After welcoming a daughter into the world in 2014 kim giley wanted another baby to complete her family and when she fell pregnant everything seemed to be going to plan despite there being a few problems along the way but when her second child finally arrived in november 2016 she and her husband travis couldn’t have expected quite a shock like this kim a 28 year old doula from santa cruz California is used to providing non-medical support to families before during and after pregnancy so when she was expecting again she knew exactly how to make everything run smoothly in spite of a few scares
indeed kim and travis had already bought Their first baby hazel into the world three years after their wedding in 2011 and having grown up alongside her brother kim thought that having a son would therefore be the perfect way to complete her family the mom’s journey however would be fraught with hurdles and heartbreak in 2015 for one kim felt pregnant again but tragically suffered a miscarriage and the couple’s distress over their loss was so great that she and travis Knew it would be a while before they’d start retrying for baby number two but life is a funny way of throwing up surprises just a few months later in fact kim fell pregnant again still the joy was tinged with worry what if the mom had another miscarriage would she be able to cope and as it happened kim’s third pregnancy was also far from straightforward indeed she had to
content with hyperemesis gravidarum an extreme form of pregnancy sickness after Six and a half weeks and her nausea rather than gradually wearing off lasted until the birth itself as the pregnancy progressed kim further wrote on her blog we suffered through scare after scare worries about my gallbladder concerning images on the anatomy scan small fundal measurements too much amniotic fluid and a transverse baby at 36 weeks fortunately those scares were all they were throughout the pregnancy meanwhile kim and travis Didn’t know the baby’s gender and despite travis being keen to find out during scans the couple turned their heads when the baby’s lower half came into view after the miscarriage i was just really attached to having a healthy baby regardless of sex kim explained in a november 2016 interview with today my husband
wanted to find out and i said no let’s have fun with it and so the couple who’d wanted a son were happy for their baby’s gender to be kept a surprise kim Believed however that she was having a girl why because female babies apparently are synonymous with difficult pregnancies furthermore little hazel also thought her mom would have a girl could this be a textbook example of female intuition i was really sick with this pregnancy and there’s a correlation between sickness and having girls kim said to today and my two-year-old daughter thought it was the girl i had all these Silly reasons silly reasons maybe but when you know you know right well despite her prediction kim was by no means sure that a baby girl was on her way because a medulla and i work
with babies in births she added in her today interview i know you can never have any expectations about anything and with a due date approaching kim discovered that the baby was posterior which meant that it was head down and facing her abdomen it’s fairly common at the start of labor Though it makes for a tricky delivery on july 26 however kim was finally ready to give birth and given that kim’s pregnancy was rough would the labor also be difficult well it was preceded by a fortnight of contractions and more than once she thought that she was going into an early labor by the time it started though kim was remarkably calm to the point where travis said uh you’re in labor and while kim saw an acupuncturistic and chiropractor to get
The baby to turn the infant had other ideas so although the expectant mom wanted a home birth the complications continued and preparations were made to transfer kim to a local hospital unfortunately though it was too late the baby was ready to come out i knew my baby was coming camera called on her blog i’d survived the hardest few hours of my entire life and it was almost over all it took were a few contractions this time and my body did it all i never Consciously pushed i just let my body do its thing at 5 am then kim pulled her newborn baby to her chest i couldn’t believe i’d survived the past three hours and somehow still gotten the home birth that we wanted so badly she explained but the burning question remained had she had a little girl or boy after a couple of minutes kim recalled i opened baby’s legs and discovered that we had a little
boy and despite having Convinced herself that she was having another girl she added in that perfect moment all of my dreams had come true my family was complete i was just in hysterics the mom told today we were cracking up that face i don’t even think i could replicate that face i was truly shocked as for the baby’s name well the family settled on theo the recovery hasn’t been the easiest kim later explained and transitioning to two kids has been more than a little overwhelming But i’m trying to use this time to soak up his newness and i still can’t believe i have a daughter and a son despite the long and difficult path of pregnancy loss and birth i feel like the luckiest mama ever.