Life Cycles

My first experience at pregnancy and delivery was 12 years ago when my sister got pregnant with my nephew, Isaac. I remember being at the hospital with her, walking the halls of St. Lukes Hospital, getting her ice, telling her everything is going to be okay, and coaching her through the contractions. I left the room right before she started pushing but holding my nephew after he was born was one of the best moments of my life. I fell in love instantly! This little man stole my heart! The last time I saw him was also at St. Lukes Hospital but this time in an emergency room. It was the day he went to be with God. When I heard my sister crying in agony it immediately took me back to that day she was having contractions yelling for my mom to take the pain away because it hurt so bad. Once again she was feeling that pain, that agony, and wishing someone would take it away.

Two days in my life that I will always remember as if they happened yesterday. I got the call in the middle of the night that my brother’s girlfriend had gone into labor and she asked me to be in the room with her. As I rushed to get ready and get to the hospital I couldn’t help but think of those two very vivid days. I was overwhelmed with so many emotions! With every contraction she had, wincing in pain I was thinking of my sister wincing in pain both from labor and from loss. This crazy cycle of life is hard to understand but I had no idea how incredibly beautiful it could be.

I have been pregnant 4 times and given birth twice but I have never gotten to experience the whole birthing process from the other side. I have a whole new appreciation for life and creating life. It sounds weird to say since I have already gone through it, dealt with loss, and been through the birth of my own children but watching my newest nephew being born was right up there with one of the most amazing moments of my life.

I have 5 nephews, 3 nieces, 3 daughters and after seeing my newest nephew being born my appreciation for life has gone to a whole other level. I hope that everyone gets to experience the birthing process at some point in their life whether it be giving birth or watching another life being born. We have one life that is given to us and it is our choice what we do with it, appreciate your life because it is so beautiful!

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