Dec. 6, 2016 is the day that changed our lives forever. It was the day I was going in to hear my sweet baby's heartbeat at our local hospital in Louisiana and to find out everything was OK … but to my surprise I had an ultrasound done that showed Eli's bladder was very enlarged and completely filled with urine and it had no way to escape.
I found myself in complete heartache and pain because I had no idea what this finding would mean for our son, but I knew it wasn't good. We were seen by a maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) specialist the very next day who diagnosed Eli with LUTO (lower urinary track obstruction). It is a condition that's very uncommon. It happens to 1...
My husband and I have been together for 11 years, three of those married. Soon after exchanging vows, we decided we were ready to grow our family. However, my cycles were irregular and after visiting my OB/GYN, I was placed on medication to help regulate them. After a few months we realized I also needed medication to help me ovulate.
It took a few tries adjusting the dosage, but a few months later, a home pregnancy test confirmed what we were hoping for – we were expecting! Our joy quickly turned to fear and sadness though as I began spotting. I immediately called my OB's office and went in for an hCG test – a blood test that measures the levels of a hormone that...
In the following hours and days, the NICU team continually adjusted Jordan’s support to find the perfect levels she needed to be steady enough for her surgery. It was a long scary three days, but she showed us she had a lot of fight. The decision was made to have her hernia correction surgery on day 3 of life. It was the longest four hours of our lives.
Building our first house, my husband changed jobs, I began my Master’s program and we were trying to have our first baby. We knew we were taking on a lot; but never imagined what would soon unfold.On Father’s Day 2016, my husband Mike and I learned we were expecting! Come early October we had our anatomy ultrasound and left beaming with photos of a beloved baby girl. The following afternoon, I had missed a call and voicemail concerning our ultrasound.
We were so excited to find out in October 2015 that we were expecting our second child. We had been trying for a couple of years and were beginning to think it wouldn’t happen. Everything was progressing wonderful and we found out that the following November we would have our first and only boy. We went in for our routine 20 week anatomy ultrasound and left thinking everything was perfect, like with our first.