Shane and I have some excited news to share… we’re having a baby! Baby Dooley is due September 27th 2019, and we couldn’t be more excited!
If you read my post, My Hyperthyroidism Journey, you know that Shane and I had been open to getting pregnant for just over a year. In early January, I went to the doctor to finally address my hypothyroidism in hopes that it would increase the chance of us getting pregnant and decrease the chance of miscarriage if I did get pregnant. Little did I know, when I had that appointment I was actually pregnant. Shane and I didn’t find out though until about 2 weeks after that appointment, when I missed my period.
I used apps to track my cycle pretty consistently so when I didn’t get my period on January 20th, I didn’t think much of it. I thought the new medication I had started taking for my hypothyroidism was somehow messing with my cycle but when I woke up the day after my missed period, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to take a pregnancy test.
I truly didn’t think I was pregnant but since I overthink everything and had a cheap pregnancy test on hand I figured I might as well ease my mind and take one of the tests. I waited the 3 mins, watching the test the entire time, and watched the test gradually turn the two lines pink.
I could not believe my eyes, so I took 4 more, which were all positive as well. Still in disbelief, I then drove to Walmart to get the more expensive tests to get a more accurate test. I came back home drank a bunch of water and took another test. This time it was one of the 6 days sooner First Response tests. I waited the 5 mins but didn’t watch it that time, after the 5 mins I looked and it said Yes+. I looked at myself in the mirror, smiled and said “holy s***” lol. I couldn’t believe it, like seriously didn’t believe it!
While all of this was going on, Shane was fast sleep. I didn’t know what to do so I waited until that afternoon then called the doctor. I told the nurse that I’d taken 7 pregnancy test, by that time, that were all positive (she laughed and said “You didn’t believe the first one” lol nope, or the 7th, I was still in shock). I set up an appointment to get a blood test to confirm that afternoon. After they took my blood, they let me know I wouldn’t get the test results until the next day, which of course came back positive.
Shane was still sleeping by the time I got back from the doctor so when I got home, I put the positive pregnancy test in a small box with tissue paper. I put that box in a larger box filled with packing peanuts then taped the box and put two bows on top. When Shane woke up later that afternoon, I took a video and told him he had one last Christmas present to open. When he opened the big box, he couldn’t see the smaller box so he thought I was teasing him but I told him I wasn’t and he finally found the smaller box. He opened the box and saw the test, he was shocked, smiled and said “that was fast”. I was 4 weeks and 3 days when Shane and I found out.
Since I had only been on my thyroid medication for a couple of weeks, we thought for sure it would take awhile for the medication to kick in and for it to increase our changes of becoming pregnant. Little did we know, I was actually pregnant during that appointment. We were both very excited and I’m so glad I recorded it so we’ll have the video forever and be able to show our little one his reaction.
Being the impatient person I am, we told my best friend later that week and my family that weekend. We told Shane’s family a few weeks later at our niece’s birthday party, by then I was 8 weeks and Shane and I had just had our first ultrasound, which went great! Everyone was very excited for us! After almost 12 years of Shane and I being together, you could say we’ve had a few people eagerly waiting for this announcement!
Although we did tell our families very early, we knew that if something were to happen they would be our biggest support systems and we couldn’t imagine going through it without their support. I have been a big ball of worry since the second I saw those two pink lines (Shane can attest to this) so having the extra support from family and friends has helped ease my mind and has been fun to share in the excitement!
We were fortunate enough to get another ultrasound at 12 weeks and it was amazing to see the amount of development just in those 4 weeks since our 8 week appointment! Shane and I had so much fun watching our little baby move all around and kicking his/her feet around. That appointment really made things start to feel more real.
I’m now just over 16 weeks and in my second trimester. The first trimester went great for me! I’m extremely lucky to have had very few and mild symptoms. I had slight nausea for about 2 weeks or so (if I didn’t eat often enough), I was also more tired than usual, but I haven’t really had any cravings so far. The second trimester, the most intense symptom I’ve had is hip pain from sleeping on my sides. They say it’s best to sleep on your sides while pregnant, mostly your left side, and since I’m usually a belly sleeper that has been quite an adjustment. Luckily, the pain isn’t everyday and my doctor just gave me a few exercises which will hopefully help.
Our next appointment will be at 20 weeks which will be the anatomy scan where we’ll find out the gender and I CANNOT wait! I’ve been antsy to find out the gender from very beginning and although we could’ve found out a few different ways by now (genetic testing, SNEAK PEAK) Shane has assured me that I can wait until our 20 week appointment. 🙂
What’s your guess, boy or girl? I’m guessing it’s a girl but Shane thinks it’s a boy. I’d love to hear what you think we’re having! Leave your guess in the comments below and let us know what you think!
I’m so excited to share this exciting new journey with all of you moving forward as we become new parents!
xoxo – Katie