We tried for 4 years to conceive. I took pills, did injections, we did insemination
We tried for 4 years to conceive. I took pills, did injections, we did insemination after insemination and nothing worked. We decided to take a break before trying IVF. Then my period was late. There was a second line on the stick. I was pregnant. I was ecstatic. I did everything I could to have a healthy baby. I kept exercising, but cut back from running to walking. I cut out all caffeine, ate healthy, homemade food, drank nothing but water and milk. I got enough sleep at night and I made sure to take my prescription vitamins.
Then my blood pressure went up. I was only 16 weeks along. My doctor put me on blood pressure medication and ordered monthly ultrasounds. By week 24 my baby was growth restricted. The blood flow through the umbilical cord was restricted and there was no diastolic blood flow at all. I was put in the hospital.
Everyday was a blessing. I made it to 26 weeks, then 28 weeks, then 29 weeks and I was SO SURE I would make it to term. But my body decided something different. At 29 weeks 2 days I developed HELLP syndrome. I was put on a magnesium sulfate drip and my doctors ordered a c-section. I don't remember much of the surgery. I kept passing out on the table. I do remember being told she had been taken out. Then I heard her cry. They took her away before I got a chance to see her.
I got a picture of her that night. She was a fighter, all 1lb 11oz of her. Screaming at the top of her lungs and pushing against the ventilator with all the strength in her tiny arms. I didn't get to see her in person until more than 24 hours after her birth. I didn't get to hold her for a week.
Lily stayed in the hospital for 82 days and came home on oxygen. She was on home oxygen therapy until she was 6 months old (3 months corrected). After she got off the oxygen she didn't have a single other health concern.
Today she is 10 months old (7 months corrected). She is crawling, babbling, laughing, and currently teething. She is the joy of my life and the miracle I never thought I would have. She is thriving and I am very, very blessed.
After surviving a very traumatic first pregnancy with a nightmare delivery (30 hours of magnesium-induced hell, ending in an emergency c-section) and even more debilitating recovery, one would think I was DONE having children. Let's be ...