The day before our oldest daughter’s 2nd birthday, we went to the ER for some complications. It was there that we found out we were expecting our second child, but having signs of a possible early miscarriage. For the next two weeks, we prayed for more time with our baby and that she would begin growing well and be healthy. When we were finally far enough along to be able to tell if she was indeed growing and healthy, we rejoiced to find out that everything looked good. We praised God for healing our baby and started to look forward to the rest of the pregnancy.
The next couple months were seemingly normal. We were so excited about growing our family. We reached the halfway point of the pregnancy and our 20 week anatomy scan. It was there that we found out the devastating news that our daughter had a condition called bilateral renal agenesis, meaning she never developed kidneys or produced amniotic fluid, which is needed to develop baby’s lungs in the womb. There really are no words to describe the feelings we experienced directly after her diagnosis.
After the initial shock wore off, we began learning how to celebrate our daughters life while simultaneously preparing for the end of it. It was the hardest thing that we have ever done, but also the most beautiful. We named her after a river in Emil’s home country of Bosnia, the river Una. During our time with her, we had a dedication ceremony at our church, had special maternity pictures taken, and did everything we could to incorporate her in our daily lives. Even though we knew her life on earth would be short, that didn’t change her value or worth or place in our family.
The day of her scheduled c-section at 37 weeks came, and she was born alive. She cried, opened one eye, and got to meet all of her family. After an hour and twenty minutes, she got tired and fell asleep, only to wake up in the kingdom of heaven shortly after.
We miss our daughter so much, and we are so thankful for every single moment we had on earth with her. Since her passing, we have continued to tell her story and give God the glory for her wonderful little life. We are also excited and nervous to welcome our third child, Una’s little brother, in a couple of months.
PAYING IT FORWARD
Abel Speaks provided us with amazing love and support during our pregnancy and continues to honor Una’s life today.
This past summer, we got the opportunity to join other Abel Speaks families on a retreat to celebrate our daughter and all of her friends in heaven.
It would mean so much to us to be able to support other families who are walking the difficult road of carrying a child with a limiting diagnosis in honor of Una’s first birthday.
By faith, Una still speaks!
-Emil & Lydia Talic