I wrote a cheeky piece on the acronym-infested online world of TTC that is currently up on The Hairpin. You can find it here.
I just wanted to say thank you for the piece you wrote on the Hairpin. As a very Type A person who obsessed over every aspect of the trying-to-have-a-baby process, it is nice to read something that makes the whole thing seem less solitary. I have a wonderful husband, but it was quickly apparent that he couldn’t fully sympathize with the hormonal surges and insane freak outs I was having because he wasn’t the one who felt like his body was betraying him every month. I felt angry and insane every single day, and I googled ridiculous things.
Looking back, we had a relatively easy time compared to friends of mine who are still struggling to get pregnant with no diagnosis of trouble like the description of your situation. We had been trying for about 6 months the first time I got pregnant. I had a miscarriage at 6 weeks that was a hormonal nightmare that still gives me chills when I think about it, but got pregnant again immediately and I now have a 14 month old son.
I think that the thing I know now that I didn’t really understand when I was in the depths of insanity was that one day you aren’t pregnant, but the next day you are. You seem to already know that and have a pretty amazing attitude about the whole thing. I am going to send this article to my sister-in-law who is in the throes of in vitro – thank you for saying what I want to say every time I talk to her, but can’t.
Thank you so much for your kind words. It is such a comfort, isn’t it, to know that we are not alone in this strange fertility struggle. I am happy to hear about your success and wish you and your growing family all the best.
Thanks for forwarding the article along to your sister-in-law too. I hope that my words are a comfort to her as well.
Take care and stay in touch. For more of my writing, you can always find updates on my website: http://www.kaitlinsolimine.com.
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