I cannot believe I am typing out this blog post…We’ve been keeping a secret for a while now… WE’RE PREGNANT! We will be welcoming #babygirlmedlin to our family in late September and couldn’t be more thrilled!!!!🤰🏻👶🏻🍼💗🎉
This has been a journey that I have been DYING to share with the world but decided to keep it a personal secret until now. I always thought that when I’d share I was pregnant one day, I would want to do so immediately. I honestly think my perspective on life changed so much throughout the year of 2020 and quarantine, that when I found out, I wanted to cherish it for as long as possible with just Josh and our closest family and friends.
I have SO much to tell you guys, keeping this secret for nearly 20 weeks now has been the most challenging but rewarding thing. So let’s start from the beginning… If you’ve been following me for a while you may know my personal journey and struggle when it’s come to my cycle. Ever since I first got my period as a young girl they have always been absolutely excruciating. I’ve tried nearly every type of treatment and birth control under the sun to manage my symptoms over the years. Time and time again I would go to the doctor after doctor saying that something wasn’t right, they would just chalk it up to “normal” menstrual cramps and told me to take Tylenol.🙄 After years of trying to figure out what was wrong, I had just given up and accepted that this was my normal. It wasn’t until I went into a new doctor when we moved to California and I went in for my annual exam, she asked me the normal routine questions and instantly knew something wasn’t right. After some testing, I was finally diagnosed with Adenomyosis and a Polycystic Ovary. I was thrilled to finally have an answer to the pain I’d been feeling for so long, but that immediately followed with… will this affect my ability to get pregnant? The short answer…”We don’t know.” I was devastated and remember calling my mom crying and weeping into Josh’s shoulder. All I’ve ever wanted to be was a mom one day.
So when Josh and I began to try to get pregnant we had NO idea what that journey was going to look like for us, but little did we know how lucky we would get. We started to try with the mindset that it would most likely take us a while to conceive, if at all. Within the first month, I got a positive pregnancy test. It happened so quickly that I was SO sure there is NO way I would be pregnant. So sure in fact that, I wasn’t even going to record the results of my test. I took a test to just ease my mind and when I flipped it over it read…”pregnant.” I then proceeded to the drug store, bought 6 more tests for them all to read positive. All I could say was “Holy shit.” 😂 I got to find out I was pregnant with one of my best friends and I’m so grateful I got to share that experience with her, I will never forget our reactions to seeing the positive test, love you Hope! <3 I documented me finding out as well as telling my family… check out the video to see all our reactions.
Needless to say, we were all in shock! I cannot express to you how grateful and lucky I feel to have gotten pregnant so easily, I know that for many women that is not the case and my heart goes out to all the women out there dealing with infertility. I truly feel SO lucky. I am grateful that our baby girl is growing healthy and I have walked out of each appointment with a smile and a huge sigh of relief. Josh and I are so thrilled to be welcoming our baby girl into our family in late September and to finally be sharing the good news with you all! We have so much more we want to share throughout this journey, like our new home in PA, decorating her nursery, and all the pregnancy things, so make sure you keep up with us on Instagram!
To celebrate this milestone Josh and I did a photoshoot with the amazing Eden of Eden Strader Photography. Enjoy some sneak peeks from our shoot! We are so excited and we can’t wait to meet you #babygirlmedlin!!!! 👶🏻🤰🏻🍼💗
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