On January 11, 2011, we found out we were expecting. After trying to conceive for three years, we thought our only hurdle was to stay pregnant. We did.
On August 12, at 33 weeks and 3 days, a congenital diaphragmatic hernia was discovered. A few weeks later, an amniocentesis revealed an unbalanced translocation of chromosomes 4 and 7.
Benjamin was born on September 15, 2011, at 38 weeks 2 days by spontaneous labor. 4 pounds, 12 ounces of beautiful. 19 inches of amazing. Far and away the most handsome baby I’ve ever seen.
He lived for 15 minutes.
Two months later on November 9th, we had another positive pregnancy test. Due to a genetic issue (a balanced translocation of chromosomes 4 and 7 in me), there is a 10-15% chance of Benjamin’s issue repeating itself. Staying pregnant is the least of our worries.
UPDATE (1/19/12) – It’s a girl and her chromosomes are perfect!
UPDATE (7/25/12) – Paisley Loren Santeford was born on Friday, July 13, 2012. She was 8 lbs., 7 oz., 20 inches long – healthy and gorgeous.
Oliver Benjamin Santeford arrived April 6, 2014, at 12:00AM to the second! He was 9 pounds, 3 ounces, snuggly, healthy, and handsome. It was love at first sight for Big Sister Paisley.
Our names are Ed and Eva Santeford. We’ve been married 10 years. Currently we live just outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Eddie works in insurance and I am now a stay-at-home mom with our daughter, Paisley, son Oliver, and the cat Paisley begged for, Luna Tuna.
We’ve been very open about this experience, so if you are reading this because you have found yourself in a similar situation, please don’t hesitate to reach out.