This post is sponsored by Cord Blood Registry®, CBR, but all thoughts and opinions are my own
Alright, you guys know I talked about cord blood banking with Cord Blood Registry awhile back but I'm here to continue the conversation about it because life has changed a lot over the last few months... and I feel even stronger about banking our next baby's newborn stem cells than ever before. We had been on the fence about baby #3 for a loooong time and while things are still up in the air about the timing, Matt and I have nailed down our feelings on the matter and came to the conclusion that we definitely want a third. Miscarrying unexpectedly has a way of changing your mind like that, I guess. Here's a bit of our story:
I found out I was pregnant on January 7th of this year. We weren't trying for another by any stretch and those two little pink lines officially made us 3/3 with surprise babies! Haha. We were definitely in shock but also so excited for this new life. I called on Monday and scheduled my first appointment with my doctor (and then continued to take tests, because I just like to see the positives haha)! I got another positive on Tuesday and we spent those 3 days just dreaming about the future -- what room the baby would go in, making lists of things we would need, the whole shebang.
On Tuesday night, I started spotting. It was very light but I immediately had a sinking feeling in my stomach. I never bled with either of my previous pregnancies and even though Matt kept reassuring me that it was going to be okay, I just couldn't shake the dread. I hardly slept that night and in the morning, the bleeding returned and was heavy, heavier than a period. I knew at that moment that we had lost the baby. An appointment later that afternoon on Wednesday, confirmed our worst fears: the baby was gone.
It's incredible to me how all of life can change in an instant. How someone you've only known about for 4 days could have such a tight grip on your heart. And even though baby #3 was a surprise, oh my word, how we WANTED that baby. The sting has somewhat lessened over the last 2 months, although I can still remember how many weeks I'd be right now. What our due date was. My heart still drops seeing pregnancy announcements or being around newborns. It has nothing to do with those babies or other mamas -- it's just knowing what we're missing that hurts the most. The first birthday and the first steps, every moment between now and the rest of their life. We didn't just lose a baby... we lost a child, a teenager, an adult. An entire person. And I will always wonder who this sweet babe would've been.
After coming home from that appointment and hugging my babies tight, it just made me realize.. I don't think I could EVER lose another baby. My heart and my mind cannot even handle the thought and it really brought some things into perspective for me. One of them being cord blood and cord tissue banking. It is something so simple and easy and could have a potential impact on my family in the future? SIGN ME UP. Seriously.
Preserving your newborn’s stem cells is easy, y’all. Your baby’s umbilical cord is made of tissue and contains blood, both of which are rich sources of powerful stem cells. By preserving your newborn's stem cells, it may give your kiddo or an immediate family member, depending on the condition and other factors, the ability to use those stem cells to help treat current or future conditions (list of conditions here: https://www.cordblood.com/stem-cell-research/cord-blood-uses-and-research).
5 simple steps to get started:
- Enroll with CBR online at cordblood.com/enroll or call 1-888-240-1996
- CBR ships you a collection kit
- Bring your kit to the hospital on your big day
- Call the medical courier after your baby is born and the cord blood has been collected by your healthcare professional
- Relax. CBR handles the rest and will notify you when the kit has been received.
If you know you’re interested, you can get a promo code for $200 off of the initial fees by filling out your info here: https://ooh.li/9d9b501
That's IT. It still blows my mind that something so simple has the ability to possibly provide treatment options in the future. Even if that possibility was 1%, I'd do it. You know why? Because of these faces right here. They are EVERYTHING to us... everything. That's why I am so excited to be partnering with CBR on this campaign - because every mom deserves to be educated on their options when it comes to preserving newborn stem cells. I'm so thankful for companies that work alongside us as parents to help educate us. It just makes me feel so damn grateful.