January 22, 2014

1 Year Ago Today

One of these embryos is Eliana.  Pretty incredible.
 One year ago today, our lives were forever changed in the best possible way.  On January 22, 2013 at 7:19pm, our daughter Eliana was born.  I don't really get too personal on my blog, mostly because I've felt that it wasn't the right place to do so.  My blog has been a fun way for me to share my love for fashion, easy recipes and the little things that make me happy on a daily basis.  

I've never shared my pregnancy journey until now.  Without getting into too much detail, it was a long, difficult one.  Thanks to the incredible support from husband, my amazing doctors and two rounds of IVF, I found out I was pregnant on May 13, 2012 (which also happened to be Mother's Day!).  Needless to say, this was an extremely emotional time for me, especially since my first round of IVF was unsuccessful.  I felt like my mind was focused on anything and everything that had to do with babies, IVF and getting pregnant.  I decided to keep on blogging because it was a way for me to get my mind off of things.  Believe it or not, my blog and all of my amazing readers (yes, all of you!) helped me get through this difficult time more than you'll ever know.  Despite the obstacles I had to overcome (hello, daily injections in my butt muscle for THREE straight months), I had an amazing pregnancy.  In fact, I loved being pregnant and sometimes miss it!  I really felt great up until the day I gave birth.  I know this may sound crazy, but I had an incredibly easy delivery that was virtually pain free (thanks to an epidural). 

I feel like I say this all of the time, but I can't believe how fast time flies.  It's hard for me to believe that our sweet little girl is 1.  She is a constant ray of sunshine, and is just bursting with love, laughter and smiles.  She amazes us each and every day and has showed us a kind of love that I didn't think was possible.  Happy 1st Birthday to our sweet Eliana!

P.S. - I'm an open book when it comes to what I went through to get pregnant.  If any of you are struggling with infertility and have any questions or need advice/support, please feel free to email me! xo

11 week ultrasound
7 months pregnant
5 days old
Today

21 comments:

  1. Aww wow I can't believe your daughter has turned one already! Seems like no time ago when you were sharing the news that you were pregnant with us all! She is beautiful, wishing her a very Happy Birthday! :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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  2. So wonderful! I am so happy for you and your family. So much to celebrate today. Happy 1st Birthday to your sweet girl.

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  3. Happy birthday to your little peanut! Thanks for sharing you story! I know many women who have experienced similar obstacles.
    xo Emma
    http://strollingthecityinheels.com

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  4. She is so adorable and I can't believe it's already been a year! Happy Birthday!

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  5. Aw Happy Birthday to Eliana! She is adorable!


    Thank you for sharing your story.

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  6. Thank you for sharing your story. I also struggled to get pregnant and went through IVF to conceive my son, 8 months. I had to smile when you brought up the shots in the butt, no one usually ever knows what it is like. But as you know with your daughter, it was worth every sacrifice. Tina

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    1. Yes, definitely worth every sacrifice! Thank you for your sweet comment!

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  7. As do I. I had invitro and delivered fraternal twin girls! 13 lbs of baby and I ADORED being pregnant. I, too, had such an uncomplicated pregnancy and birth that the transition into twindom has been relatively easy and amazing. I'm also open about my process and grateful and blessed that it took just once. My babies will be 2 and we're all thriving! Happy 1st Eliana! You have a classy mommy!

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    1. Twins...oh my goodness! What a beautiful story, thank you for sharing and for your sweet comment! xo

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  8. This is such a sweet post, Audrey! I'm so glad you shared your story. I can't even imagine what it means to go through IVF, but I'm SO happy it ended well. Happy birthday sweet Eliana!

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  9. Happy Birthday, Eliana! What a precious gift.

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  10. Oh Audrey…what a beautiful post. I love that you opened yourself up to share this story with us. I was just talking with a girlfriend today about how unfair it seems that the couples I know who would be amazing parents seem to have the most struggle with conceiving/carrying (she just had her 2nd unsuccessful IVF). It's stories like yours that give women some hope :)
    Little Eliana is beautiful and growing up so fast…happy birthday Eliana!
    xo - Marion (and Cooper!)

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    1. Thanks so much Marion! Sending love and positive vibes to your friend. xo

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  11. Wow. I can't event tell you how much I needed to see this post and I was not even expecting it. Of course, I had no idea. It just shows you never really know what struggles people are going though. I truly appreciate you sharing your very personal journey with us your readers. I have been trying to get pregnant for a long time and I remember when you got pregnant with your daughter (or announced it on your blog). I remember wishing it would happen for me as well soon. It has not happened yet, but your post has given me some hope. And also made me feel less alone as I go through this journey. Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

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  12. Thank you so much for your sweet words, it truly means so much to me. My heart goes out to you and I can absolutely relate to what you are going through. Remember to stay positive and take care of yourself. Wishing you all the best!!

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  13. Audrey, this is such a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing. Eliana is such a beauty and I'm sure has brought so much happiness in your life. xoxo Annette

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  14. Thanks for sharing your journey. We also went through 2 rounds of IVF (both failed) we then adopted our son and two years later found out I was pregnant (totally unexpected) Our little girl is almost 5 weeks old and is truly a miracle. It is amazing what we go through for children. I love reading your blog and I always felt we had a lot in common. Jessica

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story, Jessica! Congrats on the birth of your sweet newborn daughter. I have no doubt you're enjoying every precious moment! x

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