Journey to Parenthood

I want to be purposeful about journaling during this time in our lives as we watch our miracle micro preemie, Asher, continue to grow and thrive. I began this blog during my month of bed rest at the hospital while I was pregnant with Asher and his brother Titus. We continue to hope and trust the Lord for Asher's future. This blog begins with the story of how both of our boys came to be. They came about after many tears, many prayers, and many months of crushed hopes. On February 2, 2012, our boys Titus Bauer and Asher Mark were born at just 23 weeks and 2 days gestation. My water around Titus broke at 19 weeks, so his lungs were very underdeveloped. Titus lived 45 minutes and is now living a perfect life in heaven as he watches over his little brother Asher. Two and a half years later God redeemed our story of hurt with a precious full term baby brother for Asher. We are humbled by how the Lord has loved on us in our journey through parenthood.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Beginning, Our "Plans"

After being married a year in June 2009, Bryan and I started talking about when we would try to have a baby. We decided to start trying in September. We tried for almost a year only to get increasingly frustrated with how not only was it not working..but once I started trying to track ovulation, the elusive positive on those tests seemed to get farther and farther away. My cycle was doing weird things that following summer (2010), and so we decided to see a specialist. I had at least one friend go down this road, and so I thought "this won't be a big deal, we'll take some meds, and get this going". This was only just the beginning. Our first step was removing two lemon sized cysts that were growing around my fallopian tubes. They weren't preventing pregnancy..but were definitely not healthy to have in there as cysts can always pose a risk of rupturing and causing damage to something else. I had surgery in August of 2010. Our doctor told us we could discuss our first treatment options after recovering from that. She determined I had PCOS based on symptoms I had, and based on sonograms of my ovaries indicating ovulation was not happening regularly. And so...our fertility journey began. And so did a journey of the deepening of our marriage, and more importantly our relationships with the Lord, and our understanding of who He really is and how He operates. This is a life-long learning process...but nothing pushes you to the Lord quite like challenges and life just not handing you things as easily as it once did.

1 comment:

  1. I have PCOS too! We are entering this fertility journey! I'm praying for your family!