For This Child I Prayed – Amy’s Story

Meet Amy, who blogs at Some of the Best Things in Life Are Mistakes!  Today she is sharing the birth story of her daughter Ella.  This story is truly amazing since she became pregnant after having her tubes tied, and Ella literally saved Amy’s life.

My sweet Ella Grace is the reason why I gave my blog the title, “Some of the Best Things in Life are Mistakes.” Getting pregnant with Ella was a mistake. I know some of you cringed when you read that, but it is true. She wasn’t planned and was a complete and total surprise, a shocker!! She was the best mistake I ever made!!

Some people have “ooops” pregnancies or unplanned pregnancies but my pregnancy with Ella was nothing short of a miracle. After having my son Lucas, I had a tube tying procedure as a permanent form of birth control. It was advertised as being 99.9% effective. Well, we were the .1%. The procedure failed.

I had difficult pregnancies. No, difficult isn’t a strong enough word- atrocious, terrible, horrendous. I had a condition called Hyperemesis Graviderum. It is very rare and most people haven’t heard of it until recently when Princess Kate was diagnosed with it. It is a severe form of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. I lost 20% of my body weight and fought dehydration the entire time. I was in and out of the hospital dozens of times during my pregnancies. So after having Lucas we decided that I would have my tubes tied. My body could not go through that again.

God had other plans. Needless to say, I was in shock when I discovered that I was pregnant 7 months after having my tubes tied. My son Lucas was just 9 months old. I was depressed as well as shocked. I cried for days. I could not imagine being pregnant again so soon after having my son. How would I take care of a baby while vomiting all day. In my misery, I prayed for a miscarriage. I didn’t know what to do.

God was in control! I trusted Him and the pregnancy continued. My husband Aaron was so supportive and knew that this baby was a blessing. It was more difficult than the other two pregnancies. I lost so much weight that my baby stopped gaining weight. The doctors decided to induce her at 36 weeks so that she would have a chance to grow.

Ella Grace was such a sweet little baby. She was a peanut leaving the hospital at just 5 pounds. I looked at her and knew that every bit of the suffering was worth it. The mistake was a blessing.

Little did I know holding that little baby that she would save my life. In that picture above, I did not know that I had breast cancer. I was 37 years old and had no breast cancer in my family history but I had breast cancer. At this young age, I would not have had a mammogram for many years and I would not have had another breast exam for at least a year. Six weeks after having Ella I went to my OBGYN for my postpartum checkup and the lump was discovered. It was discovered that early because of Ella!

The cancer was removed, a full hysterectomy performed and radiation administered. I am cancer free. The Lord knew back in the Summer of 2011 when I got pregnant that this baby would save my life. I spent that summer wondering why the Lord would allow me to be pregnant and it took a year but the Lord answered me loud and clear.

I learned that I need to trust God in all situations no matter how difficult they may be. Ella is a constant reminder that God loves us and that He is in control.

 

Do you have an amazing birth, pregnancy, or adoption story to share?  A story where the hand of God was mightily on you and your baby?  I am looking to begin featuring these types of stories on this website on a regular basis!  If you have a story, please email me at childrenareablessing1@gmail.com.

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Written by Nicole

NICOLE CRONE enjoys writing encouragement for moms in which God is glorified at her blog, Children are a Blessing. She is wife to Rusty, and mom to eight sweet children. Nicole has been a homeschool mom for thirteen years, and is currently a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. When Nicole isn’t homeschooling, you can find her writing, reading, sewing, or blogging at www.childrenareablessing.org. She is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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About Nicole

NICOLE CRONE enjoys writing encouragement for moms in which God is glorified at her blog, Children are a Blessing. She is wife to Rusty, and mom to eight sweet children. Nicole has been a homeschool mom for thirteen years, and is currently a member of The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew. When Nicole isn’t homeschooling, you can find her writing, reading, sewing, or blogging at www.childrenareablessing.org. She is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

5 Thoughts on “For This Child I Prayed – Amy’s Story

  1. God really watched out for you, He knew what He was doing!
    Your daughter is so beautiful! Hope you and your family are doing well.

  2. What a moving post! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. This is such an amazing story! Doesn’t God know what is good? What a God-glorifying way to show His love and care, through the birth of a precious baby and the healing of your body. Love this!

  4. what a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing. I am new to your blog and this is so encouraging.

  5. Sarah on July 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm said:

    Love Love Love.
    Delighted to meet you. I hope you don’t mind if I splash around to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to dip into some serious momma goodness. I would love to have you come and splash other moms as well. (and share this post or another momma favorite) I jot some momma notes on Mondays. But it’s a link up when you can (I get the busy filled to the brim momma schedules).

    Just moms. Sharing our notes. Creating a melody.

    http://justsarahdawn.blogspot.com/2013/07/run-momma-run.html

    Splashin,
    Sarah

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