Harper Jewel Rainbow Newborn Session: Gahanna, Ohio Newborn Photographer

As Promised, I would share Erin and Nate’s BEAUTIFUL girl’s story here. This is from her mom:-)

“I married my husband Nate, in June 2014. I couldn’t be happier to marry the love of my life and start a family, something I’ve dreamed of for as long as I can remember. My tall, handsome husband, and our 2 children! After a year of marriage, I still wasn’t pregnant, so I went to my doctor. She started tests. Let me tell you, test after test, after test really make you feel amazingly self conscious. You pray they figure out why you can’t get pregnant, but you pray that nothing is wrong. After countless tests, I was diagnosed with “unexplained infertility”. That’s quite possibly the worst diagnosis….because they don’t know what’s causing it, if anything! We tried for 3 more years, I went to acupuncture twice a week, hormones that failed for 8 months…mood swings, hot flashes, LOTS of tears!

I bought our first home in October 2017, the week before closing I found out I was finally pregnant! I decided to wait until after we closed on our home to tell my husband, so I gave him a “house warming” gift! We were thrilled! We were finally going to have a family! I remember going to my first doctor’s appointment at 6 weeks. There was no heartbeat, but they assured me that some people don’t have a heartbeat until 8 weeks, everything looked ok. They scheduled a follow-up for 2 weeks. I went back at 8 weeks, to be told I was showing the pregnancy progressed, but I was only 6 weeks 2 days. They had me do more blood work to make sure my #s were doubling as they should…they were…so they schedule another appointment the following week for another ultrasound. That appointment we showed 6 weeks, 3 days – I should have been 11 weeks…still no heartbeat! At this point I knew it wasn’t going to happen, but they told me to come back in 1 more week to check the progression. I got in my car and I cried and cried! I text my husband, trying not to alarm him, and let him know we had one more ultrasound that following week. Nate went with me on this one – I should have been 12 weeks. I had prayed, I asked for prayers, I begged and pleaded to let this baby catch up quick! We walked into the cold office for our Ultrasound – and in a matter of minutes our dreams were ripped from us. I remember the Ultrasound tech didn’t even put the US up on the TV and within 30 seconds she said “I don’t want to be the one to tell you this, but your pregnancy isn’t viable. Get dressed and Dr. Mini will be in to talk to you.” We moved to the next room….and everything is a blurr for me – I remember just blankly staring out the window, eyes filled with tears, my husband asking hundreds of questions. Dr. Mini and my husband hugged me at least 50 times….but I was numb. My doctor gave me several options, but suggested a D&C….she thought it would help me get pregnant faster, since my body has held onto this pregnancy and we had not miscarried naturally yet. December 5, we went in. I asked for one more ultrasound, in hopes that we would finally find the heartbeat I hoped for….nothing.

The next month and a half were so hard. I cried a lot, was angry, an emotional MESS! We kept trying, I kept praying, thousands of people prayed of us! In March 2018, I realized I was a few days “late” so I went upstairs around 6pm and took a test….to my shock it was POSITIVE!!! Cue the flood of emotions – excitement, fear, anxiety. I didn’t tell my husband, I was afraid that this wasn’t real. I called my doctor the next morning, she sent me for a blood test – my #s were through the roof! They made the appointment for my ultrasound, and I went home that night and surprised my husband. He couldn’t believe it, but he had the same mixed emotions as I did – we were so afraid! It was such a relief at 6 weeks we went in for our ultrasound and we had a very STRONG heartbeat!!

November 5, 2018 at 6:20pm, we welcomed our beautiful rainbow baby – Harper Jewel Sepetauc – into our lives! She is our light, our world!!! “

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