I've been waiting to get into this 12th week of pregnancy so we could FINALLY announce it on Facebook, because that makes it legit... right?! But honestly, I couldn't wait for the day. This is the day I had been dreaming & praying about... longing for... hoping for..... for years. Even before my HA diagnosis and Infertility Battle, I had thought about this day for a very, very, long time. And Sunday was OUR day to announce this amazing news; the news that WE are going to parents! Holy cow... pinch me please!
We picked our 'Worth The Wait' photo that I referenced in my last post - because if anyone knows us, they know our story. And we thought that onesie said it all. It was the most perfect way to announce.
Can I quickly admit something before I continue...... I actually had someone announce a pregnancy to me this past weekend on the day we announced. They weren't trying.... and I completely lost it. No - i'm not proud of the way I reacted at all. But for a moment, its like I forgot I was pregnant myself, and all of those emotions came flooding back. It hurt, it stung and I couldn't control myself; I broke down. To be honest, I don't think the pain from my HA journey will ever leave me. It is my hope that it will eventually subside. For now I just need to remember to be thankful for where I am at and know that pregnancy is such a blessing; regardless if you've battled infertility or if you "weren't trying".
Anyways.. I knew I wanted to be tactful and respectful about it all when I announced myself. Having sympathy for those who battle infertility - regardless if you've battled it yourself or not - is key. We may be more sensitive or overly emotional when seeing announcements, even though we may try our hardest not to be. The immense amount of longing for a child is so overwhelming that seeing each announcement is like a punch to the gut. With all of this in mind, I knew I wanted to contact each one of my friends who are currently dealing with Infertility and tell them when I was planning on announcing; just so they knew it was coming. I didn't want them to feel like I was throwing it in their face or not being sympathetic to their feelings; because that could not be more further from the truth. I am so glad I decided to do that - just to make them aware. It brought me a sense of calmness; knowing that at least they knew it was coming and hopefully they could work through emotions as they needed to.
Then, it was posted. Notifications started popping up, comments were being made, photos were being liked, posts were being shared and messages were being received. Within the hour we had over 250 likes and by end of day, somewhere over 500. I didn't think I had that many FB friends, so that was a surprise. The out pour or messages from friends, family, HA sisters... it was overwhelming. I don't think I have ever felt so loved in my entire life.
So now that is it official - I want to say a quick thank you. A thank you to my followers who have been there since the beginning, a thank you to my friends and family that have been a support system when I needed it, and a thank you to anyone who sent comments or messages in the last few days... thank you, one million times over.
I am thrilled you are able to share this joyous news with us. There truly is so much to be thankful for this year.
Photo Credit by the amazingly-talented Kari Villa-Rivera at Studio IV Photography (also find her on FB here).