When trying isn’t enough..

I’ve written this post in my mind over a million times but can never find the right words to express my feelings about this journey we’ve been on the last 26 months.

When it comes to {really} personal matters, I’ve always believed that those should remain private.  Sure, I love sharing my life and documenting even the little moments on this blog but something this personal, we’d decided to keep between us and our families. To be honest, it’s really hard to talk about (especially for Logan) in person and he was worried, the more people who knew, the more they’d ask.  After much thought and discussion with Logan, I’ve decided to open up to you all about the struggle we’ve been having which is much different than the “perfect” life some of you think we have thanks to social media.

The Defeated Phase:

We all have friends who decide they don’t want children or want to wait until a certain age but from early on, I always knew I wanted to be a Mom and Logan a Dad.  A few weeks after we met (8+ years ago!) Logan mentioned he wanted a big family and didn’t want to waste too much time.  I found that to be very intriguing as most guys don’t just gush about having kids right away.  I told him we needed to wait until we were engaged because due to things in my past, I have just a few trust issues.  He took his sweet time and 5 years later, we were engaged and a year and a half after that, married!

We took no time trying to become parents after our wedding. We kept thinking “this time, next year,we’ll have our own little one and be parents!”.  We just couldn’t wait! I wasn’t naive in thinking it would just happen for us (based on those past things, things have never come easy for me) right away as it did for the majority of our friends.  We heard “it happened the first time trying” more times than we can count! But I also didn’t think it would take this long and a countless amount of shots, either!

After 7 months of trying, we finally saw two pink lines on a pregnancy test at the end of July 2016 and we were so eager to have our little one in April.  We had our first appointment and everything was confirmed “We were pregnant!” and more over the moon than you’ll ever know. We couldn’t wait for our next appointment – the ultrasound!  We got to our appointment bright and early (7 am before Logan headed to the office) and couldn’t contain our excitement! I drank all the water that morning and got ready for the ultrasound.  We had already told our immediate family and some close friends and had heard all the “can’t waits!” before our appointment.  A few minutes after seeing our little “peanut” on the screen, the tech let us know gently that she couldn’t find a heartbeat from our little one. It was the most surreal moment of my life and the most heartbreaking for both Logan and I. I couldn’t believe it – this was supposed to be the best day ever and it was turning into a day I wish I could forget. I couldn’t bring myself to even look at Logan as I walked into the bathroom to change out of my gown as I knew just the sight of his pain would completely break me.  I wasn’t stupid.  I knew the statistics for miscarriages and I understood they are common but that doesn’t take one ounce of that hurt away.  This article explains my feelings almost exactly – if you’ve been through it then you know, it’s just heartbreaking.

  I never knew I could grieve someone I’d never met.

I can’t even explain to you my feelings about both of those days.

Life went on around us and we continued to receive SO many pregnancy announcements.  As happy as we are/were for every couple, I couldn’t help but feel so much jealousy and sadness.  And the re-run of questions “when is it our time?! when can we have it happen for us?!” Those pregnancy announcements have turned into babies and then 1st birthday parties.  Finally, after about 10 months of more trying, because all doctors believe it can take up to 12 months to get pregnant before there’s concern, I went back to my OBGYN and expressed my concerns.  We clearly weren’t getting pregnant and I didn’t understand why – especially when it did happen the one time! I just kept thinking “do we only get the one chance?! And that’s how it ended for us?”

The Testing Phase:

My OB suggested we do a few tests on both myself and Logan to see if there was a reason this wasn’t working for us.  We started what seemed like a million pokes, prods and dyes and I could feel myself “hoping” they’d find something wrong with one of us. I mean, if there’s a problem, they can surely fix it!  But everything came back clear for both of us and at that point, my OB referred us to a fertility clinic.  We met with the fertility specialist and he explained that we have what’s called “unexplained infertility” and they have no idea why we aren’t getting pregnant.

Certainly not the words I wanted to hear.

We asked for next steps and he suggested IUI (Intrauterine insemination) treatments.  These treatments entail fertility medications taken for a number of days to produce an additional egg or two during your cycle.  Followed by multiple vaginal ultrasounds, I then had to do a “trigger” shot to trigger my ovulation.  Exactly thirty six hours later, I’m be back in the clinic to be inseminated (with L’s sperm). This option only had a 10% chance of working but it was worth a shot.  I never truly understood the magnitude of having a baby and getting pregnant until after all these appointments. It’s truly a MIRACLE that anyone has a baby!

We tried IUI 3 times before realizing that again, that isn’t working for us. I was still getting my period every month and it was still so depressing every month.

We decided to take the month of December off to give my body some rest from all the fertility meds and shots and just enjoy Christmas before moving onto the next {bigger} step.

Where we are currently:

We spoke with our doctor about IVF after our unsuccessful IUI attempts in hopes this is our answer; it has a 60% chance in working and we just knew we had to give everything a try before knowing if it just wasn’t going to work for us.  Now, IVF is insanely expensive and insurance only covers a small portion so it was a big decision we had to make – we might only get one shot at this – was it something we could afford to risk?  We didn’t have to discuss much because we both knew in our hearts we were meant to be parents and if this is our journey, then we’ll walk it together.

We started our IVF journey earlier this month.  Those are probably the most emotionally loaded three letters I’ve ever typed.  The fertility ride is a roller coaster and you never really know how far along on the ride you are.  That’s one of the hardest parts.  The ultimate unknown and worst part of all this, is we can go through all of this without success.  That we’re doing all of this for just a chance to be parents and you might have to do it again and again (if money allows).

Through this journey, I’ve felt frustrated and embarrassed that my body isn’t doing something that so many others are.  Lonely because the  majority of our friends have children and haven’t gone through this to understand what I’m feeling.  Jealous every time there is a new pregnancy announcement on social media and always swearing I’m going to deactivate all my accounts to avoid having the hurt every time I open up Facebook. Guilt for even feeling this way. I’ve felt left behind as I watched almost every friend move onto this next chapter, wondering when it will eventually be our turn.  And so silly because I know there are so many women going through more years of infertility, more miscarriages and so much worse than us.

But at this point, I need to focus on our next step which happened to be daily injections (multiple times a day) and working on getting my body to do what it’s meant to.  It meant blood work almost every other day along with vaginal ultrasounds. I hoped that after so many injections, I would get used to the pain and it would become the “normal” but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. You are never prepared for the injections or the unnatural changes to your body from the insane amount of hormones. You can’t be prepared for the lack of control you have on any outcomes.

I had my retrieval a little over 2 weeks ago and while we sat there waiting for the CRNA to take me back to the surgery room, I couldn’t believe this was our life.  I couldn’t believe this is what we are doing right now.  I never imagined this would be our life.

We have a LONG way to go from here but it’s a good start to hopefully the end our journey to become parents.  Infertility and IVF is talked about so much these days – on TV (have you seen Fuller House?!) as well as through friends of friends that it almost seems like common.  But that doesn’t take away from how tremendously brave and strong each woman is throughout her unique journey. It’s something that should be talked about more because it’s something that no one should have to take on alone.

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to open up about this to the world and share my personal feelings but it’s not something we’re ashamed of and it helps to have a supportive team/friends.  Thanks for listening to our journey and about this time in our lives, whether you have children, aren’t quite there yet or are in the thick of it, thank you!

aKristi

29 thoughts on “When trying isn’t enough..

  1. Holly Breton @ Pink Lady says:

    Oh Kristi- my heart is going out to you and I am sending all of the prayers- I have the faith for you and Logan and just know I will say whatever prayers and provide whatever support, virtual or otherwise that you may need- thinking of you- praying for you- you are in my heart- Holly XOXO

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  2. kdiddie says:

    Love this and you! ♥️ Thank you for being open and honest about something that I can’t talk about openly yet! You are so brave for sharing! I’m praying for you and Logan!! Praying IVF works for you!! I heard acupuncture works wonders along with IVF!

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  3. Nancy says:

    We love you and support you in the entirety of your life’s journey. Adoption is also a wonderful path and while now isn’t the time for you to shoot for that, we will love you with or without children…always!! Thanks for sharing…
    Nanny

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  4. Jenna Wenck says:

    I love your post Kristi! So beautifully written and from the heart. I wish I was closer for hugs, tears, laughs and smiles. We are still looking at finding work that way and this post makes me want it even more. I want to be there for you. You are INCREDIBLY brave and deserve it all. Our lives bring us ups and downs and I am sending my love and positive vibes so that you and Logan might be able to share some good news soon. Until then, keep your head up. I am so proud of you. I love you! XOXO

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  5. Rebecca L Brittain says:

    I think I admire you more than ever now. Thank you for sharing your incredibly heartbreaking yet courageous journey with us. I have read similar stories and always wonder if this will be me one day, if and when that day comes. I haven’t experienced what you have, and can only imagine and assume I would feel the same. Yet, I do not know the hurt and loss you feel every day. I walked through this with a close friend of mine almost verbatim to your struggles, and hugging her every month as she sobbed when she started her period just broke my heart. She eventually conceived twins through IVF. My words of encouragement if any, is that my cousin and her husband struggled for almost two years to conceive 19 years ago and both repetitively tested 100% healthy and fertile. The doctors couldn’t explain why it wasn’t happening and it eventually did. We’re not always meant to understand these trials. But I believe and pray that the miracle you will receive on the other side of these heart breaking and gut wrenching trials will be worth the pain. And you and Logan are growing stronger together through it. You are gorgeous. You are brave. You are strong. You are courageous. You are and will be a mother in whatever way God brings you your baby. I wish I could do something, anything to make these experiences better or easier for you both. While we’ve never met in person I have literally referred to you as my virtual BFF because I adore you from what I know on this virtual space we share. I will keep you both in prayer.

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    • happilyevergriedls says:

      Oh my gosh, girl! I’m literally crying reading such a sweet message and have no words! You said so many things I needed to hear! I’m so glad I met you over this virtual world and can’t thank you enough for such powerful and sweet words! Thank you for the prayers!

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  6. tractorsandglam says:

    Praying big prayers for strength through this. What a heartfelt post. You are both so brave and so strong. Lots of love and prayers to you and Logan.

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  7. Lisa Richardson says:

    Oh sweet girl, I’m sorry y’all are having to endure this. I’ve gone through this with a very dear friend who now has 3 precious children. (A single birth followed by twins). I have every hope and faith it will happen for you and Logan. You’re brave to open up and share. Prayers for success and comfort. XOXO

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    • happilyevergriedls says:

      I love hearing those success stories – it gives us hope (on those off days!) that going through all of this will end in such happiness! It’s totally worth all the pain if this is how we become parents!

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  8. The Pink Shoe Girl says:

    Oh my gosh – I think we are seriously living the exact same life. The Hubster and I are going through this exact same thing right now. I think we’re on the road to IUI right now, but every single thing you wrote rings true to me too. Keeping my fingers crossed and you guys in my prayers that you’ll be parents very soon. xoxo

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  9. Breanne Flint says:

    Love you more than words! Such a heartfelt post and I’m glad you shared it with everyone 🙂 You are a very brave and courageous woman! We love and support you ALWAYS!!

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  10. Steph says:

    You are such a strong woman! My heart hurts so much for you in the journey you have been through so far. I can’t imagine what you feel, but know we are always here to listen. Nothing but positive vibes for you and Logan! Love you guys!!

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