Wednesday, March 30, 2016

10 weeks

One of my favorite moments as a midwife is finding an early baby's heartbeat for the first time. My patients tell me all the time that seeing it on the ultrasound screen is one thing but hearing it for the first time is even better. I have cried with women countless times as they hear that fast thumping heart for the first time. I have cried with patients and friends as we discovered that their baby no longer had a heartbeat. I have also rejoiced with women as we find the heartbeat on ultrasound after minutes and minutes of unsuccessfully searching with the doppler.

At just 9 weeks and 3 days we heard the heartbeat for the first time. I couldn't believe my ears as I heard that fast little heart just beating away. Every time I've found the heartbeat for another mama I've wondered what it would be like to hear my baby's heart beating for the first time. I've wondered what it feels like just to be pregnant. Now I know just what it's like. It's incredible. It's amazing. It's a miracle. Only God could have created this.





Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. God hears our prayers and blesses those who trust in Him. I am unbelievably blessed and appreciate the ability to share this time with all of you.

Current gender/surprise status: Adam wants to keep it a surprise and I want to find out! When we hit 16 weeks he will make a final decision. It will be funny to see how many times we both flip flop between now and then.

Brennan was my assistant tonight for a quick photo update. She couldn't resist getting in front of the camera herself.





Side note: deep fried pickle spears.... wow!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Happy 9 Weeks Baby Snowflake

We made it to another milestone!  We are officially 9 weeks which means 6 fewer pills per day and no more suppositories!  Baby snowflake is really starting to take shape. You can see a head, body and little arm and leg buds. Baby is about the size of a grape and has a strong heartbeat!

Brennan is already in love. She says that baby snowflake is a sister and that her name is Molly. My 5 year old sister-in-law calls her sparkle princess unicorn or something along those lines. In this 9 week ultrasound you can see how much the baby has changed in such a short amount of time. Watch closely at the end and you can see baby move!



Before Adam and I even started trying I remember telling him that I had to have a daughter. I am one of six girls and I absolutely adore my mother. I couldn't imagine never getting to experience that mother-daughter relationship. I told him that if God only gave use boys then we would adopt a girl. Well God decided we would adopt our girl first.

Adam is IN LOVE with Brennan. He is wrapped around her littler finger. She turns into the sweetest little snuggle bug when daddy is around.  They are best buds and he wouldn't change her for the world. They golf, they fish, they play with the doggies, they wrestle, they gang up on mommy. But he would love a little boy. I imagine because he wants to experience the relationship that he shares with his father but from the other side.

We go back and forth on whether or not we should find out the gender. I have my little girl and would love for my husband to get his little boy. I would also love for Brennan to have a little sister.

So now you get to weigh in.  Comment on this blog post with whether or not you think we should find out the gender and why!!



Prayer requests: Help us make it out of the first trimester! 

Please help me pray for a new friend who is waiting to find out if her IVF cycle will be giving her a little blessing of her own

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Little Scare

The one thing you don't want to see after you get those two beautiful pink lines is red. I had some bleeding last night, hence the request for prayers. I was fine at first but then it hit me that I may actually lose this baby. The hardest part about working so hard and spending so much time and money to get pregnant is that now the rest is out of my control. I have 7 months of waiting and praying that baby snowflake is ok. 

Several friends have since reassured me that bleeding in the first trimester after IVF is actually quite common because of the increased uterine lining. There were no huge areas of concern on my ultrasound but there was some increased blood flow and possible blood clots. I'm prepared for this to happen again. 

Big milestone to be praying for: the end of the second trimester. 7 long weeks from now. 

Thank you all for your prayers, support and concern. 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Little Flicker

6 weeks 2 days and we have a heartbeat!!

Some people seem confused as to why we call our baby "baby snowflake".  Nightlight Christian Adoptions has a program called Snowflake Embryo Adoption and Donation. They says that just like a snowflake every embryo is a frozen, unique gift from heaven!





Thursday, March 3, 2016

Scrapbook




I initially planned to do these photos just for us but they are too cute not to share. I think I will make a little scrapbook of our journey and use it to explain embryo adoption to our baby to be.


Fertility Center of Charleston - We love Dr. Singleton!


Beautiful Hatching Embryo - Frozen 5 years

First Time I've Ever Seen 2 Lines!

Still the Best Nausea I've Ever Had

Too Early for a Heartbeat But We Saw the Fetal Pole

Someone LOVES Her Baby Snowflake

Reading to Baby

Found the Baby in Mama's Belly




Next up: hoping to see the heartbeat on ultrasound tomorrow!!!