January 24

Not only was yesterday Olivia’s 2 month ‘birthday’ it was also a significant day because one year ago on January 24th is when the cycle started for me that would allow us to (finally!) get pregnant. I know I have hinted many times on the blog about our infertility journey and I’ve always planned to share the story. I’ve written it in my head so many times but have never been quite sure how to start it as it’s a long one, so for now I will start here.

The treatment plan I was going on required the start of a menstrual cycle, if you don’t have regular cycles, or really any cycles at all like me, you can use hormone therapy to make one start. However, my body started this cycle on it’s own which was unexpected. It was only my 3rd or 4th natural cycle in two years.

Of course then there was the logistics of getting the (very expensive) medication to me. I live in a very rural community and the fertility clinic I was working with was over 1,000 kilometres away and local pharmacies did not keep the expensive medication required in stock. The plan was for my clinic to rush ship the medication to me.

Here was the part, that looking back, I feel was more than a coincidence. I was supposed to start my medications on January 27, 2017 and I also just happened to be flying to Vancouver that day for work. I was frantically emailing with my clinic and a clinic in Vancouver about how I could get my medications once I arrived there. I had a 2 hour gap between meetings and I was going to have to take public transportation to get to the clinic on the other side of the city to pick up my medication and then give myself the first dose in a hotel room that night. To say the logistics of this was stressing me out is an understatement.

That morning I arrived at the airport and my flight was delayed. A little unusual for the early morning flight but not unheard of. Finally we boarded and started the 1.5 hour trip to Vancouver. I was still turning the logistics of getting the medication over in my head. We flew for 30 minutes when it was announced that our flight was heading back. What?! Turns out there was a mechanical issue and they needed to turn around. We weren’t going to be able to get on another flight until that evening and by then we would have missed the meeting we were flying down to attend so our trip to Vancouver was canceled.

I went home and started my treatment plan at home, as originally planned, that night.

I guess it depends on your perspective and outlook on the world. Some would view this as a simple coincidence. It happened to work out in my favour in the end, and that’s great, but there was also a good chance it wouldn’t have. I could have went to Vancouver and dealt with the stress of getting my medication and still gotten pregnant or I could have stayed home and started my medication and not gotten pregnant. However, I can’t help but look back on this and think that it was meant to happen.

And this was the very first step to holding this adorable little girl in my arms.

More to come.

11 Responses

  1. Creen says:

    A very cool, “meant to be” story!

  2. Kelly says:

    I am just in LOVE with that picture of you two!!
    Wow I don’t think I knew about the plane literally turning around in the air, what a crazy story!!! So glad that it all happened the way it did. I think kids make me believe more in things “meaning to be” because one thing could change and something as influential in your life as a child would be different.

  3. Marie-Christine says:

    Beautiful picture of you two!

    I look forward to read the rest of your story!

  4. San says:

    OMG, you in the matching hats. So cute!!!

  5. Olivia’s Grammy says:

    She is the most beautiful baby in the world and the best behaved, oh and the smartest.

  6. Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns says:

    I remember the day of that cancelled flight and how anxious you were about finding the time to get there to get your meds. So glad everything worked out the way it did, though. It was clearly meant to be. I hate that you had to go through so much to bring Olivia into the world, but now that she is here I am sure you would say she is worth it all!

    I love that picture of you two in your matching hats! She looks so much like you!!!

  7. Leigh says:

    Love that picture of the two of you. So cute!

  8. Stephany says:

    Oh goodness, I cannot handle that picture of the two of you. Too cute! I’m so glad you got your miracle baby because I know how loved and wanted she is. <3

  9. Nora says:

    I adore her cheeks and how adorable you two are. I’m so happy she’s here and she’s yours. <3

  10. Alison says:

    Such a special day!!! Celebrate it every year!! I love that photo of you girls, the best.

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