The 1 in 4: Sweet Baby James

When my wife, Betty, was pregnant with our third child back in 2014, she started carrying extra amniotic fluid at about 22 weeks. By 32 weeks, she looked like she was 40 weeks pregnant. Everyone asked her if she was carrying twins, but in reality, something was wrong. The baby had what’s called Duodenal Atresia, which is where the stomach is not connected to the intestines. For those of you who don’t know, the baby basically produces the amniotic fluid, then drinks it, and it gets recycled back into amniotic fluid. But because the stomach and intestines weren’t connected, the baby couldn’t process the fluid, so Betty’s belly just kept filling up with more. This was not considered a life-thre

The 1 in 4: Growth Through Loss

I was dreaming big for 2016. I had goals set and was kicking butt on my to-do list for the year. Our family was busy preparing our hearts and minds for a new baby. We were making plans to welcome a new baby in October 2016. My husband Scott announced the news right away to everyone he came in contact with. He was already patting my belly and talking to the baby! I made some changes to my life to include walking at the park, eating a healthy pregnancy diet, and including a prenatal vitamin in my daily routine. And the kids were already picking out names. I used to think that nine weeks and five days was a short time to be pregnant. I was wrong. I had a miscarriage in 2007 that was never addre

The 1 in 4: Strides for the Sweetpeas

Both of my losses were different, but somehow the same. I found out about the first pregnancy on August 19, 2015. I took a test in the restroom at work and it was positive. I left work early to wander around the mall to find something baby-themed to tell my husband. It was so exciting. We set up an appointment with my doctor and started choosing names and things for the baby. Two weeks later I was scheduled for an ultrasound and checkup. At that point I was about 7 weeks pregnant and could not wait to see that little dot on the screen that would be our little baby in just a few months. Only there wasn’t a dot. Just darkness. After about 15 minutes of our tech moving around for different view

The 1 in 4: Anna's Story

On this very day, four years ago, it rained. Not just a little sprinkle – a terrible thunderstorm complete with tornado warnings. I remember watching the weather report and wondering if I should keep the children home from school until the weather had passed. But I was selfish that day. It was the day of my 20-week ultrasound, and I was determined to see my newest little blessing on the big screen. So I dropped off my other children with assurances from the school that they would be safe, and I headed to my doctor’s office. The lightning flashed around me and the wind pushed the rain under my umbrella as I made my way to the medical building. I was drenched, but I didn’t care. To the second

Happy New Year to Remember!

Happy New Year, and welcome to the new Anna's Grace Foundation blog! As we launch, I'd like to give you a little background on who we are and what we do. In January of 2013, our daughter Anna was stillborn. Following her death and burial, we attempted to go on with our lives as we normally would. Yet there was a feeling that we were meant to do something more, that something was left unfinished. After months of reflection, we realized that the "something" was Anna's legacy. We needed to give meaning to her little life. It didn't take long for us to figure out what we were meant to do. In August of 2013, we created Anna's Grace Foundation to offer emotional and financial support to local fami

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