Getting to Baby! Week #2

Test results are coming in.  Here’s what we learned this week:

  • My THS level was high on the first test (indicating underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism) and it was within “normal” range on the next test a week later.  Even though the second result is normal, a lower THS is ideal for pregnancy so the doctor prescribed a thyroid medication I’ll take each day and we’ll retest THS in a month to confirm the dosage.
  • Kent’s chromosomal results came back showing nothing abnormal.  My test didn’t come back and the office realized they didn’t ever add the test to the lab order.  So I get to go back in for an other blood draw next week. 
  • My other results were all normal except for Antithrombin III which came back as low meaning I could have blood clotting issues.  The doctor wants me to see a hematologist to review the findings and discuss causes and treatments. So I’ll do that this next week.  From what we’ve seen in our very initial research this deficiency can be connected with pregnancy loss.  It’s not clear yet whether it explains our previous miscarriages though.  

    Current treatments: I’m taking a Prenatal Supplement daily, Vitamin D3 weekly, and Thyroid medication daily.

    This week has flown by.  Some of the overwhelm with starting this process has eased into focus and that feels great. We went to Las Vegas to meet up with my mom and sister who were there for my sister’s dance nationals.  She has always been so talented and shes a naturally beautiful dancer.  Its inspiring to see how she’s developed her art even further with each year and we loved spending some down-time with my mom between performances.  The best part may have been just sitting together with a few of my people.  My mom has the kindest deepest heart.  She is so wise and yet she still listens intently as I describe the minute details of my life.  She shows genuine interest in what I’m learning even when it’s something she’s known for years.  Being with them fills my soul to flooding.  It’s hard living apart from both our families.  Driving off after visits like these always feels surreal and dissonant but we soaked up every minute we could before we left and we’re taking it all with us until next time. 


    Getting to Baby! Week #1

    journeyWe’re ready to get there.  We know its a journey so we didn’t go toward it until we were really ready for the ride.  (which is not to say that we know the way or that we’re not scared!)  But we know we want a baby and we’re looking at that as a destination worth journeying for.  Our first step finding the right map.

    I found a great doctor who is taking things seriously and on the same page with getting everything figured out before just “taking an other whack at it”.  She set us up with a huge list of tests & we’re getting everything looked at so we can confidently move forward when we’re ready.

    Here’s what we’ve checked off so far: Continue reading “Getting to Baby! Week #1”

    Baby Story

    I’ve wanted to get this down on paper for a while.  I’ve tried before but it always gets so heavy and detailed that I can’t get through it.  I’m trying again now because feelings change and memories fade.  This is a hugely important part of my life and I want to keep it, honor it, and have the ability to share it.

    baby Katie Ahn

    I’ve been pregnant twice.  It was a long time ago and that long time has been by choice.  I haven’t wanted to go toward pregnancy since then because it’s only ever been extremely painful for me.  I didn’t want to fill my life with pain and sadness so I filled it with so many other great things.  I held on to “someday” and never doubted that I would one day have children, but I completely left the arena and pushed myself hard in other directions.  I’ve learned a lot.  I’ve experienced some amazing things.  I wasn’t sad and I didn’t feel like I was missing anything.  I still don’t.  I’m grateful for this time in my life because It’s been everything I needed and I chose it for myself with a lot of reassurance through prayer.  Continue reading “Baby Story”