Hi. I’m back…. I’ve been gone for a bit but I’m back. I wanted to stick around through it all, but I had some issues writing, well mainly 3 issues that I wanted to share…focusing mostly on #3 because it’s the biggest hold up in my writing.
- It’s difficult to find joy, even when you have good news. We’re 17 weeks along and that is so so fantastic, but worry creeps in on me every single day. I went as far as adding an additional ultrasound last week, because I couldn’t wait 3 more weeks for the next appointment and insure everything was ok. It was extra $$ and you’d think I’d be penny counting, assuming we just spent an insane amount doing IVF and another insane amount trying to adopt. It was just necessary for my peace of mind. You see, I’m at that weird stage where I can maybe feel kicks and jabs from little boy, but I don’t know if that’s what it is or if it’s something else, ya know, something bad. Supposedly within the next few weeks I’ll be able to clearly define baby kicks and I’d feel so much better when I get the constant reminder that he’s still there and doing well.
- Anything could happen. I could tell you I’m 17 weeks with a healthy baby boy today and tomorrow I could lose little one, praying that’s not God’s path for us, but it could happen. I just have to trust His path here….and it isn’t always easy. Ha. Saying it was easy or that I understand it is so far out in left field. However, I trust Him and if I were to lose this sweet Baby Z, and I wrote all these things about how happy I am that we were this far along or that we felt our first kick…it would hurt so bad to go back and read that in the future. So it’s just difficult for me to talk about what’s going on when I don’t know how all this will play out.
- This one may be hard to follow, so I’ll do my best to explain. I kind of feel weird writing about it now. Why? Well, when I originally was trying to find some peace after loss & loss, I read several other women’s infertility blogs. My findings were overflowed with mommas that were pregnant or had children and their struggles were years past them. Or so I thought, now I know the struggle never ever leaves you, but that’s besides the point. They were writing about waking up in the middle of the night with a crying baby or where to find the best and safest baby equipment for their little ones. It was difficult for me to get into their blog posts and truly relate, because I wasn’t there with them. I was still in my stage of anger, that we couldn’t have children ourselves and it hurt to see basically everyone else having children, even these women who’s blogs were about infertility. NOW that I’m THAT person writing at 17 weeks with a healthy baby boy, it seems like I no longer fit into this category that I’ve been writing in since December. How I’ve categorized myself for 6+ years, I no longer “fit.” Does that make sense?
It’s kind of like announcing you’re FINALLY freaking pregnant and out of the first trimester, to someone that just miscarried or has been trying to for years but has been successful yet. You want to yell and scream and tell the world, but you can’t because you want to be conscious of those around you. I’ve been there and it hurts. It hurts alot, so you go the extra step and be a little more cognitive to what those around you are going through. For example, in the same month, I recall getting a text from a family member and a call from a friend to tell me they were not expecting this and definitely were not trying but SURPRISE they were having a baby. And it hit me like a ton of bricks….better yet, it hit me like a freight train going about 190 mph. To say I was unselfishly happy for them would be a lie. I was selfish. I was hurt. I was pissed actually. And it took me well over 2 months to be supportive deep down. Of course, I showed my support outwardly, but inwardly I was breaking the hell down and I was ready to throw in the towel. Luckily, God gave me peace sometime in January. I don’t know why He decided it was time for me to find that peace, but He provided and all of a sudden I found myself truly happy for those around me getting pregnant and making their announcements. I went as far as actually attending and even hosting a baby shower, something I’ve never been able to willingly do or go to in the past. I told you I was selfish. And this peace just came over me and a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders and I found it! I found the joy for others! And I’m so thankful I’m here now..my heart aches that I went through so many years just being so unthankful to God’s blessings on others. This is a much better mindset for me to be in…
If you’re reading this and you’re in your anger stage or you’re just aren’t feeling the joy for me, totally skip past some of my posts or my blog completely. It is completely fine and I 110% understand. But, I hope you come back and please know that I’ve been there. We wouldn’t go through these struggles if we didn’t hope and pray for an awesome end goal. Maybe you’re here supporting me (thank you) or maybe you’re here supporting a loved one or maybe you’re a struggling want-to-be-momma, we all still have the same end goal. We all want our loved one(s) or ourselves to find that sweet baby, one way or another. We’re all in this together….let’s express our anger, sadness, peace, happiness, because we’ve all been there.
So…. I’m going to allow myself to write about the experiences during pregnancy, through the hiccups along the way, and after childbirth, because that is my end goal…. to have sweet, healthy, intelligent, alive little one in our arms… I mean, that’s not my complete end goal. I want to watch them grow up, be ornery, ride dirt bikes, love on our puppies, meet the love of their life, experience a mother-son dance at a wedding, watch them grow to be some incredible (INSERT ANY DREAM/OCCUPATION HERE). My end goal is always growing, but right now my end goal is to make it through a pregnancy with a healthy baby boy.
Hope you’ll stay on the journey with me…