Baby Escanuela // The Due Date

WARNING : I wanted this post to be very candid, it was also very emotional for me to write.

Many of you know this story, but some of you may not.

Last summer, Marcelo and I prayed and discussed pregnancy. When? When were we going to be ready? So, we decided that we were not going to prevent a pregnancy from happening. In our minds, we thought “if it happens, it happens.” Month after month, negative pregnancy test after negative pregnancy test, it became extremely disappointing. In August, we wanted to focus on us because we were about to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary. We felt it was an accomplishment. Learning to live life together as married is just not easy at first. 

September comes around, and I am about to start my new role at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival. We noticed something. I was late! We went to buy pregnancy tests and we couldn’t believe it…WE WERE PREGNANT! We both sat there, hugging each other and crying happy tears. We couldn’t wait to tell people. We told our families and closest friends. I ended up having to tell my leaders at Epcot because I was restricted with lifting and moving things over 25 lbs. My whole team knew, and couldn’t be more excited for us. Marcelo told his friends and co-workers at Orlando City. It was a big deal! 

Then we noticed something. A few weeks later, I began to have some spotting. We didn’t think anything of it because some women experience spotting during pregnancy. Then, all of a sudden, it started getting heavier and turned bright red. I ended up going to the ER to try and figure out what was wrong. My EKG levels were lower than they should have been. As we left the hospital, we called our families to let them know. My parents came down so she could go to doctors appointments with us.

A week later, we found out that I had had a miscarriage. I was devastated and heartbroken. But it didn’t end there. They had actually found a cyst on my ovary the size of an orange. And, as you know oranges are not exactly small. I scheduled my appointment for surgery to remove it.

October 5th, I went in for my surgery. {For those of you who know me extremely well, I hate hospitals. They give me bad memories.} I come out of surgery and they told me that I did well; however, they didn’t just remove the cyst, they also had to remove my ovary. Another heartbreak for me. The doctor told me that it would still be possible to have kids with one good ovary. So, there was a glimmer of hope.

After a few days of recovery, I went back to work because I couldn’t stay at home anymore. I felt like I had cried all my tears, I was done with the blows, and I wanted to be around people. I am so thankful for my team at Epcot because they made me laugh and smile and showed me so much love during such a difficult time.

With that said, today is a difficult day for us. Today, May 17th, 2015, was Baby Escanuela’s birthday. We were supposed to meet our first baby today. While we are heartbroken, we are so thankful for the short time we had with Baby. We know that one day we will get to be with and hug Baby Escanuela. But we know that Baby is rejoicing with Jesus right now. 

This experience was obviously life changing but also relationship changing for Marcelo and I. I believe it helped us to become closer, and prepared us even more for parenthood.

Thank you for all your prayers for us and we are looking forward to hold Baby E #2 {Penelope Rose}. 

With so much love,

Momma E
Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant on prayer.”

One thought on “Baby Escanuela // The Due Date

  1. You are a strong person for posting this and God will use your story to help someone one day. I am so proud of your courage and the strength you find in Jesus. I couldn’t be happier for you and Marcelo. You will make wonderful parents and you will be an amazing mom!!!!! ♡♡♡ Coach Missy

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