that's right, we're pregnant again! we have a bun in the oven that has been cooking for 14 weeks and it will be done on april 12, 2010!!
this pregnancy comes as a bit of a surprise but we know it's God's miracle to us. back at the beginning of august, i went to the doctor because i was having some pain on my left side. it turned out to be scar tissue from my c-section which was irritated by all the running i was doing to train for the 1/2 marathon. i saw the doctor who was on call, who shall remain nameless, and when i started asking questions about getting pregnant again, he told me we had a 10% chance of getting pregnant without getting a hCg injection. i had one with matthew and basically this is an ovulation stimulation shot (not a fertility drug) that makes you ovulate within 48 hours so your chances of getting pregnant are greater.
if he had done a pregnancy test that day, it would have been positive! needless to say, i'm no longer seeing that doctor!
5 days after that appointment, i was running and had a very sad little run because i was so tired. i had to walk most of the 2 miles back. then the next day, i had no energy and the nasea feeling came upon me. hmmmm...i thought. this feeling is familiar. the next morning on sunday, aug 9 i went to the drug store and picked up a pregnancy test. i came home and was too scared to take it at first. after taking a shower, i got up the nerve and took it. i saw the + sign start developing and yelled out to ken, "i'm pregnant!" he came running in, embraced me and we both wept tears of joy for awhile. we thanked God and praised his name.
i feel very blessed to be seeing a civilian doctor who is one of the top high risks specialists in maryland. dr. haddock is wonderful and has really put ken and i at ease with this pregnancy. i had 2 major complications with matthew; a small placenta tear at 10 weeks and bleeding at 13 weeks so it feels good to be past these weeks with our new baby.
we ask for your fervent prayers for our baby's health and for me to be able to carry to full term. my doctor has a c-section planned at 39 weeks on april 12, 2010.
because we were not planning this pregnancy it took awhile to get excited about it and trust that everything would be ok. after all, i was still feeling very sad and angry about losing matthew. but with the help of my counselor and close friends and family, i feel like i can start experiencing this new baby as truly the miracle he or she is.
celebrate God's miracles and his love for us...and please pray for baby Schwalbe!
by the way, we will let you know what we're having as soon as we know...on april 12, 2010! we're not finding out!
p.s. i've attached a few pictures from our vacation to martha's vineyard and nyc. you can visit the following link if you want to see all of them.