Monday, October 13, 2014

Baby Ryan: The Details

I guess we have to take this all the way back to June of last year. Yes, June 2013. I don't remember the exact date, conversation or anything, but that's about when we decided to "let's just see what happens" and stop using birth control/protection. I had been ready for a baby for awhile, John wasn't quite ready yet, but we both knew it could take awhile. I was 29 years old (old in the doctors book) and had a history of irregular periods, annovulation, and PCOS. We knew it could be hard for us to have a baby.

Fast forward to November 2013 and we finally met with a Reproductive Endocrinologist, mainly to just see what was wrong with me and figure out why my periods were so irregular. Not necessarily to start any fertility testing or treatments. All of my blood work came back good, but my ultrasound showed I had classic PCOS signs. I was told to track my ovulation for 3 months and then return with my findings and we would go from there. When you have irregular periods, tracking ovulation is hard. Sometimes I could track it, sometimes I couldn't. We still weren't 100% ready to go forward with any fertility testing after 3 months of trying that so we decided to wait on going back to see him.

And then in February of this year, we found out we had gotten pregnant on our own, but unfortunately it ended in miscarriage. After that, I 100% knew I was ready to be a mom, but I knew I needed time to recover and deal with the loss.

We both decided in June that we would go back and see the RE and just see what he says. We would do whatever fertility testing was recommended to just see what was wrong with us. We had a very productive visit. They decided our first step would be 3 rounds of Clomid. Since I had gotten pregnant before, he knew I had at least 1 tube open and at least some of John's sperm was doing it's job. :) If in 3 months we weren't pregnant with Clomid, then we would do the necessary tests to make sure that we could actually get pregnant on our own. The nurse gave us our schedule of when I was supposed to take the medicine, to ovulate, when to have sex, etc. It was alot of information.

After we left that visit, we still weren't 100% sure we would start Clomid with my next cycle.
We had some time to think about it and to decide. In the mean time is when all the confusion was going on with John's job and the house. We didn't know what job he was going to take, where we were going to live, etc. Then I started my period on July 3rd so we had to make a decision soon. I was due to take Clomid on July 7th if we were going to start it with this cycle. I decided I was going to take it at night (if I were going to start it) so even on July 7th up until bed time we still weren't 100% sure. We want a baby, but are we ready? Is this a good time? So many questions and reservations, but so much want in our hearts too.

And as most of you probably have figured out, I took my first dose of Clomid on July 7th and took it for 5 days. I started tracking ovulation around Day 12 of my cycle, I ovulated on Day 18 and then you know the rest. ;)

On Wednesday, July 30th I went in to the RE for an ultrasound of my ovaries because with Clomid you have a risk of getting ovarian cysts. My ovaries looked good so the nurse told me to take a pregnancy test that Sunday. I had all sorts of emotions going through me. I could be pregnant.

I stopped at Target on my way home to pick up some things and decided to grab a box of pregnancy tests too. I should also mention that during this time we were living in a hotel. We had put our house on the market and had so many showings scheduled, we had to get out of the house with the cats. That night, I decided to do a test even though she told me to wait until Sunday. It was positive. I was pregnant. There was no go out and surprise John with a cute little card or cake or onesie. I walked out of the bathroom of our small hotel room and said, "well I'm pregnant!" We didn't want to get excited yet, because it was early. I had had a false positive before.

The next morning I did a test and it was negative. Then later that day positive. And then finally Friday morning, another positive. We knew at that point, I was pregnant! We could finally be excited and start talking about baby stuff and not gonna lie, things like "oh shit, what are we going to do!" came out of both of our mouths multiple times. But we were going to be parents!

I called the nurse Monday morning, I went in for my HCG blood work 3 different times and it was all perfect and rising and doubling like it should.

And on Thursday, August 21st, we got to see our little miracle for the very first time. I was 6 weeks and 4 days pregnant. We could see the heart beating and the baby measured exactly on track. The first thing out of John's mouth was "There's only one in there right??" With Clomid you have a 1/20 chance of having multiples... haha! And yes, there's only one!

Because I was seeing the RE, I got to go back in 2 weeks and see the baby again. On Tuesday September 2nd, I got to see our baby and hear the baby's heart beat for the first time. I was 8 weeks and 2 days pregnant. 

The next week I had some spotting so I went in to check on the baby and everything turned out fine. That was Friday September 5th and we finally had a "baby." The ultrasound tech showed me the baby in 3D and I was just absolutely amazed at the way the human body can work. The baby was moving all around. It was crazy. I was 9 weeks and 5 days pregnant. 

The RE released me to start seeing my regular doctor so on September 29th I got to see our baby for the 4th time at my regular OB's office where I was 12 weeks and 1 day pregnant. The doctor said everything was progressing normally, I had all my prenatal blood work done and here we are today! 

I am currently 14 weeks pregnant and plan on posting more in the next week about how we told our family and friends, answering all the questions you've had and starting my weekly bump pictures/updates! 

Thank you so much for all of your facebook, instagram and blog messages and congratulations! They all mean so much to both of us!



Tricia Nae said...

I had chills reading this!! I always get so excited for people when they find reading those kind of stories!! I'm I always panic that I may be too old...but I'm believing for it!!

Congratulations again y'all!! I can't wait to read more!! Y'all have an exciting couple of months ahead of you! New house and new baby!!!!

Darby Hawley said...

This is so wonderful! I'm so glad Clomid worked for y'all on the first try and you didn't have to deal with the scheduling for too long. What wonderful news to learn that Baby Ryan is on the way. I can't wait to follow your pregnancy and bump dates :-) Will the house be done before the baby comes?

Tamara said...

I am so excited for you guys - I know you are SO ready for this new adventure!

Erin @ Happily Obsessed said...

Eeekkk so so so exciting!!! Can't wait to follow along!

Katie said...

Savanah, this is so exciting!! I'm so happy for you! I 100% know how you feel about should we start now or should we wait or are we ready... Hahaha. But something will always not be perfect, so why not go for it now! I'm so glad you're going to blog about your journey-- can't wait to read along!! :)

crazyperfectlife said...

I had chills reading this! Such an amazing story, and so uplifting!! I hope you and the baby stay healthy! Can't wait to read more!

Jenn @ West Sac Honey said...

So exciting! That's great news!!

Jamie said...

Isn't the blogging world so wierd?! I don't write on my blog anymore but I still follow so many bloggers and it's so funny how we can be so excited about the lives of people we've never even met...

That being said, I'm so happy for you and your husband! Can't wait to read more :)

Allie said...

That's so exciting, congrats on your growing family!

Ericka said...

I'm so glad everything worked out for you!! I can't wait to follow along on this new journey :)

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