Welcome to the World, Elijah!

Welcome to the World, Elijah Alexander.

Mother and father holding a baby.

We are so excited to announce the arrival of our precious son and miracle baby. Elijah Alexander was born 1/5/19 at 36 weeks, weighing 6lb 5oz and 18” long.

(This is what he thought of us taking pics of him ;)…)

Newborn baby sticking out tongue.

I’d like to share the story of our son’s birth and how God guided his life, even when he was unborn.

(Did a little photo shoot of him. Taking pictures of babies is really different than food, haha.  They came out pretty decent, I’d say? We had so much fun. Thanks to my hubby and Victoria for helping.)

Baby swaddled sleeping in a basket

BIRTH STORY-

Friday night was like any other evening. I had a few really strong contractions before going to bed but the Braxton hicks have started a few weeks back so it was nothing alarming.

I got up at about 3:00 a.m. with the feeling that my water broke. I woke my up husband and he helped me up only to discover it wasn’t water that broke at all, it was blood gushing as if from a fountain.

And the nightmare began.

We rushed to the hospital. 

Once we got to the hospital, there was a nurse walking out from her shift. She was God sent. She saw the emergency of our situation and ran me upstairs to labor and delivery. 

Collage of newborn baby pics.

They admitted us and hooked up all the monitors. I was feeling okay other than the shock of our baby arriving at 36 weeks and we were NOT ready at all. NOT AT ALL!

The nurse we had was also a God sent and I give her a ton of credit for our baby being alive. She had worked in labor and delivery for 38 years and I was her last patient. She was leaving to a different position. She had also mentioned she was not supposed to work that shift and was called in.

Thank you, Jesus, for providing for us. She was so swift in making decisions and so wise.

 

Baby in a mother's arm.

They were able to give me my epidural. The baby’s heart rate sounded fantastic for about 20 minutes and everything seemed so normal.

Then, I got a really intense contraction. With the contraction came a gush of more blood and the baby’s heart rate went from wonderful to no heart rate at all. Once the contraction passed, all was normal. The nurse called in a team of medical personnel.

Baby swaddled wearing a hat and sack.

Next contraction and the same repeated.

When the third contraction came I felt like I was going to pass out and the doctor informed us that we needed an emergency c-section to save the baby as he was suffocating.

They rushed me down the hall to surgery. This was so scary, I’ve never experienced anything like it. 

Close up of baby with one eye open.

They transferred me onto a new bed and once they hooked the monitor to the baby’s heart rate, the heart rate was so low it was barely a heartbeat.

The head doctor screamed that the baby needed to be delivered now. They strapped me down and our son was delivered in 2 minutes, yes, 2 minutes!

Talk about professionals.

So thankful to the room full of medical personnel who took a part in helping bring our baby into this world.

Father holding child in arm.

My husband finally made it into the room.

We hear crying.

Our precious son, crying!

Baby sleeping in mom's arm.

Once delivered, they told us I had placenta abruption and that’s why things played out the way the did.

Baby resting on mom's shoulder.

SIDE NOTE: We had a team that went to Mexico on a mission trip from our church. Those of you that have been our online friends for a while know my husband has a heart for mission work. He goes 2-3 times a year somewhere. This year was 4 trips.

He had wanted to really go on this trip, the team that went were all so near and dear to our hearts. Since our due date was only four weeks away, I wasn’t a fan of him going. However, I told him if he really wanted to go, he could. He says he wanted to go but there was something that kept him home.

Friends, if he would of went, he would have been away during all of this. PRAISING God he was home!

Baby sleeping swaddled in a blanket.

Our son is healthy.

Didn’t have to go to the NICU.

Fully developed.

Eating like a champ.

Disposing like a boss ;).

Wedding rings on baby's toes. This was our worse pregnancy, our scariest delivery.

I know, without a doubt, God has a plan for this little guy. He is going to use him for His glory in a MIGHTY way!

Feeling so humbled He chose us to be his parents.

Though we had serious difficulty with this pic, haha, I love how it turned out. This is one of my favorite Bible verses. “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.” Jer 1:5

Though this was not the ideal way to deliver a baby, I know God was still so in control. He is teaching us something through this as well. We may not fully understand all of it but to Him be the Glory through this situation as well. Amen!

Last pic. Promise… (Well, for the time being. 🙂 …)

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Though each birth is a miracle in itself, do any of you have a testimony? Share about it in the comments below!.

Thank you for visiting our online home.

Fondly,

Tima & Valentina

Benjamin, Joseph, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Abigail and Elijah.

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  • Stephanie 03/08/2019, 9:30 pm Link Reply

    Your story brought tears to my eyes, having babies is scary because you never know what will happen and things happen so quickly. Your son is so beautiful! I have a beautiful 3 month old daughter, our third girl. Our other children are 3 1/2 and 2. None of our children were “planned,” but we also believe in being open to life. Each time I found out I was pregnant I felt overwhelmed and upset, wondering how I could manage. (My husband is in his first year of medical residency and until last year I was working full-time as an RN). But God has brought us through and our children are so beautiful and incredible blessings to us and our family and friends. (Even if they do threaten my mental sanity most days 😉 ) Very excited to have just found your blog, I’m really enjoying it!

    • Valentina's Corner 03/08/2019, 11:08 pm Link Reply

      Welcome to our online home, Stephanie. We are rather excited that you found us and invite you to come back and visit us.
      Congrats on your husband’s medical residency – how wonderful (I’ll know who to email when we need medical consultation, haha). Enjoy your kiddos, they grow up soo quickly. Our oldest is 15 and it feels like we just had him. :/

  • Olga 02/12/2019, 9:02 pm Link Reply

    Yes,time flies shoes 5 yrs old. She is a hands full,why, she has a disease called cystic fibrosis it’s very hard,but God is w/us & helping us go through uh tuff days. But I enjoy my 2 kids. My 2nd girl abby is a healthy strong child,& next thing we find out that my husband has multiple sclerosis, which was so hard to go thru I was sick w/ both kids till birth & now we hear this,but God was still with us,helping u as go thru a tuff time as well! God is good.

    • Valentina's Corner 02/13/2019, 1:59 pm Link Reply

      I’m so sorry to hear about her having cystic fibrosis. I bet it’s so hard for you to see her in pain. Makes my heart hurt for you.
      Wishing God’s blessings upon your family and may the Holy Spirit be your comforter during the hard times.

  • Chris 01/18/2019, 8:13 pm Link Reply

    Oh, Valentina, I am so happy for you and your family! Your story really touched my heart! You and Elijah were blessed on so many levels. You have been given another precious gift. Elijah has a great purpose ahead of him – evident by his determination. Congratulations!

    • Valentina's Corner 01/19/2019, 12:47 am Link Reply

      Thank you kindly, Chris! He sure does has an amazing plan for his life! I am so humbled I will be able to witness it. 🙂 Thank you for being a part of our online family.

  • Alena 01/17/2019, 9:25 pm Link Reply

    Valya Congratulations on your little bundle,
    He is so precious!
    Balling my eyes out reading this post, because so many things could of went wrong but God is never late! He is so gracious!
    Praise God That he blessed the doctors minds and hands and brought this little miracle out alive.
    I have a close family member who had same situation and unfortunately she lost her baby, it was such a hard thing to go through.
    We don’t know why some things happen in our lives but they all happen for His Glory!
    Wish you for a speedy recovery, God Bless your family and all you do ??

    • Valentina's Corner 01/18/2019, 12:08 am Link Reply

      I know, Alenka! Every time I try to relive our delivery, the emotions are real as I think what could have happened. Though no matter the outcome, we would have taken it as God’s will.
      I cannot fathom the heartache a mother goes through in a situation like that, so much pain and loads of healing needed. Blessings to your family as well, Alena. Thank you for visiting our online home!

  • Julia Frey 01/16/2019, 1:59 pm Link Reply

    Oh my goodness, Valya! Just reading this sent my heart racing! What a miracle and how amazing are the skills of those doctors! So thankful for that. He is absolutely precious! Enjoy and hope the recovery is not too bad. Much love, Julia

    • Valentina's Corner 01/16/2019, 7:59 pm Link Reply

      Thank you so much, Julia. We are recovering nice and slow. 🙂 <3

  • Olya Boyko 01/16/2019, 9:26 am Link Reply

    Congratulations on your beautiful miracle baby! All glory to God that Elijah is alive and healthy as well. As I was reading your post, all I could see was the image of God and his angels guiding the nurses, surgeon and anesthesiologist; as if their hands were over the medical team hands doing the work. It was His plan from the beginning to provide you a miracle baby. May your testimony touch many others! Stay strong in faith! May God continue to bless and shine through your amazing family!

    • Valentina's Corner 01/16/2019, 8:09 pm Link Reply

      Very accurately and beautifully said, Olya! It would be Humbling if He were to use us for His glory as we don’t deserve such honor. Have a most blessed upcoming 2019 year! <3

  • Wow! Our God is great! I was thinking and praying about you Valechka! I had this thing on my heart to pray for you but didn’t know why. The time I sent you an instagram message I told my self I have to contact her and see how she’s doing. And you told me you had him a day ago. Wow! I thought to my self when God lays a thought on your heart to pray for someone, then I should pray! I’m so happy to hear that everything is ok and you and your little adorable Elijah (love that name) is ok too! God’s blessings to you and your family my dear friend!

    • Valentina's Corner 01/14/2019, 10:25 pm Link Reply

      Thank you so much, Valya! <3

  • Lyuda Torchilo 01/14/2019, 11:57 am Link Reply

    Congratulations Valentina!!!! our God is know and He has a plan for everyone!

    I got abrupted with my 3rd baby, September 26, 2016. Thank GOD I was at the hospital then. I still worked that day for 3 hrs before I went to the Hospital. I got my epidural and the RN told me to take a nap and relax. Thank GOD I did not fall asleep! I felt that my water broke, and when I called RN team, they ran to check and I was bleeding. They called all the “on call” MD who came in in seconds and they started monitoring me and the baby. Baby’s heart rate started dropping and my Blood Pressure started dropping as well. They’ve decided on Emergency C-section. Everything was happening so fast, that my poor husband, was sitting in the room seeing all that hassle that was happening at the time without knowing anything. The staff ran me into the operation room (it was happening so fast that I honestly thought I would fall off that bed somewhere on the hall way :)) they had to knock me out with general Anastasia since epidural did not kick in yet, and 2 minutes later, they called my husband to say “Congratulations, you have a healthy, 11 lbs boy!” Doctors were shocked, so as we about how big our little guy was. I DID NOT have gestational diabetes during my pregnancy, it truly was a MIRACLE baby for us! He was born 3 days early, but about 3-4 weeks before I had him, I was listening to this song ” то чо я еще живу что я Господу служу Это МИЛОСТЬ БОЖИЯ!!!” I only then understood why I had this song stuck in my head for so long! We have a healthy, VERY active toddler now (2 years & 3 months) little guy! I thank GOD everyday for giving us life and saving me and the baby during my labor. Almost half way with my 4th pregnancy now, and praying to GOD that it goes smooth and HIS name will be praised in our life and our family! He is GOOD!

    • Valentina's Corner 01/14/2019, 10:39 pm Link Reply

      What a story!!! WOW! Sounds so similar and what a miracle. I love that song and am sure the Holy Spirit placed it on your heart to get you ready for what was to come.
      We kept praying out loud with our husband that we stood on God’s promises that no matter what He is still in control. I bet those nurses thought we were nuts, haha. Then, as you said, everything happened so fast, wouldn’t wish anyone to go through that. 🙁
      Lyudochka, wishing you a blessed remaining pregnancy. Though sometimes so hard to carry and raise, children are a precious gift, nonetheless. I bless you in the name of Jesus for a safe and easy delivery. Thank you for visiting our online home and being our online family. 🙂 <3

  • Mariyka 01/13/2019, 10:43 pm Link Reply

    Congratulations ???
    Amazing photos???
    The baby is so sweet???
    Valichka what a BLESSED family you have, PRAISE JESUS!!! Your family is very dear to GOD!! May God continue blessing, protecting and giving you strength to continue serving Jesus with compassion and love ????
    You are a grate example for many ❤️
    What a privilege it was meeting your little one tonight?

    • Valentina's Corner 01/14/2019, 2:10 pm Link Reply

      You’re so kind, my dearest friend. We are blessed to call you friends. Though it was too short, we loved having your family visit. Thank you for not forgetting about us. 🙂 <3

  • Tanya 01/13/2019, 5:28 pm Link Reply

    Congratulations! Praise God for His mercy! Take care of yourself Valusha!

    • Valentina's Corner 01/14/2019, 2:05 pm Link Reply

      Thank you bunches, Tanya. I am not very good at taking care of myself. I like to take care of others ;). My hubby and kids are spoiling me rotten. 🙂

  • Oksana 01/13/2019, 2:35 pm Link Reply

    What a sweet precious boy he is! God bless you mama and your bundle of joy!! wishing you a speedy recovery!

    • Valentina's Corner 01/14/2019, 2:04 pm Link Reply

      Thank you for the blessing, Oksana. Though slowly but we are recovering. 🙂

  • Joanne damico 01/13/2019, 2:49 am Link Reply

    Congratulations Valentina and family. Your son is beautiful! Yes, I know God has special plans for this little one! Thankful God kept you and Elijah in the palm of His Hand❤️❤️

    • Valentina's Corner 01/13/2019, 1:42 pm Link Reply

      Thank you so much, Joanne. That is beautifully said, “He kept us in the palm of His hand.” Amen. <3

  • Tatyana 01/13/2019, 12:25 am Link Reply

    Congratulations Valentina, Your baby boy is so precious, God bless him and ur entire family abundantly!
    Praise to God that u are ok and ur little baby ?? Feel so bad for both you that u guys had to go through so much but Thankful to God for being right there with y’all the whole time.
    God does some things in our lives which at the moment we don’t know why it happens like that which we might find out later on or might have to wait to find out in heaven, but when God does something there is always a good purpose for it.
    I had a pregnancy where I lost a lot of blood which my planceta wasn’t attached, but I had to deliver the baby at 20 weeks and she went to be with Jesus. I had blood transfusion 2 of those things. All praise to God for saving my life through a hard time??
    Valentina, I hope u have a fast recovery, hang in there, rest, and take care of urself.!.

    • Valentina's Corner 01/14/2019, 2:14 pm Link Reply

      Tanechka, I cried reading your story, that is so heartbreaking. I cannot even fathom what a mother’s heart goes through in a situation like this. My heart goes out to you. I am hoping you have/are healing from that. Praising the Lord for your health and for walking you through it all.
      Thank you for the beautiful words of blessing, they are special and dear to me, especially after reading your story. Wishing God’s protective hand over your life and your family’s. <3

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