July 1st, 2016, my life changed. I found out that I am pregnant! Yep, this 36 year old is going to have a baby! Therefore, my health journey has changed a bit. I am putting Take Shape For Life on pause until I start feeling better. My nausea is awful and food, other than buttered toast and chocolate milk, sounds gross. TSFL has a great program that I may start up soon called the 3-3. Where I eat 3 mini meals/snacks and 3 lean and green meals. I believe this is for maintenance, but I could see me losing a little and it being really good for my body nutritionally.
My Baby Journey
Many of you might know that when I had my second child, Paisley, 6 years ago I had a rough labor and delivery. My uterus ruptured in 3 different places. While getting stitched up, my doctor said I shouldn’t have any more babies, which was shocking and hard to hear. Then at my 2 week check up, she said, well, wait 3 years for your body to heal and maybe one more. So, three years later, my husband was unemployed for 1.5 years. I went back to teaching first grade for a year to buy him some time to find a good job. Then he did, and that is what brought us to Texas. After getting settled in Texas I was feeling pretty good with two children. I often thought that two kids is so doable. I started thinking about my career and was missing teaching. I even started a small interior design business that still to this day I am thoroughly enjoying. I started getting vain and “selfish” in a way, thinking (hoping) that my family was complete. My husband on the other hand was (more) than ready to start trying again. He got to the point where he was mad and angry with me and our relationship was really struggling.
After a lot of thought and prayer, I agreed to try again, totally trusting Heavenly Father. I got my IUD out July 2014. We have technically be trying for two years. I never had a problem getting pregnant with my first two, so why now? Like I said, I was very trusting of Heavenly Father. Phillip, was not. He thought that I wasn’t getting pregnant because I didn’t want to, and my body knows that. Being in limbo for two years (which I understand in the world of fertility is not very long sadly), I needed to give it my all to get pregnant then if not, move on. I was emotionally drained.
So we went on fertility. We both agreed on 3 months then call it quits. The first month was fine, but I never got a positive on my ovulation stick. The second month my Clomid was doubled and I gave myself a shot to help me ovulate. BINGO. It worked! One month away from quitting and I get pregnant. I truly believe that fertility is a personal decision. But for us, a little science helped us, and I’m grateful for that. I also think losing weight helped. Now I am 11 weeks along. I will deliver with a c-section on week 36 (February) as a safety precaution because the doctor does not want me to contract at all. I am just fine with delivering a little early, so no complaining here.
Now that I’m really pregnant, I look at this recent family picture and I know now that my family isn’t complete yet. We are missing someone. I’m so glad that I have the faith to know that I’m being cared for by a loving Heavenly Father. I’m so excited to be on this path to having another child and adding to this family. The girls are so happy and talk about “it” all the time. My husband…excited is an understatement. Let’s just say that he is happy and more helpful than ever. There will be a 6.5 year gap between my youngest and the baby, so it will definitely be a change around here. Starting all over is a little frightening, but I’m trying to focus on all the positives. I have already picked out my diaper bag for one. Cute huh? https://fawndesign.com