On January 24th we found out we were prego with baby #2!!! So here's the story...
We had been discussing for the past few months when we'd start trying again and decided since we didn't know how long it would take to get pregnant, we should start trying at the first chance. Well just after Beck turned 9 months, the day after Christmas, the first chance to begin trying had arrived. "Here goes nothin'!" we thought. I got out the ol' Natural Family Planning kit and began charting to track the prime ovulation days. In the meantime we contacted my fertility doctor to ask if there was anything special I needed to do, based on my previous fertility issues. He said to call when/if I get a positive pregnancy result and they'd start me on Heparin shots.
So on Sunday, at 28 days into the cycle my friend brings it to my attention that it had been a month and I should start testing. I was just gonna give it another week. I figured since I was breastfeeding and hadn't had a cycle in almost 2 years, my body may be inconsistent and I didn't want to get my hopes up. I honestly just wasn't anxious AT ALL to test (unlike the previous pregnancy) because I did not think we would do it on our own, and especially not the first try. I forgot all about the conversation with my friend, went home, and didn't test. The next day she asked if I'd tested yet and suggested that I test because if I am pregnant I need to start shots. I forgot about it until right before I was going to Panera to meet her and the other girls, and knew she'd ask if I'd tested yet, so I figured I better. Luckily I had one test left. I took the test in the middle of rushing to get Beck dressed and out the door. When I came back to look at it, I thought this can't be right and read over the directions. Sure enough, it read positive. So I grabbed the stick, put it in a ziploc, and headed out to Girls Night. I was shaking the whole drive to Panera, and at every red light I got the stick out to make sure it was still showing positive. I was about 10 minutes late so I assumed everyone would be there when I got there and I'd walk in and show them the test. When I arrived, I was extremely disappointed to find NO ONE there yet! Finally after 5 long minutes they began arriving one by one. Once everyone was there, I put the bag on the table and asked "what is this!?" Immediately, without looking at the results, just seeing that it was a pregnancy test, Amanda says very matter-of-factly and in an "I told you so" way, "You're pregnant. You're pregnant." Then it sinks in and they all started screaming and crying. I on the other hand, I was hyperventilating trying to take it all in.
We spent the next 2 hours calculating how far apart Beck and baby will be (18 months, 1 week), baby's due date (Oct 2nd) and how far along I'll be when we go on our girls cruise in May (20 weeks). Oh and how I'll announce it to MY HUSBAND! Haha! Jamie was at class, and I didn't want to tell him over the phone, and he wasn't supposed to be home til 1am. I had decided to make Beck a Big Brother shirt and put it on him in the morning for Jamie to see. Just after I'd ran to Michaels to pick up all the supplies for the shirt, I was on my way home when Jamie called. He got out of class early and was on his way home. I quickly ran home and made the shirt. I told Brooklyn what was going on and recruited her help. Just as we finished the shirt, Jamie walked in the door. I had Brooklyn inconspiculously videotaping in the background. It was Beck's bedtime, but I told Jamie I had kept him up to tell him good night. I passed Beck to Jamie and this made Jamie read Beck's onesie. He read it out loud and I just waited to see if it would sink in. Finally after a couple seconds he said, "wait a minute! BIG brother!?!" I said "yep" and Jamie didn't believe it. He was laughing so hard (for Jamie!) and kept saying "what!?" So I showed him the stick! We still look at that stick every day in just to make sure!
I took a pic of Beck in his Big Brother onesie and sent it to my family, who were all in shock that, a)we got pregnant on our own, and b)we got pregnant so quickly after just having a baby. We share their shock!
The next day I called nurse Bea at Dr. Gentry's office and told her the great news. She ordered blood work to confirm and sure enough, it came back affirmative! She wanted me to begin taking progesterone pills to ensure a good uterine lining, and begin Heparin shots. I also had to have blood work every few days until my levels reached a safe zone. The hcg levels should at least double every few days, which they did. Once they reached about 1500 I could stop and schedule my first ultrasound.
Dec 26 began cycle
Jan 24 positive test
Jan 26 hcg 82, progesterone 25
Jan 28 hcg 260, progesterone 36
Jan 31 hcg 1300
Feb 17 ultrasound scheduled
After my levels doubled on Jan 26, we decided to announce the pregnancy, even though we'd practically told everyone!
To add craziness to the mix, we had been talking about getting a van this summer in case we got pregnant within the next year. So I contacted my friend Josh who is a dealer in Indy to start the process of selling my SUV and looking at vans. We found out we were pregnant on Monday, we listed the car on Wednesday, and we sold it on Friday. Yep. Insane. Josh was nice enough to loan me a van until he found us the van of our dreams! We will be picking our van up in 2 weeks!
The Lord has proved himself faithful, yet again.
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