Mom to Graham Lee

March 18th, 2010

and Slade Douglas

October 11th, 2010

Weatherford, Texas

My angels in Heaven…

I’ve never wanted anything more than to be a wife and mommy all of my life. My amazing husband and I were married in November of 2007, and following that December 1, 2009 was the another happy day of our lives. We were surprised to find out we were expecting our first bundle of joy.

I currently worked at the hospital (in radiology) so we got a sneak peek. During a peek, at 12 weeks, we discovered the baby had a cystic hygroma. The following week I was into a MFM in Fort Worth and it was measuring 10mm and septated. Like everyone else, we were given the “pushy” abortion option; which, wasn’t an option for us. We decided to wait until 15 weeks to have the amnio done. Unfortunately, during the amnio, we discovered that the baby had developed hydrops, not good. The FISH results came in sooner than expected, they told us everything tested was normal and on top of that it was a precious baby boy!! We were so excited/relieved.

At 18 weeks, fluid had developed in the chest, abdomen, and around the heart. A matter of time they said. On Thursday March 18, 2010 at 6am I gave birth to Graham Lee. 20 weeks 6 days. 10.6oz 7.5 inches long.

After baby Graham went to be with Jesus, all the doctors told me it was like getting struck by lightning and gave us the clear to try again. As most of you know, once you have that connection with that precious baby, you long for it again.

So on May 19, 2010, we found out we were expecting again.

Everything was going great, on August 11th, my little SIL came down to visit for a couple of weeks. We went and looked at beds, dressers, strollers, and everything else you might need for a bundle of joy. Little did we know, the next day at 16 weeks 4 days, it would all change. I was sitting at my desk and thought I wet my pants. When I stood up, it went all the way to my toes in my shoes, I knew then it was serious. We rushed to the hospital and the confirmed it, PPROM. Doctor said there was a chance that I would go into labor shortly, he gave me antibiotics and sent me home on bedrest. While on bed-rest, I tried all of the tricks, but never retained any fluid. But, I had 8 precious weeks to spend with my son. The very next week after PPROM, we found out that he had also developed cystic hygroma with hydrops. At one of our appointments later on, his body was completely full of fluid. So, my husband and I prayed and decided that I would get off bed-rest and take this precious boy to do some things that I’ve always dreamed of taking my baby to do.

One day, we went to the golf course to watch daddy play some golf, and on the way home is when I felt my first contraction. That night, thought we better head to the hospital. Slade Douglas was born Monday October 11, 2010 at 9:28am, and went to Heaven shortly after. 25 weeks 1 day. 1lb 12oz 12 inches long. All of the post testing came back normal except for a cleft palate. Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, came to the take pictures of us (free of charge), and I could never thank them enough. They are priceless. They are the only pictures we have, our camera film came back blank.

I have peace knowing that shortly I will be reunited with my boys in Heaven. I cannot wait until that day comes, but until then I will cherish my time here on earth. To GOD be the glory!

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  1. Wow, you are such an example of strength and patience. The Lord has a plan for you and Daryl. Love you both, Vandy

  2. Kristal,
    I’m so very sorry to read about your boys. I too pprom’d at 21the weeks. I was hospitalized and on complete bed rest for 319 weeks before my son passed away and was born still at 23 weeks 5 days.

  3. Hi Kristal,
    Thanks for sharing your story. My husband and I recently lost our first child to hydrops. Our daughter was diagnosed at 30 weeks, born on June 15th at 32 weeks, and went to be with the Lord minutes after she entered this world. We named her Faith, and we too cling to the promise of seeing her again someday in Heaven. Praise God that He gives us that hope! Praying for you today.

    “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

  4. Hi, I am so sorry for the loss of your babies. I recently lost my first daughter Ava to cystic hygroma. They could find no reason for hers either despite lots of testing. Have they told you why you have had two babies with this condition? There is a query over my first daughter whether she had cystic hygroma as well or high unchallenged fluid as hers resolved and she was born healthy, but Ava’s was much more severe.

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