My oldest daughter is my blessing. There is no way on earth that she should have been able to be alive. Too many things happened that should have ended her life before she was even born. Let me share her story with you...
When I was just 18 I moved out on my own. I had a job, my own place, a few friends... I was happy.
Just 6 months after turning 18 things went quickly downhill. I lost my apartment. I lost my job. My friends stopped wanting to talk to me. And I was pregnant.
I was horrified! I'd been on the pill (never missed a day), had always used condoms and spermicidal foam. I should -not- have gotten pregnant at all. But I was.
I was homeless, friendless, jobless... And emotionally broken. I would have committed suicide if it hadn't been for the fact that I was pregnant. I might have been able to kill myself, but I couldn't kill my unborn child.
I lost 30 pounds in the first trimester... And I wasn't overweight to begin with.
Then, in the 4th month... I miscarried.
When I didn't get another period I wondered why, so I went and had an ultrasound done... I was still pregnant! Apparently I'd been pregnant with twins and had only lost one.
I went into labor almost a month early... And labored for 72 hours. When she was born they couldn't get her to breath. A specialist from the children's hospital was rushed over to do infant CPR on her... And she began to breathe on her own. Then, despite being told not to, they gave my newborn daughter a shot of penicillin... And her heart stopped beating. The same specialist came back and got her heart started again.
She should have died four times (five if you count the thoughts of suicide)... And she didn't. She should have had brain damage from the lack of oxygen at birth... And she doesn't.
She's almost 9 and is the smartest kid in her class. She's caring and helpful... And did I mention the kid is smart? She started speaking in full sentences at 15 months old!
She is my miracle... And I named her the only way I could. For her to survive everything that happened, she would have had to have had an angel sitting on her shoulder the entire time. Her name... Is Angel.
Oh, and I'm also from Washington state.