My birth story (long)

My birth story (long)

cbsgirl
cbsgirl

March 30th, 2012, 8:54 pm #1

It seems like longer than threesince my little boy arrived! And, before too much more time passes, I want to share his birth story.

First off, I had a c-section scheduled for March 12, a day after my due date, given my doc's vacation schedule. I had one last doc appt on March 8, which included an u/s, and asked DH to go with me at the last minute, as I figured it was one last chance to see our baby on the screen. The u/s seemed to go fine for the most part, but then the tech mentioned the baby wasn't moving as much as she would like. She wanted to try a couple of things to get him/her moving, including drinking a glass of ice water, but nothing seemed to work. This baby was not going to budge!

We met with the OB after the u/s and she was concerned enough about the lack of movement to send us to the hospital for fetal monitoring and thought the baby needed to come out within the next 72 hours and might need to be delivered that day depending on the monitoring. We stopped by the house on the way to the hospital to get my bag - just in case.

Fetal monitoring went fine. The baby was moving well and heart rate was good. I was hoping to come back the following day for my c-section, as I wasn't sure I was really ready for the baby to be here. The OB at the hospital handled things well when it came to discussing delivery, as she indicated that I could go until the next day, however she was worried that I would be worried if the baby didn't move much overnight. And, she said baby was term and the lack of movement was a sign it was ready to come out. She was also concerned that there might be some calcification of my placenta given age. That did it for me. So, we were on for a c-section at 3, as I had breakfast that AM and they needed an 8 hour window with no food.

I was totally calm walking back to the OR. Somehow it didn't seem real that my baby was about to make his/her entrance into the world. Although I didn't know the gender, I was convinced I was having a boy and my intuition was correct. Patrick James was born at 3:55pm and was screaming his lungs out instantly. He had a full head of hair, which wasn't picked up on u/s, and it was copper in color with blond roots. And, the nurses were all commenting on how handsome he was Everything about him is perfect and I am totally in love!

I am still dealing with some minor incision issues, but overall feel really good post c-section. I am probably overdoing things a bit, but that is life sometimes. We are having some breast feeding issues, mainly related to his suck/seal, and I am hoping we can get them worked out, as I am not a huge fan of the exclusive pumping idea - esp given the stress level I am under at the moment.

And, while there is/was tons of joy with our miracle boy's birth, I can't write about his birth without sharing some sad news. Patrick was conceived while I was helping to care for my sister last year, who had stage iv uterine cancer. My pregnancy was a lifeline for my sister, as she wanted to meet this baby more than anything in this world. She fought an incredibly hard fight against a very rare and aggressive form of cancer and should have died a couple of times over the past 13 months. She took a turn for the worse the morning he was born and we knew the end was near that day. I was able to take him to meet her on March 18 and she died on March 24. Her wish had been fulfilled and the circle of life was complete. It was a bittersweet moment and my heart is broken that she is not here to be a part of his life on Earth. I know she is in a better place now and is Patrick's guardian angel, as I know he would not be here without her.

I have to say without a doubt that my boy is a miracle and I encourage everyone who is still struggling to conceive to not give up! Have the hope... cbsgirl
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Mtoto2
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March 30th, 2012, 9:11 pm #2

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March 30th, 2012, 10:27 pm #3

It seems like longer than threesince my little boy arrived! And, before too much more time passes, I want to share his birth story.

First off, I had a c-section scheduled for March 12, a day after my due date, given my doc's vacation schedule. I had one last doc appt on March 8, which included an u/s, and asked DH to go with me at the last minute, as I figured it was one last chance to see our baby on the screen. The u/s seemed to go fine for the most part, but then the tech mentioned the baby wasn't moving as much as she would like. She wanted to try a couple of things to get him/her moving, including drinking a glass of ice water, but nothing seemed to work. This baby was not going to budge!

We met with the OB after the u/s and she was concerned enough about the lack of movement to send us to the hospital for fetal monitoring and thought the baby needed to come out within the next 72 hours and might need to be delivered that day depending on the monitoring. We stopped by the house on the way to the hospital to get my bag - just in case.

Fetal monitoring went fine. The baby was moving well and heart rate was good. I was hoping to come back the following day for my c-section, as I wasn't sure I was really ready for the baby to be here. The OB at the hospital handled things well when it came to discussing delivery, as she indicated that I could go until the next day, however she was worried that I would be worried if the baby didn't move much overnight. And, she said baby was term and the lack of movement was a sign it was ready to come out. She was also concerned that there might be some calcification of my placenta given age. That did it for me. So, we were on for a c-section at 3, as I had breakfast that AM and they needed an 8 hour window with no food.

I was totally calm walking back to the OR. Somehow it didn't seem real that my baby was about to make his/her entrance into the world. Although I didn't know the gender, I was convinced I was having a boy and my intuition was correct. Patrick James was born at 3:55pm and was screaming his lungs out instantly. He had a full head of hair, which wasn't picked up on u/s, and it was copper in color with blond roots. And, the nurses were all commenting on how handsome he was Everything about him is perfect and I am totally in love!

I am still dealing with some minor incision issues, but overall feel really good post c-section. I am probably overdoing things a bit, but that is life sometimes. We are having some breast feeding issues, mainly related to his suck/seal, and I am hoping we can get them worked out, as I am not a huge fan of the exclusive pumping idea - esp given the stress level I am under at the moment.

And, while there is/was tons of joy with our miracle boy's birth, I can't write about his birth without sharing some sad news. Patrick was conceived while I was helping to care for my sister last year, who had stage iv uterine cancer. My pregnancy was a lifeline for my sister, as she wanted to meet this baby more than anything in this world. She fought an incredibly hard fight against a very rare and aggressive form of cancer and should have died a couple of times over the past 13 months. She took a turn for the worse the morning he was born and we knew the end was near that day. I was able to take him to meet her on March 18 and she died on March 24. Her wish had been fulfilled and the circle of life was complete. It was a bittersweet moment and my heart is broken that she is not here to be a part of his life on Earth. I know she is in a better place now and is Patrick's guardian angel, as I know he would not be here without her.

I have to say without a doubt that my boy is a miracle and I encourage everyone who is still struggling to conceive to not give up! Have the hope... cbsgirl
I love that description. It's so wonderful to read Patrick's birth story and hear your joy. I also can hear your sadness about your sister and for that I'm sorry. Please give Patrick an extra kiss from his Network 54 friends!
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March 30th, 2012, 11:08 pm #4

It seems like longer than threesince my little boy arrived! And, before too much more time passes, I want to share his birth story.

First off, I had a c-section scheduled for March 12, a day after my due date, given my doc's vacation schedule. I had one last doc appt on March 8, which included an u/s, and asked DH to go with me at the last minute, as I figured it was one last chance to see our baby on the screen. The u/s seemed to go fine for the most part, but then the tech mentioned the baby wasn't moving as much as she would like. She wanted to try a couple of things to get him/her moving, including drinking a glass of ice water, but nothing seemed to work. This baby was not going to budge!

We met with the OB after the u/s and she was concerned enough about the lack of movement to send us to the hospital for fetal monitoring and thought the baby needed to come out within the next 72 hours and might need to be delivered that day depending on the monitoring. We stopped by the house on the way to the hospital to get my bag - just in case.

Fetal monitoring went fine. The baby was moving well and heart rate was good. I was hoping to come back the following day for my c-section, as I wasn't sure I was really ready for the baby to be here. The OB at the hospital handled things well when it came to discussing delivery, as she indicated that I could go until the next day, however she was worried that I would be worried if the baby didn't move much overnight. And, she said baby was term and the lack of movement was a sign it was ready to come out. She was also concerned that there might be some calcification of my placenta given age. That did it for me. So, we were on for a c-section at 3, as I had breakfast that AM and they needed an 8 hour window with no food.

I was totally calm walking back to the OR. Somehow it didn't seem real that my baby was about to make his/her entrance into the world. Although I didn't know the gender, I was convinced I was having a boy and my intuition was correct. Patrick James was born at 3:55pm and was screaming his lungs out instantly. He had a full head of hair, which wasn't picked up on u/s, and it was copper in color with blond roots. And, the nurses were all commenting on how handsome he was Everything about him is perfect and I am totally in love!

I am still dealing with some minor incision issues, but overall feel really good post c-section. I am probably overdoing things a bit, but that is life sometimes. We are having some breast feeding issues, mainly related to his suck/seal, and I am hoping we can get them worked out, as I am not a huge fan of the exclusive pumping idea - esp given the stress level I am under at the moment.

And, while there is/was tons of joy with our miracle boy's birth, I can't write about his birth without sharing some sad news. Patrick was conceived while I was helping to care for my sister last year, who had stage iv uterine cancer. My pregnancy was a lifeline for my sister, as she wanted to meet this baby more than anything in this world. She fought an incredibly hard fight against a very rare and aggressive form of cancer and should have died a couple of times over the past 13 months. She took a turn for the worse the morning he was born and we knew the end was near that day. I was able to take him to meet her on March 18 and she died on March 24. Her wish had been fulfilled and the circle of life was complete. It was a bittersweet moment and my heart is broken that she is not here to be a part of his life on Earth. I know she is in a better place now and is Patrick's guardian angel, as I know he would not be here without her.

I have to say without a doubt that my boy is a miracle and I encourage everyone who is still struggling to conceive to not give up! Have the hope... cbsgirl
Congratulation on the arrival of your son. I am glad they were over cautious and took him early. The part about your sister gave me good bumps. I am so sorry for your loss, but so happy she got to meet her "miracle" nephew before she passed. And no doubt your son has one very dedicated guardian angel. I love the name. (I have a Jamison Patrick, so very similiar)

Congrations!

Kelly
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Sara H
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March 31st, 2012, 1:32 pm #5

It seems like longer than threesince my little boy arrived! And, before too much more time passes, I want to share his birth story.

First off, I had a c-section scheduled for March 12, a day after my due date, given my doc's vacation schedule. I had one last doc appt on March 8, which included an u/s, and asked DH to go with me at the last minute, as I figured it was one last chance to see our baby on the screen. The u/s seemed to go fine for the most part, but then the tech mentioned the baby wasn't moving as much as she would like. She wanted to try a couple of things to get him/her moving, including drinking a glass of ice water, but nothing seemed to work. This baby was not going to budge!

We met with the OB after the u/s and she was concerned enough about the lack of movement to send us to the hospital for fetal monitoring and thought the baby needed to come out within the next 72 hours and might need to be delivered that day depending on the monitoring. We stopped by the house on the way to the hospital to get my bag - just in case.

Fetal monitoring went fine. The baby was moving well and heart rate was good. I was hoping to come back the following day for my c-section, as I wasn't sure I was really ready for the baby to be here. The OB at the hospital handled things well when it came to discussing delivery, as she indicated that I could go until the next day, however she was worried that I would be worried if the baby didn't move much overnight. And, she said baby was term and the lack of movement was a sign it was ready to come out. She was also concerned that there might be some calcification of my placenta given age. That did it for me. So, we were on for a c-section at 3, as I had breakfast that AM and they needed an 8 hour window with no food.

I was totally calm walking back to the OR. Somehow it didn't seem real that my baby was about to make his/her entrance into the world. Although I didn't know the gender, I was convinced I was having a boy and my intuition was correct. Patrick James was born at 3:55pm and was screaming his lungs out instantly. He had a full head of hair, which wasn't picked up on u/s, and it was copper in color with blond roots. And, the nurses were all commenting on how handsome he was Everything about him is perfect and I am totally in love!

I am still dealing with some minor incision issues, but overall feel really good post c-section. I am probably overdoing things a bit, but that is life sometimes. We are having some breast feeding issues, mainly related to his suck/seal, and I am hoping we can get them worked out, as I am not a huge fan of the exclusive pumping idea - esp given the stress level I am under at the moment.

And, while there is/was tons of joy with our miracle boy's birth, I can't write about his birth without sharing some sad news. Patrick was conceived while I was helping to care for my sister last year, who had stage iv uterine cancer. My pregnancy was a lifeline for my sister, as she wanted to meet this baby more than anything in this world. She fought an incredibly hard fight against a very rare and aggressive form of cancer and should have died a couple of times over the past 13 months. She took a turn for the worse the morning he was born and we knew the end was near that day. I was able to take him to meet her on March 18 and she died on March 24. Her wish had been fulfilled and the circle of life was complete. It was a bittersweet moment and my heart is broken that she is not here to be a part of his life on Earth. I know she is in a better place now and is Patrick's guardian angel, as I know he would not be here without her.

I have to say without a doubt that my boy is a miracle and I encourage everyone who is still struggling to conceive to not give up! Have the hope... cbsgirl
But, what a gift you gave her and a goal to strive for to meet her nephew and see your dream fulfilled. How wonderful that she got to share that dream and let it become her own. It is amazing how our loved ones hold on when they are able. But, I am also glad that, if she was ready, she saw him and was able to let go.

It is utterly unfair that she will not be a direct influence in his life but I am betting she will be a wonderful indirect influence, as you said, his guardian angel. I am sure this is a bitter sweet time for you and I am sorry for that, but if possible let the sweet be wonderfully sweet and let the sorrowful make the sweet that much better.

I am sending you a huge hug, for your joy and your pain.

Love,
Sara H
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Alli
Alli

March 31st, 2012, 10:51 pm #6

It seems like longer than threesince my little boy arrived! And, before too much more time passes, I want to share his birth story.

First off, I had a c-section scheduled for March 12, a day after my due date, given my doc's vacation schedule. I had one last doc appt on March 8, which included an u/s, and asked DH to go with me at the last minute, as I figured it was one last chance to see our baby on the screen. The u/s seemed to go fine for the most part, but then the tech mentioned the baby wasn't moving as much as she would like. She wanted to try a couple of things to get him/her moving, including drinking a glass of ice water, but nothing seemed to work. This baby was not going to budge!

We met with the OB after the u/s and she was concerned enough about the lack of movement to send us to the hospital for fetal monitoring and thought the baby needed to come out within the next 72 hours and might need to be delivered that day depending on the monitoring. We stopped by the house on the way to the hospital to get my bag - just in case.

Fetal monitoring went fine. The baby was moving well and heart rate was good. I was hoping to come back the following day for my c-section, as I wasn't sure I was really ready for the baby to be here. The OB at the hospital handled things well when it came to discussing delivery, as she indicated that I could go until the next day, however she was worried that I would be worried if the baby didn't move much overnight. And, she said baby was term and the lack of movement was a sign it was ready to come out. She was also concerned that there might be some calcification of my placenta given age. That did it for me. So, we were on for a c-section at 3, as I had breakfast that AM and they needed an 8 hour window with no food.

I was totally calm walking back to the OR. Somehow it didn't seem real that my baby was about to make his/her entrance into the world. Although I didn't know the gender, I was convinced I was having a boy and my intuition was correct. Patrick James was born at 3:55pm and was screaming his lungs out instantly. He had a full head of hair, which wasn't picked up on u/s, and it was copper in color with blond roots. And, the nurses were all commenting on how handsome he was Everything about him is perfect and I am totally in love!

I am still dealing with some minor incision issues, but overall feel really good post c-section. I am probably overdoing things a bit, but that is life sometimes. We are having some breast feeding issues, mainly related to his suck/seal, and I am hoping we can get them worked out, as I am not a huge fan of the exclusive pumping idea - esp given the stress level I am under at the moment.

And, while there is/was tons of joy with our miracle boy's birth, I can't write about his birth without sharing some sad news. Patrick was conceived while I was helping to care for my sister last year, who had stage iv uterine cancer. My pregnancy was a lifeline for my sister, as she wanted to meet this baby more than anything in this world. She fought an incredibly hard fight against a very rare and aggressive form of cancer and should have died a couple of times over the past 13 months. She took a turn for the worse the morning he was born and we knew the end was near that day. I was able to take him to meet her on March 18 and she died on March 24. Her wish had been fulfilled and the circle of life was complete. It was a bittersweet moment and my heart is broken that she is not here to be a part of his life on Earth. I know she is in a better place now and is Patrick's guardian angel, as I know he would not be here without her.

I have to say without a doubt that my boy is a miracle and I encourage everyone who is still struggling to conceive to not give up! Have the hope... cbsgirl
So happy she was able to meet him before she passed.

Congrats and enjoy this time with your sweet baby!
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JulesM
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April 1st, 2012, 4:39 pm #7

It seems like longer than threesince my little boy arrived! And, before too much more time passes, I want to share his birth story.

First off, I had a c-section scheduled for March 12, a day after my due date, given my doc's vacation schedule. I had one last doc appt on March 8, which included an u/s, and asked DH to go with me at the last minute, as I figured it was one last chance to see our baby on the screen. The u/s seemed to go fine for the most part, but then the tech mentioned the baby wasn't moving as much as she would like. She wanted to try a couple of things to get him/her moving, including drinking a glass of ice water, but nothing seemed to work. This baby was not going to budge!

We met with the OB after the u/s and she was concerned enough about the lack of movement to send us to the hospital for fetal monitoring and thought the baby needed to come out within the next 72 hours and might need to be delivered that day depending on the monitoring. We stopped by the house on the way to the hospital to get my bag - just in case.

Fetal monitoring went fine. The baby was moving well and heart rate was good. I was hoping to come back the following day for my c-section, as I wasn't sure I was really ready for the baby to be here. The OB at the hospital handled things well when it came to discussing delivery, as she indicated that I could go until the next day, however she was worried that I would be worried if the baby didn't move much overnight. And, she said baby was term and the lack of movement was a sign it was ready to come out. She was also concerned that there might be some calcification of my placenta given age. That did it for me. So, we were on for a c-section at 3, as I had breakfast that AM and they needed an 8 hour window with no food.

I was totally calm walking back to the OR. Somehow it didn't seem real that my baby was about to make his/her entrance into the world. Although I didn't know the gender, I was convinced I was having a boy and my intuition was correct. Patrick James was born at 3:55pm and was screaming his lungs out instantly. He had a full head of hair, which wasn't picked up on u/s, and it was copper in color with blond roots. And, the nurses were all commenting on how handsome he was Everything about him is perfect and I am totally in love!

I am still dealing with some minor incision issues, but overall feel really good post c-section. I am probably overdoing things a bit, but that is life sometimes. We are having some breast feeding issues, mainly related to his suck/seal, and I am hoping we can get them worked out, as I am not a huge fan of the exclusive pumping idea - esp given the stress level I am under at the moment.

And, while there is/was tons of joy with our miracle boy's birth, I can't write about his birth without sharing some sad news. Patrick was conceived while I was helping to care for my sister last year, who had stage iv uterine cancer. My pregnancy was a lifeline for my sister, as she wanted to meet this baby more than anything in this world. She fought an incredibly hard fight against a very rare and aggressive form of cancer and should have died a couple of times over the past 13 months. She took a turn for the worse the morning he was born and we knew the end was near that day. I was able to take him to meet her on March 18 and she died on March 24. Her wish had been fulfilled and the circle of life was complete. It was a bittersweet moment and my heart is broken that she is not here to be a part of his life on Earth. I know she is in a better place now and is Patrick's guardian angel, as I know he would not be here without her.

I have to say without a doubt that my boy is a miracle and I encourage everyone who is still struggling to conceive to not give up! Have the hope... cbsgirl
Your sister's struggle and passing brings tears to my eyes. I am so glad she got to meet him and for you to see her see him... that will be the memory that will last.
It seems that lately we are all having babies with heads of hair! He sounds just delicious!!
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April 1st, 2012, 6:22 pm #8

It seems like longer than threesince my little boy arrived! And, before too much more time passes, I want to share his birth story.

First off, I had a c-section scheduled for March 12, a day after my due date, given my doc's vacation schedule. I had one last doc appt on March 8, which included an u/s, and asked DH to go with me at the last minute, as I figured it was one last chance to see our baby on the screen. The u/s seemed to go fine for the most part, but then the tech mentioned the baby wasn't moving as much as she would like. She wanted to try a couple of things to get him/her moving, including drinking a glass of ice water, but nothing seemed to work. This baby was not going to budge!

We met with the OB after the u/s and she was concerned enough about the lack of movement to send us to the hospital for fetal monitoring and thought the baby needed to come out within the next 72 hours and might need to be delivered that day depending on the monitoring. We stopped by the house on the way to the hospital to get my bag - just in case.

Fetal monitoring went fine. The baby was moving well and heart rate was good. I was hoping to come back the following day for my c-section, as I wasn't sure I was really ready for the baby to be here. The OB at the hospital handled things well when it came to discussing delivery, as she indicated that I could go until the next day, however she was worried that I would be worried if the baby didn't move much overnight. And, she said baby was term and the lack of movement was a sign it was ready to come out. She was also concerned that there might be some calcification of my placenta given age. That did it for me. So, we were on for a c-section at 3, as I had breakfast that AM and they needed an 8 hour window with no food.

I was totally calm walking back to the OR. Somehow it didn't seem real that my baby was about to make his/her entrance into the world. Although I didn't know the gender, I was convinced I was having a boy and my intuition was correct. Patrick James was born at 3:55pm and was screaming his lungs out instantly. He had a full head of hair, which wasn't picked up on u/s, and it was copper in color with blond roots. And, the nurses were all commenting on how handsome he was Everything about him is perfect and I am totally in love!

I am still dealing with some minor incision issues, but overall feel really good post c-section. I am probably overdoing things a bit, but that is life sometimes. We are having some breast feeding issues, mainly related to his suck/seal, and I am hoping we can get them worked out, as I am not a huge fan of the exclusive pumping idea - esp given the stress level I am under at the moment.

And, while there is/was tons of joy with our miracle boy's birth, I can't write about his birth without sharing some sad news. Patrick was conceived while I was helping to care for my sister last year, who had stage iv uterine cancer. My pregnancy was a lifeline for my sister, as she wanted to meet this baby more than anything in this world. She fought an incredibly hard fight against a very rare and aggressive form of cancer and should have died a couple of times over the past 13 months. She took a turn for the worse the morning he was born and we knew the end was near that day. I was able to take him to meet her on March 18 and she died on March 24. Her wish had been fulfilled and the circle of life was complete. It was a bittersweet moment and my heart is broken that she is not here to be a part of his life on Earth. I know she is in a better place now and is Patrick's guardian angel, as I know he would not be here without her.

I have to say without a doubt that my boy is a miracle and I encourage everyone who is still struggling to conceive to not give up! Have the hope... cbsgirl
Pls accept my congrats on your beautiful boy and my condolences on the loss of your sister. My heart goes out to you and your family. That must have been devastating for everyone even in the midst of your sons birth.

This story brought a tear to my eyes. I just wish the best for you and Patrick and may your sis rest in peace.

Again, Congrats,
Z.
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April 1st, 2012, 7:43 pm #9

It seems like longer than threesince my little boy arrived! And, before too much more time passes, I want to share his birth story.

First off, I had a c-section scheduled for March 12, a day after my due date, given my doc's vacation schedule. I had one last doc appt on March 8, which included an u/s, and asked DH to go with me at the last minute, as I figured it was one last chance to see our baby on the screen. The u/s seemed to go fine for the most part, but then the tech mentioned the baby wasn't moving as much as she would like. She wanted to try a couple of things to get him/her moving, including drinking a glass of ice water, but nothing seemed to work. This baby was not going to budge!

We met with the OB after the u/s and she was concerned enough about the lack of movement to send us to the hospital for fetal monitoring and thought the baby needed to come out within the next 72 hours and might need to be delivered that day depending on the monitoring. We stopped by the house on the way to the hospital to get my bag - just in case.

Fetal monitoring went fine. The baby was moving well and heart rate was good. I was hoping to come back the following day for my c-section, as I wasn't sure I was really ready for the baby to be here. The OB at the hospital handled things well when it came to discussing delivery, as she indicated that I could go until the next day, however she was worried that I would be worried if the baby didn't move much overnight. And, she said baby was term and the lack of movement was a sign it was ready to come out. She was also concerned that there might be some calcification of my placenta given age. That did it for me. So, we were on for a c-section at 3, as I had breakfast that AM and they needed an 8 hour window with no food.

I was totally calm walking back to the OR. Somehow it didn't seem real that my baby was about to make his/her entrance into the world. Although I didn't know the gender, I was convinced I was having a boy and my intuition was correct. Patrick James was born at 3:55pm and was screaming his lungs out instantly. He had a full head of hair, which wasn't picked up on u/s, and it was copper in color with blond roots. And, the nurses were all commenting on how handsome he was Everything about him is perfect and I am totally in love!

I am still dealing with some minor incision issues, but overall feel really good post c-section. I am probably overdoing things a bit, but that is life sometimes. We are having some breast feeding issues, mainly related to his suck/seal, and I am hoping we can get them worked out, as I am not a huge fan of the exclusive pumping idea - esp given the stress level I am under at the moment.

And, while there is/was tons of joy with our miracle boy's birth, I can't write about his birth without sharing some sad news. Patrick was conceived while I was helping to care for my sister last year, who had stage iv uterine cancer. My pregnancy was a lifeline for my sister, as she wanted to meet this baby more than anything in this world. She fought an incredibly hard fight against a very rare and aggressive form of cancer and should have died a couple of times over the past 13 months. She took a turn for the worse the morning he was born and we knew the end was near that day. I was able to take him to meet her on March 18 and she died on March 24. Her wish had been fulfilled and the circle of life was complete. It was a bittersweet moment and my heart is broken that she is not here to be a part of his life on Earth. I know she is in a better place now and is Patrick's guardian angel, as I know he would not be here without her.

I have to say without a doubt that my boy is a miracle and I encourage everyone who is still struggling to conceive to not give up! Have the hope... cbsgirl
What a beautiful sentiment in regards to your sister. And Patrick sounds like he will be well taken care of by his Mommy and his Auntie up in heaven. I'm sure she is able to enjoy him much much more from heaven.

Thanks for sharing your story! And enjoy all that motherhood has to offer!



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1st Cycle of Gonal F - 1 follie & cyst on right - BFN
TAB for a cycle
2nd Cycle of Gonal F = BFP!!!!!
11dpo Beta=27.9
14dpo Beta=120
16dpo Beta=210
18dpo Beta=429
21dpo Beta=1064
5w6d - baby measuring 3mm, h/b 101
6w6d - baby measuring 6mm, h/b 126
7w6d - baby 18mm, h/b 171, measuring ahead at 8w2d! RE noticed enlarged yolk sac so keeping a close eye on that
8w6d - baby 2.52cm with h/b of 174
9w5d - baby 3.22cm with h/b of 180 measuring 10w1d
10w6d - baby 4.34cmcm with h/b of 174 measuring 11w1d
12w u/s showed baby at 11.2cm with h/b of 162 - unfortunately, that evening I suffered a horrible m/c of a chromosomally NORMAL girl.... RIP my angel girl...you were loved....

Gonal F with Timed Intercourse-2WW
First cycle of Gonal F with Timed Intercourse since m/c - BFN
2nd Cycle of Gonal F with Timed Intercourse - BFN
TAB for a month on bcp's
3rd Cycle of Gonal F - BFP
-11dpo beta=14.9
-14dpo beta=45.7
-16dpo beta=140
-18dpo beta=366
u/s at 6w1d showed heart-rate of 114!!!!
u/s at 7w1d showed heart-rate of 141!!!!
u/s at 8w showed heart-rate of 179
u/s at 9w showed 2 SCH's, h/r of 197
u/s at 10w showed h/r of 175
u/s at 11w showed h/r of 180
u/s at 12 w showed h/r of 188
12w2d...m/c'd baby at home, lost too much blood, had to have emergency D&C...severely anemic....baby was a chromosomally normal boy
-developed a blood clot in leg 1 1/2 wks post D&C...saw a hematologist and had testing done and everything came back normal, will still treat me with Lovenex on next pregnancy

-First cycle since m/c....Gonal F, triggered with 8 mature follies, T/I - BFP!
-13dpo beta 106, progesterone 21.4
-15dpo beta 260, progesterone 12.2
-16dpo beta 411, progesterone 16
-20dpo beta 845, progesterone 19 (went in for u/s to rule out ectopic, couldn't see anything yet, but lining was thick)
-22dpo beta 1158, progesterone 18
-24dpo beta 1655, progesterone 20
-5w?? u/s showed 2 sacs...one measuring 4w0d, the other measuring 5w1d....possibly vanishing twin???
-6w u/s showed TWINS! 2 h/r's....121, 119. both measuring 6w1d! SCH 1cm
-At 7w pg, tested positive for lupus anticoagulant, on lovenox to treat it, TSH was 2.55
-7w2d u/s showed 2 babies measuring 7w4d & 7w3d, h/r's 158 & 153! SCH 2cm
-8w1d u/s showed 2 babies measuring 8w3d & 8w2d, h/r's 185 & 179! SCH 3cm
-10w2d u/s showed we lost baby A measuring 9w1d and had no h/r...baby B measured 10w1d with a h/r of 180...praying for Baby B to hang on, SCH gone, started thyroid med
-11w1d u/s showed Baby B measuring right on track, h/r of 174
-12w1d had a red bleeding episode & u/s showed Baby B measuring 1 day ahead and a h/r of 168, bleeding likely caused by Baby A's passing
-13w1d had some red spotting & u/s showed Baby B measuring 2 days behind and h/r of 157
-14w...baby measured 14w3d...and I suffered a horrible, very sudden miscarriage...another angel baby...that makes 4.
Saw Dr Mary Stephenson at U of Chicago for recurrent pregnancy loss....dx with Lupus Anticoagluant and Incompetent Cervix, will be treated with lovenox
5-25-11 - Had a Transabdominal Cerclage placed by Dr Haney at U of Chicago

Gonal F with Timed Intercourse (self medicated/unmonitored) BFN
Gonal F with Timed Intercourse: 7 follies in play - BFP at 10dpo!!!
12dpo hcg level 80.5, progesterone 16.8
14dpo hcg level 295, progesterone 18
6w3d u/s showed 1 baby with a h/r of 120, measuring 6w4d
7w3d u/s showed baby with h/r of 160, measuring 7w3d
7w5d u/s showed a possibility of TWINS! Baby A (the original) measured 8w, h/r 167...Baby B, hiding in the upper uterus measured 6w6d, h/r 176...time will tell if Baby B will make it
8w4d u/s showed Baby A doing well measuring 8w4d and h/r of 185....Baby B measured 7w3d and no h/r detected My 5 angels better help me out through the rest of all this
9w5d u/s showed Baby A measring 9w5d, h/r 188
10w5d u/s showed Baby A measuring good, h/r 175
11w3d u/s shoed Baby A measuring 11w4d, h/r 169
12w6d u/s showed Baby A measuring 13w2d, h/r of 167
13w5d u/s showed Baby A measuring 13w6d, h/r of 156
15w5d u/s showed Baby Girl measuring about a week ahead! h/r 164
17w4d u/s showed Baby Girl with a h/r of 156, cervix measuring 5cm+
19w4d, u/s showed Baby Girl with a h/r of 151, cervix measuring 5cm
23w4d, u/s showed Baby Girl with h/r of 149, cervix measuring 5cm. Baby weighed 1lb 14oz and is in the 80th percentile...her belly in the 97th....talked a little big about GD
27w4d, u/s showed Baby Girl with h/r of 151, cervix measuring 5cm...baby weighed 3lb 4oz, 87th percentile, pass GD test!
29w4d u/s showed Baby Girl with h/r of 148, cervix 5cm
31w4d u/s showed Baby Girl with h/r of 129, cervix 5cm and weight is 5lb 5oz! BIG GIRL!!!
TTC: Since Nov. 2006
Diagnosis: Ovarian Dysfunction & PCOS
26 Years Old
cd3 FSH 16.8
cd10 FSH 13.6
7 Unmonitored Cycles of Clomid
3 Unmonitored Cycles of Letrozole
Positive CCCT
TAB for cysts
1st Cycle of 150iu of Menopur with Timed BDing - 5 mature follies - BFN
TAB for cysts
2nd Cycle of 150iu of Menopur with Timed Intercourse - 4 mature follies in play - BFN
3rd Cycle of 150 iu of Menopur with Timed Intercourse - 2 follies - BFN
1st Cycle of Gonal F - 1 follie & cyst on right - BFN
TAB for a cycle
2nd Cycle of Gonal F = BFP!!!!!
11dpo Beta=27.9
14dpo Beta=120
16dpo Beta=210
18dpo Beta=429
21dpo Beta=1064
5w6d - baby measuring 3mm, h/b 101
6w6d - baby measuring 6mm, h/b 126
7w6d - baby 18mm, h/b 171, measuring ahead at 8w2d! RE noticed enlarged yolk sac so keeping a close eye on that
8w6d - baby 2.52cm with h/b of 174
9w5d - baby 3.22cm with h/b of 180 measuring 10w1d
10w6d - baby 4.34cmcm with h/b of 174 measuring 11w1d
12w u/s showed baby at 11.2cm with h/b of 162 - unfortunately, that evening I suffered a horrible m/c of a chromosomally NORMAL girl.... RIP my angel girl...you were loved....

First cycle of Gonal F with Timed Intercourse since m/c - BFN
2nd Cycle of Gonal F with Timed Intercourse - BFN
TAB for a month on bcp's
3rd Cycle of Gonal F - BFP
-11dpo beta=14.9
-14dpo beta=45.7
-16dpo beta=140
-18dpo beta=366
u/s at 6w1d showed heart-rate of 114!!!!
u/s at 7w1d showed heart-rate of 141!!!!
u/s at 8w showed heart-rate of 179
u/s at 9w showed 2 SCH's, h/r of 197
u/s at 10w showed h/r of 175
u/s at 11w showed h/r of 180
u/s at 12 w showed h/r of 188
12w2d...m/c'd baby at home, lost too much blood, had to have emergency D&C...severely anemic....baby was a chromosomally normal boy
-developed a blood clot in leg 1 1/2 wks post D&C...saw a hematologist and had testing done and everything came back normal, will still treat me with Lovenex on next pregnancy
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April 1st, 2012, 10:49 pm #10

It seems like longer than threesince my little boy arrived! And, before too much more time passes, I want to share his birth story.

First off, I had a c-section scheduled for March 12, a day after my due date, given my doc's vacation schedule. I had one last doc appt on March 8, which included an u/s, and asked DH to go with me at the last minute, as I figured it was one last chance to see our baby on the screen. The u/s seemed to go fine for the most part, but then the tech mentioned the baby wasn't moving as much as she would like. She wanted to try a couple of things to get him/her moving, including drinking a glass of ice water, but nothing seemed to work. This baby was not going to budge!

We met with the OB after the u/s and she was concerned enough about the lack of movement to send us to the hospital for fetal monitoring and thought the baby needed to come out within the next 72 hours and might need to be delivered that day depending on the monitoring. We stopped by the house on the way to the hospital to get my bag - just in case.

Fetal monitoring went fine. The baby was moving well and heart rate was good. I was hoping to come back the following day for my c-section, as I wasn't sure I was really ready for the baby to be here. The OB at the hospital handled things well when it came to discussing delivery, as she indicated that I could go until the next day, however she was worried that I would be worried if the baby didn't move much overnight. And, she said baby was term and the lack of movement was a sign it was ready to come out. She was also concerned that there might be some calcification of my placenta given age. That did it for me. So, we were on for a c-section at 3, as I had breakfast that AM and they needed an 8 hour window with no food.

I was totally calm walking back to the OR. Somehow it didn't seem real that my baby was about to make his/her entrance into the world. Although I didn't know the gender, I was convinced I was having a boy and my intuition was correct. Patrick James was born at 3:55pm and was screaming his lungs out instantly. He had a full head of hair, which wasn't picked up on u/s, and it was copper in color with blond roots. And, the nurses were all commenting on how handsome he was Everything about him is perfect and I am totally in love!

I am still dealing with some minor incision issues, but overall feel really good post c-section. I am probably overdoing things a bit, but that is life sometimes. We are having some breast feeding issues, mainly related to his suck/seal, and I am hoping we can get them worked out, as I am not a huge fan of the exclusive pumping idea - esp given the stress level I am under at the moment.

And, while there is/was tons of joy with our miracle boy's birth, I can't write about his birth without sharing some sad news. Patrick was conceived while I was helping to care for my sister last year, who had stage iv uterine cancer. My pregnancy was a lifeline for my sister, as she wanted to meet this baby more than anything in this world. She fought an incredibly hard fight against a very rare and aggressive form of cancer and should have died a couple of times over the past 13 months. She took a turn for the worse the morning he was born and we knew the end was near that day. I was able to take him to meet her on March 18 and she died on March 24. Her wish had been fulfilled and the circle of life was complete. It was a bittersweet moment and my heart is broken that she is not here to be a part of his life on Earth. I know she is in a better place now and is Patrick's guardian angel, as I know he would not be here without her.

I have to say without a doubt that my boy is a miracle and I encourage everyone who is still struggling to conceive to not give up! Have the hope... cbsgirl
What a beautiful birth story and beautiful tribute to your sister. No doubt your son's guardian angel is with him always.
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