As most of you are aware, I’m one of the main contributors over at PAIL (Pregnant and/or Parenting through Adoption/Infertility/Loss), and we are currently celebrating our 1 year anniversary of being at our PAIL Bloggers location. For the June Monthly Theme Post, we asked people to weigh in on their journeys and give us a snapshot of what was going on in their lives for the past few years during the month of June.
Without further ado, here is my brief review!
June 2009 (4 yrs ago): I had just started my family blog because I was planning on talking my husband into TTC soon, and I wanted to be able to share our new bambino journey with faraway family and friends. Our 1 year wedding anniversary was July 19, 2009 – and we decided that day to give it a shot! Little did we know that a baby was nowhere near.
June 2010 (3 years ago): We had just moved into the new house we had bought, and we were nearly one year into TTC. We had already done the OB workup after just 6 months TTC since I wasn’t ovulating, had been diagnosed with possible PCOS, and at this point we were on our 3rd clomid cycle (all 4 clomid cycles failed that we tried). I was temping and charting and peeing on things and taking pills and pretty incredulous that we were even at this point. Everyone I knew had accidental pregnancies galore – it had never even occurred to me that we might have problems! We spent the next 6 months trying TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) – so lots of acupuncture, herbs, and diet changes. I definitely got healthier and my cycles started to get a little bit more regular, but I never got pregnant until we made the leap to a RE.
June 2011 (2 years ago): After making the leap to a RE in the winter of 2010-2011 (the closest one was 6 hours away), we were incredibly grateful and stunned to be expecting a baby after our first injectibles + IUI cycle! We spent that year in a state of disbelief that after nearly 2 years of trying, there was actually a baby growing my ute. Holy hell. 🙂
June 2012 (1 year ago) – Our first summer as a family of 3, and we spent it (and the rest of the year) hanging out and introducing Stella to all of the fun life has to offer. 🙂
June 2013 – We officially have a full blown toddler in the house, and I spend my days trying to (a) keep up with her, and (b) manage the physical and emotional drain that is a (highly appreciated) surprise #2 pregnancy. Well, not surprise as in we weren’t trying, but surprise as in we didn’t actually think trying on our own would DO anything.
It’s crazy to read back over it like this and see how much changed in the past four years. When you’re in the midst of ALI hell, every day drags on, but now — wow. Life is so different! I know that my journey was easier than some and harder than others, but I am SO grateful for where we are today. Thank you God!