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Waiting

on February 22, 2013

If you can’t tell from my lack of posts, I’ve been struggling with this space lately. I’ve felt a definite shift on my reader, and I’m not sure where I fit in. Most of the women I follow are now pregnant or officially moving on to some form of adoption. The ones who don’t fit into either of those categories are like me: posting sporadically and sometimes half-heartedly.

This isn’t a post against pregnant infertile bloggers. I love you all. When I read happy posts about your pregnancies–heartbeats, movement, viability, acceptance–I literally do a little happy dance. I look forward to those posts, and I pray for you all and your little ones.  I talk about you in everyday life (“My friend Belle felt her baby move the other day, I’m so excited for her” “My friend Theresa is having twins and trying to avoid buying a minivan. I totally feel her–I hate minivans” “My friend Steph just found out she’s pregnant after five miscarriages. I really hope this is her take home baby”). I’m sure people wonder how I know so many pregnant women, but that is how I think of you in my mind and my heart–as my friends that I think about and hope for and celebrate with.

I also really enjoy reading the blogs of women who are going through the foster adoption process because I am learning so much. If we end up going down that path, I have a good idea of what to expect–not just the paperwork and classes but also the emotions. I truly appreciate you all for documenting the process for the rest of us who may be there one day.

I’ve spoken before about feeling stuck, and that feeling just won’t go away. I am grateful for the healing I have had in the months since my last mc, but I feel like something has to give. Hopefully, we will start actually TTC again this month because hubby is feeling significantly better (thank goodness!!!!!), and that will give me some forward motion. The thing is, I feel like our whole life is stuck on pause. I’m working at a  job I hate until I hear back from the Masters program I applied to because it seems silly to go job hunting if I’m going to be quitting to go to school in the fall anyway. But, to be completely honest, I really don’t know if I’m going to get in or not–the program only accepts sixteen students a year with an assistantship, so it is a fairly competitive program. Hubby has applied to be a professional fire fighter in our community after he finishes fire academy, but it will probably be months before we know anything. If he does get the job, he will be making quite a bit more money–which means even if I don’t get into school, I can still possibly quit my job and work somewhere part-time. Combine all of this uncertainty with the question of whether or not we will be able to have children, and I am left feeling stuck. Even our back-up plan of foster adoption is up in the air right now (if I don’t get into school, we will go ahead with the plan, but it will be on hold if I get into school).

I’m surprisingly more comfortable with all of this than I would have ever imagined myself capable of being, and maybe the hope that is filling my heart is a testament to the growth that I have experienced during the last year and a half of TTC. Being unsure of life and where it is heading, however, leaves me at a complete loss when it comes to this place. Everyone in this community seems to be either moving forward (pregnancies, adoptions, further treatments) or fading out, and I am feeling more and more like I am in the second group because I am sitting still. Waiting. As my good friend Rose says, I am a seed. I am waiting in the dark surrounded by pressure, but I have the assurance that at some point, my life will bloom–although I have no idea when that will be or what it will look like.

I guess for now I will just keep reading and when I feel the need, I will post. I promise to update you ladies of any motion in our lives…

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12 responses to “Waiting

  1. I sometimes feel that way too…feeling stuck is the worst. Best wishes for this cycle!

  2. Theresa says:

    Being on pause and feeling stuck is the absolute worst – I always hated that. I hope that a door opens soon so that you can walk through it with a plan. And thanks for the blog mention – we totally avoided the minivan! (woo hoo). Look forward to your updates and glad hubby is feeling better!!

  3. I feel you… We are paused too until… well until something changes. Until I get a job, or until my husband does. And the pause is on all of life not just baby making. It’s a pause in finding a place to live. A pause in planning vacations. A pause in planning anything really. It sucks.

    Hopeful that getting back to baby making will help you to feel better. And hopefully you and your husband can get some answers soon.

    • I actually thought of you specifically when writing this. Your recent posts often sound way too familiar. Thanks for the encouraging words–I’ll definitely keep thinking of you and your hubby!

  4. Sexy Sadie says:

    Lady, you KNOW I get where you are coming from! I have totally lost about 50% of the community that rallied around me when I was TTC. Building a new one is SOOOO hard. But either way you go, I’m here for you. Always :) xoxo

  5. Arwen Rose says:

    I get how you feel being ever so slightly on the rare and lone type case edge of this infertility community. Thinking of u

  6. marwil says:

    I get this, I really do. Stuck, while others are moving forward, one way or another. Still waiting, hoping that the next IVF will be the one. It’s exhausting. So sorry about your struggles, and hope you get in to school to have that to focus on, something to move you in the right direction.

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