Happy Wednesday friends!
I share this little update on Instagram the other day and thought it would be helpful to share it here too:
Hey y’all! Chelsea here! Okay, so real talk: you guys all know my story… 9+ years of infertility, 3 miscarriages, a PCOS diagnosis, Factor V Leiden, tons of medicated cycles and IUI’s and 5 IVF cycles. And then you see me above, and you know that we are expecting boy / girl twins this May, a true miracle and something we are so thankful for!
So here’s the thing … I’ve been a bit convicted lately that I’ve allowed the whole “infertility” thing to mask this true pregnancy joy out of sensitivity to so many of you who are still waiting. And while I absolutely still want to remain sensitive and loving, I feel sad knowing you could easily glance at my feed and not even realize I am pregnant with two miracles, when for the last 5 years, so much of my feed was about infertility. And while I want to shout my love for these little ones from the mountains and celebrate every baby step, I tend to hold back and I think in doing so, it’s holds my story back a bit … tucking away the glory that God deserves to be getting every week we check off the list.
So here’s my resolution – I want to do a little better at balancing it all out. Celebrating this miracle, remaining sensitive to those still waiting for theirs, sharing my every day life and cute pup, and giving encouragement whenever and wherever I can. This pregnancy doesn’t define me, just as infertility didn’t define me! As a daughter of Christ, that’s the only title I really bear.
That said, I probably will be posting a *few* more celebratory baby pics, so if that gets too hard for you, I GET IT! You are under no obligation to follow me just because you’ve been a part of our story thus far. However, I care about each of you so dearly, read all your comments multiple times, and savor the relationships we’ve formed. Thank you for inviting me into your stories and lives!
All that said, here’s me and babies at 23+2 days pregnant. I have an aversion to eggs and pizza sauce and am savoring and treasuring every single stinking moment of this blessing, because it’s not taken for granted and I’ve waited far too long for these stretch marks and sleepless nights! Thank you for loving me so well.
I wanted to share here as well because I do want to start incorporating a little more “baby stuff” here, only because I have very little paper trail of this miracle! I hope to share pregnancy updates every 2-3 weeks, especially as we creep closer to our due date. I COMPLETELY understand if you need to take a massive time out from the blog!
But, with that said, we are now 98 days from our babies-will-come-no-later-than-this-no-matter-what due date! 98 DAYS! Considering I have been pregnant for 169 days, this seems like a tiny number! YAHOO!
How far along? 24 weeks – also known as “viability week”, meaning even though a baby born at this point would still require a lot of intervention, a baby is considered viable to survive outside of the womb. Every day here on out is a wonderful bonus!
Gender: Boy / Girl
Weight Gain? 7-8 pounds
Maternity Clothes? Basically only now. I am starting to struggle to find tops that are long enough to cover my chest, longer torso, and bump! Eeeeek! But seriously, slip on pants are wonderful.
Stretch Marks? A couple new ones higher up – not that I am complaining! Stretch marks = BABIES!
Belly button in or out? Stretching out but still in.
Sleep: I typically have one rougher night a week, but have been getting a good 7-8 hours a night with about 2 bathroom breaks. I have been told this is a sweet spot of sleep in a pregnancy and I am savoring it! I took my first heavy, solid, felt-like-I-was-drugged nap this past Monday and don’t think I will be doing that again. I was so groggy all day!
Best moment this week: We had a great doctor’s appointment at our high-risk clinic last Friday and got to spend nearly two hours looking at our babes in detail. Baby boy was described as “slightly chaotic” (he is always moving!) and baby girl was said to be “calm”. I am feeling baby boy almost hourly, and little girl moves less often but usually more dramatically. I LOVE that I am feeling them more regularly.
Symptoms: Back pain. Don’t take this as complaining! I am grateful to be couch-bound if needed. Some days are better than others, but my muscular skeletal frame is struggling a bit to the point of debilitating pain. But you know what, massages, heating pads, Tylenol and laying down helps, so on bad days, that’s what I’ll do! Otherwise no symptoms and I am so grateful!
Miss Anything? Nothing comes to mind!
Cravings? No specific cravings. Although my mom’s homemade French fries sound good right about now … J
Food aversions? Eggs and pizza sauce. No changes there!
Queasy or sick? Nope!
Looking forward to? Josh being able to feel the babies moving from the outside. We are allegedly getting closer to that being able to happen. I think he is going to get a kick out of it. Ohhh and our first baby shower is on Sunday the 5th and I am so excited! I am unsure if I will be completely dazed the whole time, or a hot crying mess. Either way, it will be incredibly surreal! God is good!
Prayer Requests? Nothing major! 1) Baby girl has a placenta that is connected to the membrane, meaning she is growing a little smaller rate than her brother. It’s nothing concerning (yet) and she’s in the 15th percentile and a few days behind. They are monitoring her closely to make sure the gap doesn’t increase and that she continues to still get the nourishments she needs. We were told this happens in about 1-3% of pregnancies, but of those pregnancies, most of the time it is a non-issue. We are pray that’s the case! And 2) for comfort for my back pain. I have had to pull over on the side of the road at times when it hits quickly and painfully, and it’s a helpless feeling.
Nursery Update: AH! The room has been painted, the cribs and dresser are set up and in there and Josh is finishing up the final pieces! Mama still have a lot of decorating to do, but we are making significant progress! YAHOOOOO! I will share pictures at the very end when it’s all done.
That’s all! Have a great rest of your week!
12 thoughts on “24 weeks.”
So very happy for you and Josh, I am also praying for every woman out there that their wishes will be fulfilled . I am looking forward to giving you a hug next month.
Wonderful update! I am so happy to hear the babies are doing well and that you are having minimal issues. I will keep the little girl in my prayers and I’m sure she will continue to grow and thrive normally. (HUGS) :)
So glad to see you flourish in his blessings! You have been so real with your 9 year infertility story and you ought to celebrate this journey that you are on. Looking forward to read many more updates. It encourages me to know that God is in my neighborhood and will soon be knocking at my door. Be blessed
Oh yay!! Chelsea I’m so excited for you and Josh! There will be some big changes coming! You should check out the Gardner quad squad (Utah locals) I think they had the same problem with one of their girls not getting enough nutrients. ❤❤
The best thing for your back is swimming, I started going to the pool around this time in my pregnancy and it’s a game changer, I went about once a week and it kept all the pain at bay. It sounds a bit odd but it totally works!
Your blog is the only TTC blog I still follow. I wanted to see you and your husband become parents. Such a miracle, and you should share it and give God the glory. God Bless!
Hooray!!! I devoured this blog post and would love to see more updates!! Will continue to pray for you and the little ones – especially baby girl. Congrats!!!!
I am so very happy to see a pregnancy update from you! I was so hoping you would begin to share! :) I’m happy to see you’re doing so well and I totally get debilitating back pain. I have it non-pregnant so I’m sure it would be a pregnancy issue for me also if I ever get there.
Girl share away! I am beyond excited for you and I just started following you. You two great blessings! I find honorable at the same time you are so sensitive to what others may be going through but girl I say share away this is your blessing and you should be able to share you happiness to the moon and back! ❤️
I’ve been following your blog for many years. It started out because of a college connection, and then my husband and I began our own infertility journey over 2.5 years ago and the role of your blog changed for me. I have read and re-read your blog postings as they started out interesting, and now have been so informative and helpful to me.
I just started lupron this week for a March IVF cycle- our first! My heart is encouraged by success stories, like yours- but more than that, my faith is encouraged by your reminders that God is so good. He with holds no good thing from us. This infertility is part of His plan to bring about good in my life, as it was for you!
I just found out a friend is pregnant who has also been struggling with infertility for years. We cried tears of joy together last night. That is how I feel with you! I understand the pain, disappointment, the longing for a baby. And God has answered your prayers!! Your season of waiting is over! Such joy!! A pregnancy announcement from a friend who has been dealing with infertility feels, to me, so much sweeter!
PLEASE keep the updates coming. I have checked your blog so frequently in the last few months because I feel like I’ve been a part of your journey, and I want to share in your joy! I’m praising God with you!
I think it keeps eating my comment :( So I will try again. I LOVE THIS POST. I can’t believe you are 24 weeks already!
I love that you are keeping us updated now! Can’t wait to keep following your journey :)