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This Mother’s Day I am a Mom. I Can Promise You That It Is Worth Every Tear; Guest Post With Utah Fertility Center

Hi guys! We will be sharing two special posts during our infertility hiatus. Utah Fertility Center recently approached Jason and I about guest posting on their blog for Mother’s and Father’s Day. They know that we strive to be open about our infertility and post about it to help others. I know for me Mother’s Day was just ridiculously hard so I was thrilled for the chance to be a form of support for others on this difficult day.

To those of you battling infertility, it’s definitely ok to feel that Mother’s Day is one of the worst days of the year. It’s a rough time. Here are some of my thoughts about this holiday. And as always, wishing you luck during your own infertility journey.

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…Here They Come

After my visit to Labor and Delivery on the 29th every day felt like we were on red alert. We tried to distract ourselves by working on projects so they’d be ready for when the girls came. I reupholstered the cushions for our rocking chair and Jason painted the frame. On the 6th Jason decided we needed further distraction and wanted to take me to the open house for the Provo City Center Temple. He had volunteered as an usher a few weeks ago but hadn’t gone on the full tour yet. I was hesitant; I wanted to go and see it too but it was so much walking and standing in line…I wasn’t sure if I was up to it. But after a little convincing I agreed to go.

We didn’t have tickets and the standby line was supposed to be only an hour’s wait. No…didn’t work out that way. I was whiney and miserable. I hadn’t stood on my feet for that long without a break for a few months and my poor pregnant body wasn’t happy about it. But about an hour and a half in I took off my jacket and lo and behold, the giant belly was now distinguishable and ready to work it’s magic! Within minutes a sweet family approached us offering their extra tickets. Sweet little angels! Jason and I did have a laugh about it though…why hadn’t we thought of that earlier? My coat hid my belly but without it I started getting a lot of people asking when I was due and what I was having etc. Continue reading

Labor or Not…

During the last month of my pregnancy, I had a ridiculous amount of doctor’s appointments. My OB needed to see me weekly. So did Maternal Fetal Med for Non Stress Test monitoring. Cardio still needed one more echo before birth. And my Neurologist needed to meet with me so we could plan how to tackle my MS post pregnancy. My calendar had something on it every day!

One of these routine appointments was on January 27th. Dr. Schemmer, our Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor, officially scheduled us with the U of U for induction on February 16th.  Jason and I immediately freaked out because it was so soon! It was still three weeks out but having an official date made it feel so much sooner. For the rest of the night we were giggly and babbling away about how close it was. Continue reading

Good News and Bad News

We had our follow up with Dr. Su regarding Ella’s heart. Last time we saw him, he was concerned about her pulmonary artery. That was the big factor for if Ella was going to need surgery right away and if that would mean multiple upkeep surgeries over the years. The good news is, the pulmonary artery is growing great and is no longer a concern for the doctor… the bad news is, he’s now very concerned about the pulmonary veins.
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We Can See the Finish Line!


I hit 32 weeks on Sunday. We are SO excited, shocked, and terrified. Where did the time go?? Ah!


An update on me: Morning sickness FINALLY went away about 3 weeks ago! Tears of gratitude over here. That was so hard on me, both physically and emotionally. Even with all my chronic health issues, that tops the list. It has been wonderful to feel more like myself again and to really enjoy being pregnant. Although pregnancy brain has definitely kicked in…I’m kind of scatter brained, so forgive me if this is a disjointed post.

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