Monday, June 30, 2014

Our Big Announcement... (Finally)

Pictures thanks to the amazing Emily Harris Photography, Balloons and tassel's thanks to Studio Mucci

I am so excited to finally be able to share that I AM PREGNANT! I have been dying to share this exciting news for so long. I honestly cannot believe I was able to keep it a secret. I am 14 weeks and I am so happy to finally be out of my first trimester.  IVF worked for Matt and me, and I am overjoyed that I can share some of our experience with you.  

Months ago, when I decided to share my struggle with infertility on my blog, I was very scared and insecure about opening up to people in such a public way.  But, the responses and positivity I got from all of you have made me feel much less lonely during this challenging process.  So, naturally, I have been dying to share this great news on my blog.  Now that I am pregnant, I want to share a little about  this wild, emotional, exciting, (expensive), and uplifting experience.  

From the moment we decided to move forward with the surgery I had and IVF, I was really scared. I was scared of all of the hormones that I would be putting in my body and all of the side effects that I would experience. I was really scared of the shots as well, but most of all I was scared of going through all of this and it not working. Luckily for me, as it turned out I didn't have really any of the bad side effects. And from what everything that I read I really had an easy time with all of the stimulation. 

Lucky for me I have the best husband! He was there for every doctor appointment and he gave me every single shot. I don't think I could have given myself the shots. I couldn't even look when he did it (I am a wimp). We did shots for about 2 weeks. It started with one then went up to two shots a day in the stomach. They were not as bad as I thought they would be. I had a great doctor and nurses and they monitored me closely so that meant going to the doctor every single day to get blood work and ultra sounds. That was tough but I was happy that they were really on top of the amount of medicine that I was getting and they would adjust it according to my blood work and follicle size to help keep me from over stimulating. 

Finally when we were done stimulating it was time for the egg retrieval. That really was not bad because I was under anesthesia and didn't feel anything. We went home within a few hours of the procedure just to wait and see what was going to happen and when we could get our embryo transfer. We waited 5 days and it was finally time. We had the transfer and I literally laid on the couch for 4 days straight with my feet up. I was so afraid that if I moved to much that the embryo would fall out! Even though that technically isn't possible.

After the egg retrieval we had to start progesterone shots in the butt. OMG did those hurt. We had to do those until I was 8 weeks along. And my butt was bruised and sore. That might have been one of the worst parts of the whole process, in addition to the seemingly constant anxiety about whether the process would work.  Matt yelled at me a lot to stop worrying so much, which is way easier said than done!

Looking back on everything, I get so emotional. Everything that we have been through, the surgery, every single shot, every doctor appointment and all of the fear of the unknown, it was all so worth it. Looking back I realize that this experience has made me a better and stronger person and it has made Matt and me closer than we have ever been. I could not have made it through all of this without him.  I was terrified to go through this. It was hard for me to just take a leap of faith and to let go of control. 

We are so excited to start this next chapter of our lives. Sometimes it still doesn't feel real. I never thought the words "I am pregnant" would come out of my mouth. I know this was all in Gods timing. This experience has made my faith so much stronger. I feel so blessed that I was able to go through this and to be pregnant. And to start a family with my amazing husband. 

So this explains my lack of posting over the last three months. I am not going to complain at all because I am just so happy to be pregnant and I will take what comes with it. I have just had all of the normal first trimester symptoms. I have had nausea 24/7 and I have just been so tired all of the time. So many days I just couldn't get out of bed! Now that I am in my second trimester it seems to be getting a little better. I can't wait to have all of my energy back and just feel myself again. 

We find out the sex in two weeks! I am literally dying to know. I have not bought one thing for the baby yet and I cannot wait to start shopping. We have been to a couple of baby stores just to look around! That was overwhelming. But I have so many things that I know I want to get and I cannot wait to start preparing! 

If you are in a similar situation and have any questions or just need someone to talk to feel free to email me! I know it can all seem overwhelming and I would love to help if I can. 

Thank you all so much for reading and for all of the support and positivity over the last few months. It means more to me than you know!




90 comments:

  1. Big congrats to you and your husband!!!

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  2. So excited for you and your husband! I'm sure this was an extremely difficult process, but obviously so worth it! Congratulations!

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  3. Omg, congratulation! I'M so happy for you guys!
    http://www.fabuloustorture.blogspot.com

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  4. Congrats love! So excited for you!

    www.forthefabulux.com

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  5. congratulation!
    I am so happy for you two ! ♥

    Love,
    Tatjana

    http://mybeautyfoody.blogspot.de/

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  6. Congratulations!! SO happy for you! xo
    www.asplashofglam.com

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  7. Congratulations to you and your husband! Thank you for sharing your story, you are truly an inspiration to keep trying and doing whatever it takes to get your miracle :) I absolutely love your blog and style, you've helped me out of many a rut when I don't know what to wear or pair something with. Congratulations again, beautiful pics!!!

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  8. This just made my day!! I am so happy for the two of you. I cannot wait to start seeing baby bump pictures. Praise the Lord for your tiny little miracle. =)

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  9. Yay! SO happy for the two of you, I knew I noticed a glow on you before, now I know why. Congratulations.

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  10. That is such great news - congratulations!
    Erica
    www.thedecorina.com

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  11. I cried when I read your first post about trying to get pregnant and I could cry all over again because I am so happy for you two!!! Congratulations! SUCH great news to read on a monday morning :)
    Love Always, Jennifer

    southernanchors.blogspot.com

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  12. wow jade this is so exciting!!! congratulations to you and your husband. little baby is going to be so lucky to have such devoted parents that know how truly precious their life is!

    beautiful pictures too, you both are glowing with happiness!

    xo mk
    gold-hatted lover

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  13. Congratulations! That is so exciting! Enjoy the ride xx

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  14. Congratulations! So happy for you and your husband! Your pictures are wonderful.

    Lindsey
    Dressy Casual

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  15. CONGRATULATIONS!! These are such an amazing and miraculous news!! Enjoy your pregnancy dear, there's so much to be happy and thankful for :)

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

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  16. I am so happy for you! I can't wait to see your pregnancy style and to know the gender of your little babe!

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  17. What amazing news! I've been waiting for this! I am so happy this worked for you. I can't imagine what you're feeling but must be all sorts of relief and excitement! Congrats again, Jade! Can't wait for more updates :)

    xx Shabnam
    www.breakfastonnewbury.com

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  18. The happiest news, Jade. Congratulations to you and Matt.

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  19. Omg, this is such exciting news!!! Congratulations to you both!!! I am so excited to see your cute preggers style and hear about your journey. You went through a lot and I am so glad it worked for you two. You seem like such a sweetheart and so deserving of this. Yay!! XO

    Christina
    www.poshpair.com

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  20. Congratulations Jade! I had a strong feeling you were pregnant for a while and I was so glad to see this lovely post this morning! You have that special glow in all your pictures :) Thanks for taking us along on your journey.

    Deanna
    www.DesigningGal.ca

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  21. Congrats! What a sweet blessing from God! Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Congratulations, Jade! I'm so excited for you and your husband. Can't wait for more updates!

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  23. Congratulations Jade!! Since reading your post about your struggle with getting pregnant I hoped that one day you would be blessed with one of life's greatest joys. It's so nice to know that through all the hardships you had to go through was worth it in the end. Congratulations on such exciting news and your dream of becoming a MOM. xox <3

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  24. Congratulations to you and your husband! This is such amazing news!! Can't wait to hear if it's a little boy or little girl :)

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  25. This makes my heart so happy - congratulations!

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  26. OMG congratulations! You are going to be such an amazing mommy! ;)

    xoxo

    thesimpleswan.blogspot.com

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  27. Congratulations, Jade! I'm so happy for you. These pictures are adorable --can't wait to hear the sex of the baby!

    xx
    Because I'm Obsessed

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  28. Yay Jade!!! So excited for you!!!! Your journey is really inspiring! Thank you for sharing! :)

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

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  29. Congratulations! So, so exciting! Your pictures are beautiful!

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  30. Congratulations! I'm glad that your IVF journey ended positively!

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  31. Ahh!! When I saw the title of this post I got so excited! So happy for you and your husband! Congratulations a million times over! I'll be keeping you in my prayers and can't wait for blog updates throughout the rest of your pregnancy!

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  32. Congratulations, wishing you the best in this new chapter and with the new addition to your family, I am so happy that everything worked out for you.

    PS you should do more posts without sun glasses, you look so pretty.

    Natalia

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  33. This just made my day. So happy for you beautiful. You are going to be the best momma. xoxo

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  34. SO sweet, congratulations to you, you husband, and the baby!

    ♥ http://ahappinessundefined.blogspot.com/

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  35. Congratulations, you two!! What an amazing journey you've been on, and prayer for blessings as you enjoy all that comes with pregnancy and parenthood!! Such awesome news!! :) xo

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  36. As I have been following along and know a little bit about your struggle I couldn't be happier and know you two are so over joyed. Congrats

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  37. How awesome! Congratulations!! :)

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  38. Wow, thank you for sharing such a personal and emotional story with us! You are brave and I am thrilled that you are starting a family! Congratulations to you both!

    x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina

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  39. Congratulations!!!! I read your story a few weeks ago and I've found myself wondering recently if everything worked out for you. So glad to hear that it did!! Wishing you all the best.

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  40. Congratulations!!! Best news!!! So happy that you had success with IVF!

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  41. CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS! And looking forward to following along on your maternity style journey!

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  42. CONGRATS! I am so extremely happy for you! IVF is an amazing thing (when it works) and I am so glad that you have had success!

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  43. Such awesome news to read on a Monday morning. So happy for you guys!!

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  44. Congratulations!! This is such wonderful news!! I've been hoping to see this post for awhile now and had an inkling you were pregnant, so I was definitely thrilled to read this post today!! Thank you for sharing your personal and emotional journey with all of us.

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  45. Congratulations! That's so exciting...we are due in December!

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  46. Oh Jade, I have tears in my eyes and I am SO SO SO happy for you!!!!!!
    As I had no problems with getting pregnant it always touches me so much when someone has difficulties with that and I'm so grateful and glad that modern medicine makes it possible to become pregnant. What you've gone through...those horrible butt shots....I cannot imagine!!!
    You have my highest respect and I wish you all the luck in the world with a great pregnancy, a 'nice' birth and a happy life with your little family. And I think it's unbelievable that you kept posting like you did, seeming strong and beautiful as ever...Respect!!!
    I'm happy to be able to follow your path and see what wonderful things you are going to buy and how everything is going to be:o)
    Feel embraced (from a total stranger from Berlin, haha;o) and lots of kisses for you two and a half:o)
    xoxo Kirsten

    http://www.thedressbakery.blogspot.com

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  47. Congratulations!!! Such amazing news.

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  48. Omg!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!

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  49. Congrats!!! That's such an awesome story, and so glad you've been blessed with this little miracle. I love your photos too!

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  50. My eyes filled with tears of joy for you when I saw the first picture! Congratulations, and God bless your family!

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  51. Congratulations, Jade!!! This is amazing news!!!!!!!

    Jen
    witsicle - a life & style blog

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  52. I am so so so happy for you! I can't wait to see the progress and hear more about what you're purchasing for your baby.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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  53. This is such great news!! Congratulations!

    pinkandnavystripes.com

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  54. This is wonderful news Jade! So happy for you and your hubby! :) Excited to read about your pregnancy journey! :) You are stunning as always!

    XOXO
    Ashley
    ashleyspassionforfashion.blogspot.com

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  55. Congratulations!!!! So happy for the two of you and I can't wait to read about your journey!

    xoxo,
    Andrea

    www.andreaeveryday.com

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  56. What a beautiful story.. thank you for sharing! God bless you and your family:)

    xo http://www.mrsjaclynleblanc.blogspot.com

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  57. Congratulations, Jade! I've read your journey from the beginning, and this is so exciting to hear! Great photos!

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink
    http://ellenborza.blogspot.com

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  58. Holy AMAZING! Congratulations! SO happy for you and your husband. Can't wait to follow along your journey!

    Emelia//Dream Big & Buy The Shoes
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  59. Congratulations! I am so happy IVF worked for you. My husband and I went through it twice and have two beautiful children (Natalie will be 13 next month and Tate will be 7 in October). The whole process is overwhelming in so many ways but oh so worth it!

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  60. Mazel tov a million times over!!!!

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  61. AHHH! I am SO incredibly happy for you guys!!! I must say looking at your recent posts, you have just been glowing and beaming with happiness! I had hoped this was the reason why! So excited for amazing maternity fashions to come! Congrats!! :)

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  62. Congrats! So happy for you! God bless you all!

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  63. Dear Jade, It was a true joy to read your news this morning. I cried not only for your happiness, but also for my own infertility struggle( I KNow you KNow how hard it is to see other peoples "updates",, but honestly could not be happier for you. Thank you for giving this fellow fashionista some hope left each time she reaches for the doctors office door:)

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  64. Congratulations, Jade. I'm so happy for you and your husband. Such wonderful news!

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  65. I have been following your blog for quite some time but never commented before. However, your struggle with infertility really touched me. It reminded me how behind all the beautiful clothes, the women have real problems just like me. I can honestly say I have been checking your blog every day since hoping to see if you finally got your baby wish. I was sooo happy to see this!!! It feels like a best friend telling me now. You and your hubby will be excellent parents. If you can endure this journey, you can work through parenthood together. Glad to know he's been so supportive.
    Congratulations Jade and my wishes towards a healthy and stress-free pregnancy!

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  66. Oh Jade! Congratulations to you both! I've been praying for y'all! God Bless!

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  67. Congratulations!!! Being a mother is the most amazing job in the world!! Enjoy every minute of your pregnancy! It is truly a miracle! So exciting!!

    Amanda

    www.heaveninahandbagblog.com

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  68. Check out my blog and follow if you like, it would mean a lot to me. Thaaanks <3

    xx Nika

    Nika's Beauty Land

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  69. Oh wow!! So exciting lovely!! Congrats congrats congrats!! Great photos!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.HeyLoveBlog.com

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  70. Congratulations!!!! So happy for you! Enjoy this time:)

    xo, Taylor

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  71. Congrats to you and your husband! So happy for the two of you and you're going to be the most adorable pregnant lady ever!

    http://www.regallysoled.com

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  72. Congrats!!! These pictures are soo cute, thanks so much for sharing :)
    xo,
    Dana Kay
    http://danakay16.blogspot.com/

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  73. Congratulations. You are one of my favourite bloggers because you are so real and seem so lovely and down to earth. Congratulations to you and your husband, you baby is very blessed to have parents that appreciate and value it so and realise that pregnancy is a real gift.

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  74. Congratulations to you and your husband dear! I have tears in my eyes when I read this! I am also trying, and this gives me hope so thank you! Wish you a happy and healthy pregnancy x

    www.wifeyoffduty.com

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  75. Congratulations! I am so happy to hear your happy news! I follow your blog daily and I love your style! I look forward to seeing your chic pregnancy style!

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  76. Congrats to you guys, lovely couple! xoxo

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  77. so happy to see you on the other side!! infertility is oh so hard, & those ivf pokes hurt lots!! worth it tho ;) congrats girl!

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  78. I just started following u on Instagram and reading your blog I just wanted to say congratulation I know how frustrating and emotional it can get for me unfortunately it hasn't been good yet but stories like yours give me that hope and impulse to keep trying and not giving up.. Many blessings to you and your family

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