Sunday, July 11, 2010

Exciting News!!!

I have BIG news to share!!!!!  And when I say big, I mean big as in how big I’m about to get over the next few months because I’m…….

04-06-10 162 That’s right, Cain will be a………..7-10-2010 Talladega 1592 (2)

Cain was obviously excited and worn out by the good news.

7-10-2010 Talladega 1597 (1) A new little bundle of joy will be joining our family on December 7th!  If you are doing the math in your head you may realize that I’m several weeks pregnant already.  18 weeks and 6 days to be exact!  We are still in shock and very excited. 

I hate that I’m just now mentioning our very exciting news but there are reasons why I waited.  Last October I took several pregnancy tests and they all showed very faint positive pregnancy lines.  After several tests with faint lines I finally went in to have my blood drawn.  The Dr. called the next day to say my HCG level was 12 which meant I had a viable pregnancy.  The next day I started bleeding so I went to the Dr. again and was told I had a chemical pregnancy.  From what I understand, a chemical pregnancy is the clinical term used for a very early miscarriage.  Obviously, we were sad but we knew we would be able to try again. 

Shortly before Christmas I felt I may be pregnant again.  I took a pregnancy test and very quickly it changed to positive.  I was dying to tell Brad but decided it would be a fun gift to give him at Christmas.  I scheduled a Dr’s appointment and once again confirmed that I was pregnant.  That day I bought Cain a big brother shirt, wrapped it and gave the picture to Brad that night as we were opening our Christmas gifts.  

 December 18, 2009 006 Once again, we were both SO EXCITED I was pregnant.  My appointment to confirm the pregnancy was on a Friday and on Monday they called to tell me my blood work showed my Progesterone level was pretty low.  The nurse informed me that Progesterone is the main pregnancy hormone and low levels can lead to miscarriage.  She started me on a Progesterone pill right away.

We traveled to Louisiana for Christmas and broke the news to our family and just a few of our very close friends.  I was nervous to tell anyone because I knew I was at a high risk for a miscarriage.

My first OB appointment was on January 11th.  Brad and I both went to the appointment planning to see our new baby for the first time.  Of course, we were a little nervous knowing that I was at risk for a miscarriage.   Unfortunately the Dr. did not find a baby on the ultrasound.  The sac had formed but the baby had not.  I was told it is called a blighted ovum (also known as anembryonic pregnancy).  A blighted ovum happens when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall, but the embryo does not develop. Cells develop to form the pregnancy sac, but not the embryo itself.

Naturally, I was devastated and couldn’t stop crying.  I’m sure the fact that I was having to take hormone supplements to increase my progesterone didn’t help my crying.  My Dr. gave me the option of having a D&C procedure to remove the sac.  She left that decision up to me but said her suggestion would be to let the miscarriage happen naturally since that would be less invasive.  She then warned me that I may experience quite a bit of pain and handed me 2 prescriptions for pain meds.  This made me cry even more because I was terrified of the pain I may experience.  On top of everything Brad was going to be out of town for work during the week she mentioned I would experience a miscarriage. 

Thankfully, the pain was nowhere near what she explained it may be like.  Don’t get me wrong, there was a lot of cramping and some pain but nothing unbearable like she had warned there may be.  Obviously, I was really sad about the miscarriage but felt it wasn’t as emotionally difficult as it would have been if a baby had formed. 

Our Dr. told us we needed to wait 2 months and then we could try getting pregnant again.  We decided to stop trying for a while but I guess God had other plans for our family and surprised us in the beginning of April when we found out I was pregnant again!! 

Now I’m almost half way through my pregnancy and so far everything is going great.  My progesterone was a little low again and I had to take progesterone pills for the first 12 weeks of this pregnancy.  Other than that everything as been perfect.  I feel the same as I did when I was pregnant with Cain.  I have been very blessed to not have morning sickness with Cain or this pregnancy.  Thank goodness!  I don’t know how you moms who had morning sickness handle it!  It has to be terrible.

If all continues to go well we should have a wonderful Christmas gift this year!

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And here I am at 17 weeks!

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My next appointment is on July 20th.  This will be the big 20 week ultrasound to make sure everything looks okay.  We will also find out the sex of the baby that day.  This is the same ultrasound that we found out about Cain’s heart defects.  Needless to say the closer we get to the appointment the more nervous I become.  At the same time I feel somewhat at peace that everything will be okay.  I have a fetal echo scheduled for July 27th to look at the baby’s heart.  Hopefully we will find out everything looks perfect.  Then I’ll be able to relax and enjoy being pregnant. 


The Simmons Family said...

Congratulations!! We'll be praying that the baby is perfectly healthy in every way!

Stefenie said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am so happy for you and glad that things have gone well this time! Saying many prayers for more good news at your next appt.

ashleycottrell said...

So excited for you. I had no idea you had gone through all that you had. I am so sorry. I know first hand the impending ultrasound is in the back of your mind. Keep positive. Can't wait to hear what you are having!!!

Dr Eva said...

That is such great news (I know I posted that on fb too)!! I am with you on never having had any morning sickness with either one of my girls or this little boy. ;) Of course, you don't even look pregnant at 17 weeks!!!

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