You read that right, Oliver is about to be a big brother! Baby Bloom is coming in October!
To answer the million dollar question “were you trying?” Well, without getting too personal here, we were not NOT trying. So although we weren’t exactly planning for baby Bloom so early in our marriage, we believe that God always has a plan and that His timing is more perfect than ours can ever be. We know that so many people are not as fortunate as we have been when trying to conceive, so we feel very blessed and lucky to be given this gift! We sure were a bit surprised but we couldn’t be more excited to meet baby B!
So how did you know? Well… let’s just say that ever since mid-January I have been dealing with a WHOLE lot of job stress – I came back from Christmas to find out I had a new boss at work, and my whole world kinda turned upside down. So.. I was already not getting much sleep (aka feeling tired and having a hard time getting up in the morning), feeling hungry (again attributed to stress and lack of sleep) and well.. I was more than a bit late.. but I really wasn’t paying a whole lot of attention because like I said.. I was overtired and stressed out, so I didn’t really notice / kinda just thought all those things were contributing to being late.
I went off hormonal birth control over 18 months ago. I had been on it for over 12 years of my life, and felt like it was time to get my body off of hormones. I wanted to give myself plenty of time to regulate before our wedding and just to get back to feeling “normal”. I didn’t go off bc with a plan to try to conceive, hormonal birth control just didn’t jive with my personal beliefs anymore and I wanted out. So I quit cold turkey and have been using the Daysy Fertility Monitor as my birth control ever since.
Daysy is a basal thermometer with a built in “computer”. You just stick the thermometer under your TONGUE (yes it goes in your mouth… most common question I get asked lol) every morning right when you wake up (BEFORE you get out of bed), and in less than a minute it gives you a reading. A red light means fertile, yellow means iffy, and green means not fertile. You decide how you want to use that info (Daysy didn’t fail me… I had a red light when we got pregnant). A purple light means you are menstruating. And that’s it. Super easy, you don’t have to keep track of or chart anything. It uses an algorithm that is built in based on years of historical data, along with learning your cycle. I have always found it to be extremely accurate, I will wake up and Daysy will tell me I am menstruating, and hours later I confirm that it’s correct. Daysy also has an app, (the device works 100% alone as well), but if you want more info / want to be able to predict your cycle a few months out and see your actual temperature chart and more info, you just plug Daysy into your smart phone to sync, and you can access tons of info. They have a Facebook group that has tons of info too, but again, you don’t have to learn anything about charting or reading graphs, Daysy does that all for you.
So, you’re probably like.. well clearly this thing failed you? Well actually not quite, this is kinda how we figured out the whole pregnancy thing. I don’t connect my Daysy device to my app everyday, and yesterday when I did, I noticed that for the last week and a half I had elevated temps.. well I started to get a weird feeling as I was putting this all together… uncontrolled emotions, stress, tired, hungry, late period, a lot of tenderness, ohh weird high temps… so I hopped over to the Daysy Facebook group and typed in “pregnant”. Sure enough, what popped up was a bunch of screenshots of other women’s charts with a bunch of green days with elevated temps.. OH BOYYY! I told Nick we needed to go get a test.. and well it was positive. The next morning I woke up and Daysy was blinking red, yelllow, green at me, I plugged it in and opened the app to see a blue dot that says “PROBABLY PREGNANT”. So what I learned is that Daysy does not give a probably pregnant reading until 18 days of high temps, so you can actually tell sooner from a test. I was over 3 weeks late, so I could have found out even earlier. oops.
I’ll be sharing my journey along the way – obviously this is new to me and I have learned so much from others who have generously shared their experiences, so I hope to do the same 🙂
Send us all the prayers and good vibes!