Sunday, December 27, 2009
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Sunday, December 13, 2009
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Sunday, November 29, 2009
- Christmas! To me there is no better time of the year. I love giving gifts, listening to music and spending tons of time with our families.
- The anticipation of the end of 2008 and the many possibilities that 2009 could bring.
- A referral from my wonderful Dr to a fertility specialist.
- Gym memberships and a healthy diet!
- Having Nick back home full time after his internship.
- Our first visit to the infertility clinic and the encouragement of Dr. J and his team.
- Nick's dirt bike. I know that it may sound silly for me to be thankful for him getting a dirt bike but the joy that this bike brought to him was priceless and definitely something to be thankful for!
- Testing, testing, testing and more testing with Dr. J's team.
- Great insurance that paid for almost all of the $15,000+ of diagnostic testing we had done.
- Birthday's! During the month of March 5 of our family members have their special day. So fun to celebrate literally every weekend!
- Answers. All of the testing came back with answers of why we had difficulties conceiving and maintaining pregnancy's. It was such a blessing to have names to our problems.
- My husband. Annually April 13th is a monumental day, it's his day of birth. :o) I am so thankful to have him in my life and to have one day each year to celebrate him. I love you Nick!
- Jobs lost and new opportunities, and for the speedy rebound we were able to have after both losing our jobs on the same day.
- On May 17th we saw with our very own eyes a beautiful pink plus sign!
- The emotions of excitement, joy, and being completely terrified all at the same time when you find out you are going to a parent!
- The power of prayer and the feeling Nick and I got after we prayed that everything was going to be ok with this pregnancy.
- Even better than the little pink plus sign, a HEARTBEAT! There's really someone in there!
- Raglan. (Anti-nausea medicine)
- The reaction of our parents and siblings as they found out we're having a baby!
- Meeting my weight loss goal. 40 lbs down! And yes, morning sickness helped with the last few pounds.
- Getting to take a trek to Utah for Kristl and Aaron's wedding and getting to visit Nick's extended family.
- Finally feeling comfortable enough to tell my friends the we're expecting and sharing my fertility journey here.
- Saying goodbye to the first trimester!
- Our new apartment. Yes I complain about it a little, ok maybe a lot but I REALLY do love saving so much money each month on rent.
- My new job at the hospital. I love the women and the patients I get to work with and all of the wonderful things I have learned.
- Wedding Anniversary's. We didn't do much this year but it is so nice to remember to vows we made to each other 4 years ago.
- Finding out that the little baby I had been carrying for 20+ weeks is a healthy baby GIRL!
- Fall weather. I was so happy to have cooler days and nights.
- Football season. The activity of our weekends from Sept-November.
- Shopping for our little girl and the excitement and anticipation we get every time we buy things to fill up the nursery.
- Getting to see our baby girl in 4D. What a cool experience that was! We can't wait to meet her!
- Thanksgiving. I love the food, the family, and the football. Makes for a great day!
Over the past year we have had our share of struggles and triumphs and I am so thankful for all that we have been given. We can't wait to see what Heavenly Father has in store for us as we continue our journey through life.
Posted by Sabin Family at 7:03 PM
Sunday, November 8, 2009
I think this one is really cute. It looks like she is resting into her arms. I love that she's making a fist.
This one is probably my favorite. It is almost a straight on shot of her and she's rubbing her right eye. I love her little nose and lips and her chubby cheeks. I think she's going to be a beautiful little baby but I might be a little biased.
This one shows how snug life is for her in my belly. That is her foot that is literally in her face. If you look closely you can see that she has super long toes! She definitely gets that from my side.
This one is really funny because she is sticking out her tongue. Yum, Amniotic fluid!
She is taking a nice little stretch with her arms in this picture.
She's sucking her thumb!
I hope you enjoyed this pictures of her! This makes us Nick and I so much more excited to meet her! Only 11 weeks to go!
Posted by Sabin Family at 4:15 PM
Sunday, November 1, 2009
We went to visit Nick's family one weekend and got to see Nick's little brother Taylor (#87) play in his junior league football game. He did a great job!
Jared and I made "pumpin" shaped sugar cookies, and we had a great time doing so.
As you can see, they were finger lickin good!
Nick had a guys weekend with this crazy guy, Brian. They spent the weekend goofing off in Seattle and going to football games. Nick said they had a great time!
My family had our annual pumpkin carving contest and here are the winners, 1st place was Nick's wildcat on the right. 2nd, my baby girl on the left, and 3rd Garrett's guitar hero crazy demon cat dude.
Our beautiful niece Allyson turned 1!
She had a good time scootin' around in her wagon.
Of course you have to show off the cake pictures!
Her new stuffed Panda we got her was a big hit!
Some of the crazy party go-ers!
A very handsome police officer came trick or treating,
So did the worlds cutest lady bug!
Nick and I were the baker and the bun in oven. :o)
And my Belly has been growing, (24 weeks)
And GROWING!!! (28 weeks)
Speaking of that little girl growing in my belly things are going great! The last few Dr's appointments she has measured about 2 weeks larger than actual dates, I'm hoping that doesn't mean I have giant baby growing in my belly. Yikes! My gestational diabetes test came back negative, woohoo! Other than the occasional heartburn and hot flashes, I have been feeling great! I'm noticing its harder to breathe when I do simple things like tie my shoes. It's quite the reach when you have a basketball sitting out in front of you and squishing your insides. Other than those minor things I don't have a thing to complain about! We have another busy week ahead. I hope I have time to write another blog next Sunday about our fun events!
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Friday, September 18, 2009
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Posted by Sabin Family at 9:00 PM
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I have been feeling pretty dang good lately. I am still tired a lot of the the time but that's to be expected. Growing a baby is hard work, dang it! The baby moves around a lot more now and I can tell the difference between kicks, rolls and nudges. It is so fun! I absolutely love being pregnant!
It's Labor day weekend and in Ellensburg that means the fair and rodeo come to town. Nick and I did our usual festivities this year. We went to the rodeo parade on Saturday, in the rain and all. Even though it seems to be the same parade every year we go anyway. Its a tradition! Nick isn't a huge fan of the whole rodeo but he likes the bull riding, so we like to go to the Xtreme Bull riding event where it is just bull riding all night. We had a lot of fun! I forgot to check the battery on my camera before we got there and went to take a picture and you guessed it, it was dead! So I apologize for not having any pictures.
I survived my first week at my new job and I am LOVING it!!! The Nurses, Dr's and aids that I get to work with have all been so welcoming and patient with me as I am learning. I have learned so many new things this week but I know that it will take me a while to get everything down. I got to witness an epidural being done, an episiotomy, and a delivery all for the first time. Not to mention I got to hang out with lots of cute babies this week. :o) I loved getting to view the delivery, it was such a miraculous thing to witness. It's a miracle in its self to even get pregnant but than to have that pregnancy progress to full term is a miracle! Especially since statistics show that 1 out of 3 pregnancies end in miscarriage. To see the things a woman's body can do get that baby out is also amazing! It was really a testament to me that the body is designed by Heavenly Father. I don't know how anyone can witness a birth and see that beautiful new baby and still not believe in God or at least a higher power. Life is a miraculous thing!
Posted by Sabin Family at 2:07 PM
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I was sorting through old emails today and found this video my mom sent me when Nick and I were right in the middle of our fertility struggles. Get your kleenex ready ladies! You may need them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqfGqOx2iDQ
Posted by Sabin Family at 9:53 AM
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Posted by Sabin Family at 3:59 PM
Sunday, August 9, 2009
We are now counting down the days until September 10th, our BIG ultrasound is scheduled for that day. Hopefully our baby will cooperate and decide to show off its parts so we will know if we are having a baby boy or a baby girl! It will be so nice to be able to start shopping and narrow down names. We can't wait!
Posted by Sabin Family at 7:38 PM
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Posted by Sabin Family at 9:06 AM
Thursday, July 9, 2009
In October of 2006 we decided we were ready to start a family, we were so excited and like most couples never thought it would ever be a challenge to get pregnant. So, much to our disappointment month after month went by and I still wasn’t pregnant. Our excitement quickly started to fade into what if’s and frustration. After about 9 months of trying we decided it was time to talk to our doctor. We all agreed that it would be a good idea for me to try a drug called metformin. After first cycle with metformin I was pregnant. We were so excited and we couldn’t help but tell EVERYONE.
We had our first ultrasound at what should have been around 8-9 weeks but the baby only measured around 6. It had a very faint heartbeat and my Doctor was a little worried but said that dates may have been off and he would like to do another scan in 2 weeks. Well I never made it to that appointment. Less than a week after that scan I began bleeding, had an emergency ultrasound to find out that the baby had passed away, and had not grown at all since my 1st ultrasound. Needless to say we were beyond devastated! It was bad enough that we had to endure it at all but it seemed much worse that we had to tell everyone about our loss and hear everyone’s opinions. Dr. Herman really encouraged us not to lose hope and told us in a couple months we could try again.
Once again first try on metformin we became pregnant and once again miscarried. This time we decided not to tell anyone until after our first ultrasound. At that scan there was no heartbeat and we knew it was not a viable pregnancy. It was still hard to endure but we had that hope that we could get pregnant right away again.
A year after my 2nd pregnancy loss much to our disappointment we still weren’t pregnant. We tried many different treatments in that time such as increasing my metformin, trying different hormone supplements, etc. We had a visit with my Doctor once again and he suggested that we be referred to a fertility specialist.
In February of 2009 we had our first visit with my fertility specialist Dr. Johnson at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue. Immediately we knew we would like him and his “style” as much as we like Dr. Herman. He was so encouraging and gave us hope that we would soon become parents. Over the months of February, March and April we did A LOT of testing to get to the conclusion that I have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and I have a diminished ovarian reserve. Both make trying to conceive very difficult. The fix that worked for me was Clomid.
We also had a course of tests done to find out why, once I finally became pregnant why I couldn’t stay that way and that is where the hematologist (blood Doctor) comes into play. I had an abnormal platelet test result and so I was sent to the hematologist. We found out that my factor 8 platelet count (makes blood clot) was too high and protein S platelet count (makes blood stop clotting) is too low. So when I would become pregnant my body would treat that pregnancy as if it were a virus and would destroy it. My body would begin clotting in my uterus and the clots would get so big because I couldn’t stop the clotting fast enough so the clots would literally suffocate the pregnancy. The fix: baby aspirin once a day, and heparin (strong blood thinner) injections twice a day (yes I have to give myself shots) to fix the factor 8 issue and extra folic acid for the protein s issue.
On May 17th I had a positive pregnancy test, we were both so excited, nervous, and filled with joy that we cried. A few days later, I went to my specialist in Bellevue and had my first ultrasound and of course endless blood tests. All of you mama’s know what I’m talking about, it seems like every time you turn around they need your blood. Those stinkin’ vampires! Anyway my first ultrasound, the baby was so small that they couldn’t even measure the pregnancy, it was only around 4 or 5 weeks. We do have a picture of a little teeny tiny dot from that day.
A week later was ultrasound number 2 at 6 weeks 4 days and this time we saw a small jelly bean baby with the most beautiful thing in the whole world; a HEARTBEAT!!! And a strong one at that! I was so nervous for this appointment because of my past experiences that when the Dr. said “there’s your baby’s very strong heartbeat” I began BALLING, I was so relieved!
Two weeks later we had ultrasound number 3 at 8 weeks 4 days, and this time we saw a gummy bear baby with a big head, little arms and legs, and an even stronger heartbeat! The baby had tripled its size in those two weeks. The nurse was able to count all of its toes (there’s ten) and we got to see the baby move around for the first time. It was so surreal to see the baby move and now know that we are really going to be parents this time. We also heard great news from the Dr. “after three positive ultrasounds you are now released to your regular OB. You have less than a 2% chance of miscarrying. Even with your history, because we have seen the heartbeat twice, the baby IS growing, and you haven’t had any complications. Congratulations!” At the clinic we went to they never say congratulations until it’s the real deal, so that was wonderful to hear!
Here is a picture of me the week my mama belly decided to make its grand appearance. This is me at 9 weeks 6 days
This is me on Tuesday, 11 weeks 2 days.
It scares a little me that I’m showing this much already, I’m going to be huge, but hey at least it will be worth it when I hold my sweet baby for the first time. My next ultrasound is Tuesday and I can hardly wait! The other pictures I have probably won’t turn out super well so I haven’t posted them, but hopefully this one will be clear enough to post. We can’t wait to find out what we are having so we can start shopping and narrowing down names!
After all of our excitement, loss, hope and joy we are so thrilled that we will soon be parents. Thank you to our families and friends for all of the prayers, support, hugs, and tears we have shared over our journey to get this far. We wouldn’t have made it without you holding us up. We love you!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
We are so happy that not only did we get to go down to Utah for Kristl and Aaron's wedding but we also got to see family! It was great to see everyone. They really made our trip worth it! Next time we'll need to plan a trip just for visiting!
Posted by Sabin Family at 4:44 PM
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Congratulations Mr and Mrs Densley! We hope you're having fun in Cali on your Honeymoon.
Posted by Sabin Family at 3:10 PM