Thursday, December 1, 2011


Ok... another sad post (and long). I am slowly starting to feel better emotionally after our miscarriage and think the writing is helping. So, I am hoping that getting these thoughts/feelings out there will keep me on the mend. 
I can’t believe it has been 6 weeks since our miscarriage. Am I even allowed to still be grieving? I definitely shouldn’t be grieving longer than we were actually pregnant, right? Lol. Time keeps passing but I am still sad. Not just for the miscarriage itself but also for the effort. The years of heartbreak, the IVF cycles, the financial obligation, the toll on my body, my husband’s amazingness through all of this, the thought of another cycle, the shots all over again and the unknown future are all encompassed in the sadness. Maybe just boils down to a general “feeling sorry for myself”. Some friends have suggested maybe I should seek out someone to talk to? I don’t know... What’s an allowable/ok time to be sad over this? My close friend with two children says she thinks I might have something like postpartum depression (ironic huh?) and maybe she is right... Is it possible that coming off all that estrogen and progesterone we are pumped full of during a cycle is no different from causes postpartum depression. Seriously... no baby but possible postpartum? Who knows. 
What I do know is... I need to make some changes to my day to day life starting tomorrow: 

1. Stop the What to Expect baby updates. I know. I can’t believe I am still getting these. It’s a sickness. I mean I know it’s over. I know I lost the baby. But for some reason I just couldn’t part with the updates. I really want to know that today I would be entering my 13th week and our baby would be the size of a peach. I think I am just hanging onto this information in hopes things were different. I think tomorrow I am ready to stop them. No more torturing myself with this daily reminder.

2. Get out of bed early in the day. I always wake up decently early but lately I have been finding reasons to lay around more then I should Oh favorite show is on... oh geez it looks cold out there and oh man, I can’t possibly move... I might disturb the cats that are so comfy in bed with me! This grieving has slowly begun to masquerade itself as general laziness and it needs to stop. 

3. Start decorating for Christmas. Normally I love this part of the year. Again... in feeling sorry for myself land... I am sad about the complexion of this Christmas changing. 6 weeks ago I was ecstatic about being pregnant for the holidays, yada... yada... yada. I just need to embrace my Christmas cheer and not take my sadness out on such an amazing holiday.  

4. Start some type of workout regimen. IVF weight gain is not my friend. Seriously since starting medications in June I have gained 15 pounds. I have lost about 5 pounds just from coming off all the cycle drugs but getting this extra poundage off before #3 would be awesome. No small feat during the holidays however. Treadmill here I come.  

5. Start reconnecting with friends... This is a must. There are about 5 people in my life that have been passengers on my infertility train. So nice to be able to share with them through my cycle milestones, etc. This last one however was a doozy.... I was sad, not really my bubbly self and generally no fun. Conversations with these friends became increasingly uncomfortable. Uncomfortable for them because how often can you say I’m sorry? Sooth someone who isn’t being soothed? The conversations were uncomfortable for me because I knew I was no fun and my friends didn’t know what to say anymore... so I pulled back... not wanting to put them through these uncomfortable conversations with me any longer. One friend had actually said “Give yourself some time to grieve through it and then quit feeling sorry for yourself. That is not going to help and it pushes people away.” That was hard to hear but I know she is right. 
All in all... time to get back to my ol’ fun loving self and I think working on the 5 things above are a part of these process.  
Here is a pic of the hubby and I at my brothers wedding (we were still pregnant). We look so happy!

Cheers to tomorrow and working on "bringing sunny back". Lol 


  1. I don't think you can put a time limit on grieving a loss, especially when you have waited and worked so hard to hear those words. I know mine was 2 years ago and while the hurt is so so much less, there are still times it stings. We too have been trying for 4+ years and part of that sting is wondering if it will be the only pregnancy we have.
    Don't let others (or yourself) put a time limit on it. Also, we have seen an IF councilor and she has seemed to help us with everything.
    (here from LFCA)

  2. Hi there, found you on LFCA.

    I think your friend's comment was a bit harsh. Of course you're feeling sorry for yourself! I agree with amiracle4us in that you can't put a time limit on grieving. It's a process and some days are easier than others. I'm so sorry for your losses. I hear ya on the holidays being so tough when you were expecting to celebrate them pregnant. Take care!

  3. I think that 1) you are TOTALLY allowed to be sad and 2) if getting help would help you, then GO FOR IT. No one should have to go through this all alone, you know?

  4. Here from LFCA.

    I'm so sorry for everything you've been going through. It's not an easy road for sure. Wishing you all the best for IVF#3.

  5. You're allowed to grieve for as long as you think it takes. I think it's just something that is an ongoing process and you shouldn't put a time limit on it.

  6. Please be gentle with yourself and take the time you need to grieve. Some days, holiday cheer & socializing may make you feel better--and some days, if lying in bed does the trick, that's ok too. With that said, I started seeing a therapist for the first time ever after my pregnancy loss after IVF, and it was a huge help. Losing a much-wanted baby is heartbreaking, and it's good to have someone dedicated to helping you work thru it. It also takes some of the burden off the friends, which I know mine appreciated :)

  7. My therapist says you need a year to grieve.....the due date is a huge healing milestone and the the anniversary of the loss.....then you can start to say "should I still be grieving". Thinking of you.

  8. I love your positive outlook but understand that it's ok to grieve. It's ok to be sad. Or angry. Every day is a little different and some are better than others. I cried my eyes out in the shower a few days ago because we should be buying gifts for our 3 month old this Christmas, but we're not. The baby you lost will forever be a part of your lives and no one can say when you should stop grieving. I don't think we ever will. It won't always hurt like it does now but we will always miss them. Take time for yourself and hubby and do what's best for you. Looking forward to keeping in touch. xoxo

  9. Hi! Visiting here from ICLW. I'm your newest follower. That photo just makes me so sad for you two. I'm sorry about your miscarriage. I think you're allowed to grief forever.

    I think we have some things in common. I am also 33 and have poor egg quality, and HA. One failed IVF and thinking of another in February as well.

    I'm off to read more about your journey!