Monday, October 12, 2015

Our Little Love

Hi there! It's been a while friends! Our lives have completely changed since my last post. First of all, we found out we were expecting a little boy in March at our gender reveal party. Finding out the gender with all of our closest friends and family was absolutely one of the most exciting times in our lives. We had no clue because we had the ultrasound tech put the gender in an envelope. One of my Mom's best friends was the only person who knew because she had to put the confetti in the balloon. It was amazing!! Once we found out we would be having a boy, it was go time for shopping and preparing for his arrival. Now that I look back on things, I probably went way overboard. But, he is our first baby and what the heck!



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Fast forward seven months and here we are today! We moved from San Diego to Virginia Beach in June. We are loving our new city but definitely miss our old one! We bought a beautiful house here in Virginia and look forward to all the memories to come. We welcomed our handsome little boy on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 5:12 AM. He weighed 7 lbs 8 ounces. I labored for 25 hours and got all the way to 9 cm before my body shut down and didn't want to finish the job. Jerk. I was given pitocin to speed things along and within a few hours, we were welcoming our little one into the world! Everyone says it but I really never knew how much you could love someone until I held him in my arms. My whole entire world changed at that very moment! 



In the six short weeks that we have become parents, we have consumed outrageous amounts of coffee and functioned on minuscule amounts of sleep - I don't even know how I am typing this right now. But, it's great. Our life is wonderful and we are so blessed. Parenthood is incredible and I can't wait for all things to come! Well, I think that's it for now. I need to go give Daddy a break! Cheers friends. 







Welcome to the world, Andrew Layne!
PS. Penelope adores him! XO

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Answered Prayers

We began our last try with an IUI on November 18, 2014. If this treatment was not successful, we would move to IVF which would cost us money that we did not have saved up yet. If this IUI did not work, the cost of IVF was settling in and our stress levels were rising. We wanted this treatment to work so badly for many reasons. But, most importantly, we were both so ready to be expecting parents! 

The daily injections began on November 21st and continued through December 2nd. We had four ultrasounds and three blood tests during this time frame. On December 2nd, the ultrasound revealed that we were ready to move forward with the IUI. We were scheduled on December 4th for the procedure. Without getting into too much detail, we had great numbers on the sample with 100% mobility. Yay!! For the first time, we both had a huge amount of confidence that this would be the one! I waited as long as I could to take a test. I lasted 10 days!! And, hey! That 10 days felt like FOREVER! After waiting the super long 3 minutes, I saw a faintly positive test and immediately started crying. Daniel thought it was negative until I could get the words out of my mouth that it was NOT negative! Since I tested at home on a Sunday, I had to wait until Monday to go in for a blood test. The numbers came back good on the blood test but since we went through fertility treatments, they wanted to monitor the levels over the next few days to make sure they were increasing and it was a normal pregnancy. 

Daniel's parents arrived the next day to spend a few days with us! I had to go back to the doctor several times for blood tests while they were visiting so there was no keeping the secret from them. It was so special being able to tell them in person that they would hopefully be grandparents again...very soon! They were so excited for us and his Mom even told me that she feels like this is the one and everything will be okay! On December 20th, after three more blood tests, the doctor confirmed our pregnancy! I'll never forget this moment. We were out to lunch with the parents at Seaport Village in San Diego, California. It was a chilly afternoon. Honestly, my words can not even begin to describe how I felt in that moment. I just hugged my husband and thanked God for this blessing. 

I was leaving for Florida in a few days to visit family for Christmas.  Daniel wasn't able to make it this year because of work. I had labels made for wine bottles to give to my parents, my brothers and their wives. It was the greatest news that I couldn't wait to share with our family.



When I got back from an incredible visit with family, we had our first official ultrasound. On January 5th, we heard our baby's heart beat for the very first time. From that point on, our hearts were wrapped around this incredible little miracle that we can not wait to meet and hold in our arms! In that moment, I knew that everything we went through was worth it. All the heartache, painful injections, ultrasounds, blood tests, negative pregnancy tests and years of trying for a baby- all of that had led to this very moment! We never gave up. Of course, we had our hard times. We had our days where we questioned things. But, we never stopped praying and hoping for this baby. 

We are nearing the end of our first trimester as I write this post. Today, I'm 13 weeks and 3 days. So far, I've had a pretty good pregnancy. Although, the fatigue is no joke!! I was only nauseous for the first few weeks but never got sick. Hopefully it continues on that way! Baby D did give us a little bit of a scare last week which led us to the ER. Everything checked out okay though. We went to the doctor this past week and Baby D looks healthy and has a strong heart beat! 

I just want to take a little time to thank each and every one of you who prayed for us, thought of us, cried with us and supported us through this journey! We hold each and every one of you very near and dear to our hearts! XO