On Saturday, Alexander had a #2 accident in his underwear while we were outside playing with his toys on our patio. Upon realizing that the poop was runny and literally running down his leg, I ran inside frantically to Devin to have him help me. Because a chunk of poo fell out of Alexander’s underwear onto our patio, I asked Devin to clean Alexander up and I would deal with cleaning up the poop on the patio outside while he did that. Well, before I got there to clean up….our dog Anna had done the cleaning up for me.
Yeah, gross. Sorry if I made you throw up, I hope I didn’t. I’ve digressed…….. So, why am I writing this blog and what is the purpose behind all this? Since this is my first post, I should explain that. Well, I’ve always been a wear your heart on your sleeve type of person. No matter what I’ve gone through in life, I have always felt compelled to be honest about my story. As I get older, I feel more comfortable with this realization about myself wanting to be the authentic version of myself that feels no reason to hide what’s true and in my heart.
I was provoked to start chronicling as we begin to start In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Devin and I have now experienced two years of secondary infertility (secondary infertility means the inability to get pregnant following the birth of a biological child) and one miscarriage along the way in that 2 years. It’s quite possibly the hardest thing I have ever gone through. Some say that going through infertility can be as tough on a woman as HIV or cancer. I can’t imagine comparing this to something life threatening, but it certainly has been a frustrating challenge for both Devin and I.
The fact is….the IVF very well might not work. I’m holding a positive attitude that it will, but in case it doesn’t, I don’t want to go through all of this and have it be for nothing. Since we are at it, why not help others who want to share in this journey with us? I hope that my courage in sharing our story helps others.
Also, from time to time, I’ll share some other blog topics. My fertility doctor has stressed big time that I eat a low carbohydrate diet and has supplied me with medical evidence demonstrating that a low carb diet can drastically increase chances of pregnancy, particularly with IVF. Also, he recommends his patient begin on this diet as early as 3 months prior to IVF to improve egg quality. Therefore, I’ll be sharing some of my low carb journey along the way for those of you looking to share some of my experiences. I have done a low carb diet recently to lose my post-partum pregnancy weight, and I was a big proponent of it beforehand, so this works well for me.
Lastly, juggling a career, being a wife, and a mom is the most challenging but most wonderful part of my life. But of course, it brings challenges. Which is why I’m not ashamed to share that my Kid shit himself and my dog ate it. More stories to come, I hope you’ll stay tuned from my Blog.