Friday, February 23, 2018

5 Things Friday!

Happy Friday, everyone! This was a short week for us as Phil and I both had Presidents' Day off, but it still kind of seemed to drag by! But the weekend is here - hurrah! Here are 5 things on my mind today.

1. First off - some good/exciting news: my condo sold! It closes on March 6th but we are signing the closing documents today since we'll have a days-old baby on the closing date. The condo actually sold incredibly fast. We got 2 offers the first day it was on the market and I accepted one of the offers. I'm also going to make some money on the sale which is great as I was expecting to barely break even. I'm glad I waited until this year to sell it as I would have taken a loss if I had sold it last year. My patience paid off! I can't wait to get that property off my balance sheet so I can fully put it behind me.

2. I got the results back from the genetic testing that the hematologist ordered and it turns out I have a genetic mutation (called prothrombin or a factor 2 mutation - basically I have too much of a protein that makes your blood clot) that makes me more susceptible to blood clots. Being pregnant does put you at a slightly higher risk for a blood clot but now we know there was an underlying genetic factor contributing to the issue. Now I will need to stay on blood thinner injections for 5 months post partum - I would have only had to stay on them for 2 months if the genetic testing all came back negative. Luckily I can drop down to 1 injection after the baby is born (I currently do 2 injections a day). Only 2% of Caucasians have this genetic mutation - lucky me. After reading more about the mutation, we are so thankful that the baby has done fine as people with this mutation have a significantly greater risk of miscarriages and stillborn babies.

3. Tonight we are going out for one last "pre-baby" dinner out. I can't remember the last time Phil and I went out to eat - it might have been as far back at November! Clearly eating out is not something that we do very often. We are going to use one of the restaurant gift cards that we got for our wedding. It's for a new-to-us place called Tilia. Hopefully we like the place because we have 2 gift certificates for this restaurant.

4. We also have one last baby shower tomorrow. Phil's high school friends are hosting a baby shower brunch for us. We haven't seen some of his high school friends since our wedding so it will be great to see them one last time before our world gets turned upside down (in the best way possible, of course!) by the arrival of our baby.

5. Lastly, I just have to say that I am SO over winter. It snowed yesterday and will snow again tomorrow. I'm so ready for spring to arrive. As I've mentioned before, we usually go somewhere in February to get a break from winter but couldn't this year since I'm pregnant. But we will resume that tradition next year because it's necessary for our sanity! I am encouraged by the fact that our temperatures will be in the 30s for the next week which will feel pretty 'warm' after the cold weather we've had lately. I'm really hoping that spring arrives in early March!

What's on your mind today?


Gracie said...

I'm glad you have an explanation for the blood clot, despite the annoyance of continued Lovenox injections. Obviously this means you'll also have to be careful flying, driving for long periods, etc. from here on out. You are lucky you're so active, as your activity level probably reduced your risks for many years!

missris said...

You guys are getting so close to being parents! This must be so exciting :)

Jeanie said...

VERY good news on the condo. That will certainly make house hunting easier, too. And even though it's no fun to have any kind of genetic condition that affects your health, it's good to know about this one. Counting down!

Carolina John said...

That's the same prothrombin gene mutation that Kelley has! It is so dangerous during a pregnancy. I'm so sorry you have to put up with this too, we are totally here for you anytime you need to complain to a sympathetic ear. It suuuuuuuuuuuucks. It also means no more birth control pills ever. Kelley has to use an IUD and she loves it, but insurance companies think the pill is the only type of birth control that needs to be covered (if that) so it's going to continue to suck for a while longer. We've been dealing with the diagnosis for about 13 years now.

Congrats on selling the condo! I know that has been weighing on you for several years.

Marlys said...

Good news on the condo - what a relief and to make some money to boot!
When I think of all the traveling you have done, and sitting on planes for hours at a time, it is miraculous that you didn't have trouble with clots then!
Have a great time dining out - that is something that does get put on the back burner when you have a baby, although it is easier to eat out when they are small compared to when they turn 1 or 2!
I hope you get lots of rest over the next week or two so you are ready to be sleep deprived for awhile! But you will both survive, trust me! Just think about parents of twins or triplets!
I am getting so excited to meet our little one!

Leigh said...

That's awesome news about your condo selling! Must be a relief that it went so quickly and that you will make some money on it. I hope you have a wonderful baby shower and a good weekend :)

San said...

Congrats on finally selling the condo! I know you've wanted it gone for a long time, but your patience paid off!!!

I am sorry about your genetic testing and the blood clot, but at least you're "on top of things" and in the know, so you can do all you can do to prevent anything from happening!

katielookingforward said...

I hope you enjoyed Tilia! I went there for brunch once and really liked it! Also congrats on the condo selling what a great thing to release!

Jenny said...

Yay! congrats on selling the condo :) I got a Minnesota cook book from the library the other day I'm looking forward to having a read through it. So far I have learned that there is a lot of lakes in Minnesota!

Stephany said...

Congrats on selling your condo AND for actually making money on the sale. That's amazing. I know how much that condo has been a weight on your shoulders. Hooray!

That genetic mutation issue sounds scary, but I'm glad you're taking care of it and understand what's happening. I swear, girl, you have been put through the wringer these last few months. <3

Can't believe it's almost baby time, but I am SURE you are soooo ready to have this little one in your arms finally.

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

That's great that you sold the condo, and even better that you made some $$ on the sale of it - bonus!

Sorry to hear about the genetic mutation; you've definitely had way too much to deal with during this pregnancy than anyone should. Glad to hear that your baby is doing well even with the complications you've had along the way.

Glad to hear you got out for a dinner out with Phil, and that is so nice that his friends threw you guys a brunch baby shower - fun!

Hang in there! The baby will be here soon!!!

Amber said...

YOU are on my mind today! Thinking about you lots!

Winter is also on my mind today. We had a BEAUTIFUL day here, -1 C and sunny blue skies. I even went for an outdoor run/walk with my friend. Now tonight we are supposed to get around 25 cm of snow, which I think is well over a foot :( :( SOOOO over winter!!!