how we got here...

Monday, July 1, 2013

First of all, thank you so much for your sweet comments on my last post, your thoughts and prayers for us over the next several months are very much appreciated. If you missed our big announcement, you'll first want to click here and catch up :)

I'll do my best to try to explain how we got here...well, we all know how we got here, (this isn't that kind of blog!) but  this is a little (actually a lot) of background on how we came to this decision (nope, not an 'opps", in fact it was very much so planned) to get where we are! 

As most of you know, I had a kidney transplant in October of 2008, almost 5 years ago. When I first learned my kidney's had failed my doctor told me I wouldn't be able to have future children.  That was super hard to hear, it would be for anyone but especially after just losing baby Brenham 4 weeks prior and dealing with that grief, as well as coping with the reality of my illness. 
After further questioning, and talking to doctors at Mayo Clinic (where I had my transplant surgery done), I found out that it was because it would be risky, not because I wouldn't be able to physically get pregnant. But they (the doctor's at Mayo) believed, and had hope that if things were going well with my new kidney, if their were no signs of rejection, if my kidney disease didn't come back in the new kidney and if we waited 3-5 years post transplant it could be done.  
That seemed like a long time...and a lot of 'if's' in uncharted territory...and without both my doctors on board...and considering everything we'd already been through, it just wasn't something we were comfortable with. 

Adoption was something we were comfortable with. 
We went on to adopt our adorable gift from God, Grayden Robert, who was born in May of 2009. 

Then, to our surprise, about 3 years ago, shortly before starting the adoption process again, my doctor, completely out of the blue, told me he was so pleased with how my kidney was doing, and how well I was taking care of it, and that he was wrong. If we still wanted to become pregnant he would be completely comfortable with it. 
That news took us by major shock, we thought and prayed about that possibility for awhile but ultimately decided to adopt again. Our hearts were already preparing for another adoption even before the doctor told me about his change of heart, and we just really love adoption, we just couldn't imagine not adopting again. And boy am I glad we did, our sweet Sadler Graham was born in April of 2011.

We've been so blessed!

Meanwhile, the thought of being pregnant again never left our minds or prayers. When we decided we'd like to have a third child join our family, the decision process started all over again...when and how. Do we adopt again? If so, domestically or internationally?  Or, do we try to get pregnant?

After years of praying, numerous meetings with various specialists, blood tests and check ups, we were still undecided. We weighted out pros and cons, we asked God to send us a HUGE visible sign, like a billboard or something! It was the hardest decision of our lives. 
I know some of you may think its crazy to not jump at the chance for a biological child, or to experience pregnancy again, but it wasn't like that at all. Like I said before, we love adoption and the joy it's brought to our lives. I can't bare to imagine life without these boys. If we don't adopt again would we be missing out on joyous gift?  What will our boys think about this when they are old enough to understand? Do I care if I never have a biological child? No. Do I deeply want to experience pregnancy again? Yes. Are we taking too big of a risk? Or is it a leap of faith? Can I even get pregnant? My body has been through so many surgeries and medications. It's been almost 6 years since I was last pregnant. Will I be sick again during pregnancy? How will I be able to take care of my boys while throwing up all day? I even thought about how hard it would be to announce our pregnancy to those we know who have lost babies as well or are going though infertility. 

In the end, I realized I was scared. Adoption is scary and pregnancy is scary. I felt God was really putting on my heart to give him control of the future of our family, and to trust him more. Something I'm absolutely terrible at doing.  When I thought about what path would force me to trust him the most it was pregnancy. Not that adoption is a walk in the park, it certainly isn't, but during pregnancy I'd have to trust Him for my health, the baby's health and the health of my kidney in ways I never had before. 

We decided to give pregnancy a chance.  At my last appointment at Mayo Clinic the end of last Summer when everything checked out great, we told the doctor our plans. She reassured us of her confidence that things would go fine, and I switched one of my medications that would be safer for the baby. Once we learned that my body was tolerating the new medication just fine, we decided to give it a certain amount of time and if I got pregnant in the time frame, that was God's plan. And if I didn't get pregnant, that would have been God's plan too. We would have been disappointed, but not angry or sad. One thing we've learned over the past 5 years is that God's plan for our family is so much better than ours. 

So here we are now. Pregnant.

Glory be to God!


There's still so much to tell you, the story of finding out I was pregnant, when the baby is due to arrive and everything in between. Stay tuned!


Once we're all caught up, I'm planning to only post pregnancy related posts on Saturdays. I know how hard posts like these can be to read if you're grieving the loss of a baby or longing for a child, so if you'd prefer not to see them, avoid Saturdays (and I totally won't blame you, or even know, for that matter), and know that I'm so sorry for your pain and I'm praying God gives you comfort and peace.

I went back and forth on whether or not to journal my pregnancy on this blog or not, the last thing I want to do is cause anyone pain, but ultimately decided I would document it here. It's one of my biggest regrets about my pregnancy with Brenham, I didn't journal anything, and barely took belly pictures, and now I'd give anything to have those post to read through. 


This pregnancy is a dream come true, and a second chance at something we thought we'd never have, we want to remember every moment of it. 






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34 Responses to “ how we got here... ”

Wendy said...

Congratulations to you and your family!

knmadden said...

Katie, I am SO happy for you and your family. I have been following your blog for some time now (just stumbled upon it really) and love your posts and seeing your happy family. You truly are blessed and I am just rejoicing in what must feel so amazing for you. I will look forward to all the posts and hearing more updates. Congratulations!

RC said...

You are so very kind and thoughtful to those readers that are experiencing infertility and infant loss. Bless you for your sweet and kind spirit. I'm very excited for you and your family. I pray that your pregnancy is uneventful and that you stay healthy (including no morning sickness). Thinking of you all.

The Macons said...

Congratulations!!! Can't wait to follow along!

Lindsey Huffman-Narula said...

How wonderful! I have been reading your blog for awhile now and was so excited when I saw the news this morning. Just know that there are people out there sending prayers your way to your family on this wonderful news. I look forward to reading more.

Rizel said...

So so happy for you and your beautiful family!
-Jenny

Fidgeting Gidget said...

Hi Katie, I've been following for a long time and I am really inspired by the story of your family and how it's come to be. I am so happy for you becoming pregnant after everything you've been through. I've been having fertility struggles myself for the past four years, and I just wanted to say thank you for being so considerate and sensitive to those with fertility issues in the way that you announced your pregnancy. Your positive attitude is so inspiring and you always are so empathetic to others! I will be praying for the health of you and your baby and I can't wait to follow along with you on this journey! Congratulations again!

Cait said...

I am SO happy for you and your family. I have been following your blog from the beginning and you are such a beautiful person inside and out. I will keep you and your family in my prayers over these next months. I just gave birth to my first baby boy and it is such an incredible experience. I wish you all the best.

Elma said...

I am sooo happy for you. Losing a baby is the hardest and you are so sweet to think of those who are going through a hard time!!
We will pray for you that the Lord will Bless you all with a healthy baby!!

Jennifer Kay said...

I am a long time reader as well though I don't comment often. You know what's best for you and if this baby was meant to be, SHE will be. :) HA HA

lauren betchan said...

Praise HIM! Yay for y'all. Read here for years. all the best. Excited for you and so pleased you are sharing.

Ashley said...

such wonderful news! congratulations!

Rebekah said...

I'm so glad that you decided to journal. This is a win for ALL of us. I couldn't be more thrilled. I love our BIG, awesome, creative God!!!

Jaclyn said...

YAY!!! So excited for you guys...will be praying for you in the coming weeks and months.

Christa said...

Congratulations! Have a happy and healthy nine months! Stay well!

Jackie said...

AWESOME! Ok... might be able to get through the rest of the day with out stalking the blog every 5 minutes! LOL! Maybe... So excited for you guys!

Jessi Dee said...

Congratulatons!!! Such great news!

Jessi Dee said...

Congratulations!!! Such happy news!!

Me said...

So happy and excited for you! I've been a mostly silent reader for awhile and I love reading about your beautiful family.

Dawn said...

Over the moon excited for you and your family!! Can't wait to read along on your journey!

WinsyWade said...

Katie! I am so excited for you! I have tears in my eyes reading this. Wishing the happiest, healthiest pregnancy. Congrats to you and your family!

(I am due with our fourth baby in January '14 now, as well.)

Hugs,
Lindsay
(WinsyWade from TheBump)

DianeTaylor said...

KATIE!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!! You have such a kind heart, thinking about whether to blog about this amazing news. Yes, it is hard for some of us to hear - and I will admit, I shed tears at the silliest things these days. But this? This is God's plan - how can it be denied? I promise you will NOT hear any negative things from me - ever. Jonathan would so angry with me for feeling that way about a loving, caring person like you. He is my own personal guardian angel in heaven now - I am blessed beyond measure that God let me have him in my life for 24 years.

I remember starting to read your blog when Brenham was born and all the trials you went thru with your health. I am praying for a H&H pregnancy for you. Sending you big hugs from me here in Baltimore!!!! God is so good!

~dt~

Renee Hall said...
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Renee Hall said...

Congrats To You And Your Family!!! Such Amazing News!!!

Brandi said...

I am beyond excited for you! Congratulations and wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy for both mama and baby!!

Momma Bird said...

My jaw literally dropped when I read this. Not what I was expecting at all but SOOOO happy for you. I have struggled with fertility and a difficult and scary first pregnancy and my second delivery was scary. By the grace of God though I have two amazing little boys just as you do. Definitely journal your pregnancy. I am so glad I did mine. If someone doesn't want to read it they don't have to and remember to many of us, you are an inspiration and we share your joy with you. Congrats again...

Grace said...

I've been reading your blog for sometime now, after stumbling upon it, and reading it always uplifts me! I love reading it and am so glad that you make it available for all to read. Congratulations!! I'll definitely be praying for you and your growing family in the months to come.

rsiewert said...

Congrats again! What an exciting journey for you and your family!

Kay said...

I've never commented on your blog before, but I HAD to come out of stalker mode to say YAY and I'm so happy for you. Looking forward to future posts! : )

Brittany Looyenga said...

Wow - what a happy announcement and so very, very exciting! I'm so happy for you and your family. Praying for you and baby!

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." Prov 3:5-6

henningerfamily said...

So happy for you! I know how scary a pregnancy after loss can be. Our family will be praying for you during this time.

Meg said...

I've been reading your blog since the beginning and I am SO SO SO!! thrilled for your family. Congratulations! I pray that your pregnancy will be healthy and uncomplicated!

Kriss said...

I am so happy for you!!!!! I just delivered my miracle twins (after 3 adoptions) and being pregnant when I was told I never could be was amazing! God always gives above and beyond our dreams!!! I'm praising him for your good news!!!!

Beth said...

Congratulations!!! What an exciting time for you and your sweet family! Prayers for you and the sweet baby on the way!