Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Birth Story

Can I really call it that? I mean I didn't actually "give birth" he was yanked out of me! Lol.

April 26th started out as a rainy day. We got up at 3:45 am, prayed, got ourselves ready, and left. The night before we had our last meal as an earthly family of two and as we walked out the door, we looked round our condo and the baby contents within it and we couldn't help but tear up at the thought that we missed out on such an opportunity with Alyssa-Joy and Evan.

We got to the hospital by 5 am, registered and got settled into Triage. I wasn't nervous until they placed the heartbeat and contraction monitors on my stomach. My nervousness probably contributed to the nonstop contractions I immediately started having and boy did they hurt! In fact, they were consistently 4 minutes apart. I remarked to Larry that if the C-section was not scheduled for that day I probably would have gone into labor!

My dad got there around 7 (he would be in the OR with us). It was then that my twin sister called and reminded me that April 26th was also my moms birthday. I immediately burst into tears. I don't know how that slipped my mind and all I could think was "how special". I just knew my mother's spirit was with me. As my dad and Larry got dressed, Dr. C. came in and said "its time babydoll. The day you have been waiting for for three years is here. " All I can say it was an emotional moment for all.

In the OR, as they administered the spinal (which hurt like hell and you think I would be used to it after having it so many times!) Larry and my dad were brought in. This was not the experience I expected! My OB had the music blasting to Michael Jackson and he and all the other medical personnel were signing their hearts out and having a good time. This did a lot for my nerves let me tell you!
I kept waiting for the pressure, tugging, pulling, all the sensations so many told me to expect, but all I could feel was cold so they wrapped me up in warm blankets. As I was waiting, I heard a gurgling sound, a cry and then Spencer's sweet face hanging above the sheet. For weeks I had wondered what I would say when I saw him and the only thing that came out was "OH My GOSH! SPENCER YOU ARE HERE!!!" The joy on my face was indescribable. My rainbow was here!

As they took him to the side to weigh him, clean him, and have hubby cut the umbilical cord, I cried. I could not believe that he was here. He was alive. He was healthy. I simply could not take my eyes off him. They brought him to me so I could see him and love on him before they took him away.

While in recovery, I had a permanent smile on my face. I kept the image of his face in my mind the entire time and could not wait to see him again.

As we left the hospital 3 days later, our eyes filled with tears. This time instead of leaving with memory boxes, we were leaving with a baby, our miracle, our rainbow, our expected end.

For three years we have endured heartache, made tough decisions, worked on our marriage, kept the faith and had HOPE. We had so many negative emotions, "we weren't meant to have kids", "God is punishing us for something", "maybe this is God's way of saying we shouldn't be together", and so many more. The enemy tried every tactic to steer us from the expected end our Savior had in store for us. My husband lost his job, but God still provided beyond measure. I was worried about bedrest, I worked the entire 38 weeks. I worried about my cervix, but the anchor held. Heck it grew at every appointment!
Now we are enjoying our expected end. I recite Jeremiah 29:11 so many time over the past 3 years and we are reminded that God keeps his promises and desires nothing but good for us.

I pray that your expected end comes and you experience the joy we are feeling right now.

With Alyssa-Joy and Evan in our hearts, we are enjoying our expected end.
Marie & Larry


  1. What an amazing and wonderful birth story! I am so glad that you finally get to home your first earthly baby! What a joy and gift from God!

    Congratulations yet again! What a beautiful little family you have!

  2. Oh sweetheart. Tears are streaming down my face. I am so overly happy for you. You got your "expected end". He is beautiful.

    I got a laugh out of "Dr C" and his gang singing in the OR. That is for sure him! He wasnt my OB like I said, when pregnant with Naomi, I wish he was. But I had that b**** Matos. But when I had the emergency c section she was on vacation and I met him that first time in the hospital and he delivered me. "Home" by Chris Daughtry was playing and he was singing it. Ill NEVER forget that. Oh so when you mentioned him singing to MJ's song, I cried because it just brought back so many memories. He was talking to me and asking me all sorts of questions and yapping away but I honestly couldnt tell you what they were. I just thought why is he talking to me. But I found out it was to be sure I was okay to and make sure I was still "there". Hes a great great doctor.

    CONGRATS again mama! You did it! SOOO many rainbows have been born this month (April) its fantastic! Yet hurts because my sweet Naomi was born then. Yet I do have my rainbow with me now, it still hurts alot. Bless you all!

  3. I am so happy for you :) What a fabulous story thank you for allowing us to share your expected end.

  4. He's a doll and I'm so happy for you and so inspired by your faith and your journey and soooooo glad that you've shared your story all along the way!

  5. Thank you for sharing Spencer's birth story with us and he is beautiful! How special that he shares a birthday with your mom!

  6. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful ending to your story. Your sweet rainbow child is absolutely beautiful in every way. I am so glad you had such an amazing experience and I hope you three are enjoying every second of him...it goes by so fast, just sit and hold him tight, soon, he'll be big.

    Lots of hugs.

    Congratulations on a beautiful baby boy. Congratulations on beating IC.

  7. CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a beautiful birth story!

  8. For those of us who know your story, your heartache, and your struggles, this is just an ultra-amazing birth story! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am for you - you and Larry fought IC and won! What an inspiration you are for others in your shoes. Spencer is just amazing! I'm glad he was born on your sweet Mother's birthday. xoxoxo

  9. So so happy for you!! What an amazing story...hugs!!!

  10. He has such a cute face in the top picture, like HERE I AM! Congratulations, it is a beautiful birth story. Yay for the TAC that made it all possible.

  11. I am so happy for you! Congratulations!

  12. TEARS....OF JOY...for you!

    SO glad I returned to Blogland this week in time to read about the birth of your gorgeous son!

    CONGRATS to you and Larry! Spencer is a true testament of your love and devotion to one another and to never giving up on your dreams. HUGS, my friend!

  13. Sweetest Marie,

    Congratulations! I'm in tears reading this post...our boys were born one day apart. My Lleyton was born via c-section on the 25th! I pray you are feeling better, as the soreness for me has been a challenge! Thank goodness it has gotten better :)

    What a journey friend, but one that I know we are blessed to have taken to hold our boys in our arms.


  14. I needed to read this today. I am so happy for you! Now it's time for me to plan a visit so I can sit with you and discuss the future marriage of our children. Hope he likes older women ;)

  15. Absolutely, this is a birth story! And it's a beautiful one. Thank you for sharing him with us. I am so thrilled for you and your hubby.