Noah David was still born on October 19th, 2013 at 19w4d after a day and a half of labor. He is survived by his mother and father, a two year old brother O, 2 aunts, 3 uncles, 6 grandparents, 7 great-grandparents, and countless friends.
After struggling to conceive our oldest son O, we were thrilled to conceive Noah without fertility drugs. And hopeful that we could avoid prematurity and NICU time this time around. I had severe Hyperemesis Gravidarum. By 5w I was on anti-nausea drugs. By 6w they were given subcutaneously round the clock through a pump. At 7w I had 1 ER trip and 1 hospitalization, both for IV fluids. At 8w I was hospitalized again, and a PICC line was placed so I could get daily IV fluids at home. I was on bedrest starting at 9w. I lost 30lbs in 12 weeks. All of this as a SAHM.
I started to get better around 16w (not losing more weight, but not gaining.) On October 1st we had an ultrasound at MFM. We found out we would have another son, and that while they were having a hard time getting some pictures due to size and positioning, everything they could see looked fine. The next day I got a call from the doctor. He decided to take a closer look at the images and thought the ventricles in Noah’s brain might be enlarged. We were told to come back in one week. A week later, there was no might. They were 2-3 times normal size, and there was almost no visible brain tissue. Just fluid. And a cyst in the back of his brain crushing the little bit of cerebellum that had developed. We were told he would never breathe on his own. Our world ended.
A week later we drove 2 hours away for an induction. Noah died during the induction and was stillborn on Saturday October 19th. Now we try to figure out how to go on without our youngest son.