Catching Our Rainbow

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Community

on September 26, 2012

Lately I’ve been wondering what role this blog needs to play in my life while hubby and I are taking a break from TTC. I wonder if I am really letting myself step back and take a break when I am still reading, posting, and surrounding myself with this world. In wondering this, I have begun to really evaluate what this community means to me and what role it plays in my life.

I love having support from people who understand (at least on some level–everyone’s story is different) what I am going through, and I love knowing that I can be that support to some other people. It always amazes me how much love and encouragement I can receive just from a comment on a post or an email from someone else in the community, and lately I’ve been trying to make the effort to leave some love on the posts that I read. Every time I read about a BFP or a birth, I get so excited and celebrate for that couple. It gives me hope, and I truly feel joy for them because I know the road that they have traveled to get to that BFP was long and hard.

But being part of this community is also heartbreaking. I feel a connection with some of these couples, and I will cheer and hope and pray so hard for them. But sometimes things don’t work out. Sometimes my WP reader is full of BFN’s, failed IVF’s and FET’s, and miscarriages. It’s easy to feel hopeless when you are surrounded by these stories, and sometimes it is so hard to deal with other couples’ losses when I’m already dealing with my own. But you what? That’s what community is all about: sharing joy and sharing pain. It’s about encouragement and commiseration. It’s about letting yourself care about people enough that your heart will break for them. It’s about posting funny stuff that will brighten everyone’s day.

This community is important to me, and I plan on sticking around, even when we aren’t currently TTC.

Speaking of funny stuff, because we want to give my body time to heal and I’m not emotionally ready for another pregnancy right now, we are preventing pregnancy. Believe me, the irony is not lost on us. Anyway, little Miss Molly likes to get into the trashcan in our bathroom, and while we usually are good about keeping the door shut and keeping her out of the bathroom, she still manages to get into to it every once in awhile. Earlier this week, I was outside with her and saw something weird when she pooped. Upon closer inspection, I saw that it was a condom. Oh my goodness. We are now buying a new trashcan with a lid.

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3 responses to “Community

  1. Theresa says:

    BWAHAHAHA! That made me LOL!
    And I totally agree with you about the community. I hurt with everyone and get excited with everyone, and sometimes all of that gets overwhelming, but I wouldn’t trade it.

  2. Belle says:

    Hahaha! Pets! I stay with the community even when I’m on a break. I don’t always have a fertility post but do enjoy sharing my other endeavors – sewing, photography, etc. Just like real-life friends, depth in a blog is good, I think. It is nice to see the rest of the woman behind the pee stick, you know? I’m looking forward to continuing to follow your blog and learn more about your world!

  3. trufflelove says:

    I have come to appreciate community as well. its so helpful and it makes me feel like i’m not alone. i get a pang of sadness when i get a bfn and my blog friends get their bfps in the same cycle, but that sadness quickly turns into hope and i lean on thier comments and posts more than ever!

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