It’s been about a month since I posted last. When I began this blog I truly believed this would be more of a ‘pregnancy and motherhood’ blog, not a ‘trying to conceive’ blog. I’ve been through another disappointing cycle since my last post. I have maybe two more cycles’ worth of ovulation tests. I’m running out of drive.
I emailed my doctor last week. To see if Husband and I should have any fertility testing. We’re too young, and it hasn’t been long enough. Their reason for saying ‘no’ was that no insurance company would cover them. God bless America, right? I even fessed up to a few of my close friends about what’s going on. They prayed for me, and held my hand while I cried. I have some of the best friends.
To make it all worse, not one, but two couples at my church have announced their pregnancies in the last month. I’ve skipped church quite a bit lately. I get a bit of a pass because I also work Sundays, and I’ve worked a lot recently. Mostly, I skip because it’s hard to go. It’s hard to see all those babies, all those bellies, and feel like no one can see my pain. I feel like I do when I go to work. I work at a retirement community where my job is to make peoples lives richer, and fuller. When I’m having a bad day I frown all the way to the door, then as I walk up to the building I push my shoulders back, take a breath, and smile, I make a conscious effort to change my face. I waive at the residents, smile and laugh, and joke around with them. From the time I step through the door until I leave, I am happy, or at least I appear to be. When I go to church I do almost the same thing. I don’t make the same effort to change my face before I step through the door, but I still smile when someone addresses me, say I’m fine when asked. I don’t go out of my way to talk to people though.
When did we all decide we must put on a mask at church? Isn’t it the one place we should be able to be honest about our pain, our suffering, and our struggles? It’s 10:35am on a Sunday and right about now the music at my church is starting up and people are beginning to worship, and I’m sitting at home in my pajamas because I can’t bear to show my face while yet another happy couple announces their good news. (Yeah, that’s what’s happening today, thank you Facebook for giving me the heads up.) I know that I won’t be able to maintain my mask during that announcement. Am I part of the problem? Yes, I probably am. If I were up front about my struggles that might pave the way for someone else to be up front about theirs. The thing is, I’m afraid of being so vulnerable. I want that shield, I don’t want my inner turmoil on display. I don’t want that to be what people see when they look at me, “That’s the girl who can’t get pregnant.”
Truthfully, I’m not ready to spill my beans just yet. I’ve fessed up to a few close friends and that’s all I can manage right now. Maybe in a few months, if we haven’t got good news, we will share our struggle with the church, maybe. For now, I’ll cower behind my shield and that’s just going to have to be enough, it’s going to have to be okay.
I have unusually high hopes for the next cycle. After my conversation with the doctor, basically being told we were on our own, we started looking for other things we could try. I’ve heard of a lubricant called PreSeed, that is meant to mimic the fertile mucous that gets the sperm to the egg. Now that I think about it, years ago I seemed to have tons of mucous, now I seem to have very little regardless of where I am in my cycle. I’ve said before my cervical mucous doesn’t seem to tell me much in terms of predicting ovulation. We bought a box of PreSeed and will be trying it out this week. I’ve read so many comments on the baby blogs about how someone used it and got pregnant the very first time. I’m not assuming we’ll be so lucky, but I’m praying we will.
I have to keep reminding myself that God has a plan for this. I always assumed that I would get pregnant by ‘accident.’ That motherhood would be forced upon me. When we decided to start trying I was happy, I was being offered motherhood as a gift. Now it seems motherhood is something I’ll have to fight for, an uphill battle. I have to believe that when I finally hold my baby in my arms, it will all have been worth it. All the pain, the money spent on fertility boosting products, the tears, sermons missed, the masks and shields I’ve worked so hard to maintain, each negative test, each period. I have to believe someday I’ll be able to put this all behind me and I won’t feel the pain anymore.