Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Elisha Enrique Ramirez Has Arrived

Hello family and friends. After our last post Enrique and I linked hands and prayed that I would speed up, I mean I prayed hard!!! From 8:45 this morning when they broke my water till my 5:30 check up I stayed at an almost 3cm. After our hard prayer I was checked at 9pm I told the nurse PLEASE tell me I am at least 5cm, she looked up and said "no honey you are at 9cm almost 10cm" I bout fell out of the bed. We started to pray again. Soon as the doctor arrived I started pushing. I pushed for about I pushed through about 5 contractions at least 3 pushes per contraction. I pushed as hard as I could for as long as I could. Elisha Enrique Ramirez arrived on this Earth with a strong heartbeat, however he did not take a single breath. He arrived at 9:47pm and and was prounouced an angel at 10:30pm when his heart stopped beating. We have held him and loved him so much. He has black hair all around his opening on top of his head. He is absolutely perfect. He has the most precious features. When he was born all I coulkd do was praise God over and over again. When the nurse told me I was at 10cm, I thought I was going to freak, but I was at total peace, even through delivery, and I have everyone to thank for that. He has 10 perfect fingers and toes, fingernails, eyelashes, and the cutest but you every saw! After he passed he did poo poo so I did get to wipe his lil precious hiney. Enrique has not left my side, as I am typing this now he is holding Elisha. Elisha was 4lbs 5.2oz and 17 inches long. I will write more in the morning, I am EXTREMELY exhausted and want to snuggle with our angel tonight. In the morning we will bath him, dress him and say goodbye when the funeral director comes, and that will truly be the hardest part. Please continue your prayers for continued strength. GOD BLESS you all for sticking behind us and supporting us. I will post again in the morning.


  1. Shelley & Enrique,

    I am so pleased to hear that God answered your pray for things to speed up. My heart truly breaks for you as this time will go by so quickly. Its funny you wrote about Elisha's bum because I still remember Jayden's cute bum too! This time together is so precious. Hold each other close. Its just amazing to think about our babies in heaven with their perfect bodies! God Blessed Elisha & Alexis with the most loving parents anyone could hope for. God bless!

    Love from far away,

  2. Shelley & Enrique,

    My heart deeply aches for the both of you right now. I pray that you will be able to find peace after all of this. Remember to be there for one another and cherish the time that you did get to spend with that sweet little angel. You and your families will always be in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

    Sending Big Hugs and Lots of Love,
    Jessica (JessThomas)

  3. I sat there and started crying reading your post. Part of me is over-joyed that you got to hold Elisha for such a long time while another part of me aches for your family right now. You are such a strong and amazing woman. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Stay strong and God bless.

  4. As I read this to my husband I started crying. Tears of joy that he is in your arms, and came with at least a heart beat, and tears of sadness that he has to become an angel so quickly.

    My husband and I send our condolences, and my husband wanted me to tell you how incredibly strong you are. Your an amazing woman, Shelley. *Hugs*

  5. Shelly and Enrique,

    My heart goes out to you. I have prayed every night that you would get to change the diaper that you so wanted. You are in my family's thought continuously. May God stay with you and your family through this hard time.

    If you ever need anything you know where to turn, we will always be there for you.

    With the love of our hearts,
    Jessica, Mark, and Gavin

  6. Shelley and Enrique,

    I wanted you to know that I am thinking about you both and your sweet litle angel Elisha. I'm so glad that the labor sped up as I know that it was quite an ordeal for you. I know that Elisha was brought into this world by one of the strongest women I have ever had the privilege of knowing. You have given Heavenly Father such a sweet did such a good job taking care of him. I can't imagine how hard this whole thing has been. But as always, I'm here if you need me. You are so loved. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you as you have to prepare to send him home. *HUGS*

    With much love,
    Gretchen, David, Marcus and Angelika

  7. I bet it was wonderful to meet your son but also difficult to let him go. I'm glad God answered your prayer for a faster delivery.

  8. Shelley & Enrique,
    My heart just breaks for your loss. As Elisha's earthly body is cradled in your arms, he is stroking your hair and waiting for you in Heaven. No words can compensate for your angel. God has a plan for your baby and you will see him again some day. Now, his big sister has her baby brother. You are loved. Be each other's strength. My prayers and heart are with you.

    With Love,
    Laura Bantz (parislaura)

  9. While Jesus is hold you in his arms, know that you are receiving ((hugs)) and prayers from all of us. You truly are special people and God knew just who he wanted to be Elisha's parents. God bless you both and your families.

  10. Oh hun, I am so happy you got to deliver him vaginally. God heard our prayers. My heart is aching for you right now. You are an amazing woman that has edndured so much. You and Enrique will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. May God be with you in the morning and give you peace over the next few days. We are thinking of you.

  11. Shelley & Enrique,
    You are both such a tremendous witness of faith. God must have an incredible treasure stored up for you in heaven along with your precious angels, just waiting on you. I praise God that he answered your prayer, and your labor sped up. I wish you had gotten a longer time with Elisha, but I praise God that he has a new, perfect body now in the presence of our Lord. I pray that God will give you both the strength and comfort that you need right now as you begin the journey of grieving the loss of sweet Elisha. I pray that you will feel the arms of Jesus holding you both tight.

  12. I am glad your labor sped up and you got to deliver him vaginally.Im sorry you didnt have more time with him but glad you got to wipe him little but. My prayers are with you that you will have the strength to get through this as you have shown us that you are a very strong woman. Elisha is lucky to have a mom like you. I pray that God will help you through and always know that you have me to talk to and the rest of the WTE board if you need to.

    stephs4thbaby from the dec. board

  13. Shelley and Enrique,
    Our hearts are sadden but our hopes are high because we are assured by our heavenly father that lil Elisha is in God's hands. You both have been so brave and I know God will hold you close at this time and always. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.



    Latoya ,Elijah & Micah (VirgoMommy_1 (WTE))

  15. Wow!
    The classified team at the Hometown News wishes you all the best. We have prayed and will continue to pray for you and your family. Christine Iannotti

  16. I am so sorry for your loss...But I am so grateful you decided to carry him to term, he is an angel and God will bless you for the sacrifices you and your family have made to get that little boy here, even just to spend a few precious moments with him. Praying for your quick recovery and for God to strengthen you both.....

  17. HI Shelley & Enrique, Well I am very proud of all of you and especially you Shell, what a strong and faith driven lady you are. I am grateful your prayers were answered. I wish I was there for you, but I am in spirit. Take care little sis, and keep the faith, Love and Prayers, Lisa Marie

  18. I am praying for you and your family and I am overwhelmed by the strength that remains in you! I pray that God will bless you beyond measure!

  19. Dear Shelley and Enrique, I think everyone will be full of emotions today. You were blessed with a beautiful son and Heaven received a beautiful angel. We pray for your continued peace and healing through this time.
    Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted". Here is a poem from an unknown: "Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond's glint on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain.I am the gentle autumn's rain. Do not stand at my grave and cry I am not there, I did not die.
    Love Debbe D.

  20. Shelley & Enrique,
    Words cannot express our sympathy...There truly are no words. Just know that you & your family continue to be in our thoughts and prayers fervently. I am so happy for you that you got to spend some time with Elisha. I can imagine that he is absolutely georgeous. Again, my prayers are for peace and love.

  21. Shelley and Enrique,

    I can only image how absolutely beautiful he truly is. My prayers for you both for comfort and peace. I am thinking of you.

    Jennifer (WTE)

  22. You know I read your update this morning and was just so sad for you that I didn't know what to say... But I really want you to know that I am thinking of you & praying for you & I am glad you at least had a few moments to spend with Elisha, your little angel... He sounds absolutely perfect. I just want to send you all my love & support, I know there is nothing I can say right now to take away your pain but I know that in God you will find peace.
    Ali (alissamari - Feb. WTE)

  23. Shelley and Enrique,

    God Bless both you and your little Enrique. I cried for you reading your post for two reasons, God Blessed you and answered your prayers and labor was sped up and you got to change his little diaper. The other reason is because my heart breaks for you and your family. I will pray over your family today and please know that you are an inspiration to me and to how powerful the grace of God actually is. - Rachel (Hannahmommie WTE Jan '09)

  24. Congratulations and my sympathies all at the same time. I am glad you had those special moments with him before he went to be an angel in Heaven, and even more glad to hear you are able to have him with you even now.

    He sounds so beautiful and perfect and I can't wait to here more.

    Thinking of you and sending prayers

  25. My Dearest Lady of Strength, you have been an amazing example of unconditional love throughout your experience and I am so saddened to hear of this news today. I am glad that you had the opportunity to do it your way and on your terms with the help and support of Enrique and the Lord. I pray for your speedy recovery. I pray that you have said everything that you've wanted to say to your precious angel, Elisha. I pray for you and your family strength during this most difficult time. My sincerest sympathies.
    Towanna from WTE

  26. Oh Shelley and Enrique... my heart is so full of emotions reading this... I am so glad you were able to deliver Elisha vaginally and that you are spending precious time with him. I am thinking of you and praying that this is a very special time for you both. *huge hugs*
    ~Tessica (mom2MalachiandSamuel)

  27. Hi Shelley....Sounds like you are embracing the celebration of giving life to your son...Congratulations on the birth of your son and I am so - heartfelt sorry he had to leave so soon. Still praying for you each day!

  28. i'm continuing to pray for you and your family, what a relief that you got to deliver vaginally and are getting to spend some time with him before saying goodbye! you are an amazing woman with amazing strength to have endured this rough road. i know thru prayer and support of enrique and family and of course us (WTE) you will get thru the greif. you can always rely on us!! we LOVE you.

  29. Shelley & Enrique, I am at a loss for words at what to say to you. I read your blog at 2 am and had not heard from you yet. I waited until GOD gave me the strength and the words to write to you. Brad and I both want to tell you how special you are for GOD to have picked you to carry sweet baby Elisha so he could take him to heaven to be an angel and look over you. He wouldnt have just chosen anyone to do that work for him. You are still so amazing and so strong and you have so much FAITH and that is something that doesnt come easy. My heart breaks and rejoices for you at the same time. Because you lost your little angel and because you got to spend some time with him before the LORD took him home. I pray that you will continue to find peace and courage to get through this difficult time. We all love you.
    Love, Michelle Shelly-bear

  30. Good morning Shelley & Enrique,
    I am checking your blog every few hours to catch an update on how you three are doing.

    Our thoughts are with you.

  31. 1 Kings 19:20
    Elisha then left his oxen and ran after Elijah. "LET ME KISS MY FATHER AND MOTHER GOOD-BY, he said, "and I will come with you."

    How hard it must have been for you to transcend you own desires to accept the will of Elisha. Elijah was taken up into the sky on a chariot of fire and Elisha took his place. It's obvious that Elisha has given a double portion through this experience to all those who have been faithfully following your blog and he has touched many hearts through you...keep him alive as you keep Christ alive in your words of hope and encouragement to everyone who cares about you. You are in ministry, girl, whether you know it or not...and you have an awesome story to tell. A story of love, pain, loss, redemption, restoration, and faith. You are amazing. Love to you, Enrique, Elisha, and your mom and dad....Leslie (the heart lady)

  32. Like everyone else here, I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers today. I admire your strength and your faith at the same time that I can only imagine how hard it is to be so strong and faithful right now. I am so glad you were able to have the time you did with your baby boy and I am sorry it couldn't be more. G-d bless all of you.

    Eva (Orange23)

  33. Shelley & Enrique,

    As I read your posts I couldn't help but be overwhelmed with tears. You are so strong and your faith through this is inspiring. I know God has amazing plans for your little angel as he is looking down upon you tonight. I hope you can find comfort in these hard times. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    ~~Stephanie (SLaos)

  34. Shelley As I stated before our Lord is Lord always and in ALL WAYS,But you woman of God are a hero.with much love and even greater respect I continue to hold you and family up in prayer. Ms.Lori

  35. Shelley,
    I am so sorry that you have had to go through this, but you are such an inspiration to all of us. your faith in God is so unfaltered. He has blessed you in so many ways. Know that we are all here for you. God Bless you and yours.
    danielle (WTE Website)

  36. Shelly,
    I have been following your blog and tears came to my eyes when I read your last entry. I am so sorry for your lost but like you said he is an angel of God now. I pray God gives you the strength to go on. hold on to the memories you had with your little angel, and know your not alone.
    My thoughts are with you.
    Angie: Newfoundland, Canada.

  37. Shelley,
    I am so sorry that you have to go through this. Your such a strong woman and he was lucky that you were his mama and took such good care of him while he lived inside of you. I am so happy that the birth went beautifully and that you get to spend time with him. God bless you shelley and i'll pray and think of you and your family. Much love!!!
    Rachelle (wte)

  38. Hang in there Sweetie. If you need anything, I am here for you guys. God will bring you through this. My heart is just absolutley broken for you guys

  39. you are in my thoughts. I am so happy your faith is strong and will guide you through this heartbreaking time. wte mom

  40. Shelley;
    I cannot imagine what you and your husband are going through right now. Your faith has truly been admirable in this entire journey, and you have been an inspiration to all of us privileged enough to have known you throughout this journey. Our prayers are with you and your family during this time, I am glad that you got to spend time with your angel.

    "I'm Gone now, but I'm still very near.
    Death can never separate us.
    Each time you feel a gentle breeze,
    It's my hand caressing your face.
    Each time the wind blows,
    It carries my voice whispering your name.
    When the wind blows your hair ever so slightly,
    Think of it as me pushing a few stray hairs back in place.
    When you feel a few raindrops fall on your face,
    It's me placing soft kisses.
    At night look up in the sky and see the stars shining so brightly.
    I'm one of those stars and I'm winking at you and smiling with delight."

    Krystal (Chappylynn WTE)

  41. Lisa (scoobygrl79 from WTE 1/09 boards)January 14, 2009 at 10:44 PM

    My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. May your precious son and his sister watch over you and the rest of your family until you are all reunited. HUGS

  42. It was the hardest thing to do was read your post, but yet happy to know GOD answered your prayers with the fast pick up... But How my heart aches for you and your family, im glad to know that you got precious time with your angel. wow what an amazing angel he is. right along side his sister. May GOD bless you and help you through this time. will keep you in my prayers..


  43. I'm in tears, I really dont know what to say. Like many of the other ladies have said - I am happy that you had time with your beautiful baby, and am saddened that it was so short. You are in my thoughts - You have many shoulders here for you and your family. My condolences... Tina (JacksonsMommy09)

  44. Dear Shelley and Enrique,

    Just to let you know you are thought of today and God is with you. Elisha couldn't have any better parents. I am so glad you got to keep him with you during the night and change him.
    Thinking of you...Karen

  45. I'm praying for you, Enrique, and Elisha today. I'm so glad you had some precious moments together and hope you are surrounded by love and support in the coming days. This little boy was lucky to have you...God Bless...

  46. Shelley

    I want you to know that I have been thinking of you and checking your blog several times a day for any updates. You, Enrique and baby Elisha have been on my prayers all this days. I am glad you got to spend time with him and that you had a vaginal delivery. Elisha could not have had better parents. Your strenght makes me realize how weak I am. I want you to know that your words of love towards your child have touched me deeply. Before I was blind, but you helped me understand that even though babies are not meant to age in earth, they are nine months old by the time they arrive. You gave Elisha the best nine months any baby can ask for. Bless you and Enrique. You guys are still in my prayers, and I keep praying that god will bless you soon with a child to who you can give love on this earth.

    Ioly - WTE

  47. You are an amazing woman. God is good. Thank you for posting for us. It is so encouraging seeing the power of prayer at work. Your situation is so hard, and many people would not have had the courage to do what you did. I am due myself in 4 weeks, and reading your posts have been such a blessing and comfort to me.

    Thank you. Elisha is with Jesus; there is no better place to be than resting in our Heavenly Father's arms. Praise God!