Hello Again, ICLW Readers!

Wow… almost forgot this month!

Welcome to all readers, old and new!  This is my second time participating in ICLW, and I’m really looking forward to ‘meeting’ all of you!

You can read a little about me here and here, if you like, but in summary- I’m 40 years old, and live with my wonderful Hubby, and my beautiful (almost) 4-year-old daughter, who was conceived with IUI.  We have recently given up the fight to have a second child, after three years of trying, and four losses.  This blog is all about the struggle to find peace, and to figure out who I am again.  Infertility has the power to consume and define you, if you aren’t careful.  This is what happened to me, but I’m fighting my way back, and making great progress, despite some major setbacks along the way.

On my mind this month-

  • May is Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month.  This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, as my lovely daughter had a large stroke when she was just two days old.  I chose to share my story earlier in the month- I don’t talk about it much these days, but so few people are even aware that children can have strokes, I decided that it was important for me to put my story out there for the world to read.
  • Mother’s Day can be a very difficult time for those of us who are reproductively-challenged.  Even though my TTC days are behind me, my thoughts and prayers this Mother’s Day were with those of you still fighting the good fight.  My Mother’s Day post can be found here, if you would like to read it.

So- happy reading and commenting, everyone!  I look forward to reading all about each of you!

  1. Hi from ICLW! I definitely feel IF has consumed my life. I try not to let it take over 100% of my thoughts but that is a constant battle. I’m glad you are finding your way out of that, but I suspect, even when we are on the other side, there will always be setbacks and reminders. We go through too much, physically and emotionally, for there not to be!

    • You’re so right. Infertility is traumatic, and like any traumatic event, it changes us. It never does go away. We just have to learn to find happiness in spite of it. I’m getting there, but it’s much, much harder than I thought it would be. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. You are so right, infertility and loss can be all consuming and become the bigger part of you. It is encouraging and inspiring to read that you have come out the other side of infertility. The picture of your daughter is beautiful and, you’re right, I had no idea that babies had strokes. I will be coming back to see how your family is getting along.

    Oh, and hello from ICLW.

    • Hi Ana! Thank you for stopping by! I’m working hard at creating a life that was different than the one Hubby and I had envisioned, and in spite of the occasional setbacks and struggles, things are coming along. I hope you do come back and check in- I think there will be lots of changes happening in our lives over the next year or so. It’s all pretty exciting!

  3. Hello from ICLW. Looking forward to following your story 🙂 I, too, am an older mom. (will turn 40 in a couple of months!) Your daughter is beautiful!

  4. Oh gosh yes, I was consumed and defined by infertility for years, despite having a baby in that time frame, which I guess illustrates the depth of infertility’s effect on me. The pregnancy and birth of my last baby brought so much healing, but we lost him shortly after birth, leaving me lost on so many levels.

    Here from ICLW.

    • I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss. I can’t imagine what that must have been like for you. Thank you for stopping by…

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