I remember early on impatiently anticipating Dru's first smile. It came at seven weeks and I was beside myself with a serious level of giddy!
The first, "Mama," came at eight months and was also heart warming - amazingly so.
But this, this takes the cake.
Dru is now leaning into my arms, clinging to me, and resting his head on my shoulder while sucking his thumb with one hand and twisting my hair with the other - he's giving me a hug and a cuddle - and I am entirely a puddle on the floor. (The above picture was the best we could get - but doesn't nearly capture the sweetness.)
It happened for the first time tonight during our bedtime routine. I'll admit that I extended out the process to steal as much cuddle as I could get - I hear this phase doesn't last nearly long enough - so I'm going to bask.
I am on the journey. Like the rest of you, I have a lot of issues. My life is all about the adventures of dealing with those issues. I am just trying to live the life that God has given me and in the process try to understand more about Him and who He's created me to be.
Words to live by ... (my current top five list of scripture verses I'm clinging to)
(Joel 2:25) "Then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten; the creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust. My great army which I sent among you.
(Psalm 139: 13-14) For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
(Luke 1:37) For nothing is impossible with God
(Eph 3:20-21) Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
(Habakkuk 3:17) "Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior."
2007/12 - Second attempt at fertility meds. (lower dose of injectibles w/timed intercourse). Almost cancelled and due to nine follies developing originally - eventually we triggered w/only one follie after coasting for a week.
2007/11 - Had to wait for cysts to shrink
2007/10 - Tried fertility meds for the first time (injectibles w/timed intercourse). Had to cancel cycle due to too many follices (seven!)
2007/09 - Third Pregnancy. 5w Natural Miscarriage, EDD 5/18/08
2007/08 - Identified Compound Hetero MTHFR
2007/07 - Identified Elevated FSH (11.7) and potential early menopause
2007/06 - First Meeting w/RE
2007/05 - HSG: All Clear, RPL Panel Mostly All Clear
2007/04 - Identified Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
2007/03 - 10.5 week suspicious illness (started the night after 2nd miscarriage/D&C)
2007/04 - Hashimoto's Hypothyroid. Treatment: 100 mcg Synthroid
2007/07 - Elevated FSH (11.7). Treatment: "Get aggressive about family building!"
2006/09 - Rh Negative. Treatment: Rhogam shot each time there's potential for a baby's blood to mix with my blood (with each miscarriage or threatened miscarriage, at 28w pregnant and after delivery if baby's blood type is positive)