Rainbows, Tears & Babies
Where It All Began
It all began with Avery, Kris’ first miracle baby, a Rainbow Baby, and the first baby born to one of us sisters. After seven years of trying, including multiple rounds of IUI, IVF and several miscarriages, Avery was born to Kris and Lance on December 22, 2010. On the day she was born Kris’ neighbor saw a rainbow over their house and told them about it after they returned home from the hospital.
Fast Forward Six Years
Quoting from Beka’s Story, taken directly from our blog, this is where the story continues, “We have been trying to have a baby for about six years total. We started with trying a little (using charting, etc), then we had four rounds of IUI (none of them worked), we then moved onto IVF and Frozen Embryo Transfers (which also didn’t work). We have lost several babies, it’s been the hardest thing we have ever faced.”
Around August of 2015 Beka and Ed bravely entered into the process of yet another round of IVF, this was their fifth try but this time they opted to use a very good friend of the family, and now a sister, as a gestational surrogate.
About the same time as this process was beginning, Kris, along with Kris’ sister-in-law came to town and we decided to use the time we had together to lay hands on Beka and pray for her and the precious baby she and Ed (and the rest of us) were longing for. It was a sweet time, four women pouring out their hearts, crying out to God, seeking and trusting His will for Beka and Ed and the embryos that were being formed.
Over the next couple of months Beka, Ed and Meaghan (Beka’s gestational surrogate) continued on their infertility journey by visiting doctors, making trips to California, enduring many tests, evaluations and procedures.
And I (Amanda) began to see rainbows. (ok, I know this sounds kinda hippy and out there, but it’s true!)
On October 22nd 2015, I saw the first rainbow. We were at the Chic-fil-a drive in – VERY romantic I know – when I saw a beautiful full double rainbow fill the sky. It made me think of Beka and Ed and their precious baby. I immediately sent a picture text to them.
On October 26th I saw a sun dog while driving home, this picture was taken from my neighborhood and again I thought of Beka, Ed and the baby and sent this to them.
The next day, on October 27th, I was at a mom’s meeting at our church and got a call from Beka. Meaghan was pregnant!! All their planning, trips, doctor visits, procedures and prayers had worked. I thought this time it’s FINALLY happening! I cried happy thankful tears of relief, right there, in front of the other moms and I couldn’t stop crying, I cried all the way home!!
Later that same day, I was driving home from visiting (and congratulating) Ed at his office, I got about a mile away when I saw another rainbow!! Which of course caused more tears.
I was unable to get a good picture of this rainbow because of the construction vehicles waiting on me as I stopped my car in the middle of the road to take it. (I’m sure they were very impressed! Sorry, not sorry construction workers!)
Nine months later, after a very long emotional journey for us all, on June 27th, I received a long awaited text early in the morning. Beka, Ed and Meaghan were all at the hospital and their baby was FINALLY ready to make it’s way into this world!!
I was ecstatic but also knew it would be a while so I decided to try to stay calm and keep myself busy by getting on with my day. I gathered up my three year old and took off for the gym. As I pulled my car out of our neighborhood I saw it. A rainbow. At first I didn’t think a whole lot about it except that it was pretty, I pointed it out to my son and that’s when it hit me. IT. WAS. A. RAINBOW!! I screamed, scaring my son and then pulled over.
I took lots of pictures and a video that I sent to Beka who showed everyone, including the nurses, at the hospital and they all teared up.
As I started the car and continued down the road the tears began to flow and soon gave way to a full on ugly cry as I thought about everything the three of us sisters have been through on our infertility journeys. I saw these rainbows as a sign from God for all three of us. It was as if God was reaching out to us, letting us know He really has been there through it all. He was (and still is) leading us through the storm to bring us into His promises and hope of beautiful things to come.
Our Newest Rainbow Baby
Beka and Ed’s Rainbow Baby was born on June 27th, 2016!! She is an extremely healthy, fat, pink, perfect beautiful baby girl and she is loved beyond comprehension by so many people that have waited so long to finally meet her.
~“Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love.” Psalms 36: 6-7~
A Little More on Rainbow Babies
The rainbow has actually become a symbol of hope to many families following the miscarriage or stillbirth of a baby. A couple of months ago a Rainbow Baby photo went viral. If you are interested in reading more about this topic here is a link to an article that will get you started:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/viral-rainbow-babies-photo-post-brings-emotional-topic-to-light_us_560303f0e4b0fde8b0d109bc