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Becoming Mothers: What not to Expect when you are Unexpectedly Expecting

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The day I found out I was expecting, I was in tears. I wasn’t ready to be a mommy. My husband had just left for Iraq. How was I going to handle pregnancy without him? And how was I going to tell him? Through Instant Message, of course!

Jump ahead 9 months later, it was time to have a baby girl. The delivery seemed to go pretty smoothly. There was nothing too out of the ordinary.

Like many new moms, I was having trouble breastfeeding. Baby C kept losing weight and I was forced to supplement.

Three weeks later, I was admitted back into the hospital and separated from my baby girl. Turns out, I had placenta left inside of me (that explains the breastfeeding issue). After the D&C procedure, I returned back to my hospital room where my symptoms worsened. (I’ll spare you the gory details.) I was diagnosed with an E.Coli Infection.

After being hooked up to machines, attached to I.V.’s, and having a nurse tend to my bathroom emergencies, I remember thinking, “things can’t possibly get any worse.”

Well, I was so wrong! Two days later, my mom and mother-in-law came into my room with tears. That’s when I found out the unexpected. My baby girl was admitted into the hospital with Bacterial Spinal Meningitis from Salmonella. *Insert loud scream here.

Though the doctors warned us that Baby C may lose her hearing and have several developmental delays, there is no doubt in my mind that it was God’s healing hand that completely healed Baby C. Unfortunately, we lost a great amount of bonding time while she spent 28 days in the hospital. So it felt like forever before she knew I was her mommy. I had a very hard time moving past the illness of Baby C and I, so I began blogging as therapy.

Today, Baby C is the happiest and sweetest baby you could ever meet. She has hit every milestone right on time and continues to amaze me every day.

Mandi Eschenbach is a former teacher turned SAHM to Baby C and married to her adventurous husband who takes great care of them. She is the author of Sweet Tiny Blessings, where I blog about faith, family and fun!

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Comments
  • comment avatar Lori Lavender Luz May 6, 2012

    Oh, my! Seems you experienced the ickiest of trifectas! I’m so glad you got a happy ending.

    May Baby C continue to enjoy good health, and her mama, too.

  • comment avatar Amber Johnson May 6, 2012

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful story! Hugs to you and your beautiful Baby C whom, I’m sure, will continue to amazing you.

  • comment avatar Lana May 6, 2012

    What a wonderfully positive attitude you have. I am sure that is a huge reason why you’ve been so blessed.

  • comment avatar Ratna May 6, 2012

    Great story and a happy one even w some unexpected bumps along the way- pun intended

  • comment avatar Daria May 7, 2012

    Oh my goodness, I can’t imagine how stressful those first few weeks must have been for you!

  • comment avatar Lisa - Laughing Yoga Mama May 11, 2012

    It really never does go the way we expect it to does it? So glad you are all doing well now.

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