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It was September of 2009 and I was sitting down to write my testimonial from the baby I had had in February of that same year when I started to feel a bit nauseous. As it turns out I was pregnant with my second reversal baby and I figured I'd wait for that one and a do a two for one deal. I had him April 29, 2010. Here's the story:
My first two pregnancies were tough. The babies were born just 12 months apart in August of 2005 and 2006. I was horribly sick and was on bed rest due to preterm labor with both of them. They were also both born preterm and one had a NICU stay. I had a boy and a girl and I felt so blessed. The pregnancies were very difficult emotionally and although I wanted more children at some point I figured pregnancy was just not for me and, with the support of my wonderful husband, had a tubal ligation with the birth of my second.
Months passed and, like most women, I forgot how difficult my pregnancies really were. I started to regret my decision. I began researching the possibility of a reversal and that's when I came across Dr. Levin. He website was easy to navigate and informative. I was even surprised by his success rate. The only problem was we were a bit strapped for cash and I had to save, and talk to my husband, before I could make an appointment. Then one day my husband surprised me while changing our six month-old baby's diaper he said, “ya know, I could do this again.” That's when it got serious.
I had my reversal November 12, 2007. My husband arranged vacation time for then and we made a road trip out of it. The reversal went well and on the 13th Dr. Levin came to visit me in the hotel. It was my 25th birthday and I couldn't think of a better gift that the ability to have more children. We were told we had to wait six weeks before trying and ended up getting pregnant in May of 2008.
The pregnancy surprised me. It was night and day different from my first two. I was hardly nauseous. I didn't have any preterm labor, just a few braxton hicks. On February 5, 2009 Amelia Jane was born (seen in the first picture). A healthy baby girl and a wonderful addition to our family. Her siblings were just as much in love with her as my husband and I were and I couldn't believe that I thought our family was ever complete with just the two.
Then came the big surprise. In September when Amelia was just seven months old we found out we were pregnant again. We had been trying to prevent another baby because ours were so close together, at the time they were four, three, and seven months. Apparently Dr. Levin does too good of a job =). We were excited though. This pregnancy was the best by far. No nausea at all and no contractions either. However, in the end I developed a rare liver problem that forced doctors to take the baby early.
Alex Ronald was born on April 29, 2010 (second picture). He had a brief NICU stay but is now home and well. And, like Amelia before him, we just can't image a better fit for our family. These two are quite the pair and are already inseparable (third picture). We are eternally grateful for Dr. Levin and his staff for what they did for our family and know that they will be blessed for the work that they do, changing people's lives one baby at a time.
Julie, Aaron, Spencer, Miya, Amelia, and Alex