opening up: my infertility journey

In the past, I’ve not been one to post too much personal stuff here on the blog, preferring to stick to all things pertaining to fabulous design and decor, instead, but if you follow me on Instagram (@bungalowblue) you know I have a little secret that I’ve been keeping under wraps online for a while now….I’m 23 weeks pregnant!  We are expecting a baby girl this December! 

(bump shot, 21.5 weeks)

I debated posting anything here because, to be honest, the road we took to get here was LONG, frustrating and often painful and it was very touch and go up until about five weeks ago…the Italian in me, who believes very much in superstition, didn’t want to “jinx” my good fortune, but as I sat down last night to write this post, I just couldn’t share my baby joy without also sharing the sometimes difficult journey we took to get to this point.  Kind of like my own badge of honor, so to speak…

Like many couples, we have had our share of heartbreak over the last two years – round after painful round of fertility meds, daily shots, one IUI after another, all squeezed in around the husband’s constant training and deployment schedule (somehow, we made it work!) NOTHING can compare to the joy and excitement of finding out one of those rounds worked and that you are pregnant…or the devastation ten weeks later when you discover that is no longer the case.  Even more crushing was the discovery that the same thing would happen again and again unless I had an extensive reconstructive surgery which would, hopefully, enable me to carry to full term, but could also very possibly keep me from ever being able to have a baby on my own…

My desire to be a mother was greater than my fear of the surgery going wrong, and fortuntately, I have an amazing doctor, so, four days after my hubby left for a four-month deployment, I bit the bullet, had the surgery and spent the next six weeks recovering.  More rounds of infertility shots were attempted after that, each one failing, leaving me frustrated, exasperated and depressed…

When my hubby returned early this Spring from deployment, I (reluctantly) agreed to give the whole process a break…my mind and body had taken a beating and were in dire need of some rest, so we planned to take a vacation, take it easy for a while until I was feeling back to normal.  Imagine our surprise four weeks later when we found out I was PREGNANT….the surgery had worked, it happened NATURALLY!  It has been a rocky pregnancy-more than a few runs to the ER in the middle of the night while the hubby was away- baby girl has given me a run for my money, but we are both hanging in there and I can’t wait to meet her, come 26 December…our little Christmas miracle!

I am SO incredibly thankful for my amazing family and friends, including my husband’s parents, who supported me throughout the entire process…being patient with me when the meds all but made me lose my mind and praying for me (and, most importantly, not giving up on me!) when I was at my lowest.  I am one lucky girl to have so many wonderful people in my life!

Under any other circumstance, I would have kept this entire process to myself, and just shared my pregnancy news, leaving out all the rest.  But there are some incredible women out there who have blogged about their equally incredible infertility journeys and reading their stories helped me tremendously through some dark days.  While my story certainly pales in comparison to many women’s who have had difficulty getting pregnant, but if even just one person can find hope in my story, then that would mean the world to me!

I promise not to turn this into an all-things-baby blog, but I’m excited to share nursery plans and progress here, so stay tuned, and THANK YOU, in advance for listening!

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  1. Kate on September 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Many, many congratulations on your sweet blessing, Kelly! I'm so sorry to hear about your loss and tough journey to get where you are now. How much sweeter this whole experience must be for you now.

    I was so excited for you when I saw a picture of that cute bump pop up on my instagram feed! Looking forward to hearing about the nursery and being introduced to baby girl (in whatever way your publically comfortable!) when she arrives!

  2. Lisa on September 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Congratulations on your exciting baby news! Can't wait to see what you do for her nursery and best wishes for the rest of a happy, healthy pregnancy!

  3. Kelly Stivers on September 3, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Kate – thank you so much! You've always been so incredibly sweet with your comments and I always appreciate hearing from you! Lisa – thank you for your well wishes!

  4. Nola on September 3, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Very exciting-wishing you all the best xxx

  5. Kelly Stivers on September 4, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Thank you, Nola!

  6. Amanda on September 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I don't usually post comments but I just wanted to congratulate you! As a mother of two, I know what an exciting time this must be for you and your family, and how difficult your journey must have been. Looking forward to seeing the nursery posts and wishing you and your baby girl a safe 17 or so weeks until she is finally in your arms.

  7. Kelly Stivers on September 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you, Amanda! We are over the moon and I look forward to welcoming her here on the blog soon!

  8. lorraine on September 5, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Kelly, having quite a bit of knowledge having gone through the process with my daughter I know how happy and blessed you feel at this
    moment. I wish you and hubby my best wishes and await the birth of your most precious gift. Hope she has your beautiful smile!

  9. Kelly Stivers on September 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Lorraine – thank you so much for your kind words! There's no feeling in the world like it; can't imagine how it will be when she's finally here!

  10. Britt on September 5, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Firstly, I couldn't be happier for you and your growing family…Congrats, congrats, congrats! Secondly, thank you for sharing your brave and moving story, you truly are an inspiration. Really looking forward to many baby-inspired posts! Wishing you a wonderfully comfortable and happy pregnancy!

  11. Sherry Hart on September 5, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    What a story….I am always impressed with all the strong women who press forward to have a family! Good for you and congratulations.

  12. Kelly Stivers on September 5, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    Sherry and Britt – thank you so much for your sweet words! I'm excited to share more of baby girl and her nursery plans, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Meredith on September 9, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story so openly and honestly. I'm thrilled for you and your husband! I can't wait to see the nursery you put together – I know it will be beautiful!

  14. Kelly Stivers on September 10, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Meredith – thank you so much for your sweet comment! The next 18 weeks can't go fast enough for us, but hopefully, it will be enough time to get her nursery together!!

  15. Ryan H. on September 10, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I've been a silent (but devoted!) blog lurker for awhile, but I had to comment on this incredibly wonderful and brave post! So excited for you guys and am wishing the the remainder of the pregnancy will be super smooth and enjoyable for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Kelly Stivers on September 10, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Ryan-thank you so much for taking the time to comment; I love hearing from my readers! We are very excited for the next four months to breeze by!

  17. Gina on September 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Congratulations!! How exciting things are at your house. I have 3 wonderful daughters, and the bond between moms and daughters is Awesome. Please share some of your nursery photos!

  18. Kelly Stivers on September 14, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you, Gina! We just got started on the nursery this weekend – can't wait to share pictures!

  19. kate on September 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Congratulations on your wonderful news! I wish you and your husband all the best. I do understand your heartbreak and know this little girl will erase it and bring you joy. Looking forward to seeing the nursery!

  20. Kelly Stivers on September 30, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Thank you, Kate! We are over the moon with excitement and I will be soon be able to rest easily as soon as the nursery is done ๐Ÿ™‚

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