Mighty Bee Owen – April 2017

Mighty Bee Owen – April 2017

Bee Mighty first fell in love with Mighty Mom Meredith after seeing her ‘NICU RAP’ online (stay tuned). We saw her spunk and resilience from within our very familiar NICU walls. We knew we needed to know her and her story – and after her interview we fell in love with her family even more – two babies, one loss, one survivor, 25 weekers and 140 NICU days. Don’t miss this month’s Mighty Bees: Owen & Luke. Thank you Bradley and Meredith for opening your hearts for families following in your footsteps. Meredith, you made quite an impression with your NICU rap! Before we get ahead of ourselves, that you for taking the time to share your NICU journey with all of Bee Mighty. To start,  can you tell us about your family and first learning you were pregnant. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to be able to share our story! You honestly do not know what it is like to go through this experience until you have gone through it yourself. We hope to be able to relate to other families and help them as they go on this journey. My husband and I had been married about a year when I first learned I was pregnant. We always knew we wanted to have children and thought we would take it slow in trying. I had been taking birth control for about 10 years, so I figured that I would get off of it let my body get use to not taking it and I would be pregnant a few months later in August...
January Mighty Bee

January Mighty Bee

Mighty Mom: Tricia Asbra Mighty Family: Aaron (dad), Tricia (mom), Andrew (11), Benjamin (11), Kate (8). Grandma and Papa also live with us.   Tricia, tell us first learning you were pregnant and your pregnancy?  We were just getting ready to celebrate our first wedding anniversary when I started feeling dizzy and nauseated. I figured I was just getting sick, but then a co-worker suggested I take a pregnancy test. We had decided to go off birth control about a month before, but I was told that it should take me several months to a year to get pregnant. I went home and took a test and it IMMEDIATELY came back positive. We were so excited! We went to my first appointment with my OBGYN and they told me I was VERY pregnant and likely much farther along than I thought I was. My hormone levels were significantly higher than someone who should have been only 6 weeks pregnant. Because of all of this, they sent me for an ultrasound a week later. During that ultrasound, I was complaining to my doctor about all of the severe pregnancy symptoms I seemed to be having: bad any-time of the day sickness, already out of my regular clothes and quickly outgrowing my first set of maternity pants. She said, “Let’s not talk about ‘normal’ for a second. There’s one heartbeat, there’s two, and there’s a third!” It was at that point that I saw all three babies up on the ultrasound screen for the first time. I was having spontaneous triplets! After their birth, we found out that all three were...
December Mighty Bee

December Mighty Bee

Mighty Mom: Ann Mighty Bee: Olivia What were your very first thoughts when you found out you were pregnant with Olivia? We were very excited when we found out we were expecting Olivia. We had a nine month old son, William and we had had a miscarriage three months earlier so we were very nervous as well. We didn’t tell our family at first.   Did the time pass slowly or quickly throughout the pregnancy? Time went by quickly. When I was about three months pregnant I got very sick and was on bed rest for a week, we thought I would lose the baby. After I recovered I was always afraid I would lose the baby.   Were you aware before giving birth that Olivia would be spending time in the NICU? We had no idea and never expected to be the NICU. According to our doctor everything was progressing normally and Olivia was healthy.   Can you describe the moment Olivia was born? I woke up around 4:00 that morning ( two months before her due date) my back was hurting and I noticed a little spotting. My husband and I thought we would just drop off his daughter at school and go get checked out by my doctor. Before he got back from the school I knew this was more than just a normal back ache. By the time we left for the hospital I was in active labor and trying not to push. My husband was driving 90 mph and yelling at me not to “mess up his new Car”. Our 18 month old son...
September Mighty Bee CeCe

September Mighty Bee CeCe

Mighty Mom: Jen Mighty Bee: CeCe When did you first find out you were pregnant? How was the duration of your pregnancy?  I first found out in March of 2010 that I was pregnant with CeCe. We were told at 18 weeks gestation (on June 29th of that year) at what was supposed to be a routine anatomy ultrasound that she had a “hole in her spine” or Spina Bifida.  The pregnancy was EXTREMELY difficult from the standpoint of all the testing that was immediately involved…hours of MRIs, ultrasounds, 2 amnios etc. and the prognoses we were getting were all the same, terrible. I did not know anything about the NICU before my internship with Bee Mighty. How much did you know about the NICU? And when did you learn you may deliver your baby early?  I knew nothing about NICU.  Our first daughter, born 2 years earlier, was a very routine pregnancy.  Information was given to us that same day of the diagnosis about a research study at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) regarding fetal surgery for our daughter. CeCe was full-term (38 weeks, 5 days), but stayed in the NICU in Philly for 9 days and had her first of 4 surgeries there as well when she was 48 hours old. Tell us about CeCe’s birth and seeing her for the first time. How much did she weigh? I didn’t get to hold her when she was born because of the hole in her spine.  They let me touch her skin and she was whisked away to the NICU and for further discussion about when to close her back (has to be...
October Mighty Bee

October Mighty Bee

Hi my name is Erin Crissman and I am completing my internship with Bee Mighty this fall. Your family has been selected as our Mighty Family for the month of October. Your daughter, Lucy, will be our ‘Mighty Bee.’ By sharing your story, we hope to inspire Bee Mighty loyalists and other families that have a similar journey. What were your very first thoughts when you found out you were pregnant with Lucy? We were excited! My husband Aaron and I had been together almost 8 years, but married for only 6 months. Lucy was planned and we were finally convinced we were ready to have a baby. I think I took 6 pregnancy tests, I just couldn’t believe we were actually going to do it! Briefly what were a few highs and lows of your pregnancy and how long did it last? I was really sick with my pregnancy. I was teaching school and would have to step into the hall to be sick. Once I had made it past the morning sickness at about 14 weeks, I thought the hard part was over. Then we found out at 18 weeks that Lucy had enlarged ventricles in her head. We went to the high-risk obgyn and had so many ultrasounds throughout the rest of the pregnancy. They really didn’t know what was causing them to be enlarged, so they couldn’t really give any answers, just scenarios. It was decided that I would have a scheduled c-section at 39 weeks because of the size of Lucy’s head and to save her the trauma of a vaginal delivery. What were...