OUR BABY ANNOUNCEMENT: THE HIGHS AND THE LOWS

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Oh hey baby!

It feels so surreal to be putting these words into writing. Because once it’s on the internet, it’s got to be true right?!

Well three ultrasounds and several weeks of all day sickness and fatigue seem to agree that there’s a baby on the way! I’ll spare you the details of the other symptoms!

Ara and I are over the moon and so excited to be on this new journey. God willing our little new addition will make it’s way to us at the end of July. That would make me just over 14 weeks if you were trying to do the math 😉

Baby announcements can be a lot to process these days though especially if you’re having a difficult time on that journey yourself. With all those Instagram posts and Facebook announcements, it can be overwhelming and quite frankly, depressing. I know this for a fact, because that was my life for the longest time.

Every picture, every announcement, every sonogram snap- it hurt. It was a constant reminder of how difficult it was for us to get pregnant. What hurt most was not the actual announcements- it was the fact that it seemed so easy for everyone else.

While we were on our journey towards getting pregnant, I vowed that I would be honest when my turn finally came. Because I wouldn’t want someone like me to feel that same twinge of sadness, hurt and mostly disappointment.

So here’s our truth

It took us over three years to get to this point. Three long years filled with trying on our own, loads of doctors appointments and tests, several failed IUI rounds with injectables, and finally IVF. It was not an easy journey. It was not without tears, pain or heartache. It was long and it seemed never-ending at times. But in the end we were lucky enough to make it work. We were lucky to come out stronger as a couple (this was one of my fears going into because I’d heard that sometimes couples really struggled throughout infertility). And we were so lucky that we were financially able to go down that road of IVF. I know not everyone is so fortunate.

So why share our news if I know it could potentially sadden someone else’s day?

I wanted to show that not every pregnancy is easy to come by. If you’re having a difficult time conceiving, you’re not alone. There are countless women just like you, going through the same motions. And it is all worth it once you know there is a baby on the way- whatever way that may be. You have to just put one foot in front of the other, do what you have to do to get through that day, and know that your time will come. IVF can seem so isolating and daunting- you feel like you got the short end of the stick whilst other women are literally getting pregnant left and right. I wanted to share the truth behind our announcement because it’s real and was a long time in the making.

These balloons? They were not easy to come by. They cost thousands of dollars, loads of tears, sleepless nights and tons of stress.

Unfortunately there’s a stigma and a huge cloud over fertility issues that exist. People still don’t really like to talk about these issues that so many women have. Here’s some quick facts for you: about six percent of women in the US are unable to get pregnant within one year of trying. And ten percent of women have a hard time getting pregnant or maintaining those pregnancies. Those aren’t small numbers. We often feel so alone through this journey but we don’t need to. We need to be able to talk about it and normalize it. Because it is quite normal.

Prior to our success with IVF I could count the number of people whom I knew had similar issues with one hand. Now? After being open to our friends about our journey, that number is in the high teens. We’ve had people open up about their problems and journeys and I’m so thankful for their honesty. I in turn wanted to be honest with all of you.

If you have any questions about our story or just need someone to chat about in regards to your own, I’m always here. Feel free to send me an email, or a message and I will always get back to you.

I’m excited for what the rest of this year has to bring- I’m still scared and nervous. It feels too good to be true sometimes and I can stress about that if I let my mind get the better of me. But for now I’m going to enjoy the moment that I’ve been waiting for.

Thanks for reading,

xx

Gigi

(For those of you who want a closer look into our journey, Part 1 of my q & a into our story is up here)

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9 Comments on OUR BABY ANNOUNCEMENT: THE HIGHS AND THE LOWS

  1. Jennifer
    January 31, 2018 at 5:45 am (3 weeks ago)

    Congratulations sweet momma ! One step at a time, thank you so much for sharing what many don’t 💕💕💕

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  2. Mana
    January 29, 2018 at 2:43 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Beautifully said mama Sparkly!
    So proud of you and can’t wait to hug the little one!❤️

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  3. Mastaneh
    January 29, 2018 at 8:48 am (4 weeks ago)

    So proud of you and so happy for you! You and Ara will be wonderful parent.❤️

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  4. K-A
    January 29, 2018 at 12:36 am (4 weeks ago)

    Yay!!! Isn’t it grand?!?! Let yourself indulge in some happiness. There is certainly no shame in telling your story and your struggle. It is so common today that it’s rare to not know someone who had issues as a couple trying to get pregnant. The end result is all that matters. You guys are going to be the best parents . Can’t wait to meet your beautiful little baby. I know you have this thing with pink so it just has to be a girl 💋💕

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  5. Cy
    January 29, 2018 at 12:31 am (4 weeks ago)

    Wow I needed this. We arent trying right now but I just love the realness of this and how it’s easy for some but not for others, and that’s the reality. we need more of that on Instagram. you were on my explore page and now you gain one more follower ❤️ congratulations on the baby ❤️❤️

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  6. Heather
    January 28, 2018 at 10:00 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Aww, Gigi! I have tears in my eyes right now and I want you to know how excited I am for you and your hubby!! You are such a strong, beaituful, and inspiring woman and I know you will be an AMAZING mama!! I can relate to your journey on many levels and I want to thank you for sharing as you are right – so many women struggle with infertility and yet feel so alone. Your story will most definitely be a story of hope for others. Many blessings to you and your family!! XX Heather

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  7. Jess
    January 28, 2018 at 9:00 pm (4 weeks ago)

    HOORAY!! So happy for you and Ara! X

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  8. Gelareh
    January 28, 2018 at 8:38 pm (4 weeks ago)

    So happy it all worked out! Had no idea!! Very happy for you and Ara! You guys are gonna be awesome parents! Love you!

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  9. Kristeena
    January 28, 2018 at 8:33 pm (4 weeks ago)

    **warning, there’s about to be loads of exclamation points**
    I could seriously cry right now! Congrats you guys!! I know that this has been quite the journey, and I’m so glad that this is finally it!! My love, I’m sending you and Ara the biggest hugs and loads of love your way! <3

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