Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mothers out there! Especially to those who have a child with a special need or rare gene! I hope you are being spoiled today! I know this can also be a hard day for those experiencing infertility or loss. I have been there and know it is not easy.
With that being said, we have some big new’s to share that has been a long time in the making:
We are excited to share that we are expecting our 2nd child in August 2016. I am almost 7 months pregnant. But like I said above, it’s been a long road to get here. In October 2014, I had an ectopic pregnancy and ended up in emergency surgery before my tube ruptured. I started acupuncture immediately to help heal and waited until we could try again. Finally, we decided to see a reproductive endocrinologist and had a gazillion tests run. It turns out that although they saved my right tube, it was closed shut from scar tissue. And for other reasons, IVF was our only option. We decided to go for it. We started in July of 2015 with shots 4 times daily to get ready for a retrieval. Now I know how Kemett feels daily with his shots. We had a successful retrieval and were able to freeze embryos. And then in October we had a failed transfer, followed by a successful transfer the next month. I was on progesterone in oil shots daily for 10 weeks of the pregnancy. (That was Andrew’s favorite part.) We have been quiet for so long because we have been nervous, especially since I had two miscarriages before Kemett.
I will say this pregnancy has been totally different than when I was pregnant with Kemett. I can feel this baby move! And so can Andrew. He never felt Kemett move.
I’m sure a question some may have is, “well aren’t you scared you will have another child with PWS?” First, our chances of having another child with PWS is less than 1%. Second, if I was going to have a child with another rare genetic disorder, I would say that at least we understand PWS.
I wanted to share some of our journey because oftentimes people do not talk about infertility, and it is good to know you are not alone in this process.
Please let us know if you have any questions! Please stay tuned tomorrow for another BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! (not pregnancy related).