I am happy to announce the winner of our first ‘Story of Hope’ give away.
The random number generator (aka ~ my 6 year old) chose comment #25.
CONGRATULATIONS Beryl ~ you have won a $75 store credit to Beyond Words Designs.
Thank you all for supporting Faces with your Stories of Hope. We are excited and honored to share them with all our readers!
At the hospital I was hooked up to the machines and there was his heartbeat, and it looked good! But he wasn’t moving. The on-call doctor came in. As soon as he came in and saw the tape with Teddy’s heart rate tracings, he said we need to have a C-section, an emergency c-section, right now. What a shock! But I was less scared then than I was when I was at home feeling no movement. I knew he was alive, I knew he would be taken care of, and I knew he was old enough to survive even though he was early. He would be ok now. So I called my husband and told him and he was totally unprepared too, we weren’t expecting him for 5 more weeks! Both of our other sons were late! He went about making the phone calls, getting the babysitter, getting his mom and sister to come, throwing together things we might need – we didn’t even have a bag ready for the hospital yet.
In the next several minutes I was wheeled down to the C-section room, they called my doctor (Dr. K) to see if she wanted to come in, and she did! She got there so quickly and I remember her saying, “I’m here,” and it was like my mom had said it, don’t worry honey, I’m here. Nurses were rushing everywhere and getting everything ready and then they put me out.
Carleigh’s story actually begins before she was even conceived. It begins back when God was preparing me for her not long after her sister Kyndra’s birth on January 10, 2008. During this time I came across stories of families who had received a fatal prenatal diagnosis and chose to carry to term. I poured over these stories. I read more about their diagnoses. I just felt drawn to them. I would’ve told you then that nothing like that would ever happen to me. Stuff like that always happens to other people. Boy, was I wrong.
Born November 1st, 2008
Got his wings December 15th, 2008
The morning of December 15th my whole world came crashing down on me! I woke up and picked Aiden up, he was lifeless he was not breathing and I couldn’t feel a pulse. I got my phone and called 911, they arrived very fast and began to work on him. They transported him to the hospital, I was taken there by the police officers that were there, when we arrived they sat me down that when the Dr. told me that he was gone it was the hardest thing I would ever have to hear that my son at only 6 weeks old was gone. I would no long be able to hold him in my arms, kiss him goodnight, feed or change him, I couldn’t imagine my life without him in it. I don’t remember much after that it is all just a blur I was then taken to my neighbors house until my boyfriend who was out of state got home. They did tests and an autopsy on him, they found nothing wrong and ruled it as SIDS.
Mom to Harley Elizabeth
Born June 24th, 2009 and Died August 10th, 2009
Born too early on June 11th, 2005 at 17 weeks
Born sleeping on September 9th, 2010 at 23.2 weeks
Five years previous my waters broke and I delivered our second child, Catharine Ellen.
Catharine’s Story written in 2005.