The radiant Rainbow LaMunyon and Noah (7 months). Rainbow is also mother to Alexandra (19), bonus mom to Kelsey (20), Lacey and Austin (17), and miscarried "Bean" at 7 weeks in December 2013.
Rainbow was just 19 when she got pregnant with her daughter she was in community college, working, and living at home at the time. Her baby's father was supportive and eventually they were able to establish themselves on their own. Pregnancy went really well until her blood pressure spiked at 34 weeks and she was on hospital bedrest for pre-eclampsia until her daughter arrived at 35 weeks. Rainbow and her daughter's father eventually married but things didn't work out and she found herself a single mother for quite some time.
Though Rainbow met her husband in 2002 they didn't start dating until 2010, but were soon inseparable. Their families blended beautifully and she enjoyed her roll as a bonus mom just as much as she loved motherhood. They eventually married and over the next few years she grew to strongly desire another child. Her husband had had a vasectomy and wasn't really on board with having another child but over time, he softened and they felt moved to try again.
They were able to conceive just two months following vasectomy reversal and they were over the moon. Their first doctor appointment in December, however, was heartbreaking as they found the baby didn't have a heartbeat. The day before Christmas Eve, Rainbow had to have a D&C and her period didn't return until March. Once it was back she began tracking her temperature and taking ovulation tests again but by June, nothing had happened. Her husband went in for a sperm sample and they learned that scar tissue had formed and he'd lost all his sperm. Rainbow was heartbroken as they debated whether it felt right to undergo another reversal or accept that maybe it just wasn't their time.
Ultimately, they decided to see a male infertility specialist who was willing to schedule another reversal which was successful. Rainbow learned she was pregnant again on Mother's Day 2015 and while she was nervous those first few weeks, she went on to have very healthy pregnancy and loved all 40 weeks, 4 days of it.
Labor began naturally and continued at home until Rainbow transferred to hospital where she continued to labor with an epidural. After a few hours, Noah's heartbeat crashed and they rushed her in for an emergency cesarean. Her doctor was patient and as Noah's heartbeat began to stabilize they decided to mover her back to the labor and delivery where she was able to have a vaginal birth. Breastfeeding has gone well from the start and Rainbow says she is absolutely in love with this phase of life. Having her son to complete her beautifully blended family feels so right and has been so rewarding.
"I am here today because I've always been self conscious about my body but after the birth of my little guy my mind started to shift and I felt empowered. I just grew and birthed a human, I have successfully exclusively breastfed him for the past 7.5 months. I finally feel content. That's why I love this project, empowering women to love themselves! It's all about building each other up!"