August 20, 2009


Our baby is living up to the John Elway name.

My husband picked that nickname, you'll remember, because John Elway lost three Super Bowls before he won a fourth.  We lost three babies and my husband really wanted to win a fourth.

Yesterday the genetic counselor called.  I wasn't expecting the call for another week.  Guard Wife and I were eating lunch together and my heart went into my throat when I picked up the phone.

But our baby is a John Elway baby.  A Super Bowl winner.

The baby has perfect chromosomes.  Nothing wrong.  Not even the balanced translocation that I have.  That means that this child will not have chromosomal infertility later on when it comes time to birth the next generation.  Perfect.

Our baby is John Elway in every way.

Except that it's a girl...

Posted by: Sarah at 10:16 PM | Comments (70) | Add Comment
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1 What do you know?!

This still makes me smile and cry all at once. 


Posted by: Guard Wife at August 20, 2009 10:22 PM (EvsXa)


I'm a teary mess.  I am so thankful and relieved that, well....  Blah, blah, blah.

MUAH!  Seriously congratulations!  NOW you can shop....  Gosh, Sarah....  Eat some bacon and enjoy...  (even though you're in for another loop -- pregnancy ain't easy either....)

Get some flip flops.  And wear your husband's big shirts.  And get the industrial-size fruit-flavored Tums.

I am so happy for you!!!!!  YAY~!~~!!!

Posted by: Allicadem at August 20, 2009 10:29 PM (hGdGx)



First time commenter...  I found your blog via SpouseBuzz quite awhile ago during one of my husbands deployments.  I related with quite a bit, and grew attached... funny how that happens.  

I'm so happy for you and your family! 


Posted by: Danielle at August 20, 2009 10:47 PM (AbCgO)

4 Congratulations! I have always been too shy to comment on your blog (or almost any blog, for that matter) but I couldn't read this without responding. I am so happy for you and the baby!

Posted by: Laura at August 20, 2009 10:50 PM (npnYl)

5 ok, so joan elway (or jonnie!!) sarah, that is such great news, my eyes filled with tears of joy! YOU WILL BE A GREAT MOM (heh... you already ARE!) and DH will be a wonderful Dad! we know how happy you must be and your DH must be over the moon along with you!!  such good news!! blessings on you all!

Posted by: Some Soldier's Mom at August 20, 2009 10:56 PM (DBUVT)

6 That is wonderful news. Got tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat... hooray!!! I vote for Johnette lol.

Posted by: Pamela at August 20, 2009 11:10 PM (hXt1H)

7 Woot!!  WoooHooo!!  Yippppeeee!!  Yeah! 

That just doesn't come across as well typed as it does flying across my living room . . . . but I think you get the idea.

I am so happy for you!!  

I only know you from your blog, but you strike me as someone who isn't going to totally believe this is real until little Joanne E. is in your arms  . . . . but I hope this news gives you a giant measure of peace going forward!!!!


Posted by: RC at August 20, 2009 11:38 PM (/kzoE)

8 How incredibly awesome!

Posted by: Code Monkey at August 20, 2009 11:40 PM (V7/2B)

9 Hail the heir of the Grok Dynasty!

There's a new princess in Peoria!

I always preferred matriarchies ...

Posted by: Amritas at August 20, 2009 11:54 PM (h9KHg)

10 I'm crying tears of joy.  Oh Sarah, I'm so happy for you!!!!!!

Posted by: FbL at August 21, 2009 12:16 AM (SyM87)

11 Congratulations!  Wonderful news!  I was holding my breath for a while there.  My three daughters and I are happy for you!

Posted by: R1 at August 21, 2009 12:27 AM (vGJML)


Wow!  That's awesome news :-)  Hey, who says the girl can't grow up to play football, huh?


Posted by: Barb at August 21, 2009 12:32 AM (iaV9O)


Posted by: Lissa at August 21, 2009 05:54 AM (mgjM7)

14 Oh, what GREAT NEWS, my friend.  May I suggest a female equivalent for John Elway - PATIENCE.  Hah, there's a good Pilgrim type name for you.

Posted by: Oda Mae at August 21, 2009 06:23 AM (tKtQ9)

15 God Bless. You must be floating on air. It was a little more than 7 years ago when I got similar news. (I am a fragile x carrier and already had two affected kids, and I was pregnant with a boy), When the doctors office called to give me the all-clear, I didn't believe it. I was so happy! My "good news call" just celebrated 7th birthday and he is a joy.

Congrats on your very happy news.

PS You could always name her Elwina....but I wouldn't advise it

Posted by: Suzanne B at August 21, 2009 06:56 AM (FekRk)

16 Best News EVER!    So thankful for the fantastic news!!!

Posted by: Courtney at August 21, 2009 07:21 AM (fvga6)

17 Somehow I managed to lose track of your blog, but catching up over at Guardwife's place (I was well over a month behind on hers) and I saw her link to you. Oh.My.Goodness. I'm beyond *squee* and giddy and all things excited. Congrats and lots of hugs and well wishes to your family. *woot*

Posted by: Susan at August 21, 2009 08:09 AM (4aKG6)

18 It's Johnette Elway! Congratulations!!!

Now go enjoy the swollen boobs, puffy ankles, stretch marks and later, the talking back.

Posted by: the mrs. at August 21, 2009 08:10 AM (NJQf+)

19 Sarah - I am crying tears of joy for you! So thrilled to read this news!!!!!

Posted by: Keri at August 21, 2009 08:16 AM (k6Euw)

20 Great news, congratulations.  What is the first thing you are going to knit for her?

Posted by: Padraig at August 21, 2009 08:20 AM (47xDn)

21 Brilliant! So happy for you!

Posted by: Linda at August 21, 2009 08:40 AM (krOs7)

22 So, so, so exhilarated for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  A GIRL, too!!! Yay!!! :-D

Posted by: Heather at August 21, 2009 09:30 AM (yVRs0)


Finally, the rainbow


Posted by: Cassandra at August 21, 2009 09:33 AM (YDshD)


You know, Oda Mae might just have something there.  Patience certainly does fit.


Posted by: Maggie at August 21, 2009 09:34 AM (OKqpv)

25 Woohoo! Big happy tears from AZ! Sarah, I am just absolutely thrilled for you and your husband. Best wishes with the rest of the pregnancy and the rest of John Elway's life!

Posted by: Butterfly Wife at August 21, 2009 09:49 AM (iu+XG)

26 WOOHOO!!!! Congrats Sarah!!!

Posted by: Reasa at August 21, 2009 10:18 AM (uKniq)

27 More tears of joy from me too! How incredibally AWESOME for you!!!!!!! Good things do indeed happen to great people who can wait. Put my vote in for "Patience" too. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: MargeinMI at August 21, 2009 10:29 AM (NIotR)

28 CONGRATS!!  I am so happy for you! 

And girls are so much fun.  Shall I start saving clothes for you now?

Posted by: dutchgirl at August 21, 2009 10:53 AM (hLAkQ)

29 She is going to be one amazing woman--Just like her mama!!!!

Posted by: Val at August 21, 2009 11:18 AM (5btL/)

30 Awesome news!

Posted by: Susan at August 21, 2009 11:21 AM (Y8ZGj)


Can you hear my big WAAAAHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!


Sarah-that is the most wonderful news!

Little Josie Elway.  How sweet it is.

Posted by: AFSister at August 21, 2009 11:37 AM (Cuh4s)

32 HURRAY!!! I can't help but shed some happy tears for you, and your precious, feisty little girl. I hope you can settle in and relax now, and enjoy the crazy ride of pregnancy. Now the fun part- choosing the perfect name =)

Posted by: Amanda at August 21, 2009 01:11 PM (0JIJF)

33 I cannot wait until you poop blog...

have you thought about vlogging the birth..

Posted by: awtm at August 21, 2009 03:00 PM (91P17)


I am so happy for you...I have read your blog for over a year now (not even sure how I found you in the first place) but only commented for the 1st time the other day (Rochester news). 

Congratulations!  Girls are fun..full of drama and personality!

Posted by: Jen in NY at August 21, 2009 03:29 PM (09eZM)


You made me cry and I don't even LIKE kids! LOL

Tears, sweet tears...bless you guys. And a GIRL....all the pink knitting you have to do...

Posted by: LauraB at August 21, 2009 03:49 PM (1IDjM)

36 Awesome, Sarah.  Just Awesome!

Posted by: Tracy at August 21, 2009 03:53 PM (sGtp+)

37 I am SO happy for you both, and your beautiful, healthy little girl. You will be the greatest parents! WOOOOHOOOO!!!

Posted by: Toni at August 21, 2009 04:19 PM (OoGre)


Congratulations! I can't even imagine how ecstatic you must be. I'm so happy for you!

Posted by: Val L. at August 21, 2009 04:59 PM (4iXKP)

39 What fantastic news...not a 'Johnny', but a 'Johnnie' (at least down South)'ve put smiles on so many faces today!

Posted by: Mrs. Who at August 21, 2009 05:02 PM (+UBtq)

40 I know I'm a complete stranger but I've been reading your blog for a while now. I'm crying tears of joy for you. I hope you have a healthy rest of your pregnancy.

Posted by: Jill at August 21, 2009 07:56 PM (LV89i)

41 Your picture of her showed her doing a victory dance, now you know why. I am so happy for you and your husband. I think your morning sickness was your body's way of reassuring you, anyhow, congratulations!

Posted by: HChambers at August 21, 2009 08:02 PM (irMco)

42 Oh so happy to hear your good news.  I have been relating your story to my husband, he just cried too!  

Posted by: krismama at August 21, 2009 08:04 PM (gGk2/)

43 I just got chills all the way up my spine. I couldn't be happier for you.

Posted by: Erin at August 21, 2009 09:03 PM (B0hy0)

44 Another lurker (all the way from Kangaroo Australia) I am sooo incredibly happy for you and your DH. Your little girl is going to be blessed with the most incredible mum and dad. Congratulations times a million. Enjoy every second!

Posted by: Justine at August 21, 2009 09:27 PM (gYiZm)

45 YAY! I'm so glad it's good news!  Now, it's real (not that it wasn't before, but I think you know what I mean).  Try not to worry as much.  So many things that could go wrong have been checked off the list. I am just so very very very happy for you and your husband (and Charlie too!).  Enjoy your pregnancy!  Then, enjoy your baby daughter!

Posted by: sharona at August 21, 2009 10:42 PM (VNSD8)

46 Congratulations.

And you know, being a girl doesn't have to stop her from playing football.  I did, and I turned out just fine. 

Posted by: Eowyn at August 22, 2009 09:45 AM (mEpx3)

47 Oh yeah, since you love to read so much, I was going to suggest a book to you, "The Girlfriends Guide to Pregnancy" by Vicki Iovine. Its HILARIOUS! And very informative, but mainly just a really funny book. Also, she also has a guide to surviving the first year of motherhood, its also very good. I think you would enjoy them. =)

Posted by: Amanda at August 22, 2009 10:06 AM (0JIJF)

48 Amanda -- Someone else just recommended that book to me; I just bought it!

Posted by: Sarah at August 22, 2009 11:26 AM (0DENp)

49  Wonderful news even for a stranger like me.

Posted by: Peter at August 22, 2009 02:13 PM (sR5il)




I am SO happy for you!!! :-) And CONGRATULATIONS on your upcoming little princess!!! :-) That is just SUCH. WONDERFUL. NEWS!!! :-)

*happy tears*

*happy dance*


Posted by: Krista at August 22, 2009 03:05 PM (sUTgZ)

51 Just heard from Major Chuck's web site, cheers! To your baby's good health! I'm so happy for you and your husband!

Posted by: Matt at August 22, 2009 04:08 PM (QdCYr)

52 I am so happy to hear this news.  Know that good thoughts head your way, and that I wish all the best to all of you!  

Posted by: Laughing Wolf at August 22, 2009 04:08 PM (QFjwa)

53 YAY!

Posted by: TW at August 22, 2009 04:45 PM (qWzEG)

54 Most excellent news.  Most excellent!  Many prayers heading your way.

Posted by: Oddybobo at August 22, 2009 10:56 PM (doCYk)

55 Just got the news at Major Z's.

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick,
but hope answered maketh the heart glad.

Love, Grace and His Shalom be upon you.

Posted by: OldSoldier54 at August 22, 2009 11:50 PM (al1X5)

56 Coming out of lurkerdom to say SOOOOOOOO very happy for you!!

Posted by: Michelle at August 23, 2009 08:38 AM (VaiPe)

57 Congratulations! She was just doing a happy dance during the testing.

Posted by: loquita at August 23, 2009 10:34 AM (U02Y9)

58 I rarely comment, but I always read, and I just want to say how very, very, very happy I am for you guys! I do think perhaps, though, that the name might need to be rethought...

Posted by: Tara at August 23, 2009 10:43 AM (NzDDT)

59 See I dont get on all weekend and I got the news from Guardwife's blog since everything is alphabetical in google reader!  I sat here crying tears of joy for you.  CONGRATS!!

Posted by: Cindy at August 23, 2009 02:12 PM (RVjNA)


Came over from Major Z  after reading about the "Lady Johnetty Elway" that is doing the "long run"  for a "touch down".  The "long run" will get tiring but the "goal" will be worth it.

Hope the #1 Coach is back from shup-per see-ack-ret sckip in order to catch that 'long runner" during the "touch down".

Good Luck and Enjoy! ;-)

Miss Em.



Posted by: Miss Em at August 23, 2009 02:52 PM (+E7Jv)

61 Yaaayyy!!!!   Congratulations - what a relief!  I started crying the moment I saw your result.  I'm so happy for you, and I sincerely hope that the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly and easily.  *big hugs and teary smiles*

Posted by: Leofwende at August 23, 2009 04:04 PM (28CBm)

62 Dear Sarah,
Your "Elway" may be female, but congratulations on the health of your child. May she grow up to be the oldest of your brood, if you two decide to have more children. May she do many, many things that will make both of you proud. After that, you and your husband can jokingly fight over which side of the family gave her that talent.

I learned about your site through MAJ Z's, "From my position... On the way!"

Posted by: RudyM at August 23, 2009 06:00 PM (RKQD7)

63 Great news, congratulations!!!

Posted by: Army Blogger Wife at August 23, 2009 10:48 PM (j0B2M)

64 Congratulations!  I am so happy for you!  Had you already decided to find out the sex before you went in for the test?  Have you been able to reach Mr. Grok to tell him?

Posted by: Christa at August 24, 2009 01:20 PM (2qSbp)

65 Oh, HAPPY DAY!!!!

Take it from one who was told she would never EVER have children (but went on to be the blessed mother of a perfect girl baby - who has grown into the perfect woman....Not biased here, oh no!) you have many MANY so wonderful days ahead, as the mother of a daughter. 

Many blessings to you all.

CONGRATULAAAAAAAAAAATIONS from all the way over here in Bratville...Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeehaaaaaaaa!

Posted by: brat at August 24, 2009 03:42 PM (Gde1Y)

66 Sarah and Family, I'm thrilled for you. God bless you, and many prayers going up for you all.

Posted by: Maggie45 at August 25, 2009 12:16 AM (VTYPR)

67 What wonderful, wonderful news! Congratulations to you and your husband! You can already see on the ultrasound photo below what a beauty she is :-)

Posted by: MaryAnn at August 25, 2009 06:29 AM (a4Qu0)

68 I'm *so* *very* *glad*.

Posted by: Lucy at August 25, 2009 04:27 PM (0nTD7)

69 Oh my goodness this got me crying. I'm so happy for you, and for her.

Posted by: Sara at August 25, 2009 05:47 PM (UGy9x)

70 I've been a little slow to get onto the computer, so I missed this when you originally posted it.  When I read it, I exhaled a really deep breath.  Didn't even realize I'd been holding it.  I bet you're breathing so much easier now, too.

The Captain was our fourth also.

Posted by: Ann M. at August 28, 2009 12:26 PM (+GQ3g)

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