Our little guy arrived!!! Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA on here, but Maximus Ernesto was born on July 8th, 2015. He’s the greatest thing that ever happened to us. The nights are long and we are super sleep deprived, but we feel super blessed and wouldn’t change it for the world.
Please dont ever give up trying for your miracle baby. I gave birth to this miracle at 41 years of age, with my own egg and hubby’s sperm. We endured 4 IUI cycles and 2 IVF cycles. I was once told to consider donor eggs. Our TTC journey was the MOST difficult thing I’ve ever been through. Would I do it again?? YES. Was it worth it?? HELL YEAH.
**after the below 2 photos, please keep reading for our birth story**
Max on his “birth” day:
Max at 1w1d:
Max’s Birth Story:
On July 7th, hubby and I went in for our 36w MFM ultrasound (I was 36w5d at this point). After measurements, our guy fell from the 44th percentile at 32w to the 8th percentile. My blood pressure wasn’t that great and the recommendation was to deliver sooner than later. After the MFM doctor consulted with my OB, we were told that they wanted to deliver Max that SAME DAY. I held back the tears and we gathered all our stuff, dropped off the dogs at my moms, then Hubby and I had our last lunch as a family of 2.
We checked into the hospital at 1pm and was given cervidil to soften my cervix at 5pm. By 7pm I started to feel uncomfortable and by 11pm the contractions were on top of each other. I ended up getting an epidural at 12am and was finally able to get some rest (I was only at 1cm at this point). At about 1am they removed the cervidil, as Max was having a hard time with the contractions and also gave me a shot (forgot what it was called) to slow down / stop the contractions. They advised us that Max may not be able to handle a vaginal delivery, so a c-section was on the table and Hubby and I signed all the consent forms. At 4:45am, they ruptured my membranes and also attached an internal monitor to Max – to get a more accurate idea of how he was doing. At this point, I was only 3cm. I took a nap. I woke up around 8am and Max seemed to be doing MUCH better with the contractions – and SURPRISINGLY, I was now 8-9cm dilated. An hour later, I felt serious pressure in my pelvis (not painful, but just a lot of pressure). I was then checked and was 10cm! My contractions were about 4 minutes apart and I started to push. After 45 minutes, at 11:11am on July 8th – we were blessed with the most amazing little boy.
NOTHING went as planned for Max’s birth. I gave birth at 36w6d and wasn’t considered full term, I didn’t want to get an epidural, i didn’t want my membranes ruptured, I didn’t want to do internal monitoring, I didn’t walk around during labor, I ALMOST had a c-section, Max didn’t stay with us as he had to go to Special Care Nursery due to hypoglycemia, we didn’t get discharged with Max….but at the end of the day, it was perfect.