Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Cat's out of the bag...

Not too long ago I posted about our infertility issues, and our pursuit of adoption.  God had really put my heart at ease about the reality that we wouldn't have any more children of our own, and I was really excited about adoption.

One of the first things after applying for adoption is the home study.  Since our house is still under construction, we decided to take our time finding an agency we both felt comfortable with, live in our house for a month or so to get settled, then tackle the application process and feel better about the home study.

The summer was flying by, and we were super busy with small trips and fun events.  The house was coming along, and we were trying not to obsess too much about the details.  One morning over coffee, my dad casually mentioned that he was praying we would get pregnant while living with them.  Ummm...we'll just take a moment to let that settle.  My first thought was "gross!," and quickly moved to, "that's awkward."  I laughed, and we joked about it a bit, but later I realized how bold that was.  My parents, like Stephen's and a lot of you out there, have been praying for two years that we would get pregnant.  But this, "while staying with us," took me back.  There was a timeframe!  Ha.

Honestly, I forgot the comment soon after.  Things were still plugging away on the house and we were away almost every weekend.  My parents were also headed out of town, to Portugal in fact.  Before leaving, my dad was fasting in preparation for the trip.  What I found out later was that he was also fasting for us.  Taking away all distractions and able to focus more clearly in prayer, he was again BOLDLY praying for a baby for us.

Stephen and I held down the fort here, and once they returned we headed to San Antonio for my brother's CrossFit regional competition.  Somewhere during that week, we conceived our miracle baby.  I had no idea of the "timing' of things, nor that I was around that "time" when we should try.  Honestly.  It was so far from our minds.  One of the things that makes me laugh is when we were doing IVF, and every other fertility method out there, people would say "Just when you stop thinking about it you'll get pregnant." I feel comfortable enough with you readers that I can say I wanted to PUNCH people when they would say that.  Worst thing to say to someone trying their darndest.  But...maybe in this case it worked out.

The next few weeks were the same...checking on the house, visiting my grandmother in Tulsa (and not dying in tornadoes) and then visiting my in-laws for my MIL's birthday.  On the way there, I was feeling as if "she" might be coming soon.  I quickly checked my calendar to see when I should expect it, and sure enough it was that weekend.  I used caution, and fully expected her to rear her head...but she never did.  While in Houston, I just had this weird feeling I should take a test.  It probably had something to do with the cocktails I was consuming, but I just thought I should check.  Without anyone knowing, I went to the store and got a little test.  In two and a half years, I've seen a gazillion negatives.  What's one more?

POSITIVE.  Seriously positive.  

I called Stephen to come upstairs and could barely get it all out.  We hugged, and he asked to see more positive tests...such a guy!

We decided to keep it just between us for a bit.  We didn't want to get too excited until we'd had a doctor confirm.  The minute we got back to Austin I had my records from Dallas sent to an OB/GYN here and had an appointment 3 days later.  Nervous, much?

They did an ultrasound which showed a very small sac, and did an HCG beta test.  I came back a few days later and did a repeat Beta, which confirmed I was pregnant.  I came back weekly for the next few weeks for sonograms until the baby was big enough to see on ultrasound, and then again until we could see a heartbeat.

What a glorious day that was.  The tiny flicker was clear as day, and instantly Stephen and I felt sure things were progressing well and couldn't wait to tell our parents.

This part was tricky.  We were living with mine, but wanted all to know at the same time.  We invited the Dotsons to Austin to "check on the house and design ideas," and thankfully they took the bait without too many questions.  Once here, we all went to the house where I asked them to look at something in our "crap room."  Once inside, they could see a banner that said "Nursery Design Ideas DUE on or before Feb. 16th. 2014."  It took them a bit, but everything finally set in.

It was a perfect day.  We all cried, there were a lot of questions, but everyone was over the moon about this miracle baby.  From the history of his prayers and fasting, I think my dad's reaction was the one that most hit home to me.  He was so shocked, and so emotional...I won't forget that moment for the rest of my life. we are.  I've been SICK and tired, but I wouldn't change a thing.  I wasn't sick with Knox, and I honestly feel God is allowing the sickness to give me a constant reminder that He is GOOD and things are progressing normally.  We're so thrilled, humbled and can't wait to meet this wonder baby!

Thanks for all of the prayers, calls, texts and messages on this journey.  We love each of you and are so thankful you are in our lives!  And if you are on the infertility roller coaster, please know that there is HOPE in the One who can do more than man or medicine.

Luke 18:27-But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”


  1. LOVE the video....and the reactions!
    Congratulations -- so exciting!


  2. Crying! Just so, so amazing.

  3. LOVE your family's reaction. You Mom's laugh/cry is so exciting and your sweet Dad, love him and his heart for God! Congrats Friend! -Libby

  4. Congrats!! So thrilled for y'all!

  5. Katie and Stephen, I probably look like a fool at my office desk with tears streaming down my face saying "Praise the Lord!" over and over! I am so out of this world excited for your family! What a testimony and legacy you have from your parents. How precious is this story that you get to tell your sweet miracle! Praying for a safe and memorable pregnancy!
    Love you!

  6. This is such a powerful story and a testament to the power of God and prayer! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Congratulations!!! Such exciting news! God is so good.