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Miracle mom

Miracle mom

May 14, 2017 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Haley Jacobsen of Riverton will be celebrating her first Mothers Day this year with her miracle baby.

Clive Everett Jacobsen was born April 30 in Lander, just a few weeks after his mom found out she was pregnant.

Haley had been diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome a few years ago, so she did not think she would be able to have a child of her own.

"(PCOS) makes it extremely hard ... to conceive," she said Friday. "I was given less than a 10 percent chance to have a baby."

The disorder also involves infrequent or irregular menstrual cycles, which explains why Haley didn't realize she was pregnant.

Looking back, though, she said there were plenty of signs she was with child.

"My back and hips started hurting, (and) I had to pee all the time," she recalled. "But I wrote everything off as symptoms of my health."

Haley works as a certified nursing assistant, so she figured her hip pain was due to too much time on her feet, combined with a chronically bad back.

And when she started having to go to the bathroom a lot, she thought it was just a urinary tract infection.

"I was able to chalk everything up to things around me," she said. "I never thought I was pregnant."

Her friend and coworker Kimberly Vigil said Haley was craving corn dogs and Pepsi even though she had been eating a healthy diet and working out.

"(She was) wondering why she was gaining weight instead of losing," Vigil said.

"Come to find out she was pregnant the whole time."

One day, Haley said she was shopping at a local store when she passed by the pregnancy tests and decided to buy one on a whim.

"I almost took them back," she said. "I thought, 'What am I doing? This is a waste of money.'"

When the first test came back positive, she said she didn't believe it was true.

"I thought it was a faulty test," Haley laughed.

So, she took the second test in the package. Again, it was positive. Again, disbelief.

"I thought it was a faulty box," Haley said. "I thought, 'This is a cruel joke.'"

Finally, she decided to confirm the pregnancy by making an appointment with her doctor, who gave her some more astonishing news.

"I figured I wasn't far along - maybe four months," Haley said. "I had started feeling some movement, (but I) thought it must be indigestion."

It wasn't: Haley's doctor told her she was 35 weeks pregnant, giving her another chance to be skeptical.

"I thought, 'No, this lady is crazy,'" Haley said.

But the timeline was confirmed in an ultrasound. Clive Everett was well on his way to being born, giving the Jacobsens only a few weeks to prepare his nursery and find a pediatrician.

"It all worked out," Haley said.

Her friends even planned a last-minute baby shower, but the party never took place: Clive decided to arrive early, on the day of the event.

Haley said there were no complications, and he was born "completely healthy."

"It's been an adventure," Haley said. "(I) couldn't' be more delighted, and my family and friends have all just been overjoyed."

Haley and her husband, Blaine, have been married since June 2016, and he has two daughters, Rylee, 8, and Dylan, 4. Haley said the girls had been asking for a little brother for the past year.

"I had told them, 'You're barking up the wrong tree,'" she said.

Now that they've gotten their wish, though, she says the girls have been very helpful with Clive.

"He's extremely spoiled," she said. "If there's someone not holding him, he's very upset. ... But he's pretty happy most of the time. He's adorable, so that really helps out. He likes to smile."

The Jacobsens will celebrate a low-key Mothers Day this Sunday in Riverton.

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