Happy Monday, y’all!
It’s time for another Momma Heart Monday and I’ve asked my friend, Randi, (Follow her on Instagram [here]) a few questions about her infertility struggles.
I am so grateful that first of all, God put it on my heart to start this little blog and talk about infertility, but also that He gives me so many friends in the same boat, that we might encourage each other. He is so so good y’all.
So, I asked her some questions and here are her answers:
“Hello Stephanie! Thanks so much for thinking of me:) it’s an honor.”
“A little about me: I am a mother to five vivacious, wonderful children. Often when others hear that I am blessed with an abundance of little lives, they assume that it was easy as pie to get them. It hasn’t been.”
What struggles with infertility have you had?
“My struggles with infertility are really non traditional, and sporadic. With my first born, my husband and I married at 20 years old. Yikes! I know, we were babes ourselves. Even so, we began our life and expected to be in the parents club soon. Months passed, and I was preoccupied with work, and nursing school so luckily I didn’t notice too much. However, after a year passed I became frustrated. It took 14 months to conceive her. With my second, it was eight months of trying, as with my fifth baby,(which was actually my sixth pregnancy). We had a terrible miscarriage at 14 weeks with my fifth pregnancy, which was traumatic. My third and fourth weren’t as hard but that’s because I was breastfeeding in the middle of all of that, and just wasn’t as focused on having a baby. It’s been hard.”
What treatments have you pursued?
“I have done nearly all that I know to do to make conception a reality. Charting, ovulation kits, Basal Body Temperature tracking, metformin (prescription for insulin resistance), even though I don’t have diabetes or insulin resistance, you try anything the midwife suggests. I haven’t done iui (Intra Uterine Insemination) or ivf (in vitro fertilization), but believe me, I’ve contemplated.”
How did being a nurse help this particular struggle?
“Being a nurse has both hindered and helped my journey. Of course, when things aren’t going according to my plan, I tend to search out medical options and reasons why we aren’t pregnant. It’s also helped me to be proactive about my health and life so that I can take full opportunity of every possible resource.”
How has your faith played a role in this area of your life?
“I know that God has blessed me so much during my lifetime. I also know that he created me for mothering. I try and think on those things when I get down, or discouraged. I just have to remember that he buried the desire deep down to be a mother of new life, and while some may not be able to fully see my perspective because I am a mother of five, believe me, the burning desire is there. It is, and it’s real. So, I have to keep faith that the creator of life will bring to fruition that new life, inside of me.”
I am so thankful for you, Randi- thank you for doing Momma Heart Monday this week!
Have a great week!