First of all I can’t even begin to describe how excited we are to be having this little boy! And thank you so much to all the love and support from everyone who has reached out and prayed for this sweet sweet boy.
What’s the back story?
If you are new around here I will try and catch you up in a short and sweet way. My husband and I had been trying to get pregnant for quite some time before we decided to seek help. I am a planner at heart so when this wasn’t working for us I took it really hard. I saw my doctor in December of 2020 and expressed my concerns and asked if there was anything she could do for us before seeing a fertility specialist. She ran typical blood work, which all came back normal, and then an internal and external ultrasound along with a Hysterosalpingography. Which is a very long word for an uncomfortable procedure where they shoot dye into your fallopian tubes to see if there is any blockage. Ding Ding Ding, my right fallopian tube was completely blocked off with scar tissue. This was then causing a fluid to back up into my uterus so even if I had a successful fertilized egg from the other side the fluid would sleep it from implanting. I did still go see a fertility specialist which led us to find out I had a low AMH, which means low egg count and I was highly encouraged to do IVF once I got my tube removed. I did decide to have the fallopian tube removed in March 2021. For the rest of the story on that process, and us deciding to hold off on IVF you can check out this youtube video here.
How did I find out I was pregnant?
I actually had a chemical pregnancy in June of 2021, this hurt so bad. It had happened before, but I wasn’t expecting it to happen again after I had my surgery. But, we decided to stay positive and see that my body is moving in the right direction! My husband is a state trooper, and is currently working shifts on and off at the border. Which means he’s gone for 2 weeks at a time. Well, while he was at the border I missed my period. I didn’t think anything of it, because honestly after surgery my periods weren’t very consistant, and it’s very possible for your period to take 4 to 6 weeks to return after a chemical pregnancy or miscarriage. When my husband got home (around 8am, exhausted from a 6 hour drive) I took a test. I couldn’t look at it though. So he walked into the bathroom and picked it up. He looked down at it and then at me as he flipped it around and once I realized it said positive I noticed the giant smile on his face! I jumped into his arms with so much excitement. Excitement from a positive test, but also excitement knowing I should be 6 weeks pregnant if the math was right which is further than I had ever gotten!
How did we tell our families?
A couple of fun stories…we told my mom the same day we found out, but she wasn’t too surprised because she knew it had been 6 weeks since my chemical pregnancy and just knew I had to be pregnant. But we still cherish telling her and my siblings the month prior with a onesies that says “Hand picked for earth by my Pop in Heaven”. A little angel sent to us directly from my dad!
Jordan’s parents, we drove all the way to their house on a SUNDAY. For those that don’t know they live about 7 hours away from us. We called them after they were back from church and told them we had a package delivered to their house and we were notified it was delivered, but it would take both of them to bring it in. Jordan’s dad was a little difficult asking “who delivered packages on a Sunday?” But it worked out perfectly. They both came out to the front yard and both happened to be looking toward the opposite side of the house. We came from around the corner and walked toward them. My shirt saying “I’m Pregnant” and Jordan’s saying “hi Pregnant, I’m Dad!” They were so shocked! His dad was so excited, and his mom was just so excited we surprised them that it took her a minute to even realize what we were really surprising them with!
What pregnancy symptoms did you have?
Honestly this is hard for me to answer, I waited for so long to get pregnant everything that showed up I was almost grateful for. But, I am also grateful I have been very fortunate to have never thrown up. Well, other than having the stomach bug during my first trimester. I was for sure nauseous the first trimester and learned quickly getting as much sleep as I could and consistently snacking all day really helped! I was also very exhausted all the time. When Jordan was gone at the border I was happily going to sleep at 7:00-7:30pm. Liquids were hard for me to keep down also, but other than that it wasn’t bad!
Are you still working out?
My working out has significantly changed. I used to go to spin class regularly but then having surgery I had to stop. By the time it was okay for me to pick back up I was told it was a possibility it could have been keeping me from getting pregnant so I stopped all together. I would like to pick it back upm but was concerned since I wasn’t doing it leading up to being pregnant it wasn’t the best. I now walk about 2 miles every other day, and do the belly only pregnancy course through postpartum cure!
How was your first appointment?
Our first appointment was incredible. For those who don’t know I lost my dad last December and our confirmation appointment in August fell on his birthday. It was like a little gift from him to show me this was all going to be okay! Jordan was able to attend the first and second appointment because an ultrasound was done at each of them. The first one was very exciting and overwhelming. I should have been 8 weeks, but the baby was measuring 7 weeks. They asked us to come back in 2 weeks to re measure and confirm if my due date needed to be moved. After our first baby pictures Jordan took me to Kolache Factory and buy buy baby where we got our little man his first book, Goodnight Moon. When we returned 2 weeks later I was not measuring at 10 weeks, so he was just small in the beginning and we are still right on track!
Overall the whole experience has been great. We have had the time of our life picking things out, adding to the registry and planning where everything will go! I started showing way earlier than most people I know, granted I’m also way shorter than most people I know. I double up on the stretch mark oils and creams everyday!