Back to Blogging Day Two: A Missed Post

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For day two of the B2B challenge at The SITS Girls, the topic is to re-visit an old post that you wish more people had read, and why it’s important to you.
This post is from October 17th, 2008. At this point in my life we had miscarried our first baby nearly ten months earlier. I had lost 20 pounds, and we were on our 5th or 6th cycle of trying to conceive again.

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10/17/2008

What if it’s not “meant to be”?

What if I’m not meant to be someone’s mommy? What if I’m destined to forever be “Aunt Natalie” to my family’s babies, my friends’ babies? That I’m meant to watch my girlfriends become mothers, watch the love light up their eyes while they hold their newborn babies, while I am standing aside, wanting for nothing more but to be in their shoes? What if I’m not meant to feel baby kicks, baby moves; what if my belly isn’t destined to swell and grow as my little one does?

What if I’m destined to forever wander through the aisles of baby clothes, gazing longingly, wishing and hoping for a day that will never come? What if I am meant for nothing more than staring at a pregnant woman’s belly, and feeling empty inside?

What if this love I feel inside of me, love that’s meant for my baby, is meant to go unheard; unfelt?

What if I miscarry, one baby after another, until I am so broken inside that I simply cannot do it any more?

What if it’s just not in the cards for me?

I just don’t know what I’d do.

You can say, “it’s meant to be”, but in the end, no one knows that. No one.
You can say “just give it to God”, but for one, I’m not religious and for two, I don’t want to. That doesn’t help me. I don’t like not having control over the things that I want, that I need in my life.

Does every woman who struggles to conceive feel this way?

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I debated for a long time on what post to include for this day. I decided to go with this one, because infertility and TTC struggles are something that often go unnoticed and overlooked. In the near-year it took Josh and I to conceive Nellie I met so many women who shared my pain, and as I’ve stepped more into the blogging world I’ve met many others whose hearts ache as mine did while we were trying month after month to conceive. When I “came out” to the people that I knew in real life about my blog, I had a few come forward and thank me for being candid about our conception struggles because they, too, were struggling. They had no idea there were others like them out there; it seemed to them that everyone they knew became pregnant so easily and when you’re struggling, it DOES seem that way. It feels as though everyone in the universe is pregnant but YOU. I wanted to share this post with the chance that there are still women out there who feel alone and let them know that they’re NOT. They aren’t alone in their struggle, and they aren’t alone in their pain. My journey led me into motherhood but I still remember very well the pain I felt.

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This post was written in participation with The SITS Girls’ Back to Blogging Challenge. In participating, I am also submitting the posts to be entered into a sweepstakes to win a Turquoise Sky Electrolux washer & dryer set. The event is sponsored by Standards of Excellence, Westar, and Florida Builder Appliances.

Comments

  1. I’m stopping by from SITS and I just wanted to say that you’re absolutely right. So many couples go through infertility thinking they are alone. TTC after a loss can be such a hard time and I’m so glad that you were able to conceive Nellie.
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  2. This post is just beautiful. I can so relate. I struggled with infertility for both my pregnancies. I felt so alone during that time that is why a big part of me wishes that I had started blogging so that I could have connected with more people struggling just like me.

    Followed your link from SITS. :)

  3. Stopping by from SITS.. you are right- infertility is a struggle that many deal with alone, and that isn't necessary. Thank you for sharing this. Although I really didnt take that long to conceive my kids, I did have one miscarriage and it made all of those feelings you mentioned come up out of nowhere. It was really emotional and scary for me.

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  4. Your post totally resonates with anyone struggling to have a child, whatever the reason may be. Our particular problem was financial, and seeing other people around me getting pregnant cut like a knife.
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  5. I love that you shared that! I know people who are struggling to conceive and I feel like they would really benefit from knowing people in the blogging world who have been through it or are going through it too.

    We weren't planning Mason it just happened and sometimes I feels so guilty for that! I'm lucky and hope that when I WANT number 2 it will come as easy as Mason did. Although I'm sure that won't be the case since I'll WANT the pregnancy lol.

  6. This post is incredible.

    Infertility is so difficult and you have managed to gracefully impart that to your reader.

    Thank you for rep-osting this!

    T
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  7. I can SO relate. With my daughter we weren’t even trying to get pregnant but it happened only 3 months into our marriage. So we weren’t too worried when we decided to try for baby #2. That was last December… it’s now September and NOTHING except one late period in June that brought me to my knees. How can it be so easy the first time and SO hard now? I don’t understand it and even though I try not to fuss over it… it’s always with me under the surface. I’m extremely thankful to have my daughter and if she’s all we ever have then I will deal with it. But it’s really hard to watch everyone else get pregnant with their second or third child and wonder when I can give my daughter a sibling.
    Thank you for re-publishing this. I needed to hear it.
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  8. I’ve had different struggles, but like you, I’ve found that writing about them on my blog has helped more people than I could ever have imagined.

    Thank you for sharing your story with us.
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