Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thankful for my children....

It seems so cliche to be thankful for your kids. But Thanksgiving time really hits home for me.

5 years ago today, it was Thanksgiving day, and I found out I was pregnant with my daughter. It was the end of the day, on a whim (after a couple glasses of wine!) I decided to test, even though it was early (I wasn't even late yet) - the line was so faint, so faint I didn't even show it to my husband. But a test the next day was definitely positive, though I still braved Black Friday to drive to Walmart to get a bunch more tests. I did pray that Thanksgiving night that I would have a baby for the next Thanksgiving. My mom had had 6 miscarriages, so I was very scared for what the future might bring. The future brought a beautiful baby girl on 8/7/06.

Thanksgiving 2007 was spent recovering from a miscarriage at 13 weeks. I didn't want to eat. I wanted to loose the 10 lbs I had gained in that first trimester. I prayed that I would be pregnant the next Thanksgiving.

And I was. The week before Thanksgiving 2008 I was 22 weeks and was supposed to go on vacation to Florida. Since I was at a high-risk for an incompetent cervix, though I had had no issues with my daughter, my OB wanted to check before I went on vacation and what he found was a 2 cm cervix when it should be well over 3 cm. So I was put on bedrest - At this point I was 10 days shy of viability. So we had no idea what the future would bring. I prayed that for Thanksgiving 2009 I would have a 8-9 month old baby. Thankfully, 14 weeks of bedrest (not strict bedrest, I was able to work from home) allowed me to walk into my c-section at 39w on St Patrick's Day 2009. And my prayers were answered.


  1. I can see why you're especially thankful for your children on Thanksgiving. Wonderful!!!

    Have a great Thanksgiving, Jesseybell!!

    Oh, and I must it neat that you actually live in a state that was part of our country's original Thanksgiving? I'm a little sentimental that way.. :)

  2. It is fun - We used to go to Plymouth for school field-trips. I am just beginning to teach my daughter about Thanksgiving and it will be fun to go back there after all these years.

  3. Very neat! I'd love to go visit someday. Someday I want to take my kids to visit the special historical places like that in our country. My husband has been in college the last eight years, so maybe sometime after 2011 we'll be able to start some of those trips. I'm glad you'll take your daughter there. :)