Saying Hello and Goodbye to Our Daughter Adeline

Post On Wednesday, December 20, 2017 By Debbie

Saying Hello and Goodbye to Our Daughter Adeline

Debbie Campbell 

​​My husband, Matt, and I found out we were pregnant right after the New Year in 2017. We were thrilled, of course, as were our families. We've been together a decade, and this was the first grandchild on both sides.
We had what everyone thought was a very normal, healthy pregnancy, regular check-ups included. We had an appointment on a Friday in August, and everything was normal as usual. My feet had been puffy and I had felt less movement in the last week or two, but I was reassured at my appointment that those things were normal this far into pregnancy. Then, that following Wednesday, I had terrible stomach pains and left work early. We wondered if it was early labor at first (because she was our first, I wasn't sure what it was supposed to feel like), but it was constant and pretty unbearable. I remember thinking it couldn't be normal because I had a month to go and it hurt too much to be something livable for another entire month (I was 35/36 weeks), so I went in to the hospital.
That's how we found ourselves watching our baby girl on the ultrasound machine, no movement, no sound. It turned out to be related to preeclampsia/HELLP syndrome, the stomach ache too. My blood pressure, which has been normal to low my entire life and, we all thought, my entire pregnancy, had gone up from 120/70 at my Friday appointment to nearly 200/120 by that following Wednesday. We nearly lost me too.
Our baby girl, Adeline Kelly Campbell, named mostly in honor of my mom, after Madeline, the books my mom loved to read to me when I was a little girl, and Kelly, my mom’s maiden name, was born sleeping on August 11th, 2017 after three days of labor and fighting for my life. She weighed 3 lbs 1.9 ounces. She had a messy mop of beautiful brown hair, her dad’s nose, and my lips, and loved to move, especially whenever we ate a Babb’s, a coffee shop in North Dakota we regulared the month my grandfather passed away (his home was in ND). Her nursery is our wedding colors - blue, yellow, and grey - because our love is her love too. And we said hello and goodbye to our angel on a drizzly August morning, as the sun began to rise.
I hope sharing my story helps others feel less alone, and I pray we find better ways to raise awareness around preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome.
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