On a Friday morning before heading to a cottage filled with some of our closest friends, I discovered a secret my body was aching to tell me. Let`s rewind about 14 months....
After our wedding, Andrew and I knew that we were ready to welcome our little one. We also wanted to enjoy our Newlywed experience, and focus on us, our home and our careers. So without a sense of urgency, we decided to leave it up to fate.
Well...leaving it up to fate slowly got a bit frustrating after about 7 months of wondering. We started to realize that becoming parents meant a lot to us.
After another 4 months we decided that we should seek out professional advice. My doctor sent me to a fertility specialist who delivered a blow I don`t think i`ll ever forget. She told me that I will never be able to conceive naturally, and that I should consider starting with hormone treatments and then, if this does not work, we should consider more extreme options. I was aware that I had hormonal issues, and I had gone years without menstruating at this point...so I felt a terrifying reality sink in on me. As you can imagine, I left this office distraught and angry with my body.
After spending Far too much time feeling sorry for myself, I decided to push on and be grateful that there`s still a possibility for us.
I decided to get a second opinion from my trusted Naturopathic Doctor who treated me for Hormone Imbalance and Adrenal Fatigue which led to a Hypothyroid (see previous post about this). She immediately dismissed the idea that I wouldn`t be able to conceive naturally, and assured me that my body is still healing-that it will be okay. She recommended that I cut out rigorous exercise such as HIIT workouts, Boxing and to limit my Hot Yoga Sessions. She insisted that I start to incorporate more steady cardio, exercise classes such as Pilates and Regular Temperature Yoga, and to also give Meditation a try. Her advice revolved around my ongoing Hormone imbalance and stress levels (cortisol) within my blood....basically she wanted me to calm the F down. She also asked me to increase my B vitamins, start taking a liquid Iron: Floravit, and she put me on a product called Estrosmart which is known to Balance Hormones (great for women who have PCOS or difficult periods). This made me feel optimistic, and I felt Way more comfortable trying a more holistic route that involved lifestyle changes and natural supplements.
Fast forward to September 30th 2016, after a summer of walking outdoors, meditating, breathing, and low intensity exercise, my body felt better and more at peace than ever.
I woke up that morning feeling different...I felt exhausted, nauseous and quite sore in the ..ahem, breasts. So, I decided to take a pregnancy test...at this point it was so normal for me to see negative tests that it didn`t even register that Positive was a possibility.
And there it was...the + we had been waiting for. Andrew wasn`t home, so I spent about 15 minutes pacing around ...crying, laughing and looking at myself in the mirror....we did it.
And so we turn a new page...A whole new Kind of Adventure
I knew that I wanted to surprise Andrew in a memorable way, but I also didn`t need a Pinterest worthy production. So I placed the test in the prettiest box I could find and placed a note that said It`s time to start a New Adventure on top.
The moment I gave Andrew the box will forever be one of my most cherished memories. He went from laying down, to jumping around our home with tears in his eyes...picking me up and carrying me all over and looking at the test as if it was a mirage. I have never seen my husband happier...and I knew in that instant that he would be such an incredible dad.
As I mentioned, we were heading up North that weekend with a close group of friends...So we had to get ready to leave despite our overwhelming desire to just soak in this feeling.
We were all attending a beautiful wedding in the woods the next day, so we decided to rent a small cottage house to share. It was beautiful being surrounded by friends, love and nature...the nausea and exhaustion felt bearable being in this atmosphere haha!
The main image of the Blog, and the images in this post were taken that weekend when we had a moment to sneak away. The pictures of me alone on the path were taken by Andrew as I walked around looking for the perfect spot. These images are symbolic of the path we have traveled...our new path...and how excited we are about our new adventure, and the beautiful atmosphere we found ourselves in on the weekend of our biggest surprise yet.
Coming June 3rd 2017
Hi! My name is Amber, I am a wife and mother to Piper June. Welcome to my blog. You will find my path towards natural health and wellness as well as my honest discoveries as a new mother. In all aspects of life, I strive to cultivate Balance through a mindful existence. I share my experiences as a mother, helpful product reviews and companies that I am passionate about for our family. I am so grateful for your visit xo