I'm utterly embarrassed by the length of time that's passed since I last wrote. I was in my second trimester, May 2012, to be exact. Well, it's a good representation of a) how quickly pregnancy flies by & b) how crazy busy life gets with a little one. But, I wouldn't trade this life for anything else in the world.
Here's a recap + an update on our recent happenings:
Gavin Blake was born on November 16, 2012. He shocked the doctors (and us!) measuring 9 lb 6 oz and 21.5 inches long. He quickly earned the nickname, "Tank".
|The answer to our prayers|
|SO much cuteness in that bucket!|
Our little monkey had a Curious George themed party to celebrate turning TWO!
The holidays are more fun than ever before. It's incredible to see Christmas through the eyes of a child. Birthdays are a Pinterest-explosion of fun. Honestly, we treat most days like special occasions, since lots of them involve cookies "just because".
For the past year, we have been praying for God's guidance in the timing of our next IVF cycle. Many times circumstances would arise showing us the time isn't right. We had originally planned to start last Fall. Shortly after this decision, Jake was hospitalized for over two weeks with a very severe virus. Thankfully, he made a full recovery, but we decided take it easy through the end of the year before starting another cycle.
It's now February 2015. We feel ready to get the ball rolling. Gavin adores babies and keeps asking for a "brudder". We will meet with our specialist at Nashville Fertility Center tomorrow morning for an initial consultation for round #5. It's hard to believe we've made it this far. (Fun fact: I was absolutely petrified of needles when we started. 500+ injections later, I'm a Pro!) Our plan is to do as many cycles as we can with the three frozen embryos we have in storage. Gavin was a successful single embryo transfer, which is pretty unheard of. Most clinics transfer at least two. We are prepared this may be suggested to us this time around.
I have tons of questions for the doctor. I'm sure he'll have tons for me. After all, it has been 3 years since we were in his office. There will be tons of testing over the next few months. I'm anticipating a rush of emotions walking back through those doors. So much of our life has happened there. It's where we mourned the loss of our first child. But, it's where we celebrated the success of our 4th cycle -- Gavin.
We are blessed beyond measure, no matter the outcome. Thanks for walking with us through this wild journey. You mean the world to our family.