First off, thank you for your sweet comments last week. This little rainbow baby is a miracle and we couldn’t be more excited, yet nervous at the same time.
We’ve had a long and bumpy road leading up to this pregnancy. I haven’t told my story on the blog, but many of you know through emails and conversations. As I share this pregnancy with you, you will catch bits and pieces of what has happened in the past. One day, I’ll share everything from the beginning. Right now, I just want to focus on the news of this little one.
Let me take you back a few months….On November 22nd, D and I went to a consultation with a RE (reproductive endocrinologist). I was given a diagnosis and we were moving forward to start lots of testing. We decided that we were going to stop “trying” until the beginning of the year. We were hoping for some answers by then. Little did we know, God had a different plan for us. About a week and a half after the consultation I started my testing with lots of blood work. The next step was to wait for my cycle to start for additional tests. If it didn’t by the 30 day mark, I had to go back in for blood work. The 30 day mark came and there was no aunt flow. I didn’t think anything of it b/c my cycles are usually 40+ days. I called the office and they had me come in for blood work that day. The next day, December 10th, 2011 is a day I’ll never forget. I got the phone call around 3:30 on my way home from work. My numbers came back and the reason I hadn’t started yet was because I was pregnant. I was shocked, excited and so scared. Part of me suspected it but a lot of the symptoms were the same as period symptoms, so I couldn’t tell. I called D right away and shared the news. I’ve done the cute “were pregnant, you’re going to be a dad” gifts in the past, this time I couldn’t wait until he got home. I also called my mom and two best friends.
For the first week or two I had to go to the dr every other day to make sure my HCG levels were doubling. And they were, at a great rate. The week before Christmas we went in for our first ultrasound and were able to see a sac and a tiny baby dot. Ectopic pregnancy was then ruled out. A week later we went back to see if we could hear a heartbeat, and we did. It was music to our ears. From weeks 6-9 we had weekly appointments with our RE to make sure everything was on track. At each appointment the little bebe was measuring right on with a strong heart rate. At about 9.5 weeks we were released from our RE. That was hard for me. I didn’t want to go. I knew that I would have to go back to monthly appointments, which leaves more time to worry. But, it was time and there was nothing they could do for us. At 10.5 weeks we met with our new OB Dr. I liked him, he knew everything about my past before he walked through the door. I felt comfortable and trusting. At that appointment he used the doppler, picked up the heart beat right away. Our next appointment was at 12.5 weeks for our NT scan. I was a nervous wreck up until the appointment. Even though I’ve had a good feeling about this pregnancy, there was always “those thoughts” in the back of my mind. Everything at the 12.5 week appointment went very well.
Right now, I’m a little over 14 weeks. Just into my second trimester. I’ve been sick since week 6. Every. Single. Day. Which is the reason I haven’t blogged much. I also haven’t cooked a meal since before Christmas. For those of you who know me and follow SMWL, you know that is not normal. I haven’t crafted much, made bows or done much of anything. For someone who is always on the go, it’s been hard. I’m hoping that the second trimeter brings less sickness and more energy! I’ve been working on weekly updates since about 7 weeks. I wanted to remember everything. So, I will be posting them where they belong on the blog under a pregnancy tab. Weekly Bumpdates will probably be posted on Mondays (my weeks change on Friday).
I have to say thank you to those of you who have been a constant support in my life over the last year. The stories you’ve shared, the emails you’ve sent and the time you spend lending an ear and checking in mean the world to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Lastly, I want to say that I know my good news can be hard news for someone else who is struggling to have a baby and start a family. To all of my readers who are TTC, going through IF or healing from a loss…you will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.