Thursday, November 6, 2008

One Year Ago Today . . .

. . . I found out I was pregnant with Finnian. Well, I didn't know, of course, that it was Finnian who had taken root and started to grow inside me, I just discovered that we were going to have yet another baby. I was thrilled and scared, and, having taken a pregnancy test while Michael was at work, I texted the news to him:

Me: Michael, I can't bear to tell u this in person or even on the phone . . . I believe I'm pregnant.

Michael: U have to call me. U can't text message info like that.
I guess if you don't know the dynamics between me and Michael, that might sound a little . . . umm, menacing? But when I called him, he just laughed. Despite this being another surprise pregnancy, Michael was happy, and so was I.

Here I am just a few days after we found out I was pregnant. I'm about 4 weeks along here.

It was a mostly good pregnancy. Of course I did my share of complaining - the nausea, the heartburn, the achiness, and into my third trimester when I became increasingly (and abnormally) huge and unwieldy, I'm sure I wasn't exactly the most pleasant person to live with ;)

16 weeks

I was convinced that I was carrying another girl - mostly because I was so damn sick during the first trimester (I had been pretty sick with my other girl pregnancies, but not so much with the boys), and also, I think, because after having had 3 girls in a row, it was just hard to imagine not having another girl. I had my heart set on naming her Ruby - such a wonderful, old-fashioned name, and perfect for a girl born in July. But she turned out to be a he - surprise, surprise!

20 weeks

Then when I got so huge later on, I couldn't shake the suspicion that I was really carrying twins again, even though two ultrasounds had shown only one baby. I was sure that it was either going to be surprise twins or a really big baby. Imagine my surprise when this tiny little 6 pound boy emerged!

32 weeks . . . as you can see, I got really, really big. I didn't know it at the time, but I had developed polyhydramnios (excess amniotic fluid) caused by the duodenal atresia Finn had which we didn't know about until after he was born.

38 weeks . . . Finn was born 3 days after this photo was taken.

It's so crazy when you think about it . . . life, you know? A year ago, never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that all that has transpired was in our future. Kind of makes you sit back and wonder what could possibly be in store for any of us. Finn has certainly been full of surprises from the very beginning, and I'm sure he'll continue to surprise in more ways than I can even begin to guess at now.


Nicole O'Dell said...

What a nice post. In the first paragraph, you said, "I just discovered..." My eyes went over that line several times before I went back to read from the beginning. I thought you were making an announcement. lol :)

Carla said...

Wow, what a difference a year makes, Lisa! I remember getting a text message from you that day and the flurry that followed. I remember it so clearly that I can even tell you what street I was driving on when I received your text! I will never cease to be amazed at how beautiful pregnancy is on you. Stunning.

JaybirdNWA said...

Our journey has also shown us just how fragile life is - it can change for any of us at anytime. After getting to know my son, I love him more and more and welcome the change that he has brought into this house.

Jen said...

But it was all just belly! You were most definitely not huge.

And you're right; time is a crazy thing. I would never have envisioned my life as it is, and while sometimes it makes me nuts, I would never change it.

Tara Marie said...

Oh, I love looking at these pictures. I truly believe one of the most beautiful sights in the world is a woman full of life.

It is amazing how life can change in the course of a year. I'm am so thankful that a year ago, that little seed of a boy was planted and he blossomed into Sir Finnian!!!!