So you may have noticed I’ve been rather absent here lately. And I promise it’s for good reason. Read on, friends.
Many of you may know that Mark and I have been pursuing fertility treatments for the past year and a half. Our most recent failure was in November, I found out our IUI failed on Thanksgiving. Luckily we were surrounded by friends and family when we found out.
We went into December completely unsure of what our next step would be. We decided to just forget it for the Holidays. We would address the situation after the new year rolled around.
Fast forward to between Christmas and New Years. I wasn’t feeling the greatest, like I do every time my period is around the corner. I was somewhere between five to seven days late which isn’t unusual so I didn’t think too much of it. I’ve been here before, waiting for my period to show up, and it seems like everytime I try a home pregnancy test, it comes the next day. So I figured I would hurry it along. I took the pregnancy test and got in the shower without even waiting for the result to show up. I knew it was going to be negative.
When I got out of the shower and saw two very clear pink lines on the cheap-o pregnancy test I bought 100 pack of on Amazon, I immediately thought it was a false positive. I furiously dug through the cupboard to find three more fancier and more expensive pregnancy tests. And I waited.
Again, two pink lines and a very clear PREGNANT on the screen. I about hit the floor. I couldn’t stop shaking. Then I thought how did this happen? I mean I clearly know HOW it happens. But I just had to marvel at God’s humor.
After months of treatments, a diagnosis of unexplained infertility, and so many across the nation praying… this. just. happens!?!? When we weren’t even trying. And how we least expected it. God truly has a sense of humor. My mind was blown. It felt too good to be true. It still feels too good to be true.
The next two weeks were full of labs that indeed confirmed I was pregnant. For me, it wasn’t until we saw our little baby on the ultrasound screen at around 6 weeks that it really sunk in, this is real. And it is really happening. And the best part, there was an active and healthy heartbeat!
It is truly a miracle. One we never imagined would happen as it did. But we are so excited and clearly overjoyed! We cannot wait for September when we will get to meet this little miracle growing inside of me!
So far pregnancy has been this huge learning curve for me. There’s just so much information (and misinformation) out there and you just want to do your best to keep this baby alive and growing throughout the first trimester. It can be exhausting and overwhelming at times! Besides being completely and utterly exhausted most of the time, I have felt pretty good. No morning sickness at all. And for that I am thankful. I pray it stays that way!
No serious cravings yet or food aversions (which is good). I have quickly learned that pregnancy brain is TOTALLY a thing! I get headaches that come and go. I don’t feel like I have a definite BUMP yet, just look like I eat way too much. LOL! But it is coming quickly, I feel the pressure and am starting to get uncomfortable. I am currently sitting right at 10 weeks and looking forward to that burst of energy everyone says comes in the second trimester!
Mark is thankful that God’s timing (as of right now) means baby should arrive between wheat harvest and the rest of harvest. He already enjoys petting my belly and talking to our little baby R in there. He has, in all honesty, been wonderfully attentive to me. He makes sure I eat and keeps a steady stream of the fizzy waters I enjoy coming to me. He has also been extremely patient with me as there are days where I sleep later than I should (when I should be at work) and when I lay on the couch when I should be doing dishes or laundry. God bless that sweet man!
So needless to say, this blog may change a little the next couple months. I will try and keep y’all updated on the happenings with Baby R.
Thank you to all of you who have prayed for this miracle! It is because of all of your diligent and amazing prayers that God has answered in His time! And we appreciate continued prayers as this pregnancy progresses!
In the meantime, here’s what’s been happening in our world the last few weeks!!