June is a busy month for us, not only is it my dad’s birthday, Justin’s birthday and Father’s Day, but it is a time for graduation which means ceremonies and parties.    This year my nephew graduated from high school and Justin’s cousin graduated from college and we graduated from my specialist office!!  I even have a certificate to prove all the hard work we’ve done!

Last Thursday was a very emotional day of celebration for us.  We started the morning at our specialist office for my 10 week follow up (technically I was 9w6d, close enough).  I’ve had ultrasounds every 2 weeks since my positive pregnancy test and they were all good and gave me the assurance that everything was going well, but they all looked like a small blob or a kidney bean with a long cord attached (umbilical cord). However, at this appointment the blob had turned into a shape that actually resembles a baby! We could see a head, torso, legs and arms.  While my doctor was pointing out all the body parts, the baby started moving!  He/she was kicking its legs and waving its arms, that was a powerful moment for me as I began to feel that there really is a live being growing inside me instead of a picture on a screen and I made a connection with him/her. Justin had been sitting in a chair during the ultrasound and once the baby started moving he was on his feet getting a better look, we were both amazed!  After the exam my doctor hugged me and made me promise to come back in a few months to visit when I am “fat” 🙂 I can’t tell you how much I LOVE this office.  It was a bittersweet appointment since they have been such a big part of our lives for so long and I practically was living there for a while going in every day, sometimes twice a day.  Every single person in the office from the receptionists to the back office were so friendly, supportive and absolutely wonderful.  I am going to miss seeing these people and their hugs and kind words.  BUT, as I walked out of there with tears in my eyes holding my graduation certificate, medical records and ultrasounds I could not believe that we were done! No more consultations, injections, blood draws, tests, surgeries and everything else we went through to get to this point.  I know it’s not over there is plenty more to come during pregnancy, but at least from a fertility standpoint, we are done, graduated!  It still doesn’t seem real…

After that appointment we drove straight to my OB’s office for my first official OB visit. While I have been going to this office for years for my annual exams, I don’t have the history/connection with the staff as I do at my specialist office so it wasn’t quite the same and was a bit of a letdown, I am sure with time that will change.  We saw the NP and went over our medical history, and another ultrasound was done, while she was prepping for the US I was bragging about how the baby was moving around during my earlier US and she didn’t seem too impressed.  But she wasn’t overly excited about anything really, not her nature I guess.  The baby didn’t move this time, it probably wore itself out showing off for my specialist as a thank you/goodbye that he/she was back to napping.  But this time we were able to hear the heartbeat!  She said it was a strong 150 which is in the normal range.  That brought the tears back to my eyes. Everything looked good, I got a bag full of information to go over and she told me to make an appointment to come back in 1 month.  As we made our appointment and walked out of the office the nurses were all smiles & congratulating me.  It truly was a a day of graduation and celebration!

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11

God has a plan, and yes, it is frustrating when things don’t go according to our plan, but he knows what is best. We may need to go through some struggles and hardships, there is a reason why we do, we may never know what that reason is, but if you put your faith in God and trust in him he will give you hope and a future.  These struggles and hardships are part of our growth and learning experience to make us stronger.  Thank you God for our miracle!

And here’s what you’ve all been waiting for…a picture of little baby Frisco!

1 thought on “Graduation

  1. Shelley, I had been asking about you and praying for you and your beautiful, little “Frisco”, since your mom told me the news of your blessing from heaven. Your post brought tears to my eyes…joy to my heart, celebrating with you and Justin’s baby journey. I wanted you guys to know that I will continue to pray for you as your grow and experience all the joys of motherhood. Love, Debi K.

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