I met Stacy via Entrecard dropping.
I am so honored to have been asked by Harriet to Guest Blog on her very insightful Blog. I ‘met’ Harriet through my EntreCard Travels and was instantly hooked on her diverse subjects and Blog posts – I had to stalk follow her and keep up-to-date on her postings, you just never know from one day to the next what subject she’ll attack post her brilliant thoughts on. 🙂 I have been a regular reader of hers since I ‘discovered’ her, and am trying to get up to speed on posting comments on all my other favorite blogs, including hers. I tend to be a bit shy in that regard, but Harriet, along with several other new ‘bloggy friends’ have been so encouraging I’m getting closer and closer to jump in rather than just dip my toe in the pond. 😉
I became a SAHM when our little Miracle Baby joined us in late 2002. A lot of people have asked how she is a Miracle, and I’ve been meaning to post the whole story at some point, so I’ll take this opportunity to give you the Reader’s Digest version so as not to take up so much valuable Harriet space! 😉
I had a brush with cervical cancer when I was 26, which led to 2 separate laser surgeries to get rid of the ‘bad cells’. I was advised by my doctor that because of the pre-cancer that had been moving at a very fast pace and subsequent surgeries, I had to make a decision. Either have a radical hysterectomy, full hysterectomy, or make sure I make my annual visits every 3-6 months instead to keep an eye on things. The Dysplasia that I was diagnosed with apparently reared its ugly head in 2% of the female population, and could show up in any of my reproductive organs.
Since I was very recently married, a radical or any type of hysterectomy was out of the question – we wanted to have kids some day. The doctor warned me that pregnancy would not be an easy feat, I would not be able to get pregnant the ‘normal’ route, but would be able to conceive via IVF if we decided to do so. If I did go the IVF route and get pregnant, I would be considered a ‘High Risk’ pregnancy and would be mandated to bed rest for the final 6 months of pregnancy because I now had what was considered an ‘incompetent cervix’. Needless to say, my first husband left me for another woman a couple of years later (in part, he said, because of the issues of my not being able to easily have children…but that’s another story for another day!).
Fast forward 13 years…there was some concern at one point because a cyst had shown up in my right ovary, but it was small enough for them not to worry about, just something to keep an eye on. In July 2002, I started having some pains in my right side, and immediately assumed that maybe there was something happening with that cyst. My OBGYN decided to schedule an ultrasound to take a look at my ovary and see if there was an issue with the cyst.
Much to my shock (as well as to my then fiancé, now hubby) there was no trouble with a cyst – instead, I was pregnant…22 weeks, 2 days pregnant, to be exact! I was flabbergasted – I had no idea, didn’t have any morning sickness, and my monthly cycle was always spotty because of the past surgeries so there was nothing that would give me any idea that I would actually be pregnant. Sure, I had gained about 10 pounds over the last month or so, but I figured it was from going to Punta Cana in May and drinking lots of Piña Coladas at the beach, or because my fiancé and I had been eating out…a lot! I was working out and feeling great, even had lost a few pounds by the time my doctor’s appointment rolled around.
At any rate, in spite of the ‘warnings’ of my doctor all those years before, I ended up not having to be put on bed rest, and on the day my Miracle Princess was born, I was the ‘oldest’ mom giving birth (3 weeks before my 40th birthday), and the only one that gave birth ‘naturally’, vs. C-Section…I have been very blessed in all aspects, I couldn’t have ‘special ordered’ a more wonderful baby and child. We thought about adding to our family, since our daughter every once in a while asks if she can have a baby brother or sister, but we did some testing a couple of years ago to see what the possibilities were, but the regime of tests only revealed how much of a true Miracle our daughter is. We feel really blessed and are thankful for our Miracle every day!
Thank you, Harriet, for this opportunity to Guest Blog! If any of you readers are new to her Blog, check out some of her past posts and be sure to click that ‘Follow This Blog’ button over there to your right…you’ll be glad you did! Feel free to stop on over at my Blog, Stacy’s Random Thoughts, when you have time, and check out the entertainment factor my Little Princess provides. At some point I will probably post the whole story leading up to her arrival – surviving a cheating ex-husband, an abusive ex-husband and finding my true Soul Mate. 😉 Thanks for reading this long-winded post!
There you go! Let me know if you have any questions or need any additional information from me…
Thanks again for this wonderful opportunity! When I start having guest bloggers on my blog, you’ll be the FIRST person I contact!