Sunday, November 16, 2008

Enough with the suspenders!


I was in a "didn't get much sleep last night" stupor and did not realize how obvious my last entry came across. Rather than keep you in suspenders, I'm coming out with it. We are expecting and it was quite well, unexpected. While I was getting my health in order and adjusting to the new way of eating, we stopped charting and stopped trying. Guess what? God wanted this on His terms and that is just what we got. I am 8 weeks today and feeling blessed but arfy. I have to say that the nutrients I received through IV therapy attributed to this amazing transformation. I conceived less than 2 weeks after seeing the doctor and 3 total IV treatments. He said it usually take 6-8 treatments and couldn't believe it happened so fast(I am NOT young, by any means). We had hoped to start charting and trying after the new year.
For those not familiar with my journey, you can search by keyword "infertility" or "fertility". In short, I was able to conceive 3 children using Napro Technology(Creighton) and then with our fourth pregnancy, I miscarried and the baby stopped growing at 8 weeks. After that, I could not get pregnant(tried two+ years). Last year I started clomid in the summer and conceived in August and miscarried again at 5 weeks(a blighted ovum). At 40, I figured I would need help conceiving let alone having a viable/full-term pregnancy. So here I am, praying and trying to keep my head on. I am thankful to be here but do not take this miracle for granted. I am hopeful but I know if God needs me to suffer(again), it will happen but I hope for life. I never stop praying for my blog friends still trying to conceive and carry a child to term. The catholic in me feels guilt and I can't help that. It's not that I am not thankful, I am cautious and feel hurt from those I know who still struggle. I hope my miracle can bring hope. I have been inspired by so many of you and couldn't hold my news back knowing my words may help someone pray that God will lead you to the place or event with answers.
This food plan is hard but I attribute my way of eating to fixing my old and wonky hormones. I can say that Lyn Vaccaro and floridawife were an inspiration in finding the "nutrition" and supplement component that nudged me in the "food" direction. Once your liver is free to do it's thing, your hormones will behave. Now that my hormones are raging, the hot drinks, protein and veggies are harder to choke down. I tell God everyday that I will do my best. Right now, no food sounds good. Eh. At least I feel horrible, that's a good thing.
So I thank you all for prayers, know that I still pray everyday for those who desire life that I have met online. If this screwed up(and not too healthy) old lady can do it, there is hope. I was so thankful today, a priest dear to us blessed our unborn baby, I was able to go to confession and both my boys served at the EF together for the first time(what a day). Thank you again for thinking of me in your prayers and I will keep praying for you too!

24 comments:

allyouwhohope said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am SO happy for you. And your post was beautiful. Well said and so very thoughtful. I wish you all the best and will be praying for you and the baby!

By the way, now two women on my blog roll are pregnant! They say things happen in threes, so I wonder who is next. Although, God doesn't have to stop at three, so maybe this is the start of a great trend!

andnotbysight said...

Wow! Congratulations!! I'm so happy for you! And you're two weeks ahead of me! I'll be praying for you and for lots more good news for everyone who's waiting.

Sew Infertile said...

I am blog smacking you! :) I think that we IF's love to see another IF cross to the other side. I rejoice everytime one of the IF girls says they are pregnat! So congratulations!!!! I am so very happy for you! I would try and get over that Catholic guilt real quickly!! I promise you!!! YOU ARE PREGNANT!!! Can't wait to see how things progress!!

allyouwhohope said...

Sorry, I forgot one.. there are three of you now pregnant!

Also, how much of a role do you think your diet played ? I'd love to hear in the future what you/your dr thinks made a difference. And also, I've read past posts, but what specifically does the diet help to treat? Thanks!

a thorn in the pew said...

Here's the thing, the doc said that since the opening to the intestines/stomach are so close to the ovaries, it can really mess with hormones. If your liver is taxed(poor diet, no probiotics or enzymes) it can throw the production of progeterone and estrogen off. Really off. I receive a "cocktail" of lots of B vitamins, magnesium, vit c, e and now folic acid in my IV each week and these push out the toxins, undigested food, etc. I have to stay on this food plan if I want to really keep my progeterone at a level that can keep this baby thriving and "stuck". I am keeping metabolism up, hormones consistant and digestion moving at optimal on this food plan. I go on Tuesday to get my lab results. No U/S or dopler yet. I am still seeing my alternative doc/MD and will see my OB probably the last week of Nov. or first of Dec. I will keep you updated.

PandaBean said...

Oh, congratulations!!!!!! How wonderful! I have a cousin who is a little older than you who only just recently got married. They were trying to conceive (even to the desparate point of using IVF! And she knew it was wrong). They have recently "given up". I would love to be able to tell her your story, maybe renew that spark of hope in her.

Out of curiosity, could you direct me to some info about the NaPro stuff? I've heard quite a bit about it, but nothing specific and I was hoping it might be an avenue they could pursue that they had been unaware of.

God Bless!
PandaBean

Tracy said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Life In Mazes said...

I am very happy for you. I came across your profile on all you who hope. I pray that your cautious heart will be filled with overflowing joy! May God bless your family.

Beth said...

WOOHOO!!!! I'm so happy for you :)

Kit said...

YAAAAY!!!!!

Oh, Thornie, I am SO happy for you! Teary-eyed now...thanks be to God!

You, the wee Thorn (aka, "Sticker"), and your family are in my prayers!

xoxoxo,
K

Dymphna said...

I'm happy for you.

cordelia said...

WOOOWHOOOO!!!! praise God!!! i am so happy for you!!!

Kasia said...

Ohhh, I don't even know you and I'm tearing up!!! I'm so happy for you... :-)

(Came here via Kit's, btw...)

the mother of this lot said...

Well I don't know you either, but I read your news on Kit's blog and I am delighted for you!

In my (vast)! experience, St. Gerard's your man. Pray to him every day and you'll be fine!

gemoftheocean said...

Delighted to hear your good news. God Bless you.

Barb said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful news! Saying a prayer right now for you and that new precious baby...God bless!!

The Digital Hairshirt said...

Hee, hee! BABY news is ALWAYS good news!

Samantha said...

That is amazing! Will pray for your family!

Jackie Parkes said...

Many congratulations! I will pray..

Laura The Crazy Mama said...

Good for you! I knew you'd have a positive result from eating healthy and losing weight (works nearly every time). God bless you and your little baby.

Adrienne said...

My prayers are with you, Thorny! God loves you so! We're rootin' fer ya'll here in Buffalo NY! Our Lady of Good Success, ora pro nobis!

Mrs. L said...

What wonderful, wonderful news! I remember when you lost your dear little one last year and I was pregnant at the same time. (I think we were just days apart.) Anyway, I thought about you many times during my pregnancy and I still do.:) God Is so good! Sooooo happy for you!!! Praying for your peace of mind throughout this pregnancy! Make sure to give us lots of baby updates through the next 9 months!

Cathy said...

CONGRATS!!!

:)

-Cathy

FloridaWife said...

Ag!!!!! WHERE on EARTH have I been?!?!? I am so HAPPY for you!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!! WhooooHOoooooooo!