La Crosse, WI (WXOW) The storm turned the lives of many people upside down, but arguably none more than Jessica Koenen. Jessica was due to deliver her first baby in the middle of July, but the storm pushed Jessica's delivery date up; way up.
Jordann Juliana is always on the move which means her dotting parents are too. Like most first time parents Jessica and Nick were not ready for Jordann's birth. Jordann on the other hand couldn't wait to meet her mom and dad.
When we first met the couple one year ago, Jessica was more than eight months pregnant and homeless. The tornado destroyed almost everything the couple owned including the gifts Jessica received at her baby shower just one week earlier.
Jessica and Nick thought they had almost 2 months to find a new home and buy new baby gear; but seven days later Jessica was in labor. "She was spinning around so much she sounded like a tornado on the monitor. The nurses called her Torne. My mom wanted me to name her Dorothy."
Jordann was born on May 31st weighing in at just 4-pounds, 10-ounces. "She was in the NICU for 15 days just to grow a little bit."
Today Jordann is a happy, healthy, bouncing baby girl who will celebrate her first birthday this weekend. "She'll definitely have a lot to look back on", says her dad Nick.
While Jessica never, ever wants to go through another tornado she now describes the storm as a blessing. "There were a lot of things that we lost, but we gained a lot more." Most notably the love of their little girl.
Nick and Jessica had renter's insurance which covered all of the items they lost in the storm. After renting for a few months after the storm, the couple ended up buying a condo.
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