My name is Brittany and I’m 27 years old. I have 3 living children and one angel. In May of 2015, we received the news that we were expecting a baby, due January 29th 2016. The pregnancy was going great, no health problems and no issues with the pregnancy at all (tests, ultrasounds, etc.). All was normal. I felt great. Then came the dreadful day. November 16, 2015 was a Monday. I dropped my oldest daughter off at Kindergarten and proceeded with my day, as my usual Monday went. I came home, cleaned a little and went for my bi-weekly Monday grocery store trip, as my son and boyfriend left for the cabin for the afternoon. When I came home from the store, I sat down to realize after my busy day, that I had not felt movement since 7:30am. I said to myself “nothing can be wrong” and if something is I’m just about 30 weeks, so the baby will just spend time in the NICU. So I went until about 6pm, when I called my boyfriend and told him about the movement. He came home and we called labor and delivery. They advised us to come in right away. We arrived around 7pm that evening. I was taken to the observation room where the nurse hooked me up to the fetal heart rate band and contraction band. It felt like hours and was only minutes…she could not find a Heart Rate. Right away a doctor came into the room with a portable ultrasound machine. Then, I knew something wasn’t okay. The doctor performed the ultrasound, to only hear the words “this is where the heart beat should be” in seconds my world CRASHED. I asked just why. Why me? What did I do wrong? So many thoughts and questions that not one person could answer. The doctor gave us time alone. We called family. Gave them the horrible news. I was then given a few choices. I chose to be induced 3 days later because my sons 4th birthday was November 18th. So on November 17th, we spent the afternoon at a local funeral home planning my future stillbirth baby girl’s funeral.
On Thursday November 19th, I was admitted to Labor and Delivery. With a long and mentally exhausting labor, Friday November 20th 2015 at 1:49pm our baby girl Adalynn Leigh Heckendorn was born sleeping. Weighing at 3lbs 2oz.