Meet Mighty Justin and Emily
Justin and Emily’s Story
Read below as their mom shares their story.
Let’s start from the beginning, can you tell us how you learned about the pregnancy with twins and your initial reaction?
Discovering we were pregnant with twins was a tremendous blessing! Six months earlier, we had gone through a complicated pregnancy that ended in a miscarriage. While our twins will never take the place of the baby we lost, we are extremely grateful for them!
Meet Mighty Cayden
Let’s start from the beginning, can you tell us how you learned about the pregnancy and your initial reaction? I was already a mom to Grace, 2, so we were wanting to add to our family!
When did you find out that things in the pregnancy were not going perfectly? Did you know you would have to spend time in the NICU? I’m a Type 1 diabetic and an older mom (37 when delivered), so I anticipated a day or two in the NICU (similar to Grace) to make sure Cayden’s blood sugars stabilized. I had also had preeclampsia with Grace. I anticipated delivery early but closer to 35 weeks, but not 25.
Meet Mighty Jaelyn
Read below as Jaelyn’s mother shares her journey!
My pregnancy was on the heels of a fetal demise at 26 weeks the prior year, so we were all (myself, my husband, our medical team) were all pensive and very cautious during my pregnancy. My blood pressure had been an issue and were we watching it very closely. Things had been going well until one afternoon, I felt decreased fetal movement, went in for an ultrasound and was told my baby wasn’t growing, wasn’t doing well and had to be delivered. We never got to tour the NICU, I had never seen a NICU (although I was a first semester nursing student) and my brief talk with Dr.Howell, one of the awesome neonatologists) was muffled by the hustle of busy nurses and techs as they prepared me for my emergency c-section. I was panicked but hopeful and blissfully unaware of the incredible, challenging and life-changing ride of emotion, joy and sorrow the NICU held for us!
Meet Mighty Ty
Read below as Ty’s mother, Amy, shares his journey!
I was diagnosed with PCOS by REACH, so we traveled the road of infertility. After many rounds of self injections and medications it was time for our IUI. We had to wait 12 days to take a test, so on the 12th day, which was Mothers day 2016, we had a positive home test.
Meet Mighty Avery and Annie
Avery and Annie’s Story
Thank you for sharing Annie and Avery’s story with us! I know their journey has not been an easy one so let us start from the beginning, how did you find out you were pregnant? I met my husband on a blind date on Easter weekend of 2015. One thing that bonded us early on was the strong desire to start a family. With both of us in our mid-thirties, we were ready to start a new chapter in our lives. Bruce and I dated for a year, became engaged in early 2016 and married that July. To our delight and shock, we found out I was pregnant soon after our honeymoon. Nine weeks into the pregnancy we went into our first ultrasound anxious to hear the heartbeat for the first time. We saw our precious little one on the screen, heard the beating sound of a heart and saw the beginnings of little arms and legs. A few seconds later the doctor paused, then said, “Guys, there is another one in here.” Bruce’s mouth dropped, and tears started flowing from my eyes as we heard a second heartbeat. After close examination the doctor determined I was carrying mono-di identical twins and followed with a lesson on all of the different types of twins and the risks that come with ours.
Meet Mighty Luke
Thank you for sharing Luke’s story with us! Can you tell us about your family and first learning you were pregnant? Valentines Day 2009 I came down the steps with a surprise for my husband, Tommy which was the confirmation I was pregnant. He was very surprised, and the kids were very excited. We asked them not to say anything until we had confirmation and our sweet daughter, Emma couldn’t keep a secret, so she told the neighbors I had something in my eye and was going to the doctor. Later that night the neighbor asked me how my eye was, confused by the question I just said good. I then asked the kids, and Emma confessed that she just couldn’t contain her excitement she had to say something!
Meet Mighty Jelani
Can you tell us about your family and first learning you were pregnant? It was the week before Thanksgiving holiday in 2004, while station at Aviano Air Base, Italy with Johnny (Jelani’s father) I started feeling sick. Went to the doctor to get check and realized that I was pregnant and was having morning sickness. But due to previous pregnancy losses, medical issues and being over 30; I was considered a critical pregnancy.