Thursday, November 29, 2012

Peeking at Baby Brown

Both Rob and I wanted to wait until we made our three month mark for the whole scoop to be revealed. I'll try to explain it the best I can. Four days before our 6 week ultrasound I started to bleed and cramp. The scheduled ultrasound showed one baby with a heart rate of 100 but developing well. So we were thankful for the one but to tell you the truth disappointed there was not two. Since my numbers were on the high end we were preparing ourselves for twins. Now one is in heaven. I'm reminded that the Lord gives and takes away with no control on our part. A friend told me to look at it this way "I was a mommy for that little one for 5 weeks" and for that I'm grateful. The doctor ordered a 7 week ultrasound to make sure everything is ok. The 7 week ultrasound showed a large area where most likely the second baby was located. Doctor's are pretty sure that I miscarried since my numbers were elevated in the beginning.
At the 9 week ultrasound the heart rate increased to 140 and the sac is developing nicely. We are calling the baby "Peanut" for now and are choosing not to know the gender until that day. Today I had my 12 week visit with the high risk specialist. She told me that there are no concerns and we have a very active baby. Praise the Lord! In fact, the picture below on the left you can see the head peeping up and the arm lowering as if he/she is waving. Maybe a little swimmer in the future? I'm starting to look at maternity clothes and accessories to help my little wardrobe last through this pregnancy.
Our next doctor's appointment is in 4 weeks and specialist at 19 weeks to take a peek at the heart. This is especially going to be good because the donor father had an enlarged heart as a child and we can see if there are any issue to anticipate.
Our due date is mid June 2013!
Thank you everyone for your kind words of encouragement and support during our adventure to find baby Brown!! I'm still leaning on our Savior to guide us through this journey.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Second Number Is In!

My second test is at 950, so it doubled and the baby (or babies) are doing well we pray.  I'm feeling great and sleeping good, which is very favorable because I won't get much sleep soon.  Love it!!

Here is a picture of the little ones.  Unfrozen on Sept 17th and transferred on Sept 19th.  So that is how we all started out...AMAZING!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Transfer and BETA one

Sorry it has been a while but with Devin's birthday, working full time, and church commitments I don't have much time to write.  Many of my blogger friends/mothers have such good blogs.  Maybe I should take a class.

A lot has happened so here is a summary...

September 17th two 2PN (pronuclear) embryos were unfrozen and survived for my September 19th transfer.  In two days they grew into 4 cells each.  They are beautiful!  Everyone at the center was wonderful and thoughtful.  What a ministry they have brining happiness to families and life to embryos/people who wouldn't have that chance. 

PICTURE COMING....(I have to learn how to scan and upload)

I'm continuing the Progesterone shots and Estrace pills 2x a day.  This all helps the gestation of the little ones.  Let me tell you those shots are not fun.  Even with icing the hip area half the time it is sore.  Looks like I'll have three more months of the medications because....

I'M PREGNANT!  PTL!!  The nurse called yesterday and my first beta was 455 HCG.  After talking to some experience mothers that number is REALLY high being 12 days after transfer which might mean twins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Rob certainly might get some prayers answered in that category.  I have been praying for God's will in their lives and He never gives too much for us to handle, so if twins come everything will be okay.

My progesterone level is high too and is causing bloating and gas.  Not sure if anything can be done about that one.

Rob was so ecstatic when I called him to tell him he made the team.  THE DADDY TEAM!  If you haven't seen the movie "Facing the Giants" do it is excellent.  Then you will know about the daddy team.  Once I got home I told Devin and we hugged and then did a little dance.  He is going to be a great brother!!

The second beta test was this morning and they are looking for my numbers to double.  I'll update once I hear something.

A personal thank you from Rob and myself on all those who have prayed and encouraged us thought this journey so far.  Please keep the little ones in your prayers and Rob, Devin and I as we prepare our heart and home for a baby or two!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Word From Dad

In just 22 days, you will begin your life inside your mommy.  We are excited, anxious, expectant ...even a little uncertain of what to expect over those next nine months.  One thing we know for certain is the love we have for you and the joy we will experience when you finally meet us, your parents.  As a first-time father-in-waiting, I am not sure what the next year will hold for usand what it will be like when I finally meet you face-to-face.  Its kind of like Heaven.  I know its wonderful, but I really don't know what my response will be.  There's a song called "I Can Only Imagine" which expresses the thoughts of someone anticipating what it will be like when he finally meets your and my Heavenly Father and is ushered into the presence of pure love and bliss beyond description.  The song, in some way, captures my feelings when I imagine holding you in my arms and introducing you to the world for the very first time.  I am not sure if I will be speechless (doubtful  ... he-he), laugh, cry or shout.  All I know is that it will bring great joy ... joy indescribable.  I love you and can't wait to see your face, feel your heart and hear your cry for the very first time.

All My Love,


Monday, August 20, 2012

The Time is Nearing

It is time for an update on the adoption.  The donor couple has agreed, the document has been signed, and they have wished us the best in getting pregnant on September 19, 2012.  Yes the transfer date has been selected, hotel reservations completed, and ultrasound physician appointments made.  The donors seem like such a sweet couple and we look forward to meeting them one day.  Today the medication has been ordered and I’ll start the shots on Thursday.  I want to begin clearing out the spare room in order to prepare for your little body, but feel it is a little premature of course.  He He!   

Here is what came of my thoughts today about you.

Our Child to Be
A parent is one who guides the way,
Know that we will be there every day.
Rest easy as each night you sleep,
A lifetime of love is yours to keep.
Longing for a child to love,
Many thoughts and prayers were sent above,
In my heart I always knew,
A part of us belonged to you
~Stephanie Brown