Another year passed with no pregnancy. In my prayer life, I wrestled with God and tried to make sense of why we were walking through this valley. God eventually gave me a greater peace and instead of praying that we would get pregnant, I began to pray that God would send us the children he wanted us to parent, however that looked. I still struggled to wait, but life was about to change.
On July 27, 2012, I ran to the store and picked up those dreaded pregnancy tests that had only disappointed me in the past. I just had a feeling that it was different this time, and I was right!
David and I rejoiced and thanked God for answering our prayers! We celebrated with our families that night and began our pregnancy journey. I ended up being way more of a nervous nelly than I anticipated I would be. It was only compounded by the fact that at about 4 months, I started to bleed on a Saturday night.
Terrified, we made our way to the emergency room. I couldn't help but think, "God, why would you make me wait all that time only to take this baby away from me?" We prayed for our sweet baby at the hospital and were overjoyed when the ultrasound revealed a strong, beating heart. A follow-up appointment on Monday revealed that I had partial previa and that we were having a girl!
The pregnancy continued on as normal and at 40 weeks, we scheduled an induction. Baby girl was comfy and did NOT want to budge. I went in on April 10, 2013 at 41 weeks.
Our sweet baby girl was born that evening at 8:42 pm. Meet Eliana Elizabeth:
It was love at first sight! We brought her home on Friday, April 12th. She is not almost 8 weeks old and has grown so much!
Eliana means "My God has Answered." It is the most perfect name to tell the story of her very existence. When I look at her, I am reminded of what a picture of God's grace she is. The process of bringing a new life into this world is nothing short of God's miraculous, creating power. The wait for us was hard, but well worth it! We love you, Ellie!
In His Mercy.