Friday, July 17, 2009

Happy baby despite PCOS

You know, I never realized how many people will talk to you when you have a baby. Whenever we go out, Liam is the biggest ham and he has to smile and growl at people to get their attention. He is such a flirt! So, tonight we were at a restaurant where we talked with everyone sitting around us. While we were there, everyone around us left and new families sat down, so we talked to them too. All the while, Liam is smiling and banging on the table looking for attention. When he finally gets the attention, he just smiles his little Liam smile and growls his little Liam growl. As we were leaving, I was stopped by not one, but TWO tables who wanted to tell us how precious he was. An older gentleman said to me, "You have the happiest baby!" And, no kidding, as I passed the next table, an older lady says, "He's so precious!" And of course I smiled and said "thank you" to them. It makes me happy to know that he is so outgoing and has such a huge personality. Seeing him smile in the morning when he wakes up just gives me the best start to my day! He's so happy and I love him for it!

And to think that he's the baby that almost wasn't... To get a little serious, I have to tell you that I have an awful reproductive disorder called PCOS (or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). Which is exactly what it says, I have many cysts around my ovaries that come and go. One cyst wouldn't go away and was taken out when I had my c-section. Not only do I have cysts around my ovaries, but this disorder plagues many areas of my body. It messes with my blood sugar and can make my hair fall out. My reproductive system is all out of whack. I had to be on progesterone medicine to regulate my body and then I took Clomid to stimulate my ovaries because I just don't ovulate on my own. We achieved a pregnancy that I miscarried because my progesterone levels dropped. In a normal body, the progesterone level rises and rises until the placenta takes over and keeps it going. Mine dropped and it was lost at 5 weeks 2 days pregnant. Another symtpom of PCOS is obesity. This is why I want to try so hard to keep my weight down. This is a struggle that I face for the rest of my life... On December 5th, 2006, I got a call from the nurse practitioner at my dr's office who told me that I had the disorder. But, a beautiful baby was born with all of that going on!

Okay, so that is all that I want to say during this blog.. Hope all is well with you and I shall write more later!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I have a new blogspace!

Welcome to my new blogspace.. where I am going to write about all of our family happenings. So, here is my new word-home. My new word-home may make you laugh, it may make you cry -- but it will definitely keep you entertained.

So, here goes!

I'm Lynn and I'm a wife and mommy. The wife to Phil and the mommy to Liam. Our Lafferty family was established on November 27th, 2004 and we became a party of 3 on October 15th, 2008. Phil and I met in 1997 and we started dating on November 22nd of that year. Where did we meet you ask? Online... Nope, wasn't planning on finding a future husband online, but I did. It was a server called Inetone. We grew up an hour and a half from each other. You know it's love when you have never seen the person but you find yourself wanting to talk to them every day. He made me smile without ever looking at him. Ok, so this is way mushy and cliche', but its all true.

We have a home in metro-Atlanta. We have lived here for 4 years now. We had our little boy, Liam, with the help of the fertility drug Clomid. He was conceived with the greatest love and was welcomed with open arms by us and his entire family. I'm biased, but he's the most wonderful baby I've ever seen and held. Before we found out that we were pregnant with him, I suffered through a miscarriage in November 2007. It was absolutely heartbreaking and our 'angel baby' will always be remembered and held close to our hearts. Wanting to start a family, through our suffering we found out Liam was in the making on February 13th, 2008. And I spent the better part of 2008 very pregnant! I always joked that cupid brought him to us and was left in the pumpkin patch :)

Being a mom is the hardest, most rewarding job ever! Everything revolves around planning. I plan when I go to the bathroom out in public and I plan when we go out. Life changes in the best ways possible. We couldn't imagine being a family without him!

I'm a teacher. I teach special needs students and I love my job. I sometimes have funny stories about my kids and they keep me on my toes...

Well I think that is about all I can say for now. I hope to keep this going for a while... Keep on checking back and I hope to keep you entertained with stories about us - the Lafferty's...