So the Mister suggested that I speed up the background to my life and focus more on being a mommy to a newborn. I told him that I wanted to give background to my life so that current emotions and feelings would make a bit more sense. Still… I should speed up the past to get to the present.
After meeting the awesome sound guy and spending time getting to know him and eventually introducing each other to our families we dated for 3 years. There were ups and downs through it all, but I was shown how incredibly loving, giving and caring he was. I didn’t want to NOT have him in my life and he felt the same way about me. He proposed to me in church on my birthday in 2007. We had talked about getting married eventually, but I wasn’t expecting any proposal until perhaps that fall. He sure surprised me. He still likes to surprise me now.
We had 8 months to plan our wedding and it went off without any issues. (thankfully!) Once we got back from our honeymoon we settled into married life. We had our issues to work through and on because we were now two people not only spending all possible time together, but living together. So we saw each other at our best and worst moments. Daily. It was blissfully difficult. God had started working on us both before we even started dating, and He really worked on us both then. He’s still working on us actually.
One of the changes I made to my diabetic regimen once we got married was I started using an insulin pump (Animas Ping first then I swapped to a Medtronic Paradigm) and swapped 5 shots daily to one infusion site change every three days. Yes, there is a bit of plastic tubing in my body at any given point of time delivering insulin to me. It’s worth it to help keep me healthy, despite the weirdness factor. We wanted to have kids eventually and I knew better control of my blood sugars (BGs) would be key in getting the green light from my doctors.
So we adjusted to married life and my insulin pump. I will say that if you or someone you know is a diabetic and are considering swapping shots for an insulin pump.. DO IT! It’s worth it. Yes it can be frustrating working with your insurance company to even get the green light to order the pump, but be stubborn about it and help make it happen. You’ll have more freedom than shots give you, not to mention your schedule can be a bit more flexible because you’re getting a continual dose of insulin throughout the day vs. shots periodically throughout your day.
Once my BGs had evened out and I was feeling confident about site changes, carb counting and insulin cartridges changes I started talking to my OB and diabetes team (yes, I had a team. Every diabetic should have a team of drs, nurses & educators that are on your side and help you stay healthy) about what it would take on the diabetes side to get the green light to get pregnant. It was recommended to be seen by a high-risk specialist who would help manage not only my diabetes, but the pregnancy to term. So the Mister and I last May had an appointment with a high-risk dr in Ohio who after a consult and additional BGs being provided to him gave us the green light to make a baby. (whoo hoo)
We waited a few months to make sure I was medically okay with all my issues (I’ve got lots :-/), and to allow us both to wrap our heads around the fact that there was a chance before the New Year that we could be parents-to-be. Months later I felt different so I took a pregnancy test and the two lines were there. We were pregnant! Baby Bohn was due late June 2013. When we went to the OBs office to verify the pregnancy and it was exciting, but it was topped off by the fact we were able to hear AND see Beans (babys nickname til we knew if they were a boy or girl) heartbeat. God is so good.
We found out that we were pregnant within about 2 weeks of finding out the Mister had gotten a job in Texas. He would have to start pretty quickly, so that meant I had to deal with most of the first trimester ups and downs on my own. Thankfully I had a fairly uncomplicated first trimester with manageable morning sickness and nausea. (my apologies to my pregnant friends who had to deal with awful morning sickness)
Second trimester was broken into two sections: Ohio, complete with organizing and packing for our move to Texas & unpacking and sorting our belongings once we arrived in Texas. Thankfully the company Mister started working for paid for a moving company to pack up our house in Ohio and truck it all down to Texas. Without that assistance I don’t want to think about how much it would have cost and the headache we would have had to deal with getting our belongings down to Texas.
Third trimester was a mixed bag of excitement and worry. I had to go to the hospital multiple times (sometimes staying overnight) for observation due to a variety of complaints. Throughout all the monitoring and checks on me, our son (yes, we found out we were having a boy) was a trooper who didn’t give the drs any reason to be concerned with him. The only time he made the drs worry was when I was in labor and his heart rate would drop during a contraction. That portion is for later… this blog is a labor of love and I figure that my labor (edited of course) would be best saved for next time.