Mom Gives Birth to ᴀɴɢʀʏ-ғᴀᴄᴇᴅ Baby, Thankful She is Healthy After ᴏʟɪɢᴏʜʏᴅʀᴀᴍɴɪᴏs ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsɪs
A baby who beat the odds to sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ after being born without ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ ғʟᴜɪᴅ ᴅᴇʟɪɢʜᴛᴇᴅ his mother with his angry face shortly after birth. The 21-month-old girl is now a healthy and happy child, but still continues to have an angry face.
When Holly Wallis was pregnant with Winter Josephine, she was completely in the dark as doctors told her she would need ғᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛʏ ᴅʀᴜɢs to get ᴘʀᴇɢɴᴀɴᴛ.
Holly has had a mostly uneventful pregnancy. Even when the due date passed, Holly was not worried as she had late deliveries with her previous two children.
However, when she visited her OB to take a 41-week ultrasound, she found out something was wrong. “I could tell by the look on his face that it wasn’t good news,” Hollie said. “‘I can’t find any ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ ғʟᴜɪᴅ,’ he said. My heart sunk. I didn’t have any signs that something was wrong so I was completely sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ.”
Soon thereafter, Hollie was diagnosed with Oligohydramnios.
ᴏʟɪɢᴏʜʏᴅʀᴀᴍɴɪᴏs is a condition of having too little ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ ғʟᴜɪᴅ. It can ᴄᴀᴜsᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs in about 12 percent of pregnancies that go past 41 weeks. “The amniotic fluid is essential for the development of muscles, limbs, lungs, and the digestive system,” according to the American Pregnancy Association.
“[That] was such a relief,” she said. “The baby was really healthy on the monitor and had a great heartbeat and I was experiencing lots of movement, so I was booked in for an induction.”
Fortunately, Holly says that “after what seemed like an eternity,” doctors safely removed the tiny baby and the grateful mother heard her daughter cry for the first time.
Luckily, the baby was healthy and they were able to initiate skin-to-skin contact right away. “The OB said that he didn’t find one single drop of ᴀᴍɴɪᴏᴛɪᴄ ғʟᴜɪᴅ during my C-section and he’d never seen that before,” Hollie recalled.
As soon as Winter was whisked from recovery back to the hospital room, Hollie stared at Winter.
“As perfect as she was,” said Hollie, “I couldn’t help but laugh because she looked so angry.
Hollie now delightedly shares Winter’s angry faces on her Instagram page, called “Moods Of Winter.”
As for Winter, who is currently 21 months old, Hollie said that “she’s … healthy, happy, but still has a grumpy face.”
“Every time I look at her little angry face, I think about how close I was to not having her and I am just so thankful she’s healthy and strong,” Hollie said. “She continues to make the angriest faces and they are absolutely hilarious. I have never met a baby with more personality.”