Well, for those of you who follow my blog, you have probably been wondering why it has been almost two months since I posted anything! It is with a joyful and thankful heart that I finally get to tell the world is that I AM PREGNANT! I have dreamed of this moment, begged God for this moment, wondered what it would be like, and now I am finally getting to experience the joy and beauty of carrying a little-bity life within me! It is the most amazing feeling in the world and many days it still feels like one big dream! After three long years of trying, Johnathan and I still can't believe it's true, but we know one thing...that God has had this moment planned long before we ever knew about it and that this baby is a testimony to God's awesome power and perfect timing!!!
It all started the day after Valentine's Day, when I was expecting to start my period but then woke up with a high temperature. (For those of you who have been trying to conceive for awhile, you know all about the temperature charting!!) Typically, your temperature is supposed to drop on the first day of your period, but when mine was still up I just couldn't go back to sleep knowing in the back of my head that this might be our lucky month! I jumped out of bed and took a pregnancy test, only to see a positive sign immediately pop up! Once I woke up Johnathan with my scream of excitement, we both started rejoicing and crying and saying prayers of thanksgiving for this precious gift!
Since that day I have had a few scares (one of which was ruling out the possibility of another tubal pregnancy), but God has been incredibly faithful through it all. We have now had blood work done and three ultrasounds to get to see our little "peanut". He/she is growing SO fast and we can't stop talking about what a miracle this whole process is. I just don't understand how someone can witness a life growing within them and deny that there is a God. It is the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced...and I am only 10 weeks into the journey!
First and foremost, I want to give all the GLORY to GOD! He has heard our cries for a child and answered them! We are so thankful. The verse I keep coming back to is Psalm 30:11-12, "You turned my mourning to dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever."
Secondly, I want to encourage any of you struggling with infertility to consider giving acupuncture a try. I know that it sounds weird and "earthy", but it did wonders for regulating my hormones and getting my body back on track. I never thought that I would be promoting acupuncture, but I am now its biggest fan! It is completely natural, holistic, non-invasive, very relaxing, and inexpensive (especially compared to fertility treatments!). If you want to know more about it, please don't hesitate to ask.
Finally, I want to let all of my sisters still struggling with infertility to know that I am still hurting with you and praying for you. Not a day goes by where I don't think about the pain of what we went through and lift you up to the Father. We are only a couple of months beyond that struggle, and I still feel like it was yesterday. I know that it seems like the journey will never end, but I honestly can't wait to rejoice with you when God answers your prayers too...and He will. (I realize its easy for me to say that now that I am on the other side, but I believed that long before I knew what our outcome would be.)
Thanks to EACH of you for the prayers, encouragement, and advice that you have given us that have helped carry us through the high and low days. We have truly learned the importance of having a "family". Please continue to pray for us and our little baby as it grows and develops. Pray for it to be healthy, but most importantly to be a lover of the Lord. And pray that Johnathan and I can parents that show it the love of God every day through the way that we live and guide.
"Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine." Eph. 3:20
Our little "gummy bear" at 9 weeks!!