Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Savannah is a big sister!

I have been keeping a HUGE secret from everyone (including friends and family).  We found out on May 22nd after celebrating mass in honor of Savannah that I was expecting another baby.  This was such a huge miracle but we knew to be cautiously optomistic.  I have been pregnant a total of 4 other times since Savannah and we underwent fertility treatments to conceive this time.  Every day and every week that went by, we got more and more reassuring news and finally, 961 days after delivering Savannah Grace, we welcomed Irelynn Elizabeth into this world safely.  When I heard her cry, it was totally surreal and a sound Eric and I thought we might never hear again.

Irelynn was born on Tuesday, January 3rd at 11:08am.  She weighed 7 pounds and 8 ounces (a great combo of numbers since Eric's lucky number is 7 and mine is 8).  Also, Irelynn was born on 1/3.  Jeremy was born on 8/3.  There is always something crazy with numbers.  She was 19 1/2 inches and was born amist some drama via emergency c-section, but most importantly, she was born ALIVE.

It's so funny how things happened.  Towards the end, things got very dicey and I am so grateful that I had a doctor who listened to me and took me seriously, which enevitably led to saving her life.  Irelynn was dangerously close to suffering the same fate as Savannah.  If it weren't for Savannah, I wouldn't be so educated on stillbirth, cord accidents, fetal monitoring, or fetal distress movements.  Savannah helped save her sister's life.  She served another amazing purpose with her brief life and I know she is smiling down upon Irelynn, and happy to finally be a big sister!

It's crazy to see how Jeremy, Savannah, and Irelynn all look exactly alike.  In fact, in the first few days being home from the hospital, both Eric and I had to stop ourselves from calling her Savannah.  We miss her so much and wish that she was here to enjoy her new sister.  It has been bittersweet to say the least, but we love Irelynn for being Irelynn, just as we loved Savannah for being Savannah.  We don't want Irelynn to ever feel like a replacement child, because there is no replacing Savannah.  Our hearts just grew wider and wider in order to embrace our new miracle.

Welcome to the World, sweet Baby Girl.  We waited sooooooo long to meet you and you were well worth the wait. 

To anyone else struggling with Infertility, don't ever give up hope and remain strong in your faith.  It is the only thing that got us through the pregnancy.  That and we have a very special little girl named Savannah who kept vigilant watch over us from her seat next to Jesus in Heaven.


  1. OH Shannon. :) My heart smiles for your family. I'm soooo happy for you and your wonderful blessing. What an amazing gift! Irelynn is beautiful! I've hoped for so long that you would be blessed with a new baby in your family and its finally come true. I have no idea how you kept a secret like that for so long. :)

  2. Thank you for sharing Shannon, this is a beautiful story and a beautiful testament to those who are enduring the struggle of infertility and loss. Many hugs, blessings and prayers for you and your family.

  3. I am so very proud of you! I am so happy that sweet Savannah was there to guide you guys along, and to save her baby sister. I can't tell you how happy I am for you. (((HUGS)))

  4. I'm so very happy for you. Congratulations on your beautiful Irelynn.

  5. Thanks for opening up Shannon! I am sure it hasn't been an easy road for you and your family. I believe that things happen for a reason and with the "numbers", that's not just ironic, it all has meaning in the world. I wish you and your family lots of love and happiness! Congrats on your new lil bundle of joy :)

  6. Congratulations! I am so happy to hear of baby Irelynn's safe arrival. What a blessing! - Kimberly Pinto