A Excessive and Low Vacation

Hey associates. How are you? How was your vacation season? I took the longest break I’ve taken since I started running a blog 14+ years in the past and it was unintentional but additionally much-needed. Honestly, there was rather a lot occurring behind the scenes. Some belongings you already find out about — the good things like our massive transfer and Christmas and celebrating the brand new 12 months. After which there are some issues I’ve not stuffed you guys in on as a result of they damage my coronary heart and I’m nonetheless very a lot going by that heartache now.

Let’s begin with the nice issues.

Christmas! Christmas was presumably essentially the most chaotic Christmas I’ve skilled in my life.

Whereas we resigned ourselves to the truth that we’d not be absolutely transferring into our new dwelling till after Christmas, the times surrounding Christmas have been crammed with packing, transferring, unpacking… and repeat. It’s not the way in which I’d’ve most popular to spend our vacation season and whereas Ryan and I felt like we had severe FOMO eager about the handful of favourite vacation actions and traditions we let fall to the wayside this 12 months, Chase, Ryder and Rhett couldn’t have cared much less and reminded us for the one millionth time what is really vital. All of us. Collectively. Wherever which may be.

Chase and Pepper

Christmas morning was completely great and there’s one thing so deeply particular about celebrating Christmas with youngsters. The magic is amplified, their pleasure is contagious and nostalgia comes at you in waves as you watch them tear by items, play of their pajamas for days on finish and eat approach an excessive amount of sugar.

My mother and pa got here on the town on Christmas and arrived in time for Christmas dinner. You guys understand how a lot my dad and mom imply to me and my love and appreciation for them solely grows annually. They honestly made the transfer into our new dwelling potential not solely with their assist with the boys however with the way in which they arrived able to roll up their sleeves, help with packing and even some heavy lifting. I believe Ryan and I thanked them 100 instances and I do know that also isn’t sufficient.

On the subject of my dad and mom, one of many lows our household skilled this vacation season pertains to my dad’s prostate most cancers. Let me start this replace by saying he’s okay and I absolutely imagine he’ll proceed to be okay for years and years to come back.

A number of weeks in the past, following one more biopsy, we received information that the most cancers cells in my dad’s prostate have been rising and “energetic surveillance” was now not the really useful plan of action. Having talked to a handful of males who’ve remained within the “energetic surveillance” stage of prostate most cancers for a very long time (years!) with slow-growing prostate most cancers, that is the place we hoped my dad would stay however it seems like he might be present process surgical procedure on the finish of the month as a substitute. His surgeon is great and my dad and mother really feel assured in his skills. I do, too. I additionally know prostate most cancers is one thing many, many males expertise and overcome later in life and I’ve immense religion my dad might be okay.

My dad and mom’ go to was additionally clouded over by information Ryan and I have been conserving near our hearts. I used to be pregnant once more.

I used to be eight weeks pregnant and already had one good ultrasound at six weeks. With one other ultrasound on the calendar through the week between Christmas and New Years we have been hoping for excellent news however one thing deep inside my intestine instructed me issues weren’t okay with our child.

We’ve got three unbelievable boys who mild up our lives and are our absolute greatest blessings however regardless of this reality, it’s unattainable for me to take a being pregnant take a look at and never take into consideration the infants we have now misplaced. I’ve now been pregnant seven instances. After I came upon I used to be pregnant once more in November, I instantly thought of our miscarriages. Constructive being pregnant assessments in our home come together with a swirling combine of pleasure, worry, hope and quite a lot of anxiousness.

Given our historical past, my physician was great about scheduling early exams and early ultrasounds. Our six week ultrasound seemed good. I used to be instructed to come back again at 8 weeks however a few week earlier than my appointment, I felt anxiousness combine with intuition in my intestine and knew one thing was not proper. I didn’t expertise any cramping or bleeding however all of my miscarriages have been missed miscarriages (no bleeding or outward indicators of loss) so this didn’t do something to reassure me. My lack of signs aside from bloating had me arriving at my appointment anticipating the worst.

I gave this being pregnant to God from the very starting. My prayer as I awaited my ultrasound final week was for God to let this being pregnant be executed early if it was not meant to be. After all I additionally prayed for a wholesome child however I felt such an awesome sense that issues weren’t okay. I discovered myself asking God for all of it to be over if that was the place issues have been headed as a result of I’ve been by 2+ weeks of ready for affirmation of a loss I knew was a loss in between my pregnancies with Rhett and Ryder and it was so heartbreakingly painful. I simply wished to know.

Regardless of affirmation of what I knew in my coronary heart — we misplaced our child — I wasn’t ready for the disappointment that adopted. I assumed I ready myself however as the subsequent few days handed, the disappointment grew. I nearly forgot how laborious it’s to see pregnant girls and infants if you’re within the midst of miscarrying. I nearly forgot the way it seems like an excruciating sting if you see the primary… after which the second… after which the third being pregnant announcement if you’re nonetheless bleeding. (Seems New Years Day is a verrry standard day to announce a being pregnant.) I nearly forgot concerning the ache of the “ought to bes” and “may bes” and “whys” that are available surprising waves after a loss.

A part of me was going to maintain this to myself. Honestly, I’m a million % conscious of the truth that I’ve three unbelievable youngsters at dwelling, one thing I do know many within the throws of infertility and loss would give something to have, and so please know I share this information with you guys not for sympathy however to be trustworthy and clear and share what’s hurting my coronary heart proper now. Ryan and I’ve been by this earlier than and we’re okay.

I believe probably the most painful features of this loss is the truth that this very, very probably would be the finish of our journey to develop our household. My coronary heart can not take this anymore. We’ve misplaced extra infants than we have now at this level which solely serves as essentially the most poignant reminder to me how insanely fortunate we’re to have our boys. I’ve been hugging and kissing and loving on my infants with a fair deeper sense of gratitude. My coronary heart is feeling essentially the most intense swirl of feelings proper now.

We’ve had a number of days to make our approach by our emotions and I’m very a lot trying ahead to the distraction that comes together with normalcy, routines, college and running a blog. I’m prepared to speak with you guys once more. I’m able to really feel my grief when it comes however lean into the enjoyment I’ve round me.

I actually hope your 2023 is off to an unbelievable begin. In case your new 12 months isn’t starting in fairly the way in which you hoped or imagined, I’m with you. My coronary heart is heavy with you and I’m hoping with every day that passes in 2023, a bit extra sunshine comes your approach.

Thanks for making my weblog part of your life and for giving me a small place on the web the place I really feel comfy sharing approach too many phrases about what’s on my coronary heart. You guys have at all times made me really feel so extremely beloved and supported. After I take into consideration our earlier losses, I actually consider all of you and the tales you shared with me and the love you poured out to me after I take into consideration how I made it by that heartache. Your feedback and kindness make such a distinction to me and I recognize you so, a lot.

I’m sending each single one in every of you finest needs for an exquisite 2023. I hope your new 12 months is stuffed pleasure, immense peace, excellent news and so many blessings. Thanks for being a blessing to me.