I rarely post personal stuff to my blog. I prefer to keep it this way, but you all have been waiting for me to get better. It has been over a month since I last posted (and colored) and I know you all are waiting for the next Tag of The Day. So before I start posting again with your new color combos I thought I would share a little about my “sickness” and my recovery.
This photo above is a picture of my “to be” baby girl. She is already borrowing my Copic markers. I am pleased to announce she is healthy and quite busy. This is a photo of her in action.
The Story for anyone interested…get comfy.
It has been a long road getting here. I have a 17 year old son of whom I adore. My husband and I decided that we are not the retire and go on cruises type of people and I wanted to another little one to enjoy out later years with…we are much wiser now. I am getting older and my time to have another one was slipping away. At age 39 we decided to try. Over the last 3 years we have had a difficult time with the loss of 5 babies in the early stages. Saddened, frustrated and bewildered we decided to have genetic testing done to see if we could figure out why. I was surprised to find out I have a genetic disorder called Turners Mosaic Syndrome. I am partially missing some of my chromosomes. What a relief to actually have an answer to the miss-carriages. Most likely the little ones also carried a genetic issue. God knew best. I was told that it is a female related disorder and I would be unable to have a healthy girl. With my mind set on having a boy we kept up the faith, as disheartening as it was I knew God had a plan. I excepted not having another child and figured I would stop trying when I hit 44 years old. Two months after we lost another little one I got pregnant. (Way to go Hubby!). I was at peace either way and knew this was it. Last chance. Sicker then a dog who ate banana peels (been there, seen that)…I have been in bed unable to move from nausea and lack of energy. For those that know me, know that I DO NOT SIT STILL. This has been very hard on me but never the less I could not function and no choice but to rest. I finally decided it was time to go to the doctor. Under ultrasound a little tiny thing was spotted…and a swooshing sound was heard. My baby had a heart beat…I had never heard this sound before and burst into tears muffling any sounds coming from the machines. Our baby had a heart beat! Still skeptical and knowing this was a good sign but we have learned to not get our hopes up I kept the news quiet.
Every two weeks a heart beat was heard. Still I knew the chances were slim unless it was a boy. At 13 weeks we had a special ultrasound and blood work done. The ultrasound showed a baby with a strong heart beat and high chances of being a girl. We would have to wait a week for the blood work to come back showing the results of any genetic disorders and the sex of the little one. In the mean time life must go on. Sickness had subsided at 13 weeks like it had never happened….I was off to Indiana to record my next video and wait for results.
On the flight back…as I landed for a slight layover a text came through from the husband saying our baby had a 1 in 10000 chance of having any disorders. I was so excited a billion questions running through my mind. I called him and said…are you sure?..is it a boy? He said “oh, I forgot to ask”…men….really? I called the genetic specialist and asked the sex of the baby while we were taxiing in. I was told it was a 100% certainty we are to have a baby girl. SHOCKED to say the least as we had spent the last 3 years told NO chance for a girl. I am over the moon blessed to not only have a healthy baby on the way but a little girl. For those that know me know that I DO NOT do pink and girlie stuff…God is a little funny sometimes…but I will gladly except his humor as He does know best.
Thank you all for your prayers and support over the last 3 years. Thank you all for the virtual hugs and cards and being such a blessing to me.
I love you all!….Now to get my creativity back and enjoy the pregnancy ride. Oh Yah….Due date Sept 25 2014
Love Jenn Dove
PS…been a while since I have done this…any advice is appreciated…LOL