Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley welcomed their child, Skylar Gray today. This is the first child for Gretchen and Slade’s third child. Slade has two sons Gavin and Grayson.
Gretchen started IVF four years ago. It was an emotional struggle including the loss of fourteen embyros. Also, Slade underwent a reverse vasectomy as part of the process.
The pregnancy was not an easy one either. Gretchen Rossi suffered from morning sickness that lasted all day for months. Then just this week Gretchen reached week thirty nine and was advised that due to her lack of dilation she would need have a C-section, She was hoping for a natural birth. Here is what she shared about that…
A Difficult Decision For Gretchen
I had a really really tough day yesterday because of having to make a super hard decision after my doctors appt. but after a lot of contemplation, crying, struggling, (and based on the medical pros and cons) the Doctor, Slade and I have decided a c-section is going to be the safest thing for me and baby tomorrow. Doctor said I am only dilated 1cm and I guess I have a “cervix of steel.”
So I either labor for potentially days and go through this balloon like procedure to try and open my cervix (which may or may not work) and possibly put myself and the baby in a lot of duress during that process (because I can’t have an epidural for that part yet) and then end up potentially in a c-section anyways, or I just do the scheduled c-section, which will be a lot less stress on myself and the baby.
When you have this vision of how you want your labor and delivery to go and it doesn’t turn out they way you imagined, there is this sadness and internal struggle. with “why isn’t my body cooperating” or am I making the right decision etc. So after crying it out, and being sad about not having a “vaginal birth” yesterday, I asked God to give me a sign that this is the best decision, and he did! So I am scheduled for the c-section tomorrow know that having her in my arms safely is all that matters!
Alls Well That Ends Well
Despite almost getting married at their baby shower, Slade and Gretchen have yet to marry after their very long engagement.
The couple has not quite completed the nursery and still have a few minor touches to go. After the earthquake last week, Slade has been busy reattaching wall hangings in the nursery,
Congratulations to Gretchen Rossi and Slade on their new bundle of joy.