Yep, you read that right. My sweet little Alea is going to be a BIG SISTER! If I had to weigh our excitement, I think out of all of us, she’s the most excited. Not even kidding you. I don’t even have much of a bump yet, but she’s already kissing my belly and telling her little baby brother and sister “I love you” and “good night” each and every night before she goes to bed. There was never any doubt in my mind, but I really think she’s going to make a phenomenal big sister!
As many of you know, we struggled to conceive this time around. We weren’t really sure what was going on, but my fertility doctor had an inkling it could be endometriosis due to a few of my symptoms. I decided that we should just “try” some various fertility treatments and see how it went. Well, after a sono HSG, 3 failed timed intercourse cycles with letrozole and a trigger injection, and 2 failed IUIs, I finally decided it was time for a explorative laparoscopy to see if the doc was right after all.
Sure enough, she was. Those doctors, I tell ya, sometimes they just know better than us silly patients. I came out of surgery with a diagnosis of stage 2 endometriosis with a touch of ovulatory dysfunction that was already previously determined and a little bit of hope, as she was able to remove all that she found as well as a small fibroid on my uterus. Usually people don’t get all excited when they receive a diagnosis like that, but it made me feel so much better to know we had an “answer” to our problems.
And that’s exactly what it was… an answer.
Our “try on our own” cycle after my surgery was our first successful cycle. I was 6 days late and finding every excuse to put off taking a pregnancy test “just one more day” till one morning I woke up and felt “at peace”. I don’t know how else to explain it. I decided if it was positive, we’d be over the moon (of course) and if it was negative, then we would move forward with an IUI as planned that next month.
But… it was positive! Those two pink lines started to show up so fast I didn’t even think it was real. It was such a surreal moment and I’m still a little bit in shock!
I’m currently 11 weeks and 6 days today and due on October 27th!
I’ve been insanely nauseated, but it was to be expected since I was sick when I was pregnant with Alea as well. Being I found myself hooked up to IV fluids and receiving IV Zofran (an anti-nausea medication) at around 7 weeks, I’d say I’m a little more sick this time around! Thankfully, it’s starting to feel *a little* better and I’m only using my Zofran prescription when I absolutely have to. Otherwise, I’m surviving on ice water and mints and basically eating around the clock just to keep something in my stomach.
I promise I’m not complaining — the nausea means that things are progressing, my body is producing an adequate amount of hormones to maintain the pregnancy, and I’m pregnant. And for that, I’m so very thankful. Nausea in pregnancy is bittersweet, but for me it feels a little more sweet than bitter and I feel so very blessed to even be where I’m at right now.
I’ve also been very tired and sneaking a nap or two here and there and falling asleep drooling on the couch around 8:30pm every night. I don’t know about you, but I love sleep. The more sleep the better my friends! (Gotta get it in before baby gets here anyways, right?)
All in all, we are oh so very thankful for that little gummy bear growing inside of me. I can’t even put into words how excited, over-joyed, and thankful I feel for this pregnancy. We’ve wanted this so bad for so long.
And here we are.