Sunday, November 10, 2013

Expecting a Spring...

We are overjoyed and so blessed to be expecting a little one at the end of May! I was ahead of the game (for the first time ever, I think) and we actually took these pictures a few days before we hit the "12 week" milestone. Today marks 12 weeks (yes!!) and for the first time in awhile, I actually felt like blogging.. so here I am, sharing the news!

We had so much fun during our cheesy little photo shoot. 

I figured this was a great excuse to take cheesy, excited face, kissing, silly prop, mushy smiling pictures.. 

because, why not?  :)

And mother nature provided the most beautiful back-drop. 

We are extra excited and thankful about this little baby because it took us much longer than we wanted to get to this point. 

I've decided to be open about our struggle with infertility because I remember seeing other people's announcements when we were "trying" for what seemed like forever. It's not that you're not happy for them, it just makes you feel sad about what you want so badly and can't seem to achieve. But when I would see announcements from people I knew had struggled with infertility, it gave me so much hope! 

I loved reading blogs like Alo's Place and Loving Life, and sharing in their struggles and their joy. 

We "tried" for 2 years and 3 months before achieving our pregnancy. There was a miscarriage (really a chemical pregnancy), severals tests and doctor visits and 3 IUI's (intrauterine inseminations) before we got to this point. Our doctor thinks I have a mixture of PCOS and Endometriosis that caused our inability to get pregnant "naturally". The actual IUI procedures were a breeze. It was the testing (like the Hysterosalpinogram) beforehand that sucked.  A lot of people go through a lot worse though, so I'm not complaining! And hey, it was all worth it in the end! We are truly blessed. 

PS - If you found this post through googling IUI Success or infertility - send me an email or leave a comment, I'd love to pray for you. 


  1. Huge congrats to you both! What a blessing!!

  2. I'm so excited for you two! I've only known you for a short while, but this seems like the most perfect thing to happen to anyone ever! Congratulations!!

  3. This is such tremendous news! I am beyond thrilled for your family! You are going to be an excellent mother, no doubt. All best from the other side of the globe as you are moving into your second trimester!

  4. Congratulations! I am so excited for you and sad to hear about your struggle with infertility. I have several friends and family members who have not been able to have children yet, and it is heartbreaking. May God bless you and your family — and I pray that you'll have a healthy baby!

  5. Congratulations!! and thank you for your honesty about your fertility struggles. I haven't tried for a baby yet, but I hope we do not have to travel the same journey. It's really great to hear how happily this story is turning out for you.

  6. Congratulations! I'm actually worried I might have Endometriosis or something similar so I'm planning on going to the doctor asap to get that checked out. Not that I'm trying to get pregnant yet - but it is something I hope for in the future so I'd rather take care of myself now so I have less problems in the future. I'm so happy for you!

  7. Wow - CONGRATULATIONS!!! What exciting news :)

    Hope to see you at Taste of Vintage next week.

  8. Rachel, this is wonderful news. I am so very happy for you both!

  9. So thrilled for you babe! It's so incredible and selfless that you are being so open about the process. Chad's sister struggled for years before becoming pregnant and it was stories like yours that kept her spirits up! Love these photos, can't wait for more updates! XOXO

  10. oh-my goodness! just blog browsing, & i ran into this little gem of a post! wow! so happy for you:) you will be a great mom!


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