Friday, November 13, 2009

Happy Lifeday, to Our Little Miracle

Today is the anniversary of the day our son was given life.

One year ago today, at around 10:30am, Cooper was specially created, in the CCRM lab along with his 27 other embryo brothers and sisters.

We can't believe it's been a whole year since that day. Little did we know then, that one of those embryos would survive and be born nine months later.

Reflecting back on that day brings up so much emotion. Both good and bad. There was so much pain, so much sadness, so much hope and anxiety and helplessness. And today, we are filled with more joy and happiness and gratitude and love than we ever thought possible. We still can't believe how lucky we are to become so blessed. And it makes us realize that it was all worth it. Every day of our pain brought us closer to our son. At the time, we wondered. We almost gave up so many times. We debated. We fell down. We felt that we could not go on. But we picked ourselves up and kept fighting. We held on to that little shred of hope, that little voice inside our heads that told us to keep going even when there was no hope left. And I still don't know how we made it through. But here we are. We did it. And one year ago today, a miracle happened.

This is the prayer we said to God the night before the big day.

And this is how we were feeling after our egg retrieval, at the same time Cooper was being created in the CCRM lab.

We owe a lifetime of thanks to the brilliant Dr. Schoolcraft to whom none of this would be possible, and to our amazing embryologist, John Stephens, who gave our little Cooper life. It's incredible to think of how much has changed since that day. It was the beginning of life, not only for Cooper, but for us in a way too.

We have so much to celebrate, and we wanted to mark this very special day that Cooper came to be.

"Before you were conceived, we wanted you
Before you were born, we loved you
Before you were here an hour, we would die for you
This is the miracle of a mother and father's love."

We love you so much Cooper.


"For you were fearfully and wonderfully made..." PALMS 139


Nikki said...

I remember your t-shirt that you wore to transfer day! :-)

Happy Lifeday Cooper. Hard to believe it's been a year already!

Springroll said...

Lisa - Just wanted you to know that I have followed your amazing blog since its inception - and though I haven't ever posted a comment, I wanted to let you know that your tenacity and focus were inspirational to me. Congratulations on the birth of such a beautiful baby boy! We are now awaiting the birth of ours - due this April. Thank you for helping me through the tought times...

Anonymous said...

Lisa~~ Gosh, I love your blog. I always followed it. I'm glad that your IVF jourey had a wonderful happy ending. I'm there now where you where last November; on my way to dr. Schoolcraft...with lots of hope.
Wish you the best.

Chhandita said...

I was there when it all happened too...nice to see a journey end well....Cooper is a wonderful gift, a thanksgiving gift and damn cute :)..