What a beautiful gift being pregnant is. I share these pictures of success in fertility with ease, just as we all can casually share our ‘ideal self’ on social media with a pretty picture; but I would like this text to remind us of the not so pretty days in our lives and how they shape us. The days of infertility plagued me with tears and emotional exhaustion trying to continually find peace with what I felt God was denying me. It is always blurry in the middle of a trial and after the smoke clears we can begin to be thankful for the scars it leaves us of enhanced empathy and compassion, but sometimes trials last longer than we feel we can bear. Once this baby is safely in my arms I feel I can shed the skin of infertility but the perspective it has left me with will continue to be apart of who I am and what I know I can do. The hard things we have done create confidence and character. This phase is miraculous to me as doctors gave us hope only for IVF with repeated dead end tests. I can only cling to each moment of pregnancy with delight that I AM HERE. This is where so many women long to be, and I have not stopped praying for them knowing their heavy hearts and dark places. If we all remember our dark places and our hard spots in life, even when someone requires ample patience to be understood, this world would be a kinder place. We don’t share our demons lightly and usually we don’t share them at all. I’ll share the reminding quote we may have all heard “Be Kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” – Wendy Mass. This quote rings utterly true and it always will. Be kind, do good, and give patience because life is hard and there are days we can only handle loving words. Thank you for stopping by!
Photography by Shelley Foster