It’s been quite a while since I’ve written. If I’m being honest, it’s kinda been nice. It’s nice to step back for a while and just be me. To not worry about exactly when I’m ovulating or if this is going to be “our month” or if “that symptom” means something. Don’t get me wrong, it’s always in the back of my mind… but it’s been nice to not have it be the ONLY thing on my mind. I guess there has been a part of me that has thought “Maybe, even as much as I HATE hearing ‘just relax’, is exactly what I need to do.” And then one cycles passes. Then two. And I remember – it’s a medical condition, not a mental condition.
November 4th was my husband’s and my 2 year wedding anniversary. We made it 2 whole years without killing each other!! We had talked about taking a small vacation – Lord knows we needed it, especially after the last few super emotional months – and after talking with his parents about it, his mom actually decided to purchase plane tickets and even go with us! I know, most people would think that In-Laws on an anniversary vacation would be a major buzz-kill, but that wasn’t the case at all! I’ve been very blessed with the in-laws that I have!! We went to Ormond Beach, Florida and it was AMAZING! I knew that we needed a vacation, but I didn’t realize just how much until we actually got there. Surprisingly, I didn’t think about work at all!! Tough to imagine, I know.
While we were there, we spent 2 nights at the Royal Floridian Resort RIGHT on the water. The weather wasn’t perfect while we were there but it by NO means ruined our time. There was quite a bit of rain, but we got to enjoy the sunshine as well and one day, as we sat on our balcony, I noticed that a break in the clouds had the sun casting a ray in a direct line onto the water. My mind started to wonder about what was going on beneath the surface of the water in that spot. Were the animals that lived there basking in the gift of warmth that the sun was offering, or were they content in the icy waters? I often find myself wondering what is happening beyond what my eyes can see when I stand in front of the majestic sea. Life scurrying about. Animals seeking shelter and food. One of the days that we were in St Augustine, I was able to sit and watch about 10-12 dolphins jump and play and toss fish back and forth – and I can’t remember a time I felt more at peace, even with all the emotions I was feeling at that moment. I’ve always possessed a great passion for the ocean. There is just something about it that is so peaceful and calming. Strong, unrelenting, ever-changing – yet remaining the same. I could sit and listen to and watch the waves roll in for hours and never get bored.
The last couple months – like the many before – have been filled with pregnancy announcements, news of loss and all the other happenings that comprise our daily lives. I can’t quite use the word “normal”, as our normal is so different from most. I’ve had some time to search my heart some in the last couple months. My heart still hurts when I hear of a woman who is pregnant or see a woman with that telling bump, but accompanying that ugly green monster lately has been a new perspective – Did she struggle with infertility? Did she get pregnant naturally or have to deal with medical procedures also? For most women I see, I may never know the answer, but it’s made me feel as though I’m actually making progress in the war against bitterness.
The emotions that I felt after learning that my best friend was pregnant still shock me beyond belief when I think about them. A friend of mine called it an “a$$-kicking surprise” and I can’t think of a better way to categorize all the emotions! But lately, a new feeling about it has been creeping in… a feeling I expected to feel right away. I’m excited! I’m going to be an aunt again! I’m going to have a precious baby to spoil, and then send home! I’m going to be able to kiss and hug and love and overall smother this child! But as strong as those feelings of excitement are, they still wage war with the emotions I’m trying my best to tamper. I haven’t told her about the excitement yet, and I hope that she will forgive me for having to read it here instead of hearing it from my mouth – although I did warn her (again) that I was blogging in part about her. I guess it’s easier for me to keep my emotions in check when they’re shared in a broader range – plus I’m sure she’s TIRED of hearing me trip over my words in an explanation of what I’m feeling and how it isn’t her fault!!
We started a YouCaring account a bit ago in hopes of lightening the burden of IVF, and have had some wonderful people donate. We are saving and adding to it as we can. My husband has an amazing talent for woodworking and will be selling the projects he’s done, and is going to do, in order to donate to our fund. I also have discovered a passion for photography that I am going to be using to donate to our fund also. God is so awesome that He already had something lined up for me before I even knew it! We also started a Facebook page that tells a little about us and references to this blog and our donation account. If you are interested in checking any of them out, the links will be at the bottom of this blog!
Speaking of this blog – what an amazing outlet this has been for me. I love that I can write what’s on my heart for all to see. People always say that think I’m “amazing” and “so strong” for dealing with this… and I know I am. I may not feel amazing and strong as much as I do broken and discouraged, but what I want people to take from this more than anything is HOPE. We know that God has a plan for us. He reminds us every day. His plans are better than our dreams, and that is what keeps us going. Thank you for being a part of this journey. And this blog. And my life.