Well it's time to say goodbye to 2008. It's been quite a year with ups and downs and lots of excitement. I would like to got through some of my memories from each month so come along for the ride.
January - We went to some friends house for a great New Year's Eve party and played Guitar Hero all night and ate and drank. I don't think we'll have so much excitement tonight. Birthdays for me and Nathan. Mom cooks whatever we want to eat.
February - We celebrated our 4th anniversary in Fredericksburg, TX. We stayed in a beautiful bed and breakfast outside of town. We shopped, ate wonderful food, and visited some friends and family nearby.
March - That's when the fun of IVF journey began. I've already posted the whole story in one of my first entries, but I'll just take a moment to say that the month of testing, medicating, and waiting was exciting and excrutiating at the same time. Since we were offered a spot in a clinical trial, we didn't have a lot of time to think about the offer. We pretty much decided in about 2-3 days if we wanted to do it. We weren't previously doing any treatment. It was a big decision, but I think we made the right one.
April - More medicine, egg retrieval and embryo transfer. Things were very busy at work that month too with a major turnaround (shutdown of the chemical plant to work on things) going on. So I was going to the dr every week, missing lots of work, trying to keep secrets. Whoo!
May - Oh May!! May 11 - Mother's Day, I took my first home pregnancy test, and it was positive.
June - 1st u/s showed 2 babies. That was quite a shocker!
July - Found out that one of the babies didn't make it. Very sad, but happy that our little boy was doing well.
August and September - Dominated by hurricanes. We evacuated for Gustav, which hit around New Orleans. Then 2 weeks later, Ike hit us. We were out of our house for about 10 days with no power, no clean water, and no sewer. We only had minor exterior damage and some roof leaks in one room. We were fortunate to have places to stay in the area after the storm so we could clean up the mess at the house.
October and November - Just riding through the pregnancy, getting bigger, more uncomfortable, but also very excited that our son is coming soon!
December - Baby showers! It was so fun to get baby gifts and get the nursery set up. It's all ready for the little boy. Christmas was a bit sad because I was on bedrest and didn't get to see all the family, but dr's orders. Now I just have 2 weeks (at the longest) till the baby comes.
2009 is going to bring lots of changes to our family, and I am very excited to get it started. Plus tomorrow is my birthday, and I'm not on bedrest! Not that I'll do anything crazy, but it will be nice to go to Grandpa's house for lunch.