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Happy Labor Day

Happy upcoming holiday weekend! September 1st is an important anniversary for me. It marks one year ago that I found out I was pregnant for the first time. We had been trying for about 6 years and had really given up hope that we would get pregnant naturally. I was about a month from 34 years old, and we had just celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.

I took a test the night of September 1st that had been sitting in my bathroom cabinet waiting for a missed period for about two years. I had been tired with a sore nipples and just kind of off for a couple of weeks. I really wasn’t tracking my period because it seemed to come and go based on my stress level and everything was always negative. My husband suggested I take the test. So I did even though I didn’t really expect anything to come of it. Imagine my surprise when the positive sign showed up. The line seemed a bit feint to me, so I insisted we go to the drug store for a “fresh” test.

Two fresh tests, with 3 more to follow in the next couple days just to make “sure,” we looked at each other shell shocked and then excited. We’re pregnant! We didn’t wait the 12 weeks. We called our parents right away. It was all just too exciting and surreal to keep to ourselves. I’ve never been happier.

The day I got those first positive tests ranks as my happiest day ever. Yes, NICU grad day is up there, too. But this was before my spotting episodes began. Before scares about low progesterone levels, high blood pressure or gestational diabetes. Before those unbearable seconds waiting for a doppler to locate a heartbeat. This was an unshadowed day full of possibilities, wonder and thankfulness for our blessings.

I thank God for that day. It is one I can look back on and enjoy with no PTSD or medical scares to mar it.

On a Drake medical note, his mouth cyst was diagnosed yesterday as a hemanginoma. His ENT wants to take the mostly wait & see approach, but is going to inject a steroid to inhibit further growth when we have his hernia repaired this fall. I’m thankful his doctors can combine the procedures so we only have to do anesthesia once.


Drake’s 3rd Birthday

February 20th, 2015

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