Pregnancy Complications (part 1)

I’ve alluded to it a little, and even mentioned it to close friends or family, but I haven’t told anyone our semi-secret. I have pregnancy complications. If you have been following me around on Twitter, you might have noticed that I’ve been having doctor appointments to see Addison every 2 weeks.

When we went to our appointment for our gender scan (just a few days before our gender reveal party) we first found out that we were having a girl, and were elated. A few minutes later though, the technician seemed worried and called our doctor in to look at the ultrasound. After the technician pointing out a few things on the screen to the doctor, we finished up and waited to talk to the doctor alone. Our sweet Addison had a cyst below her bottom, that made it look like there was a bubble by her butt. They also thought that she would have 3 other complications, but more on that later. Our world turned upside down and we went from being incredibly excited to incredibly worried. My doctor suggested we go see a specialist in a town about 30 minutes away, and go from there.

A week after our gender scan, and just a few days after our big gender reveal party, we drove to Temple to talk to a doctor about our complications. I had another ultrasound with way more measurements, and after allowing the doctor to look at our scans from the week before, as well as the scans from that day, we were asked if we would like to have an amniocentesis done. I cried. I cried because I had read the risks of amnios…the big one being the “m” word- miscarriage. Mathew and I talked about it and decided we needed to do the amnio to see if we could learn more about what was happening to Addison. I cried and cried as the doctor and his nurse got the tools ready for the procedure. I remember closing my eyes because although I can easily stare at a needle in my arm while donating blood, I just wasn’t sure about how I would feel seeing a huge needle go into my stomach and get incredibly close to my baby girl. Luckily, the amnio felt like a pinch, and I sat up afterwards with just a band-aid on top.  The doctor was sweet enough to try to make me feel slightly better by getting some pictures of Addison for me, and I posted this on Instagram to try to lift my spirits:

After the amnio, we were told that I would need to go to another area of the hospital to get a shot that would prevent any antibodies between mine and Addison’s blood, since my blood type is B negative. Unfortunately, there was a long wait at that area of the hospital, so we were told to get some dinner and come back in an hour. We went to Chick-fil-a, and I sat there at our table half taking bites of my food (we’d been there from 2 til 7 pm already) and half sobbing uncontrollably. It was awful.

We went back to the hospital, I got my shot, and Mathew and I prayed more than ever that God would help our baby girl and that He would reveal himself to me because I was incredibly scared and needed that extra push. God was wonderful and just 2 days later we received the first results of our amnio (called a FISH) that stated that Addison did not have Trisomy 13, 18, or 21. I cried with tears of joy, and talked to the doctor about more of our concerns- one being the fact that he wanted us to go to Houston to Texas Children’s Hospital just a few weeks later.

This is just part 1 of our story with parts 2 and 3 to come. Of course, our journey is still continuing, and there’s so much more to process as we find out that information. Please stick around to find out more of our story and our pregnancy complications with Addison.

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  1. Goodness, you three are in my thoughts and prayers. I cannot imagine your anticipation waiting for news about your baby girl. Chin up, Buttercup, Miss Addison is already blessed to have wonderful parents who love her unconditionally. (virtual hug)
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  3. Praying for you guys. It has to suck to be in the dark about what’s going on with your baby.
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  4. Oh I know how scary this can be. The specialist in temple are amazing. My son has major kidney problems while in utero we traveled to temple every month & had ultrasounds every 2 weeks in college station to monitor him. When he was born we were prepared for him to have emergency surgery but The Lord healed him the day he was born. Be encouraged lady! God is in control. I’ll be praying for peace!

  5. Oh my goodness! That is so scary! I will keep your family in my prayers! I know how scary pregnancy complications can be!
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  6. I am so SO sorry, I will keep you and Addison in my prayers!
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  7. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile and have grown to appreciate your writings, the way to talk about your marriage and your faith. Writing this I know was so difficult for you but I know will encourage others, as so much of your previous writings have. Thank you so much for being brave enough to share

  8. Oh honey! That’s incredibly scary – but I’m so glad she doesn’t have one of the trisomies. I just had a friend lose her son to trisomy 18, and it’s been so hard. Thinking of your family and praying for your sweet girl! <3
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  9. I had some similar issues so I understand how scary it is! I cried too… for weeks! Glad everything is working out in your favor! When I was going through all of this a friend of mine put it perfectly when she said, “there is no point in worry twice. When you KNOW there is something wrong, then you’re allowed to worry, but not until then.” She was right!
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  10. I know how stressful pregnancy can be regardless, so having to see a specialist and the concerns that come with it, is probably so hard! We are praying for you girls!! That God’s peace would overwhelm you and your family and you would be directed to the right doctors to monitor and protect your baby girl. Lots of prayers going yalls way!!
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  11. I am so proud of your honesty and bravery! I know how scary this stuff can be, but promise that you will be able to handle it! You are such a strong person, and love that little girl so much already…..whatever she needs….y’all will be there! Welcome to motherhood my friend…..not always what we expected, is it?!? I really hope at some point I get to meet you and this little darling in person!

  12. Oh Stephanie, my heart goes out to you, your husband and precious Addison. Please know that you are and will continue to be in my thoughts. Sending love and hugs!

  13. I’m so sorry to hear you’re having to go through all this. I pray God will hold yours and your husbands hand through all this and will bless your sweet Addison with good health! {{hugs}}

  14. Levi had two cysts in his brain when he was in utero (the doctor said they were the largest they’d ever seen) – that mixed with his club foot made the doctors think he had Tris 18. I had an amnio and I remember how scary it was – it flips your world upside down for sure especially the waiting! I am praying for you and your sweet baby girl – please let me know if you need anything or if you need to talk – I know exactly where you are and I am here for you! XO.
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  15. I am keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers! We go in July for our gender ultrasound and I can’t even imagine what you are going through. God IS in control! I pray you will experience His peace like never before!!!

  16. This is tough stuff. You’ll most definitely be in my prayers!
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  17. Oh girl, I think one of the biggest fears we have as mothers is that the gender scan will show something more than just gender. We have ours on July 9th and I’m already anxious about it. Praying that all goes well, and that God makes any evidence of any “issue” go away.
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  18. Oh wow. I had no idea this was going on!! I will definitely keep you and Miss Addison in my prayers. Thank God it’s not any of the trisomy. If you end up having to come to Houston to TXCH, please let me know and you can stay with me if you need a place to stay.
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  19. You are so brave for sharing this. We will be praying for you three and can’t wait to plan a playdate with Annabelle and Addison someday. Xo

  20. Praying for your sweet family, all three of you! Having had pregnancy complications myself, I can relate to the feelings of worry. Your sweet Addison will be just perfect. Big hugs!
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