The month of November is always the start of the hub-bub of birthdays and the holidays. My nephew, Hunter’s birthday is this weekend. My sister, brother and I are all a week a part and the birthdays start November 20th. My husband’s sister, Kristen, is two days before his brother, my and Riley’s birthday. My sister-in-law is four days after my birthday. Three weeks later, Christmas is here. Seriously. Did you follow it all? It’s like one great big party. So I’m trying this year to take the time to remember all that I am thankful for in our life. There are so many things, but I’m most thankful for my family. Last Spring, I shared my story of infertility during Infertility Awareness week. My infertility was a daily struggle that would often come in waves of emotion and frustration. I often felt it was unfair, but I was so thankful for my beautiful little girl that we came to the conclusion last winter that we were meant to be a family of three.
Our infertility was due to ridiculously low hormone levels. My doctor described my levels as pre-menopausal. The only way to control it was through hormone supplements, which made everything more stressful and a lot more emotional. We decided that it wasn’t what we wanted to do and instead we focused our time on our family. Our marriage grew stronger and Joe and I went back to enjoying our time out together with friends and family. This November I am most thankful for our family.
That’s right! Our soon to be family of four! I am 13 weeks and beyond thankful for this amazing gift. We somehow conceived on the 40th day of my cycle so there were quite a few doctor appointments and ultrasounds in the beginning to confirm everything. We’ve told Riley and she is so stinkin cute about it. The other night she was gently pushing back and forth on my belly. I asked her what she was doing and she simple stated, “I’m rocking the baby.” It brought tears to my eyes. I’ve felt great throughout the pregnancy. My biggest complaint was how tired I’ve felt. Due to my low hormone levels, I needed to start taking double doses of prometrium in order to keep everything where it needed to be. Unfortunately, the prometrium makes me extra sleepy, which was part of my inconsistent posts. I’m off of the hormones now and I’m starting to get my energy back.
I am super excited to share the fabulous timing of my Thankful Series that I will be hosting starting tomorrow. You’ll definitely want to stop back tomorrow and meet the fabulous bloggers who are involved in the Thankful Series.
I promise you won’t be disappointed with a round up like this!
Our Greatest Gift by Jenny Melrose