Thursday, February 24, 2011

A New Farm Hand is Comming to the Phillips Farm

About a year ago Caleb and I thought it was time to start a family, the only problem was my body decided that it was time to stop working correctly.

October, 2009 I went off birth control. We weren't sure that we were ready just yet to start a family but the birth control and I weren't getting along, so we decided other means of birth control would be better. After I got off the birth control everything went back to normal....

Well normal for me which means I would cycle every two months. I've been that way since it all started so it was no big deal to me.

Well after two normal cycles, my body decided to stop working...

The ironic thing about this was that Caleb and I had decided to stop all forms of birth control after the next cycle...which never came.

I went six months without cycling at all...

I blame it on the birth control pills I was on, my Doc says they shouldn't have caused that but I have never had any problems like this till taking that crazy stuff!

Anyways, I know some of you are thinking, "Why didn't you go to you Doctor sooner than six months?"

Well for the first three months I kept thinking something would happen and then nothing....

But on top of that I haven't been down in this area all that long and the first Doc I went to I didn't like at all and was gonna go back to. But then the problem is finding a new Doc and when I do find one I still have to wait at least a month because I was a new patient.  There was one local Hospital that was only about 20 min away, but all a couple of my friends who had babies there said that in nine months they had gone through 3 different Doctors. Well I really didn't like the sound of that! Then one of those friends said there was a Doc just north of us about 30 min that had been there a really long time and she really liked her, so finally I found the place I wanted to go.

So after a month or so of waiting I finally get in to see not the Doc but the Nurse Practitioner, which didn't bother me, cause she was great. She started me on some meds to get me to cycling and I was to take a the ovulation tests to see if and when I was ovulating.

Things I learned: If you ever have to take an ovulation test buy the digital one, they are soo worth it, cause there is either a smiley face if you are ovulating or nothing if you are not. The others there is always two lines you have to determine if the second line is dark or if it's not....horrible design!!

Well after three months of cycling and no baby I went back to the Doc and she thought it would be a good idea to go ahead and start me on Clomid (an ovulation drug). I was actually ovulating, but it was really late in my cycle so she thought this would help....

And help it did, after two months of this stuff I was pregnant!! And bot were we ever grateful.

During all of this going on Caleb and I were doing a lot of praying. I had a lot of friends and family who were getting pregnant or who were having babies and there were a few times that I struggled with being jealous. It wasn't so much that I wasn't getting pregnant it was more that my body was all messed up and not acting like it should. But my amazing and wonderful God stayed right there by my side comforting me. I don't know why I had to go through this but what I do know is that when Caleb and I thought we were ready, God knew we weren't...

Maybe it was because we didn't have all the stuff finished in the house and He knew if he gave us a child when we thought we wanted it it probably would have been a big fight and headache for the both of us, or maybe it was some other reason, what ever it was I trust that He knows best.  

So far I have been very blessed to not really get sick, but even if I do get sick or have any problems I am gonna do my best to not complain about it because I have been given a great gift and I have some friends who are able to have children and I know that they would give anything to trade places even if it meant being sick the entire time.

With that being said we will be having our own little Pumpkin this coming October. We actually went to our first Doctor's appointment yesterday and got to see the little one, and as of today the little one is 8 weeks and 3 days along which makes us due on October 3.

You know another small blessing in this is even though we are due in the fall....which everybody knows can be a crazy busy time on the is actually a great time down this way, because corn should be harvested and it won't be time to put wheat in or harvest beans yet so it works for us! (but seriously any time would have worked for us!

Here's a picture of the little one...

Now remember the little one is only 8 1/2 weeks along so there's not a ton of definition, but you defiantly see the arms and legs and the body and head. Pumpkin is measuring 2 cm long and it little heart was beating 178 beats / minute (for those who don't know that is good)

I was telling a friend of mine from Church last night that I don't know how a woman could go through pregnancy and not believe in God.  I guess I just sit there and think how from the moment that conception takes place the cells are starting to divide and starting to make a precious child. When people say each child is a miracle there is no doubt about that in my mind cause I know it is true!!!

So in thirty-two more weeks we will have a little farm hand and we are soo excited and can't wait. We if it's a boy or a girl, cause we want them both all we care is that it is healthy....ten fingers ten toes! Oh and we aren't going to find out what it is either... Caleb wanted to and I wanted the surprise and guess who won!!!

Well I guess that's all the news I got for now, it's raining here so I'm stuck inside today....o-well!

Catch ya later,


  1. Oh my goodness Congrats!!! So exciting. We have four and they are so much fun with of course some hard work and tears thrown in as well! Your like the 4th person I know of having an October baby! Again big congrats you guys.

  2. Congrats to both of you. Raising kids on the farm is the best.

    My fourth grandchild will be here in about 4 weeks...every child is a blessing from God.

    PS...I had to take Clomid back 24 years ago too!

  3. Congratulations! I know exactly what you mean about pregnancy. It is such a miracle and even though I only have one child, being pregnant was the most amazing, miraculous thing. It still amazes me, the way that God designed the making of new human life. That the beautiful gift of love making creates a whole new person! Just amazing! Becoming a Mama changed my life in amazing ways and aside from my Salvation, The Youngun is the greatest gift God's ever given me!

  4. Congrats Congrats and many blessings your way....

  5. Awwww!! I was so excited to see this on twitter, congrats you guys! I know SO many women who have had trouble with their cycles after getting of BC, so I don't think you're crazy. But praise God for His goodness, what a blessing. Mamahood is an adventure, but an awesome one! Congrats again, girl!
    (P.S. You're like the 3rd or 4th gal I know having a baby in October!)

  6. Oh Congrats girl! That's awesome! You'll have to let us know so Doti and I can come see :)

  7. Oh, and I totally agree - I don't know HOW anyone can have a little life growing inside of them, and not believe God has a hand in it. From the very beginning, the entire process is absolutely miraculous. We serve THE creator!

  8. Congrats on your big news! Babies are life changing...and I mean that in the most positive way! You will be happy you didn't find out the gender, we did that with Lawson and it was so neat!

  9. Congratulations and my best wishes. Kids are so much fun! They complete the circle of Familiy! Keep us posted, and by the way: KUDOS for making the choice of not knowing till baby gets here! All my daughter in laws insisted upon knowing what they were having. Somehow, (to me) this takes away part of the miracle of the birth.

  10. Janet & Caleb~
    What an exciting time for you! A little "pumpkin" is a wonderful thing. He/She will give you gray hair, wrinkles, and wonderful wisdom! Many blessings on you both and the baby!

    "Every good and perfect gift comes from above." James 1:17

  11. Oh my word!!! I'm so happy and excited for you girl! Yours was the second title on my blog roll that I thought, "She's pregnant!!" How fun!

  12. NO WAY!!! I'm jumping up and down for you guys!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  13. Congratulations! Clomid is not so much fun, but I'm so glad it worked for you guys. We tried four rounds with no it's good to hear when good things happen. I second the notion that I don't know how women don't believe in God after getting pregnant. The whole journey seems to be directed by Him.

  14. Yeaaaaa Janet!!!!! I know what you mean about prayer! It's amazing how reassuring and comforting Christ can be in times of struggle! And anyone who can even consider ending the tiny heart beat is sure coming from a different understanding of Christ than I.

    I'm glad Clomid worked for you.... so no twins eh? :-) I'm just tickled pink! (or blue) for both of you!!! There are so many very beloved friends and family members who are pregnant at the same time as me and it's just the biggest blessing in the world!

    Thanks for sharing with all of us!!
    Love you both. . . I mean all 3 of you!

  15. Congratulations! Blair is an October baby too -- it's a great time of year for babies and birthdays! I hope you continue to feel well!

  16. Congrats to you and Caleb.. that is wonderful!! I may be a little biased, but I think there is no better life than a farm life for raising young 'uns! :) -Tammy

  17. I'm so happy for you guys!!!! Just getting caught up on my blogs. Yippy!!!!