Our birth story: Welcome Avoca Quincy Alway

May 28, 2013


Last night’s lead story on Mason County Press was supposed to be a brush fire in Pere Marquette Township. On my way home from covering that fire I received a phone call from my wife, Becky. “My water just broke!”

That was 8:30 p.m. From there, the contractions started right away.

I am happy to report that at 3:28 a.m. our daughter Avoca Quincy Alway entered this world weighing 6 pounds and 1 ounce. She is exactly one month earlier than she was supposed to be here, but she is healthy and very likely the most beautiful little girl I have ever seen.

This little girl comes to us as a complete miracle. Back in December I posted a story about our journey through infertility (I have it re-posted below as it appeared in early December).

Postings on MCP may be a little light for the next couple of days as we spend some time with our daughter, but please stick with us. We’ll be back to the news later in the week.

A note about her name. As many of you know, we are kind of Ireland fanatics. Avoca is a town in Ireland and we just thought it was the perfect name for our little girl.

Posted Dec. 16, 2012

On Sunday Becky, and I posted a photograph on Facebook announcing Becky’s pregnancy. We also shared this news with our church family at Prayer and Praise Assembly of God. We normally don’t make our personal life very public, but believe this story of God fulfilling his promises needs to be told.

About 10 years ago, Becky had a cyst on one of her ovaries causing emergency surgery, leaving her with only one ovary and one fallopian tube. We have been married for six years this coming Jan. 4. After about a year of marriage we started trying to have children, but with no success.

Finally, we started seeing Dr. Dodds, one of the best infertility doctors in the nation, based in Grand Rapids. Dr. Dodds diagnosed that Becky’s tube was blocked and he attempted twice to unblock it, with no success. He said that the tube was basically more than 99% blocked, meaning there was less than 1% chance of an embryo making its way into the ovary. Our only choice of having a biological child would be through In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

We attempted IVF five times, with no success.

I have always felt that I would some day adopt a child. I think part of this is that I was raised with the knowledge that my dad was adopted and it just seemed like such a blessing to provide a child with a home.

After much prayer, we decided that this would be our next move and we chose Catholic Charities to assist us in adopting a baby born here in Michigan. We were approved for adoption at the beginning of summer and we continue to wait for that process to take place.

Now, I want to back up a little bit. After a year of marriage we took a trip to Argentina. This was a mission trip where we provided media support for missionaries based in Buenos Aires. Among these missionaries were our good friends Kim and Shari Babcock, who introduced us to their close friends Gladys and Jorge. One evening, in the Backcock’s kitchen, Jorge said he felt the urge to pray for us. Now keep in mind that Gladys and Jorge do not speak English and we do not speak Spanish. Plus, they only met us a few hours earlier and knew nothing about us. This took place before we knew of our infertility issues. Jorge felt strongly from God that we would have children. This was his prayer.

Gladys and Jorge have actually prayed this prayer for many other couples who have faced infertility. Those couples later would go on to have children.

Life went on and our infertility journey escalated. During this time, many other people would give prophesy about us having a biological child. We knew, without a doubt, that God had intended for us to have children.

At no time had either of us ever doubted that God would provide us with a child or children. But, we both had given up on thinking we would ever conceive a child.

Then, about eight weeks ago Becky started having severe abdominal pains. She called her doctor who immediately ordered a blood test. Pregnancy was not really something we even considered any more.

When the nurse told Becky she was pregnant, fear was the first emotion. We had been told that there was a very high chance of having an ectopic pregnancy if we were to conceive, meaning the embryo would get stuck in the fallopian tube, a dangerous situation.

The doctor ordered an ultrasound. The results showed the start of the formation of an embryo, right where it was supposed to be! Follow-up exams with the doctor re-affirmed this, plus another ultrasound at 8 weeks showed the embryo forming.

Now, as we enter the 13th week, we are excited to announce our Christmas miracle. We know our God is good and he fulfills His promises. They may not always be on our time or by our expectations, but He will fulfill them.

This is our journey. It will continue because we know we are promised an adopted child as well. Life just got interesting!

God bless you and Merry Christmas!

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