My first pregnancy lasted 9 weeks before I miscarried, my second pregnancy lasted 39 weeks and my third and final pregnancy lasted 38 weeks. I blogged during Kensington and Smith’s pregnancies but I’ve never done one Shade of Shay on being pregnant, so let’s remedy that, shall we?
Here’s what happened during my pregnancies…
I found out I was pregnant for the first time on May 26, 2007. Andrew and I had been trying to have a baby for a year and had done our very first intrauterine insemination (IUI) to get this pregnancy. I was 25 years old and been told that my reproductive organs were aging faster than my body and that we may or may not be able to conceive, so this pregnancy felt like the end of a marathon. We had gone on this long journey to get here, and we were so grateful and relieved to finally be expecting a baby. My due date was February 7, 2008.
I’m not much of a secret keeping kind of person…I feel like everything is better when it’s all out there, so we told our family and several friends that we were expecting. I always feel like if I’m going to tell them about a miscarriage, I should tell them about a pregnancy. So anyone I knew I would tell in the event of a miscarriage, I told about the pregnancy (I did this all 3 times). For me, this was a good gauge of who to tell.
Pregnancy symptoms…I pretty much began throwing up every single day right away. I immediately hated food yet gained 4 pounds. I was tired, I didn’t enjoy going to work, and I was always sick.
On June 25, when I was just about 9 weeks pregnant, I went in for a typical visit and we learned that this baby did not make it. Worst day of my life. Without a doubt.
My doctors scheduled my D&C for the following morning and just like that…what I thought was the end of my marathon, my mile 26, was just my beginning.
Over the next six months, I did 5 more IUIs…and they all failed.
On January 16, 2008, I was at work one day when my doctor called and said it was time to start my IVF meds. I had taken the previous month off to enjoy the holiday season and therefore stopped all of my fertility drugs. We had decided to kick off the new year with an IVF and it was time for her to call me in a prescription. The routine thing to do is always take a home pregnancy test before you begin any fertility drugs…so, I ran next door to CVS and bought one and then took it in restroom of mine and Andrew’s office. And it was positive.
I walked into Andrew’s office and told him it was positive and he looked as confused as I was. After almost two years of trying and six IUIs, how did I randomly get pregnant? I immediately called my doctor and headed to her office and yup…I was preggers. Without trying. I was due September 21.
And then…there was Pregnancy #3.
It was June 7, 2009 and I had a 8 month old daughter and was getting braces on that morning. I know…braces. I had been dealing with some health issues for years and years and finally found a team of doctors who knew how to fix the problem. I would be needing braces, my tonsils removed and myofuncional therapy. I was dreading all of it. Our local photographer came over and took a few pics of us to celebrate our 8 month old and so that I could have a few family pictures before the dreaded braces…