Thinking back, prior to Jaxson's early arrival, my pregnancy was ok. The first trimester was brutal as I suffered from something called, Hyperemesis Gravidarum which is severe and persistent nausea and vomiting that sometimes requires emergency intervention. There were many trips to Urgent Care where they administered IV treatments and anti-nausea medication. I was unable to keep liquids and food down, thus causing me to take leave from work for a little bit. It was downright AWFUL! The symptoms seemed to become a bit more manageable once I was into my 2nd trimester. I went from getting sick 8 times a day to 1-2 times if at all! I had cravings and I was able to start enjoying my first pregnancy somewhat. Victory! That is until I randomly got a UTI (urinary tract infection) which led to more complications. The prescribed antibiotics seemed to help clear up the infection, however about a week later I started having pains in my vaginal area. I stayed home from work and made an urgent appointment to see my OB. Upon being checked, I found out I was 1.6cm dilated. And at this time I was into my 20th week. I was told by my OB to go straight to Labor & Delivery for monitoring AND that I would be seen by a high risk specialist!!!! What! Wait, come again? How? To say I was freaked out would be an understatement! This was my FIRST and only pregnancy....how could THIS happening?!?
My husband rushed to meet me at the hospital and over the next 24 hours, many test and ultrasounds were done and all seemed to be "ok" no changes, baby's head was low but not causing me to contract. I was sent home and put on strict bed rest and vaginal progestrone. And when I say strict I mean ONLY get up to use the restroom (which was about 5 feet away) and I could shower every other day. The strict bed rest definitely bought us time and allowed for our baby boy to grow a bit more.
During the short time of being at home and on bed rest I started to wrap my mind around what was happening. I hadn't had a chance to pack a hospital bag, take maternity photos, pick a solid name, tour the hospital, do prenatal yoga, get a 3d/4d ultrasound, have our baby shower or take a parenting class! I held onto my hope and my faith during these moments thinking God surely must have a plan. There must be a blessing awaiting us on the other side of this storm. Not too much time later, God began to show me that He wanted us to experience a real life MIRACLE. Not just a miracle that you hear about through a third party, but one that was our own and one that would touch lives near and far.
As I reflect back on all that's occurred, I recall a sermon by Bishop Neil Ellis, while he visited our church back in February. I was sick that Sunday so I watched the DVD from the service. At just 3 months pregnant I was lying in bed listening to this sermon. Bishop Neil Ellis said and I quote: "In the next 9 months expect an off season miracle God is getting ready to speed things up!" I didn't quite "get it" when I heard it. It wasn't until Jaxson was about 2 weeks old that it hit me, Jaxson was my off season miracle and God was doing something so big and so great...He was performing a miracle before all of our eyes to see!!!