30 Mar A Glimmer of Hope
IA Family: Two huge pieces of AMAZING news in the time of ‘rona! I encourage everyone to read. This is the news we need 🙂
Coach Chris got down on one knee and proposed to member Ashlee Bengee in Federal Hill Park last week! We’ve been lucky enough to watch this romance begin and grow right in the gym and are so happy for these forever WOD partners. We love you both and wish you a lifetime of happiness (in and out of quarantine)!
A little glimpse of hope for all in a dark and lonely time. Baby boy Lucas Valentín Elizalde was born at exactly 41 weeks on 3/20/2020 at 12:14am. He is currently 6lbs 11oz of pure PERFECTION. Every day he was told to hold on a bit longer as we were working on getting papa home and he did just that.
As some of you know, Fernando left for Mexico for what thought would be a quick 2 week process that devastatingly turned into a very long and grueling 5 months. After many ups and downs and countless tears – two days before Lucas’ birth we received long awaited news that Fernando would finally be able to return home. He flew to Jaurez, Mexico to finalize the process the same day the Embassy & Consulate were going to be shutting down due to COVID-19. The next early morning he arrived to Mexico City Airport just to be informed his flight to D.C was canceled requiring all new flight reservations with layovers in Newark, NJ, then to D.C. and thus a much later arrival to Baltimore. Meanwhile, at the hospital in between contractions I am making sure he made it through, tracking flight status, hearing that Mexico is closing it’s border, being told the hospital will be changing it’s visitor policy the next day and hoarding off all doctors and the interventions they wanted to pursue to progress the labor.
After all the obstacles were conquered, Fernando made it to the hospital at 7:45 pm, Lucas continued to hold on and was born just a few hours later. God truly works in mysterious ways, a million prayers answered and all the stars aligned exactly on the same day. We came home as a family TOGETHER and are so blessed.
We are so blessed, extremely grateful, and FOREVER thankful to the IA family, especially the noon class for their never ending support over the past 5 months in Fernando’s absence, and for keeping me strong both physically and mentally throughout my pregnancy.
Hope you all are staying safe and healthy. Cannot wait to see everyone soon!!