I had always wanted to give birth to a boy, then a girl, and that dream was realized with the births of my children Chris and Mary. I already had three awesome daughters who came ready-made with my husband Scott that I loved more than anything, but I had always wanted to experience pregnancy and birth.
I lost two babies before Chris was born in 1993. That pain was intense, and I had no real help with it, and no acknowledgement of my loss. That was hard, and I am careful to acknowledge the loss to families that cross my path who experience the same pain.
I endured years of yearning and feeling insignificant amongst others with babies.
After I lost the first two babies through miscarriage I met a wonderful obstetrician who did some testing, gave me support, and then finally helped me deliver Christopher Gary Ronald Robert Pennington. He was with me when I lost the next two babies after Chris, and helped me with a new treatment to help ensure that Mary-Elizabeth Susan was carried to full term. I will be grateful to him forever. Now my dream of an older brother to look after his younger sister came true after 4 miscarriages and years of an empty womb.
Anyway, what you see in this layout is a photo of me on my happiest day – two healthy children in my arms!! Their sisters were wonderful and so excited and visited at hospital after both births. The five children are such a treasure to me!!!
This layout is being entered in Bird is the Word’s challenge (using the word Change), and Once Upon a Sketch’s challenge (birthdays), where I also used their sketch as inspiration for the layout. I used Webster’s Pages Postcards from Paris paris couture for the background of my layout.