Monday, September 27, 2010

My Jersey Boy!

Meet Cole Richard McLaughlin:



If you've been following along on this interesting journey of ours, you know that this pregnancy was not only a miracle, but a nail-biter!  I am 41 years old with two beautiful girls, Mallory 14 and Amy 10.  Last year I had an Endometrial Ablation due to heavy menstrual cycles.  During this procedure the lining of the uterus is essentially burned.  There is little chance of ever having children afterwards.  Of course our doctor advised us of this beforehand and we weren't planning on having anymore children.......

When I said little chance, what I meant was like .08% chance.


God had other plans.
God doesn't care about percentages.


Of course there are risks because of the ablation.  One possibility is Placenta Accreda.  In this case, the placenta will attach itself to my uterus and not come out.  The result is an emergency hysterectomy.

Another risk is the baby will have growth issues in the womb.  Periodic ultrasounds will monitor this situation.

But when the worry sets in, I remind myself of one very important thing.......08%.

God wanted this to happen.
God wanted Rich and me to have a baby boy.
God wasn't finished with our family yet.
God is in control.

And THAT deserved a Jersey fist-pump!



That's my boy!

33 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kim, I am so excited that you will have a boy!!!! Hope it all goes well.

Emily Joyce said...

That truly is a miracle! God is in control.

Melissa Miller said...

Wow! Kim that is amazing and whata blessing. I also had the same surgery done 4 years ago. It was the best thing for me since I was suffering every month as well.

I am so happy for you! He is looking precious already and I adore his name. Too cute!

Happy Fall! ~Melissa :)

A Hopeful Heart said...

Rejoicing with you on your little miracle baby!!

Love,
Patti

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Kim, He is beautiful!! So exciting :)

Paul and Kerry said...

He is perfect and awesome! Congrats on a son!

Okay, I have been considering ablation and everything I read said it basically sterilizes...apparently not all the time. So amazing!!

Kimberly said...

that made me laugh that he is Jersey fist pumping already!! he looks like a cutie!!

Wendy said...

Kim,
This is the best post I read all day! He is just adorable with that little "Jersey fist punch"!!
Isn't God just the best....and he is always in control :)
Wendy

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

Kim, this is sooooo weird that just this morning you have been on my heart and I knew I needed to get in touch with you. Now here you are!!!!

You are so right. God is in control. There is a reason you were able to conceive Cole, a reason that baby is growing. I'm so glad you shared and you and Cole will be in my prayers. Big, big hugs, Marla

Linda said...

I missed this post when I was away doing Junk Bonanza! This is such a wonderful post! I am so happy for you all! He really is a little miracle...I will keep you in my prayers!

stephanie said...

Awesome!! Love the name by the way! I'm sure you look absolutely radiant!! Hope all continues to go smoothly, hugs to you!!

Ames said...

I don't really know you other than reading your blog, but I am so happy for you! God Bless you!~Ames

Susan said...

Congratulations!!! You are so right...what is meant to be, will be ;o)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Awww! Congratulations on a little boy.:D

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Well, I am sitting here with tears in my eyes, looking at the pics of little Cole and also the way you wrote your lovely story. Yep, the good Lord knows what He is doing. As I think I told you, my mother had me when she was almost 42 and everything went fine for her. Uh-oh, maybe I shouldn't use my crazy-ass self as an example? ;)
Love the middle name, I am sure your husband is so proud. But you're SURE you don't like Liam?? (only kidding, "Cole" is a beautiful name!)
Love,
gv

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many blessings to you and your family my Dear Kim...God is GREAT and we never know what his plans are for us...Hugs and smiles to you my Dear friend...Gl♥ria

Jemsmom said...

God works in mysterious and wonderful ways. So glad to see this little fellow on here. I missed this post earlier and have just been thinking about you! So glad he is doing well. Love the fist pump! He's a Jersey boy all right!

Reading this has made me really think about our situation. I have infertility issues. On my own I have a 2 to 3% chance of getting pregnant. Our doctor advised Ovulation Induction and artificial insemination. With all that, I go to about a 15% chance with a 15 to 20% chance of multiples! I would love another baby, but I don't know if that is the way I want to go about it. Drugs, shots, ultrasounds, catheters with cleaned sperm... we just aren't ready for that. I know that if we had no children, we would do it in a heartbeat, but we have our Jemma and we feel so blessed so we have decided to be thankful and happy as we are (not that we weren't already!). Hearing your story makes me realize that if it is meant to be for me to have a baby, God will do it in his way in his time.

Sorry to ramble on. I know that is TMI, but I just want you to know that I am thinking about you and you really have made me think about God's plan in my ow life!

Deb {Confessions of an Ugly Mom} said...

Yours is a wonderful example of trust and God's plan. Congratulations, Kim.

Deb

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

He's already adorable, Kim! He looks so good in those ultrasound pictures, too. When it comes to pregnancy, I know you can't always believe what is said medically. I know quite a few people who were told they would never conceive and shortly thereafter they did ~ and more than once! Try not to stress over the "what ifs".

Jennifer said...

Congrats!!!! Your having a little Pauly D!!!! YAY!!!! Boys are so sweet!!! I still want a girl but I don't know if I can handle another one. I'm so happy for y'all!!! Also, your yard sales finds are amazing!!!! The best I've seen in a long time!!!

THE Stephanie said...

So very true. There's no getting away from God's plan, huh?

Tricia said...

Such a sweet blessing. God is indeed in control. I can't wait to meet the little man. :)

xo*tricia

southerninspiration said...

Love the story, love the fist pump!!
What a miracle he is!

Suzanne

Tina said...

A boy! So exciting (well it is regardless of which sex your baby is)! Congratulations again:) Hope everything is well and you are being spoilt rotten by everyone around you:) Hugs ~ Tina xx

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Kim, I just stumbled upon your blog. It looks like lots of fun! I saw this post and just had to say I hope all goes well. I will keep you in my prayers. Isn't God Amazing and so much smarter than us...thank goodness!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Kim, A baby boy..how wonderful! He is a little miracle. Take care.
Hugs, Sherry

Sailing Simply said...

OMG! That is too great! LOL! I love the fistpump! You are so right about God being in control! I have another friend who is having her fist child at 44. She was told she would never have children either 20 something years ago! Another miracle baby! Your boys photos are beautiful! God bless!

Darlene said...

Congratulations on your little miracle. It's good to know that God is in control!

Becca said...

How wonderful! I'm so happy for you! Your little boy will be happy and healthy and here before you know it, melting your heart! You're right ... it's miracles like these that make us realize that we're not in control at times, are we?! Jersey fist pump back at 'cha! *Becca* xo

Mimi said...

WooHoo, a little boy...I am so excited for you...I imagine you and the family are on a cloud!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Congratulations, in the near future, you will wonder how you ever thought you could live your life, with out your precious child. I was 10 when my little brother was born, my Mom said it was the easiest child ever as she had so many helping hands!

Carol

Cheap&Sweet said...

Wow I had the same operation, So Ive thought about how minuscule the chance of me getting pregnant is over and over and over. Happy for you because god truly blessed you. Praying for a safe and happy delivery!

Kristi said...

What a wonderful blessing!! Your right, God has his own plans! TRUELY a miracle!!! This post made me cry and then made me laugh out loud when I saw his fist pump!!! ROFL! Can't wait to meet your little man!! :)
Will you have a c-section? And can't they tell already if you have acreda? I'm praying all goes great :)
Kristi