My monthly friend was about three days late but I had been through so many pregnancy tests that I didn't want to waste another one. At this point we had been trying to have a baby for over 2 years. We have been through two miscarriages and had been working with a doctor trying to figure out our fertility issues. He had put me on a very strict diet (that had made me lose 10 lbs in two weeks), multiple medications and had given me a few different diagnosis. The past month I had decided that we would try one more round of Clomid and then take a break because I was just done. I never realized how infertility can consume your life. It was all I thought about, read about and talked about. It had begun to define me and I was ready for a break. Brady and I had also gotten to a point where we were okay with it. All we wanted and prayed for was a child but we were able to look beyond the one thing we didn't have and realize all the things we did. We had incredible families, friends, educations, jobs and more time to work on us.
|don't mind my blood shot eyes...|
I was a little emotional
The doctor had told me to call him as soon as we got a positive test so I called the next day and got an appointment to come in. They did an ultrasound and everything looked "good so far". We told our families that night so that we could get some extra prayers headed our way.
We went in for another ultrasound and things were still looking good. They checked my prescriptions and everything was great. This is when the nausea started kicking in. It wasn't terrible and with a some medication it was bearable. Over the next couple weeks I only threw up a few times, then it started to be once a day but it didn't really effect my lifestyle too much. We were still a little hesitant, not wanting to get our hopes up but we were still really excited.
In for another ultrasound. It finally started looking like a baby!! Before then, the ultrasounds hadn't really eased my fears but now we could see LIMB NUBS! At this point I was really sick. I would throw up multiple times a day. My work had let me start to do everything from home so that I could barf in private. The meds would make it bearable but sometimes would give me migraines that made me throw up even more. It was lonely being at home and I wished I could have someone with me but I was so excited that I was pregnant that it made everything okay.
|13 weeks pregnant|
Finally out of the first trimester! Baby looked great and I was vomitting less. Still really sick and tired but everything was looking up.
Funny story: The doctor needed some more of my blood. I am not very good at getting my blood drawn. No one in my family is good at getting their blood drawn. Almost everyone of my siblings has passed out while getting their blood drawn (this includes my two manly brothers who are now doctors, so it's not just a wimpy mind thing). They had taken my blood before at his office and had let me lay down and I did just fine. I told this to the phlebotomist but she waved it off and started telling me about one girl who had fainted and her blood squirted everywhere (not something to tell someone who doesn't do good with blood). She started the draw and a little while later I started seeing spots and I was out. Thankfully, Brady was there and tried to hold me as I convulsed and my arms dropped to my sides. I came to and saw the nurse cleaning blood up and picking up her vials. (I warned her). One thing that freaked Brady out was my eyes stayed open the entire time, he was a little afraid that I had died.
|16 week belly|
Other than that, the appointment went great!!
I'm feeling much better and starting to exercise again. Brady is leaving for two weeks to go to St. Louis so we won't be able to find out the baby's gender for 2 more weeks. I'm so excited for this summer.
We are having a GIRL!! This is what Brady and I have been thinking the whole time, but it is nice to have it confirmed finally. I'm excited to have a mini me running around and to have a Daddy's little girl that will have Brady wrapped around her finger. This little girl is going to be so spoiled rotten, I can't wait! Brady has started working with me as my intern this summer. He is doing research and will be my assistant for a few weeks. I'm so excited to spend time with him. I love any and all latin food! Chips and salsa, burritos and especially cucumbers dipped in hot sauce!!
We went to Utah for some fun vacationing. It started off pretty rocky though, Our flight was delayed going from Kansas City to Denver, which made us miss our connecting flight to Utah and the earliest we would get to Utah would be after the TWO showers for baby girl. So we tried to make it earlier by flying from Denver to Vegas. We then had to spend the night at the Vegas air port. This was incredibly uncomfortable and I did very little sleeping! Then that flight was delayed so we ran through the air port and got on a different flight. To say we were flustered would be an understatement but I was so glad when we finally made it!
We had a shower at Heidi's house with the Webbs and some friends. It was a library/Dr. Suess theme and turned out so cute. We left from that to go to Stokers for another shower with the Burtenshaws. We played so many games and baby girl was spoiled at both showers!!
Next we vactioned like the best of them. We went to Pine View for a week with the Webbs and Bear Lake with the Andersons. We played at the lake and had a great time with the family. I did have a few contractions because of dehydration but some gatorade and a bath helped slow things down.
We also found out that baby girl had a cyst on her choroid plexus. We were extremely nervous and stressed but by the time we had a second ultra sound it had shrunk and was clinically insignificant.
My friend Brianna threw me a shower and it was incredible. I don't have any pictures from it but it was darling and we had such a great time and yet again, baby girl was spoiled!!
I'm still working and I am extremely tired, but I love being pregnant. Brady threw me a surprise birthday party and I have never been so surprised!! It was a fun pizza and four square party. Later that week I went in for a check up and they said that it looked like fluid was pooling so they sent me over to the hospital and told me I would probably would be having my baby. We were planning on buying a bunch of baby stuff that weekend so we were very nervous! We did a non-stress test and then a stress test and everything was fine so the doctor said to come back in next week but to take it easy. That weekend we went to Columbia and spent lots of time buying everything we needed for the baby and relaxing! We went to a movie, I got a pedicure and we ate delicious food!! It was a great weekend before the baby.
They checked my fluid levels and they were pretty low so then sent me to the hospital. This was Thursday and Boling wanted to wait a little longer and he could tell I was extremely nervous. So he told me to go home and to come back on Monday and we would see how everything looked. That weekend was conference weekend and it was perfect. We spent Saturday and Sunday listening to our church leaders and preparing for our little girl. As the weekend passed, I kept having this feeling that Monday would be the day! Friday night I had a dream about a little girl with blonde hair named Claire. Up to this point, I was pretty sure I wanted to name the baby Scarlet. We didn't make any decisions but we got the bag packed and finished up the nursery.
36 Weeks and 6 days
Monday morning we made french toast with fruit and eggs. I had read somewhere that you wanted to eat a BIG meal before going to the hospital so that you could have strength through labor. We checked in and got settled in our room. My nurse turned out to be Dr. Boling's wife Debbie. She started to put in my IV and I got extremely faint. I was laying down so when I started coming to I got so nauseous. Brady grabbed a garbage can and up came my BIG breakfast that was supposed to help me get through my labor. Debbie was so sweet and didn't seem to mind at all!
Dr. Boling came in and broke my water, there wasn't much left. Then we decided to place my epidural. The anesthesiologist came in with two students and let the students place the needle. Brady was in front of me and watching the whole thing while I leaned into him. At one point, they hit a nerve that sent strong pains down my leg. Brady got so nervous that I was going to be paralyzed that he started getting light headed. He then PASSED OUT and all the nurses and a few of the doctors ran to him and lowered him into a chair. The needle was still very painful but I was laughing SO hard that they finished putting the needle in and left. I was so uncomfortable but didn't know if it was normal so I waited for a while but couldn't handle it anymore and they came in and re-positioned the needle. It felt tons better and I was able to relax.
For the next six hours we enjoyed labor by playing games, talking to family and napping! Finally I was at a 9 and the doctor told me I could start pushing! I am a very competitive person so when the nurse told me to push for 10 seconds, I pushed for 3 hours and near the end I was so exhausted that I was sure I wouldn't be able to continue. Brady was able to deliver her and the nurses kept me going. My epidural ran out and so by the end I was in a LOT of pain. But as soon as they placed that warm, beautiful baby on my belly, EVERYTHING was PERFECT. I have never experienced joy like that. It was the closest to heaven I have ever felt.