Real Talk

It’s a girl!

We are having a girl! Feeling so overjoyed!

Many of you know that this is my third pregnancy and the only baby that has made it to the second trimester. For those of you who don’t know, my amazing doctor had me tested for every blood disease/genetic mutation and we found out I have a genetic mutation that thickens my blood during pregnancy and can cause blood clots, which is why I’ve lost my last two babies.

My blood flow isn’t efficient for the growth of a baby so it passes around 8 weeks. To stay pregnant, I have to take a blood thinner shot in my stomach everyday of my pregnancy. So crazy, but so thankful my doctor figured this out.

My amazing husband has given me every shot, hugged me everytime it has hurt, and has endured all of my emotions from the pain my body is enduring. Although these shots burn and leave bruises, I am thankful for them. They have required CJ and I to have a different level of trust. I’ve always been thankful for him, but I’m more grateful for him than ever.

This genetic mutation comes with chronic pain, which is why I have always been in pain since I can remember. There hasn’t been one day I haven’t felt pain in my body. But, with all that being said it is nice to have answers now.

My pregnancy hormones also caused my body to get Hashimoto’s disease, which is an autoimmune disorder. It has caused a whole new way of living. It’s not the end of the world, but if I don’t take care of my body with thyroid medicine and my eating habits, it can hurt the baby.

My point in all of this is I need prayer. We have a faithful God that has brought us this far, a geat support system, but if you pray, please keep us in mind. Most days aren’t a struggle, but there are many days that fear takes over. Today is one of those days.

I’m overjoyed, excited, and so in love with my baby girl. I’m also afraid, afraid that the heartbeat will disappear. I know my God is good, so I shouldn’t fear right? But, there are days like today where I’m overwhelmed. Thank you to everyone who has reached out, and shared your own situation with me. You are so encouraging. 💕

Xoxo,

Shelby

Maternity Photographer

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