Portraits of Grace: Vivian

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Photo by Minnow Park

The week Aria was born was one of the most joyous and challenging times of my life. She was three weeks early and I had a rush of emotions that I could not sleep for three days straight. I could hear every peep that came out of her and even though she was sleeping most of the time I would rush over and just stare at this beautiful gift from God.I felt immense pressure that I failed as a mother because who would’ve known that breastfeeding would be so hard. My milk had not fully come in and Aria had difficulty learning how to eat. We were told she needed to be fed every three hours but she would sleep the whole time or cry because she was hungry and I couldn’t figure out how to help her learn to suck. I was so worried and on top of this I was overly tired and still recovering from labor. I had no guidance as a first time mother and didn’t know many mothers that well, I needed God’s help and he definitely provided.

As a desperate cry for help I emailed Wives group for advice and I felt God’s love through our church community of mothers. Plenty of emails came in to teach me, comfort me, and tell me that I was not the only one that was going through this. Andrea came by to my house to help teach me tips, Steph brought over lactation cookies to help my milk come in, and Jane also came for emotional support.  I was so thankful for the overflowing support and love from King’s Cross family. I am constantly encouraged by God’s love and reminded that we need to trust in the Lord for He is good.