was scary news to receive because she was sharing how if they continued to decline at the current rate, it could affect my delivery and delivery options, including having to deliver at a different hospital off the mountain. We were more than a little overwhelmed and scheduled a follow-up blood draw for Monday morning. We also cancelled our trip to my sister’s house in Virginia, where my family was gathering for Thanksgiving and a small shower was planned for the baby with just our family, and a few zoom participants. We spent the weekend very low-key, anxiously awaiting our follow-up.
Monday morning we had an early appointment with a different OB in the office who answered all our questions and quieted our overwhelm, including sharing delivery options at our local hospital and just how low my platelets would need to get before a hospital transfer was necessary. It gave us such peace of mind. She also said our levels were high enough before the second blood draw that we could still follow-through with our original Thanksgiving plans if we felt comfortable. We left that appointment feeling so much better and told my family we were coming after all. I spent the afternoon cleaning, packing and getting ready for our trip.
Tuesday morning we headed north to Virginia. We stopped at the Duke campus to stretch our legs and loved the architecture of campus. We can’t wait to go back and explore more! Our drive took longer than we had hoped when we had to reroute through Fredericksburg due to a couple accidents on the interstate, we still made it to their home in Prince William County before my sister got home from work. That night was spent relaxing and enjoying time together with my parents, sister and brother-in-law after a walk around their neighborhood over a supper of chili and a berry salad. We played a family game of Farkle after dinner and then all turned in early since the boys all had an early morning Wednesday.
Wednesday morning the guys all went to pick-up my brother from the airport before coming home and relaxing. That afternoon we took family photos at a lake in my sister’s neighborhood and then when we got home opened shower presents (since Saturday’s shower was cancelled) and ordered pizza from their favorite local pizza place.
Thanksgiving my mama worked hard in the kitchen creating a delicious meal for all of us to enjoy and my sister made some tasty pumpkin chocolate chip cookies that we all munched on throughout the day. We played a couple rounds of sushi go and phase 10 while everything cooked and enjoyed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
Friday while my sister had to work, the rest of us headed into the district to walk the mall. The three dogs enjoyed the walk, and we enjoyed how empty the mall was! I have never seen that stretch of DC so empty – it was such a treat. We appreciated that many of the people also chose to wear masks and kept distance in passing one another. We took our masks off for pictures, but otherwise kept them on the whole time. The Capital Christmas Tree was being decorated and the inauguration platform was under construction. They were also setting up the National Christmas Tree and the surrounding 56 trees – always a holiday favorite! It was perfect weather for a nice long walk and was fun to be back in the city after 10 years. That night we grilled some chicken and had another berry salad before a massive game of Farkle that my sister won, like she had won every other game we played that week.
Saturday morning we relaxed and enjoyed time together before my parents headed home. We spent all day building the Elf puzzle we gave my brother for Christmas.
That afternoon we watched The Iron Bowl and picked up supper from Five Guys. The boys started a fire in the backyard firepit and we just enjoyed being together before all heading out on Sunday. It was a fun day with Alabama beating Auburn and App State beating Troy. My brother also enjoyed watching his alma mater, Colorado Buffs, play against San Diego State since their original game was cancelled due to Covid.
We all headed out Sunday and we had an easy drive back home to the mountains of North Carolina, where we promptly crashed as soon as the car was unloaded.
I am so grateful we were able to spend this time together in such an uncertain year. I am grateful for my family’s health and that they were able to experience this pregnancy alongside us for a couple days, as our son will be the first of a new generation.
How was your Thanksgiving week?