Infertility: The Monthly Road To Hope

I remember sitting on the front porch with my mom, the summer after I graduated from high school. My friend had just had a baby, and my mom was reminiscing about when she was pregnant with me. I had always pictured myself as a mom, even as a kid. But that night was the first time that I really remember looking forward to becoming a mom one day. Then I had the thought “What if I cannot have kids?” I brushed it off, and told myself that I was being silly, and to never worry about that again....more

11 Ways to Support a Friend Going Through Infertility

I know that your ability to have a baby (or many babies) is not what keeps me from having one of my own. I also know you are confused about how to approach me -- afraid your abundant fertility will send me into a deep pit of despair. As Cool Hand Luke would say, "What we've got here is failure to communicate." Here are 11 ways you can support a friend going through infertility. ...more
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Our 3rd IVF Cycle: Embryo Transfer Update

Yesterday was our embryo transfer.  Going into it, we didn’t know how many of our 14 fertilized embryos had survived to 5-days.  Due to our history of 3-day transfers and failed implantation, we told ourselves we’d be happy with just one to transfer and we’d be extra-happy with one to freeze.Well, ladies and gentleman, we hit the jackpot!...more

Our 3rd IVF Cycle: Week 3 Update (Egg Retrieval)

I have a lot to update you on today!  Here’s what’s happened in the last week.  (If you’re new to the blog, this is our 3rd IVF cycle.  You can read about our previous cycles here)....more

Infertility Doesn't Define You

You are a dreamer, with that secret (or not so secret!) Pinterest board that you pin to every day. Waiting, hoping, wishing.You're a walking, talking health food store with your vitamins, supplements and superfoods. You're a lab rat with your medications and injections. You might as well have some kind of honorary degree in fertility....more
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Our 3rd IVF Cycle: Week 2 Update

I've been keeping a secret...

No, I'm not pregnant.But.Tim and I have been trying to get pregnant.Since August.Of last year.This officially puts us in the "infertility" category, along with anyone else who has been trying, without success, for a year....more

The Good, the Bad, and the (possibly) Infertile

Women are here to procreate. This is my duty as a wife, a woman and a mother. My husband wants me to have a baby, my children want me to have a baby, I want me to have a baby... my body can't seem to get the memo.  I have an amazing son and daughter with my first husband (that's a story for another time) and the sweetest stepdaughter you could imagine. Part of me feels guilty for wanting more, for being depressed it's been so hard to conceive my fourth child when so many are unable to have just one....more

7 Things that Scare Me About Becoming a Mom

I started thinking about the topic of things that scare me about being a mom today because I've been up since 3:30 this morning. There was a wicked wind storm last night, and my cats were freaking out, all kinds of stuff banging around outside. J went outside to check it out, and well, I've been up ever since—except for that slight twinge of sleep that finds you just as your alarm clock is going off. ...more
The fact that you are afraid of these things already means you will be a great mom!  Can you ...more

Infertility and TTC: It's Not Worth Losing Your Marriage

Infertility is hard. Really hard. If we let it, it can break our hearts.And our marriages....more