Going through this, we connected with several people who were dealing with infertility. One suggestion kept coming up…given to us or suggested to someone else from a doctor, family member, etc. “Stop trying, relax, take some time off. When you’re not trying, that’s when it will happen.” I don’t know if there’s science behind it, but anecdotally I know several people who can attest to this working.
We got back from Disney, tried in Feb, no luck, tried in March, pregnant for the 5th time. Testing began anew; good hCG levels, ultrasounds showed a heartbeat…all good signs. For anyone else, there would be a little bit of concern in the back of their minds, but not us. We don’t get the happy pregnancies, we spend our time waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Heidi started spotting again. Tests and ultrasounds, everything seemed ok. Still she bled. Weeks went by, I can remember us talking to her belly “stay in there…we want to meet you but not yet.’ The spotting continued and on an ultrasound we finally learned the source; a subchorionic hemorrhage. It’s not completely uncommon, and usually resolves itself. We breathed a sigh of relief, but there was never complete relief. We made it to 21 weeks, which we knew was a point where if this did go south, a NICU could probably keep the baby alive.
In November of 2010 we welcomed Evangeline Violet to our family. This happy, healthy, vibrant baby girl completed our family and is the perfect ending to this horrible story.
What did we take from this? A greater appreciation for our children. Evie had reflux, and any parent who’s dealt with that knows how miserable it is. When we got frustrated, we’d remind ourselves ‘We waited a long time for her. Don’t be mad at her for something she’s not happy about either.” We’ve probably spoiled Giada and Evie, making sure we show them as much love as we possibly can.
We wouldn’t have done it without the help of our families. They never gave up and were there for us when we couldn’t be.
We learned the incredible important of a good doctor. Dr. Brian Wilcox is the man…plain and simple. He understood that we were both his patients through this…not just Heidi and not just Heidi’s reproductive system. When we discuss all of this with his class each year, he stresses treating the whole patient.
Why do we talk about this? We do it for the doctors-to-be so they can see that there’s more than just the science and meat involved here. They’re dealing with people who are going to respond in as many different ways as there are ways to respond. We hope that our story helps them be better, more compassionate doctors.
We talk about this because so many people won’t. People don’t know what to say. It’s a fear all parents have and I’m sure there’s a touch of ‘there but for the grace of God go I.’ when they think of it. Some friends have told us they didn’t know what to say, and said nothing out of fear of saying the wrong thing. I completely understand that. Heidi and I don’t hold ANYTHING against anyone for what they said, through good intentions.
We don’t let this define us. We’re a family of 4 now and completely happy with that. Once in a while someone will say ‘when are you going to try for a boy?” We smile and say we’re done. The world was built for families of 4. We joke that I don’t want to lose my home office and move the subject along.
That’s our story. If you’re going through this, or have gone through this, please leave a comment with your thoughts and insights. We’d love to hear it. We hope you find a bit of hope, or at least shared misery here. If your wondering ‘What do I say to friends going through this?” It’s pretty easy. Be their friend. Tell them “I’m sorry, I’m sure it’s not your fault, I’m here to do that thing we do as friends.”
Thank you for reading.