My Christmas Miracle
The birth of my Son.
To truly explain how my son is my Little Miracle, I'll need to provide you with some of my background. When I was 24 years old I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease where my immune system attacks my thyroid gland preventing it from properly producing necessary hormones. Once I was given this diagnosis I looked up information on the disease and spoke with a co-worker who had been diagnosed with it when she was 9 years old. From both these sources I was told that it would be nearly impossible for me to conceive a child, and if I did I would most likely miscarry. This broke my heart as I had been dreaming of being a mother since I was 12 years old, and it took many years for me to accept that fact that my dream of motherhood would never come true.
In any event, skipping ahead a few years, when I was 32 I had an amazing boyfriend and we'd been together awhile quite happy. My boyfriend was aware of the fact that I thought I couldn't get pregnant due to my Hashimoto's and while I was on contraceptive pills, we didn't use any other form of birth control. In June of 2012 I was kinda strapped for cash and couldn't afford to buy my birth control pills, thinking that I couldn't get pregnant anyways, I wasn't too worried about not taking them, so decided I'd save myself some money and just stop. I went to visit my parents for the first time in many years in September 2012. This was the first vacation I had ever really taken since I started working when I was 16 years old...so it was a most relaxing and refreshing adventure. I thinking the vacation had an impact as I felt all the stress I'd been dealing with just melt away for the first time in years.
Come December 2012, I was just starting my training for the next tax season at H & R Block when I realized I was late. This was a bit disconcerting as I'm rarely late by more than a couple days and at this point I was 10 days late. So I took a home pregnancy test and to my shock and utter delight it came back positive! Now at this point, I'm still thinking of how I'd been told that I couldn't get pregnant so my first thought was that it was a false postiive and I immediately scheduled an appointment at Planned Parenthood for another pregnancy test. Again to my utter delight this one also came back positive! Against all odds, I was pregnant! I could have sworn I was dreaming and kept pinching myself through the whole day. The very next thing I did was tell my boyfriend that it was confirmed I was pregnant and then I called my endocrinologist, the specialist I saw for treatment of my Hashimoto's, to tell him I was pregnant. My doctor immediately increased my thyroid dose and let me know I'd have to come in to see him throughout my pregnancy to check my thyroid levels. The next call I made was to set up an appointment with an obstetrician.
My OB/GYN actually told me that she also had Hashimoto's and it didn't keep her from having children. That the only reason it was thought to make conception unlikely was due to fluctuating thyroid levels and pregnancy is possible if your thyroid levels stay stable for an extended period of time. Well this made perfect sense to me since I had not had my tyroid levels fluctuate since we had gotten them stable when I was 25. I call my son my Christmas miracle because I didn't think I could get pregnant and I found out I was pregnant with him about two weeks before Christmas. :) Throughout my pregnancy I kept thinking I was dreaming and I was going to wake up soon.
I had a pretty easy pregnancy, until the last 6 weeks when I started to become borderline preeclamptic, but I carried my son to term. At 39 weeks I was induced and after 20 hrs of labor he was born via C-Section on August 9th 2013. He was 20 1/2 inches long weighing 9 lbs 6.4 ozs. I couldn't believe I had a son, even with me holding him in my arms, I still thought I was dreaming. But even if I was it was the most wonderful dream ever and I never wanted to wake up.
Now my son is four months old and looks more and more like his daddy every day. While I know this isn't a dream, sometimes I still can't believe how very lucky I am to have my son and his father in my life. I had never been very lucky before and now here I am with everything I ever wanted most in my life. A beautiful son and his wonderful father who loves us so much. I have an amazing family of my own now and It is the best & most unexpected thing in the world.