Arya Lyanna Rice

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Tragedy is never an easy thing to talk about. So, let's start with joy. On February 15th, Arya's mom, Vicki, took a pregnancy test and found out she was pregnant. Arya's dad, Billy, and mom were surprised and ELATED. This was their first pregnancy and they were told that it would be difficult to get pregnant since Vicki has PCOS. Mom had a busy and rough first trimester with bleeding, constant nausea and fatigue, and starring in a production of Mamma Mia, but Arya's first ultrasound was what made it all worth it. Arya's healthy heartbeat was also heard that day.

On May 1st, Vicki and Billy learned that their baby was going to be a girl. Arya’s mom cried happy tears and her dad joked that he would have to buy a shotgun to ward off all the boys. The world, aka social media, learned of Arya’s existence on mother’s day. 

The pregnancy was a beautiful “textbook” pregnancy. Arya loved to move a lot inside her mom and loved to listen to music with her mom. Arya also liked to hide her face with 4d ultrasounds.

Arya’s family celebrated her upcoming birth on September 28th with LOTS of family and friends. So many people were excited to welcome her into the world.

On the night of October 14th, Arya’s mom started to go into labor. As she was waiting for her contractions to be a minute long and 5 minute apart, Arya’s parents didn’t leave to go to the hospital until 3:45 in the morning. Once they got to the hospital, everything happened so quickly. Arya’s mom was in active labor and she was dilated 4 cm. This is when all of the problems started. The nurses began to think the heartbeat on the monitor was Vicki’s heartbeat, not Arya’s. They called the doctor on call into the room. Within an hour of parking at the hospital, Vicki was rushed in for an emergency c-section since Arya was in distress and there was still a disagreement about whose heartbeat was being heard. Arya Lyanna was born stillborn (her death was caused by a cord accident), at 5:24 am, weighing 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measuring 20 inches.

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