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Angela’s Story: Part 5


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This is the fifth of six posts dedicated to sharing one couple’s struggle to have children and then the survival of their preemie twins plus their third preemie baby.  They are currently expecting again and are taking new steps toward achieving a full-term delivery.  This is Angela’s Story.

The next two weeks were crazy. My mom came to stay with us and take care of Rachel while I drove back and forth to the hospital to care for Sam. I was torn between my two babies who both needed me. Children were not allowed in the NICU, even infants who had just been discharged. I couldn’t take her with me. Each day, I got more frustrated with the fact that Sam couldn’t come home. The only things keeping him in the hospital were his heart murmur and the fact that he was lazy and wouldn’t wake up to eat. Finally, the murmur went away on its own, and we were able to get him eating enough that the doctors felt he could come home with us. Just after Christmas and five weeks after our babies were born, we were able to be home as a complete family.

When Sam and Rachel were about 18 months old, the craving for another baby hit. We went and talked to my OB and decided to go directly back on Clomid and progesterone from the beginning of the pregnancy. I took a half dose of Clomid in the hopes of avoiding twins again. It took two months to get pregnant. I immediately started taking progesterone, and everything seemed to be going well. At 12 weeks, I began to have a very sharp pain in my abdomen and ended up in the emergency room. It turned out to be appendicitis, and I went in for emergency surgery. Because I was pregnant, they were unable to do a laparoscopic procedure and had to make a 3-inch incision to do the surgery.

At about 18 weeks, I started having Braxton Hicks contractions again. I went back on terbutaline and tried to take it easy. We didn’t think much of them because they just didn’t seem to be causing any progress into labor.

One night around 35 weeks, I was uncomfortable and couldn’t sleep. I got up at around midnight and went to the computer to pass some time. It wasn’t long before I felt a pop and a gush of liquid. I woke up Brett and we started getting ready to go to the hospital. My labor this time was very different than with Sam and Rachel.

(Please feel free to comment and share your similar experiences for Angela’s benefit, and for the rest of us.  Thank you.)

>>> Continue to Angela’s Story: Part 6 or return to Part 1.

Afton Mower About Afton Mower

After Mower (UT) lost her firstborn son at 21 weeks.  Her daughter was born a year and a half later at 27 weeks.  The NICU was overwhelming and isolating and it was through those two experiences she was led to found this social hub for parents to find the support they needed. Afton also gave birth to another daughter, born two days overdue after four months of strict bedrest. She believes it is a tender experience to hold a special baby in your arms when his spirit returns to his heavenly home, a miracle to watch tiny babies survive the risks of prematurity and a blessing to hold a healthy full-term baby after months of difficulty and sacrifices.

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