One of the questions I get the most is: “how is that young woman with Brenna’s condition who had the baby??” In 2013, Stephanie became the first person with Harlequin Ichthyosis to give birth… and not only did everything with her pregnancy and delivery go well with her son, but Stephanie and her husband Curt welcomed a daughter last year! We got to meet Stephanie and her family nearly two summers ago, and we are looking forward to the day when we get to see them again and meet her daughter. Today, Stephanie is sharing about life with two babies 18 months apart while also caring for her own rare disorder…
Last November 5th, I became a mommy of TWO.
We welcomed our beautiful baby girl into the world at 11:00 a.m. that Wednesday morning. At the time, I was exactly 40 weeks pregnant, and we had a scheduled c-section. I thought I knew what to prepare myself for seeing as how I had a c-section with Willie. Turns out an emergency c-section and a scheduled c-section are totally different! With Willie, I was in labor for three days… with Olivia, I was signed in the hospital at 8 a.m. and she was here within a few hours!
My skin healed rather quickly with both surgeries, but even quicker after Olivia. Stress affects my skin dramatically on an everyday basis – if I get too stressed out, then soon my skin may hurt and form pus beneath my skin. (Think acne). After being in labor for 3 days with Willie, I was definitely stressed! My skin hurt bad, and we weren’t sure if it was surgery or stress-related. Before I had Livy, I was nervous of course, but not nearly as stressed. Everything went perfect! I even got to be awake during the procedure, unlike before.
Willie was at the hospital with us until a few hours after Olivia was born. He has loved his sissy from the start!
Coming home was exciting. Willie was GREAT with his new baby sissy (minus the time he tried to ride her like a horsey during tummy time), and sissy looooooves her bubba. It didn’t take too long before we were able to get a daily routine together similar to the routine we had before Olivia; Willie sits in his highchair, eats breakfast and watches Sesame Street while sissy sits in her bouncy seat, visits with me, and I take a bath. Have a mentioned how blessed I am to have such sweet babies?