My Perfect Christmas Gift

24 Dec

Baby Annie
Born 12/4/13
1:47 p.m.
7 lbs. 12 oz.
19 3/4 inches

I received my Christmas gift three weeks ago when my perfect Anna (Annie) was born. The last month of my pregnancy was rocky…I had prodormal labor, and went to the hospital three times during my last two weeks. I caught a nasty respiratory virus over Thanksgiving, and I really thought I couldn’t take it anymore. But little Annie waited until the time was exactly right…my water broke at 4:30 a.m. on December 4, and she made her grand entrance (after about an hour and a half of real pain) at 1:47 p.m. When they put her on my chest, she didn’t make a peep. She just stared at me with her peaceful little face.

My recovery has been so good, and Annie is such a good baby, that I kept waiting for some bad news to arrive. But there is none. Annie is a little angel – a perfect Christmas gift. As for my thyroidless pregnancy and birth experience, here is the list of my worries, paired with my final outcomes.

  • Ability to conceive – no issues
  • Excessive weight gain – gained 27 pounds (the least I have ever gained with a pregnancy)
  • Inability to control hormone levels – had to stay organized and get tested frequently, but leveled out with no problem by week 25
  • Difficult labor and delivery – it was no picnic, but unrelated to my thyroid!
  • Cancer recurrence – I checked out “cancer-free” in July, and will follow up again in April
  • Birth defects – Annie is BEYOND perfect!
  • Congenial hypothyroidism – I felt like I couldn’t breathe easy until Annie’s own thyroid levels were checked. Again, she is perfect!
  • Hormone crash post-delivery – This still might happen, but so far, I am the LEAST hormonal that I have ever been post-delivery. No tears, no temper tantrums, and so far, no hypo- OR hyperthyroid symptoms. My body may have adjusted to the new higher dose of medication, or I may need to adjust in a few months. I will have follow-up testing next month.
  • Breastfeeding issues – Annie is a champion breastfeeder, and my thyroidlessness has had zero effect on my milk supply. This has by far been my easiest transition into breastfeeding.
  • Weight loss post-delivery – I gained 27 pounds, and after three weeks, I have 7 left to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I am struggling to celebrate this milestone, because my natural reaction is to compare myself to my wedding photos, and say that I really need to lose 20 pounds. I have to remind myself that I believed having another baby might mean I would NEVER lose the pregnancy weight, and that is obviously not true. My pre-pregnancy jeans (though a little snug) even zip all the way!

It’s hard to imagine a better Christmas gift than Annie. She is the perfect addition to my family, whom I love so much. I am humbled and grateful and so very happy. Merry Christmas to all of you, and the best of health and happiness in 2014!


9 Responses to “My Perfect Christmas Gift”

  1. Anna December 24, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Congratulations! She’s beautiful…and of course I love the name! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. Clutter December 26, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Congratulations on the birth of your lovely daughter. I. hope your blog gives hope to other hypothyroid women hoping to conceive. Best wishes for continued good health.

  3. Erin Taylor January 13, 2014 at 12:29 am #

    Your blog has been just what I needed to see tonight. It addressed so many of the same questions I have been having as a women without a thyroid post thyroid cancer about to try and conceive my first baby. Congrats on your beautiful baby! Is there a way I could email you with a few questions?

  4. Courtney May 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    Wow, so glad I found your blog! I’m currently 25 weeks with our second baby, but first one after pap thyroid cancer (x2). I love reading your story and seeing how great everything turned out for you. Your story is such an inspiration! I think I have read ever single one of your posts while my 3 year old has been napping today. I look forward to more posts and pictures of your sweet littles 🙂

    • sarahyoung1119 May 29, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

      Thank you Courtney! I am holding my little Annie right now – she’s almost 6 months and is as perfect as ever! I am working on a post about my postpartum adjustment. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster trying to find my optimal dose again now that more time has passed and I am weaning. But I know I’ll get there! All the best to you and your new baby!

  5. Helena February 22, 2015 at 9:21 pm #

    I’m thyroidless too. I have not been able to carry a baby to term, before or after my thyroidectomy ,still it is nice to read your story. Hope you are enojying it to the fullest .

    It gives me hope

    • Sarah Young February 22, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

      Helena I am so sorry to hear that. I never lose sight of what a miracle my little Annie is. I hope and pray you get your miracle too. ❤️

  6. Sandra May 10, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

    Hi Sarah, thank you or this post. I am currently worrying about all of these things and soon hoping to get pregnant after my endo gives me a thumbs up. Can I ask how much of T4 and T3 you were on? I was on a T3 only treatment because I seem to have a conversion problem. They added 25mcg of T4 over the past 2 months so that I can get some into my system for pregnancy. I am having symptoms of hypo again and I’m having a hard time. I am going to see my doc soon to go over bloodwork but I am curious to know where your levels were at when you became pregnant and what if you needed to increase much throughout.


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