Hello! My name is Kristina and I am a 27 year old Special Education teacher. I am married to Brandon and we have two sons, Kaydon (5) and Colton (2). I am so excited to be writing a StorkNet Journal again. I honestly cannot believe that we are having another baby. I have always wanted at least three children but there were times I felt like it would never happen.
But first, I'll start from my last journal entry, the Birth Story, with my son Colton. At the time Colton was born, I was a stay at home mom, and loving every minute of it. I had gotten laid off when I was pregnant with Colton and decided that it was a sign from God and a definite blessing. After discussing it with Brandon and crunching some numbers, I became a stay at home mom for a little over a year and a half. During that time, I enjoyed spending time with my boys and I also finished up my schooling. I graduated college and quickly started working on my teaching certifications and applying for jobs. I was extremely lucky and blessed to land a job at a middle school that is about 15 minutes from my house. I love what I do and love working with my 'kids' as I call them. Although I definitely miss staying at home with my boys, I'm just so thankful that I have a job that I get to come to every day that I love. What's the old saying? If you find a job that you love you never have to work a day in your life!
I definitely did not want the added stress of a pregnancy/new baby during my first year of teaching so we put off trying for another baby for a while. In December of 2012, I went to the doctor for my annual checkup. At that time my husband and I decided it would be a good idea to have my IUD removed and to just see what would happen. The doctor advised me that I should have a "normal" period first before I started to actively try for another baby. To my surprise, I started my period about a week after having my IUD removed.
After my first cycle, we still did not track anything or worry about when to time having intercourse, but just to see how things went. My cycles started out long, about 33-35 days. After a few months of that, I started becoming more involved in tracking and watching for signs of ovulation. I even went out and bought a basal body thermometer to start tracking my temperature every morning. Well the first month of tracking my temperature, it was ALL over the place. There was no specific pattern and my period never showed up! I went to my doctor and he ran some tests and did a sonogram and determined that he did not think I was ovulating. OH GREAT! Here we go again, same issue I had when TTC Colton.
I took Clomid in May and tracked my ovulation by going to the doctor every single day for about two weeks. It became very monotonous. I just kept telling myself that it worked the first month with Colton; it is bound to work the first month with this baby. Well, about 29 days late, Aunt Flow reared her ugly head and I was crushed. But, I called my doctor and told him and he said we would just try again in June. Brandon and I had a trip booked to Las Vegas right around the time that I would have been going to the doctor. So, I was told just take the Clomid and see what happens. If my period were to show back up again, then we would go back to the daily visits to track my ovulation. Well after 28 days, Aunt Flow returned again and with a vengeance. I was crushed once again!
Brandon and I just decided to put off tracking and timing and to just relax. It was becoming too stressful. I was so focused on having things work out timing wise with a pregnancy for my school year/summer vacation for teaching that I was stressing as the months passed and no baby. I wanted so badly to get pregnant so that I would be due towards to end of the school year so I could take a maternity leave and then summer vacation. I opted not to do Clomid a third month in a row and just prayed that the timing would work out however God wanted it to. And even if MY timing wasn't what I was granted, then I would still love this baby just as much and mange to figure things out.
To be continued . . .
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