Friday, January 4, 2013

Lucy finally got her brother, named jack

It's been about a year since I wrote my, be gentle post, and here's a little update! IVF worked and we are so excited that we have our Jack here! I'm not sure if anyone ever checks this blog, since I don't update here. But just in case someone does, our hard year, ending with a very happy addition!

Friday, March 9, 2012


I had all these words I wanted to share. Words of gratitude. Words of companionship and solidarity, of women warriors waiting/fighting/waiting in the barren trenches together.

And then I had stories in my head, stories of how I'm so numb, I feel like someone else is experiencing my life. Some other girl is giving herself shots, driving to the Dr., waiting for life changing phone calls.

I plan out my reactions,

I'll be so happy, I'll have to give up goat cheese, I'll cry.
I'll be so sad. I'll give up Facebook. I'll cry.

But right now, I can't say anything. I waited too long and right now I'm terrified. I wrote some brave words awhile back,

I vow to accept that fear and uncertainty is a part of my life, but I won’t let it rule my life.

I accept that I will have hard days, days where I don’t get much done, days when I’m sad. 2012 is a year of change for me and I’m looking at it with eyes clear to the challenges it holds. I will have set-backs. I vow to let this shape me, but not define me.
The Road We Travel

Who was this girl? Currently, not me. I live my life in minutes. I die a thousand deaths every time I head to the bathroom. I sob in relief as I wait for the next four hours. I shake so hard I can hardly move.

I made ice cream for a sweet someone who is traveling this same excruciating path. I thought the act of being productive, of cooking, of making, of serving, would help. I was so proud of myself. Who was I kidding? I immediately ate it all. My dear husband ended up going to two stores, staying up until midnight, remaking it all for me.

I put movies on for Lucy, while I wander listlessly. I tell myself to get out of the house, to take a shower, to bake some bread. I go through the motions of living a life.

No, I'm not brave at all. I'm simply terrified.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

when words are not enough...

I'll write more words

I have so many thoughts swirling in my head. But for now, thank you. Thank you for compassion, your vulnerability, your stories and your love. I feel it, I really, really do. Your words touched me to the very depths of my soul.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Be Gentle

I have struggled with how to write this. How do I say this without sounding bitter, or desperate or angry. But it has been on my mind non-stop, and I'm feeling just fragile enough to write this and just brave enough to say it.

So, here is my story, what is it like living with infertility.

What can I say? It's seeing your life on hold, while you watch everyone's flying by. It's wanting something so precious, but increasingly elusive. It's wanting to hold a baby in your arms. Not someone else's baby, but your baby.

It's wanting to be pregnant. To be sick. To have swollen ankles. To stay up all night, rocking a screaming newborn.

And trying, at first casually, then slightly worried, frantically, desperately, and devastatingly, numbingly.

It's trying everything, absolutely everything. It's being on prenatals, just in case. It's thinking about what you will be doing next year for Christmas, you know, when you have a baby. And then next year. And then the year after that.

It's planning how you will announce the news. For Easter we will put the good news in an Easter Egg, around Mother's Day we will give a rattle as a gift, for Halloween we will dress up as a Bun in the Oven.

It was maybe silly, but you spent hours thinking about it. And hours thinking about names. Writing them down. Trying different spellings. Realizing that Atticus Scott Stewart had an unfortunate acronym.

It's mourning the life you dreamed. It's trying to adjust to the might nots. It's protecting your increasingly delicate heart. It's sobbing every month, because you were a little late, you thought maybe this time. Month, after month, after month. 72 months of trying, 2,190 days of hoping.

It's being poked and prodded, and giving up blood, and urine. Tests that hurt, tests that are embarrassing, tests that are scary.

It's bolstering your heart, preparing for the worst, and hoping, in the tiniest place in your heart, for the best. Because if you don't, and a babe in arms isn't waiting, you know you could lose yourself.

It's being desperate to give all your love to a child. Children. It's imagining picnics, soccer games, vacations.

It's wanting to comb curly hair, or maybe straight, and wash freckly skin, or maybe clear. And sing songs about boogie monsters, and smell fresh washed hair, falling asleep with a warm body next too you.

It's being afraid to say things out loud, because you might make them true.

It's uncertainty. Deafening uncertainty. Overwhelming fear, that you put into a box. And try not to look in to.

It's lonely.

It's rejoicing in other mothers, other babies, other lives. But still not wanting to hear about the ease of others conceptions.

It's constant guilt. Guilt for those 5 years you waited. Guilt that you went to school first. Guilt that you were 27 when you decided now was the time. Oh, how naive you were, that you thought you could control this. That you had your life planned out. You're guilty for your age, for the time you have waited between IVF. If only you did this last year, you would have had a baby now. Your eggs would have been one year younger. One year more awesome. It's the fact that you even talk about eggs. That's weird.

It's staying quiet when told, "Adopt, then you will get pregnant. Think positive, then you will get pregnant. Try acupuncture, then you will get pregnant. Now you have Lucy, you will definitely get pregnant. Be grateful, you are already have a baby." As if Lucy wasn't the sun that centers my world.
But, I dreamed of a family, of 5, then 4, then 3, then 2.

It's being positive for others, because they want you to be happy, but you really just want to say,"I'm devastated. I'm heartbroken."

It's being diagnosed with "unexplained," which basically means we don't know, which leads to, "we really can't say what will work and what wont." So it adds up to a high stakes guessing game.

It's shots, after shots, after shots, after shots. It's bruises, in various places, your heart being one of them. It's money that you don't have, but don't regret spending, but still don't have.

It's recognizing that nobody really understands that your dreams, although not quite dead, are at breaking stage. It's a limbo between joy and sadness, happiness and pain.

It's realizing that the treatments you are now doing, are the end of the line for pregnancy. And here you are 7 years older than when you first started this, when you thought you would be done, but really you are just beginning. It's telling Lucy she is going to have a little brother named Jack. It's hoping Lucy will have a little brother named Jack.

It's knowing that you can put everything you have left, into this last ditch effort, all your money, all your emotions, all your walls, and recognize that you can give it everything, but that doesn't guarantee anything. Only 40%.

It's putting your faith in God. Completely. You have no other choice. You have been completely
humbled. But you recognize your way isn't God's way. And Faith is a hard road sometimes.

Be gentle. Infertility is a lonely valley, traveled by two people, clinging to each other with all their might.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010