Our Greatest Gift

November 2, 2012 by Jenny Melrose

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!



  • Debbie

    Congratulations on your pregnancy, Jenny! I’m so happy for you and your family. And Riley is just too cute!
    Debbie 🙂

  • Cari

    Congrats again Jenny!!!! I am so happy for you!! Riley will be an amazing big sister:)

  • laurie

    I feel special that I found out the news first:) So we (almost) share a birth month with babies!! I’m so excited for us!! hehe. November is a busy month for us too, it’s both my I have 2 nieces that have birthdays this month and also my nephew. I looove the Holidays though and can’t wait to get started on some christmas themed DIY projects:) Congrats again on expanding the family!

  • Trina @ TeachingMyBlessings

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is so exciting! I am so excited for you! I too had my share of infertility days, ok years! So I can relate. I will be praying all goes well! I can’t wait for your Thankful series. That is an awesome line up!

  • Megan

    Congratulations, Jenny! What amazing news!!

  • kelley @ Miss Information

    Congrats that is fantastic! Don’t worry the tired will be gone soon!

  • Resa Dance

    Oh! I was intently reading your post and then scrolled down, saw your smiling faces, then “13 weeks….!” Made me cry. Congratulations! So wonderful. I’m very happy for you!

  • Heather @ new house, new home, new life

    Congratulations, Jenny. That is amazing news!! Take care of yourself!!

  • Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

    Totally just teared up – so happy for you! Congratulations to you all! Praying for an easy pregnancy and birth! =)

  • Angela

    Congratulations! That’s so exciting!!!

  • Margaux

    Congrats, what a wonderful blessing!

  • Diane Roark

    Blessings and Best Wishes! Diane Roark http://www.recipesforourdailybread.com Visit me anytime.

  • Carrie

    Great big congrats! Enjoy the waves of pregnancy hormones and take good care of yourself!

  • Jess- getSNAZZY.com

    Congrats! What a blessing 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving month.

  • Mel

    CONGRATULATIONS! That is so fantastic!

  • Emily

    Congratulations!! That is so exciting and such a sweet blessing!

  • Kelly

    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! I just got goosebumps! (tear) So happy for you all!


  • Carrie@My Favorite Finds

    Hi, Jenny. Congrats!!! I wish I could jump through the screen and give you a huge hug! God is so good!

  • Jen Rollins

    Congrats Jenny! Would love for you to share this story at the 30 DAys of Thankful Blog Hop going on now @ Don’t Mess With My Tutus! http://sassypantsstudio.blogspot.com/2012/11/button.html

    Keep us posted on the progress!

    Blessings – Jen

  • Addicted to Recipes

    What wonderful news! I hope that the next 27 weeks go very smoothly for you! Congrats!

  • CAS

    That is truly wonderful, Jenny! Congratulations to all of you!

  • Heather

    Congratulations Jenny!! How exciting for your family!!!

  • Melanie


  • Kerry @ Made For Real

    What a miracle! Beyond precious 🙂

  • Kerry @ Made For Real

    What a miracle! Beyond precious 🙂 Congrats!!

  • misssrobin

    Congratulations! Your daughter rocking the baby is one of the cutest things I’ve heard of in a long time. No wonder you cried.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a great weekend.

  • Tricia

    Congratulations!! Sounds like your girl will be a fantastic big sister 🙂

  • Laurel (@abubblylife)

    Congratulations Jenny, so wonderful!!

  • Sara

    Oh my goodness, congratulations!!!! What a wonderful surprise and blessing for you and your family! =)

  • Roberta David

    Congrats to you and your family! I, too, have gone through the infertility blues, and after 12 years of fertility clinics and all the hormone side effects, we were lucky to adopt our two sons, each a day old when we got them. They are now 24 and 21 and they are my life. I’m so happy for you that you have conceived again and are through your first trimester. Great! Good luck, and I’ll keep you in my prayers. Keep us posted!

  • Trish - Mom On Timeout

    Such a sweet, sweet post Jenny! You made me cry!!! I am so happy for you and your family and I had the best time being involved in the Thankful Series – you’re the best!

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