Just kidding...but I bet I got your attention! Actually, my tubes are tied (in double knots). I closed up shop after Bree. But I do want to fill you in on what my pregnancies were like.
In September '97, we learned that I was expecting. This was welcomed news for Chris and I, we had no idea how this was going to work out, but our faith told us it would, so we chose to trust it! Everyone around us was happy for us, but I also know there were a few people with raised eyebrows!
I did have a high risk OB-GYN. Both me and the baby were monitored a little closer than a regular pregnancy. I had the typical morning sickness. I had buckets randomly stashed around the house, making it to the toilet in a hurry doesn't work for me.
Around the sixth-month, I developed borderline gestational diabetes. This was controlled though diet. My doctor wanted to induce labor one week early, so that we could have a 'controlled' delivery. Plus the estimated size of the baby was quickly increasing (large babies are common with gestational diabetes). I planned on a natural delivery, but after four hours of pushing, and the kid not budging, I just said, "Get it out!". This was the only pregnancy that we did not find out the sex. After the c-section, it was so exciting to hear the doctor yell, "It's a boy!" Jared was born May 4, 1998 8lbs 3oz.
I am an only child. Growing up, I had always wanted siblings. This shaped the decision to have another one. This pregnancy was a little more complicated than the first. I was actually hospitalized at thirty-one weeks because I had developed toxemia so bad. My blood pressure was out of control, and I was at risk of having a stroke. I had an emergency c-section at thirty-two weeks, eight weeks premature. Ryan was born on June 23, 2001, only 3lbs 12oz. You would never know he was a preemie today!
Sabreena was our surprise child! After what happened during the second pregnancy, I was pretty nervous about putting my body through this again. But in all actuality, it was a breeze. I incorporated that description into her name! The only complication was that this time I developed gestational diabetes fully, so I did the finger prick several times a day and insulin shots twice a day. With this pregnancy, I had a nanny to care for the boys. Sabreena was born via c-section on June 26, 2003 6lbs. 7oz.
Throughout each pregnancy, Chris had to give me shots of Heparin twice a day. This was necessary because I am not mobile and I had a blood clot years ago, it was purely a precautionary move.
So, as Sabreena came into the world, I had her hang a sign' "WOMB CLOSED FOR BUSINESS".
"YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES MAY AFFECT YOU, BUT THEY DON'T HAVE TO DIRECT YOU"...Brenda Fenbert