Sunday, January 30, 2011

Official Baby Pool!

So I was going to wait a little while to do this, but I got excited :-)

Here's the link so you can go on and enter your guesses!

You can guess the baby's gender, birthday, weight and length. Winner gets the pleasure of knowing they're not a loser!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Telling People - Pregnancy Edition

As you can probably guess, telling people about our pregnancy has been about as much fun as a person can legally have. Friends and family have been so supportive and excited for us! It has really confirmed my decisions to be open about our infertility. Allowing people to be a part of our struggle has really allowed people to be a part of our joy, too.

When I made our pregnancy "Facebook official" (because until it's on Facebook, it ain't real!), I got a ton of excited encouraging comments on the sonogram photo I posted. One friend-of-a-friend said, "It's about time! I was wondering what you guys did with all that alone time." Now, to be clear, I was NOT at all upset by that comment. But it did make me think. What if we hadn't told our friends and family what we were going through? Could I have handled it if I was getting those "It's about time!" comments from everyone? I'll be honest, I don't think I could have.

I strongly believe that every child is a blessing, and I don't think our baby is more special than any other or will be more loved than any other. But spending some time in the darkness makes the sun seem a whole lot brighter! And I'm glad our friends and family were able to comfort and pray for us during our "darkness" and can join in the celebration now!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Our Little Miracle

Most of you who read this already know, so this might not be a big surprise but...


We're due in August and absolutely COULD NOT be happier!! We were shocked and ecstatic to find out we're expecting. Here's the story :)

On November 1st, I had my laparoscopy/hysteroscopy. Before the surgery, I had to be on birth control (ah irony...) which I stopped the day before the surgery. Because of the birth control and other drugs and the surgery itself, I was told not to be concerned if my normal cycle didn't return right away. My doctor said to call for a prescription to "jumpstart" things if my cycle didn't return to normal.

In December, I decided it had been long enough and I should call my doctor and ask for the prescription. Ironically, I put it off for a few days because I knew they'd want me to take a pregnancy test first, and I was tired of taking pregnancy tests and watching them turn negative. Too depressing. So I waited until just before Christmas and called the office. No one answered so I left a message leading to a week-long game of phone tag that I finally gave up on because we went to New Jersey for Christmas.

When we got home I decided I needed to call and get that medicine. So when I woke up our first morning home I took a pregnancy test expecting it to be negative. My plan was to take the test and then call my doctor, explain that my normal cycle hadn't returned and I was not pregnant and ask for the drug. But much to my surprise....IT WAS POSITIVE!! I was completely shocked! I spent several seconds staring at the test and the instructions thinking, "I MUST be reading this wrong!" Jamie had already left for work so I had to wait all day to tell him. It was TORTURE!!

When Jamie got home from work that night I had a gift for him. I had wrapped up a baby's first Christmas outfit and the test with the very positive result. I left it sitting in what I thought was a conspicuous place, but he didn't notice (testimony to how disorganized our house is). Finally I said, "Don't you want to open your present?" When he unwrapped it, he just stared at it trying to put it all together. I told him, "We're going to need that next year." He looked at it again and finally said, "Are you serious?" He was completely surprised and as excited as a person can possibly be! We were already 7 weeks along and neither one of us had suspected anything was up!

We've had so much fun telling friends and family over the past few weeks and have gotten to see our little peanut twice on ultrasounds. Watching that little heartbeat pumping away was the BEST THING EVER. I'm 10 weeks along and so far feeling absolutely great. No morning sickness or anything. I'm so very happy and feeling so blessed and excited!!

I'm looking forward to all the fun (and even the not so fun!) things pregnancy will bring in the next few months! And especially looking forward to meeting this little one in August.

I cannot say thank you enough to everyone who has encouraged and prayed for us over the past 18 months! Thank you thank you thank you!!!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Our Winter Wonderland

Enjoying the snow together. Notice the chocolate still on Jamie's face from our s'mores earlier :)

Our house looking so pretty in the snow.

The snow in front of our front door. We had to dig our way out.

Me and Kona :)