Because we spent all of 2011 praying and fasted twice for 21 days at a time in hopes of a baby, I’d be remiss for not actually saying that the lines we saw nearly two weeks ago showed I’m officially knocked up, preggers (even though the Mr. hates that word), with child, expecting, in the family way, or finally, pregnant.
No, I’m not beyond the first trimester, but I’ve told a close and close-casual handful of people what I know to be true based on a four-week ultrasound (way too early — the nurse’s fault, not mine) and the double-line positive pregnancy test. Further, the way I’ve felt the last several days serves as additional evidence, but I didn’t count it as definitive given all the “symptoms” prior to in-vitro fertilization that were likely imagined.
The early morning “chest cymbals” were a clue. But now I’m beyond tired especially after I find something I feel like eating. This is no -itis; this is it. (For you “Karate Kid II” fans: “This no tournament; this for real.”)
It’s official: I’m pregnant. Feel free to applaud while I close my eyes — just for a second.
Conventional wisdom and practice says to keep early pregnancy a secret at least until you’re through the first three months. I don’t think it ever occurred to me to be that clandestine about it. I mean, we’ve been trying, it’s been a struggle, I’ve enlisted support from anyone who could offer it. I’ve had people earnestly praying for us. They — I’d — want to know that God answered and what that answer was.
It would just be rude to go silent; though, I’m sure some imagined that as the reason for my most recent lulls. Nope; I was just tired. That, and I had to call a few people first. (Actually, I didn’t want people from my hometown startling my matriarchal aunt with the news when I hadn’t talked to her since before Thanksgiving.) But outside of that, I’ve been operating, breathing, sleeping (and passing gas) as a pregnant woman. As you can tell, I’m even using the p-word. (Pregnant, pregnant, pregnant. Per-regggg-nant!)
Even as I say that — and know it — fears remain that this could end at any moment. Not only does that quiet paranoia have me avoiding all fish, caffeine even chocolate, cold cuts and mushrooms (though I’ve forgotten why about the mushrooms); it also has me claiming every minute of the mini-me in the making. So even if it’s for a shorter time than I expect, I feel confident in saying that if God can do what He’s done at this point having made it so, He’ll do it again. Thus, I don’t feel compelled to hide my pregnancy until it’s “safe.”
Also, in not knowing the future — for example, what tomorrow’s latest ultrasound will bring beyond the awaited fetal heartbeat — I decided to claim every victory in this quest to have my own children. Thus, as the song says, “It is no secret what God can do” nor what He has done.
Sparkling grape juice for everybody!
5 thoughts on “It is no secret what God can do …”
God is awesome – congratulations to you both!!!
This is just awesome!! I haven’t told many people this, but I have this fear that when the time is right, that I won’t be able to conceive and have children. I don’t know why or how this fear developed, but it’s there. Seeing your struggle and your story firsthand, I can say that this has eased my fear. I know that God has all power to do the unimaginable, and I am proud to say that your prayers more importantly, but mine as well, have been answered. It’s been wonderful knowing you and your husband, and I look forward to hearing more great stories of “(You), The Pregnant” in the future. Love you!!
OMG!! I am so happy for your guys. It is funny that we are so amazed when God does what we know him to do, which is keep his word to “withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.” Proverbs 3:27
I will definitely be praying on my end that you have a full term, healthy baby boy/girl (maybe both) and that God continue to increase your family until YOU say stop!!
I have really enjoyed reading your blogs, and know for sure that you are helping out so many others who “suffer in silence”. Keep up the great work!!
Hooray! I’m looking forward to hearing all your stories. 🙂