Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rags to Riches

Well, my dear readers (or at least those of you who don't read my private blog), I have a confession.
I have been holding out on you a bit.
I am so sorry, but I didn't really have a choice. I couldn't make this public on this blog until I had a chance to make it public with my boss and colleagues.
Well, if you haven't guessed by now. . .
I am pregnant.
I had an ultrasound last week which showed a perfect little baby, with a gorgeous little heartbeat, and a fantastic due date of October 12, though this little one will likely make an appearance at 36-37 weeks, based on my past issues with HELLP (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001892/) and the fact that I am already spilling a tiny bit of protein in my urine as well as having some platelet issues that they will be monitoring as my pregnancy progresses. I am currently 11 weeks, three days pregnant. Everything looks wonderful so far, and though we aren't Facebook-public yet, now that my boss knows, I wanted to also share with you here.
To answer the questions that I am sure you will have:
1) No, this wasn't planned.
2) Yes, I was on the pill. AND we used a condom (because I have a history of ovulating while on birth control). And we DTD no where near when I would usually ovulate. This baby is MEANT to be! :)
3) I will continue to work after a very brief maternity leave (brief because I will not have been at my new job for a year and am therefore not eligible for FMLA, but of course, will be eligible for the 8 weeks of medical leave for the c-section).
4) Our nanny is thrilled and willing to take on a third baby (THANK GOODNESS!).
5) We are moving. We bought a new home with a much-needed fourth bedroom. We close April 25 and plan on moving in the next day.
6) Initially, I was very surprised, to put it mildly. I was very overwhelmed with the timing, since I had just returned to work. I was afraid of how my boss would react, but he was very happy for us and 100% supportive (recall that I worked for him before and he knows our history).
7) After the intial feelings of "Wh-wh-wh-what?", I have now moved on to the thrilled stage. For a woman who once stood in a Hallmark store wondering if I would ever have a child to buy me a birthday card that said Mom on it, to having three children that I will be celebrating birthdays with?? Well, let's just say that my experiences with infertility taught me one thing: Babies are not a guarantee. They are a miracle and not to be taken for granted. I know how much work three children will be, but I also know, without a second of doubt, they will bring so much more in love and joy than can ever be measured.
8) This little one will complete our family. I will deliver via planned c-section and will have my tubes tied at the same time. After a rough start and then a pretty darn commendable run, if I do say so myself, this baby machine is closing for business after Baby #3 exits the premises.
9) We told Will and Emma after the ultrasound revealed a healthy bubba. Emma, of course, is oblivious. Will was a bit trepidatious at first (he told me that I am too old to have a baby!), but he has now made his demands for a baby brother known ("I already have one sister, I don't need another one!") and wants to name his brother Caleb (not sure where the name inspiration came from, but while I kind of like it, M is a definite NO on Caleb).
10) If my intuition continues to serve me well, Will is going to get his wish. This pregnancy is very much like Will's. I have been lightheaded, have passed out a couple of times, and am already showing (yes, I will take some belly pics and share them here). Seriously, I look about five months pregnant. I have been my usual lovely pukey mess, but NOT as pukey as I was with Emma. And my cravings and aversions are more along the lines of what I had with Will. However, I would not be the first woman to be fooled by intuition AND we will be thrilled with whatever God has blessed us with.
So, that's my little update for you. I know a pregnancy announcement (especially an unplanned one) can be a painful thing, depending on where you are in your infertility journey. Please know that, despite our surprise at this development, I am still beyond grateful for the opportunity to carry this child and can't wait to be a mommy to three children!


Carly said...

I'm new to your blog and have been following your amazing story to motherhood. I just want to say a massive congratulations!!

HereWeGoAJen said...

Hooray! This is the best news!

A'Dell said...

HA! I love Will's response. "I already have a sister!" HAAA. Kids are so funny.

I'm so excited for you, about EVERYTHING. Rags to riches, indeed.


Adriane said...

Woo hoo!! Meant to be is right!! So, so, so happy for you. Congrats!!!!!! And a new house, too?! I love when good things happen to good people. :-)

It Is What It Is said...

Congrats again on #3 and on the new house. It is a lot to bite off all at once.

Good luck!

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Beth said...

seriously.amazing. SOOOOOO thrilled for you & your family Katie!

Joy@WhenDoesDaddyComeHome said...

COMMENCE EXCITED SHRIEKING!!! Congratulations!!! I'll be praying for a smooth cesarean delivery for you and little baby in the months ahead and I am so excited to hear all the pregnancy updates. WOW!!! Are you going to wait to find out the gender since you have one of each or are you going to find out?! Seriously stoked for you all! Once you've had two going to three is cake!

Amanda said...

Congratulations!!! I wish you a smooth pregnancy, perfect delivery, and a healthy and happy baby in October!

Kathy said...

OMG!!! So happy for you! After we recently reconnected on Facebook I realized it had been much too long since I had visited your blog and look what a nice surprise I get for visiting! Sending lots of love, thoughts and prayers your way to your growing family! xoxo

peesticksandstones said...

Holy freaking cow -- I am out of touch with what's been going on with you. Sadly, I lost access to your private blog. So thank you for sharing the news!

Is it weird that I already (before we have even achieved 'sticky' pregnancy for #2) have fantasies of being surprisingly blessed with a third as well? Don't tell my husband that one...

So excited for you, and looking forward to more updates on this.

Missy said...

Oh this post made my day! Having been a loooonnnnnng time follower, I very vividly remember the posts pre-Will. I'm so happy for you. What a true miracle baby. :)

Manapan said...

Congratulations! That's amazing news!

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

This is incredible news!

How do we get an invite to your private blog??

Mel said...

WOW, WOW, WOW! :) Totally a God-thing if I do say so myself. Beyond excited for your family!

(I would love to be invited to follow your private blog as well: melandcaseymittag at hotmail dot com)

Again...hooray! and giant hugs.

Ashley said...

I've been following your blog for years (since before Will was conceived) and am so happy to see your happy ending unfold. I do not comment frequently, but want to congratulate you and your family. Wonderful news! I hope you will be posting more often on this blog for those of us who do not follow your private one!