Baby Shower! Every momma to be is excited about this special day. I know I was.. I had a beautiful navy dress.. my hair was prepped and then the unexpected happened.
My overall pregnancy I had no complications. Being pregnant was one of the best things I've gotten to experience. We as women get to help bring life into the world. My husband was out of town on business and my baby shower was coming up. Many family and friends had not seen me pregnant because we've been living in Hollywood and both of our families live all over the states.
The day before my baby shower I picked my husband and mother-in-law up from the airport. Kisses, hugs, dinner ,and a good worship service that Friday night is how we celebrated their landing home safely.
When we got settled for bed around about 11 pm I was experiencing pain. Pain Ive never felt before in my lower back. I kept telling Luke something was wrong. My husband despite the time change and work hours he kept keeping me calm and telling me if we had to go to the hospital we had to go.
Everyone was shocked to see me head to the hospital that night seeing as the whole house was preparing for the baby shower in the morning. Everyone was super supportive and was praying with intensity because at this time I was 33 weeks pregnant. I was weirdly calm and I believe it was because I knew that God wouldn't allow me to go through something I couldn't handle.
We get to the hospital and they ran some tests. Checked my cervix twice. And what seemed like forever the doctor finally came in to tell us what was going on. She looked at me and said, "your going through preterm labor and you need to be checked into the hospital". Apparently baby girl must’ve thought that the term baby shower was birthday party. We both were in total shock! Calmly we went along with all the procedures that the doctor insisted so that Anora wouldn't be born too early.
I laughed a lot saying wow i guess I'm not showing up to my own shower. An experience no one in my family nor I will ever forget. My mom and dad came to check on us, prayed before they would leave, and still put on this anticipated baby shower. Our familes and friends traveled to be at my shower so once all the decorations were up and everyone was settled my awesome mom and sister with a cheerful face told everyone the news. I knew my mom and sister were really disappointed because they had worked so hard to put this special day together for me. Not being there to see all their handwork and enjoy everything was a sucky feeling but thank God for facetme while I was stuck in the hospital bed. I got enjoy bits and pieces of the shower via FaceTime so I wasn't completely absent.
This day was so hectic but after the baby shower was over, they came and brought the baby shower to the hospital. I was so happy to see some of my loved ones that were able to come by the hospital. The nurses and the rest of the hospital staff were so sweet during this time. We had a little celebration, I got to taste my baby shower cake, hear funny stories, open some gifts, and read beautiful cards. Sweet but short lived because roughly 15 mins in pain creeped up on me. So the Nurses said they had to leave and I needed to rest. Luke never left my side not even for a shower.
This post has got me so emotional. Remembering the fear but having the hope and feeling all the love around me. I have the best family. I felt the prayers and I felt God listen to them and the faith they as a whole family had shown. The next day I was released from the hospital and put on bed rest for a couple weeks. and went full term. I had my beautiful Anora at 38 weeks and 4 days. I feel very grateful and very much favored by the Lord above. And I thank my family and friends that were there during this time. Below are pictures that my amazing husband captured. Enjoy and Know that even through bad times God is in the midst even more than you know. So keep the faith and you will see the light and reason why God allowed you to experience different things. Cause this situation defineltly changed me in ways I can't even explain. The fear that I felt and the panic that I could have fed into without Jesus would have overwhemed me. And I really thank my Lord Jesus that it didn't and Im happy that I chose to lean on him in this difficult time.