Thursday, July 11, 2013

And so, here we are... We've finally come Full Circle.

Life is strange.   And wonderful.  And tragic.  And scary.  And amazing.

Nobody know what life has in store for them, really.   We all hope for the best.   And sometimes we get it.  Sometimes we get even more than our wildest dreams.   We brace for the worst, and sometimes it never comes.   And sometimes it comes when we least expect it.  And it is more painful than we ever thought it could be.  

But the one thing about life that's for sure, is that it keeps moving.  No matter what happens, life goes on.   And that's one of the most simple facts that we, as the human race, can count on.   Nothing lasts forever.   Life is constantly changing.  And so are we.

We started our journey to have children in 2005, and today, eight years later, Dave got a vasectomy.

As I take a deep breath, and a long sip of my tea, it's hard to get the exact words out.  It's one of those full circle moments.   A long difficult, heartbreaking, amazing, chapter of our life is now behind us.    At least the part where we will no longer be able to have children.

I NEVER in my wildest dreams thought it would come to this.   I never saw this one coming.    I mean, we are INFERTILE.    It took us years to have kids, and even then, after so many treatments, only two embryo's survived and grew.   After hundreds of embryo's were made and given life.    We were given such low chances to even get children with IVF with all the trimmings, so how could we EVER get pregnant on our own.  And why on earth would we need a vasectomy.  Especially since having children was all we wanted and longed and prayed for.  We wanted it more than anything in the whole world.   And now that we have them, why would we get a vasectomy.  Why would we need one.  And if by some freak of nature, we actually did manage to get pregnant on our own, wouldn't it just be a miracle?  A totally and completely unexpected blessing?

That's what I always thought.

That's why it's crazy to me that today Dave got a vasectomy after we realized that getting pregnant again would actually be the worst and most devastating thing that could happen to us.

Talk about an ending to this journey that shocked us both.

But the truth is,  I was so sick with both pregnancies, particularly with my last one -- that I became completely debilitated.    I had what they call Hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that started in early pregnancy and lasted for six months.   Where I was throwing up all day long (like the stomach flu) and nothing, not even the strongest doses of chemotherapy anti nausea drugs helped at all.   My body was so weak, as I hung over the toilet bowl everyday, I felt I couldn't carry on.  I lost weight.  I couldn't take care of my first child, and I longed and prayed to die or that the baby would die.  I didn't think I could psychically take anymore.  It was that bad.   And went on for so long.  

And three months after Everlie was born, I was hit hard  with post partum anxiety and depression.   How could I be depressed you ask?  After getting EVERYTHING you wanted?   Well I wasn't actually depressed.  I loved my daughter so much, but my hormones were out of control and I became so anxious and debilitated I could no longer enjoy anything in life and it was breaking my heart because I just wanted to enjoy my kids and be myself again.  It got so bad that I had to go into a partial hospitalization program and am currently on high doses of medication to combat this, along with meditation, yoga, and trying to change my thinking.   It's a process, a long road, and I'm still not out of it yet, though hopefully now I am on the road to recovery and one day soon I will be myself and able to enjoy my amazing family I am so blessed to have, medication free, and without looking over my shoulder wondering if it will return.

I couldn't believe this was happening to me after all we'd been through, but apparently, struggles with infertility, all the IVF drugs, the difficult pregnancies and deliveries, along with the recent loss of my mother made me a prime candidate for a post partum mood disorder.

I still remember the first day we decided to 'try' for a baby, on a cruise through the mediterrian so many years ago.   I still remember the day CCRM called to tell us we were pregnant, after all the failed years and cycles, as Dave and collapsed into each others arms in tears.   I still remember the day Cooper was born, after an incredibly difficult 61 hour labour and the placed him on my chest.   I remember holding him all night long in the hospital, never falling asleep once, just staring down at this perfect miracle in my arms.  I remember the day he stood up and walked all on his own, and his first birthday so full of love,   I remember going to my moms house a few days after she passed away, and though he couldn't talk he pointed to a photo of her, looking around frantically for his grandma, at only 15 months.   I remember the day we decided to try again.   I remember the day they placed Everlie inside me, waiting, hoping.    I remember the day we found out I was having a daughter, a daughter of my own crying tears of joy.  I remember holding her in the hospital all night too, never wanting to let go, wishing my mom could have been there to meet her.  I remember the first day she looked into my eyes and smled, and the day I had to wean her because of the post partum issues, and the last time she latched onto me, overcome with love for this tiny being that we created, the difficult start she had to endure.

I wish all this had have been easier.  I wish I could say, YES, let's try for a third.   Or let's just leave it in the hands of fate, and if we were ever to be blessed naturally by God, then we would know it was meant to be.

But I just can't go through it again.   Mentally or physically.  My body is worn out, and I know we wouldn't survive it again.   So as Dave got his vasectomy today and we closed this chapter in our lives, all I can do is pray that my struggle with postpartum, anxiety, and grief will soon be over and we can start to live again and enjoy each day as a family.   The family we worked so hard for.

I hope that soon, we can move on to the next chapter... with love and faith and happiness in our hearts, and hope for the future once again.

It's been a long, hard, heartbreaking, exhausting, magical, road full of  loss, hope, and miracles.   But we are ready to start a new chapter.

We are ready for our struggle to end and to start anew.   And so this time we pray and hope for something else.

We pray for the happy ending that we have worked so hard to reach.  We pray for peaceful, gentle, fun and happy years ahead.  

So once again, we hold onto hope....

And take a breath...

We're almost there....

We're almost there.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Million Dollar Family

Our daughter, Everlie Linda Kathleen Waite, is finally here.  

She was named after her grandma and her great grandma, the strong line of amazing women that came before her, and taught me everything I know about how to be both a mother, a daugther, a wife, and a friend. 

On early Saturday morning, at 12:37am, after 8.5 hours of birth and about 15 minutes of active pushing… our daughter made her entrance into our world, lives, and hearts. Everlie was born into the world and placed up on her mommy’s chest as daddy cut the umbilical cord.

She is an amazing gift sent to us from above.   After everything we have been through, all that we have endured --- she is finally here…


It was such a different birth experience this time. With Cooper’s 61 hour birth, he was born with Nana, Grandpa, Grandma, our midwife, and doula in the room as our support team. Everlie was born with just the two of us, her mommy and daddy.   The only thing that could have made this moment more perfect is having my mom here to share it with. But I felt her all around me in spirit, looking down at her daughter and new grandaughter – and giving us all the strength and love in the world.

For all of those, who wonder whether IVF and all the struggles in your life that you are going through are worth it -- the answer, hopefully, will one ay be the same as mine -- a resounding, amazing, wonderful YES!

We finally have the million dollar family, a son and a daughter -- twevle years after we said "I do".  And in the end, they were worth every single penny, every single treatment, and every single moment of indecision, hopelessness, and heartbreak along the way.   They are the light, the hope, the miracle, and the dream.  They are everything we've ever hoped for and asked for.  

We are truly blessed.

Thank you dear God.  

Thank you. Thank you.  Thank you.



Friday, October 19, 2012

The Next Best Thing

Today we will meet our daughter.

Not the way we wanted, and not the way we planned. But I’m starting to realize that ‘the next best thing’ is something that I’m going to have to get used to in this life, where the perfect plan just doesn’t exist.

As much as we wanted to have this baby come on her own terms, and as much as we wanted her to come on time or early, here we are 11 days overdue and heading to the hospital to be induced. It certainly wasn’t the plan, yet here we are... abandoning our vision for this birth and moving on to our next best option. Surrendering to the process. Surrendering my expectations. And surrendering to all the things that I cannot control nor change.

Its been a long year. IVF, extreme morning sickness, a big uncomfortable overdue pregnancy.... and finally, soon, it’s all going to be behind us.

Our angel baby is on her way.

We pray that your transition into this world is peaceful and full of love.

Mommy and Daddy love you sweet baby. And we cannot wait to hold you in our arms.