Pregnancy After Loss

July 25th, 2013
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When we experienced our chemical pregnancy a year and a half ago, we got varying reactions from people. Some tried to minimize the loss by referring to the tiny baby/babies as “just cells” or “eggs”, while others encouraged me to name them and think of them as children I have in heaven. Considering myself Pro-Life, [...]

Painful Rainbows

April 9th, 2013
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With 10-25% of all clinically established pregnancies ending in miscarriage, it’s a wonder that anyone would purposefully put themselves at risk of going through such a heartache. When a couple has to employ the services of a reproductive endocrinologist and pay for artificial reproductive technologies (ARTs) in order to even attempt a pregnancy, it’s all [...]

Categories: IVF, Miscarriage, Stress

Opportunities of the 2 Week Wait

March 30th, 2013
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While the infamous two-week-wait seems to be dreaded by most women, it’s only because the focus so often is about what we want. “Obviously,” you may say. But for a person of faith, it is not necessarily so clear-cut. This time of uncertainty offers several opportunities for growing in our relationship with God, and perhaps [...]

This is Not Your Typical Mother’s Day Story

May 12th, 2011
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For Mother’s Day my husband and daughter treated me to a wonderful dinner at one of my favorite Italian restaurants. My daughter who is six years old still needs to be reminded to use her utensils and not her fingers and to sit properly in her chair from time to time. In other words, she [...]

Audaciously Awaiting

April 23rd, 2011
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In most societies, it is assumed that girls will grow up and have babies. We, as girls are given dolls to play with, babysit, help with others’ kids and are taught nurturing skills in preparation to become a Mom. Historically, women had children at a much younger age and had more children. As women entered the [...]

Continuing the Journey and Coming to the End of the Road

April 7th, 2011
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Welcome back!  In my last entry, it was March of 2002, and I had just suffered my first miscarriage, after a year and a half of trying to get pregnant.  In early May, as we awaited the non-arrival of my period, I imagined a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend wherein we announced this pregnancy.  I was [...]

Beginning of a Long Journey

April 4th, 2011
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Greetings, fellow adoption journeyers!  New blogger here.  My name is  Jamaica and I’m the lucky mom of 4 great kids who came to us through adoption…with another on the way!   Each one has a funny, unique story of their journey to becoming our son or daughter, and over the course of time, I invite you [...]

Smells Like Bleach

May 26th, 2010
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We should never assume or expect things in life. I know this, I remind myself of this, but yet I still do it. For some reason I assumed that if I put an effort forth to having a child than I would get one. All I needed to do was show that I was ready [...]

Odd Man Out

June 15th, 2009
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Each year, for 11 years, I have gone an annual girls’ trip to the beach with up to 10 (some years there are a couple that can’t make it but we typically have 7 or 8 every time) college friends. Through the years our conversations have changed as together we have made it through the [...]

Clomid Side Effects

April 15th, 2009
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I have mentioned in previous posts that the very first fertility treatment I tried was clomiphine citrate, more commonly called Clomid or Serophene. I was initially prescribed Clomid after my diagnosis of PCOS. Prior to starting the Clomid medication I had tracked my cycles and realized that I do not reliably ovulate each month – [...]