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Happy Birthday little speed demon! More of baby boy coming soon!

This is Michelle signing admittance and “permission to deliver” papers AFTER delivery. Ya…

Love, Melanie.

Amanda - August 12, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Had the honor of being their nurse duing their stay, what an amazing and encouraging couple. Wishing them all the best.

a beautiful beginning: charlotte harper’s birth story.

The arrival of little Charlotte Harper was nothing short of a miracle! It was such an honor to be there capturing such a joyous occasion and I can safely say there was not a dry eye in the room when that precious, chubby little girl with a head FULL of hair was placed on Kim’s chest.

Kim & Kevin’s journey to that moment has been long & hard to say the least. They found themselves discussing fertility treatments shortly after they were married in 2007. The initial outlook was promising and the probability of getting pregnant with minimal medical intervention was reassuring. However, after her regular OB had maxed her out on Clomid, Kim was referred to an infertility specialist, and she kept fighting a losing battle.

Over the course of 6 years and multiple treatment regimens (Clomid to IUI to IVF), Kim had a total four miscarriages and two ectopic pregnancies. Once they made it to IVF their first attempt didn’t work. Her doctor told them at that point he would recommend trying one last time. With all the stress and scar tissue two surgeries had left her with whilst trying to get pregnant he didn’t think that they could push on much longer. Thankfully they decided to “throw a hail mary pass” as Kim says and give it one last try. In late November 2012 they found out that their embryo transfer earlier in the month had taken and they were pregnant!! Of course the pregnancy was simultaneously the most joyful and scariest time in their lives and they spent a good chunk of the pregnancy worried that they would still lose the baby.

Although they obviously had a successful pregnancy, Kim still had to endure severe morning sickness, a bad gallbladder, and then gestational hypertension and gestation SVT (a cardiac issue) towards the end of the pregnancy. She made it all the way to 39 weeks when her doctor decided that the best thing to do was to induce her considering all of the medical issues she was having. So they packed their bags and went to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon around 3pm to start the induction process. It went slow like they usually do and I didn’t get the text to head to the hospital until 5:30pm on Thursday evening.

At that point she was fully dilated and beginning to push, but the nurses anticipated a bit of pushing was ahead of her. Nobody expected that she would be pushing for the next 3-1/3 HOURS though!! I felt so terrible for Kim the whole time because she literally had to work SO hard to get Charlotte out. I am so impressed with her nurses that stayed past their shift just to be with her when she delivered and that her doctor let her have a vaginal delivery even though I think most would have given up and opted for a c-section. Throughout all of the pain and frustration, Kim was the sweetest laboring mom I’ve ever witnessed. She kept apologizing to all of us because it was taking long and thanking everyone for every little thing they did. The rest of us in the room couldn’t help but chuckle at how sweet she was.

Finally all of her hard work paid off and the happy ending to their long journey was fulfilled when Charlotte Harper was placed on Kim’s chest. She was born at 9:52pm and weighed in at a whopping 9.5lbs, 21” long (no wonder she had to push forever!!). She was greeted by two parents who were obviously over the moon in love and a waiting room full of family who just couldn’t wait to get their hands on the little miracle themselves.

Kim’s words: “Overall, it was a very rough journey. It takes such an emotional and physical toll on your body and makes you question your faith in the Lord and yourself. Everyday we would pray for a miracle. We prayed for a miracle for 6 straight years. If we could give one piece of advice to people that are going down the same road as us, it would be: Never stop believing in miracles. Never stop believing in yourselves. It may seem that God is distant and uninvolved, but He is not. He is with you through it all. His plan and His timing are perfect. We just have to trust Him.”

Thank you so much for sharing your story and inspiring other moms struggling with infertility. Congratulations on your precious bundle of joy!

Love, Kelly