Saturday, January 15, 2011
On January 15, 2003 I arrived at the hospital at 7"00AM for my scheduled c-section. Hubby and I could not wait to find out if we were having a boy or girl....although Hubby was so convinced we were having a boy he wouldn't even discuss girl names.
At 9:44AM the doctor announced "You have a big baby girl!" I will never forget the look on Hubby's face.....it was complete and utter shock!!! He turned to me stunned and said "What on earth are we going to name her??" I gave him my top two picks and said "Pick one."
The Duchess weighed in at 8lbs. 10oz. & 21". MUCH bigger then her 5lb brother and 4lb sister who had been born just 13 months earlier!!
That's right...13 MONTHS between TWINS and another baby!!! CRAAAZZZYYY!!!!!
I suppose I should explain The Duchesses conception......well, not THAT part....get your minds out of the gutter!!! But more the HOW I learned of The Duchesses impending arrival.
I went through nearly 4 years of infertility prior to conceiving my twins through IVF. Over those 4 years I worked with 4 different doctors, had NUMEROUS medical procedures and was told by ALL 4 doctors I had a 0-1% chance of every concieving or carring a baby to term without medical intervention. My infertility journey is a long and complicated one I'll share another time.......
Ultimatley I had a successful IVF cycle in which I concieved triplets....Yep TRIPLETS! Sadly just one week after learning we had concieved 3 babies, I lost one. Thankfully the other 2 continued to grow and arrived healthy, although 6 weeks premature.
When My Boy and The Contessa were about 6 months old I started feeling very yucky throughout the day. Several things went through my mind..............the flu, exhaustion, or even a allergy to dairy (I craved milk like you would not believe, but felt horrible every time I consumed it!)...........never, and I mean NEVER did pregnancy even cross my mind!!!
While on the phone with a very dear friend, I was telling her how I had been feeling for the past several weeks. Her response.....she laughed and said "I bet your pregnant!" "yaeh, right." was my flipant response.
Later that night I was telling Hubby about the conversation with my friend and her comment about me being pregnant. Suddenly I noticed Hubby had stopped what he was doing and just stared at me. "What?" I asked him. He quietly said "I've been thinking the same thing." "You WHAT!!!???" I was stunned.
"I've been thinking your pregnant too. You've been acting the same way you had early on before." He said
You know in the movies when a character has a revalation or realisation and they get that look and the camera zooms in on them?? Yeah, that's how I felt right in that moment. It was like I was watching a film of my ealrier pregnancy with the twins in my mind and comparing it to how I currently felt and suddenly....and I mean SUDDENLY I knew!!! I just Knew!!! He was right. My friend was right. I was pregnant!
I left right then, and headed to the drugstore for a pregnancy test. I came right back home and walked right into the bathroom and took the test. There were two lines before I even laid the test down!!!!
I waited the alloted time and grabbed it and walked out to show Hubby the test. He was on the phone with his brother and I just shoved the test infront of him. In mid-sentence he said into the phone "I gotta go!" and hung up.
The first person we told was my sister, who had also been the first to learn we were pregnant with the twins. The next day we told our parents and other family members. It was a scary and joyous time all at once! And sadly just 3 days after my very first ultrasound, my stepdad passed away unexpectadly. So, as you can imagine I was an emotional mess throughout my pregnancy.
The day The Duchesses was born was such an emotional day for my family. We had endured the loss of a loved one and now were being blessed with a new family member to love. It was VERY emotional!!
So, how is The Duchess 8 years later..........
*She is very loving, very kind, very smart
*She is Beautiful
*She LOVES school, and wants to be a teacher when she grows up
*Her favorite color is brown, followed by purple and pink
*Her favorite food is a tie between meatloaf and tacos
*She loves to play Barbies
*She likes to read, draw and color
*She REALLY wants an Ipod Touch, which she is saving her money to get on her own
*She loves Full House reruns
*She Loves Taylor Swift
*She is PERFECT in every way!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETPEA!!!!!!!!