My Story

Jed and I have been through quite a struggle while trying to conceive.  We moved onto fertility treatments, namely In Vitro Fertilization.  We ended up completing 3 fresh and 1 frozen IVF cycles - all which failed.  Our dream came true in April of 2011 when we did one more fresh IVF cycle and I became pregnant. My beta was low at 66, but it was positive.  My beta number continued to double and we were head over heals that we were going to welcome another one into our family. 

Things were routine and super easy until about 12 weeks when I had a level II ultrasound and they found low fluid levels.  I went back at 14 weeks and fluid was still low, so I was scheduled for another level II ultrasound at the perinatal center at 18 weeks.

My 18 week level II ultrasound found that my fluid was now in the average range- Yay!!  And we found out that we will be seeing pink in the future- IT'S A GIRL!!  However, they also found something else.  The specialist called it velamentous cord insertion.  This is a rare thing, only happening in about 1% of all singleton pregnancies.  Basicially, when her cord formed, instead of inserting into the placenta, it inserted into the membrane. http://www.vasaprevia.org/vasaprevia/velamentous.htm

This comes with many more doctor visits and can come with complications.  The cord isn't  protected like it would be if it were connected directly to the placenta, so rupture of the cord is a major concern.  Also, her growth will be monitored very closely.  Since the cord is how she gets nutrients and many other imprortant things, they need to make sure she continues to get what she needs.  I will not be able to go into labor with contractions, since they could cause the cord to rupture.  Therefore, we will be scheduling a c-section around 35-36 weeks.

I figured this is the best way to keep everyone updated on her progress and health (texting all this can be a lot!)  We will take everything one day at a time.  Thoughts and prayers are always welcome!  Since stats say that up to 33% of these cases end in miscarriage by 16 weeks and I am now 19 weeks, I know she is a fighter.  We will make it through this .

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Kristin Grossman posted a new journal entry, "Not goodbye but see ya later".

I know I have neglected this blog for a while- really consider it a good thing.  It means that we have found our routine, Gabbi is striving and we are complete in our ... Read more

Kristin Grossman posted a new journal entry, "Not goodbye but see ya later".

I know I have neglected this blog for a while- really consider it a good thing.  It means that we have found our routine, Gabbi is striving and we are complete in our ... Read more

Bert Wilhelm signed Kristin's Guestbook.

Kristen, I am so very happy for all of you.  I'm not sure who the luckiest in your family is, I think maybe it's all of us who know you.  You're all incredible.  Gabbi ... Read more

Kristin Grossman posted a new journal entry, "Less eating, more sleeping".

These past couple of days Gabbi has been sleeping a lot.  This is being coupled by her not wanting to eat and when we wake her up to do just that, she will cry through ... Read more

Kristin Grossman posted a new journal entry, "Chuggin right along".

Gabbi is doing amazing.  We have had a trying couple of weeks with feeding but I think we have found a happy medium and Gabbi can start gaining weight again.  We took ... Read more

Kristin Grossman posted a new journal entry, "Is there something missing??".

 My Gabbi update- last week I had had it. Gabbi was spitting up an unbelievable amount of food EVERYTIME she ate. She would cry during feeds. She was taking less and less ... Read more

Kristin Grossman posted a new journal entry, "Home Sweet Home".

We have been home for 2 weeks now and it is everything I could imagine and more.  I tended to worry in the hospital that Gabbi would develop an attachment disorder of ... Read more

Kristin Grossman posted a new journal entry, "Homecoming day!!!".

The doctors confirmed for us yesterday that little Gabbi will be discharged today! She is exactly 12 weeks old- wow- where has the time gone?  I am so thrilled to be done ... Read more

Kristen Essex signed Kristin's Guestbook.

So when I saw the name of your journal entry this morning I screamed and teared up with excitement for you in my car. I am so happy Gabbi is finally going to be home with ... Read more

Amy Bowman signed Kristin's Guestbook.

Congrats to you guys!  This day has been a long time coming.  Please, don't hesitate to call if you guys need anything!!  Love you guys! Read more

Emily Chesnut signed Kristin's Guestbook.

Such great news on her progress, and I am excited for her to be home with you guys too.  The placement of the tube may seem really scary at first, but it will easily ... Read more

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