About Hyedi Nelson

Hyedi Nelson currently resides in Minnesota with her husband, dog Cole and cat Sam. In her first pregnancy, Hyedi miscarried at 5.5 weeks. After getting pregnant again in December of 2013, Hyedi and her husband grew cautiously more optimistic once they made it to the 5.5 week milestone, and then even more so after the first trimester. At the 20 week anatomy scan, right after they found out they were expecting a boy, the ultrasound technician noticed a spot near their baby’s heart that concerned him. Hyedi and her husband were sent to see specialists the following week for a level II ultrasound where their baby was diagnosed with a pericardial teratoma with a presence of hydrops fetalis. There were few treatment options available. Fetal surgery was initially presented as a possible course of action, but because of the poor outcomes and high risks associated with it, it eventually was no longer recommended. The doctors hoped that their baby would hold on until 32-34 weeks when he could be delivered and then if he were strong enough, he could be operated on at that time to have the tumor removed. But at 29.5 weeks, Hyedi experienced a Premature Rupture of Membranes and was admitted to the hospital to try and keep her pregnant for as long as possible. But later that evening, after a BPP/NST showed that their son’s condition was deteriorating, their son was delivered via C-section. Their son, who they named Charlie, was born on July 3 and passed away peacefully in Hyedi and her husband’s arms 34 minutes later. Hyedi is currently pregnant again and will be documenting her journey, including all of the ups and downs, and everything in between. She also blogs about her journey to living a healthy, balanced life at Finding a Balance.

Rainbow Birth Story: Calvin Thomas

A part of me still can’t believe that I’m writing my rainbow baby’s birth story. Calvin Thomas arrived on August 2, one day short of one year and one month after we said goodbye to his brother, Charlie. A warning and apology for how long this is! We had been joking all month long that [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:13:08+00:00 September 25th, 2015|Birth|5 Comments

Hyedi’s Bump Day Blog Week 36: July 3 – Finding Peace

After making it past the anniversaries of when we received Charlie’s diagnosis and our 20-week ultrasound, we knew the next big milestone would be the anniversary of the day we said goodbye to our son. And before we knew it, that day arrived. Since the Fourth of July holiday was observed on the third this year, [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:14:46+00:00 July 9th, 2015|36weeks, 3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|1 Comment

Hyedi’s Bump Day Blog Week 34: Inching Closer

All of my friends who were pregnant and due around the same time as me have now had their babies. It’s hard to believe that I’m next. I think it would be hard to believe even if it wasn’t for all of the anxiety and trauma from losing Charlie. But I am next and I’m [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:15:03+00:00 June 25th, 2015|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|4 Comments

Hyedi’s Bump Day Blog Week 32: Heading Into New Territory

We just had our 32 week appointment. We never made it to our 32 week appointment with Charlie. I’m feeling body parts stick out of my belly. Even though I *thought* Charlie was active, I’m constantly surprised at just how active a healthy baby can be. And because I had so much extra amniotic fluid, [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:15:42+00:00 June 11th, 2015|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Hyedi’s Bump Day Blog Week 29: Another Milestone

Well, I’ve officially made it further than I’ve ever made it in any pregnancy. With my last pregnancy, I experienced a premature rupture of membranes at 29 weeks and 5 days and Charlie was born the next day, just one short of 30 weeks. Today, as this post goes live, I am 30 weeks pregnant. [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:16:00+00:00 May 26th, 2015|3rd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|1 Comment

Hyedi’s Bump Day Blog Week 27: An Uncomfortable Situation

This past weekend, I attended a friend’s bridal shower where I was one of five attendees who were currently pregnant. Ever since I “popped,” I’ve dealt with my fair share of “Is this your first?” and “Aren’t you SO excited?” questions, but the bridal shower felt like new territory, since besides the bride-to-be, five pregnant [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:16:10+00:00 May 12th, 2015|2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|3 Comments

Hyedi’s Bump Day Blog Week 26: It Was Inevitable

I ended up going to the hospital this past week. A part of me is a little surprised this didn’t happen sooner. I’ve made quite a few calls to the after hours on-call doctor, but the outcome of those calls usually ended up with the doctor being able to talk me out of my state [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:16:20+00:00 May 5th, 2015|26weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Hyedi’s Bump Day Blog Week 24: A Second Babymoon

Being the planner that I am, when I was pregnant with Charlie, I booked two nights at a bed and breakfast for my husband and I, for right around when I’d be about 22 weeks along. But three days before we were supposed to leave for a couple of days of rest and relaxation, the [...]

By | 2015-04-21T14:15:17+00:00 April 21st, 2015|24weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Hyedi’s Bump Day Blog Week 23: Bracing Myself

It's all starting to feel a little bit too familiar. Yesterday, we went to the home opener for the Minnesota Twins, and while I was sitting in my seat, I was taken back to a little less than a year ago. It was the last weekend of April, and we knew something didn't look right [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:16:42+00:00 April 14th, 2015|23weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments

Hyedi’s Bump Day Blog Week 22: A Surprising Urge to Nest

Something hit me this past week. I've had an overwhelming urge to actually do things to prepare for this baby. We cleaned out the nursery (for now, I’ve stopped referring to it as the guest room and actually calling it the “nursery”), got rid of the bed that was in there, bought a crib and started [...]

By | 2016-10-13T17:16:43+00:00 April 7th, 2015|22weeks, 2nd Trimester, Bump Day Blog|0 Comments