Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Claire Giveaway!!!!!

Today is a very special day, today is Clairebear's 5th birthday!!!! I cannot believe it's been 5 years since that faithful day! You're growing up sooo fast my beautiful sweetheart. You are truly a miracle of life, and my proof that there is a higher being watching over for us.

Summer of 2003, we lived in Virginia, our house was literally across the beach, and I was about 7 months pregnant, everything was going as scheduled, when we were notified that Hurricane Isabel was hitting exactly where we lived, Paul, my husband, as he's in the Navy, was given orders to leave with his crew on the ship, whenever there's a hurricane, they normally take the ships out sea, away from docks and such, to prevent harm to everyone, so, off he went, and there I was, all alone, 7 months pregnant, with a 2 year old, 2 dogs and a house that was under mandatory evacuation. My parents would have none of that, my Mom flew in from Florida, I packed all our pictures, important papers, about a week's worth of clothes, and left with the dogs and my Mom.
A few days later, the hurricane came, completely flooded our neighborhood, our home was not destroyed, but it did flood, our downstairs furniture was gone, there was no electricity, there were mold issues, and the only way to get to the house was with a small boat! So, needless to say, Paul and I made the decision of me staying in Orlando at my folks until further notice. It was almost time for Paul's ship, the USS Reagan, to make it's first deployment, he would be out sea for months in very little time, so, taking all these things in consideration, we decided it was going to be best for me to stay in Orlando and have little Claire there.
So, I found a great doctor in Orlando, and went to my first visit ... where they found on my records I was going to have issues having the baby, things that were not disclosed to me by my military butchers ... oh I mean doctors, so, long story short, I had to have a C-Section within a week and a half of moving to Orlando! Had I waited long term for Claire, who was a preemie, it is very possible that I would not be sitting here writing to you this story.

SO, this is why Claire is my miracle, in many ways, she was perfect, the most memorable part of the C-Section for me was when she came out, and, the nurse brought her to my head {as the rest of your body's really covered even from you, and you can't feel a thing} she showed me Claire, who was crying, and said "Here's Momma, sweetie" and I said "Hi baby girl" and Claire stopped crying, like she recognized my voice, how magical!

It really is hard to put into words what this entire ordeal meant to me, but it was definitely a benchmark in my life, my faith was really, truly validated. And for this, and Claire, I'm every day thankful.

To celebrate Claire's birthday, I am going to throw in a Giveaway! This is one of her favorite items on my website, I will give away a Child's size Apron. Right now I only have 2 available at the website but I have many more for both girls AND boys that I will be adding soon, so if you have a little diva or a little dude, still participate because I can send you your freebie for either!!

As always, all you have to do is reply to this post {make sure to add your email addy so I can contact you} and you'll be automatically entered. I will announce the winner Monday, November 10th.


Farmhousefive Art 4 Kids said...

Hey Eloisa! I know Natalie would love an apron .. she loves to bake and with the holidays coming up this would be perfect! Happy Birthday, Claire, you cutie pie!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Claire!!!!

She is so pretty! Thanks for sharing her birth story with us!

Priddy Creations said...

Wow! What a time to make her debut! She is definitely a little miracle. Happy Birthday Claire!!


Grace said...

what a sweet story!! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Claire!!

Anonymous said...

Awweee Claire is such a beauty! Happy Birthday Claire!

Love the Apron ... pretend play would be so fun in this cutie!

Nancy A

Pat said...

That is such an amazing story but with such a beautiful ending. Happy Birthday sweet Claire.

Alia said...

WOW that is some story! you sure are a hero. I am a navy brat myslf and I understand how that goes. I am so glad that everything worked out in the end and you can enjoy this day 5 years later.

Eloisa Rivera said...

Happy Birthday Claire Bear, I love you so much, now your a big girl,I wish you guys were closer to us.........
Love grandma,