Sunday, June 12, 2011

Our new adventures!

I have to say that many MANY prayers have been answered over the past few months and we have been blessed TRAMENDOUSLY! Here is what has been going on in our fun little lives…. sorry in advance for such a long post!
             Well we have been trying to get into our own place for QUITE some time now. We started looking back in the first part of May all over the Springs. We looked around quite a bit at MANY apartment complexes and well…. I forgot how expensive it is! We would really LOVE to get into a house; unfortunately we are not sure what lies ahead of us in life so we decided that renting an apartment would be our best option!
It is funny how when we found the right complex, everything fell right into place! The apartment was available at any time, it was on the second floor (first floor apartments have garages and are more expensive) and we got lucky because it is a corner apartment and no one is above us so our ceilings are vaulted! Then our building is in a perfect spot in the complex, we have a great view and lots of parking by our building. Sorry If I am bugging you with some of the details but I am always interested in hearing the specks on my friends place! Our place is a 2 bed 2 bath, just over 1250 square feet, wood/tile floors, nice carpet, large deck (we got a FREE grill from a neighbor that was giving it away!), large bathrooms with archways above the shower, grand windows, large walk in closets, washer and dryer, and all the every days amenities that come with a nice place like this. The club house is AMAZING and they have a grand pool area and work out facility! We moved in over Memorial Day weekend and we LOVE IT! It honestly feels and looks more like a condo than an apartment, it is just so well kept and pretty!
Our move in day went extremely smooth. We were moved out of my parents place, had the storage unit packed up (that is where all our stuff has been for the past year) and had moved EVERYTHING into our new place in 2 hours! We had just the right amount of people come and help so it went fast and smooth. My family was nice to stay and help us unpack so we had my kitchen and bedroom set up and unpacked in about an hours and a half! Well by the end of the weekend I was pretty much unpacked and had decorated the place. I just couldn’t help getting everything out and unpacked because it had been so long since I had seen all my stuff! It was almost like Christmas!   
We are so thankful and excited to have our own little place again. Those blessings that we sometimes want or need can come at very unexpecting times! I am sorry I don’t have pictures yet, I have been at girls camp over the last week and will take some this week for those friends and family who are far away and can’t come visit!
Okay this is a much longer post then I expected! I guess I have lots going on finally!
The best news that I could possibly tell anyone right now though is that I AM EXPECTING!!!!!!! We found out a few months ago and after MANY doctors’ visits and some stressful weeks, we are doing great and all is well! I am 4 months along, we find out Jusy 6th what the gender is and I am due November 26th which is Thanksgiving weekend! Not many people understand this. The fact that I am due during Thanksgiving means the world to us. We have been trying for so long and have been through a lot emotionally, physically, and mentally that being due around the holidays, especially THANKSGIVING, is a little tender mercy that we have been given.
We did have an ultrasound early on when I found out that I was expecting and there was only one baby which I was a little sad for lol. Yes I am one of those crazy people that would love twins! The sadness only lasted but a second because I JUST FOUND OUT THAT I WAS FOR SURE PREGNANT! Here is the crazy thing. I had gone off all fertility meds the month before and we were saving up for artificial incemination. Well naturally that next month we VERY unexpectantly got pregnant. The specialist was laughing when he came into the room. He was a little perplexed but said that he “jump started” my body somehow!
It has been an interesting ride. I was very emotional and confused at first. I wanted a baby for so long. I had literally dreamt of taking a test and seeing the word PREGNANT on the test. I can’t tell how bad I wanted to have morning sickness not just nausea from my meds. Well I realized once I found out that I was expecting, I was very much stressed. I realized that I had come to accept that it was not our time. I had accepted that the Lord had a different plan in store for us. We were still in my parents place and we were trying to get financially ready for whatever was set in our path. Well I was flustered that I had come to these terms and not everything changed and I was not ready for it. I was not ONCE angry or upset, I was overcome with gratitude, thankfulness, happiness, and love from my Father in Heaven. I just had to aligne my plan once again with my Father in Heavens. Once we changed our 9 month plan and saw where our future was going, we have been living on cloud 9 just knowing that we are going to be blessed with a little one!
I did have some nausea in the beginning, I never threw up but I was VERY sensitive to smells and textures and my gag reflex was unreal! Then about a month ago I caught a cold that kicked my trash and once I got better, EVERYTHING got better and I have felt pretty good ever sense! Naturally, nothing is ever simple for me. About a month ago, my grandma on my mom’s side tested positive for Factor 5 (a blood disorder) and her doctor told her that all her daughters and granddaughters should be tested for it as well. As far as I understand it and what my grandma was told by her nurse, it is a blood clotting disorder where the blood clots too easily and can cause massive blood clots, miscarriages, problems getting pregnant and more. So I was tested and I am positive as well! When we talked to my doctor about this he said that usually he does not have problems with patients that have factor 5 and have NOT had any problems with clots. Those who have factor 5 run the risk of placenta previa, blood clots in the mother as well as in the umbilical cord. Luckily my doctor is not very worried about me and these injections are more preventive than necessary. He would feel better doing this because of my history and we would rather be safe than sorry. He also said that it would help him feel better and he knows that I would sleep better at night knowing that we are taking all precautions possible. Therefore he has placed me on Lovenox injections every day for the rest of my pregnancy! This is not really a problem, just another thing to worry about. I am so thankful for my awesome doctor and for his awareness of how I fell! He is truly the best. He told me at my first appointment that If I was ever worried and needed to hear the baby’s heartbeat that I could come in in-between my appointments and he would let me hear it!
So at this point we are going out of our minds waiting for our ultrasound appointment in July and are checking and looking for movement of the baby daily (I know it is a little early but we are just so excited)! Mike is so excited and that brings so much joy to me. He cares so much and is very brave giving me my injections every night. In the beginning he was so good to help find what I could eat and he was honestly excited that I was so nauseous because he felt that meant that the pregnancy was going well! He constantly talks to the baby, rubs and kisses my belly daily, and talks about what he will do when he is a daddy. Mike would love a baby boy and I would love a baby girl but really and truly we could care less what the gender is as long as we are having a healthy baby! We have had 2 names picked out for each gender and we will not decide what he or she will be named until they are born.
These were taken on mothers day!


So now I should have lots to blog about and our computer is back so it will be easy for me to blog! We wanted to take a moment and thank all those who have had us in their thoughts and prayers. I know it is something small and simple, but because of the small and simple things, great things are brought to pass! Life is not quite perfect, Michael is still looking for full time work with benefits so your prayers in that area is appreciated but it is because of faith that we have been given the blessings of having our own place and expecting our first little one! Thank you to all our friends and family for your excitement in our behalf. We are thrilled to share these special times with you ALL so please, those of you who are far away, we invite you to come visit us this summer/fall or early next year once baby B is here!

As always, lots of love to all!


Ty, Steph, & Bristol said...

Congratulations! I am so so so very very excited for you! You two will make the cutest parents...and I must add a very cute baby! Thanks for sharing this great news!

SarahLynn said...

I am so excited for you Megan. My heart broke for you when you wrote about your miscarriage last year. And since that point you have been in my thoughts and prayers several times that you would one day get to be a mother.

Rebecca said...

So many exciting things! Your apartment sounds great, I can't wait to see pictures. Once again, congratulations on the pregnancy! I love your attitude on how the Lord knows what's best for us. We had many couples in once of our wards that had troubles getting pregnant and almost all of them have since had babies. I really believe the Lord is just looking out for us and sometimes telling us that it's not time and we need to be patient. You are going to be such a great parents! I'm excited for you to feel the first movements!

Danielle said...

YAY YAY YAY YAY YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! So excitedly extatic for you!!!! Keep us updated!!!!!!!!!1

Kami said...

Congratulations, Megan! My heart goes out to you ... I have lots of friends who have struggled with fertility and miscarriages, and my husband and his sister both have factor 5.

Gabe, Melissa, and Jace said...

I've been waiting for this post! I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am for you guys that thing are working out for you. Your appartments sounds awesome! Let me tell you, you will be one incredible mommy and Mike will be such a cute dad! Can't wait to hear what you're having. That's crazy about your factor 5 thing. That's good you're on top of it thoug. Your doctor sounds great! Your belly is so cute! I love it. So stinkin excited for you guys!! Love Ya!

Carissa Rasmussen said...

oh this is wonderful news. congratulations. i know it has been such a roller coaster ride. you are a great example and good luck!