Yup, that really truly is a picture of a positive home pregnancy test. And not just any ole positive home pregnancy test…its MY POSITIVE home pregnancy test!!!
Seems that the Monday after Mary’s Nutcracker performance (Dec. 7), I realized that a certain “visitor” was late…like really late. Like 10-days late. And so I thought to myself…hmmm, maybe all that exhaustion and weepiness that I’ve been experiencing since Thanksgiving isn’t PMS, but baby-itis!
The irony here…after a year of trying unsuccessfully, and turning 40 in August, I agreed to throw in the towel and make peace with my family of four and two adorable blessings. Who needs a 3rd child anyway?
Apparently God thinks I do because almost one year to the day, Chris and I found ourselves once again staring at an early ultrasound screen. Only this time, instead of being told our baby had no heartbeat, we saw the most beautiful fetal pole and flickering heartbeat with little bean measuring 6w1d. Three weeks later, a follow-up ultrasound showed beautiful growth (they even moved my due date up 3 days) and baby had a strong and steady heartbeat.
Oh joy of joys!!!
Today, I officially begin my 2nd trimester. Oh I know what you’re thinking…how in the world could she not share this news sooner? Well it’s not for lack of excitement, but I guess that we have had so many losses (5 in all) and so much drama with our in vitro baby (Mary Catherine) that I just sort of felt like I had used up all of my sympathy quota with folks. (It’s just so darn depressing telling people we are and then we aren’t!)
Missing picture of baby Benjamin at 1-day old!
NOTE TO SELF…Must find external hard drive!!!
So that’s our big announcement! Baby Kueter is due on or around big sister Mary Catherine’s birthday (08/04), but due to my history with gestational diabetes and AMA (that’s ADVANCED MATERNAL AGE for all you young’uns out there!) I will probably be scheduled to deliver (3rd c-section) the last week of July.
And while I don’t know that I will ever quite feel “out of the woods” with this pregnancy (I know I’m letting the devil work his power here!), I have decided to enjoy this last pregnancy for all it’s glory and for as long as God wants me to carry and mother this new life within me.