I'm Rachel....this is me, an old pic but I still haven't changed. Just my age.
I'm 26 and yes I do still look like a teen. Blessed to look young I guess.
I am a proud mom of three kids. They are my heart and soul and I still can't believe God has blessed me with such beautiful and healthy children.
I have been with my husband for 5 years, married for 4. It's definitely been hell on earth sometimes but I wouldn't change being with him for anything in the world. He is the love of my life and even through our worst times, he has always stayed by my side.
My first born, my little rock star
Trey Alexander...my rambungous, silly boy came into the world January 14th 2009 at 8:53 am by emergency c section weighing in at 7 lbs, 8 1/2 oz and 21 inches long. I went through two months of preterm labor and strict bed rest just to keep him safe. I cannot believe how grown up he has become in just 4 years.
My second born, my little angel
Genesis Rochelle....she is truly my miracle baby. She came into the world on May 3rd 2010 at 8:53 am by c section weighing 6 lbs, 19 inches long. She had a rough start in life ever since I was diagnosed with IUGR during my pregnancy. She was only expected to be 5 lbs 10 oz at birth and was also expected to be still born. Luckily, she made it to 6 lbs and came out screaming and kicking...truly alive. Less than an hr after her birth, she had to be rushed to Lutheran NICU bc the IUGR had caused extreme prematurity of her lungs along with pneumonia. She stopped breathing. We spent a long month waiting for her to be able to come home, sitting by her bed silently expecting to be told she wasn't going to make it. It was the hardest time in my life. She had sleep apnea, she constantly would stop breathing while being monitored and at one time, they thought she had a heart murmur. Finally, she came home on a SIDS monitor due to her breathing trouble and a personal family history of SIDS death. She continues to struggle health wise with asthma and she has had pneumonia three times since birth due to a poor immune system. But I am blessed, regardless of the colic she suffered and her health issues she still struggles with bc she was born alive.
My baby girl.....
Gracelyn Savannah....the sweetest little girl. She came into the world on August 12th 2011 at 8:11 am by c section weighing in at 6 lbs, 1 oz and 19 inches long. My csection had been scheduled for the 9th but at the end of my pregnancy, the dr realized I had IUGR again and that she was going to be small. So he opted to leave her in a few days longer to give her the best chance at surviving. Unlike my first daughter, she came into the world healthy as can be. But she does suffer some of the minor side effects from being an IUGR baby. She looked and acted like a preemie, she gets pneumonia easily just like her sister and they are still waiting to see if she truly has asthma as well. But in comparison to the nightmare we had after Genesis was born, Gracelyn's health is a lot better. And I am so very thankful that all my kids came out as healthy and alive as possible because I don't know what I would do if I ever lost them.
We did have a miscarriage before my son. I believed it would have been a girl and although I don't understand why it didn't survive, I wouldn't have had my son and that is something I wouldn't trade for anything in this world.