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Natalie?s Birth Story *LONG*

This year for Valentine?s Day I asked hubby to take the day off so we could spend the day together. Between his work schedule and preparing for the baby, our alone time was far and few between. We decided to go back to the place that did our elective ultrasound for the do over since baby girl was much bigger now, she should be easy to see. We got some amazing shots of her! Who knew we would see that sweet face so soon after! Then we hit a Buy Buy Baby to pick up some odds and ends and then went home to get ready for dinner. I?m kicking myself for never taking our picture that night! We went out to dinner for 6pm and had a very nice romantic dinner. We went home and relaxed and then (after I checked my sugar) we had some chocolate covered strawberries and it was off to bed. Sadly it was around 9pm.

I woke up around 11pm to use the bathroom. I had started spotting earlier in the week so when I could feel something ?plop? I didn?t think anything of it and was hoping it was the start of something good. Well imagine my surprise when I wiped to find a ton of blood! Cue panic! I attempted to clean myself up and knew I needed to wake my husband. I didn?t know what was happening, what was going to happen or what it meant but I knew we were making a trip to the hospital. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I was going to leave that hospital with a baby! I woke up my husband and we started to get ready and once I explained what was wrong we both had a moment of panic. I went back to the bathroom to prepare myself to make the trip to the hospital and continued to bleed and bleed. Now it started to sink in that something was really wrong. I called the OB and waited for a call back. Got one of my favorite Dr?s who attempted to calm me down and told me to go right to the hospital, she would call ahead and I would be taken right up to Labor and Delivery. So I called my mom to update her and off we went. It was a crazy ride because I was so scared something was wrong but at the same time had no idea what was going on!

We got to the hospital right before midnight and thankfully I already did my pre-admission forms so it was a breeze and I was just waiting for someone to take me up to get evaluated. The first thing the nurse did was hook me up to the monitors and made me focus on her heartbeat. Well thank god she still had one! My blood pressure was very high, go figure, but baby looked great on the monitors. I was still bleeding quite heavily and they needed to find out why. So they cleaned off my cervix and tried to get the clots out. An ultrasound was done to check on the baby?s position and weight and it was determined I would be admitted at least overnight so I could meet with the high risk Dr in the morning. So off to L&D we went. We made it through the night getting whatever sleep we could. Because of my diabetes my sugar was checked every hour and bloodwork was drawn every 6 hours. I was also on a blood pressure machine that took a reading every 15 minutes. Needless to say it was difficult to rest. In the morning with the change of shifts we were moved to a larger room. It seems I was to make myself comfortable. The bleeding had slowed/stopped and I was just waiting to see my OB and the MFM in a few hours. Around 9am my OB came in and we spoke about what was happening. It was thrown around that I had partial placental abruption and she believed the safest thing was for me to deliver. But at this point the OB does not call the shots, the MFM does and the OB just goes along with it. I spoke to my OB about a c-section and told her I was most definitely open to one and just wanted whatever was safest for my daughter. I was checked sometime through the night and was just about 3cm. I was having contractions regularly but was still hanging in there. By mid morning I was being given insulin for my sugars so they could control them, still checking every hour. Around 10:30am the MFM made his rounds and we had a discussion about delivering me. He did a growth scan and estimated baby to be under 6lbs, around 5lb15oz. He wasn?t that far off at all! He explained how the abruption could kill me and my daughter and well that didn?t sound like a great option. So he voted for induction. I was just shy of 37 weeks but was far enough along that he felt comfortable with the induction. It was no longer safe to keep me pregnant. So that was that. I was going to leave this hospital with a baby! I called home to let them know and had a heart to heart with my husband. We were terrified and still couldn?t believe this was happening. We were both running on no sleep!

Around 11am we started pitocin. I was still at 3cm but was contracting regularly and was in pain. I decided it was epidural time so that I could try and get some rest. I labored throughout the morning and was checked again around 3pm to find I was still at 3cm. So they decided to break my water to get things moving along. Sometime in the late afternoon the resident came in to inform me that I had pre-eclampsia. Oh terrific. So at this point I wouldn?t be able to get out of bed and would be on bedrest for 24 hours after delivery. Another line needed to be placed so that I could start another medication, magnesium, to help me. Along with that my vitals were checked every 2 hours, bloodwork every 6 hours, sugars every hour and blood pressure every 15 minutes. Yeah there was no time for sleep. I labored for the rest of the day and was checked around 7pm and was still 3! Man this was frustrating! It was during this check I had another bleed. That worried me tremendously! I really wanted to talk to my OB to get some answers as it was unclear how long I would sit on pitocin for. At this point I was delirious. I was getting no rest and really hadn?t slept since Wednesday. And neither had my husband. I cried and cried to him telling him I legitimately did not have the strength to have this baby. I was done. I wanted this experience over but there wasn?t much we could do.

I continued to be poked and prodded at and got something else for the pain and would rest in 45minute intervals. Thankfully I had wonderful nurses who did whatever they could to let me rest while poking me. We finally were able to get my husband another chair that pulled out so he could get some rest. I continued to ask for my OB but was told I would see her in the morning. I had no idea how I would make it! Around midnight my OB arrived. Man was I so glad to see her! We talked about what was going on and I told her I was not thrilled with having another bleed and she agreed. She wanted to check me and we both had hoped for progress. Everything was looking great on the monitors and the pitocin had been bumped up to the max and they already broke my water 12 hours ago. Low and behold, 4cm. Neither one of us were comfortable with this and she just finally said it was time for me to deliver and that we would be getting ready to do a c-section. This was music to my ears because it meant the roller coaster ride was over, but it also meant I became someone?s Mommy. Was I ready for that? So now cue panic, and I have to have my husband call my parents, clean up our room, change into scrubs and keep calm all the while. Next thing I knew everyone was suited up, anesthesia was numbing me and they were giving me a hat. Holy crap, was this really happening? I was taken into the OR by 1am. At 1:29am Natalie Antoinette was born and I finally heard her beautiful cry. They had warned us that the magnesium would affect her and that she might not cry. My husband followed her to the nursery while they finished with me. When she was cleaned up she was brought over to me so I could ?hold? her and someone took our picture. I was out of it the entire time and could barely keep my eyes open but boy did I perk up when they brought her over to me! It was such an emotional ride for me and my husband but we couldn?t be happier. At this point in time, she still had no name. I really needed to get a better look at her! They came back from the nursery and told me she was 5lb14oz and 18.5 inches long! Before I left the OR I spoke to my OB about how it went and I asked about my placenta. I know that the shape the placenta is in at the time of delivery says a lot about the health of the baby. She told me the placenta was completely detached. Man was I glad we did the section when we did!

I made it to recovery around 2am where my husband and parents were bouncing back and forth between me and the nursery and there were many tears of joy! They said as long as the baby was cleared she could come sit with me in recovery. So my husband brought her out to me and I got to hold her for the first time. It was then we decided her name would be Natalie. It just fit her. I was moved into my own room around 5am and requested the baby come in so that I could do skin to skin with her. That was an amazing moment! I did breastfeed her for a short time before we went to sleep but unfortunately that was the last time. At this point it is 6am on Saturday morning and we were admitted on Thursday! I was stuck on bedrest for 24 hours after birth because of the magnesium. I had horrible side effects and wasn?t able to sit up in bed because of my blood pressure. I couldn?t care for my daughter and just laid in the bed whenever visitors came. It was amazing to see my husband take care of her and spring into action but it stunk not being able to participate. Finally I kicked everyone out because I felt horrible and my blood pressure was still high. By Sunday I was out of bed and walking around, which was very painful. We were given the option to stay until Wednesday but decided to leave on Tuesday instead.

Overall it was a crazy experience but we expected nothing less given our history. My story could have had a different ending so I am very grateful to the hospital and my choice of Drs. I still can?t believe my daughter is here and that I actually got my miracle. I am adjusting to my new life and am still in awe that this perfect little baby is mine anytime I want her! Everything we went through over the past 3 years was totally worth it! I couldn?t be more in love with her!

ETA: Pictures, since you deserve them! These are our hospital photos that I am ridiculously in love with!




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Re: Natalie?s Birth Story *LONG*

  • imagekmc84:
    Holy cannoli that's a wild story!! I'm so happy that you both are ok! The pictures are amazing!!! She is just beautiful and I am in love with her little chin dimple!!! Congratulations!!!

     I know! I cant make this stuff up!!! lol Thank you very much and apparently that is Daddy's little dimple...if you shave his face you can see it lol

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  • imageJezebell26:

    Holy cannoli that's a wild story!! I'm so happy that you both are ok! The pictures are amazing!!! She is just beautiful and I am in love with her little chin dimple!!! Congratulations!!!

     I know! I cant make this stuff up!!! lol Thank you very much and apparently that is Daddy's little dimple...if you shave his face you can see it lol

    Somehow I deleted my post.... Stupid insomnia and bumping from phone.... Sorry!
    TTC# 1 since 5/10
    Me:34 Type 1 Diabetes, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Hypothyroid DH:35 Perfect
    DX: Unexplained IF
    Many IUI's with various meds all BFFN
    IVF #1 11/11 canceled due to OHSS
    IVF #2 Feb/March 2012 ET of 2 on day 3 4/7 BFP! 5/1 u/s blighted ovum
    IVF #3 July 2012 ET of 3 on day 3 7/24 BFP!
    Healthy baby girl born at 36w4d on 3/9/13
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    IVF #4 May/June 2014 ER 6/4 18R 8M 8F ET 6/9 1 blast, 2 frosties
    Beta 6/18 BFFN

    FET of 2 blasts 7/24...BFP!
    Healthy baby girl born at 36w3d on 3/17/15

    IVF #5 June 2018- PGS planned, no surviving embryos
    IVF #6 August 2018- ET of 2 on day 3 - Chemical pregnancy
    IVF #7 August 2019-....?
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  • Wow! Not gonna lie, your story made me tear-up a bit! I'm so happy to hear that everyone is happy and healthy, and Natalie is beautiful!  Many many congrats!!! 
    Skylar Elena and Hollyn Isabella... our two beautiful blessings arrived April 18, 2013!
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  • Congratulations on the birth of your absolutely beautiful baby girl! I'm so glad everyone is doing well and made it through!!!! Your story definitely brought tears to my eyes! Congrats again!!!!
    Tried to conceive on our own for a year before moving on to fertility treatments. Dx unexplained. About 10 months of procedures, shots, and countless doctor appointments, we got our BFP! BFN on 5 IUI's
    IVF#1 - ER 09/14/12, ET 09/17/12: two 8 cells, BFP: 9/28 Beta#1 56.8; 10/2 Beta#2 284; 10/5 Beta#3 939; 10/9 Beta #4 4967. One baby on board with EDD 06/07/13!
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  • congratulations.... and ditto to what PP said.. what a crazy birth story.  Your precious little girl is beautiful!
    Me 35, DH 36
    TTC summer 2008
    Diagnose me. DOR, DH perfect
    IUI # 1 6/2010, BFN
    IUI # 2 8/2010, BFN
    IVF # 1 10/2010 Canceled poor response
    IVF 1.2 12/2010 BFP! mc 6 weeks 2 days
    Mental health break for 10 months
    IVF # 2 10/2011 BFN
    IVF # 3 5/2012 BFP! 10 eggs retrieved (best ever)
    7 fertilized transferred 3
    Beta #1 14dpo - 72, Beta #2 17dpo 145 Beta 3 20dpo 521
    First u/s June 15 saw HB 126 bpm missed m/c 7/5/12 10 weeks D&C 7/6/12
    IVF#4 ER 9/30 ET 10/3 Beta 10/16 BFFN. IVF #5 final with o/e. ER 1/21 only 1 retrieved, hoping my lonestar is the one. Beta #1 2/6/13 = 209.... please let this be it! Keep growing lonestar! Beta #2 2/8/13 - 586! , Beta #3 2/10/13 = 1898. First u/s perfect little heart beat at 116 bpm. Measure 6 weeks 1 day. EDD 10/14/13
    3/4/13 measuring right on track beautiful heartbeat 171 bpm, graduated from RE to OB... bittersweet.
    PAIF/SAIF always welcome! Its a girl! 

    Maggie Grace is here!  10/5/13... 8lbs 6 ounces of pure joy!

    TTC#2  No birth control since DD was born.  Getting ready to jump back in the saddle.  Weaning this month. RE
    appt scheduled 5/8.   Here we go again!

    IFV# 6.  10/27  6 retrieved 4 mature 3 fertilized.  2 made it to 3dt 10/30. 1"very pretty 8 cell" and 1 6 cell.  Beta
    11/13.   Please stick embies!!!!  We love you so much already! 11/12/14  POAS, BFP... beta tomorrow!
    11/13 beta #1  924!!!  2nd bet 11/15 1906, one more on 11/17 3rd & final beta 3430.  First u/s 12/5, 7w4d, 2 heartbeats,
    both measuring right on track....2nd u/s... all is well... both beans measuring right on track... released from RE... first
    appointment with MFM 1/5.  Looks like this is really happening!

  • Congratulations! That is a crazy birth story, but thankfully you and Natalie are okay! She's beautiful!
    Me: 30, DH: 30
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    DX: MFI due to Chemo/Stem Cell Transplant for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. RE said IVF is best option with DH's frozen boys.
    IVF #1 April 2012: Menopur and Bravelle; 1 egg retrieved, 0 fertilized. Boo.
    IVF #2 August 2012: Gonal-F 300, Menopur 300. Beta #1 9/6: 382... BFPx2!

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  • Congratulations!  I am so happy for all of you.  I cried as I read this.  Natalie is a beautiful name.
    together since 2006
    full time stepmom to SS1 and SS2 since 2010
    married since 2011

    TTC since 7/2011 (no planned bc since 2008)
    HSG 11/2011: one blocked tube
    S/A 2/2012 and retest S/A 3/2012: normal
    Bloodwork: normal
    2nd HSG 5/2012: clear
    Femara cycle 5mg #1 7/14/12 + IUI #1 7/23/12 = bfn
    New RE appt 8/14/12
    IVF #1 meds 8/30/12. ER 9/14/2012: 7 retrieved, 6 fertilized. ET 9/19/12: 1 perfect embryo 5dt.
    Beta #1 BFP! 97
    Beta #2 234
    Beta #3 4937
    ultrasound #1 heart beat 127
    10/20/12 graduated!!!
    EDD 6/7/12
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  • Wow, what a birth story! I'm so glad you and Natalie are ok and doing well. She's beautiful, congrats!!!
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  • What a wild ride, but so glad it has a happy ending -- congratulations!  Natalie is adorable!
    TTC since honeymoon in 9/2010
    Me: 39, Dx DOR (FSH = 10.5, AMH = 0.43, best AFC = 10), AMA
    MH: 37, Dx Obstructive Azoospermia, multiple successful sperm retrieval procedures

    1/2012: IVF/ICSI #1 Antagonist = cancelled d/t poor response to max stims
    2/2012: IVF/ICSI #2 MDLF (4R, 4M, 1F) = BFP, saw heartbeat, missed m/c 9w0d, D&E
    8/2012: IVF/ICSI #3 EPP/MDLF (7R, 2M, 1F) = BFN

    12/2012: (New RE) Operative hysteroscopy to remove scar tissue

    1/2013: IVF/ICSI #4 Low-dose stim/Antagonist (AFC=6); ER=1/26 (5R-couldn't access rt ovary, 5M, 4F), ET=1/29 (trans 3) = BFP!; 2/11 beta#1(13dp3dt)=2127, 2/13=3367; twin girls due 10/19/13

    PAIF/SAIF very welcome!

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  • Wow, you had a heck of birth story!!!  Your post made me cry and I am sooooooo happy for you and DH that she is a healthy miracle girl!! 

    Congratulations on Natalie and wishing you the best of luck to the new & amazing life with your daughter!!!!

    Mar-Apr-May/12: All 3 IUI (w/ Femara) - BFN

    May/12 IVF journey in the works...
    IVF #1 w/ ICSI #1 (Gonal, Menopur & Ganirelix)
    5/29-6/18: BCP, 6/21-6/27: Stim, 6/30: ER
    7/5: ET 2 5-days blastocysts are transferred, none made to freeze :(
    7/17: Beta #1 - 616!!, 7/23: Beta #2 - 6818
    8/2: u/s #1 - a healthy seahorse found & one empty sac, 8/16: u/s #2 - one peanut! HB @ 180
    10/30: It's a girl!!! EDD: 3/23/13

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  • Congrats!!!





    6/20/11 mc @ 5wks
    10/19/11 mc @ 17wks- Trisomy 18
    IUI #1 4/26/12 BFN
    Moving on to IVF in July
    37 with DOR...fabulous
    ER 7/14/12 6R 5F, ET 7/17 3 embies, beta #1 7/26: 147, beta #2 7/28: 326, beta#3 7/30: 422...ugh, beta#4 7/31: 607...hopeful, beta #5 8/2: 1280, beta #6 8/7: 7184 and u/s shows 1 possibly 2 sacs! 8/14 2 beautiful heartbeats! 9/24 we are TEAM BLUE!!!!!

  • That is one helluva birth story!  So happy that things worked out and you have your beautiful girl!
    Married July 2011; TTC since April 2011; DX: MFI
    IVF #1 in August 2012: BFP!
    L was born on May 5, 2013, 8lb. 6oz.
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    Wow, Jezebel! What a crazy birth story. And mag is no joke. When I put my contacts in for the first time at the hospital I actually thought I had put them in the wrong eyes. MH had to remind me it was the mag. Did you also have what I referred to as my "sexy boots"? The cuffs for your feet to prevent blood clots? Natalie is so beautiful. I love her photos. Be sure to take care of yourself mama while you recoop.

    How could I forget those!!!!!!!! ::eyeroll:: Hope you are doing well, im so glad our miracles are here!

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  • Thank you everyone! Its still very surreal but amazing :)
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  • What a crazy and amazing story!  I'm so happy for you everything turned out well.  Love the pics, she is beautiful!  Congratulations!

    Me:40 AMA, DH:36 0% morph, TTC#1;
    BFP#1 4/2011, MMC 6/2011 11wks Trisomy 13;
    BFP#2 11/2011, CP
    FSH: 17.9, AMH: 2.2
    IVF#1 w/ICSI: ER 4/3: 5R,4M,4F
    ET 4/6 All 4 (1-8A+, 2-8A-, 1-3A) BFP#3
    Two weeks of beta hell = Blighted Ovum
    IVF#2 Aug/Sept: ER 8/27: 4R,3M,3F
    ET 8/30 (1-8A+, 1-6A+)
    Beta#1 9/10: 350; Beta#2 9/12: 796; Beta#3 9/20: 9155
    Expecting Boy/Girl Twins! My babies were born 4/23/13 at 36w1d!


  • Oh my goodness!! I just she'd some tears reading Natalie's sweet story. I'm so sorry it was such a traumatic experience but so thankful everybody is doing well afterward! Congrats on your little sweetie! She's beautiful!
    MF (low motility) - Began stims for IVF#1 7/21/12
    ER 8/2/12 - 14 eggs retrieved, 12 mature and ICSI'd, 6 fertilized. ET 8/7 - 2 embies. Beta#1 8/17: 143! Beta#2 8/20: 590! Beta#3 8/22: 1,162! 1st US 9/4: one beautiful little bean with the best sounding HB I've ever heard!
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  • Omg she is so precious!!! Wild story. Congrats again!

    IVF #1: 4-11-11= Transferred 1 beautiful blastocyst I named "Nugget"
    5 Snowbabies! Beta#1 4/21= BFP! 226; Beta#2 4/25= 944
    DS born 12/14/11

    Baby #2 FET Nov/Dec 2013

    12/13 Beta#1=BFP 349; 12/16 Beta#2=1,089. First ultrasound 12/26. DS#2 born 8/8/14
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