Pregnancy Update (Almost 22 Weeks) & a Memorial to a Courageous Woman

So, I’ve mentioned in several of my Instagram posts and stories that I’ve been diagnosed with some pregnancy complications and how that has led to me being on a modified version of bed rest. Until I had a better idea or “confirmation” of my diagnosis, I didn’t want to formalize anything. But this morning, my MFM (Maternal-Fetal Medicine or “high risk” doctor) called me with the results of the MRI I had yesterday and confirmed what I can now share with you. Here’s my story so far…

Because I was to turn 35 right before my original due date, they considered me “Advanced Maternal Age”. (Way to make me feel even older.) What that originally meant to me is more testing than usual, and light-heartedly, I was just excited that I would have blood work done at 10 weeks to find out the gender much earlier. Of course, when you’re pregnant, you feel the joy of all of the blessings that babies bring and don’t focus really on potential negative outcomes that could come from these testings. Well, at least I didn’t.

The genetic testing came back perfect and we were ecstatic to find out we were having another little girl. Honestly, I didn’t care much if it was a boy or a girl, as I already have one of each. After the journey we have been on to be able to have this baby (see original blog post for more on that), I would take ANY baby God would give me! Skip forward to my 18th week of pregnancy, and it was ordered that I have a “Level 2 Ultrasound”. I guess this is typical when you are considered AMA. I was excited to just get a good look at the baby from a 3-D perspective and didn’t even consider the fact that I might find anything alarming when I walked in that day.

I remember the US technician being very quiet. And me, being the chatty Kathy that I am, talking her ear off and asking her if she could give me as much of a play-by-play as possible. She remained politely quiet, but I was starting to get the feeling that something was off. She said she was finished and that the doctor would be in shortly. The MFM that I saw that day was one of the most gentle physicians I’ve ever encountered. He came in and communicated the findings to me as softly as possible, but I remember the majority of it sounding like a foreign language.

He first told me that I have Complete Placenta Previa, which I’d heard of before but really knew nothing about. He showed me the US images on the screen and did another in-depth US on me while he was telling me about it. It was obvious to me that things looked very differently than what I was used to seeing in my previous pregnancies. But he also told me that many women have placenta previa and that things can change and move when you’re pregnant (though I later learned that probably wouldn’t be the case with me) and I just tried second by second to digest what he was saying. I remembered hearing about Kim Kardashian having PP and also remembered my best friend talking about another blogger who had shared her story with PP, when it was told to me very early in my pregnancy that I could have PP. But again, I didn’t really know much.

The photo below helped me to visualize what Placenta Previa looks like:

What I understood of PP was that it could cause early bleeding and preterm labor, but also understood that each case is very different. It wasn’t until later that I realized what exactly this could mean for my current situation, but the bottom line is that every single case is different and there’s no way of knowing your outcome until you just live it.

More on placenta previa here:

Baby Center- Placenta Previa.

His next finding was the one that really set off my fearful antennas…

He told me that, in addition to the CPP, he was pretty certain that he could see a Placenta Accreta. I had NEVER even heard of this before, but I could tell from the change in his tone that this was serious, and so my tone changed immediately as well. He honestly didn’t tell me all too much about accreta that day, or what it really meant for ME or my baby, but he basically  said that it was a result of my prior c-sections and described it that my placenta had grown into my uterus and that he could see a good deal of blood flow down south that wasn’t supposed to be there. He showed me what that looked like on the screen and it definitely explained (to me) a lot of the “pressure” I had been feeling down there that I’d never experienced with my other pregnancies. He also explained what that meant for my PP as the baby can tend to gravitate to where the richest blood supply is, and mine is showing richly south of my uterus where the accreta was invading my uterus (and could potentially invade other areas with time). I know this sounds confusing… it’s still confusing to me, but basically the bottom line is that lots of blood flow= higher risk of mom hemorrhaging. So we just don’t want to see that.

For a few moments, both the doctor and the US technician had to leave the room, and I immediately picked up my phone to Google “placenta accreta” and find out what I was really looking at. I learned there are three levels of accreta: accreta, increta and percreta.

Source: Info on Accreta

Yesterday I had an MRI to determine if my accreta was 100%, in fact, actually an accreta. And if so, to what extent has it penetrated the uterus. This morning, my doctor called me with the news I was praying not to receive. Not only had my placenta invaded the uterus (accreta) and gone past the uterine wall (increta), it most likely has started to invade other organs (percreta). Right now, we’re seeing it looks to have started to infiltrate the bladder. So, of all the outcomes, mine is the rarest and can be the most complicated.

At this point, I can’t tell you exactly what it means for me specifically. The doctors have told me to keep my feet up as much as possible, not to lift anything and to take this seriously as I’ll 100% be having a hysterectomy with this delivery. If you’ve read about what we’ve been through to have this child, I’m sure you can imagine how earth-shattering this news is for me. But if it means I can have this baby, healthy in my arms. And I can live to experience it… well, it’s the least of my concerns. I’ve also been prepared to have my bags packed as early as 24 weeks and that the potential for hospital bedrest isn’t highly unlikely. If I were to have any severe bleeds, my situation is extremely critical and could require constant watch. But again, all of these are uncertainties, and I will continue to pray every second of every single day for the best possible outcome that God could deliver and will hope for a miracle. I, for one, believe in miracles and know anything is possible with the power of prayer.

My support system is one that I can’t even explain. I don’t say this to be boisterous. I say this to honor and cherish the people that I have in my life. My husband is literally my angel. From the second we got this news, he’s stepped up to the plate 100%. From spending every second of his time with the kids, to grocery shopping and cleaning and helping to plan the holidays… he’s my rock. Even more than that, he’s constantly optimistic and supportive and genuinely the most caring and loving person I could ever have wished for in my wildest dreams. We’re surely not perfect. We can bicker like an old married couple. But then God shows us how life can test our vows, and EVERY SINGLE TIME… this guy steps up to the plate and reminds me why I chose the possible possible partner I could have asked for. Basically what I’m saying is this.. Jason Thomas Pfeiffer, there’s no soul on this planet who means more to me than you. I hope you never think I take a second of your love for granted and I hope that you know that NO MATTER what happens, you are my person and I thank God for you every single day.

I can’t let this post end without honoring a very special woman…

Last night when I went to bed, I was shaken with some devastating news. You see, when I got this diagnosis 3-4 weeks ago, I immediately found and joined a support group on Facebook for women who currently have a previa/accreta diagnosis or those who are survivors of accreta. This group has been everything for me over the last few weeks, as this has been such a rare diagnosis that it has felt a little isolating and lonely at times. We lean on each other with questions, fears, success stories, and even yes… sometimes we’re faced with our greatest fear… those who do not make it through this scary beast. Last night as I was going to bed, I was shaken with the news that a beautiful woman in our support group passed away yesterday during labor from complications with percreta (the diagnosis that I was to wake up today to receive). As we all seem to fear from this diagnosis, she just lost too much blood and after delivering her (third) BEAUTIFUL little girl successfully, lost her battle with accreta  and went to the Other Side to meet our maker.

It’s impossible to understand how or why these things happen, but it’s definitely not the common outcome. (Though statistics say maternal mortality has been reported as high as 6-7% in women with this diagnosis, I’d like to believe in all the stories I’ve heard personally shared in our group that I don’t believe it to be that common.) But it does happen. And it happened last night to a courageous women who left behind a loving husband and 3 beautiful girls. I can only imagine what this family is currently going through, but I do know she has a whole community of women who have her constantly in our prayers and thoughts and we’re sending all of our love to her family during this extremely difficult time.

I can only imagine the financial burdens we will encounter from these difficult complications, and now Maribel’s husband is left to sort them out a single father of 3 girls. I ask of you… if it moves any of you to donate, her family has set up a GoFundMe account to help them through this difficult time. Every dollar counts, and I know they would appreciate any size donation.

Simple click on this link: https://www.gofundme.com/maribel-sanchez-memorial-fund and donate any amount you can.

Maribel Sanchez, I send you love and light and will pray over your family every single day.

*To learn more about Placenta Accreta, you can follow along at Hope for Accreta on Facebook.

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My Cozy-Time Necessity and How I Plan to Get Organized in the New Year– with Yankee Candle from Walmart

This time of year I almost ALWAYS have a candle lit when I am home. Something about having the tree lights on and having a candle burning just makes everything feel that much cozier. Whether I want the scent of something sweet (like I have a tray of cookies in the oven) or something crisp (because I absolutely LUV to have a clean house with a clean-scented candle lit), it just creates a sense of calm that makes me feel cozy and warm. Yankee Candles are pretty much the superior ranking when it comes to  all candles. And you probably don’t have to just take my word on that, as almost everyone in America has either owned or been around the scent of a Yankee candle at some point, so you probably know what I’m talking about.

Not all candles can disperse a scent throughout a large space, and I’ve always found that Yankee candles just have that power. I can light a candle in the kitchen and still smell it in the living room. I just LUV the power of their scents. Since you know I’m all about finding a deal, I’ve rounded out for you some of my favorite Yankee scents at one of the most affordable places to order them… the place where you can always find a deal… Walmart, of course! The everyday prices are already lower than many other retailers AND they have FREE shipping options right now!

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As the holidays quickly come and go, I really LUV to stock up on scents that I can use year-round. As soon as the holidays end, I can’t wait to get my decorations down, so that I can organize and rethink my decorations for the new year. I typically like to purge this time of year and really clean out things that aren’t serving a purpose or bringing me happiness. Lighting a crisp scent while I clean and organize really seems to get me inspired. Can anyone else relate?! My very favorite scent to use year round, especially when the holidays end and I’m doing my New Year/Spring cleaning, is Yankee Clean Cotton Scent.

You won’t believe the everyday deals they offer on Yankee scents at Walmart! And right now, they’re offering FREE 2-DAY SHIPPING* on tons of your favorite scents, so it’s the perfect gift to order your friend, mom, sister, mother-in-law or as a hostess gift because it will arrive quickly, AND this makes it super affordable! Whether you order my favorite scent, Clean Cotton, or any other scent… your gift is sure to be a hit! I can’t imagine a person on the planet who wouldn’t LUV to receive a Yankee Candle.

Also… some of my favorite holiday scents at Walmart:


*Order by December 19 and get FREE SHIPPING on select items before Christmas. Order online by December 23 at 4 pm and pick up in-store as late as 12/24.

**This post is sponsored by Walmart and Yankee Candle, but all opinions and thoughts are entirely my own. Affiliate links are used in this post, which means I get a commission if you purchase items with the links I’ve provided. Thanks, as always, for your support.

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Gift Guide for Kids

I’ve scoured the stores and the Internet, and I’m breaking down for you some of my top picks for gifts for kids! Many of these I’ve either purchased in past years for my kids or have purchased as gifts for them this year! Others are gifts I think are fitting for kids with all interests! Just click on the photos of the items in the carousels below and it will take you straight to the links to review and/or purchase! Happy shopping!

For the Tiny Homemaker:

For the Science-Lover:

For the Make-Believer:

For the Creator:

For the Music Lover:

For the Adventurer:

Hope this proved helpful for those of you shopping for the kiddos in your lives! Don’t forget to check out my Gift Guide for Her and stay tuned for future holiday-related posts!

*Several hours were spent shopping for and researching the items I’ve linked above. This blog post contains affiliate links, which means I get a commission if you purchase items at my recommendation. Thanks, as always, for your support! It’s what keeps this blog of mine alive! 🙂

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My Holiday Cards with Tiny Prints & Our Family Photos 2017

It’s that time of year again! I absolutely LUV Christmas cards, and this is about 6 years in a row that I’ve ordered my cards from Tiny Prints. I thought I’d give y’all a little slideshow of our pictures this year, in celebration of our card announcement! Kind of like a virtual card to each and every one of you! Today is actually the last day to get the cyber week deal of 40% off your cards, so hurry and order now! Just CLICK HERE and use code: CYBERCARDS at checkout…

Thank you Kristin LaDriere Family Photography for another year of awesome photos! You always capture our family perfectly! xxoo

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*Some affiliate links were used in this blog post. Which means I get a commission if you purchase any items at my recommendation. Thanks, as always, for your support! xoxo

 

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Gift Guide for Her- Gifts for All Interests & All Budgets

I’ve scoured my favorite shopping destinations and broken down for you my best gift ideas for the special ladies in your life (or yourself). Just click the photos in the carousels below and head straight the items to shop! Got any questions? Just ask! 🙂

My Shirt / My Rug

Gifts for the Beauty Junkie:

I ordered this beauty kit about a month ago, and I use each product regularly now! My favorite is the High Brow Pencil. I use it in the corners of my eyes and right under my brows and it brightens my entire face! The bronzer is great for contouring and the highlighter is another great way to brighten your face. It also includes a full-size macara! This is a great gift to give to almost anyone! Even yourself… 🙂

Gifts for the Skincare Guru:

Gifts for the Jewelry-Lover:

Gifts for the Techy Girl:

Splurge-Worthy Gifts for the Designer Gal:

Gifts for the Home:

Cozy Gifts for the Homebody:

Gifts under $50 and Stocking Stuffers:

My Shirt// My Watch// My Bangles// My Gold Cuff Bracelets// My David Yurman Bracelet

(All of the items I’m wearing and linked above are also great holiday gifts!)

Hope this helps you put a nice dent into your shopping lists! I know I’ve been busy shopping tons of these items already! Comment in the comment section what other gift guides you’d like to see or any other questions/comments you may have! Thanks for using my shopping guides and links this holiday season… it’s because of you guys I get to continue to do what I LUV! Which is share all the things I LUV with all of you! xxoo

*Affiliate links were used in this post. Which means I get a commission if you purchase any of the items you click on. A TON of work goes into making these selections, so I SO appreciate you guys using my links and supporting my blog! As always, all opinions are my own.

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THE BEST OF BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY SALES, {Constantly Updating…}

As a blogger, I get a heads up of what the best sales of the holiday season are, and it’s my job to make sure you guys are in the loop, too! This includes Pre-Black Friday deals, Black Friday Deals and Cyber Monday! I’m going to keep updating on this blog post as sales are LIVE, so come back daily to check it out!

Grab a cup of Joe, cuddle up and start knocking out some of your holiday shopping! Here’s what I’ve got for you so far… (Click the store/promo to get shopping!)

 

CYBER MONDAY UPDATE/ADDITIONS:

ANTHROPOLOGIE// 20% Off 24-Hour Exclusive! Plus Free Shipping on Orders Over $100

NEIMAN MARCUS //Save up to 70% off when you take an extra 30% off online clearance at NeimanMarcus.com! 

DATE: 11/26 – 11/27

NEIMAN MARCUS //Cyber Monday Gift Card! Receive up to a $750 gift card with your $200+ regular priced purchase at NeimanMarcus.com! Beauty & fragrance included. 

DATE: 11/26 – 11/27

LEXMOD// 20% OFF Everything + Free Shipping

Save 20% on my favorite mattress and some of the furniture I have in my home!

TARGET// Take Extra 15% Off Today (Online Only)

Click on the Cyber Week Deals to See the Best Sales!

THE MINE// 30% off Sitewide

Shop some of the items in my home:

CODE: CYBER30

T3 MICRO // 25% off Everything

DATE: 11/27 – 11/28

CODE: MONDAY17

WORLD MARKET// Buy More, Save More- Up to 40% off

CODE: CYBERSALE

Abercrombie- TODAY ONLY!-  50% off Everything + Free Shipping

Must Create Free Club Membership for Offer to be Valid at Checkout.

ASOS // Black Friday Weekend- 30% off Everything

DATE: 11/22 – 11/28

CODE: EPIC30

What I purchased from ASOS Sale:

BAUBLE BAR // 30% OFF EVERYTHING

My favs, including a few of the things in my cart:

CLAIRE’S ICING // Black Friday Starts now 40% Off Almost Everything

DATE: 11/23 – 11/26

EXPRESS: 50% off everything, plus free shipping

DATE: 11/27

FINISH LINE // Use the exclusive code REWARDSTYLEBF to gain early access to 25% Off Finish Line’s Black Friday Deals! Ends 11/22 at midnight.

DATE: 11/20 – 11/22

CODE: REWARDSTYLEBF

FRANCESCA’S // Black Friday starts here. Buy one, get one 60% off all clothing, jewelry, accessories, shoes, home & gifts at francesca’s. Stay tuned for more cyber specials!

GAP // 50% off EVERYTHING

CODE: BLKFRIDAY

HORCHOW HOME // Black Friday Sale! Save up to 40% off select items + enjoy free shipping on orders $50+ with code HOLIDAY @HorchowHome

DATE: 11/22-11/26

CODE: HOLIDAY

HUNTER // Shop the Black Friday Sale alongside an exclusive offer up to 40% off a new Hunter product every day.

DATE: 11/20 – 11/27

J CREW //Take 40% off everything

DATE: 11/21 – 11/26

MADEWELL //Take 25% off everything

DATE: 11/21 – 11/26

MISSGUIDED // Own the night with the new season party collection from Missguided and get 50% off all dresses (excluding sale and CarliBybel items) using code DRESSYBABE in the US and DRESSLOVE in the UK

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An Easy, Breazy Outfit for All Occasions & The Leggings you HAVE to Have

As a Mom, I’m always looking for ways to look put together, yet still feel comfortable. I’m all about LIVABLE clothes. I see so many outfits on Insta and Pinterest that I LUV but just aren’t realistic in my everyday lifestyle. Here I’ve styled an outfit that works for so many lifestyles and SO many occasions…

First of all, IMO, there is ONE staple every girl/woman needs in her wardrobe this holiday season… a good pair (or several) of dressier leggings. Pair with a tunic, tank, jacket, tee, heel, bootie, mule, OTK boot… you name it! They’re SO versatile! These particular ones come in 4 different colors and are life changing… They suck you in in all the right places, they’re super flattering, and they’re so versatile that you can wear them to the grocery store or a friend’s or company holiday party! They also have versions in velvet, metallic options and more casual options. You can’t go wrong with any of these… (The photos are clickable, so just click the items to shop them).

These mule booties are currently on sale, as is this bag, and this necklace is on sale for under $10!

Finally, get yourself a great, neutral jacket you can throw over almost anything. My color of choice… army green. It works in all seasons, so it won’t expire come March. (Think a white tee, jeans and sandals for spring.) And it’s versatile in that it’s laid back enough to head to the mall or can be dressed up enough to head to dinner with your girlfriends. Here are some options I LUV…

Shop this entire outfit (super similar bag and shoes both on sale) by clicking any of the items below:

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Transforming a Blank Wall to a WOW Factor- A Fireplace Wall for our Family Room

For the entirety of the 3.5 years we’ve lived in our home, the giant wall  in our family room has plagued me. As someone who cannot stand clutter and fully appreciates minimal stuff when it comes to decor, nothing I’ve done with this wall has really worked for me. Because it’s such a large wall and the vaulted ceilings are so tall, it’s always felt either super cluttered (when I add stuff to the wall) or too blank, like we just moved in and haven’t decorated yet. For that reason, this wall is typically left out of pictures and changes CONSTANTLY.

Since we’ve been renovating almost our entire home since we moved in, this big, blank wall has always gotten put on the back burner. (We knew building what we REALLY wanted on this wall would be a costly investment.) Since we’ve completed most of the other big projects in our home, and since updating our family room this spring, I really couldn’t wait another second to bring to life the visions I’ve always had for this wall and make this room feel complete .

So, I went to my favorite trusty cabinet/countertop connoisseur Derek Adams at Adams Multicare and asked him how quickly we could get started. (If you’re in the Tampa area, and you’re looking for someone to help you with your cabinet and countertop needs, look no futher! Got questions about Adams Multicare? Just ask. I used to do a little freelance design work for them AND they’ve renovated a good majority of our home. Highly recommend.) Anyway… after a few pow-wows, we nailed down a design and were ready to get started. After much adieu, we are finally completed with the project…

I knew the number one thing I wanted to add to the wall was an electric fireplace. Living in Florida, especially the subdivision we’re in, it’s not always easy to find a home with a fireplace. So, this was something I’d been wanting to add since we moved in. After some research, I landed on this electric fireplace that I found on Amazon. The best part about an electric fireplace (especially in Florida)… you can turn your fireplace on any day, anytime and not HAVE to have it ommit heat. Honestly, there are few days in a year that we can use the heat down here. But I’ve had our fireplace on every single day since it was installed!

I wanted a VERY simple mantel. I didn’t want to disturb the clean lines of the unit, and I’ve really transitioned out of most of our farmhouse-inspired decor, so I didn’t want anything with a rustic vibe. I had such a hard time finding something that I liked! UNTIL… I stumbled upon this seller on Amazon that makes custom mantels at SUPER affordable prices in the color and finish you want. I went with the non-distressed white mantel in 72″ to cover the entire width of the fireplace build-out. Honestly, I think this mantel/ledge would be great on a wall even if you didn’t have a fireplace. It would work for so many different designs!

I also knew I wanted to add lighting to our unit. And, I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that I went with my go-to modern lighting source Lucent Lightshop. (You’ll see their light fixtures scattered throughout my home.) When we renovated our laundry room, we also went with all white shaker cabinets and chose a matte black hardware from my go-to source for unique hardware. (My kitchen hardware are from here as swell.)  I absolutely luv’d the simplicity of the design and the clean look. So I knew I wanted to go with the same hardware on this unit and match the lighting with a matte black finish. These drop arm sconces were the perfect fit for the bill. I actually had them create a longer arm for the sconces than the listing called for, and I think they turned out perfect! (Want to win one of these gorgeous sconces? Stay tuned to my Instagram to find out how!)

Finally, for winter, I decided to add a super neutral rug to the room to prepare for my Christmas decorations (that are very neutral, too). This rug is ridiculously plush and soft, and basically it just feels like you’re walking on a cloud. Super cozy for the fuzzy, winter vibes I’m going for… Makes ya just want to curl up in front of a fireplace. Oh wait… I can! 🙂

Overall, we couldn’t be happier with the way the wall and the entire room have come together! The floor to ceiling fireplace with quartz-surround creates a wow-factor the room really lacked. The white shaker cabinets coordinate perfectly with the neighboring kitchen cabinets and the rest of the cabinetry in the house. And the simple black detailing really is the cherry on the cake for me.

Hope you enjoyed this little look at our most recent project. Next up… the nursery! 🙂

If you have any questions about the materials we used, the design or the companies we worked with, please feel free to leave your questions and comments in the comment section below.

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My Top Picks from the World Market Furniture Sale

I have several items in my home from World Market and regularly have my eye on several new. They seem to always nail designer looks for less, and they’re always up on the new trends. (I am a World Market Ambassador, but this specific post is NOT sponsored! I just LUV this sale!) Since there is so much good stuff right now, I thought I’d peruse the 46 pages of items that are currently 40% OFF and break down my favorites for you!!!

Living Room:

Dining & Bar:

Bedroom & Home Office:

So the sale is 40% off ALL FURNITURE, excluding outdoor. The awesome part, it seems to even apply to sale items! So you can snag a new headboard for under $100 or a new sofa for under $250! I mean, it’s insanity! The discount code FURNSALE also applies free shipping to orders over $200. It does appear delivery surcharges still apply, but I’m telling you guys, these deals are hot. Happy Shopping! Comment with your favorite items below…

*Affiliate links are used in this post, which means I get a commission if you purchase items at my suggestion. Thanks, as always, for your support!

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All Good Things are Worth Waiting For (Our Unexpected Journey to Have Another Child) <3

Well, surprise! If you’ve been wondering why it’s been so quiet over here on my end, here it is!!! It’s been a crazy 3 months, but we’re finally so excited to share that we are pregnant with Pfeiffer Kid #3, or as my dad endearingly calls she or he “PK3”.

If you’ve been following along, you may have read my very personal blog post about my devastating loss a few months ago. After speaking with our doctor and doing some personal reflection, we decided that we would continue to try the following month. I understand this topic is a very personal one, and each family probably has their own opinions about when they decide to try after a loss. But, it was very early on for us, and we decided we were emotionally ready to keep trying.

So here we are 3 months later, 3 months pregnant! I’m just now at the end of my first trimester, but boy oh boy has it been a rough couple months! I’m now remembering why I thought I was done having kids after my second pregnancy. I’ve been feeling pretty sick, extremely exhausted, and due to some complications, I’ve been instructed to lay pretty low. So it’s been lots of unplugging and resting and trying to keep this baby cookin’! But we’re OVER-THE-MOON with joy and gratitude that God has blessed us with this miracle!!

We’ve now seen the heartbeat a total of 5 times, so we’re feeling pretty good about the progress of little PK3, and we should even find out the sex within the next week!

I’ve been pretty open about our journey, and I plan to continue to be, as I hope that our story can inspire even one person. After having 2 kids, we decided we were both done, and my husband had a vasectomy. Fast forward 4-5 years later, my youngest was going to school full-time, and I started majorly second-guessing that decision. I just didn’t feel like I was ready to be out of this chapter yet. Life felt so good and I wondered why we made such a big decision at such a young age, and I started questioning completely if we’d made a huge mistake…

After lots of discussion, pondering and PRAYER, we decided to move forward with doing a reversal. Going into it, we weren’t sure what the outcome would be. We were told that statistically we were the perfect candidates for this procedure, as we as a couple have had 2 healthy babies together, we did not have a history of fertility issues, we were both still “young” AND it had only been 5 years since the original procedure. Still though, there were no certainties, so we had to go into it unconditionally with as much hope and faith as we could muster up.

The very first month we were able to try I had a positive pregnancy test around when my period was due. However, within 24 hours I got my “period”, and I learned that this is typically considered a “chemical pregnancy”. I’d never even heard of this before, but I felt a mix of emotions that day. On one hand, I was pretty disappointed once I realized I wasn’t actually pregnant. But, on the other hand, I felt optimistic that we showed signs of being able to get pregnant again so quickly, so I was also very hopeful.

Over the next several months after this I had my own personal health scare that postponed our baby journey completely. While I sorted out my own health, we had to put the idea of a baby on hold, which was extremely difficult after everything we’d been through. But several months later, we were ready to try again! (Maybe I’ll share more on that another time…)

The early miscarriage was more devastating than I could have ever imagined. But after the almost year-long journey from the reversal to now, I can honestly say it makes me even more full of gratitude for this blessing God has given us now. I know that my story is unfolding as it is supposed to, and God will continue to answer my prayers and teach me through unanswered prayers that He is in charge and that I can plan as much as I’d like, but some things are simply outside of my control.

With that, I accept this journey unconditionally. I pray for health and happiness and that this baby is the perfect completion to our little family. The kids are gleeful that they are going to have a baby brother or sister, and that makes my heart explode even more! When I consider how lucky I am in this world to be surrounded by so much unconditional love, it only seems right to consider adding another soul to our loving circle.

I so appreciate all of you coming on this journey with us. After my last blog post, I was flooded with the most kind, caring, considerate messages from so many of you, I couldn’t even believe it. While we can all knock social media and the issues that it can cause, it is also be the most incredible forum for a bunch of strangers to come together for so much good. Your support has meant the world, and I hope that you know that I’m here for each and every one of you who may have a similar story or ANY story of your own! Please feel free to comment below, and I’d LUV to connect with you!

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