April 4th of last year, I went to obgyn for a check up because I've been feeling tummy discomfort. I been having that discomfort for the past 2 months, I thought it was just a gas or something like that. But as I was walking in the clinic, the receptionist asked me,"how many months?" I told her that "Oh I'm not pregnant" After so many years, I was not expecting to be pregnant. However the doctor said that I should get a urine test. I did that and after a minute we found out that I'm indeed pregnant. Pregnant! really! I couldn't describe how I felt that moment. Overjoyed and excited I couldn't hold my tears. I told the doctor that I been married for 13 years and this would be our first baby. After my check up, I rushed home and Joel was waiting for me wondering what is going on with my tummy. I told him the good news and he was smiling from ear to ear and the first words that came out to his mouth was, "I'll be old when the baby reach high school" and we laughed together. Being pregnant was not sinking in right away, it seems like I'm just having a good dream. Anyway, after couple of weeks, I went back to the obgyn and found out that I'm already 14 weeks pregnant. I didn't have any morning sickness or something that's why I didn't know that I was pregnant then.
In May, we found out that we are going to have baby boy, so the finding of baby boy name started. I told Joel how about Alan and he said sure, named after his little brother's middle name, Geoffrey Alan Sims who died at 2 years old. Anyway, we settled on that name and use Gasmin as his middle name. Gasmin was my dad's last name and my last name but became my middle name when I got married and now it's Alan's middle name. It's how we do it in the Philippines, a very good way to tract down family.
I didn't have any problem with my pregnancy, baby was pretty good inside. I've been traveling here and there and never gave me any trouble but in September 12, 2012 my water broke and it wasn't time. We still have 6 weeks to go before my due date. But I gave birth that day and we found out that my husband little brother (Geoffrey Alan Sims) was born on September 12 too, it was amazing. Not only we choose his name but gave birth on his birthday too. Anyway, I had a c-section because the baby was breach, that's why my water broke because he kicked it. Alan was only 4lbs 12oz, he spent 17 days in the hospital under NICU. My husband and I spent 17 days too in the hospital checking up on Alan for at least every 3 hours.
We thank God for intrusting us this baby. We pray that we can help him grow with love, fear, passion, and compassion for Christ.He surely is a wonderful blessing to us. and he rules my life now!
|Alan at new born 4lbs 12oz|
|He was on feeding tube for at least 14 days|
|We brought him home from the hospital on my birthday, What a Gift!|
|At the hospital, taking care of him|
|Alan at two months|
|Last day at the hospital. Tired of waiting for the doctor to discharge us.|
|Alan at 4 months|
|His first snow encounter|
|Couple weeks before I gave birth|