Baby Tjader's Journey

A life undefined by pPROM, prematurity and Cerebral Palsy.

Our story June 20, 2010

Our lives took an unexpected turn at 2 p.m. June 15, 2010 when I was hospitalized for Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes (pPROM). Our hopes and dreams for a happy, healthy and natural pregnancy were instantly shattered. This is our story and our fight to bring Baby Tjader into the world.

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. Miranda Says:

    We will keep you and baby Tjader in our prayers! I wish I was closer to the cities to lend a helping hand! Maybe email me your address and I can send you a care package, complete with goodies and things to keep you occupied!


  2. Amy Says:

    Hello, after stumbling across your blog while conducting some research into constraint therapy in children with cerebral palsy, I just wanted to drop a line to say how moved I am by everything you and your family (especially they beautiful Tjader) are going through. The progress that is documented on here is absolutely spellbinding and I only hope it continues.
    I’m currently training to be an Occupational Therapist myself and I’m conducting some research in to the use (as mentioned briefly above) of constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT) in children with cerebral palsy. I would be eternally grateful if you could take a moment (I know your day is very hectic) to fill in the online 10 question, questionnaire. You will remain completely anonymous at all times and any answers you do put down, will also remain completely confidential. The premise of the questionnaire is basically to see whether or not parents think CIMT works or not, and judging by your most recent post on Tjader’s progress, I believe you’re in the positive section. I would LOVE to have your opinion on this and if there’s anything else you would like to know, please don’t hesitate to contact me on –
    The link for the survey is -

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