It’s no secret that Mr. Grouch and I have been trying for Baby Grouch #2. We’ve been “not not trying” since she was only a few months old, and we started seeing our reproductive endocrinologist again back in May. As we embarked on this journey for a second time, I told myself I’d maintain a positive attitude. That I wouldn’t get sucked back into a self-pitying hole.
I’ve been telling myself that I should be grateful for my family of three, when so many others are struggling to become parents for the first time. I am grateful our process wasn’t as long, expensive, or invasive as what many others have endured. I am so very, very, lucky and I tell myself not to be greedy.
I’ve been telling myself that no matter what, I’ll be happy with the family that I end up with, whether we can ride as a group in a small sedan or if we require a van to haul us around. I have a smart, interesting, silly, happy, curious and delightful one year old who amuses, thrills and amazes me each and every day. She defines beauty, inside and out. And, if she’s the only child I am able to have, I couldn’t have been blessed with a better little human being.
Yet, a nagging whisper coming from inside me keeps saying …But I want one more….If one is this good, two can only be better.
So, as we’ve begun the second round of fertility treatments, I’ve been telling myself that we got pregnant using this combination of meds the last time around, so it should work again this time, and that I just need to be patient.
I’ve been telling myself that I should relax, and if the upcoming blood draw turns out to be a big fat negative, that it will be okay, and we can always try again.
But, apparently it doesn’t matter how much I tell myself those things, however true they may be.
As the two week wait comes to a close and the blood draw date looms ahead, I can’t help but feel incredibly anxious. I can hear my heartbeat and feel it in my throat. My face is shiny, sticky, slick with sweat. My hands are shaky, my knee won’t stop bobbing when I sit. My breath is labored, shallow, my lungs are tight. My high pitched voice barks at those around me and while I try to rein it in, my responses are often short, brash, sharper sounding than I want them to be. At first I couldn’t pinpoint my anxieties, but now I know why.
I don’t want the test to be negative.
And even though I have no control over the outcome, and my rational self knows “if not this month, maybe next month” the horrible dark little corner of my heart whispers…maybe never... And it chews little holes inside me with those words, turning my insides to mush, and squeezes my juices out of the corners of my eyes.
I guess it isn’t just this test that I’m anxious about. My overreactions, which at first glance appear to be over a relatively trivial event, are really projecting my true fear. Going through this process again (for how long?) with maybe nothing to show for it in the end, other than mountains of bills and valleys of disappointment.
But, just continuing to go through the treatments in an indication of hope, isn’t it? That I must think it’ll work out in the end, and that, in the not-to-far future, my heart will be doubly full and this will all be behind us. So louder than the dark voice, I keep telling myself.…Don’t give up…
If you liked this post you may also like: The New Normal, Top 10 Things Infertiles Want You To Shut The Fuck Up About, and the other pieces in my Infertility/Pregnancy page.