One year ago today, I had bloodwork and an ultrasound, then started my stims.
I crossed over into the world of IVF treatment not realizing what was in store for me.
I think reflection is an important part of life. Not reflecting on the negative all the time, but reflecting on the challenges and seeing what became of them.
In the past year, I’ve experienced:
- A cocktail of fertility meds
- Over 120 self (or husband) injected needles
- Close to 50 blood tests
- 2 surgeries
- 2 embryo transfers
- 2 pregnancies
- Grief and heartache following a pregnancy loss
- A mild case of OHSS
- Borderline Hyperemesis Gravidarum
- Carpal Tunnel
- Acid reflux and heartburn
- Lost friends
- Gained friends
- A newfound sense of self
- A closer connection to my husband
- A better understanding of my body
- Love at first sight
- All of the “pregnancy firsts” (first ultrasound, first heartbeat, first anatomy scan, first kick)
- 3 changes in my job position/title
- Paying off IVF costs
- Preparing for baby
I’m sure this list could go on and on…
Was this past year easy? Hell no, but I would never change it.
The challenges were worth the lessons I’ve learned, the people I’ve met, and the strength I’ve gained.
If you asked me 1 year ago where I thought I’d be today, I would have said on maternity leave with a 3 month old baby girl.
Instead, I’m 32 weeks pregnant preparing for the birth of our baby boy.
Life changes and we can’t control it.
All we can do is look back on it and appreciate how far we’ve come. ❤
The journey never ends. It merely twists and turns us in another direction.