Erm, Say What?

Jonathan and I have been praying for a few months about whether to subject my body to more rounds of fertility treatments, or just be satisfied in our mackerdoodle and leave it at that.  We know that in order to go back on the Clomid/hCg cocktail we have to be able to show my doctor that I have been mapping my cycles and trying to conceive for three months.   We figured it couldn’t hurt to chart the cycle, even if we weren’t going to go back on the cocktail, so at the beginning of September, the cycle after the mackerdoodle was completely weaned, I bought an ovulation predictor kit and started the charts.

This is old hat to me.  Here’s how it looks.

Day one of cycle, mark chart with “Cycle begins”.

Day ten of cycle begin testing for ovulation.  Write “no” on chart each day until the line darkens on the stick.  Then write “yes.”  Sometimes the yes never gets written at all.

Day (whatever day last cycle began), take home pregnancy test.  Write “negative” on chart.

When cycle begins, begin new chart.  Write “cycle begins” (day length of last cycle)

So imagine my great surprise on day 30 of my cycle, when I marked negative on my chart and THEN looked at the home pregnancy test and it said “pregnant.”

Yep.  I did the same thing you just did.  I kept reading and re-reading that test.  I sat there for 15 mintues thinking “What did I do wrong?”  But my doctor confirmed it yesterday.  I’m almost 5 weeks pregnant.

My choice was not to share the information until after the 8 week heartbeat appointment, but Jonathan says the Lord is to be praised in this, even if we have another miscarriage, so here’s the news.  I covet your prayers.


About Coralie

After 11 years of infertility, I am now a mother to three, a wife of a Presbyterian (ARP) preacher and a struggling homemaker. Welcome to my little corner of the net. Kick off your shoes, put your feet up and join the conversation. View all posts by Coralie

17 responses to “Erm, Say What?

  • Roberta Taylor

    Congratulations! Our prayers are with you too, but also our rejoicing. Many hugs- God is good. All the time.

  • Adrienne

    OK, so I just had the same reaction to when I was told you were pregnant the first time! My eyes welled and thought at how amazing the Lord is and how He does things in HIS own time / HIS way – not ours. Our prayers are with you all. We love ya : )

  • marianne

    Many prayers for you and your family, Coralie! I am so excited for you!

  • Kristi-Anna

    Hey, that is such AWESOME news! I’m with J. on the telling… we have been down similar roads as you, and coveted each prayer as early as we could get them prayed! 🙂 You will be on my prayer list as the next few weeks go by 🙂

  • Wayne

    This is awesome news! 🙂

  • Donna Long

    Only God…Always God! You will be richly blessed and much covered with prayer.

  • Terri

    I forgot to tell you at school today what Bethany said when she found out you were pregnant so I’ll tell you here. She said, “Isn’t that amazing about Miss Coralie? Moriah is going to have a baby brother or sister. Isn’t that amazing about Miss Coralie? Did she go to the doctor yet? I just can’t believe Miss Coralie is going to have another baby. Isn’t that amazing? Is Miss Coralie happy? Is Mister Jonathan happy? When did Miss Coralie go to the doctor? I can’t stop thinking how amazing it is that Miss Coralie is having another baby.”

    That’s an almost verbatim quote. Can you tell my girls are excited about having another cute, cuddly Cowan baby to play with?

    The prospect is amazingly wonderful for all of us. Praise the Lord! We will keep you in our prayers.

    Oh, and by the way, when you told me you had something to tell me that I would never guess, and I guessed that you had painted your bedroom pink, I was basing that on your self-professed non-girly-girlness as you mentioned a couple of post back. One of the last things I would expect you to do would be to paint your bedroom pink because even if you did want to, I can’t imagine Jonathan letting you; however, this news definitely beats a pink bedroom hands down. 🙂

  • Melinda

    doing the happy dance RIGHT NOW for you….praise the Lord

  • Melinda

    ooops by the way….new email address on here…whoops…OKAY…doing the happy dance AGAIN RIGHT NOW for you…praise the Lord

  • Carole

    We were thrilled to hear the is God all of the way..conception, “au.natural”..thrilled for you( and for us)

  • bobbi


    i’m a long time lurker at your site, and you don’t know me, but i am praising the Lord with you!!! how awesome, and what a testament to the wonders of our Father.

  • Sandi

    Wow….no words can describe my happiness for you! While we have not travelled the same exact road as you have, God has not chosen to bless us with another baby since our last son 5 years ago. I too am oh so familiar with the charting cycle….although after 2 years of charting I am now officially on a sanity break. I am thrilled for you and wishing you all the very best… blessings!

  • Robin

    So happy for you! Diane told me this morning at church, so I wasn’t surprised to read it here, but your post still made me cry. Congratulations and fervent prayers sent your way.

  • Coastal

    Ha ha! Congratulations! I just went back and read your comments from a year ago when I announced I was pregnant with Eli, shortly after Mackerdoodle arrived. You said you might get nervous after Eli arrived.
    Wonderful news, and my prayers are with you, for now and for what I know lies ahead.

  • Ruthie

    Hey Cor and Jon….that’s great news! I was reading your other comment about realestate and somehow stumbled upon this entry….God is Good!

    Cant promise that I will remember to pray for you….but I will certainly try 🙂 I hate it when people promise to pray but it is obvious that it never really happens….

    I am wandering into some uncharted territory myself….do you know any “unschoolers” in your area…..just curious about your opinion on that subject


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