mars 12, 2019
When life’s most precious moment meets the most dreadful
This is the birth story of an amazing mom who had to fight a battle no one should have to, while becoming a mother of twins. She is a true inspiration for everyone and we’re honored that she shared this story with us.
“My husband was admitted to the hospital a couple months before my twins were born. He had been battling cancer for several years and it finally caught up to him. He had some type of infection related to the tumor and the doctors didn’t know how to stop it. He was in the hospital for over a month and we weren’t sure he would make it out.
With many prayers answered, the doctors were able to find an antibiotic to fight the infection related to the tumor. He was able to come home a month before the babies were born. But the month-long visit in the hospital had weakened him tremendously. Our goal for that final month of pregnancy was to help him walk longer distances and get his strength up so that he could be at the birth.
Miraculously, Justin’s strength had improved enough to be at the birth. He sat in his wheelchair with oxygen right next to my bed. He gently held my hand as we welcomed our first boy into this world. My delivery was hard, but hearing Justin’s faint voice saying, ‘Come on, Jenn, you can do this!’ gave me all the strength I needed to keep going. As soon as we started to push for baby number two my doctor had a concerned look on his face. My baby’s heart rate started to drop and I was rushed into an emergency c-section. My son was only in the NICU for a couple hours and we were all able to leave the hospital a week later.
We were so grateful that we went home with two healthy boys. At home I was recovering from a c-section and my husband was still very weak. There was a lot going on between taking care of him, the twins, and I. It was hard to focus on one thing at a time and I felt like I never got to really soak in their newborn stage. I’m so glad I have this beautiful poster to remember how tiny they were!
My husband passed away three months after the babies were born. I’ll forever be grateful for that time we were able to spend as a family; that time I was able to see him be a father. My boys will always know how much their dad loves them!”
Written By: Jennifer Hanks