Monday, March 8, 2010

One Year Ago Today...

I wrote the post below, one year ago today. March 8th, 2009.

Alarm went off at 7:30am. I immediately went to the kitchen and made a huge pot of homemade vegetable soup for lunch. That way Alex wouldn't have to worry about cooking. He had a busy week and weekend, so I wanted him to be able to relax as well, when we arrived home today. He usually takes me through Burger Mama's and grabs lunch, but they are closed on Sundays. Ah Shucks.

Waiting to go to the OR.


We arrived at the clinic at 9:25am. We were the only ones there, so they immediately took us back. I changed into a gown and she took my blood pressure. It was high. I've never had high blood pressure...ever. We were fairly certain it was just anxiety. My stomach was indeed, in knots. I wasn't really nervous, it's just a big day, ya know? She said it was time to head to the OR, so off we went. Once we were settled in the OR, she received a call that Dr. M headed over to the hospital to check on a patient. She apologized and said it would only be about 20 minutes before he returned. It ended up being about a 45 minute wait. While we waited, Alex read to me out of his Bible. He read the story of Hannah. I immediately felt relief. All of those knots in my stomach were gone. We prayed together and I was thankful that we had that time beforehand, just the two of us.

Us in the OR. They won't let Alex take his mask off, but he assured me that he's smiling in this pic. :)


The embryologist came in and told us about our embryos. It was a different embryologist than we normally have. She didn't show us pictures or anything, so I don't have any to post. She said of the two embryos that we were transferring, one made it to blastocyst stage. The other was a nice morula. A morula is the stage they hit, right before becoming a blastocyst. The other two embryos have not made it to blastocyst stage yet, so they will call us tomorrow and let us know if they make it overnight.

Waiting on Dr. M to arrive.

Dr. M arrived and started the procedure. The speculum is the part that I hate the most. Between that and the pressure on your very full bladder, it is quite painful. The nurse told me that if I wiggle my toes and take deep breaths, it can help relax those muscles. She was right...it really helped. He loaded the catheter and we watched, once again, our little babies shoot across the screen to land in the perfect spot for implantation. I was teary-eyed. It's an emotional thing to go through - on so many levels.

Now we're home and Alex is waiting on me hand and foot. We've eaten our yummy vegetable beef soup and are about to take a nap.

We both feel really good about today...about this entire cycle. We continue to pray that God will open my womb and that my body will accept these babies. We're believing that this is our time. :)

Thank you for the prayers, emails, text messages, phone calls, etc. You have offered such encouragement and we're blessed to have you in our lives. You really are the best family & friends that anyone could ask for.

We love you guys,
Alex & Jill

And as we all know...this precious girl was the result of that cycle. God is so incredible. I can't believe how far He has brought us in just one year.

Love to all,

20 comments:

Jesse and Mandy Peterson said...

I really believed that this cycle would result in a pregnancy and I am so thrilled to follow you on your journey as God has answered your prayers and brought you this beautiful girl.

{:miss v:} said...

That is such an awesome story! God is GOOD!

Seraphim said...

I remember this post so well. It goes without saying how happy reading this post makes me xxx

Rebekah said...

I remember reading this a year ago. What an amazing story that you have. God answers prayers in His time! She is just precious.

elainaann said...

I know these memories are incredible, blessed ones to you and Alex. I know that Uncle Andrew and I will never forget the phone call we got while standing next to President Taft's grave in Arlington Cemetery.


By the way, I love you hair the length it is in these pictures!

Faith said...

I remember reading this post and I remember your email telling the answer to prayer! Praise be to God for His wonderful gift!!!

bb and mtb said...

It's fun to look back on the successful cycle and remember the hope. I am so happy that this was the perfect cycle!!

andreajennine said...

Amazing!

Mom of 3! said...

Love this!!!!

Kelly said...

Such a sweet post and thank goodness for that precious miracle!

Momx6 said...

It is amazing and wonderful! She looks like you, smiling!

The McGinley Family said...

I remember this post and I thought of you constantly for 2 week praying and watching for the next blog post!!

Long journey, perfect ending.

And they lived happily ever after... :)

Jenna said...

Thanks for sharing this - a testimony of God's love!

annalee said...

your story has touched my heart and so many others too. love your beautiful smile in the pictures and now amelia's beautiful smile too!

Ashley said...

I remember that post! Looking back, I see such hope and wonderment in your face. I'm so glad your dreams came true and that you have a sweet miracle to call you "momma." Congrats!

Jenna said...

I remember this post!!!! Makes me so happy inside to see that precious little baby girl at the end of it just one year later. God is so good!! Love you friend!

Joy said...

Oh my goodness, I remember that post! Cannot believe that was a year ago!!!

Hilary said...

Pretty amazing if you ask me :) Loved following your blog!! :)

Emily said...

I just started reading your blog and wanted to say what a precious post this is. I teared up sitting here!

The Lynchs said...

What a wonderful reminder of God's sweet love :-)