Oh poor, sweet, neglected blog of mine…I am soooo sorry! Since claiming this little corner of the internet back in 2009, I don’t think I’ve ever taken a break quite as long as this one. Last post–March 17th?? Yikes!
But I’m here to give you my best excuse…and I think it’s a pretty decent one 😉
That’s right, Arden is going to be a BIG SISTER this fall!!!
Chris and I are thrilled to have another little blessing on the way…God is truly so good!
Arden’s been along to enough ultrasounds the past 7 weeks to know that we call that little black & white shape a baby…however, there’s still some confusion as to where the baby is actually at. If you ask her, she’ll most likely point to her own tummy 🙂
I still think she’s going to be a pretty great big sister…
Now let me back up a little…
Many of you know about our IVF journey that brought Arden to us (you can read the whole story here)…well, after doing some tests with my doctor last fall we found out that we’d likely need to do it again if we were ready for another child. Of course I have dreams of us getting pregnant on our own…without all of the needles, the meds, and the financial burdens that come along with IVF…but gosh, I’m grateful it exists. I have the opportunity that so many women didn’t in generations before–and I thank God for that daily.
Since we still had 2 frozen embryos from our original retrieval, we were able to do a frozen transfer, which is much easier on your body than a fresh cycle. I started my meds back in December and we enjoyed Christmas as a family of 3, knowing that we’d be transferring our 2 sweet embryos at the start of the new year–and hopefully expanding to a family of 4 or 5 by the next holiday season. I won’t bore you with the details and IVF lingo, but when I went in for my last scan before the transfer, my doctor told me they had to cancel the cycle. My nurse had given me the wrong instructions while the doctor was out of the country–and there was nothing we could do to salvage this cycle. Chris and I were pretty bummed…okay, really bummed. It only meant delaying things 1 month, but in that moment, 1 month felt like a year. However, I gained some clarity over the next few days…I really feel that the Lord was trying to remind me that I was not in control. With IVF it’s easy to feel that you’re steering the ship…you’ve got dosages and dates and it’s all written down for you on a handy little calendar, giving you a sense of control. But I’m thankful for that friendly reminder that His plan is always perfect.
So on February 10th, my sweet friends babysat Arden for the morning and Chris and I headed downtown to “meet our kids”. Both embryos thawed perfectly and the procedure was easy peasy. Again, how cool is modern medicine?!
Then we waited. The wait was not nearly as excrutiating as the first two times…maybe that has something to do with the crazy toddler that I was chasing around those 11 days?! 🙂
And on top of that, I have the best friends ever down here who made it their goal to keep me busy–and sane!
Then on 2/21 we waited some more…this time it was in the doctor’s office for an hour and a half, just to get a simple yes or no! Now that was excruciating!!! Ha! But when we made it back to our doctor’s office and he gave us the incredible news, I forgot all about those nervous moments in the waiting room. We were having a baby! What a blessing.
We celebrated with pizza that night and Arden gave us her best “Say what?! I’m gonna be a big sister?!” face…
- We found out around week 6 that it’s just one little nugget. I’ll always be sad for the embryos that didn’t make it, but I find comfort knowing that it’s all part of the plan.
- We’ve had several chances to see the little one via ultrasound…I don’t think that sight will EVER get old.
- Sadly, I’ve switched out blog time for nap time. Rule of thumb–if Arden is sleeping, so am I 🙂
- I’ve been a lot sicker this time…one could argue that this means it’s a boy…OR it could just be that his/her older sister doesn’t let me take many breaks. Ha!
Well, I think that pretty much sums everything up so far! If you’re reading this, thanks for not deleting me from your blog list 🙂 I’m hoping that 2nd trimester energy burst I remember will launch me back into the blog world that I love so much!