My second boy is kicking in my belly as I type these words. I haven't really touched on it here, but my life is pretty much a medical miracle. When my mom was pregnant with me she was told that I wouldn't survive the pregnancy. If I did, I would have a number of major physical and mental impairments. (My twin brother was fine.) The details are extensive so I won't go into them, but she spent all of her pregnancy preparing for the worst and praying for a miracle. Born at 35 weeks (typical for twins), I was 2.7 lbs, but alive. I was sent home after six weeks in the NICU.
In my first year, I exhibited a number of strange symptoms synonymous with several different syndromes, but doctors never diagnosed me with something specific. I wasn't growing and had little to no fine motor skills. Around a year old, doctor's found a dime-sized hole in my tiny heart (an "ASD" for any medical peeps out there). I had open heart surgery at 15 months old.
For the next few couple of years I did some therapy to help with a few issues. And then, after all that, I was fine. My heart was doing great, the weird symptoms I experienced subsided. I was a healthy (albeit extremely tiny), chatty as heck, energetic toddler.
I'm sure my parents still worried, and I know they continued to pray. After going through all of that, they didn't have any expectations on God - they were just grateful I was alive. I can't imagine the thankfulness in my mom's heart when she got to hold my Nicholas in her arms. Her miracle baby having a healthy baby.
If you're struggling through a difficult pregnancy or have a baby in need of prayer, can I pray for you? I lead the Thrive Moms prayer team, and we have a group of women who would love to pray for you! Click HERE and fill out the little form to send us a prayer request.
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