Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Baby Merrill!

Yep. You read it right. Seth and I are expecting a little one this September! I know you are supposed to wait until twelve weeks to announce it, but there a couple reasons why I decided to announce it earlier. Number one, I have a huge mouth and am a horrible secret keeper. Number two, this pregnancy has been so hard on me. At six weeks I was already barely keeping anything down. Now, at nine weeks I have already had to make two trips to the hospital to get an IV because I was so dehydrated. I have lost eleven pounds in one week. I haven't been able to keep any food down in four days, and even ice chips are a struggle. My doctor has put me on every medicine he can, and it still isn't keeping me from throwing up upwards of thirty times a day. I was expecting my pregnancy to be rough, but I had no idea how much of a trial it would be for me. It is really easy to get depressed when you feel the sickest you have ever felt in your life...especially when you know you will most likely feel that way for months. I have truly had to rely on my Heavenly Father to help me make it through this. Without Him, I don't think I would make it. Of course there are many other people who have been such a help to me through this hard time. Firstly, Seth. Thank you for being so patient and kind. Thank you for cleaning the house without being asked, for sitting in the ER with me when you had work to do, for fetching me cool wash cloths and medicine. You are my rock, and I wouldn't want to begin this journey into parenthood with anyone else. To my mom. Thank you for listening to me cry for hours on end everyday about how hard this is. Your compassion is inspiring. I wish we lived closer, but I find it incredible that I have such a close relationship with you although you are far away. Amber, thanks for listening and bringing me food (it was worth a shot!) and a movie when Seth was away. It really helped lift me up. Whitney. Thank you for driving all the way down to Provo and bringing me my pregnancy survival kit! You are such a good friend, and I am so grateful for you in my life! And to everyone else who has kept me in their prayers thank you so much!!! I'm meeting with a high risk pregnancy specialist tomorrow, so if you can, please pray that the doctor will be inspired as to how to help me. I really need to make it through this semester, and this appointment has given me hope that I will be able to. Although this has been by far the biggest trial in my life thus far, I am so excited to be a mom! I am grateful for the blessing of being able to do so, and I can't wait for the adventure to begin!


  1. Brookeee!! Such exciting news but also so hard! What can I do to help?? I'd love to bring you some food! Message me your address!

  2. oh sweetie i am so sorry it's so hard on you already. you and your little baby are in my prayers!

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  4. First off, congratulations! You are going to be the best mom! I'm sorry everything has been so hard on you. I hope that you get some answers at your appointment tomorrow! Lots of prayers are being sent your way.

  5. YEAH! Congrats!!! But oh Brooke, honey I feel for you! I am pregnant, number four, and the first 4 months were just like you are describing! I lost a total of 18lbs before keeping anything in my system. Medicine didn't help me at all either! It stinks to be pregnant and just feel like you have the FLU for weeks on end. But it does end!!!! It will get better! Hang in there. Call me if you want to talk 803-640-3706

  6. Oh, Brooke, you poor sweet girl.

    First off, congrats on the pregnancy! I thought I detected the pregnancy glow, but I never say anything in case I am wrong. Cuz that can be so awkward!

    I am so sorry to hear things are so rough right now! My sister had pregnancies like yours and was hooked to an IV for 6 months (she was diagnosed with Addison's disease mid-pregnancy). But she had a healthy baby girl and recently completed her first month-long iron man.

    Hang in there and put up some reminders (like baby booties or ultrasound pics) of the sweet baby you're growing to help you remember it's worth it!

    I hope you feel better soon!

    Jennifer Voelkel