Mom to Michael Francis Latterell, II
August 12th, 2010
Nashville, TN
Becoming a mother had always been an ambiguous thought for me growing up, until I met Mike. I felt there was no better way of expressing love for another person than to share yourself in the union of persons and conceive a child. A little piece of us, together, to show and share with the world. Mike was and still is an amazing man and I wanted nothing more than to create a family with him!
We found out we were pregnant on the morning of Jan 14 2010. Mike and I had been in Minnesota visiting his family for the Christmas holidays and were returning home when I realized that I was late for my period. We decided about 8 months earlier when we got engaged to stop using oral contraceptives and begin using NFP (natural family planning). We weren’t getting any younger and we wanted our children to come into our family as they may. Granted we had a wedding date planned, we were ready to become parents no matter what.

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Mom to Baby lost on October 20th, 2009 due to ectopic pregnancy
Smyrna, TN
My husband and I have been trying to conceive for 9 years. One day I felt different and I just knew I was pregnant. It was confirmed and I have to say it was the happiest day I can ever remember with the exception of my wedding day. The picture that I have submitted is actually a picture taken the day I found out I was pregnant. It was such a blessing, our family and friends also shared in our joy because of the struggles we had. 
When I went for my ultrasound they said they could not see my baby in my uterus. As I laid there, I thought it can’t be. I know I am pregnant, I feel it in my heart. I was then sent to a doctor who handles high risk pregnancy and he confirmed I was still pregnant but it was ectopic. I was sent to the hospital for surgery. 

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Mom to Second Child lost to
first trimester miscarriage
My husband and I found out we were pregnant with our second child on July 24, 2010. We have a two year old daughter and had only recently decided to make her a big sister; I was ecstatic that we were able to get pregnant so soon. I had no complications whatsoever in my first pregnancy so of course my husband and I assumed we would be in for this same this time around. If only we knew then that it would be anything BUT.
It was late on August 7th when I was preparing to go to bed and noticed I was bleeding. Very lightly, but still, bleeding. I went and told my husband and we decided given the late hour, I would call the on call doctor in the morning if I was still bleeding. When I woke up the next morning the bleeding had gotten heavier, so I spoke with the on call doctor who advised me to rest and see him the next morning.

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Mommy to Kaleigh Grace
Lived 14 days, January 10-23, 2008 
Nashville, TN

On January 10th, 2008 I had just turned 24 weeks pregnant with our twins.  My husband and I were in shock as I went into preterm labor for reasons unknown.  The labor was fast and unexpected and I ultimately had our TWINS at home.  Our daughter Kaleigh was born first and breach with no medical assistance.  She wasn’t able to breathe as well as she should but managed to survive the trip to the hospital.  Our son Braden was born second and he was born head first with the assistance of the EMT’s.

Both babies made it to the hospital and were stabilized.  The hospital closest to our home was not equipped to take care of 24 weekers.  So they transferred us to another hospital for their care.  Our daughter was struggling but we saw signs that she was a fighter.  Unfortunately, she was overcome by two horrible infections that took her life on January 23th, 2008.  It is with much sadness that we no longer have our little girl.  We found strength in others and Kaleigh’s brother Braden.  He is a survivor and I believe his sister saved him from what could have been a double loss.  Braden didn’t show any signs of illness and because of his sister’s death the Doctor’s began treating him before testing for infections.  Sure enough he had one of the two infections that his sister had and it was severe.  But the early intervention of medication saved his life and he is still with us today.  You can read in detail the story of our loss of our sweet baby girl Kaleigh and where we are in our lives today at our blog.

Stephanie blogs at www.braden-kaleigh.blogspot.com 
You can contact her at nnyl1806@yahoo.com


Mom to Jenna Grace Belinc
Stillborn on August 12th, 2008
Shelbyville, TN

This story is a long one, so please bear with me. I was so excited in the spring of 2008 to find out we were expecting again. My oldest daughter was almost five years old, and I was ready for another baby. My daughter was over the moon about being a big sister. My family had also experienced the loss of my grandmother just four months earlier. She was the backbone of our family, and we were devastated. We were all ready for something happy to happen, and my pregnancy and the new baby were going to be just that.

The pregnancy progressed very normally. I wasn’t sick like I had been with my older daughter, just extremely tired. I was so glad to get out of the first trimester, and my 16 week appointment was scheduled for the Monday after Fourth of July. The cookout at my aunt’s house that weekend is one of the last times I was truly happy without any bittersweet feelings popping through.

At my appointment that Monday, my doctor asked if I wanted to have the AFP done. This tests for Trisomy 18, Down Syndrome and Spina Bifida. I took the test because I liked to be prepared. If I was going to have a baby with Down Syndrome or Spina Bifida, I wanted to be prepared for the birth. I didn’t allow myself to think about the possibility of Trisomy 18. A diagnosis like that just didn’t happen to us.

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