Friday, October 26, 2012

Not Meant To Be

Well, either the OPKs were wrong...or perhaps I've developed a Luteal Phase Defect.  Either way, my cycle started with spotting on Sunday, only a week or so after the tests tell me that I ovulated (though other signs would lead me to believe that I ovulated sooner...thus further confirming that I really have no idea what's going on in my body).  So, 34 days...not nearly as text-book as it was last month with my perfect 28 day cycle, but hey, it's relatively regular for me, so I guess it's acceptable.  I feel like I'm constantly trying to convince myself that anything within 35 days is "normal". 

I'm starting to feel like maybe this just isn't meant to be--at least not now; perhaps not ever.  I'm really trying hard to not play the "woe is me" role.  That statement isn't coming from a place of pity, but rather, of a place of acceptance.  Since getting my hormone imbalance relatively under control with diet and exercise, this is the longest I've gone without getting pregnant.  Yes, we tried a full year before our first loss, but that's when my cycles were crazy.  Since then, my three subsequent pregnancies (and one live birth) were never "easy", by any means, but they all happened within a couple of months of trying.  We're now going on ten months of actively trying--on top of a year of hoping that I would somehow mysteriously and beautifully end up pregnant while nursing.

I'm not going to lie--I'm kind of tired of trying so hard.  I'm tired of eating all the right things and doing all those crunches and feeling like I always have to be so darned careful.  I'm tired of trying to guess at interpreting symptoms.  I'm tired of thinking about it.  I'm tired of wondering.

My mom says that I have an "all or nothing" approach to life.  I don't think I know any different, especially in the world of in/fertility.  I've asked my husband to pray about what he thinks God wants us to do.  When I tried to convey to him, through frustrated tears, what I was feeling when my cycle started, his immediate response was that we could just take a break.  That's not necessarily what I wanted to hear.  But continuing to try wasn't quite the response I was looking for either.  For once, I didn't want his immediate opinion.  I want God's direction, and I think I'm a little too wrapped up in it to hear Him clearly.  So perhaps my husband can do some listening for me.

Then again, I have days like I did yesterday when Ella and I had a hard time getting out the door on time, and I was left wondering how I would even manage to survive if I was indeed blessed enough to have another child.  I know I'd find a way to make it work, but maybe that was God whispering, ever so gently, that it's not meant to least not now.

I'm blessed this weekend to go to the football game with Ella.  Since we live in the desert, so many of the games are evening games, and it's past her bedtime.  My parents did bring her to a late game the night before her birthday, but they left at halftime.  She's been talking about the football game ever since then, so I'm really looking forward to a "mommy-daughter date" with her tomorrow while my husband is out of town. 


  1. My husband says the EXACT same thing. I'm an "all or nothing" type. I can't imagine how difficult it is for you right now. I remember the days of trying, and it was just no fun. I hope you find a nice balance. Hope your mommy daughter date is fun!

  2. I'm sorry Laura. TTC is one of the most tiring things ever. I pray that God does have a plan to give you more children.

  3. I've had very spotty luck with the OPK's - I hate those little strips. Sorry that this is so trying. It is very, very hard NOT to feel all or nothing with this.

  4. I am so, so sorry having #2 is such a struggle. I'm not aware of many people who are so openly battling infertility, so I think of you often. Especially when I wonder how life will work with our kids and the new baby, then I just remember how amazingly blessed I am and how many people there are who would kill to be in my position. I am not wanting to rub salt in the wound, just let you know that I regularly think of you and say little mini-prayers all the time that you will have some direction in all of this mess. Much love to you and yours -- you're an AMAZING mother, whether you have 1 or 100 little babies. <3

  5. Praying for you Laura. I am so sorry your body isn't cooperating in your plan and hope for children.

  6. There are often more questions than answers in life but keep trusting that God will reveal them to you in time, and that the daily routines that may sometimes be a task (like getting Eliza out the door) may be more of a reminder that you are still much needed as a mom to a toddler that is going through rapid growing of her own - and not to forget it vs. you are not ready to have another. Thinking about you and praying for some more answers revealed soon.


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