Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Details

I'm about 13 weeks along now, just entering the 2nd trimester. The baby is officially due Dec. 15, but both my boys were born 2 weeks early so we'll be ready for it to come by the end of Nov. That's three Dec. birthdays! (I think we're going to start celebrating half-birthdays instead.) I've been feeling pretty sick, but it seems to have subsided a little so I'm hopeful that stage will be over soon! The ultrasound picture is from 11 weeks. I was having a hard time really 'connecting' with this pregnancy. My last pregnancy ended in miscarriage at 11 weeks (the baby had died at 6 weeks) and I just couldn't get over the fear that this one would end the same way. So the ultrasound was purely for my reassurance that everything was okay. I can't tell you the relief I felt when I first saw the baby on the screen and it was moving! The heartbeat was strong and it's growth on target, even a little big (this is my family after all.) After that I felt confident enough to tell the boys. They were/are soooo excited! They immediately told everyone. My older ds keeps saying "I can't believe it's not a dream!" I think he's more excited about the baby than about Christmas. It's really cute.

This next part may be TMI, if you're not into NFP or other fertility stuff. You've been warned!

This baby is actually sort of a surprise. I say sort of because we've been trying for another child for over a year now, though without much hope. I use NFP and my charts were showing that my pre-peak cervical fluid was not of the quality or quantity so important to fertilization. We finally went to see a fertility specialist who uses the same NFP system in her practice that we use to see what our options were. The first step was to do several blood draws at different times in my cycle to determine what my hormone levels were. After some thought (and prayer) we decided that it was too much to undertake right now and that maybe adoption would be the best option for us. So that's where we were when, to my amazement, we were pregnant! My cervical fluid hadn't changed at all, and according to our "timing" I really shouldn't have been pregnant. So this is our miracle baby, there's really no other explanation!

I'll let you know in 8 weeks if it's a boy or a girl

3 comments:

benspendlove said...

AAAAAAAA! Congratulations! Just when I stop checking your blog because you never update it. . .That's exciting. What do you think it'll be? More specifically, what sex? (Whenever anyone asks me what it's going to be I say "a baby." I blame Dad for my sense of humor.)

Anonymous said...

So awesome! We are all so excited to welcome a new little one into the fam! More little blessings... Me and Paul hope you will let us come and help out again after baby comes! Love you all! Mom

Carl and Amber said...

Congrats! Your experience is pretty much exactly what mine was. I misscarried at 12 weeks, but the baby died at 7 weeks. Then, when I got pregnant again, I had no mucus and my temp. never showed ovulation. It was a miracle that I was pregnant that month. I lived everyday of the first 15 weeks scared to death of another miscarriage. I would wonder, "Am I sick ENOUGH?" Afterall, I stayed sick with the miscarriage up until a few days before passing it. Then, I wasn't showing at all. Nancy was due three weeks after me, yet was showing months before me. I told only the people that saw how I sick I was about the pregnancy. But, I didn't "announce" it until I had my 20 week ultrasound and they verified that everything was okay. Congrats!!!!