Saturday, August 29, 2009

Great Friends and 1 baby McAllister

So, Neal and I have some really great friends. My college friends threw us a congratulations party since it has taken us so long to get pregnant and they have been rooting/praying for us the whole way. They threw a party for us last night- they cooked some great food, their kids provided great entertainment, we had a fun time visiting and catching up and they got us some of the cutest gifts. The baby got a little Razorback hat that is the smallest thing I have ever seen, a cute little blanket in Razorback colors, a cute little shirt that says "Hogs and Kisses" and I got a pregnancy calendar that I can record all of my little changes/events in for the next 40 weeks.

We also had our first ultra sound this week to determine how many babies were in there. There will be only 1 McAllister! We are thrilled, I am sure God knows exactly what we can handle and more than 1 would have been overwhelming. The doctor said that it could still split up to 8 weeks (which I find strange). I am currently 7 weeks tomorrow and we are due on April 18th. We even got to hear the heart beat which was such a blessing! We could not be happier people right now and are SO thankful for this pregnancy!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Finally Pregnant!

After 3 and a 1/2 heartbreaking years of struggling with infertility Neal and I were thrilled to find out the God has blessed us with a pregnancy!!! I didn't know if I would ever get to see the plus sign on the pregnancy test, that we both so badly wanted to see, but on August 9th we finally got the plus! We didn't want to get our hopes up too high since I had so much hormone pumping through my body as part of the IVF process, that could alter the results. On August 10th I had a scheduled blood test to officially find out if the IVF process had worked. I went for my test first thing in the morning but we had to wait for the local clinic to get the results over to Tulsa Fertility Center and then TFC had to call us to deliver the results. I had a meeting that I couldn't miss at 1 and we still had not heard from the clinic. I gave Neal my phone and went on to my meeting with instruction for him to e-mail me the results if they came so that I could find out via my work blackberry. About half way through the meeting I got the e-mail from him that said "Congrats! We are pregnant!" I was fighting tears in a room full of people. I forwarded the e-mail to my boss and co-workers who were responding telling me that I should leave the meeting and go find Neal. I was in the back of the room and would have had to ask multiple people to move to get out so I decided to wait another half hour until it was over. A couple of minutes later my boss stuck her head in the meeting room, interrupted saying "Kelly, can I borrow you we have a crisis we need to take care of". I knew what she was up to and sure enough she had Neal with her. We were so excited!!!

After going through IVF twice now I don't know that I will do it again but after achieving pregnancy I have to say we both feel that it was totally worth it. We find out Wednesday how many babies we will be having and we may even get to see the heart beat (or beats). We are hoping for twins but will be so excited to have one healthy happy baby.

I am counting down the days until I get to stop all of the shots and medicines but I know it is all being done for the health of the baby/ies since my body does not know to produce what it needs to on its own. It has been a long and frustrating journey to get to where we are but we could not be more thrilled!