a beautiful beginning: dominic joshua’s birth story.

On Friday, May 3rd @ 1:56pm Josh & Brooke welcomed their LONG awaited adorable baby boy and Brooke so accurately described that day as the BEST DAY EVER on her facebook announcement. I – along with countless other friends & family who have been by their side through their 8 year fertility battle – could not agree more!

Josh and Brooke are the type of couple every couple strives to be – a perfect match for each other in my opinion:)They have been together for almost 17 years – married for 10 – and have remained just a strong as ever throughout their long & trying journey to parenthood. After years and years of fertility treatments, Brooke finally got pregnant – with twins! Things were going great for the first trimester, but early in the 2nd trimester, her cervix started to fail. Despite a successful cerclage surgery, Brooke went into labor a few weeks later and there was nothing the doctors could do to stop it. She delivered her precious baby boys on Christmas Day 2011 and their world just stopped.

I honestly don’t know how- except through the grace of God – anyone recovers from such a tragedy, but they did and decided to try again. Josh did some research and discovered Dr. Arthur Haney in Chicago. Dr. Haney is one of the leading doctors in the country and one of the first doctors to ever perform transabdominal cerclage surgery with huge success rates in women who suffered multiple losses due to an incompetent cervix. Brooke was a candidate and they decided to go for it – so she went to Chicago and had the surgery in May 2012. Then a few short months later, she found out she was pregnant again! Thankfully this time, her pregnancy was textbook and resulted in the birth of beautiful, healthy BIG baby Dominic Joshua via scheduled c-section.

Unfortunately due to her cerclage, Brooke cannot delivery vaginally, but after the chunkster came out at a whopping 10.1 lbs, she was not so sad;)He was completely breech anyway, and gave the doctor a run for his money as he had to use some maneuvering skills to get him out!

Josh & Brooke ~ you guys are such an inspiration. Your perseverance, your strength, and your faith are incredible. I know God has BIG plans for you & your precious new son who is the absolute definition of perfection.

Thank you for having me there – I was so honored to spend his birthday with you guys and your families:)

Love, Kelly

Vickie Soard reel - May 7, 2013 - 2:50 pm

So very happy for you and your husband. God is faithful,praying for many more blessing to come for you and your family. Your dad is going to be the craziest grandfather ever.love Vickie,Todd and kids

Josh Williams - May 7, 2013 - 12:23 pm

Kelly, Thanks for spending the day with us to capture this moment. It was truly an amazing time for us and our family. Having such a beautiful photo record is incredibly special to us. I can’t help but go back and look at these pictures and weep every time I see them.

The weekend of Dominic’s birth was so emotional I feel like we could sleep for days. My heart was continually broken every time I got to witness one of those first mother/baby moments as the day went on. As Brooke said, it truly was the the best day ever. The image of Dominic being put in Brooke’s arms for the first time while she was still on the OR table will be with me forever.

Along with the happiness, there were still many fresh memories of our twins inside the walls of Good Samaritan Hospital. All the different rooms and hallways triggered moments I had forgotten about since we lost them that Christmas night. As difficult as it was, Dominic’s birth was a good way to go back and remember their short but incredibly significant lives.

Right before we left to go home Brooke tucked Dominic in his car seat and wrapped him in a hand knitted bright blue blanket. I didn’t think much of it until she knelt down and whispered to him that this was his brother’s blanket. Again, my heart was shattered.

We would’ve never made it to this day without the people around us. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has helped us along the way. It’s not often in life that you try something for 8 years and finally succeed. Our God, our family, and our friends were the things that kept us going.

These past 8 years have been quite a journey. I can’t explain to you with words how thankful I am we made the trip. Our new baby boy is sleeping by our bedside as I type this message. His little infant noises continually remind me that this is not a dream and we’re finally a family.

Donny - May 7, 2013 - 2:46 am

AMAZING people. AMAZING baby boy. So happy for them.

5.3.13

Welcome baby boy! You are already loved more than you know:) Slideshow coming soon!Love, Kelly

Steph Goetz - May 10, 2013 - 11:38 am

THOSE CHEEKS! That boy is sweetness defined.

Bev Naber - May 7, 2013 - 7:51 pm

AWWWWW – he is beautiful!!! So happy for you and your family. Your life will never be the same again – so many wonderful memories ahead for you to make….enjoy each and every one.
We miss you Brooke – take good care of yourself.
Bev

Andrea Teal - May 7, 2013 - 3:21 pm

Ahhh so inspiring! Congratulations to Brooke and Josh. Baby Dominic is so beautiful :)