I keep thinking about this journey, and the reality that it is almost over is an incredibly hard pill to swallow. I have days where it seems easier, but every time I am confronted with the reality of it, I freak out. I mean, this is a life changing decision. Everything, everything I have ever hoped for, planned for, and wanted – changes with this being over.
I have career goals, of course, but at this point in my life, those are secondary and really insignificant compared to this. My plan has always been to position myself professionally during these years so that when my kids were grown and out of the house, I would be ready to take over the world. And I think I am on the right path for that. But these years – these years were for family. And more of it than I have now.
This changes my vision, and expectation, and experience for what my life will be like. For what my kid’s life will be like. I have never wanted only one child – I have always wanted, and knew I would have, at least two and maybe more. And yet, here we are – this idea and vision of my life that I’ve had since I was a kid is crumbling right in front of me. You walk your path, and mine is being washed away in front of me as I go. So, I am feeling lost.
This is not a crossroads. There are not clear ways to proceed, there are not defined paths to choose. This is my identity. This means I have to remake myself, remake my life plans, remake so many of the things I know about myself. And how do you get OK with not fulfilling something that feels like such a fundamental and core part of who you are and have always been?
Look, I know it’s easier for me than for people who have not been graced with kids at all, but who desperately want them. I am grateful every single day for every ounce of joy, frustration, laughter, exhaustion, curiousity, and everything else that I have because of my son. Grateful beyond belief. Frankly, he seems like a bit of a miracle. As I have gone through all of the losses and failed cycles, it has put this feeling of awe into me that he ever happened. It has made me understand what a fragile process this can all be, and how lucky we are that things happened just right to bring him into the world.
Back to identity – I don’t necessarily understand who I am as an adult, right now, if we put this behind us and move forward without this working. In my 20’s it was all about preparing my life and getting pregnant, and then it was about raising a baby and getting pregnant again because that’s what was next. And then that turned into 2.5 years of trying to get pregnant. And it consumes you. Injections, patches, suppositories, ultrasounds, pee sticks, and more injections. The ups, the downs – I’ve been on hormones of one variety or another for over 2 years. Everything has been about building a family up to this point in my adult life.
I always thought I would know when it was time to move forward because my family would be complete and I would feel whole. I had no idea that was a fairy tale ending. I had no idea that I was going to have to figure out that it was time to move forward because I was hollow and broken into a thousand pieces. I guess it’s hard to go forward when you have to pick up the pieces and figure out how to put them together first.
This is my pity party. I will stop having my pity party in the coming few days, but for now, I am sad, stressed, apprehensive, uncertain and just blah. And I think I just need to be these things before I get on gettin’ on.