/ The RE's Muse: May 2006

The RE's Muse

After 4 years of infertility, 2 surgeries, 1 miscarriage, and 19 months of high risk pregnancies, hubby and I now have two little women in our lives--one a toddler, the other not far behind. Buckle your seatbelts, it's gonna be a wild ride.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Back to basics, kinda

You may have noticed (or not if you're new to these parts) that there isn't a whole of talk about my infertility here nowadays. After all, I got lucky, I got a 'golden ticket,' a miracle, a BAY-BEE! And believe you me, I don't ever forget that for a second.

Back in my teens and twenties, I swore up and down I never wanted to have children. I mean, I proclaimed it 10 ways from Sunday--never, not me, no sir-ree, etc. Mind you, I got married at 27 and was still swearing up and down I never wanted kids. But then something changed. I don't know what or how or when. In my mind, I could see A as a father and knew he'd be wonderful at it. I didn't have as much confidence in my own capacity to be a mother but knew I'd do the best I could.

By the time I was 30, I was ready to give it a go. Who'd have known that it wouldn't just happen? And then, when it didn't, and when three different RE's didn't know what was "wrong" with us, why we weren't getting pregnant, I became all the more determined. After all, aren't most of us raised with the notion that if we work hard enough at something, we'll eventually get it? So A and I pressed on...and on. You all know the drill: the tests, procedures, surgery, drugs, ad infinitum. Throughout it all, I remembered those years of proclaiming up and down that I didn't want children, and figured I was getting my (former) wish and being punished. Yes, irrational, but when you're in the grips of a fight for one of life's most fundamental aspects, rationality takes a back seat.

And then, a diagnosis by our fourth RE. Shortly thereafter, pregnancy, miscarriage, and pregnancy again, followed at long last by a baby. I remember always saying that if I did get pregnant, I wanted a boy. Again, I swore it up and down. But then, a bad quad screen and an amnio put it all into stark perspective for me. Turns out that I didn't care if it was a boy or a girl, so long as the baby was healthy and alive. Cliched, yes, but it took the terror of waiting 10 days for the amnio results to bring it all home for me in black and white. I will carry that knowledge with me always.

Why we got lucky when others who are so incredibly deserving are still fighting to get their miracles, I don't know.

All I know right now is that trying for a second child feels right to me, to us. J brings us/me more joy, love, and happiness than I ever knew I had the capacity for. Sure, there are some shit days where I just want to tear my hair out and scream at the top of my lungs, or perhaps go for a long drive and not return, but those are few and far between so I'll take the good with the bad.

The point of all this is to say that, at 37, I find myself at the edge of the cliff, looking down. I'm about to jump into the abyss, the trenches of IF, once again. We'll see what happens. Fools that we are, we'll try on our own for a few months, see where that takes us. And if it takes us nowhere, we're back to Dr. Blood to reevaulate. Ultimately, if a second biological child isn't in the cards for us, then so be it.

I'll go retreat under my rock now so as not to be pelted with the jeers of those still waiting, still trying, still hoping for baby #1. But before you cast that stone, please know that I'm just as scared, just as hopeful/hopeless, just as wishful as you are. And I'm hoping like hell that we all get what we wish for, be it a first child, a second, or more. Infertility isn't cured, and it isn't any less terrifying, the second time around.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Unconditional Loving

I don't normally go plastering my mug all over the place, but I simply had to share this moment in time from this past Sunday. It may be my favorite picture of all time. So there, now we're "out."

She'll be 11 months old tomorrow. To say that my cup runneth over, well, that's an understatement. To put into words how exponentially my love for this little girl grows each day, well, that's impossible. If someone had ever told me that I could love someone so completely and unconditionally, with every fiber of my being, I wouldn't have believed them. Now, I know it's true.

(And if someone had told me I could love someone so unconditionally who had a booger sticking out of her nose, I'd have poo-poohed them. But now I know that loving her means loving her boogers too--witness the little bat sticking out of her left cave.)

There simply aren't enough words. I .am. blessed.

Monday, May 15, 2006


There has been an interesting development in the house of Dee within the past few days:

J has learned to point at something she wants. Apparently, she put 2 and 2 together and realized that if she points at something, she gets it. Or I guess I should say, mama has realized that when J points at something, she wants it. Since I am but her minion, I oblige.

I wish I could put into words the delight in her eyes when she realized that I (and A) understood what she wanted/was doing when she first pointed at something (her bottle on the table). A lightbulb went off in her head, you could almost hear it click audibly. It was amazing to witness.

It made me think, oddly, of Helen Keller. I think I completely understood how proud her teacher must have been when Helen "got it," when the world of communication unlocked its secrets and the door to the world outside opened up for Helen. Though J is not blind or deaf, it was amazing to me to see the knowledge that she can communicate with us unfold in her mind.

It's just the beginning, I know. And I can't wait to see what the future holds.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Beggars, the lot of 'em

Nowadays, when A cracks open a string cheese to munch on, the above sight is what greets him before he's even gotten the wrapper all the way off.

What can I say? She's learned from the best of 'em...her furry brothers.

And look--there really is more hair! growing! on her head finally. At this rate, she should have a headful by the time she enters kindergarten--in four years. Sweet jebus, grow hair grow 'cause if one more kindly old person refers to her as a boy, I'm gonna put my eye out. Not that, you know, the pink, yellow, or lavender colored dresses and shirts/capris she typically wears don't give the fact that she's a girl away or nothing. I'm just saying is all.

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