Sunday, May 22, 2011

What a Weekend!

What a weekend! I am beat!! Before we get to that, let's start on Thursday.  Thursday was our first ultrasound in Kansas City with my fertility doctor.  We drove three hours there, we were there for 20 minutes, then three hours back, talk about driving! But
I guess what we got while we were there was worth it!

We got there, checked in and went back right away, we were even early, but they were ready for us! I got changed and went in for the ultrasound.  We saw the baby right away, I was so relieved!! Just one, Just one baby! My numbers were so high during the early blood work, there was a thought it may be twins, but just one! We only need one right now! After checking the size of the baby (1cm) which put me further along in my pregnancy than originally predicted, we got to hear the heart beat for the first time. 
Our little guy had a heart beat of 138 bpm, which the doctor said was very healthy! We left with a strip of photographic evidence of the bean and went on our way, released from the doctor in KC to my regular doctor in Springfield, no more road trips!!

We both went to bed happy and as relieved as can be, prepared to take the trip home on Friday to share the news with our families.

We got to my parents house Friday night where they were having a bbq with friends.  We hadn't done Mothers Day yet, so I gave her the present first from Bath & Body Works and then gave her a tin to open.  Inside the tin was a poem Joe wrote wrapped in a onsie, announcing the good news! She looked at me and said "Really?!" and then cried a little.  My dad was super shocked, I can't remember exactly what he said, but he was really excited and gave us both hugs.  My mom then announced the good news to her friends, who then harrassed her about being a grandma now!  It was a really long night of great food and games, so we went to bed prepared for the big day on Saturday!

Saturday was my little cousin, Mandi's graduation party (maybe she isn't so little anymore, now that she has a big girl job and all).  The entire family was going to be there, so I figured it would be best to tell them all together so no one would feel left out.  We had gotten there and set our stuff down, all except my purse, which had ultrasound pictures in it.  My cousin Sara noticed I wasn't setting my purse down and bugged me about it.  She then looked at me and said "Are you pregnant?" .  I didn't want anyone else to hear, so I just shouted "Um guys, I'm pregnant!".  My aunt looked at me completely expressionless and said "are you really?" I said yes, and everyone errupted and asked a million questions.  When my other aunt and grandma Nonnie got there, I told them the news! Everyone gave me great advice, and we are super excited to have a little one in the family soon!

We left Mandi's graduation party and went to Joe's parents house that night where his sister was staying the night as well.  We got there and gave his mom a little present, which was the same as my mom's (the poem with a onesie) And she looked at my father-in-law and said "you know what that means, right?".  Mom started crying and dad said congrats.  Joe's sister Alicia was super excited and we started talking about baby showers right away! We had to keep quiet until the morning when we would tell his other sister!

Sunday morning Joe's sister showed up bright and early to do Mothers/Fathers day breakfast.  When she walked in all the kids sat on the couch and mom was taking a picture, right before clicking the picture, she yelled "Heather and Joe are having a baby!!".  Trisha couldn't believe it at first, but we assured her, we were serious! We then took the picture, for real this time! We then had breakfast with everyone and left early afternoon. 

We got home, dumped all the stuff in the kitchen and took a 3 hour nap, we were pooped! Then got up, made dinner and dealt with the terrible tragedy of the tornados in Joplin, Missouri, and made sure they weren't coming towards us.  We are fine, the house is fine, no tornados for us.  But prayers for the families in Joplin would be greatly appreciated, the town was leveled and lives were lost. 

Hope everyone has a great week! I will be a lot less stressed now that everyone knows the news and we aren't hiding anything! So excited to begin this journey!

Monday, May 9, 2011

My First Mothers Day!!

It was so great to be able to celebrate my first Mothers Day! I may not have a baby in my arms, but I am growing a baby, so that counts! We went to church and then a play at the Little Theater called "The Foreigner".  Then we went to El Maguey, which I soon regretted with the lovely indegestion, but I seriously wanted some mexican food!!

Joe got me a card and a super cute picture frame that I will be able to put our first ultrasound picture in, which we will get on May 19th! It was a great day and I went to bed super early, which was nice!

Overall my first Mothers Day was a great success.  I can't wait until next year when I will have a baby in my arms celebrating the day with us!

And I didn't forget about my mother on this day! I am so grateful for everything she has done for me, words cannot even describe it.  She is so supportive and always seems to understand! Also, a shout out to my two aunts, who are such inspiring moms and my grandmas, who raised the people I love!

Also a happy Mothers Day to my mother-in-law who raised my amazing husband! I wouldn't be where I am at today if it weren't for her as well!

Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Blood Results

I had blood drawn on Friday, April 29th and got my results the next monday.  My level was 130, which confirmed the pregnancy.  My doctor said the number was good, but the most important number would be the one we got on Tuesday.  I got more blood drawn on Tuesday, which was 4 days after the last, that means my levels should have doubled twice.  They are supposed to double every 48 hours in a "healthy" pregnancy.  So, they should have been 520.   I had convinced myself everything was already going wrong (for no reason), so I told myself anything over 400, I would be happy.

My nurse called me at 8:30 on Wednesday morning (thank God I didn't have to wait all day!) and told me my number was....are you ready?....891!!!!!!!!! I was so elated! We scheduled an ultrasound for May 19th, I will be almost 7 weeks, so we will be able to hear the heartbeat.  If everything is good with the size of the baby and it's heartbeat, I will get released from my doctor in Kansas City and will begin seeing my doctor in Springfield.  

I am so relieved, excited, and am feeling utterly blessed at the moment.  Maybe three years was worth the wait, if I am going to have a stellar little baby growing inside me! 

*Blessed beyond words*

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Prayers Answered

Thursday morning, April 28, 2011, I wasn't supposed to be taking a home pregnancy test for another day, but I knew Joe would be talking about it that night, so I decided to take it that morning.  I was half asleep when I took the first test, so I don't think I administered it correctly, the test just remained blank.  I kind of expected the test to be negative just becuase we have never had any luck the past 2 1/2 years.  I decided to take a shower and see if I would have enough pee to take another test before I went to work.  I I took it.  Two lines, right away.  One lighter than the other, but two nevertheless.  I didn't cry, I didn't laugh, I think I might have smiled, but all I could think is that we have been here before.  I soon shook that feeling and was so relieved that God decided that we were ready and blessed us with this miracle.

I set out a little onesie, my postive test, and a note I wrote to Joe all on his pillow, I knew he would be home to go to sleep shortly after I was at work. 

Sure enough, on my way to work Joe texted me "Are we taking a test tonight or waiting until tomorrow", I knew he would ask! I said whatever he thought and left it at that.  About an hour later I got a text from him saying I tricked him and that he was crying and couldn't wait to see me...I guess he found my surprise!

I took another test Saturday morning for 2 reasons.  1 to make sure it was still positive and 2 to make sure the second line was indeed getting darker.  The hpt measures hcg and hcg is supposed to double every other day, so the second line should be twice as dark as it was on Thursday. Much to my relief, it was! The second line was almost as dark as the first.  I am so relieved!

I got blood work taken on Friday and will get the results on Monday and am getting more blood work on Tuesday to make sure my numbers are going up like they are supposed to. 

All I have to say is, thank you God for allowing me to experience you and this miracle. I am so excited to share this journey with my husband and continue to grow in my faith.