It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything to the blog. Life has kept me busy, and that’s a good thing. Today, I’ve asked a friend to take over my blog post to tell her amazing story of God’s grace and his mercy. Her story is an inspiration to me, and I hope that it will be an inspiration to you.
On Tuesday, June 26, 2012 our lives changed forever. We had our OB Specialist appointment, and were expecting everything to go as it had gone at every other OB appointment. We were never expecting to hear the words “You’re being admitted into the hospital.” We were only 23 weeks and 6 days pregnant with our babies. This was not supposed to be happening. God told me these two would be fine and that this pregnancy would be different. We had already been through SO MUCH – two miscarriages in 1.5 years. Every checkup and every follow up was great. Every test came back negative or normal so we were totally blind sided when they told us we could possibly have to deliver our babies upon admittance because I no longer had a cervix.
The wonderful staff and doctors at Cobb WellStar Hospital and Douglas Women’s Center were able to stop my labor for 4 days, and on Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 24 weeks and 2 days, our two sweet and precious MIRACLES were born! Our son, Jaxon Riley Bethel was born at 10:14 a.m. and he weighed 1 lb. 11 ozs. Our daughter, Harper Elizabeth Bethel was born at 10:15 a.m. and weighed 1 lb 9 ozs. My labor started early in the morning around 3 a.m., and by 8 a.m. it was clear that the babies were coming. When I accepted that this was God’s plan, a peace came over me. I was calm and stayed focused on the promise that God gave me that my babies would make it and that this wasn’t about me but about God getting the glory.
The 1st time I saw my babies it was a lot to take in. They were both no bigger or longer than my two hands put side by side. From day one, I always knew they would be fine. That is what I held on to. Each and every day I held on to my faith and the promises of God – this is why I was able to make it, why my marriage survived and why I didn’t end up in a loony bend. I was able to take 6 months of leave from my job so that I could be with the babies in the NICU every step of the way. I was there all the time. I spoke life and the promises of God over them everyday. I talked to them, sang to them, and read to them every single day. My husband and I would never, ever leave them without praying over them.
Their stay in the NICU was by far not easy, and there were many scary, dark days BUT GOD! He was ALWAYS there. God always gives you what you need to face every situation you face. God has healed both Jaxon and Harper on so many different levels. The nurses and doctors were and are truly amazed by all that God has done for the babies. God has brought the babies through so much! He has kept them all along the way. He has kept them both through surgeries Jaxon (4) and Harper (1), He’s seen them through breathing difficulties and set backs. He is why they are alive today and doing remarkably well.
ONLY God could bring our babies home so soon after my due date of October 18, 2012. Jaxon came home, Saturday, October 27, 2012 from the NICU after spending 119 days there. Harper came home, Thursday, November 1, 2012 after spending 124 days in the NICU. We are forever grateful for the EXCELLENT care they were given at WellStar Cobb NICU. From the doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, receptionists and environmental services team members – they all poured into our babies. We know that the fact that the doctors and nurses who cared for them believe in God and that their faith was strong! They believed God for Jaxon and Harper, and they had faith in God for them. That made a HUGE difference!
They both have received all “A’s” on all of their follow up appointments since being discharged from the NICU. Our son had to be readmitted into the hospital for a couple of days. He had to have another surgery, and even with that God TOTALLY turned that situation around. Jaxon came out of the surgery better than he went in and he is recovering well.
We are grateful for this entire situation. It says a lot when God trusts you with a situation as big as this because He knows you trust HIM. Every day is a GIFT and we don’t take things for granted. When God says He’s going to do something He does it and He does it WELL! No matter what you are going through just give it over COMPLETELY to God, and He will see you through. He will do it for you all you have to do is trust Him! If I can be of any assistance to anybody or if you are currently in this situation and you need encouragement, I am here. Please feel free to reach out to me. God bless you all!
Elise Dunnigan Bethel
Meet God’s precious gifts. Jaxon and Harper…