If it wasn’t for Miracle Baby #1, there’d be no Miracle Baby #2.
Maybe you can relate. Maybe you, too, have struggled with infertility.
Infertility used to be this thing of shame. Just read the Old Testament where all the women weep because they’re barren. A vessel unfilled. It is their identity.
Today, we can label ourselves other things: career professional, aunt, leader, lover of dogs, sister, writer, musician, artist, biker babe. WE ARE NOT BARREN.
In my story, we tried for six years. The doctors called it “unexplained infertility.” They told us I might be allergic to my husband’s sperm. They told us we might be incompatible.
Other people called us “those people who just want to have dogs” or “those people who don’t really like kids.” We didn’t want to talk about the wanting, so we let them label us.
We tried lots of things. From charting to Clomid. And finally, the huge financial (and emotional) commitment of IVF.
We put the truck up for collateral and took out a loan at the bank to pay for our dreams. And, all praise Jesus, IVF worked. I can’t even describe what it was like when we saw that heartbeat on the ultrasound at 6 weeks. It was miraculous.
And baby #1 arrived 9 months later. Followed 11 months later by baby #2 – who miraculously appeared out of the ether. Not quite the immaculate conception, but my body doesn’t make babies. And yet, baby #2 just turned two.
All because I skipped birth control and the science of IVF taught my womb how to house new life.
IVF was my ticket to motherhood. But it sure took me a long time to embrace the possibilities of it: What if it doesn’t work? What if we can’t afford it? What if we have twins?
The questions, the worries, the what if’s ran deep and long.
But we took the plunge and what a thing we’d miss if we hadn’t. These two: miracle boys and best of friends.
Maybe you can relate. Or maybe you need reassurance that love and family comes in many flavors. Let my story bring you hope and perspective.
Blessings, dear momma, to you on your journey towards parenthood, in any form.
About the Author
Ginny Olson is excited to be a featured guest blogger on Luna Mom. Click here to read her STORY OF INFERTILITY AND LOVE.
Ginny is the author of the blog MothersRest.com, a love letter to moms, both new and seasoned, journeying from sleep deprived to joy-arrived. When not riding-herd over two small male children, Ginny works full time at a global nonprofit that specializes in leadership development and teaches Marketing for Nonprofits at the local university.