The arrival of Josemaria to our lives has healed my IF heart in so many ways, yet it has also made me yearn for more children badly and sometimes random things remind me that perhaps I will never again experience the wonder of having a life grow inside of me. And it hurts and more knowing that time is short.
We are also in no mans land also regarding our next adoption. We have already applied for a second one, but we have not been able to start the formal process and we were told about a week ago that we should call again in 5 months. FIVE months of no news. My heart stopped when they told me this.
Five months of nothing.
Just waiting and only then, maybe, restart the whole process which each year is taking longer and longer. A year and a half of waiting at least.
The news coming from our agency are not good.
This also does not make it any easier.
And I do not need to look far for reminders that waiting is hard and that IF sucks and its not fair.
I work in an office that is male dominated. Each team has one or 2 women at the most, yet my team and PR are the ones with the most women. 4 internal employees and 2 external.
When I arrived the head of PR was 7 months pregnant. She sat right in front of me. I took things in stride when a lot of our lunch times focused on pregnancy talk and how they had planned for this baby exactly at a time when it was convenient for her career.
She and her DH each had been married before and as she said: they each have their own children and now will share one between them. After this one she says she is done. Its already confusing enough for the children to continue adding to their family. These were her words.
His children, her child, their baby.
I saw her belly grow and grow for 2 months until she left for maternity leave. She is now the mother of a little baby girl.
A few weeks into the job I learned that my counterpart (she sits right behind me) was 2 months along. In the next months I saw her belly grow and grow and I brought many of her cloth diapers from my trips to the USA of the last months.
Pregnancy and baby talk filled my lunch times again. I took things in stride, yet my heart hurt each time she mentioned this was going to be her first and last. She did not want any more.
It was very easy for her to get pregnant and since this was the second marriage for both (they got married just last week so the baby would have his last name and insurance, it did not have any meaning other than this to them ) and he has 2 children from his first marriage, they have made the decision to close shop. The exact words.
They do not want to risk another baby. Risk!
So everyday I get to see her belly grow and ache that I might never experience this again and know that she does not want to live it again. That its almost a burden for her.
Then about a week ago I speak to the girl that sits right beside me. She is from Europe, lives with her Mexican boyfriend, a divorced father of 2. She told me she will start trying for a baby in the coming weeks and get married after the baby is born She is already doing some testing to check that all will be OK and then time conception according to their schedule. So it fits their plans.
I sometimes feel when I hear her talk that it like planning a vacation or the purchase of puppy.
Also when I asked here why not get married before, she says it really does not matter and also she wants a big party in both continents so it does not fit her schedule for now. Better get pregnant first and maybe later do the marriage thing.
And then Friday of this week. The girl that is an external employee and that reports to me. I see her coming and somewhat sense not all is OK. I ask if she is feeling OK and she tells me right there: "I am 2 months pregnant".
Again pregnant on the first try right when her first baby is 2 years of age. She had mentioned to me that she was thinking about it about 2 months ago and so on the very first try. ..pregnant again.
So my whole year will be filled with pregnancies timed to perfection, one in a second marriage, 2 in unmarried relationships (if her plans go as planned) and only one in a first marriage. There is no way around it. From January to December and even beyond.
One sat in front of me, one sits behind me, one is right at my side (the European girl who plans to start in a few weeks trying) and one reporting to me which I see every single day. What are the odds?
Also... there are no other pregnancies in the office. Only in my area and right around me. I am a pregnancy magnet.
Only the other external employee who is a woman is not pregnant and has said she is finished with this. Two was her plan and she has 2 so she has also closed shop. She called differently from the others:. Closed the factory.
And here we are , waiting, hoping, praying that we are blessed again with a baby via a pregnancy or adoption yet being reminded each day that we are IF.
Not able to plan anything regarding the building of our family..
And everyday hearing comments such as: Closing shop, closing the factory, risking a pregnancy, done with my fertility, planning a baby so it fits my schedule, marriage does not matter for a child, on the very first try....
It so hard. Seeing how the culture of death has filled the minds and hearts of so many women and how for them everything is controllable. Hearing them it seems that a baby is a right that suits your lifestyle.
Yet for us that have always been open to life, that waited until marriage to be one, for whom marriage is a life time commitment, that would be open to any baby there are no pregnancies and adoption is so, so far away.
Sometimes IF really really sucks
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