This birth. This birth was a FUN one. And I hope you, dear viewer, will see that so clearly. It was a celebration. An joyful exercise of welcoming a new little life into this family’s story. And this family’s story is a wild one. You see, they had tried for a baby for about 3 years with no success. Around this time, Mike, who had lived a pretty healthy life despite being born with a major heart defect and having 2 open heart surgeries by the time he was 4 years old, started showing symptoms that his heart was no longer working well. After a year of trying multiple interventions the doctors decided that he needed a heart transplant. Mike received his new heart on June 10, 2014, the exact date of their 8th wedding anniversary. They decided to take a break from trying to have a baby to focus in his recovery. Three months later Lisa and Mike were blessed to find out that they were pregnant with Gabriella and that her due date was only 2 days away from the one year anniversary of Mike’s transplant and their 9th wedding anniversary! Over the past year, Mike has had two more surgeries and is now doing so well.
Clearly, all the more reason to celebrate, and we did. Lisa’s mom and sister were also present in the room during labor and delivery. Mike had to focus on keeping himself calm and his heart rate regular since after that surgery those self-regulators are all hormonally controlled now, so it’s a miracle in and of itself that he could stay during the entire birth. It was such a beautiful picture of family supporting and helping family. Supporting Mike so he could be present and supporting Lisa so she could confidently birth their baby. It was like a girl party while we waited for this baby girl! Lots of jokes, smiles and laughter.So, without further ado, here is the birth story of sweet Gabriella.
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