So…I don’t ski.
I don’t roller blade…or skate at all, actually.
I definitely don’t bungee jump, hang glide or sky dive.
I don’t jump rope.
I am not a thrill seeker, and I do not like surprises:)
That’s why it’s pretty surprising that I agreed to rappel down the side of a 14 story building.
My first reaction when I was asked about Over the Edge With Friends was to say…nooo thank you:)
But when I read that it was for Batson…
I had to say yes.
Having Hartley has made me even more aware of how important it is that we have Children’s hospital in Jackson.
I don’t know about you, but it seems every time I log on to Facebook I see a new post about a kid who is suffering…a little boy with cancer…a little girl with a heart problem…a baby born too soon.
Any of them could be my Hartley.
So that’s why I said yes.
Because the kids at Batson are much braver than me.
Because their obstacles are much bigger than a 14 story building.
Because spreading the word about this fundraiser…shimmying down a rope…(I think that’s how this works?) is quite literally the least I can do for a hospital– that could one day save my baby girl’s life.
Hartley will be 10 months old this weekend. Honestly, it feels like she’s always been here. I can only vaguely remember what life was like before I spent my mornings chasing her around, stopping her from chewing on a cord or the remote:)
Even all those years I spent waiting for her are a hazy memory—until something or someone snaps me right back into that time of my life…
I was at an event for work this weekend. Someone came up to ask me about IVF…specifically how many times we had to do it before it worked.
I’m not sure “guilty” is the right word, but it’s the only word I know to describe how I feel when I answer that question.
Once. We did IVF once.
This couple has already done it once and got a “BFN.” That’s infertile speak for “it didn’t work.”
I don’t like to compare people’s infertility struggles. When you’re dealing with it—it’s bad….it’s just bad for some longer than others.
Science has come a long way, but the reality is it often does take more than one round of IVF bring home a baby.
I wished I could’ve given my friend some super secret advice, trick I used to make my round of IVF successful. But I don’t have that.
My little girl is a miracle….as all babies are when you think about it.
I told my friend I’d be happy to talk or listen anytime. And I’d keep them in my prayers.
Maybe you will too?
They’re going to be great parents one day:)
Side note: National Infertility Awareness Month is coming up at the end of the month, according to Resolve.org. (Which is a great resource for anyone with infertility)