She Says… Hi, Facebook friends!

Since we’re finally 12 weeks along, Benjamin and I thought it was an appropriate time to share our exciting news with Facebook (and, thus, almost everyone in our lives). So to all those coming to our blog for the first time… we’re pregnant! Want proof? Here are some pictures of my expanding waistline.

I say finally because, unfortunately for us, getting pregnant was not as easy as we expected it to be. We were surprised and saddened to find out that I have a condition called Lean Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which means my body doesn’t ovulate on its own. If you didn’t sleep through 6th grade Health class entirely, you know that makes it pretty darn hard for us to make a baby. We were lucky to figure out that there was a problem almost immediately after we started “trying”, and we were able to see a fertility specialist and take some magical drugs that forced my body to ovulate. After many months of frustrating diagnostic tests and trial and error of various treatments, we did it! You can see the timeline of events here.

When we started the blog, we thought it would be a fun way to keep track of the pregnancy and eventually become a place where friends and family could go to see pictures of our inevitably adorable baby. However, as things progressed without seeing that little plus sign, the blog became therapy, an outlet for the frustration that came from our struggle with infertility, and a window into an amazing community of young, healthy women going through the same confusing process. Since we decided not to tell very many people about our struggle (I was dead-set on it being a surprise when we told people we were pregnant… I figured we could tell them the sob story later), the blog was sometimes the only place we could vent or find support throughout the difficult process.

Somewhere along the line it became my personal agenda to share the news about how widespread infertility issues are, and raise awareness so that when women (and their partners) come up against these frightening odds, they don’t feel quite so alone. Which is why I’m willing to put my fat stomach and unattractive pregnancy symptoms on display for all of the internet (and now Facebook!) to see. I’m a success story for all the other women out there dealing with infertility in one way or another.

That, and I’m pretty excited to be pregnant after all that we’ve gone through.

Enjoy 🙂

P.S. We call the baby Piccolini, which means “Little One” in Italian.

10 responses to “She Says… Hi, Facebook friends!

  1. The 2nd trimester has been amazing for me!! I just hope as I enter the 3rd (I’ll be 24 weeks on Friday) that I feel almost as good! My energy has been amazing. Minus my growing bump, my baby moving, and some pimples I really haven’t felt “pregnant!” Hope your 2nd goes well.

  2. Hi Kate! This is Lisa (used to be Trader) from RPCS ’00. Just wanted to say hi and congratulations!!! Saw your post on Facebook and had to check it out. I am also blogging, not about pregnancy quite yet, but it’s a lot of fun. Looking forward to reading more about your little one, congrats again. 🙂

  3. It’s awesome to hear how excited you are, Kate!!! I can’t wait to see the pics of the inevitably adorable bambino/a. 🙂

  4. Yay! Happy 12 weeks!!

  5. Kate, Congrats on your 12 weeks!!! Before you know it you are going to find out if its a boy or a little girl =) !! How exciting!!!

  6. Yay! 12 weeks! We’re getting ever closer to seeing cute baby pics 🙂

  7. I think it is truly wonderful that you two were willing to put your struggles out there for others to learn from and consequently for us to celebrate your wonderful success too! I thought about you two so many times as my doc was working up to my PCOS diagnosis.

    I still can’t believe that we are one day apart!!

    Congratulations you guys on being able to share it with everyone now! Thank you both for being so honest about the entire process. I KNOW that it is to the benefit of many people who will find you in their own experiences 🙂

    P.S. I’m soooo happy to be able to leave comments now that I’m out of the closet! 🙂

  8. I’m so excited for you! believe it or not, i dream about the day i get to announce on facebook that i get to be a mama. it’s so hard to see so many young women my age get pregnant without trying, and its so hard to not to let it make my heart sink every time i dont see a double line. so, thank for providing a bit of hope. so happy for you in everyway!

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