Raw, honest, & vulnerable #infertility related post: ⠀⠀
This pic was taken exactly 1️⃣ year ago today 😲😲! This is me 🙋♀️, pregnant with baby 3️⃣ at #34weeks 😘. I was carrying our miracle IVF baby. Those who know my story know I’m an #infertilitywarrior (all 3 of my kids are with the help of science & Jesus 😘). I’ve undergone 3 rounds of IVF, multiple infertility-related surgeries, SO MANY injections 😳, & have sobbed & sobbed while asking WHY ME? I truly fought for the family we have today.
My birth stories are less than ideal. In fact, I SO wish I had happier memories on the day each 👶 arrived. These were incredibly scary times (& looked nothing like my friends’ happy birth memories). All 3 of my kids’ births were complicated & ended in c-sections. I was absolutely terrified on each of my children’s birth days. Weeks later after each child was born, that’s when the BEST days of our life began. When we realized our 👶 would be OK. When it set in that pregnancy was over, there were no more injections to give, & we had a healthy BABY in our arms. To love & keep forever, & to spoil with all my heart 😘.
With baby 3️⃣, I developed a very rare condition called polyhydramnios; basically, my baby was producing way too much amniotic fluid. I became a literal human water balloon 😳😳; it’s why I look HUGE in this pic 🤭. Each week I had high-risk doctor appts, was hospitalized several times, & was on bedrest for multiple weeks. (Oh and did I mention I had two other children at home during all this too 🙈😳?)
Just 3️⃣ days AFTER this pic was taken, I delivered my #34weeker little girl. After 2️⃣ incredibly scary weeks in the NICU, we took our 4 pounder 👶 HOME 🏡. I may never understand why God made it so complicated to gain our family. Besides this, I’ve always been very healthy 🏃♀️ & and rarely even catch colds. This was unexpected territory. I don’t wish my “journey” on anyone—I fought a hard fight. I had many sad days.
But I will say this—the female body is incredible. I look back at this photo today & remember just how much my body went through to bring life to this 🌎. I endured; I have my family. Moms are true heroes.