Where do I even begin? Nadia’s story doesn’t start the day she was born. It starts much earlier. I’d love to share with you every detail of her little life, but I’m not going to do that. Instead I’m going to give you a high (and low) lights reel just so you can see everything she has already overcome in the past 6 years.
- At 8 weeks, I nearly lost her in my belly. But she survived.
- Months later during an ultrasound appointment, we discovered that she was missing one of her organs- there was a major void in her left side where a kidney never grew.
- At 37 weeks and 1 day, I went in for my weekly OB appointment, and we discovered that there was something wrong, and I needed to rush to the hospital for an emergency C-Section.
… by the time I got to the hospital, everything was ok. But I was in labor. Hours later, I had a beautiful daughter laying on my chest, fresh from my body. My life was forever changed.
- Twenty-four hours later, Nadia stopped breathing in my husbands arms as we were preparing to be discharged from the hospital. Thank God we were running late and still at the hospital when it happened because the nurses were there to respond quickly and save her life.
- She continued to stop breathing in the NICU and the doctors also discovered she had a heart defect. Ten days later, she was discharged with a monitor attached to her, but she never had another breathing episode ever again.
- Three months later, her heart defect healed itself.
- And a few more months after that, her kidney specialist found that she suddenly & miraculously had a second kidney in her body where there wasn’t one before. Fully functional. Fully grown.
- Fast forward a few years, and you’ll find that Nadia received a new diagnosis- Level 2 Autism. Autism is a funny thing. It can be challenging at times, but I wouldn’t change Nadia for the world. Some of my most favorite things about her are her “quirks.” (Although, at times it’s hard to tell if those quirks are autism related or simply because she’s my child. For real.)
…. and through it all, her little life has been the biggest testimony of God’s great love. Although she has had to overcome some significant obstacles over the past 6 years, He’s gone through it with us and has been our constant Peace through all the unknowns.
Before she was born, my husband and I knew that if we had a daughter, she would be named Nadia. What we didn’t know was that her name means “hope.” And hope is certainly what we have. Nadia is easily my greatest source of inspiration, and being her mother is a gift I will never take for granted.
Thank you, Jesus for this child. She’s perfectly unique in every way, and her life is my life’s favorite part.