This morning as I woke to got to the bathroom around 5am, I saw that my little guy was stirring. Before I went to retrieve him, I checked FB as is my habit (figuring it was probably to early for the barrage of Mother's Day FB posts so still safe) and I saw a post from Our Misconception by Candace Wohl that really resonated with me. She too was experiencing a myriad of emotions on her first Mother's Day. Here is a snippet of what she wrote that really hit home:
But for some reason, amidst this joy and what should be the end of the story, I hurt. I have an emptiness. Perhaps it is the scars I bare that remind me pregnancy was and will never be part of what has made me a mother.
I am standing in the middle of the road with one foot on one side of the line for what will always be my infertility diagnosis and the other foot on side of the fertile ground of motherhood.
Someone really put my melting pot of thoughts and “feels” into the right words last night. She said I was surviving infertility in a fertile world. Yes, yes I am.
I feel guilty.
I feel blessed.
I feel angry.
I feel overwhelming joy.
I feel sorrow for others.
I still feel infertile.
So yes, while there is a big part of me that is experiencing Survivors Guilt- wrestling with feelings of guilt for having survived/achieved something others have not- Candace's post helped me to see that I'm also struggling with still feeling infertile. Yes, I have my baby. But it was not an easy road getting him here. And if I want another one, as so many have asked and as Jason and I ask ourselves either out loud or in our heads daily, it still won't be easy. Mother Nature reminded me of what a bitch she can be when she decided to have my period show up a week early last night. Because after all, why not throw in some hormones to make me extra emotional during this confusing time?
On this day moving forward, I won't forget for whom this day is painful. I won't forget those who long to be mothers, nor those who had to use the help of doctors to become mothers. I won't forget those who needed the help of generous women either through adoption or surrogacy to become mothers. I won't forget those in pain because they lost their mothers or those who have a strained relationship with their mothers. This is a day to honor them all.
Yet I will also remember that I am lucky and blessed to be a mother to Jaden- a boy with a smile that lights up a room and a sweet and gentle spirit that warms my heart every day.