July 13, 2013
"Yes, she is!" I answered confidently and proudly. For the first time, it didn't hurt to answer. I felt good, and happy.
May 10, 2013
Ever since I got back from doing IVF, people keep asking me if I will now turn to adoption. I thought I would explain why that's not in the cards for me, and why sometimes that can feel like a loaded question.
I have been thinking about building our family for six years. I have cried, raged, hoped, and writhed. I have been poked, scraped, injected, and pumped full of radiographic dye. I have bled and been anesthetized a lot.
I am exhausted.
Last week I had a consult for a second opinion on whether I could ever be considered a good candidate for IVF. As I waited for the doctor to enter my room, I realized I was getting panicky that he might say yes. That he might say that we should try another round or three of IVF and keep trying until we maybe, possibly, might get a good embryo that maybe, possibly, might implant and become a baby. I realized I was not worried that we would hear bad news; I was worried that he might offer me a glimmer of hope.
I realized I was done with hope.
I have been full-steam-ahead for six years, from the moment we decided we wanted a baby. It is not in my nature to be any other way. If I'm in, I'm all in. I am not the type of person who can "just relax" and go with the flow. I tinker, I fidget, and I run tiny science experiments every single month. And every time, I feed the fire of hope that this time, maybe this time, I have figured it all out and gotten it right.
That hope is really hard to live with. I realized recently that I could more easily live with my daughter being an only child than I could with that neverending rollercoaster of hope I've been living for six years.
Which brings me to my point: choosing to go the adoption route means choosing to keep living with that hope. It means putting my name on a list and allowing myself to sit there, heart open, hope half-kindled, waiting to see if we'd ever get the call.
I cannot do that.
This choice has nothing to do with the babies themselves. I think I could bond with an adopted baby, I think I could love an adopted baby, and no one anywhere in our families would have any issue at all with an adopted person joining our life.
This is not about the baby; it's about the process. I, personally, cannot endure the process. Many people can, and I marvel at their strength. (I'm lookin' at you, dear Darla.) I cannot. Definitely not after the past six years.
The IVF was incredibly stressful and that was a 28-day process. At the end of the month, you know if you have a baby or not. If adoption worked that fast, perhaps I could endure it. If someone showed up on my doorstep today and handed me a baby, I could run with it. But the adoption process could mean years of waiting. I cannot add more years to the six years I've already (barely) survived.
And I know that if I had nothing, I would be willing to endure more risk and more heartache in order to bring a child into our life. But I have done that once, which takes the edge off of your pain. Having one child means I do not have nothing. I have her, and I can choose to put her first by letting her have a mommy who is zen and content instead of a mommy who gnaws at her fingernails and waits for her heart to be trampled at any moment.
I am growing OK with walking away from the struggle and the hope and the family I once imagined. But every time some well-meaning person asks me if, now that everything else has failed, why don't I just adopt, I have to rip that scab off just a little bit in order to explain why I don't. And I have to justify why I am done. Whether they mean it or not, they put me on the defensive for having to explain why even though I would like one more kid, I cannot endure any more heartache or waiting or hope. It does feel like an accusation, like they're saying that we just haven't tried hard enough, that there are avenues we haven't pursued and we're quitters for stopping now.
I busted my butt for six years, and the question implies that I am a quitter.
I wanted two kids. I got one. But I know other families that don't have any history of infertility who stopped short of their original kid goal. Maybe they started out wanting four and stopped at three. Maybe they had two and enjoyed daydreaming of a third but just decided that they were getting too old to be pregnant again. Why aren't these couples getting badgered to "just adopt" to hit their original kid quota? Why is it only those of us who have been through YEARS of sorrow and pain who are expected to soldier on and happily enter the completely new realm of paperwork and home visits and waiting lists and lawyers? We've been through enough complicated crap already. Some of us are just ready for the ordeal to be over so we can get on with LIFE.
Usually I just try to pithily explain that adoption is expensive (three times as much as my IVF), and grueling, and not always guaranteed to result in a happy ending for everyone.
This article does a great job of explaining why suggesting that couples "just adopt" is not as simple as it sounds. Many of these stories are heartbreaking and make you realize that the adoption process is not for the faint of heart. But this part especially resonated with me:
I think I could answer this question calmly and logically if I thought it was asked from a place of genuine curiosity or concern. But it always feels like an accusation, as if a woman who wanted children but didn’t adopt is somehow a lesser human being, or the dreaded word so often associated with childlessness: selfish.
So, instead of educating about the complexities of the adoption process, I usually just offer a neat version of the truth: that we would have, if we hadn’t already maxed out our heartbreak cards.
After five years of dealing with infertility, my husband and I did choose adoption over the expensive and evasive fertility treatments that were offered as our next low-odds hope. We quickly learned that the "millions of unwanted children looking for loving homes” is a myth and "just adopting” isn’t a matter of going to Wal-Mart and selecting a baby off the shelves.
Deciding to remain childless or to just be happy with the one you have is a perfectly valid life choice. And I know that most people in my life are loving and kind and are just curious when they ask what our next step will be. They don't mean any harm. But I suppose what I want people to think about is this: asking these questions is normal and part of being a good friend...but I personally would really appreciate if friends started the conversation with "I'd love to talk to you about your journey if that's OK with you. I know you've been through a lot already and I am so impressed with your strength. How do you feel at this point?" Providing a really open-ended question like that -- where the person can say that they might consider adoption next, or say that they want to take a breather to figure it all out, or say that their journey is over -- puts the speaker in control of where the conversation steers, instead of being forced to discuss things that maybe she doesn't want to have to explain. And the compliment seriously helps. Most infertile people just want to be validated, shown that what they've been through is indeed an ordeal and that friends and family have noticed the struggle and give them a pat on the back before the barrage of personal questions begins.
And I really want to be brave enough one time to answer "Are you considering adoption?" with "Why...are you?"
I always saw myself as having kids. I was never one of those people who wanted to be a kindergarten teacher, but when I imagined my life, I imagined a family. When my husband and I started dating, we both thought two kids was just right. And then...life happened. There was always a reason we were remaining childless. Some reasons were beyond our control (deployment), some reasons seem frivolous in retrospect (we wanted to save X amount of money before we started a family), and some reasons still seem reasonable but really weren't the deal-breaker I thought they were (I really didn't want to have a baby in Germany). And so we put it off. And even when the time came to take the plunge, we both thought we weren't ready yet.
"Not ready" is such an odd way of looking at something that later came to consume my whole world and chip away at my emotional well-being. I so quickly went from being terrified of having kids to being terrified I might not ever be able to.
I remember sitting on the sofa talking about it and being completely not ready. Scared and overwhelmed. And then one month later, as I stared in bewilderment at the negative pregnancy test and realized how much I had assumed it would be positive, I realized how silly that idea of "ready" had turned out to be. "Ready" was whatever we told ourselves we were. It was a switch that had now been turned on, and turned on full-force. Not for one moment in the entire time between that day and three years later when BabyGrok entered the world did I ever question my "readiness" again. Once you just tell yourself you're ready, you are.
What I imagine telling BabyGrok one day, or anyone else who will listen, is that now that I am an old lady, and now that I have faced my inability to procreate, I realize that I think raising a family is the whole point of us being here in the first place. To pass on our genes, our values, and our culture to the next generation. To make more people, wonderful people, to fill this earth. But it took hindsight and a lot of tragedy to realize how important it was to me.
I had the husband. I had the good marriage. I had the stable income and the nice home and the perfect setting into which to introduce children. And yet I waited...for some "more perfect" setting that I thought would happen eventually. For the heavens to open and deliver unto me an epiphany that I was now "ready" to be a parent.
I squandered the most fertile years of my life waiting for the moment when I would be "ready." Waiting for all the rest of our life to be perfectly squared away so that there were no other boxes to check or things to be done before we moved on to the next step.
I don't want other young people to make the same mistake.
The irony is that I would've had trouble creating life no matter if I started at 19 instead of 29. My DNA is crap either way. But I still would've had better chances of conceiving earlier on, and I would've hit my breaking point earlier in life and still been biologically capable of doing IVF. I waited too long to start a family, and then to compound things, I waited too long to get to my wit's end and move on to medical intervention.
What I want people to think about during Fertility Awareness Week is that most of us these days don't feel "ready" at age 24, but our fertility says otherwise. That it's a gift that waits for no promotion or graduate degree or infernal sense of "readiness."
I bought into the idea that I could wait until one day shy of 35 and everything would still be fine. I was misinformed.
What I wish I had been made more aware of is this:
Infertility and Age
In her 20′s, a woman’s chance of conceiving ranges between 20 and 25 percent each month. This is directly in relation to her relatively high number of eggs. Though by the age of 27 the average egg count has dropped by 90 percent from the time she is born, 10 percent remain. [...]
In her early 30′s, a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant drops from between 20 percent and 25 percent to approximately 15 percent monthly. This drop in percentage is a natural result of aging. As a woman ages, she produces less viable eggs each fertility cycle, hence driving upinfertilityas less eggs are available for sperm to reach. [...]
In her late 30′s–those over 35 years of age–a woman’s chance of getting pregnant falls yet again to just 10 percent per month.
I screwed up and can never go back and use my time more wisely. As a result, I will be the nutjob urging BabyGrok to have a baby by 25.
And urging her to have more than two!
March 25, 2013
I am gritting my teeth so hard I'm chewing through plastic. That is why I am happy to be moving on.
I just finished the book Unsung Lullabies. There's a chapter on the grieving process that sums this moment up in my life pretty well. All along, I have been living with grief. I have grieved all the lost babies, I have grieved the loss of my ideal timing and spacing of kids, I have grieved the lack of siblings and cousins for BabyGrok. But it's only when you completely quit -- when you decide to never again pursue the available options to continue to try to create life -- that the full weight of all the grief crashes down on you. Yes, you've been grieving all along, but you've been living with hope too. That hope, fickle and irritating as she may be, keeps you from fully taking account of the compounded losses and seeing reality as it is. And once that is gone, everything changes.
I find myself fixating on the past. Baby #2 had a heartbeat and grew to 9 weeks. What happened? I don't think that baby was translocated. Maybe he was, but he grew more than any of the others. What killed him? And why can't I go back in time and have a do-over where I take aspirin and progesterone, or at least an autopsy, or something. It's so unhelpful to stress so much about something long over, but that's the one that keeps me up at night. That's the baby that defied the odds to live...and then defied them again to die.
The grieving has begun. I imagine it will get easier with time, but I don't imagine it will ever go away.
March 04, 2013
BabyGrok turned 3, with much fanfare. And a cake made of donuts.
My husband leaves for three months next week. BabyGrok and I get to explore the joys of military separation.
But she'll always be our baby.
February 17, 2013
February 16, 2013
One thing I've tried to explain to people over the years is the slow, aching agony of "trying to make a baby." It is life lived entirely in two-week chunks. It is a neverending timeline in the back of your mind. It is a rollercoaster of death by hope.
And I know it can't fully be understood until you've lived it, but I keep explaining it because I need to get it out. I need to beat it into other people's brains, just to prove that it is a real thing, that it is something painful to experience, that it is not in the least bit fun or romantic.
So let me beat your brain one more time, please.
You get your period and you are bummed; you are not pregnant. And so the clock starts again. Two weeks later, it is Time To Make A Baby, and you alternate between feeling nervous and stressed that your timing might be off, and exceedingly hopeful that maybe This Is It and you have nailed it and will be adding to your family.
And then you have to wait two weeks, with your hope building to a crescendo, for the results. You roughly calculate a due date. You think about what season maternity clothes you'd need to wear. And then the test is negative and your crescendo crashes. Hope flatlines, the clock starts over again, and the hope slowly builds again for another two weeks.
Sometimes, in my case, the pregnancy test is positive and hope spikes to record highs at the end of the month. Forget calculating due dates, now you're calculating when the child will graduate high school and marveling at how futuristic the date sounds. Hope soars. And then three weeks later, the ultrasound without a heartbeat sends hope plummeting to the floor again.
I can explain all of this but I cannot make anyone else feel what it feels like to live on hope for two weeks. Perhaps if you've awaited scary medical tests, you know what it's like. The constant feeling that you need to Do Something even when there's nothing that can be done. The way you anticipate both scenarios and play them out in detail in your head. The way you swing wildly between hoping for the best news of your life and dreading the worst. It is emotionally exhausting.
I have lived that way for six years, minus a chunk in the middle when I was pregnant with perfect-DNA BabyGrok and when she was a newborn. (Ha, but that's stressful in a totally different way.) For six years, I have lived my life in a holding pattern. Five and a half years ago, I saw a help wanted sign in the window of a doggy bakery. I thought that job would be so fun, but I was trying to get pregnant and thought it was a bad idea to take a job and then turn around and quit. It would be nine months before I even got pregnant...and three years before I ever had a baby. The doggy bakery was out of business before my pregnancy would've ever made a difference.
So many things are like that when you're trying to build a family. You can't see a dentist when you're pregnant, and when you're trying to get pregnant every month for six years, you put off calling the dentist's office and scheduling an appointment. I've been having some other minor pains and health issues for years, but I've put off seeing a doctor because I can't really take medication. Every time I need to call to schedule something, I do the math in my head to see when it's time to take a pregnancy test. And sometimes it seems to make more sense to wait five days and take the test and know for sure before I call to schedule...and then it's always negative and I should've just called months ago and gone to the damned dentist.
On the one hand, I am lucky to even have hope that I can have children; some couples don't even have that. The cycle of hope keeps me trying -- hoping I'm pregnant, hoping the baby lives, hoping the IVF works -- but it's also what keeps me perpetually stuck. Stuck in time and unable to move forward, unable to even go to the dentist, because I am always hoping that there's a baby around the corner.
That hope kills me.
And I have to let it go.
At Christmas, I bought a locket from my cousin's Origami Owl business. I chose a baby's footprint and Baby Grok's birthstone as the charms. And then I told my cousin that I wanted to choose the number 6 to represent the other lost members of our family, but that I couldn't bear to purchase the 6 and then find out I needed a 7...or 8... So I bought the other two charms and said that I would complete the locket with the appropriate number charm once our family was complete.
After my IVF cycle got cancelled, I thought a lot about my incomplete locket. It is the perfect metaphor for how I've been living for six years: stasis. I've been living as if my heart, my locket, has a missing piece, and I keep thinking that once I fill that slot, I can move on.
And I decided I have to let it go. I have to complete that locket.
Last weekend I asked my cousin to send me that number 6 as soon as possible. It was such a relief to receive it yesterday and click it in place. I need to be OK with that locket representing our complete family: BabyGrok and six others in our memory. If that changes in the future, then I can change the locket, but I can't continue to live in stasis. I can't keep treating my heart like an incomplete locket.
And I felt good with that decision, and at peace. It may not seem like much if you haven't lived your life in two week chunks for six years, but for me it was a giant step forward. I was ready to accept things the way they are and be happy with that, come what may.
And then as soon as I made progress and moved on, as soon as I was ready to accept that our daughter might be an only child and our family might actually be complete already, hope reared its head again. I went back to Walter Reed to return the stockpile of IVF meds that I still had. The nurse told me that I could keep them, thousands of dollars of medicine, and consider doing IVF back at home, which would reduce my costs and travel woes. So just when I thought I was moving forward and putting hope behind me, I'm presented with another angle to consider. Another niggling hope to take root in my heart and make me second-guess my choice to move on.
We can keep trying at home, maybe give it another two years, of death by hope in two-week chunks. And maybe get pregnant, or maybe not...and maybe the babies will die, or maybe not... Or we could try IVF again here in DC, either in April (a logistic nightmare because my husband will be gone) or July. Or we try IVF at a local clinic, with a doctor who might be more receptive to helping me personally instead of herding 100 women through like cattle. But at twice the cost and perhaps less chance of success.
Or we bury hope altogether, call the locket complete, and decide we three are a family and start moving forward together from today.
There is still hope that we could have a baby someday. But it's hope that has made this entire journey so hard; it's feeling like there's a baby just out of reach, just around the next corner, that causes the agony. I imagine that if the situation were hope-less, I could accept things and move on.
February 08, 2013
I got a call this afternoon that they are cancelling my IVF cycle. Today's bloodwork revealed that I am now lagging where they want me to be by a factor of 10. I am not responding as desired to the meds, and there is little chance of getting many eggs, much less getting enough to where we could weed some of them out via genetic testing. So we can stop now and they can offer me a $7000 refund, or we can keep marching towards near-certain failure.
But we have plane tickets...and an apartment...and vacation time booked...
Half of me wants to go home tomorrow and throw my arms around BabyGrok and never ever think about making babies again. I hate this. Hate it. I am two steps from feeling completely unable to shoulder this weight any longer. My very first thought when they called me today was that I am done. My spirit is completely crushed. I want to live life moving forward instead of constantly living in depressing two week intervals and focusing on what I don't have. I want to leave it behind. I want to shrug.
But I also want another baby.
This decision will only be made by how much I can endure. We are not limited by time: I perhaps have another ten years before I really cannot bear a child anymore. We are not limited by money: we have enough to do IVF 30 times if we wanted to. We are only limited by how much longer we choose to torture ourselves.
I want to stop. I want to accept the fact that our family is complete and move on. But I can't bear the thought of watching BabyGrok grow to adulthood and looking back and thinking that we perhaps could've had another if only I would've toughed it out a bit longer.
I don't know what the right answer is.
Heck, I don't even know what I'm going to do tomorrow. My plane home doesn't leave for another two weeks...
But that's how my journey goes, every time.
When I have ultrasounds, I have to hear other people's strong heartbeats right before I find out mine is dead. I get to learn that CaliValleyGirl is having a boy on the day they take my dead baby out. I never stack up. I always seem to have these monumental juxtapositions that make me feel like an even bigger failure.
So the problem with having to have a chaperone is when she goes first, and I write down all her fabulous numbers. And then it's her turn to write down my numbers and they're shitty.
There's a target number they want me at, and I am only measuring at a fourth of it. On the maximum allowable dosage of medication.
I envisioned a scenario where I wouldn't have any embryos with good DNA to work with; I never envisioned a scenario where I might be so lousy at the actual IVF process itself that I wouldn't even make it to the step where we get embryos.
I am trying not to despair -- it ain't over til it's over -- but I am coming to the head of a six-year experience in which I have been failing miserably at things I have zero control over. And I keep feeling surrounded by people who are effortlessly knocking it out of the park. Meanwhile, I am juiced up on everything I've got, and I still can't stack up.
As the hormones coursed through me and I fought desperately to compose myself before I escalated from tears to sobs, all I could repeat to myself was "At least I have BabyGrok. At least I have BabyGrok."
I don't know how on earth women survive this process when they don't have that to cling to. You women are much stronger than I am.
Things are not ideal. We re-assess the progress in three days.
At least I have BabyGrok.
February 06, 2013
Five injections a day though. Oy.
There was a snafu this morning with everyone's blood draw (how Army is that?), so I had to give myself my injections in a public restroom in the hospital. Another girl from the program noticed me and said, "I have to go do the same thing in my car. I just feel too funny to do it in a restroom; I feel like a drug addict." I laughed and said, "But I don't have a car...and I think doing it in the Metro would definitely make me feel like a drug addict!"
February 01, 2013
January 31, 2013
The Army keeps costs low by recruiting strangers to record your personal medical information.
January 28, 2013
And then I had 1 child and 6 miscarriages, which totally doesn't line up with that demonstration.
This always bugged me. How could I possibly be so unlucky? How could I have been told that I had a 30-50% chance for miscarriage and then go on to miscarry 86% of the time? How was I such an outlier? The universe must seriously hate me.
I even contacted the genetics counselor again and also Dr Carolyn Trunca, the leading expert on probability for translocations. I begged them to look at my real-world data and explain to me why it didn't line up with the projections. Both dismissed me and said I either had other factors at work or that I was counting pregnancies that weren't actually pregnancies.
And meanwhile, I just kept miscarrying.
Today I had a phone consult with the genetics lab that will be doing the pre-implantation genetic screening during my IVF. And this genetics counselor said that the original tutorial I had gotten on translocations four years ago was entirely too simplistic. There are not four possibilities, as I had illustrated with my colored blocks. There are SIXTEEN. Irregular DNA has a tendency to bend and contort and pull other DNA towards it and really make a mess of all the gametes. So it's far more complicated than just a little 7 missing or a little extra 22; I can have eggs with a little extra 7, with a lot of extra 7, and with no 7 at all. Sixteen different possibilities.
But still, only two of them can become human beings.
It's not known how likely it is for each of the possibilites. It may not be that each possibility is equally represented. But what PGD specialists see borne out by long-term data from women with recurring miscarriages due to a translocation is that the liklihood of having a child is really only about 2 in 16, or 12%.
And BabyGrok hit the jackpot: she has perfect 7 and 22. She was the best possible egg I could've found.
We had about a 6% chance of finding that egg.
That is miraculous.
Now it feels like I went through hell to get her, don't get me wrong, but I stopped breathing when I heard the genetics counselor say that the odds of finding a normal karyotype egg are about 1 in 16. I had been under the impression that BabyGrok was a 25% chance of happening.
She is far more miraculous than that.
So what does this mean for my IVF? I know all of you mean well, but your stories of so-and-so who did IVF and was successful, that really is not applicable to me. The odds of IVF working for anyone my age are at about 30%. That's already lousy. But that's people whose DNA are perfect. 14/16ths of my eggs are useless.
Let's say that the doctors can get my body to produce 16 eggs this month. Statistically, only TWO of those should be able to become human. But that doesn't factor in the normal loss at every step along the way during IVF. A normal woman who doesn't even have to think about her DNA who starts out with 16 eggs is lucky to end up with 1 or 2 embryos during the process. The odds of this working are really, really, really slim. I feel like I know that, but I don't feel like most of the people around me are aware of it. I feel like everyone is trying to tell me to stay positive and hope for the best and listen to this story of so-and-so who did IVF and has a baby. I think I need to mentally prepare all of you for the fact that my odds are horrible. I have to somehow find the 1 in 8 egg in there that has good chromosomes...AND get it to fertilize...AND get it to occupy my womb and grow. This is probably not going to work. I need you to be OK with that, and to scale back your expectations a bit.
It will be a miracle if we have another baby.
Anyway, I knew that, but it felt good to have a medical professional confirm it in a nice and understanding way. I can't explain how good it feels to have someone validate the crap sandwich that I have been served in the DNA department. No, I am not some outlier with terrible luck. No, the universe doesn't hate me. My eggs are doing exactly what they're supposed to do with lousy DNA, and I always had a very slim chance of having a baby, regardless of how good or bad I thought my chances were. I am completely normal for someone with a balanced translocation. 1 baby and 6 miscarriages is normal.
I have never felt so happy to get such crappy news.
But Dr Trunca can suck it for telling me my odds were 17 times better than they really are. She made me make irrational life choices based on numbers that were not realistic at all. If I had been accurately informed that the odds of having a baby were only 12%, I would've done IVF two years ago and saved myself a lot of heartache. But here we are...and wish me luck. Because really, I'm gonna need it; probability is not on my side.
January 07, 2013
Can you believe BabyGrok turns 3 in a few weeks?
December 12, 2012
That was in August.
But it turns out that several of us at the orientation were misinformed as to how the process went. Until you hand in that "welcome packet," no doctor looks at your chart.
Oh, and my husband is going TDY after that, so he won't be around to try again in April.
I have been on this rollercoaster for SIX YEARS now. We wanted to do IVF so we could stop the cycle of heartache. So we could fast-track to success and be done building our family. And now we hear that we need to be prepared to stay on the rollercoaster until next September, and oh yeah, the ride's gonna cost you as much as a 3-Series BMW.
So I thought I was starting IVF in two weeks. Suddenly I was being told that I hadn't even been accepted to the program yet, that no doctor has reviewed my file, that we probably couldn't be ready to start in January, and that it wasn't even likely we would get a baby out of the process in the end anyway.
But hey, now it's time for you to pay the $500 non-refundable fee to reserve your space in the program!
August 24, 2012
We showed basketball fans sequences of X's and O's that we told them represented a player's hits and misses in a basketball game. [...] One of the sequences was OXXXOXXXOXXOOOXOOXXOO, a sequence in which the order of hits and misses is perfectly random. Nevertheless, 62% of our subjects thought that it constituted streak shooting.Note that although these judgments are wrong, it is easy to see why they were made. The sequence above does look like streak shooting. Six of the first eight shots were hits, as were eight of the first eleven! Thus, players and fans are not mistaken in what they see: Basketball players do shoot in streaks. But the length and frequency of such streaks do not exceed the laws of chance and this do not warrant an explanation involving factors like confidence and relaxation that comprise the mythical concept of the hot hand. Chance works in strange ways, and the mistake made by players and fans lies in how they interpret what they see.
Replace basketball with dead babies and I have a newfound sense of peace about the whole thing. I am terribly unlucky, but not unpredictably so. I just really haven't had a large enough sample size yet to make statistical predictions...though Lord knows that a sample size of seven is plenty big when it comes to first trimesters.
And I thought reading that passage had given me the peace I needed to take chance out of the equation and use science to help get some better odds. So I started researching IVF options.
I told people I was going to get the IVF ball rolling, just in case I needed it. But the truth is, once I had considered it as a serious option, I was all in. Again.
I keep trying to tell myself that this money that we have saved up, we have it for our future...and our future is a lot less bright if we don't try to have another child. So it's an investment in our future, made today, that will hopefully bring happy returns.
But I am not a gambler. (Our favorite vacation destination is Las Vegas and we never gamble there.) It kills me to think that we will fork over $15,000 just for the chance to get a 30% success rate.
January will be the most expensive and most stressful month of my life.
That is, if I make it to January without the stress of waiting until January killing me.
August 11, 2012
I thought about how many units this has happened to. The willfully ignorant -- purposefully ignorant -- commander comes into an area, tells the "elders" to forget how things were done under the old unit and that this time, this time I will fix things. And we will have cooperation and harmony and win your hearts and minds. So we use whoever we can get to translate important policies -- my husband made the analogy that it would be like if the Germans invaded backwater Alabama and used Quebecois translators to talk to the natives --and hope that our message is being accurately conveyed. Which it's absolutely not, because there is way too much cultural baggage that gets in the way of the words. So some of them die, and some of us die, a year later the remaining guys breathe a sigh of relief and go home, and a new group of guys shows up, tells the "elders" to forget how things were done last year, and this year, this year it will work.
August 09, 2012
August 05, 2012
It would be nine months before I even got pregnant...and three years before I ever had a baby. The doggy bakery was out of business before my pregnancy would've ever made a difference.
June 06, 2012
And we do it because I need to do it. It's been too long since I've felt the sting of war, and my complacency is too comfortable.
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