Wednesday, January 14, 2009
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Monday, January 12, 2009
For those of you who don't know, it took us approximately 16 months to conceive with Elaina (our first). After over a year of trying and seeing an OB/GYN, trying options there, God led us to Dr. Donald Cline of Reproductive Endocrinology Associates, Inc. on the northside of Indianapolis. After months of frustrations, many of our questions were answered in that first hour and a half consultation with Dr. Cline. Jeff's main question to Dr. Cline on that very first visit was, "How do we know when enough is enough? Are we messing with "God's Will" by trying to intervene in this conception process using alternative methods?" Dr. Cline answered us by saying that we get that assurance and that comfort through prayer. He is not the miracle maker here. He is a servant of God, using the knowledge, abilities, and talents that God has blessed him with, he is able to help couples who desire to have a family, achieve that. In the end, it is God's miracle, and Dr. Cline is just fortunate enough to get to be a part of witnessing that. We felt incredibly comfortable and were completely overtaken and encouraged with Dr. Cline's strong ethical, moral, and Christian beliefs on fertility. As you can imagine in most modern practices, Christianity and fertility don't mix well. Dr. Cline, however, is an amazing, knowledgeable, and unique specialist who doesn't waiver from his strong Christian beliefs and faith in treating his patients and assisting them with their reproductive endeavors. His testimony is powerful. After just one month of treatment with Dr. Cline, we conceived our beautiful first baby girl, Elaina Joy. She just turned 3 last week. Once conception occurs, Dr. Cline monitors his patients with bi-weekly ultrasounds and bloodwork through the first trimester. Once he is certain that the pregnancy is stable, he releases you to finish your pregnancy with an OB. His office is small and the staff is few. Emotionally, everyone becomes attached to each other, and I'll never forget our last visit with Dr. Cline when he released us with Elaina. Tears and hugs. He even gave us a gift. Why? I'm not sure when he had already given us so much more than we could have ever asked him - his God given knowledge to assist us in conceiving.
Most of all, we are just so thankful for our relationship with God and that He continues to provide and be so ever faithful to us. As we look back on how God has built our family, it is just amazing, and to see the work that He has already done in this little miracle that He has blessed us with is overwhelming.
* My regular Dr. didn't show up for my annual OB visit = God's Perfect Plan.
* We went ahead and called Dr. Cline earlier than planned so that I could get my annual in
and get his advice = God's Perfect Plan.
* We were already pregnant and had no idea the day that we met with Dr. Cline = God's
* We called to tell Dr. Cline that we wouldn't be in for our "study cycle," but he checked my
levels anyway - something that the OB would not have done at 4 weeks. By the time I
would have seen an OB for a first prenatal visit, we would have possibly already
miscarried or my levels would have been so low that it was just a matter of time
before a miscarriage = God's Perfect Plan.
* The $885 a month progesterone supplements that I had to take were incredibly covered
with our insurance. We only paid $60! = God's Perfect Plan.
* We were able to stay with Dr. Cline through our first trimester until he was confident that
body was producing this hormone naturally = God's Perfect Plan.
I could go on and on and list so many other details that have happened over the last 12 weeks that are just obvious how God was taking care of every little detail of this pregnancy, even as far as babysitters go for the girls, when Jeff happened to already be off of work, etc . . . So many details that we just have to stand back in awe and say, "Thank you, Lord, for being in control!" I am such a control freak, and I worry so much, but it is times like these that I wonder, "Why do I want all of this control?" I don't have any of it - God's in control, so why try to fight Him for it. He always does a much better job than I could ever even imagine doing! We are so thankful!
Stephanie, Elaina Joy, and Dr. Cline - Dr. Cline is the only Dr. that Elaina talks about with a joyful tone in her voice. She is very fond of Dr. Cline and has enjoyed seeing him on our visits over the last couple of months. She understood why we were going to see him, and she always had great things to say about him. On our last visit to see him, we were in the hallway as I was getting weighed. Dr. Cline was with another patient, and Elaina was saying (and those of you who know Elaina know she's a loud one naturally), "Dr. Cline?? Where's Dr. Cline?? Dr. Cline!!. Even though he was with another patient and knowing that he would see us shortly anyway, he still had to come out and see Elaina anyway. She brought him her slinky. She said, "I'm going to take this to Dr. Cline. He will fix it for me. Daddy can't." Unfortunately, Dr. Cline had to tell Elaina that it was "terminal" for the slinky, and he wasn't able to fix it. Although she is very fond of Dr. Cline, she wasn't too interested in having her picture taken. :( This picture will always be very special to us.
Baby McCrary #3 at 6 weeks.
Baby McCrary #3 a 8 weeks.
Baby McCrary #3 at 10 weeks.
We rescheduled everything that we planned to do for Thursday, and it worked out great!
Jeff took Thursday off of work, and we left town right after breakfast to head up to a doctor's appointment for Mommy on the northside. After we were done there, we headed back down to Greenwood, and we had lunch and played games at Chuck-E-Cheese. This was our first visit to Chuck-E-Cheese. I must admit that I was a bit apprehensive since we had not been before with the girls, but it really was great. It seemed to be very clean, it wasn't crowded at all since it was a Thursday during the school week, and the girls had so much fun . . . and Daddy, too!
After our lunch at Chuck-E-Cheese, we headed to Build-A-Bear. This was our first visit there as well. Elaina built her first bear, and she had so much fun. It was so sweet. She was the perfect age for her first visit. She had a ball, and at times, we would catch her standing in the middle of the store, loving on her new bear and talking to it. The bear she built shows her personality. We had a song added to the bear that sings a birthday song to her. It is really cute. Emily is having a hard time now that we are at home with the bear. She gets very jealous of it, but Elaina does do a good job of sharing it with her. Emily will just have to wait until her 3rd birthday for her first visit to Build-A-Bear. Oh, the lessons to be learned in life. :)
We had Elaina's birthday party with a few friends a family on Saturday. She has been talking for literally months now about having a "blue Little Bear party." She loves the show, Little Bear, and her favorite color is blue, so she combined the two together for her party. We don't get to see Uncle Paul very often, and he was able to make it down for her party. We were so excited. He spent a lot of time playing with the kids, and Elaina already talks about missing him.
Happy 3rd Birthday, Elaina Joy! We love you so much, and are so thankful that God entrusted you to us.
Elaina in her birthday cupcake shirt, pushing her new bear through the store in a stroller.
Dressing her new bear. Introducing, "Belle - The Birthday Ballerina Bear." (Daddy helped with the extended name.) It was so fun to watch Elaina shop for the outfit that she wanted her bear to have.
Emily enjoying her lunch!
Redeeming their tickets.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Our friend, Taylor, is in the top row with the green dress on. I LOVE watching her ring the bells. The kids did such a great job at church. I hope Elaina and Emily will want to participate when they are old enough. (Taylor is Hilary and Danny's daughter, sister to Devan and Brooke.)
Madelyn Mae, her baby sister Kaitlyn, and parents Brad and Amy are good friends of our from church and our small group.
The girls drinking their "tea."