I'm so excited to announce the HUGE and Wonderful changes that are happening in the Barker family!
As a lot of you know, Sean and I have now been married for 3 1/2 years, and have a beautiful 15 month old baby boy. Life is so amazing and it is hard to every think of things getting any better. But a few weeks ago, we found out that it is going to get better, SO MUCH BETTER!
Our little family of 3 is in for some crazy challenges in the next little bit, but it is going to be so worth it as we welcome another little one into the gang. Our small family of 3, will become a crazy but loving family of 4!
It is so hard to believe that we will be 4....really, it's still shocking to me. Even after weeks of knowing. So many things go through my mind on a regular basis:
1-How will I ever love another baby the way I love William?
2- Will the morning sickness ever go away?
3- Will I get a little girl to dress up like a doll?
4- What was I thinking? I just got my full night sleep back.
5- How is William going to react being a big brother?
I am due July 19th, 2011.
How has the pregnancy been so far?
The thing I have to keep reminding myself is that our little baby is going to be so worth it!!
With William, I was full of complaints. "It's too hot", "I'm getting fat", and so much more. And so I told myself that all other pregnancies I was going to be so positive and look on the bright side. Well, that's much easier said than done when you are spending 10+ hours from the day on the bathroom floor!
William has been very good at entertaining himself. He has learned to climb the stairs to find mom when he needs something, and scoot himself back down them to get to his toys and treats in the kitchen! Who knew my little 15 month old would become so independent so quickly and at such a young age. I can only imagine the help he's going to give once the baby is here!
When we first found out that I was pregnant, I took the test without Sean knowing. He was downstairs and I just took him the positive stick. His reply "it's kinda faint, you should take another". Yup, that was it!!! So I took another. But apparently that was not enough for him either, because he then told me I needed to go into the Instacare that day and get a pregnancy test! This was not a suprise, because he acted the same and had the same requests when I was pregnant with William.
So later that day I headed into the Instacare. Little to my knowledge, they changed their policy and could no longer give a pregnancy test unless I was seen for something else and the doctor ordered the test to be done.
Well...Just my luck, I was having crazy pains in my side the past 3-4 days. So I told her I would be seen for that, and then we could do the test as well.
Little did I know what that little pain was going to lead to.
The doc got worried that I might have an ectopic pregnancy (see picture)
This was the picture that I had to use to show Sean was an Ectopic Pregnancy was. It is where the egg does not make it to the Uterus and starts to form in the fallopian tube. This is extremely dangerous, and they can not have you carry the pregnancy to term.
When the doctor told me this, of course I burst into tears and could not imagine going through this. I know that many people have, but I'm not sure I'd ever be strong enough to go through it.
He immediately sent me to the hospital for an ultrasound. He told me he would call me immediately with the results. That's not an easy task when the tech never called him with the results for over 36 hours. Wow, talk about a long couple of days.
When he called he informed me that I had a cyst on my ovary, but it was on the right, and my pain was on the left.
Well, he left out a bit of information....I'll get to that in a minute!
He then had me come into the office and get blood tests done multiple days in a row. By the way, I HATE needles. So this was the least fun thing for me all year!
Well, a week later I finally was in his office for the results. Everything's FINE!!! My blood tests came back completely normal with my HCG levels.
Here is where I found out the info he forgot to tell me the first time. The Ultrasound had found a bunch of fluid on my left side from where a cyst had previously ruptured. That is what was causing my pain.
It was very hard to know that I was pregnant for a week but not know if we could be excited or not. There were so many tears shed in that time, but I was so grateful to my husband for always being my comforter. Although he is so excited to be a daddy again, he didn't show any negative emotion around me, and only gave me the best positive feedback.
Now, we are nothing but estatic about gaining another family member!!
And yes, the sickness IS WORTH IT!!