Thursday, March 30, 2017

IVF Round 1: Results

Well... As you all know, we had our embryo transfer last month. What many of you don't know, is that our transfer was done on Valentine's Day, the day of love... How perfect is that? Brace yourselves for a really long blog post, but if you can make it to the end, I think you will enjoy this one.

 I'm just going to jump right in and share, because I know our faithful blog readers are dying to know: After 3 years of trying to conceive, 7 rounds of fertility treatments, more hormones than Lee ever imagined he could tolerate, lots and lots of tears, and even more prayer.... I. AM. PREGNANT!!

Can you believe it?! Being able to finally type those words is incredible. I have never been more overcome with emotion than the day I finally got to see the word 'pregnant' on a test, and share that moment with my husband. Getting to this point has been a long road for Lee and I, and we are so thankful to be able to experience pregnancy and parenthood together.

I am still very early in my pregnancy. At 9 weeks along, Lee and I realize that anything can happen at anytime, but we want to embrace and enjoy every moment that we can of this pregnancy... even the ones that involve exhaustion and nausea! We debated to wait until later in the pregnancy to share our news, but we decided that it only makes sense to share our good news. We know that many of you have been praying for us throughout this process... some of you have been praying for 2+ YEARS with us, and we are so appreciative. We knew that you would want to celebrate our good news with us as well. So for now, I am enjoying pregnancy and praying daily for continued health of both myself and the baby. We have had 3 ultrasounds so far, and all 3 confirm that there is just one baby, and he/she has a strong heartbeat! The heartbeat continues to rise with each appointment, and the baby's growth is measuring on par. We haven't gotten to hear the heartbeat yet, but we've been able to see that little flicker on the ultrasound screen.

As we celebrate our pregnancy, and all that is to come, I think it is most important that we celebrate how BIG and how GOOD our God is! We are very thankful for our doctor, nurses, and modern technology, but we are most thankful for our Lord. We know that only He can create life, and we are so happy that our prayers (and yours) have been answered. God has provided for us in a way that only He can do, and we owe him all the glory and praise.

THANK YOU for everyone who has read our blog, prayed for us, sent us words of encouragement, etc. To say that you are appreciated would be a huge understatement. Most of my family lives out of town, and initially I created this blog as a way to keep my family updated on our fertility treatments. Especially during my times of sorrow, it became difficult to share the same stories over and over again. Posting updates here where I could explain once and be done with it was a huge relief for me... It was also a great outlet. I never dreamed that Lee and I would receive so much support not only from close family and friends, but from extended family, high school friends, acquaintances, and even strangers through this blog. I know many of you have become faithful followers often watching for updates posted on social media, and know that I enjoy hearing from you as much as you have enjoyed following along. Your support has been a huge blessing to Lee and I.

For any of my friends reading who are still waiting for your miracle, please know that you are not alone! I wish I could say that doing X, Y, or Z is the perfect solution for healing, or the best way to cope, but I just can't. I know that every situation is different, and there's no magic involved here. What I can say is to cling tightly to your faith, and remember God's promises to us. He promises to give us hope, to bless us in  abundance, and to provide for us. If you are struggling with infertility and are feeling lost, frustrated, defeated, or anything else, please reach out to me. I want you to know that even if you are private with your struggle, you are not alone, and most  importantly, there is hope. We serve a God who redeems, and sometimes its nice to be reminded of that.

Below are a few baby bump and other pics we have snapped along the way. Our due date for Baby Fehrenbacher is November 2, 2017.We are so thankful for your continued prayers for a healthy baby and healthy pregnancy. I'm going to try to keep blogging about our pregnancy each month, so stay tuned for more details!

The first two photos were taken during the IVF process. One the morning of our egg retrieval, and the second was taking right before our embryo transfer.
This was taken super early the morning of our egg retrieval. 

We snapped thus pic right before our embryo transfer. 

We totally spaced on weeks 4 and 5, but here I am at 6 weeks along.

7 weeks along! 
Here I am last week at 8 weeks pregnant.