WOW….I’ve been MIA for a while….NEWS FLASH (sorry its so long!)

I can’t believe that the last time I posted something was for our 23 week appointment! Shame on me lol. Well in my defense there really wasn’t much to report. Doctors appointments got more frequent (as they normally do) But Ari also started to have high blood pressure issues. When they found this out, she was scheduled for non-stress tests 2 times a week with the maternal fetal medicine doctor along with her regular OB appointments. Things were getting pretty hectic for a while!!

Ari’s midwife put her on modified bed rest (meaning she couldn’t work but didn’t have to be confined to the bed 24 hrs. a day). This only lasted a short time though, because on September 22, 2014 at a routine OB appointment, Ari’s BP was high enough that her midwife sent us right over to Labor and Delivery to get monitored. They started to monitor the baby as well as her BP and it was quickly learned that we would not be going home that day (or anytime soon for that matter). The doctor came in and explained to us that Ari would have to be induced and that it could be a very lengthy process (that was an understatement lol). For the next 2 days Ari underwent so much. They did numerous blood tests, hooked her up to IV medicines and fluids and attempted every method possible to dilate her cervix including breaking her water. Unfortunately none of this worked. I have to give my wife all the credit in the world though because she was an absolute champ during this time! Her spirits stayed high, she always had a smile on her face and we made some awesome memories!

So on Wednesday September 24th at around 7pm the doctor on that night came in and told us that we had reached the end of the road and that they were going to have to perform a C-section. We agreed and they called in the team right then and there. By 7:45 she was prepped and ready to go to the Operating Room.

Ari and I are very proud to announce that at 8:30pm on September 24, 2014 Piper Jae Gabor was brought into this world at Day Kimball Hospital. She weighed 5 lbs 15 oz and was 19 inches long. She was 3 1/2 weeks early but was perfectly healthy. Mommy and baby were both doing great!!

As all babies lose weight when they are born, Piper went down to 5 lbs 7 oz and the doctors only concern was that she wasn’t gaining the weight back. They wanted to have 2 consecutive days with a weight gain before they would let us leave. Apparently Piper really liked it there…Sunday night (Sept. 28th) the nurse came in after weighing her and told us that she still hadn’t gained anything. We were devastated this point because we just wanted to bring our little girl home. She advised us that we had the right to ask that we be released anyone and said that she would advocate in our favor because everything they were doing there, were things that could be done from home with checkups at our pediatricians office. Monday morning the Nurse Practitioner allowed us to take Piper home!

3 weeks later (today), I am happy to say that Piper is doing great and has gained almost a pound. She’s up to 6 lbs 5.5 oz. She’s sleeping for about 2-3 hours between feedings at night and things are going pretty smooth considering. I think mommy and I have a pretty good system down at night. Unfortunately I’m back to work now and I’m already taking some overtime. Its hard to leave my girls at home alone and even harder knowing that Ari has to do it all on her own. She’s a trooper though and I can’t thank her enough for everything that she does!!

Here are some pictures from start to finish!! Thanks to everyone for following our journey and I promise to keep updating on Pipers progress!!

Just the beginning

Just the beginning

Still smiling!

Still smiling!

All hooked up and nowhere to go (except the bathroom)

All hooked up and nowhere to go (except the bathroom)

I'm ready!!!!

I’m ready!!!!

So excited!!

So excited!!

She's here!!!!!! <3

She’s here!!!!!! ❤

Already smiling!

Already smiling!

Meeting Nana and Pop

Meeting Nana and Pop

Meeting Grammy, Grampa, Auntie Kristen and her big sisters!

Meeting Grammy, Grampa, Auntie Kristen and her big sisters!

2 days old and so alert!

2 days old and so alert!

Picture with mama....I'm in love!

Picture with mama….I’m in love!

With Mommy <3

With Mommy ❤

Breaking free and going home!

Breaking free and going home!

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FIrst Visit to Doctor Rich

FIrst Visit to Doctor Rich

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23 Week Appt. 6-24-14

Ari had another appointment with Dr. MacKenzie on 6/24/14 at the Maternal Fetal Medicine office where she had her 19 week anatomy scan. They weren’t able to get all the pictures of the heart that they wanted the first time, so they had to take another look. This time they were able to finish getting what they needed (after making Ari get up and walk around because the baby was face down and they needed her to be face up….she’s already stubborn!) Oh and yes….they confirmed we are having a GIRL! Ari and I have decided that we are going to name her Piper Jae Gabor. It was funny because Dr. MacKenzie asked us if we knew what we were going to name her and after we told him he was calling her by name and it was nice to hear it out loud from someone else (I think it has a nice ring to it).

Here are some of the pictures from our ultrasound this time. They were actually able to capture some 3D ultrasound pictures for us too, which is absolutely amazing to me. You can see so much detail in the face!!

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23 weeks down and only 17 weeks to go until we get to meet our beautiful little girl!! We are on the downhill slide now and I could not be more excited!!!!

Our friends from Abroad

I know I’ve mentioned these two lovely individuals before in this blog but I think I need to go a little more in depth. I met Shawni on the Baby Center forums and subsequently met her husband Cade through her. In the 6 or so months that I’ve known them they have become great friends of ours even though we’ve never actually met them. Shawni played a very big part in helping me learn the process of at home artificial insemination. She also helped and is still helping to keep me sane throughout this whole thing. Although now I think that I may have to start returning the favor. On June 2nd Shawni sent me a text telling me that she was pregnant again, Shawni had suffered a miscarriage a month prior, so imagine my happiness for these two!! I actually got teary eyed while she was telling me because I was so happy. Its amazing to me that I can have such a connection to people that I’ve never even met before. Soon though, that will all be changing. We have already started to plan a vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina together next summer. Our babies will be here by then and we decided that we would like to do some kind of “baby-moon” together.  We are all very excited to finally get to meet each other!!

A couple of weeks ago Shawni had told us that she was making something for us and through talking with Ari about ideas she had come up with something. Last week she sent out the package from Canada and it arrived yesterday!! Ari and I were so excited!!!

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Inside we found lots of fun things! First off she made us a homemade shopping cart cover and then with left over material from that she made us a homemade dress for baby squishy!

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Along with these the baby also got some other goodies but she also sent some gifts for Ari and I as well as for Sophia and Selena, which I thought was just so thoughtful and sweet!

So there you have it!! There truly are good people in this world and we couldn’t be happier to have these two people in our lives!! So a huge thank you goes out to Shawni and Cade for coming into our lives at such an important time for us! Even though if we flew to you it would take us 12 hours and 15 minutes, if we drove to you it would take us 47 hours and if we walked it would take us 934 hours, we still consider you 2 of the best friends we have and we can’t thank you enough for being there for us and supporting us. I only hope that we do the same for you! And we are very excited to share in your next 8 months of pregnancy bliss! 🙂

All our love from your BFF’s in the good ol’ US of A!!

19 – 20 Week Appt – Anatomy Scan – 5/27/14

I’m a little late at finally getting this post written, things have been really busy lately, but on 5/27/14 Ari had her Anatomy scan with the Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor. The anatomy scan is when the doctor measures all the bones, checks the brain, heart and other vital organ development and also checks for certain risk factors associated with down syndrome. Ari and I had opted to not have the blood work done that would tell us more accurately if the baby was a high risk for down syndrome because lets face it….it doesn’t change anything in the least. It wouldn’t make a difference to us either way so we figured just let it be. The scan went very well, the babies bones all measured exactly where they should have been at 19 weeks along. The legs were actually measuring a little further ahead much to my surprise. Neither Ari nor the donor are tall to say the least so how this baby has long legs I’ll never really know lol. The doctor explained that they look for about 26 different things that would tell them if we were at a high risk for having a baby born with down syndrome. Dr. Mackenzie only found 1 thing that (a little bright spot on the heart…which was very well developed by the way) but he also stated that this is a very common among children born with and without down syndrome so he wasn’t very concerned about it at all. He told us that he wanted us to come back in 4 weeks so that he could check things again after the baby developed a little more. All in all I was very pleased with the results of the scan.

The ultrasound tech that did the initial scan was finally able to tell us the gender of the baby….

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This was the picture we got….I have NOT A CLUE what I’m looking at here but she stated she believed the baby is a…..GIRL!

I posted this picture to an ultrasound board on Baby Center asking for people to give their input as to what they thought without telling what our doctor had said. One of the women on there is an ultrasound tech, and she immediately commented and said BOY…..WHAT?!? Ok now I was more confused than ever because this woman (who is well known on these boards) doesn’t usually give her opinion to anyone unless she has some firm reason to believe one way or the other. She did state later that she could be wrong because the picture isn’t really great given that the babies legs are very close together but she believed she saw scrotum and penis. HMMMM ok so now I’m not so sure what to believe lol. I guess its going to have to wait until our next visit to the midwife on 6/16/14, hopefully she can confirm something for us. But as of now….we are elated to think we may have a precious little girl on the way!!

Here are a few of the other ultrasound pictures we were able to get that day.

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Kinda freaky but I love it lol

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Aww baby feet 🙂

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Mother’s Day Poem 5/11/2014

Mothers Day

Today is a day of appreciation
And every Mom in the world deserves a standing ovation
There are going to be times when things get tough
But at the end of the day its worth all that stuff

It all starts at the moment of conception
And the ultrasound is the first visual perception
Right now I can only imagine what it’s like to hold your baby for the first time
But in October I’ll get to meet my little partner in crime

I already have two little girls in my life who I love and adore
And now we are all ready to add one more
The anticipation is really starting to rise
Especially as my wife’s belly starts to increase in size

Baby squishy will be here before we know it
And then our family will become even more closely knit
So to all the Moms out there, especially my wife
Let’s all cheers to this way of life

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Disney and 16 week Ultrasound

Disney Trip

Phew…I finally have a chance to sit down a write. I feel like I’ve been non-stop since we got back from Florida. The trip was A-MAY-ZING! It just felt so good to get away from all the stresses of work and normal everyday life. I haven’t been on a vacation like that in a while so it was great! The girls had an absolute blast!! Now just for a minute imagine with me….2 girls aged 5 and 9 in an 11 passenger van for not one but TWO 20 hour car rides….Yea that was my thought too!!! But I have to say that they were the best behaved kids we could have ever asked for. Not once did we hear “are we there yet?” or “I’m bored”, there was NO fighting or complaining in the least! We were absolutely shocked! And then during the week we were there with all the walking around and crowds, they were still great! Couldn’t ask for better kids 🙂

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Beginning of the 20 hr car ride

This is the house that we stayed in, Kissimmee Florida

Our Florida House

The girls showing off the dresses that they wore to the Bippity Boppity Boutique (they Princess-ified)

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And a few more pictures throughout our week in Florida

Epcot Rapids Animal Kingdom Small World Sea World

So as you can see a GREAT time was had by all!! I starting taking videos and posting them to Facebook right from the beginning of the trip originally because my parents weren’t able to come and I wanted them to see what we were up to, but soon those videos became a huge hit with many of my friends and family. I was getting tons of comments and people were telling me that they felt like they were on the trip with us. Much to my surprise it was a HUGE hit lol!!

Also I would like to say a GREAT BIG thank you to my Aunt Jeanne and Uncle Phil for having us over for dinner at their Florida home before we left to come back to CT. It was nice to have a good meal and see some family!!

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16 Week Ultrasound (May 5, 2014)

Before our 16 Week Ultrasound

Before our 16 Week Ultrasound

Monday (May 5th)….Cinco De Mayo….we had our 16 week ultrasound. We were finally able to hear the heartbeat at the doctors office (even though we cheated and listened at home with the Doppler that I bought Ari for her birthday)…nevertheless every time I hear that heartbeat it still amazes me! Our midwife started our ultrasound in hopes that we would get to find out the gender….BUT baby squishy had other plans as the legs remained crossed the entire time (Either a suborn boy or a courteous lady) despite the belly shaking that my wife had to endure. We did get to see that the baby is growing a lot these days. We saw hands (it looked like he/she was waving at us at one point…or probably yelling to stop the shaking!) and a foot poked out at one point too. But the majority of the time all we could see was those darn crossed legs! So the big gender reveal will have to wait until our anatomy scan on May 27th. That’s a much longer ultrasound where they measure all the bones and everything so hopefully baby squishy will be more cooperative that day! And boy do I hope so cause I am so anxious to know!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A letter to my wife

I realized that my last post was very depressing, so I thought that I would turn my mood around and write something positive! So here is a letter to my wife Ari, whom I adore!

Ari,

I just want to start by saying thank you! If it wasn’t for you, my dream of becoming a mother would not be possible. You have taken on such a huge commitment for us. We made a commitment to each other when we got married, but you have taken it to a whole new level. You have endured all of the trying to conceive woe’s. Starting with religiously taking your prenatal vitamins, giving up your beloved coffee (and beer for that matter), taking ovulation tests everyday when the time came, inseminating, waiting and peeing on sticks just to find out we weren’t pregnant and starting the whole process all over again. But this last time made it all worth it. Seeing those 2 pink lines for the first time and looking at you was something I’ll never forget, even if we did laugh uncontrollably. I knew from the moment that I met you that you were amazing but I didn’t really know how amazing you were until that moment. It was then that I realized what a selfless person you really were. You were willing to do this for us…not just you….but us. And to me that is the best gift that you could have ever given me. I know I’m hard to handle sometimes and I also know that the next 6 months are going to be tough (for both of us), but please don’t ever forget how much I love you and how thankful I truly am every single day that you are my wife. Here’s to a happy and healthy 6 months to come and when baby squishy arrives and we get to hold him/her in our arms maybe you’ll realize what a terrific gift you have given!

I love you!