<Whatcha Might Not Know are Wednesday posts that are just that…something quick that you may or may not know about me, my family, my neighborhood, my city, my world, etc.>
What some of you might not know is that Andy and I dealt with infertility for 2 years on our journey to become parents. Seriously. We may have 3 kids now…and back-to-back so I’m sure I look like Fertile Myrtle, but it took a long time coming. That said, I truly never take being a parent for granted. I am blessed by it. I may joke and tease and tell stories about my crazy children…but humor gets me through having three kids aged 3 1/2, 2, and 5 months old.
However, this post isn’t actually about me. It’s about those still struggling with infertility or experiencing it for the first time. Take a moment today and think about these women – you may even be one of them. If you are already a mom, hug your kids tighter tonight.
Early this morning I retrieved an egg sandwich (shown at the beginning of the post) while a co-worker had her actual eggs retrieved. I had a McGriddle, Hashbrown and OJ from Mc D’s in order to wish her luck. A few of us decided to do it because it’s been a ritual for her during round after round of IVF. Her constant meal on this very important day – so constant I put it on a post-it to get it just right. Will my meal help her eggs? No. But I hope it lets her know I was thinking about her all morning.
To read her truly well-written description of living with infertility, click here.
(Totally digressing and turning the focus back to me…some of you know that I eat 1 cup of measured cereal with 1/2 cup of skim milk and 4 oz of OJ on the side EVERY morning…this was truly for YOU Spotted Elephant! I finished the meal – see below – but don’t plan on doing it again! I burped it all morning…yuck. And it was also fun eating this while sitting at the table with the 2 highest positioned people in my company – Chairman and CEO. One even questioned why I brought my own breakfast to a company workshop that provided breakfast and I didn’t get a chance to explain since we were cut off to listen to an outside speaker and then they all left. Oh, and I was photographing it all in front of them?!?)
Both authors of Surviving Motherhood have dealt with trouble getting pregnant…one in the past and one in the present. More and more women are speaking out about it to let others know you are not alone if you are experiencing this as well. And miracles do happen…I just tucked in three of them.