Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Daughter's birth brings love and hope to Riverview couple

Jennifer Johnson-Allums wasn't in any rush to have children. She and her husband, Correy Allums, wanted to start a family, but as a middle school guidance counselor, she saw all the challenges of raising children. • "A lot of people have the idea that it's all butterflies and cherry pie," said Jennifer, who works at Shields Middle School in Ruskin. "Especially being a guidance counselor, the kids talk to me all the time. They're having issues with this and that. They talk about issues they're having at home." • Most of the couple's friends already had children, so when they decided to start a family, everyone had been waiting. Jennifer gave birth to a son in 2011. He lived for three hours. • Now, about a year and a half later, the Riverview couple have a new beginning, and a new miracle — born Feb. 26.

She's named for the Bible's Book of Genesis but with a J like Jennifer's sister Jocelyn, late sister Jewel and Jocelyn's three children.

She looks just like Jennifer, friends and family tell her. But Jennifer swears she has Correy's dimples.

Jennifer and Correy, both 29, kept the news of the pregnancy mostly to themselves. Jennifer didn't post about it on her Facebook page. People who saw her every day knew once she started showing, but they kept it low-key, just in case.

"Throughout the whole pregnancy, I was really scared," Jennifer said. She was scared that something would go wrong, scared that the sad past might repeat itself.

But Jenesis arrived, a few days earlier than expected, after only five hours of labor.

"She's a trouper," Jennifer said. "She made it through everything."

Being in the hospital was surreal, she said, and it didn't fully hit her that Jenesis was here, that she was all right, and that she was really theirs until a few weeks after they took her home.

"The first thing that comes to mind is just love. It's a totally different feeling than I ever imagined it to be," she said. "It's hard to put into words, but I never could have imagined this before."

Jennifer wants her daughter to be happy and healthy, but also wants to see her make an impact and to have direction.

"I don't want her life to just be going through the day-to-day," she said. "I want her to have a purpose, and know it and understand it, because it makes life so much better when you actually have a purpose."

They received an outpouring of love and support from friends and family, and people they didn't know well but who knew about what they'd been through. Correy's mother especially was eager to share the news, Jennifer said, because he's an only child and this was his mother's first grandchild.

"The pregnancy, it really represented so much more than just me having a baby and extending our family," she said. "It represented hope."

Keeley Sheehan can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 661-2453.

Daughter's birth brings love and hope to Riverview couple 05/11/13 [Last modified: Sunday, May 12, 2013 11:09am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Lutz driver dead after crash with semi on Dale Mabry Highway

    Accidents

    LUTZ — A 68-year-old driver died Saturday night in a crash with a semitrailer truck on Dale Mabry Highway, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  2. Toddler, 1, drowns in spa at birthday party in Trinity

    Accidents

    TRINITY — A toddler drowned at a birthday party Saturday evening and died at the hospital, authorities say, after his parents found him in a spa.

  3. Review: Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald team up to cool down the Clearwater Jazz Holiday

    Blogs

    A cool breeze swept through Coachman Park Saturday night. Couple of them, actually.

    Kenny Loggins performed at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday on Oct. 21, 2017.
  4. No. 16 USF hangs on at Tulane, off to first 7-0 start

    College

    NEW ORLEANS — After half a season of mismatches, USF found itself in a grudge match Saturday night.

    USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH103
  5. Lightning buries Penguins (w/video)

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Ryan Callahan spent a lot of time last season rehabilitating his injured hip alongside Steven Stamkos, who was rehabbing a knee after season-ending surgery. During those hours, Callahan noticed two things about Stamkos: his hunger and his excitement to return this season.

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Slater Koekkoek (29) advances the puck through the neutral zone during the first period of Saturday???‚??„?s (10/21/17) game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh Penguins at Amalie Arena in Tampa.