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Kristin’s 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.

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 .

Latest Journal Update

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 family.  Right now Gabbi is doing great- she is right about 7 months old and doing something different all the time.  She has a grin from ear to ear that just lightens up a room.  And as long as you are paying attention to her and talking to her, she is a happy baby. When you aren't directly talking to her- she is mad and she will let you know.  I always say she making up for all that time in the NICU when she was tucked away so much that she didn't get all the attention she deserved. 

Gab is still little- still kinda swims in 0-3 month clothes.  She is right around 10lbs right now.  She does get speech therapy that helps her with feeding- we are currently just starting cereal with spoon feeding.  And she gets physical therapy on her legs, just to help stretch out the muscles.  Her leg muscles are a little tight- also very normal for preemies- and just need some extra attention right now.

Other than that we are just a normal family.  For the first time in my life, I am content, no, I am happy.  I don't have what if's or I wish's left in me.  I have my son and my daughter and they are both happy, healthy and secure- what more can a person ask for??  My kids are everything- they are both complete miracles that came after a long hard road.  After multiple failed IVF cycles I was hurt, mad and lost all faith in the world.  Then Gaige came and  changed my life.  He created a love that I never thought was possible. And I really thought that was it.  But there was a burning inside me for another child.  I would have adopted again if given the option, however, I just longed to be pregnant- to see that second line on the test, to feel a baby kick, to grow a life.  Gabbi was a miracle.  She was able to be created, attach and grow when so many others were unable to.  Amazing. She is my fighter.  Then not only did she have struggles early on, but she was forced into this world months before her time. And you know what, I have an absolute PERFECT baby today.  I am so very lucky to  have the title of mom to two perfect children. 

So for all of you that have followed our journey- thank you.  Thank  you for walking with us even when the path was dark.  And thank you for celebrating with us now.  I have had so much faith restored in mankind through this journey.  We have had so much support and love shown by so many of our friends and family. 

So here is where this blog ends.  I don't think of it as a goodbye, but just a see ya later :) Thank you to all! Love always- Krisitn, Jed, Gaige and Gabbi.