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27 Nov 2009

My baby boy turns one.

This is a post just for me really, just so I have something to look back on and just so I can talk about how the last year has flown by. Feel free to carry on reading if you want to though.

It only seems like yesterday that I did that pregnancy test and it came up positive and now he's a year old. Time really does go too fast. I'm sat here now thinking about my pregnancy and how excited Gareth and I was when we went for our 20 week scan, hoping to find out the sex of our baby. We found out I was having a boy and I'll always remember Gareth face and how happy he was. He was over the moon, but then came the bad news.  I was told "markers" had been found on the scan suggesting Harvey would either have Down Syndrome or Edwards Syndrome. Within seconds our happiness vanished, we were both distraught. Gareth held me while I cried and he cried with me. We were both told in detail what Downs was and what Edwards was and I was given the choice of an Amniocentesis. To find out for sure what was wrong with him. If the doctors would have told me, he might have only had Downs, I wouldn't have had the amniocentesis, I would have carried on my pregnancy as normal and loved my son no matter what, there was no way I'd end my pregnancy because I was having a child with Down Syndrome. But because they told me he could have Edwards Syndrome, I was advises that an Amnio was the best course of action to find out for certain, because if it was Edwards we were told our baby would either die inside me before I reached full term or that he'd be so severly disabled he wouldn't live past a year old. This obviously meant that a termination would be the best possible course of action. There was no way I'd be able to carry on my pregnancy knowing our baby, would end up leaving us and we'd have to bury our son. I chose to have the Amnio.

This period of my life was the hardest time Ive ever been through. From the day I had my Amnio up until the day I got my results all me and Gareth did was hold each other and cry. Our baby had just started kicking and moving and I was faced with the possibility that I might have to end his life. No words can express what them few days were like, while I waited for the results.

The phone rang and I was heaving uncontrollably with nerves. It was time to hear the results. I made the midwife repeat to me 3 times what she said, she told me our baby was fine, he was a perfectly healthy baby, with no problems what so ever. I was over joyed, you cannot imagine how I felt. It was time to enjoy my pregnancy now and wait for the arrival of our ever so special little boy.

I went into labour 3 days early. I'd decided to go shopping alone in Asda and was busy browsing the make up (typical eh) when my waters broke. I just stood there and looked down and thought "oh shit" ha. Luckily an asda employee was walking past so I just grabbed her arm and said "would you mind helping me, my waters have just broke" she looked mortified haha. I reassured her I was ok and not in any pain, but if she could just walk me to my car I'd be fine. By this time my waters were flooding, I was literally walking and water was just pouring out, so bloody embarrassing! I phoned my parents and Gareth and my dad told me there was no way I could drive and to stay put they was coming to get me.

About an hour and half after my waters broke... Harvey was born. I'd had a fast labour with my first child, Anton, so I knew my second would be fast, didn't expect it to be that fast though! He wasn't breathing when he was born, so I didn't get to hold him straight away. He was finally handed to me though and I was stunned at how perfect and gorgeous he was. After all I'd been through and now I was holding my perfect baby boy, it was an emotional moment.


















Now that gorgeous baby boy.. is celebrating his 1st Birthday. A birthday at one point that I wasn't even sure that he'd see. This past year has been filled with nothing but happiness. Every single day he's made me laugh and smile, watching him grown and learn something new. Watching his own little personality develop and seeing how he is so much like his Daddy. His has his Daddy's temper for sure haha. Everything about him is Gareth, his looks, his temperament, his personality, he definitely has my intelligence though :P hehe. Your loved more than you'll probably ever know Harvey, by me, by your daddy and most certainly by your big brother.


25 comments:

  1. aw so cute what a lovely if slightly scary story happy birthday Harvey xxx

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  2. Aw such a cutie! Cant believe your waters broke in Asda!! That lady sure earned her money that day!!

    Glad everything is fine, hope he has a lovely first birthday! x

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  3. OMG this post brought tears to my eyes. It was an amazing read. God your labour was so freakin' fast girl. You're so lucky. I reckon there's women who'd pay for a labour like that, lol.

    I'm glad lil' Harvey is healthy.

    Enjoy his birthday gorgeous.

    Hugs

    Marcia
    xoxox

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  4. Aww Jo, I came over all emotional there! Such a fantastic post :)

    Happy birthday to Harvey!!

    Nikki
    xx

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  5. aw im cryin jo thats so nyc
    he is most defiantly perfect in every way and im glad hez my nephew!!!
    :D
    xox
    <3*

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  6. What an amazing story, so glad it all turned out ok for you! He's such a cutie!

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  7. Happy Birthday to your little man! Sounds v stressful waters breaking in Asda! xxxx

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  8. Lovely story, nearly made me cry x he is gorgeous xx

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  9. Awwwwwwwwwwww your story is too cute!

    Wait til he's 20 or so and you've still got pics up of him when he was younger, my mum has them of my brothers and I find it hard to believe that they were ever that small.

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  10. Gorgeous post hun, brought a tear to my eye!
    Harvey is such a cutie, and happy 1st birthday to him!
    Hope you all have a great day! :)

    <3 xox

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  11. Awww what a lovely post and he's so adorable :)

    Happy Birthday Harvey x

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  12. Oh such a lovely story Jo! Very emotional - glad everything worked out well. He's such a cutie! :) xo

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  13. Dawwww.. happy birthday Harvey!
    I got a bit teary eyed reading that! I'm so glad everything turned out perfectly in the end though hun *hugs*
    xoxo

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  14. Hey hun, Iv tagged you for an award on my blog :)

    http://tanyatalksmakeup.blogspot.com/2009/11/award-i-3-your-blog.html

    xx

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  15. Aww he's soo cute!! :) Happy Birthday Harvey! xx

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  16. Oh, Jo! I'm sooo happy for you! I can't even imagine how horrible that was for you. Thank GOD that he's okay!

    Happy Birthday, Harvey!!!

    <3 LK

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  17. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments Ladies, its brought tears to my eyes reading each and every one.

    Jo..xxxxx

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  18. What a rollercoaster journey you had during your pregnancy. It must be the worst thing being told something might be wrong with your baby. Glad everything turned out ok, and he looks adorable, especially sitting in the trolley x

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  19. Happy Birthday Harvey. What a lovely post girl, little Harvey is one lucky boy to have such a wicked mum xx

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  20. such a beautiful post hun, made me cry happy tears!
    my son will be one in feb and i can't believe how quickly time is going - on the one hand like you i feel so proud watching oliver grow and develop but when i look back at the photos of him when he was newborn i feel a bit sad - knowing how fast this past 9 months has gone really makes me realise how quickly kids grow up :)
    your son is gorgeous!
    happy first birthday harvey <3

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  21. Arr hun I'm so glad it all worked out ok!! Harvey is sooo cute love the pics!! xxx

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  22. Jo, I sit here and cry and cry and cry that was such a beautiful story. I'm so happy that he is a healthy baby boy with wonderful loving parents.

    Happy Birthday Harvey!!!

    xoxo

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  23. Aww what a lovely post! He is absolutely gorgeous and its making me want a baby! Haha!

    Lovely to read your story too x

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  24. Amazing post.. and oh my god how gorgeous is he?! Eeeee I WANT ONE!!!! xxx

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