If you’ve followed my blog for a while, then you probably already know that it literally took a team of people to help us get pregnant, and then a team of people to get that baby out of me! I really don’t think I could have been as calm and as happy throughout my pregnancy, given our ups and downs, had it not been for all of the support I had around me. My friends, family, and even the friendly professionals, in particular our in vitro doctor, know this journey is as much emotional as it is physical and they were all key to my peace of mind.
Lessons have been learned… If you have a plan that includes well-researched professionals, health insurance, and hopefully a little help from family lined up for when your little one arrives, then take a deep breath… everything will be just fine! John was born with high risk jaundice that landed us in the hospital for a week, but I didn’t have to worry for a second because I trusted all of the professionals that we’d met before our pretty intense stay.
The other advice I’d give myself, if we have another one someday, is everything doesn’t have to be PERFECT! I’ll be chasing John around while holding a little baby, so there’s no way we can be as particular the second time around. I have a friend that worried about so many things with her newborn baby boy and her pediatrician gave her the best advice, “In spite of you, he will live”. It was such off the wall advice, but it actually stuck with me and made me feel so much better.
After rocking John to sleep the other night, I sat down on the couch next to my husband and said, “I still can’t believe we have a baby sleeping in the next room”. When it takes you 3 years, over 300 shots, and 3 pregnancies before finally delivering a happy healthy baby, then maybe it takes 3 more years to come to the realization that there’s a precious little baby in the next room. My heart has never felt so full and I’m loving every minute of earning the title of John’s “mommy”, which is by the way, his new favorite word!
After so many years of trying, I still can’t believe he is mine. This would have never been possible without my amazing in vitro doctor. We never gave up and I just can’t imagine my life without him. It wouldn’t have been nearly as full and rewarding. I’m such a lucky girl, wife, and mom!
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