I remember it clear as day. We lived in Michigan at the time and we were walking along Lake Superior, like we so often used to do. I was in fifth or sixth grade and I am not quite sure what brought it on ... but I wanted a baby.
In my ever-so-juvenile little head, I wished that my parents would get me a baby for my birthday. Realistically, I knew it would never happen, but having to wait until I was old enough to have my own baby seemed so far away. All I knew was that I wanted a baby to care for ... and I have no idea why I felt that way. Of course the longing soon left my ever-so-juvenile little head and I went on to enjoy my childhood.
Fast forward about 15 years ... the longing came back. I had married my love a couple years prior and we were ready to have a baby. Only it didn't happen quite like you would expect it to.
We tried, we tried again. Month after month, the tests were negative. We sought medical help ... they had no idea why our dream was not coming true. We sought the help from an infertility specialist ... and that proved to be one of the most stressful things we had ever endured.
Four failed IUI procedures. And then ... wait for it ... one successful IVF procedure.
I had waited for that moment my entire life ... I wanted it so bad, it hurt. My dream had finally come true.
Fast forward seven years ... I am the blessed momma to three beautiful children. Three children that have each rocked my world in their own little ways. Three separate journeys that have united us so deeply.
Three children that call me momma ... it is all I ever wanted.
Happy mother's day!!
Bethany, wishing you the sweetest of days today!!!!ReplyDelete
You have such beautiful children. They're simply adorable and amazing!ReplyDelete
Happy Mother's Day - great post!ReplyDelete
three beautiful children. Happy mother's dayReplyDelete
Happy Mother's Day, Bethany! I heart your family. You are a lucky mommy!!ReplyDelete
Happy Mothers Day :) Amazing photo of your three beauties!!!!ReplyDelete
Great post! Happy Mother's Day! :)ReplyDelete
Beautiful post. Love it!! Hope you have a fabulous Mother's Day with the 3 beauties!!!ReplyDelete
Beautiful! Happy Mother's Day!ReplyDelete
oooh goosebumps AGAIN!! you are a great mama too!! hugs!ReplyDelete
You sure were blessed with three beautiful children!! Happy Mother's Day!ReplyDelete
Happy Mother's Day! You have 3 adorable perfect children!ReplyDelete
happy mother's day! your three children are beautiful!ReplyDelete
Hi. I just wanted to say that I was really encouraged by a comment you left on Kelle Hampton's blog. I have a newborn baby boy who was born with Down syndrome (we knew prenatally) less than 3 weeks ago. I've been reaching out now and again to others who kinda know what we're going through, and I couldn't help but want to say 'hi' after I read a few of your blog posts. It makes me cry happy tears to see what a great balance there is in your life between the joy and the challenges that come with...well, just being a parent, in general!! :)ReplyDelete
Happy Mother's Day!!!ReplyDelete
I hope you had the most wonderful Mother's Day! You're children are so very beautiful and you're the most wonderful Mother!ReplyDelete
Love this post! Happy mother's day, Bethany!ReplyDelete
Love the picture! How blessed you are! Happy Mother's Day!ReplyDelete
You were meant to be a mamma! You rock! Hope you had a great mother's day.ReplyDelete
Awwwww, could have used a tissue warning. That was a beautiful post Bethany. You are one very blessed Momma. And you always get such gorgeous shots of your kids. Must be because they are so very gorgeous!!!! Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful picture! They are so lucky to have you as their mom :)ReplyDelete
Hi. I've been reading for awhile through my sister's blog. Didn't realize your journey to motherhood was the same as mine - 4 failed IUIs and 1 round of IVF that was successful and gave us a beautiful boy. Then, 1 year later we found out we got pregnant on our own, SURPRISE! Now I have a 2 year old and a 4 month old. Its so hard and yet so wonderful. Thanks for reminding me of how much I wanted this and worked to get it! Hope you had a great Mother's Day!ReplyDelete
Love how you have expressed this. After our son and his wife losing their twin boys this past Jan in the 6th month of pregnancy, its so great to read that it can happen again! They were IVF also, and both took beautifully... just wasnt meant to be. They are trying again in a month or so, just a singleton this time.. and your post gives me hope that this time they will have what they long for too! Blessings to you and your beautiful family. Your Momma and I were very good friends for many years since we were small. You all are blessed! Debbie Henderson Dawidowicz...ReplyDelete