Friday, March 16, 2012

Hello? Anyone here anymore?

I can't believe that I was the last one to post on here. I guess everyone has moved on to greener pastures, eh? Maybe there isn't a real need for this blog anymore, but I wanted to share some feelings to see if anyone out there has experienced anything similar.

So just to catch you up, things between us and our daughter's birth-mom are back to normal. Tender mercies from heaven were involved when we finally met her little boy (our failed placement) and we knew he wasn't meant to be in our family. From there it was a matter of forgiveness... which was easier with her (than with her parents) because we have some understanding of how difficult it was for her to place Mimi with us. The full story has come out over the past year and a half, and even things with her family are getting back to normal. Not that there is complete trust anymore, but it is a relief that we can interact and still love each other.

The past few weeks have been grueling for the hubby and I. We finally decided on one last push to find another baby for our family. We branched out and put our profile up on Parent Profiles, printed up pass-along cards & began handing them out to friends and families, printed up brochures to go along with the pass-along cards and began giving them out to lawyers, have checked into private adoption agencies and tried to sell my hubby's beloved truck to get the money for a private adoption- all in hopes of bringing home the baby boy I keep dreaming about. We decided we'd do all we possibly could for one more year (after our home-study expires this summer) and then...we'll be done. We'll let our home-study expire and take our names out of the "hoping to adopt" pool.

And I have mixed emotions about it.

We were hoping to have another baby before Mimi turned four because we didn't really want to raise our children as singles - too far apart to fight and bicker and someday (hopefully) be good friends when they grew up. The hubby told me the other day that it breaks his heart to walk past Mimi's room and hear her playing all by herself. She doesn't seem to mind too much, but coming from big families where our mothers had all of us fairly close together, this worries us. She will turn six this fall. She will be so much older than any baby we get now that we worry about them bonding and having the kind of relationships that we have with our siblings. We've come to the conclusion that if she is our only child that we are going to try to give her some amazing opportunities and at the same time work at not spoiling her ridiculously. We've already been so blessed to do things together that we never could have done had we gotten another baby, so we know we are incredibly blessed. And if she is our only child I will consider myself lucky to have had a relatively easy baby period of no blown out diapers, rare middle of the night feedings and 6 hours of solid sleep every night until she was about 6 weeks old when it changed to 8. Even now she is an easy-going little girl with such a friendly personality, no fear of riding roller coasters and a helpful disposition. (I know, I'm probably in for it when she hits her teenage years! LOL!)

We've been so lucky and so very blessed.

We just thought there would be at least two children in our family.

But having just turned the corner on 36 and moving fast toward 37 I am seeing wrinkles and fat deposits and health concerns suddenly flying at me at light speed and both the hubby and I are thinking that starting over again at 39-40 isn't a great idea for us. We want to be young enough to enjoy our kids without having them have to push us around in wheelchairs, you know? ;)

Some people have said that we're putting a time limit on Heavenly Father. And I respond with, "How did you know you were done having kids? Don't we deserve the same opportunity to choose when our family will be complete?" Most "fertiles" have no idea what its like in the hellish waiting-for-another-baby limbo and just think we're being selfish.


I guess that along with being branded "Infertile" we'll also take "Misunderstood" and "Judged" from some of our closest friends and family. Sad, but true.

Have any of you been in this position? What did you decide to do?


Hillary said...

I'm still here! I just haven't written anything because honestly, nothing has really changed since our failed IVF almost 2 years ago. We've both changed jobs and are just trying to save the money to try something--anything.

I know how you feel about the age thing. I never thought I'd be my age without children, and my husband just celebrated a huge birthday last month. It worries us like it does you.

Hope you guys find success and feel peace about your decisions. And if other people don't like what you choose, quite frankly, screw 'em.


Kiki said...

I think you should do whatever you and your husband feel is right, and who cares what anyone else thinks. No one knows what is right for your family except for you.
My best friend has a 6 year old and is planning on trying to become pregnant in the fall. They know they will be far apart, but its the way that it had to be for their family because of financial and health reasons. She is worried about them being far apart, but she is also looking at the positive sides like how her daughter will be able to help out so much and how she gets to experience everything again, one on one with a new baby while her daughter is at school. There are positives and negatives to every situation.
If it is something that really worries you, have you thought and prayed about adopting a toddler instead maybe? Just an idea.
I have always believed that if we keep our heart and spirit open to Heavenly Father, he will tell us what is right when it comes to building our families. It may be through LDSFS adoption, foster care, international, special needs or more (ugh) fertility testing and procedures. Keep your heart open and he will help you know what is right for your family. And whatever it is, who cares what anyone else says or thinks.

Beck said...

Oh Hillary,

I am so sorry about your failed IVF! That really sucks.

The last thing we haven't tried (because the hubby just freaks out every time I mention it) is going to the Reproductive Care Center. I know 3 different infertile women who have all gone and had some great results - 2 pregnancies and one where they finally discovered that she had an easily correctable problem with her uterus.
But my hubby won't budge. And some days I'm really fine with it, but others not so much.

I even went to an office that specializes in integrative medicine (holistic and traditional therapies) with some positive outcomes for my health, but without real results when it comes to infertility.

At least when July 2013 rolls around, I'll be able to say I did all I could for an adoption and we'll be able to shut the door and move firmly forward once and for all.

Thanks, ladies.

gabeandstef said...

I agree do what you want. I do have to say however I know how you feel about the whole age thing between kids. My little boy just turned 8 when we were finally able to add to our family and he is now 9 and the best brother ever. And I must say at the time I didnt see it but looking back we have been able to do so much with him. That we would have never been able to do with a larger family. And that I am so thankful for. Also me and my little sister our 10yrs apart. So dont let the age difference worry you. It does suck not being in control of how far apart to have out kids. Hang in there.

Jon & Kim said...

Okay, I have been out of the loop for too long!!! I am so sorry that things have been so hard. Please know I am thinking of you. I have big plans to get this thing going again :) Much love to you!!!!