A Year Later – Happy Birthday Annaleigh

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I honestly can’t believe it was a year ago that I met this sweet little girl. The events leading up to her arrival had me in a pretty dark place emotionally and spiritually.


From the very beginning of her pregnancy, I was very concerned that she may have a genetic disease that I passed on called Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease. We didn’t know if she was a boy or girl – and we prayed and prayed that she would be a healthy baby.

We celebrated that she was a healthy baby girl when we found out the news when I was 15.5 weeks along.  We knew that God had directed our hearts toward having another baby and that he was taking care of her.

Then I was just not feeling good. I had pretty horrible morning sickness that lasted past 20 weeks along, Gestational Diabetes, and all the other joyous pregnancy ailments like insomnia.

As much as I tried to treat everything naturally, some days were very, very hard.


Then I was planning a home-birth… and at 33 weeks along, our upstairs toilet over flowed and flooded our house… Yeah I know – what are the odds?

So I’m huge – already having false labor and living in a Residence Inn, planning a home birth (without a home)…

We stayed in the Residence in for 4 weeks. Then we were moved to a rental house. We stayed there one week before my water broke and I was officially in labor.

Annaleigh was born in a rental house! Haha. 

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As soon as she was born, all the bad – all the tears… they were all worth it. She is such a delight and joy. I can’t imagine our home without her contagious smile and little monkey toes.


Happy Birthday my sweet little Annaleigh Rose – You were an answer to our prayers and we are so lucky God chose us to be your family.






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