Say Hello to Coco

 

I’ve struggled for a long time now with how to introduce Coco.  She has a very special story this girl; our second miracle baby.  (Little Bear was our first).

Mr. O and I tried for four years to get pregnant.  By the time it actually happened, we had given up.  I was convinced that Little Bear was going to be our only child.  I was grateful for her, but I desperately wanted to share my love with another little one.  Needless to say, I was beyond excited when I found out we were expecting again in May of 2016.

My first visit to the doctor to confirm the pregnancy had a big surprise.

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Twins! (yikes)

I was beyond speechless.

I knew twins ran in our family and it was my generations turn to get a set.  But Lord have mercy.  I did not think it was going to be me.  Mr. O and I spent a month wrapping our heads around the fact that we were gaining two more mouths to feed instead of just one.

At around 14 weeks or so of gestation, I returned again to the doctor for a routine checkup.  (Evidently frequent visits are normal with multiple births.)  It was this visit that I got the news we had lost one of the babies.

Speechless.

Again.

I spent a majority of the remaining pregnancy worried that something would go wrong and I would loose baby 2 as well.

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But God always has a plan for us.  Though we may not know his plans or the reasoning behind what happens.  His plan is perfect and it prepares us for what He does give us.

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Turns out, we would have our hands full with Coco from day one.

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She is a cleft palate baby.  And we have had all the struggles that come with that: feedings, sleeping, etc.

It is common to get behind with feedings when you have a cleft palate baby because they have to learn how to feed with special devices.  Coco was no different.  I tried my best for many days to feed her the best way I could.  Still she became too jaundiced and we had to extend our hospital stay.

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After a little phototherapy, and a few tears because it’s hard seeing your little one laying there all alone, we were cleared to go home.

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Our journey with Coco was just beginning.  The next several months held doctor’s visit after doctor’s visit for her cleft palate.  We even ended up with a few surgeries and hospitalizations.

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Now, Coco is happy and relatively healthy.

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She is such a blessing and I can’t wait to see where her story takes us.

 

Tina | The Bourbon Cactus