Life Update 👶🏻

Sorry I haven’t posted in so long, we’ve been a little busy. I finally had our baby boy & he’s absolutely perfect in every way.

He was born September 11th, 7 lbs 13 oz, 22 inches long! 😭 Today marks 2 weeks he’s been here with us & he already has his dad & I spoiled. When I say he’s perfect, I’m not just saying that because he’s my son, but because he literally is perfect. He’s such a good sleeper, a great eater, & only gets fussy when he’s hungry or when he’s dirty. He’s literally perfect.

It’s crazy how much we love him already. After these past couple of years, my husband & I really needed this little miracle. He has really long legs & he always has them frogged up so I’m convinced he’s gonna be a catcher.

No words will ever be able to explain how much daddy & I love you León Ray. God knew we needed you 💙

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Hospital stay in Odessa- The Comeback 💪🏼

So I just wanted to let y’all know, due to the swelling in my brain, there’s like a month that I don’t remember so my husband will be writing these next couple of blogs. So here goes.

Hey guys,

First I want to thank all of you for supporting my wife in her journey back from a rough situation. It not only means the world to us but its so encouraging to see how many people love the great personality my wife is.

So the part of her experience I’m going to share is difficult for me to recollect because I’ve spent a year trying to forget it. My wife is the strongest person I know and this part will show you what she had to overcome and how bad it got before it got better. So lets begin.

We spent almost 2 weeks in the hospital in Odessa, Texas. That was the most exhausting time for her mom and I because she was so agitated due to the swelling in her brain, she kept trying to pull her IVs out and she didn’t understand that she couldn’t walk and she kept trying to get out of the bed and she didn’t sleep at night because of the steroids they had her on so we had to CONSTANTLY keep an eye on her. She even got down to 95 pounds. One time they even had to put an IV in her neck and she yanked it out (blood everywhere) 😭

They started running tests on her to figure out what was going on (CAT scans, MRIs, Spinal Taps and lots and lots of bloodwork). Finally, after all of the tests, they came to the conclusion that it was the h1n1 flu and a post viral infection from the flu settled in her brain and caused all the swelling.

That’s when they started her on steroids. They were scared that they were going to have to do brain surgery to relieve the pressure on the brain from all the swelling. But they could tell from CAT scans that the steroids were slowly reducing the swelling in the brain so they kept her on those and decided brain surgery wasn’t necessary.

At that point, the doctors in Odessa couldn’t do anything else for her so they transferred her by ambulance to Lubbock, Texas. Although things we getting better there, things we still really difficult.

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Birthday Weekend 🎁

So this past Saturday was my 24th birthday 🎁 we drove down to Laredo, Texas which is 7 hours away from Midland (which is super hard at 6 months pregnant btw). But it was totally worth it. Laredo is where my husband is from & where his family still lives.

Saturday was not only my birthday, my mother-in-law & sisters-in-law threw me the best baby shower ever for my husband’s family. It was great minus the fact that it was super hot & the shower was outside.

We played games (which was absolutely hilarious) ate some amazing food (shoutout to my mother-in-law!) & opened some very much needed gifts like baby clothes & diapers & wipes.

The games we played were changing and baby doll blind folded, putting marshmallows in a bowl with a booger sucker, throwing diapers into a trash can, drinking from a baby bottle & putting chocolate on a diaper (which seriously looked like poop) & guessing what chocolate it was by the smell.

For my birthday, my husband is is building me a desk for all of my things because he is the absolute best & one of the handiest men I’ve ever met. Literally, he can make anything from scratch.

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I can’t help it, he’s the love of my life 💙

I know I’ve written about my husband before but this man deserves to be bragged on. He’s literally fed me when I couldn’t feed myself, helped me learn to walk again & calmed me down when I’d get overwhelmed. This man has shown so much patience & love the past year it just blows me away.

There are 2 people that have been there for me every single day through this journey & it’s been my mama & my husband. Couldn’t fathom going through this without them 2 & their constant love & support.

It’s been so comforting to know he would drop anything just to help me when I need him because I know he’ll do that with our son too. I have no doubt in the world he’s gonna be a great father because he’s been a great husband.

I still can’t believe it’s already been almost 2 years since we said “I do”. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun.

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Miracle Baby 👶🏻 💙

It’s so crazy to think that this was me a year ago. I was in a wheelchair, could barely feed myself because the tremors in my hands were so bad, & looking back now at videos of my speech then is crazy because there were some words that I couldn’t even understand.

The doctors had me on all kinds of medications from the swelling in my brain to the depression pills I was on, at the time I thought kids would be out of the question, especially so soon.

But here I am now, out of the wheelchair, able to feed myself, my speech getting way more understandable & 6 months pregnant with our little miracle baby.

He really is a miracle baby. The doctors didn’t even expect me to live much less have a baby boy on the way a year later. When I told my neurologist I was pregnant, she was so shocked.

If that isn’t God at work than i don’t know what is. It’s still so crazy to me! Think about it, a year ago I couldn’t even walk & now I’m pregnant. Mind blown 🤯

My family needed this little miracle too. We’ve been through a lot this past year I believe this was God saying “Here, take this little bundle of joy.” It was no coincidence either that the moment I started getting content with my recovery is the exact moment I found out I was pregnant. I believe that was God saying He’s not finished with me yet.

So when I feel like giving up, I just look down at belly at my little miracle baby. My little rainbow baby. Because I know that’s God’s promise to me that the storm WILL end. That better days are coming. That my son is counting on me to get better & THAT is what keeps me going.

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My Weekend 🌷

Sorry I haven’t posted in a week. My husband has the weekends off so he gets my undivided attention when he’s home [when I’m awake] & then I got sick 🤧

But here’s what’s been up with us this past weekend.

Not much really lol believe it or not we’re pretty boring people. We attempted to take my maternity pictures but the mosquitoes were terrible so we only got to take a few before we left.

Those are literally the only two pictures I got & I had so many cute poses picked out. But I think my husband wants to take some more so hopefully we can do that.

My husband had the cutest idea of me wearing my Cubs jersey & taking pictures on the field. If you don’t know already, I’m kind of a HUGE Cubs fan!

Well that’s really all we did this past week lol I told y’all we’re pretty boring people. Especially now that I’m pregnant, I like my husband [sometimes] [kinda kidding, kinda not] 😂 & my bed now & that’s pretty much it.

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The Best Is Yet To Come

So dealing with this sickness that I have, I know first hand how hard it is to keep your faith while you’re down. Until yesterday when I heard God’s Not Done With You by Tauren Wells on KLOVE & it really challenged my perspective.

You see, at the beginning of all of this, it was so hard to see passed all of my questions. I was so healthy & in shape 2 years ago, so I never understood why me. It’s still so hard to this day not to get up & go for a run whenever I want to. At the beginning, after going from going for runs whenever I wanted to to not being able to walk was really hard for me. It still is, but through all of this, I’ve learned my place.

Instead of looking at it as “why me” I now see it as an opportunity to share my testimony to y’all. How could I possibly be mad at God when He’s giving us a perfect baby boy? Truth is, I can’t. Yeah it absolutely sucks relearning how to do everything, but maybe this is God’s way of preparing me for motherhood. (Currently have tears streaming down my face). It’s crazy to think about, but it’s the truth.

So anyone going through something, don’t ever question God’s plans because He’s not done with you. Take it from me, I know it’s hard to see it now, but the best is yet to come.

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