Harper has arrived!

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Harper has arrived!
Fri, 04-20-2012 - 10:49pm

Hello ladies, well it wasn't long since my last post...Harper Quinn was born on 4/16 at 5:27 p.m. weighing 1 pound, 6 ounces and 12 1/2 inches long. She let out a little cry for mommy and it was music to my ears! She is currently in the NICU and doing VERY well for her age and size!

Last weekend, some events started to unfold that were pointing us in the direction of thinking that I was becoming infected...this was definitely a major concern from Day 1 and we had evaded it for awhile. On Saturday, I thought that my cervical stitch had come out, it turns out it was a stitch from one of the previous girls being born. The dr. rushed out to the hospital and we decided to do an amniocentesis to test her fluid for infection just to be safe. My white blood cells had began to rise after the steroids, which is expected, but they should lower. Mine just kept going up...

The amnio came back that the white blood cells were present in her fluid and the Glucose was getting low, but no bacteria. I started to feel really terrible on Saturday night and all day/night Sunday. Sore, achy body, chills, sweating, and overall "not good" feeling. The doctors were thinking that I was possibly coming down with something, because I had no fever and my body wasn't showing the "classic" signs of infection. On Monday, I pushed the dr. to do another amnio. A couple of hours later the results came back that the white blood cells were high, Glucose was even lower, and there was bacteria present. He said "you ready to have a baby?"

Of course I wasn't ready, she was 24 weeks and 6 days! But I knew that it was no longer safe for her to be in my body, so we had no choice to deliver her. I was prepped for a c-section pretty quickly and it was honestly the scariest time of my life. My husband sat by my side while they were working to get her out. Once she was born, the NICU staff worked on her for a few minutes and she cried!

She was very active and breathing on her own! My husband followed them down to the NICU and updated me with pictures and videos throughout the evening. I was in a ton of pain after the spinal started to wear off, and I couldn't feel my body from the chest down. There was no way that I could see her that night, which was terrible for me. My mom and dad, Nana, and in-laws were able to make it for her birth and visited her that night, everyone was elated!

I saw my baby at about 10:00 a.m. the next morning and I honestly can't believe that she's ours. She is so tiny and perfect, and has a head full of dark hair! Everyone keeps telling us that despite being a preemie, she's actuallty cute as a button!

The nurses and Neonatologist have been awesome. Harper continues to do very well. We had a minor bump Tuesday evening and she had a chest tube inserted into her chest cavity because the oxygen was escaping her lung and causing it to collapse. They repaired it and she already had the chest tube removed today! She is on minimal oxygen, and on a very low setting with the breathing tube. She could breathe on her own, but would get very exhausted doing so. They are already talking about trying to wean her off of it soon and try some other methods of "reminding" her to breathe.

Every day is a milestone, and we hope that she has many great days and very little bumps in the road. We are prepared for the journey and although it's going to be so difficult to be away from her, this is the best place for her.

Thanking you girls so much for all of the support you've given for the past 2 years! Praying that you will all receive your BFPs soon!



DH (26) and I (25) have been married since May 15, 2009 and TTC baby #1 since


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Sat, 04-21-2012 - 10:49am
Taryn, I'm glad to hear that little Harper is doing well. I'm so sorry that they had to deliver her earlier than you had thought. Keep her safe and I will send positive thoughts your way. Did they say how long they thought she's be in the NICU or is it too soon to really know?


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Sat, 04-21-2012 - 11:19am

Congrats on being a mommy!


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Sat, 04-21-2012 - 4:34pm

Congratulations Taryn! Welcome to the world little Harper. It sounds like she is doing great with all things considered. Sending lots of grow vibes to her and {{{HUGS}}} to you!!!


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Sun, 04-22-2012 - 1:44am

Congratulations, Taryn!

Mary (32) DH (33) - TTC#1 since Feb '10 DOR, FSH 13, AMH low, AFC <4. HSG all clear. SA good. IUI's #1, #2, #3 Dec'11, Feb'12, Apr'12 - all BFN.  Mini-IVF#1 BFP! Beta #1-104, Beta #2-244

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Sun, 04-22-2012 - 7:12pm
Continuing my prayers for you and Harper. Sending love, hugs and strength to all of you.


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Sun, 04-22-2012 - 8:47pm
Welcome, Harper! What a little fighter you have there. Continuing to send prayers your way. Congratulations!

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Sun, 04-22-2012 - 11:29pm
Wow congrats Taryn!!! I'm so happy that she is doing well and breathing on her own :)


Me - (Amanda 27) My dh-- 26 We have been ttc # 1 for 3yrs 5mths My dh has severe oligospermia, Ivf with icsi is our only option. Ivf # 1--- failed Ivf # 2--- failed Ivf # 3-- hopefully in March 2013 at a new clinic!


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Mon, 04-23-2012 - 9:56am

Welcome to the world Harper!!

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Mon, 04-23-2012 - 3:41pm
Welcome baby Harper! Sending lots of P&PT your way!

Britty  & DH (both 30) TTC since late 2008

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Tue, 04-24-2012 - 2:21pm
Congratulations on Harper's arrival, Taryn! It sounds like she's doing awesome, continuing to send you both lots of P&PTs, please keep us posted on her progress :)