Welcome to my blog. I am Kim Melone, wife to Kelsey and mommy to Ronin & Ripley. Kelsey and I started dating in December 2003. We love to bicycle, do RAGBRAI, hike national parks, do home renovations, spend time with our family and cook. We got engaged on Christmas 2005 and were married in September 2006. We purchased our first home in November 2007. While we owned this home we renovated our kitchen and added a new deck and landscaping.
We decided to start trying to conceive in January 2008. We thought that this would be easy, but it turns out that it was not. Month after month of disappointment for several years we kept trying, thinking that it would happen. After trying Clomid for several months with no success we decided to meet with a fertility doctor. In April 2013 we started fertility treatments starting with IUI. After 5 failed IUI’s and lots of heartbreak we decided to try IVF. In March 2014 we did our first round of IVF with a frozen embryo transfer in April 2014. After 5 IUI’s and 1 round of IVF w/FET we found out on Mother’s Day 2014 that we were finally pregnant. We were so excited and couldn’t wait to tell the world!!! On May 27th 2014 we had our first ultrasound and heard the heartbeat of our baby at 6w4d. On June 13th, 2014 (9w0d) we went in for our second ultrasound and received heartbreaking news. They couldn’t find a heartbeat. We were devastated and so heartbroken. We met with the fertility specialist again in July 2014 and decided to take a break from trying to conceive for the rest of the summer. In November 2014 we did another around of IVF, but decided to wait until later to do the embryo transfers. In January 2015 we did our frozen embryo transfer. On February 3rd, 2015 we found out we were pregnant again. We were so excited to be pregnant again and couldn’t wait to tell our family! On February 16th, 2015 we had our first ultrasound and heard the heartbeat of our baby, everything looked great, our due date was mid October 2015! On March 2nd we had our second ultrasound and everything still looked great. On March 9th we had our third ultrasound and everything looked great. We were transferred to my regular OBGYN doctor for the remainder of the pregnancy. In October 2015 we welcomed our son Ronin into the world. We were so excited to finally meet our little boy. He was perfect in every way! We were finally parents after 7 1/2 years of trying.
Twenty sixteen was a busy year for us. We sold our house and decided to buy a new home. In March 2017 I started a new job. On Mother’s Day weekend 2017 we found out we were pregnant again, but this time with no help. We were so surprised and excited at the same time! On June 5th, 2017 we had our first ultrasound, everything looked great, and our due date was early January 2018! On June 13th, 2017 we had our first appointment with the high risk OB doctor. At this appointment we found out that our baby had an increased NT measurement and that we had the option for further testing as there was something wrong. We decided to go have an amniocentesis done to test for genetic disorders. We had this test completed in mid-June 2017 and had to wait a little over 3 weeks for the results. This was the longest 3 weeks of our lives. On July 14th, 2017 we received the phone call that our baby had no genetic disorders. What a relief that was to get that phone call that our baby was healthy. In late December 2017 we welcome our daughter Ripley into the world. We were so excited to meet our little girl. She was perfect in every way! On that day in December that Ripley was born I lost too much blood during the C-section and had to have an emergency hysterectomy and received 7 units of blood and Ripley was having blood sugar and breathing problems. Both Ripley and I were transferred to the downtown hospital and I was admitted into the ICU and Ripley was admitted into the NICU. The next day I was released from the ICU and the day after that Ripley was released from the NICU. We were finally together again and were both on the mend. I don’t remember much about the first day of Ripley’s life but I am so grateful to get to spend the rest of my life with Kelsey, Ronin and Ripley. If it weren’t for the blood and care I received that day I wouldn’t be here today with them. We try to schedule our life but so often it becomes unscheduled and so I bring to you Life’s Doodles (scheduled life going unscheduled). In this blog I will talk about motherhood, meals, kids, family, kid projects, home projects and many other things. Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to talking with you again soon! –Kim