Baby Tjader's Journey

A life undefined by pPROM, prematurity and Cerebral Palsy.

Our story June 20, 2010

Filed under: pPROM — Aimee @ 7:34 am

Our lives took an unexpected turn at 2 p.m. June 15, 2010 when I experienced Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes (pPROM). Our hopes and dreams for a happy, healthy and natural pregnancy were instantly shattered.

While sitting at my desk at work, I felt warmth between my legs. I reached down and felt wetness and immediately thought, “I just peed my pants!” I quickly stood up and realized it had soaked through my jeans. As I headed for the restroom, I continued to leak, but still wasn’t worried. I figured I was experiencing loss of bladder control as a result of the pregnancy. I had to laugh about it, really.

To be safe, I decided I’d call my midwife on the way home to change clothes. The nurse advised me to go directly to the Maternal Assessment Unit at Abbott Northwestern, where I’m planning to deliver. I called Tyler on the way and nonchalantly told him what had happened, that I wasn’t worried and would update him as soon as possible.

Over the next 24 hours we received the most shocking, scary and surprising news of our lives. I’ll save the details for later, but basically, my bag of waters broke at 18 weeks, 1 day. I was leaking amniotic fluid, the liquid that surrounds and protects the baby in the amniotic sac and helps with growth and lung development.

I spent the night in the hospital hooked up to an IV of antibiotics to ward off potential infection. A Level II ultrasound revealed low levels of amniotic fluid, but a healthy baby with a strong heart beat. We got to see the baby’s spine, brain, heart, fingers and toes. We even saw baby yawn!

I was sent home on strict bedrest, where I’ll remain for the next 5 1/2 weeks. On July 26, once I’ve made it to 24 weeks, I’ll head back to the hospital for the remainder of the pregnancy. I will pass the time with books, e-mail, movies, snuggles with the dogs, visits and phone calls from family and friends, and keeping everyone informed through this blog.

The love and support we’ve received already has been so heartwarming. I have a newfound hope for humanity. People really do come through in times of need and for that, we are so very thankful. THANK YOU for following our journey through this difficult time.



2 Responses to “Our story”

  1. danielle Says:

    Good luck hun, the gregoire’s are thinking of you. Never feel guilty about resting. I didn’t rest with Owen when I was told to and ended up developing liver issues, I was jaundice and Owen could have died if it wasn’t for my brilliant doctor who caught it in the nik of time. I was immediatly induced and he was born without problems. I hope that these next weeks bring you peace in knowing you are doing everything you can and it’s in gods hands. I can’t wait to see baby Tjador brought into this world, but he/she can wait just a little bit longer.

  2. Lynette Says:


    I didn’t know you and Tyler were expecting until I saw the link to your blog. I just wanted to let you know we are thinking of of you all the way out in CA. Enjoy the rest while you are still at home and keep positive. I really believe good things will come to your family as you are both such wonderful people. I will continue to read your updates and hope for the best. Maybe our paths will cross in B town after baby Tjader joins the world and our new additions can meet.

    Lynette, Erik and Azalea.

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