This is Mommy today.
I apologize for our family's absence from our blog. On May 12th, we found out that our baby was no longer viable. He had passed away on May 8th, just shy of 15 weeks. If you wish to not read all of the details of our experience, you can skip this post.
On May 12th, we went to the hospital that afternoon to start the delivery process. Since we were past the 1st trimester and using a Catholic Hospital, I had to deliver the baby. If we had not been using a Catholic Hospital, I would have been scheduled for a D&E (Dilation and Evacuation) that afternoon. But, in our case, to the Hospital we went.
Every 4 hours I received a dose of Cytotec that would in theory, induce labor. By the morning of May 13th, no contractions had started and I had made very little progress dilating. The doctors decided to take the next step and insert a Foley Bulb. By the evening, again, no/little progress had been made. We were then scheduled to see a High Risk doctor in the morning to explore our options.
The morning of May 14th we met with the High Risk doctor and decided to remove the Foley Bulb and stop the Cytotec. We had the option of traveling over to another hospital to get a D&E that day or because we had proven to have an unsuccessful induction, they could schedule a D&E with the 1 doctor that performed them at our hospital. We decided to hang in one more day since we were most comfortable with the hospital we were at.
The afternoon/early evening of May 14th, my contractions started (and stayed!). Even though I only needed to dilate to 2-3cm to give birth, it was the worst labor I have ever been in. Luckily, I was able to take almost any pain killer.
Around 8:30pm our precious baby boy, James Jonathan was born. He was just shy of 6" long and only weighed a couple ounces. Daddy and I, as well as both sets of grandparents, got to spend some time with James that night.
On May 15th, around 2pm, I was released from the hospital to go home. By the time Daddy and I arrived at home, I had spiked a fever. After a few phone calls, we were told to return to the hospital to be admitted again. When we arrived at admitting, my blood pressure had plummeted and they rushed me to the ER. They gave me an ultrasound and ran blood work and found two things, I had an infection and I had leftover tissue inside me still. They were able to get me scheduled for a D&C (Dilation and Curettage) that night.
The D&C went as planned but in order to get rid of the infections, I had to stay for 2 more nights on antibiotics. Sunday, May 17th we finally returned home.
We are very greatly for the little time we got to spend with our baby, nothing can replace that.
We had every test offered ran on both myself and James to try and understand what went wrong. Blood work, chromosomal testing, autopsy etc. They found nothing. Although frustrating because we don't have any answers, we are also grateful to know that nothing was wrong and the odds of it happening again (2nd trimester that is) are slim. Some things just happen.
I want to thank all of you that helped us through this difficult time and prayed for us. You have no idea how much all your kind words have touched our family.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Helping Addie put her shoe on
We are Girly Girls for sure!
More Easter Pictures
Swinging away at Bisnonna's
Riding along at Sam's Club buying Mattresses for our new beds!
Staying the night at Nonna and Papa's
My feet smell amazing, always!
The Sunshine Classroom at school
Loves her blankie
Hanging with Cousin Carolyn
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Yea yea, two posts a month, I remember. So I missed March? That just means you may get more later on in the year J
Both of us are getting bigger and bigger every day now. Addie is putting together sentences. Some of her favorites include “Daddy work hard”, “I say night night to Kitty” and “I’m not poopy”. I’m becoming a very good listener and I’ll let you know when I think I’m being good, “I’m listening mommy” or “I’m such a big girl”. Mommy just laughs at me and shakes her head, but I want to make sure she knows.
For Easter this year, we had two Easter Egg hunts. The first one was on Saturday at Great Grandpa and Great Grandma Heikes’s house. You can see pictures and video below. We went to church Easter morning and got to see the bunny! We then made our way over to Aunt Jessie and Uncle Dan’s house for Brunch. YUM! Pictures also below.
Last weekend, we made a trip up to Rochelle to visit Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Myroth as well as Great Aunt Becky and Great Uncle David’s family. Unfortunately, their area had been recently hit with a EF4 tornado. Luckily, both families were safe and had little damage (especially relative to other homes in their neighborhood). It was humbling to see and we are very blessed our family was safe.
Enjoy the pics and videos!
Frozen on Ice
Crusin on her Panda
At the park with Aunt Jessie and Uncle Dan
Hanging out at Nonna and Papa's
Enjoying the sun at Grandma and Grandpa's
Being silly at Nonna and Papa's
Yes, this is how she sleeps!
Vacationing with Grandma and Grandpa for the weekend while Daddy worked
I stuffed my shirt with Easter Eggs....I told mommy I wanted to look like Hercules...Mommy sighed with relief and I'm not sure why?
Addie and Aunt Heather
Sisters and Best Friends
Petting the Goat at Great Grandma and Great Grandpa Heikes's House
I held the goat
Egg Hunting at Aunt Jessie and Uncle Dan's
Her diaper came off while she was running! haha
I like to help now and Addie lets me help her with her shoes