So, wow! People still read this blog! Thanks for the comment and the messages to me personally - they are very nice to get!
I figured that I'd clarify two things from my last post. I wrote it hurriedly while on a conference call and there were two things that probably need clarifying.
First, when I said my family is happy except for my dad, I kind of need to put an asterisk next to that...because my dad doesn't really get happy about anything. He's very factual and not emotional (think Sheldon from "The Big Bang Theory"). And because he's a doctor he knows the risks of miscarrying in the first trimester so his first bit of advice was "try not to get attached." I shit you not.
But he's supportive of me. He acknowledges that I'm pregnant, asks how I'm feeling, and lets me know that he's praying for me. In my dad's book, this is VERY supportive. But no, I wouldn't classify that as "happy."
Secondly, when I said that some the ladies in the Single Mothers By Choice group were jealous, it came off like I was thinking that they didn't like me because I was so awesome. I mean, YOU know that I'm so awesome, but chances are these ladies haven't realized it yet.
This group is made up of people that are thinking about doing this, trying to do this, or actually ARE doing this. And unfortunately, many, many people come to the group in their 40s wanting to have babies because they haven't found the right person yet. And by then (and I swear I'm not trying to scare any of you), it's too late. That's right - all the stuff people told me growing up of "You have plenty of time!" isn't true. The reality is, we kind of don't. Sure, you can look at the Halle Berry's of the world and think about how she is able to have fully healthy babies after 40. But what you don't know is what goes on behind the scene - she probably had IVF done (which is SUPER expensive to the average person) to make sure that there were no genetic defects and was monitored by lots of doctors to make sure that the pregnancy was going along as planned. Even then, you don't know how many tries it took to get her this far.
The average woman doesn't have unlimited tries and resources to get pregnant.
So when I say that they're jealous, what I mean is that I got pregnant on the first try. Without any drugs to trigger ovulation or beef up my egg quality. And sometimes it's hard to talk to another woman who has been trying for 5 years and has even gone down the path of egg donation (getting another woman to donate her eggs and then fertilizing it with donor sperm to put into the original woman to try to carry) and for me to say that I got pregnant on the first try.
It's not that they don't like me...it's that sometimes it's hard to have a conversation with someone that doesn't realize just how lucky they are when you want that more than anything else.
What they may not realize is that I get that too. Having just gone through Valentine's Day hearing about everyone's plans, gifts, cards, etc. wasn't the most fun I've ever had. Of course I want to get married and have a partner. So I get it and I at least can recognize that I am lucky to be able to be successful on the first try.
So what am I most worried about? That the yogurt that I didn't realize was expired until AFTER I ate it won't cause my baby to have to wear an eye patch for his whole life. Or that because I feel fine and have no morning sickness that it means that something is wrong with my baby. I'm worried that I don't eat nutritiously enough or that the two Girl Scout cookies I had last night will cause my child to struggle with weight their whole life just as I have.
From what I understand, that worry about my child doesn't go away. Ever.
Even for Halle Berry.
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