Today, meet Tanisha! She is sharing the birth story of her fourth pregnancy today. If fear of the unknown is a common pregnancy worry of yours, hopefully this story will encourage you!
We had just had baby #3 who was 1yr and 3months, and I found out that I was pregnant again. I was not too surprised, but at the same time I was like, “How could this happen?” (I hate to admit it, but maybe it will help someone else). I was not too excited because I was content with two boys and our new girl. “Finally a girl,” I thought. “How can I take care of another?” So I began to pray and share with other sisters in the Lord. They were so excited! I was starting to get used to the idea. So I began to desire another girl. I thought that would be easy because we already had girl items.
My husband and I went to see the ultrasound. I prayed that it would be a girl, however, I asked the Lord Jesus, not my will, but yours be done. I was so full of faith, and then the nurse showed us his little penis on the screen. I said to myself, “No, it can’t be”. Needless to say, I was a little bummed. (What happened to my faith?)
As I was driving home, I asked the Lord Jesus how was I going to do this. I gave away all the boy clothes that I had (the two oldest were 12 and 9 at the time). Just then, I was at my mailbox and saw my neighbor. She just had a garage sale that weekend. I wanted to go, but did not have a chance. She asked me was I going to have a girl and I told her no, a boy. She told me that hardly NO ONE bought any of the BOY clothes. They were newborn, 0-3, 6-9 sizes and to come by and look at them. I could not believe it. I JUST prayed about this need. When I got to her house, she said I could just take them!!!! Free of charge. What a blessing!!!! The Lord Jesus provided!!!!! After that day, I started not to fret. If the Lord allowed this little life to come, then I needed to trust Him and know that He would provide.
The rest of the pregnancy went well. However, I just knew that I would have the baby vaginally. . . Well, that did not happen. To make a long story short, I was 4 days over the due date. I went in for the fetal testing, he was in distress during contractions. The doctor told me I had to go straight to the hospital to be induced (which I was praying against). I cried all the way home as I called my husband. I was scared, I had never been induced, and never had a C-section.
We arrived at the hospital, and the baby goes into distress 3 times (each time the nurses get a little more frantic). After the 2nd distress, the doctor warned a C-section. By the 3rd, she said we have to take him. ( I am near tears as I write this. I still remember how I felt and the fear of the unknown). My husband was still in denial until they started prepping me. I had to give my fears and disappointments to the Lord Jesus. You see God is sovereign and we are not. I am just a sinner saved by His grace and mercy. I fail Him too often, yet He still gives me the grace to cry out to Him.
Our baby boy is healthy and is a blessing to this family. He will be a one year old in March. I love him dearly. Through all of this, I have learned my times are in His hands. The verses of scripture that I have been meditating on lately is in James 1:2-4.
May the Lord Jesus bless you and your family in the New Year. May patience have her perfect work so we will be lacking in nothing!!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.