April was a CNY Fertility Center patient who conceived after 4 years and 2 months of trying. She shared her candid stories and unique perspective with us in her blog on this website. Her story with CNY Fertility began May 2009 and ended November 2011, when she wrote about decorating the baby’s nursery. CNY Fertility Center has locations in Syracuse, Albany and Rochester, NY.
Week 78: An Update
Over one year ago, I announced my pregnancy and then quietly faded into the background. Overall, my pregnancy was healthy and normal, and I worked up until my daughter’s birth. I did face the challenge of gestational diabetes in my last trimester, but before I knew it, my 34th birthday and the holiday season of 2011 were quickly upon us and then shortly after we had our daughter!
On February 21, 2012 we gave birth to a healthy, beautiful baby girl who we named Viviana. Although the caesarian section was planned since there was a possibility of hemorrhaging due to leftover scar tissue from my endometriosis removal, there were some elements of surprise. First, we were not scheduled to go in to the hospital until 11:30, but a hospital nurse called at 6:45 AM to say I could head in anytime because their schedule had cleared. I was ecstatic and nervous…the little baby girl I had been waiting to welcome into the world was going to be in my arms in a matter of hours. We were soon at the hospital, waiting to be taken into the operating room.
The entire event was surreal. I remember when my husband pulled the car up to the hospital, the valet had to ask us if we were visiting or heading in for delivery. Once I was in the operating room, I was aware of what was going on, but I couldn’t see anything and was still in a state of disbelief, then I heard my daughter’s loud cry that lasted for the entire 20 minutes in which she was being examined. (Due to the gestational diabetes, she was examined immediately, although my husband did get to hold her and show her to me for a brief moment.) And my daughter did not stop crying until….the nurses placed her in my arms.
She will celebrate her first birthday next month and I truly can’t believe she will be one year old. Our lives are now filled with baby gates, noisy toys and many giggles and babbles. I am so grateful for the technology that allowed us to fulfill our desire to be parents, and I will be forever grateful to our egg donor. As we prepare for Viviana’s birthday celebration, we are also preparing to begin Part II of Our Journey to Fertility, knowing that we would love to give our daughter a sibling. And while adding one more child to our family would be ideal, not one day goes by when I do not count my blessings: We have a healthy daughter, and we have both been healthy ourselves. If we are blessed with another child, I will be grateful, but I am appreciating all that I have right now.
Wishing you many blessings as the 2013 begins,
April All Year