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The Story of Us…Becomes A Trio

IMG_0783[1]Not a post that I really expected to be writing!  My wife just found out the other day that she is expecting again!  This will be baby #3 (or 8, depending on how we’re counting…and if you’ve read my other posts) and I’ve found it very comical that in the same week that we found out this news this picture began surfacing on Facebook – rather fiting I thought.

Liz and I have talked about the possibility of a third child for a while, but never really but any deep thought into, I guess you could say.  We were happy with our two girls and were just gonna leave it at that.  Well, we got a surprise!

Things are still very early.  My wife will go to the doctor this Tuesday for an ultrasound and some bloodwork.  She will just be 6 weeks at this point, and yes, everyone knows.  I know that goes against everything – tradition, logic, etc. – but we’ve never been good at keeping secrets and we’ve always wanted to prayers and support of everyone around us due to the problems we’ve had in the past. 

So all of that has started again as well – the shots, the medications, and of course the worry.  Days already seem to be creeping by.  We are still in a bit of shock, but our brains are running wide open with things too. 

I know each pregnancy is different, but this one is a bit more different for us because we have two other kids now and our oldest has a little better idea of what is going on.  She was only 11 months old when we got surprised with her sister.  It seems her brain has been running too fast since we told her as well.  When is the baby coming has already been asked a couple hundred times in the last few days!  It has been sweet though hearing here talk about, “when my other sister gets here”. 

I haven’t been able to convince her of the possibility that it could be a little brother!

 

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Then there were 3…

February 9th, 2011 is a day that will live in infamy.

Okay, so maybe in won’t be a day that lives in infamy, since it was not a bad day, but it will definitely be a day that changed mine and my wife’s life forever.

On this day, my wife and I welcomed our little girl, Maddy into the world!  We went in that morning for a scheduled c-section – all of our bags packed, cameras ready, and grandparents waiting.  It was a day we had been preparing and waiting on for a long time.  In many ways, it was surreal.  I think because Liz and I had been to so many doctors, through so many procedures, and two previous surgeries, we were somewhat prepared for the day.  That’s not to say that we weren’t nervous – but neither of us would admit that to each other.

Too bad that I know her better than anyone does and I already see it on her face.

Although, I don’t think she actually got nervous until she was actually in the operating room.  The minutes from the time they took her back until they called me in were absolutely excruciating.  I was pacing around in that little room like a caged animal!  Finally they let me in and I think this is when it really became real.  The look on my wife’s face was priceless – all she could say was this is weird.

Finally, we heard this little cry.  I kept waiting for the wailing that you always see on TV, but it never came.  Just these little sweet cries.  Enough to let you know she was there and give you signs of life!

Life – a life that we had created.  One that we had waited for for so long. Ten fingers and ten toes – and looks as healthy as she could be.

All the rest of the day was a blur.  I keep remembering details now to share with Liz. I went with the baby to the nursery and actually got to carry baby Maddy out for the grandparents to see.  It was something I had always wanted to do, but never expected that I would actually get to do.

I felt very weird though leaving my wife to take my new daughter to the nursery.  She assured me it was okay, and I take her word that it was – she still has not told me otherwise.

It was great to finally get back to my wife and to tell her that our little girl was perfect – 5 lbs. 2 oz., 18 inches long, and the prettiest baby in the nursery.  The nurses finally brought her back to us after about an hour.

Two had now become three.  A family.

Now the journey of parenthood begins – just as everything else we have faced in our journey together – we’ll figure out a way to make it through!

 
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Posted by on February 17, 2011 in Baby, Infertility, Parenting

 

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Ready or Not Here I Come!

So, the last two weeks have been a little crazy!  I started back to school – which means I’ve had enormous amounts of reading to do.  My wife and I have also had 2 doctor’s appointments in that time – the most recent coming yesterday.

Prior to those doc appointments, baby Maddy had been breech and finally decided to “flip”!  Well, she is a little gymnast because she flipped back to a breech position and then back again for yesterday’s appointment!  So there’s no telling how she is laying right now!

Yesterday’s appointment was an eventful one!  After some discussion, due to baby Maddy being a little on the small side and considering some other factors our doc decided the best course of action would be to schedule a c-section for next week – February 9th to be exact.

It..just..got..real!

We knew this was probably coming, but to now have the appointments set for pre-op and an actual date for her to enter the world.  I’m ready to meet her and I think my wife, even though she has enjoyed being pregnant, is ready to NOT be pregnant anymore too.

It’s a little hard to believe that the time is already here.  For anyone that has ever tried to get pregnant, you know the roughest part is the waiting.  That “two week wait” is absolutely agonizing!  But the waiting doesn’t stop once you are pregnant – when can we hear the heartbeat, when can we find out what we are having, when is the next appointment!  Now it’s almost like – I’m not ready yet!

Well, ready or not – here Maddy comes!

 

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2011 in Baby, Infertility, Parenting

 

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