Just when my eyes had dried from watching videos of soldiers returning home, I hear one of the most touching stories ever and BAM -- I’m a big, weepy mess all over again.
For Shirley Sirivong, being pregnant has been anything but easy. After being diagnosed with gestational diabetes, complete placenta previa, and incompetent cervix, she was put on bed rest and a strict special diet. In the early months of bed rest, Shirley’s “dull” breakfasts were limited to egg whites, wheat bread, peanut butter, and a few fruits and veggies. To liven up Shirley’s bland meals, her husband Gat began to create funny faces out of boiled eggs and toast. “After a few days of that,” Shirley told us, “they started to become more elaborate scenes.”
Since then Gat has been serving up beautiful, creative, diabetic-friendly breakfasts for Shirley, featuring adorable egg characters parachuting, snowboarding, and even snorkeling.
“It has all been very sweet and has helped with my spirits,” Shirley said. “It brings a smile to my face every morning, and I know it’s out of love that he does this for me.”
Despite the many complications that have arisen, Shirley says she is very grateful for the “precious life” thriving inside of her. “I treasure the opportunity to do what I can to bring a healthy baby into this world and into our lives.”
Shirley was recently hospitalized and has now been on bed rest for three months. She’s 24 weeks pregnant and due on December 19 -- they’re expecting a boy. We’re sending good thoughts their way! Share your best wishes to Shirley and Gat in the comments.