At the beginning of this pregnancy our doctors told us there was very good chance that our little guy wouldn’t make it. We had an early ultrasound where they weren’t able to find a heartbeat. Later that week, I had all of the symptoms of a miscarriage. Brian and I spent that night praying and believing for a miracle. We had ultrasound the next day there was a heartbeat!!
Later that same week, I experienced those same symptoms of a miscarriage again. We started praying for another miracle. At the emergency room, the doctor did and exam and told me that I most likely had miscarried, but that they wanted to do an ultrasound to make sure. And praise God, that tiny little heartbeat was still there! Over the next few weeks, the doctors found other concerns that the baby just might not make it. Brian and I spent that time praying and acknowledging God’s goodness no matter the circumstance.
When I saw this dress I thought, “that’s my baby shower dress!” but I was so hesitant to buy it because “what if there wasn’t going to be a baby shower?” Just a few months before I had packed away maternity clothes because of loss and didn’t want to do that again and we had so many reasons to think that we wouldn’t get to meet this baby here. So I stood next to the rack of vintage dresses, probably looking a little insane, debating with myself over this dress. I knew that part of believing for our miracle was knowing that God is good no matter what. No matter what. So the dress came home with me. These before pictures were taken when I was about 30 weeks pregnant with our little boy:)
I didn’t start working on it until just before my shower because I knew that I would continue to grow right up until the day of the shower! I wanted to keep the collar but I was unsure of what else the dress needed. I started by taking up the waist a few inches. I wanted the elastic band to fit around the top of my baby belly. I also shortened the sleeves into cap sleeves and finished them off with white bias tape. I thought I would need to take a few inches off the hem but it actually just fell right where I wanted it to! I spent a few hours sewing pearl beads onto the collar to help give it a little more of an updated look. Lastly, I threw together a simple lining for the dress because it was completely see through!
I didn’t quite finish the dress in time to wear it for the shower that my mom and future sister-inlaw threw for me but I was able to get it done in time for my second shower that was thrown by my mother-inlaw at the church that Brian and I attend. Our little guy was completely spoiled at both of our showers and we feel so blessed that we will have him here in a couple of weeks!