|My sweet sweet hubby!|
My best friend, life partner, love of my life turns 30 today. He enters a new, more refined and sophisticated, decade (yeah, right)! I still see drinking a little too much, tailgating a little too hard, listening to Kings of Leon and Jay-Z a little too loud in our future. It is, however, a very special and exciting decade...
30 is the year my hubby will become a daddy :)
It worked - WE ARE PREGNANT!!!
We actually found out about 2 weeks ago with the blood test. That morning I was a ball of nerves. Chris and I made plans to meet for lunch and take the call together unsure of what to expect. Per usual, I was running late. I was rushing trying to leave work and checked my email on the way to my car. There it was - an email from Dr. Meyer. "Congratulations on your positive results...". I stopped in my tracks and started crying like a baby in the middle of the parking lot.
Crying and in shock the entire way to the restaurant, I pulled myself together when I got there. I hugged Chris and we walked in to get a table. I immediately went to the restroom to fix my face - for what reason I'm still not sure because waterworks were off and on the rest of the day. When I came out, I couldn't contain the news any longer and blurted out, "they haven't called yet, but I know". The floodgates opening again as I showed him the email from Dr. Meyer.
Once we received the call from the nurses, we started calling all of our families. It was such a surreal, emotional day.
I went back in 2 days later for a 2nd blood test to make sure levels were rising. They were - they were actually tripling. We were officially pregnant! We scheduled our first ultrasound with Dr. Meyer for 2 weeks later - the morning of July 25th, Chris's 30th birthday.
2 weeks seemed like an eternity to wait. I had seen nothing to this point saying I was indeed pregnant. We had the phone calls with test results and that's it. I had also never had a home pregnancy test turn positive. What's a hormonal, pregnant chick to do but pee on a stick! And, it turned positive before I even set it on the counter :)
I actually peed on 2, but whose counting...
We are still very early in the pregnancy. Only 6 weeks. When we found out our fresh cycle worked we were only about 4 weeks which is why we waited until today to update here. We are very aware of how critical these first 8-12 weeks are and what can happen so we are being cautiously optimistic. Most couples don't even reveal their pregnancy until 12-16 weeks. We are a different story. Because we opened up our lives to so many and asked for support and prayers through this battle, we felt it only right to let everyone share in our excitement and good news.
Not every IVF cycle works - we know we are one of the lucky couples. I can't even begin to describe the gratitude and happiness that fills my every being and runs through the tips of my fingers and toes.
What an amazing birthday present for my sweet hubby. All the grueling appointments, ultrasounds, counting and measuring follicles, hormones, bodily torture, highs and lows, 2 week waiting periods, fears - it was all worth it for this moment, this morning when we got to see our little babe's heartbeat. It literally took my breath away. They had done 10 OB scans this morning by the time they got to me, and they said my little one's heartbeat was the strongest so far! Our little miracle is a fighter.
Bring on the morning sickness, swelling, aching, sleeplessness, itchiness and whatever else comes with pregnancy. It all sounds pretty amazing to me. With it, comes a growing belly that holds the hope Chris and I once only dreamed of.
Chris and I fought our way off the lonely, scary island of infertility. We are proof that ART works. Team Boden prevailed and we are seeing our dream turn into real-life. For those couples out there arriving to the island, wavering to make a decision on treatment, in the 2 week waiting period, or gearing up for a procedure - hang on to your hope and each other! Chris and I will be thinking of you!
We are due March 18th - the day after St. Patrick's Day and one of our favorite holidays!
|Just add a bambino with a mustache paci and we're set!|
Please continue to pray for us and that our little one hangs on for the long haul. Because we are so early I continue to be a little wary. But, my heart has never been so full of hope and I have never felt a high quite like this.