Friday, August 29, 2008

10 Years Ago: Part 1

I have been thinking about posting about our transition into parenthood (ie: share our story of how we became parents). As Tally's 10th birthday quickly approaches this weekend, I can't help but wonder where the time has gone. It has flown by so quickly. Before I became pregnant with Tally, I was one of those many women, who struggled with infertility and desperately wanted be become a Mother. Those years of infertility were some of the hardest years and most difficult trials of my life. More than anything I longed to become a mom and yet, becoming pregnant was not an easy thing for me. After several tests and months of charting my temperature, my OB/GYN (who was very conservative) agreed to put me on Clomid. Even on Clomid (a fertility drug), I did not ovulate each month. After several months, I became pregnant with Tally.

Those pregnancy months were not the easiest. I was sick almost the whole time and threw up (up to 10 times a day) for over 20 weeks. Yet, I was so happy to be pregnant. I was able to wear maternity clothes (back then it was traditional Mommy wear ~ lots of polka dots and high waisted dresses). Little things like that I had longed to do for years. I spent hours looking at baby name books (we wouldn't tell anyone the names we had picked out). I even gain a bunch of weight and didn't care. I had waited so long to be part of those rights of passage into Motherhood.

I had never given much thought about the possibility of complicated birth issues or any birth defects. I never had an ultra sound (like I said, my doctor was really conservative). I didn't not know if I was having a boy or a girl (life has so few surprises). My due date was September 4th and Labor Day weekend I got quite a few stares as I waddled around a local fair. My doctor really didn't give me the option about inducing labor, he believed it is best to let nature take it's course. I didn't mind. Again, even by the end, I was still so happy that I was able to experience all stages of pregnancy.

Finally my body started getting ready and I started laboring at home. I wanted to shower and get cleaned up before heading for the hospital (I really didn't want to show up looking all worn out). I got dressed in my pre-chosen out fit and was standing in the bedroom when I said, "My water just broke". Chuck stood there and looked at me as all this brown stuff gushed out and he said "That doesn't look like water". The whole plan of looking cute as I showed up at the hospital went right out the window. I quickly changed clothes and ended up leaking "brown water" all over the place as we headed to check in. I even managed to waddle down the hall with my back seat all wet (not looking cute at all) as we hurried to check in.

OK, I did label this part 1. I will be back soon to finish.

15 comments:

Permission to Mother said...

(((You are going to kill me with suspense.)))

oneblessedmamma said...

THAT is a horrible place to leave the story hanging!!!! Clearly Tally is okay now, but you really MUST finish the story promptly (I say after taking 3 posts to tell my story,LOL).

Salzwedel Family said...

I struggled with fertility as well. Our pre-pregnancy stories are the same right down to the Clomid. Thankfully I was never sick. Several doctors said we would never conceive so I thank God that He saw fit to bless us with three healthy pregnancies.

Rachel said...

You are so funny Cris! I just jumped on the computer and hoped that you had published a new post. Obviously neither of us can sleep! I love to hear your tender words when talking about your girls...you were meant to be a momma!

Red said...

I feel bad, I was a story-book pregnany. The pregnancy was not planned, but I loved being pegnant.

Coming soon...part 2

Stacia said...

Waiting for Part 2... this is part of your life that I missed, so I don't know it already. Part of it had my heart aching... because I know that infertility pain too. Part of it had me laughing, too... because you always make me laugh.

jandkmoon said...

Great story, Cris. Hope we get to see some pictures of you pregnant! I bet you were adorable!

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing your story. Praise God for His gift of children...Tally!!!on her b-day!

Kara said...

I remember how exciting it was when you found out you were pregnant. My, how the years go by. I'm so glad you are a mom and a great one at that. I think I know one other happening, but I will wait for Part 2. Happy Birthday Tally! Kendra thinks double digits is great!

cindy said...

Oh the suspense of waiting for part II!

Lee & Bev said...

I forgot about the details of "not looking cute" when you went to the hospital! But can never forget what a thrill it was for you to be pregnant. Do you remember the "bun in the oven?" The way you write and tell the story is fantastic! So much love to Tally on her B-day weekend.

Julie said...

I'm eager to hear part 2 also!!

Annie said...

I ended up having two c-sections, and never went into labor at all, but I did fret about my water breaking. I was teaching when I was expecting Aidan and a Religious Education administrator when I was expecting Lydia, and just terrified that my water would break right while I was in the middle of a presentation or something. I guess that's something I should be grateful for - that never happened!

5Gustos said...

Well, I see I'm not the first one to comment on you leaving us in a state of suspense with this cliff-hanger of a story. I'll also comment on your lamenting of not looking "cute" as you showed up to the hospital. I know it's hard to roll with the punches when you are a gal that likes to have everything neat and tidy. I can certainly commiserate with you on that! Waiting (impatiently) for more....

Wife to the Rockstar said...

Im so looking forward to the rest!!!!!!!!!!