Happy 36 weeks! Welcome to your lodge. Now give us all the scoop!
welcome to your lodge!!!
<3 Dh Jason 3/22/03
Baby #4 11/24/13
Welcome to your lodge! I am looking forward to your journey.
Mommy to three gorgeous girls
at 6 weeks 22/10/09
Welcome to your lodge, I look forward to following your story!
Yea another December mommie! Welcome to your lodge, I can't wait for your story.
DH Brad ~ Married 6, together 8yrs
Mom to Anthony ~ 7yrs old
"There is only one perfect child in the world, and every mother has one" Chinese Proverbs
In memory of Reed and support of those who love him...
Congrats Cece! Can't wait to follow your homestretch. I love your blog.
Welcome to your lodge!
Hurrah! Lodge time for me!!!! And I'm slow today at work..... so here it goes!
My DH and I met in a pretty funny way. Both of us had been in rather crappy relationships, and had sworn off dating. We had friends who were doing yahoo dating - and they posted our profiles. I wasn't all that keen on the whole online dating thing - but I saw Aaron's profile - and he looked so cute... plus met all this insane critera that I was now using (didn't live at home, had his own car, college grad, had a job, didn't smoke, athletic). But the best part for me - is that he rode a motorcycle! After emailing back and forth for a long time - we finally decided to meet in person. He picked me up on his motorcycle, and we basically clicked right away. We were only going out for ice cream, and ended up hanging out until 11 PM at night (he picked me up at 1 in the afternoon).
We were pretty cautious in the beginning (since we had both been burned so badly in the past). We started dating in June, and both kind of had it in our heads that this was a fun summer fling. In October, we kind of realized it was more than a fling, and ended up moving in together in December. That was in 2001 - and it's been an awesome ride ever since. Aaron taught me how to ride a motorcycle (something I always wanted to do, but was told that girls don't ride motorcycles) and for a while, we had our own 'gang' (I'll post pictures of that!). When we first met, he was into triathlons, and convinced me to try them too (I'm a long distance open water swimmer who likes to ride bicycles, so it wasn't a stretch - but I hate running). We both trained together for Ironman Florida and completed it in 2003.
We also got engaged in 2003 - and married in May of 2004. It was a wonderful wedding in our Aunt and Uncle's backyard - in the same town we ended up buying our house! We bought a house about a year after we got married, and decided it was time to start trying for babies. I always knew I wanted kids, and Aaron actually volunteers time coaching a boys under 12 soccer team. We love kids. I went off the pill in April of 2005. After year, and no pregnancy - I went to my doc. They did loads of tests on me, and found nothing wrong. Then we tested Aaron. Nothing wrong there. Although glad we didn't find any health problems - unexplained infertilty is pretty damn frustrating to say the least. So we decided to see a reproductive endoconoligist (RE). This guy was kind of a jerk - I'm overweight and have been my whole life. But I'm very active (hello, completed an ironman triathlon when I weighed over 200 lbs!!!). He brought up my weight, and I point blank asked him if that was the reason I wasn't getting pregnant. He said no - if that was the reason, I would have tested abnormally on my hormone levels, which I didn't. So - we started with clomid and IUIs. After 3 months of that, the plan was to move onto injectables and IUI (there is a protocol you need to follow for insurance to cover this). In the month between the clomid and the injectables, I found out I was pregnant!
We were so excited, I can't even explain. I was over the moon. After trying for 18 months, I finally managed to get pregnant. I was due in June, and I was picturing my wonderful summer maternity leave with my beautiful baby. I was already thinking of names. We went for the 6 week u/s - and found that it was ectopic. I went from probably the happiest I've even been to such a low, I can't explain. It was horrible. After that, we took 3 months off trying, because of the shot they give you to terminate an ectopic pregnancy is a cancer drug that stops cells from doubling - so even if I could have handled it emotionally (which I don't think I could have) there is a high chance of birth defects.
When we went back to the doc for next steps (now we are in April of 2007) he was always talking about my wieght, and that I should lose weight to do IVF. And I asked why - he never had a reason - but he was really making me feel bad about myself. Like not only was I a failure at baby making - but a fat failure to boot. Aaron finally got pissed with him and the way he made me feel, we decided to switch docs. Best decision ever.
I went to my new doc, and within a month, we did our first IVF cycle. It was crazy scary for me and super emotional - and I did end up pregnant. But my 1st HCG beta - was 37 - not a promising number. It continued to double and double... but ended in a M/C on Dec 21st. I had a D&C the next day.
I was pretty upset about that - but I had this feeling, you know? So I wasn't AS knocked back as I was with the ectopic. I was spotting with this pregnancy pretty much from the day of my first pregnancy test - so I knew somethingw was probably wrong. I didn't know what next steps I wanted to take - but my awesome doc just took over, and told us we would try right away with my next cycle. And we did. And I went in with a lot of hope and a really positive outlook - and we had success! We transfered two embroyos on St Patties day - and got a positive pregnancy test on April Fools day. We had the first ultrasound, where we saw the heartbeat, on Earth day - and I was joking this was my 'Minor Holiday Baby'.
After all that drama - this pregancy has been awesome. Besides a stressful first trimester - which was totally self inflicted - I was just so nervous of another m/c, I've have an incident free pregnancy. I never had morning sickness, been able to continue working out thought the whole pregancy, passed the GD test with flying colors, and at 36 weeks, I'm only up 20 pounds. And I feel great. I love feeling my LO kick, and am totally ready for this next step that my life is taking!
This is already crazy long - I'll get into the whole 'why natural' question next time.
Wonderful intro! Triatholons! That is amazing.
Mommy to three gorgeous girls
at 6 weeks 22/10/09