Baby #2 - The Journey Begins

Tuesday, September 20, 2011



Thank you for all your sweet comments on Jillian's exciting news! She just couldn't wait to tell you any longer.  I also appreciate all the sweet tweets, emails,  and Facebook messages too!

We are so blessed to have so much support in our lives from family, friends, and from all of you!  I am so excited to be back and to share with you what has been going on with us these past two months. I hated to take such a long blogging break, however,  morning sickness really gave me no choice. I was sick 24/7 and just felt it was the right thing to do.  Any spare moment that I did feel good, I wanted to spend with Jeff and Jillian. And, not being able to blog was strangely stressing me out.  I felt the “Gone Fishing” excuse was the best way to let everyone know I was still here but had to step away from the blogging world for a bit. I keep hearing from a few of you that “you had your suspicions” because of the bloggy break which cracks me up. You all seem to know me too well!!!

To answer a few of your questions, I am 14 weeks and due on March 19th.  We will be finding out the gender to this baby too, our appointment is set for October 21st!!!  It’s been a bit of a roller coaster of a pregnancy so I will probably break up my story in a few separate posts to catch you up to where we are today.  I really want to document this second pregnancy as much as possible so you will have to bare with me as to how detailed I will probably be!

I received a positive pregnancy test the evening of July 11th, literally six hours after I signed up to be a Thirty One Gifts consultant.  To say that God was speaking to me and showing me the way is an understatement.  My intentions of signing up to be a Thirty One Gifts Consultant was to establish my own business hopefully before a Baby #2 arrived.  I continue to think about the possibility of becoming a stay at home mom and apparently the timing of my decision couldn’t have been more perfect.  I decided to take a pregnancy test that evening because I knew my monthly friend was due some time that day and she still hadn’t shown up yet.  I happen to have a few extra tests on hand and decided why not? It was the first month we had started to try again after our last loss so I really had no clue what to expect.  I was pretty much convinced that I wasn’t pregnant. After dinner, I told Jeff what I was going to do and asked him to keep an eye on Jillian who was still finishing her dinner.  I am surprised on how casually I handled this test. Usually I am a hot mess in anticipation of the result but this time I just took it and set it on the counter expecting a negative result. You can imagine my surprise when I started to notice a strong double line showing up! I took the test downstairs with me with a shocked look on my face.  I handed the positive test to Jeff and we were both stared at it in amazement! We were both so excited but cautiously optimistic because we had just been through this same scenario two months before.

I decided for this pregnancy to contact my Infertility Specialist right away to do the HcG Testing. We were blessed not to have done any kind of infertility drugs or treatment, however, I had met with him recently to discuss the two losses that I had after Jillian.  He knows my history with infertility and recurrent losses so I wanted this pregnancy to be handled very carefully by him.  My doctor ordered three HcG tests which came back at 796, 1554, and 3397 which were all very strong numbers! We were off to a good start and now had to wait a few more weeks for the 7 week ultra sound to show a heartbeat.

As you can imagine with everything we have been through, I am pretty much a ball of nerves and full of prayer every day.  I pray that we get to meet our little baby in March. We feel unbelievable blessed by God every day to be pregnant again and to be this far along. I am so looking forward to enjoying this pregnancy and embracing this rare gift that God has given to us again! I know now more than ever what a rare gift every pregnancy is and can’t wait to enjoy and cherish every moment!

18 comments:

  1. Hugs!!!! I read this and am so excited and happy for you! Prayers being sent from me as well!

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  2. I'm so happy for you & I'll definitely being saying some prayers!!

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  3. Hooray!!! I am thrilled for you Karen! Everything will be just fine. Prayers are being sent to you from all of us. *Smiles*

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  4. Congratulations Karen on baby #2!!!! What wonderful news! God is SO good!

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  5. Yay! You find out te gender on my daughters first birthday! So happy for you and your growing family!!

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  6. Congratulations on baby # 2!

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  7. This is such great news,K! You are so far along, that's terrific and good for you for keeping something just between the family for a while! I'm praying for you too!

    XO

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  8. Such happy news. Love the pregnancy test times two. Had to do a double check. I think that is the birthday of my dear friend's daughter. I'm so excited. Can't wait to find out the news of boy or girl.

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  9. Congratulations!!!! :)

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  10. Congratulations! I am over the moon for you! Take care of yourself, we won't hold it against you if you put up a "Gone Baby Growing" sign on here!

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  11. Congratulations! I am so happy for you! I am praying right now for you and a healthy baby :)

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  12. Loved reading this! Can you believe my first hcg # with Brody was 11?! Ha! You have great numbers!

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  13. Hugs to you. I'm so excited for your family. I can totally relate and understand the nerves so if you ever want to talk, I"m here on facebook and on twitter. I don't wish those nerves on anybody, but sadly anybody that's gone through loss can't help by live cautiously. Your numbers were fantastic :)

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  14. What wonderful news, Karen! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

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  15. Karen!!! Jumping up and down over here, congratulations!!! So happy for you guys:) Wow, Oct. 21st is going to be here before you know it, so exciting!! How is it being pregnant while having to look after a toddler? Will keep you and your beautiful family (can't believe how grown up Jillian looks- her hair is awesome!) in my thoughts and prayers!!

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  16. Congratulations :)!

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