My little girl was born June 13, 2007 in Huntsville, Alabama. Her name is Allyssa Cate. She is my third child and she is also my very first little girl. Allyssa was born without her right forearm and hand. We had no idea until she was born. I had a C-section so I couldn’t see her but I knew from the reaction in the room that something was wrong. Then my doctor finally came to the head of my bed to speak to my husband and me.
My daughter, Holly, was born in 2000 with Amniotic Band Syndrome and clubfoot. Here is our story….
My water broke in the 32nd week of pregnancy, but I did not go into labor. I was placed on bed rest at the hospital and was given a steroid to help her lungs develop quickly in case I did go into labor. My doctor decided to induce labor in the 34th week to prevent the risk of infection to Holly. I only had one sonogram two days before labor was induced,
EVAN’S BIRTH – January 19, 1993
I had wanted to get pregnant for a few years and had been on fertility medication prior to conceiving. I was very sick throughout the pregnancy but extremely happy. I would dance (as well as my bulging body would allow) and sing “Whoa-oa-oa! I feel good, do-be-do-be-do-do, I knew that I would, now….So good, so good, I got you.” Although I read the “What to Expect…” series and we went to pre-natal classes we weren’t prepared – I didn’t even have my bag packed!