(Photo: Molly Harmon)
Our Sweet Baby Boy
Konner Lee Kooser:
- Konner: My mom’s maiden name is Conner, we just changed the spelling.
- Lee: Jared’s middle name.
- September 4, 2019, 6 lbs 12 oz and 21 inches
- A few months before we found out I was pregnant God told me it was time for me to have a baby boy and his name would be Konner. After almost 10 years of marriage I knew it was time for us to expand our family.
- We found out we were pregnant on January 16, 2019 which was the same day as my Mom’s 60th birthday. After I got my blood work back, we surprised her with the good news on that same day!
- We did the early testing to find out the gender. I knew they would call me over the phone while Jared was at work, so I surprised him with decorating the whole kitchen in BLUE!!!! He walked in and was so surprised!
- I had a pretty easy pregnancy before my third trimester. I was very active, still worked out 5 days a week, kept up with my business and was still able to work wedding day! My last wedding I took was July 20th (30 weeks).
- My workouts were: Tracy Anderson Streaming (Start Master Class) & Every Mother workout
- Then came the third trimester… Initially, I got really sick with a sinus and eye infection and had to be put on medications which I was a little apprehensive about. A really bad cough lingered and kept me up at night. It lasted about 3 weeks and was not fun at all.
- At 35 weeks I was diagnosed with Cholestasis of Pregnancy. This occurs in about 1 out of 1,000 pregnancies.
- This is when pregnancy hormones affect liver function, resulting in slowing or stopping the flow of bile. When the bile flow in the liver itself is stopped or slowed down, this causes a build up of bile acids in the liver which can spill into the bloodstream. Which if spilled into the bloodstream it can harm the baby.
- I was miserable for a week or so with sever itching and burning skin. I would put ice packs on my skin to numb the pain. Once diagnosed, they put me on medication that decreased my bile acid count. It started to help toward the end.
- I had to get induced at 37 weeks to avoid the bile in my body from getting to Konner, which could have ended badly if I went pass that date. This was so stressful, because I couldn’t control any of it and I just wanted to make sure he was ok. I had to count kicks every hour.
- Once I had Konner all of the symptoms related to the Cholestasis went away.
- I started the induction process September 3rd at 8:15pm. They started my pitocin at 5am on September 4th. My water broke on it’s own by 10am and baby Konner was here by 6:26pm.
- Konner had to go to the nursery for one night to make sure he didn’t have any fluid in his lungs. We ended up doing hours of skin to skin and his vitals quickly got better!
God is so good and we are so in love with our baby boy!!
(Photo: Molly Harmon)
(Photo: Lisa Schwarz)