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The Honest Journey of Having a Second Baby

Published on: November 20 2023 by Jessica Kellgren-Fozard

The Honest Journey of Having a Second Baby

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. The Importance of Therapy
  3. Our Personal Struggles
  4. The Year of the Rabbit
  5. Our Fertility Journey: Part One
  6. Dealing with Insensitive Comments
  7. Our Fertility Journey: Part Two
  8. The Impact of a Biochemical Pregnancy
  9. The Emotional Rollercoaster
  10. Changes in Our Approach
  11. Implementing a New Diet and Supplements
  12. Considering Different Options
  13. The Challenges of a Second Child
  14. The Value of Time
  15. The Twin Perspectives
  16. Our Toddler's Desire for a Sibling
  17. Conclusion

Article

Introduction

In this article, we will open up about our personal struggles with therapy and our fertility journey. We understand the importance of therapy and the impact it can have on one's overall well-being. We also want to share our experiences in hopes of supporting others who may be going through similar challenges. So grab a cup of tea, sit back, and join us as we delve into the complexities of therapy and the rollercoaster of emotions that come with trying to conceive.

The Importance of Therapy

Therapy. It's a word that can evoke a range of emotions and opinions. Some may view it as a sign of weakness, while others see it as a necessary tool for personal growth and healing. We firmly believe in the latter. Therapy provides a safe space to process our thoughts and emotions, to gain insight and perspective, and to work towards positive change. It is a journey that everyone can benefit from at some point in their life.

Our Personal Struggles

Life can throw unexpected challenges our way, and therapy can be a lifeline during those times. Recently, we have been going through a lot, dealing with our own personal struggles. Though we may seem like a happy couple on the outside, we have been facing our own set of challenges and have not shared them openly. This has resulted in us being quieter and more withdrawn than usual.

The Year of the Rabbit

Have you ever wondered if astrology has any impact on our lives? Well, we found ourselves contemplating this question when we discovered that it was the year of the rabbit. As fate would have it, one of us is a rabbit according to the Chinese zodiac. We naively celebrated the start of the year, only to learn that it could bring testing times for rabbits in relationships with dragons. Little did we know the challenges that awaited us.

Our Fertility Journey: Part One

About nine months ago, we received a comment asking why we had not yet had a second child. This question hit us hard, as it touched on a sensitive topic - our fertility journey. Back in 2022, we had started our first fertility journey, keeping it private until we had a surprise baby announcement. We felt it was important to shield ourselves from the constant uncertainty and disappointment that came with trying to conceive. Little did we know that our second fertility journey would be even more challenging.

Dealing with Insensitive Comments

Infertility is a deeply personal and emotional experience, and it is vital to approach it with sensitivity and empathy. Leaving comments about someone's reproductive choices or journey is never appropriate. It can be extremely hurtful and add to the already overwhelming feelings of sadness and frustration. We urge others to refrain from making such comments and to respect the privacy and emotional well-being of those dealing with fertility issues.

Our Fertility Journey: Part Two

In this video, we want to share that we are currently on our second round of IVF (in-vitro fertilization). This time, we are approaching it with a new mindset and implementing changes in our lifestyle and diet to optimize our chances of success. We have been focusing on improving egg quality and overall fertility, as we have discovered that it plays a significant role in the IVF process.

The Impact of a Biochemical Pregnancy

During our fertility journey, we experienced an early miscarriage, medically referred to as a biochemical pregnancy. It was a devastating blow, as we had initially received positive pregnancy results, only to later learn that it was not a viable pregnancy. The emotional toll of these ups and downs cannot be overstated, as it takes a toll on both mental and physical well-being.

The Emotional Rollercoaster

Trying to conceive is an emotional rollercoaster. Every month brings hope and anticipation, followed by the disappointment of a negative result. The process of constantly getting our hopes up and then facing disappointment can be overwhelming. It is a constant battle of trying to stay positive while managing the reality of the situation.

Changes in Our Approach

After the heartbreaking experiences we have endured, we decided to take a break from fertility treatments to focus on our overall well-being. We recognized the importance of taking care of our physical and mental health during this time. As part of our new approach, we have made significant changes in our diet and have started taking supplements recommended by fertility experts.

Implementing a New Diet and Supplements

Our research led us to a book called "It Starts with the Egg" by Rebecca Fett. This book provided valuable insights into improving egg quality and overall fertility. We have been implementing the recommendations from the book, such as cutting out refined sugars and carbohydrates and prioritizing whole foods. Additionally, we have started taking supplements that are known to support fertility.

Considering Different Options

Choosing the right path when it comes to fertility treatment is a deeply personal decision. In our case, we have decided to focus on Claudia's eggs rather than Jessica's due to Claudia's genetic issues. We have taken into consideration the potential challenges and complexities associated with genetic testing and have opted for a route that feels most suitable for our situation.

The Challenges of a Second Child

Trying to conceive a second child comes with its own set of challenges. The pressure to have another child can be immense, especially when there is a significant age gap between siblings. We feel torn between wanting to give our first child a sibling and the realities of our fertility journey. It is a constant balancing act between hope and acceptance.

The Value of Time

Time plays a crucial role in fertility journeys. As every month passes without a positive result, the pressure and anxiety increase. We recognize the preciousness of time, especially when it comes to growing our family. However, we also appreciate the importance of cherishing the one-on-one time we have with our first child.

The Twin Perspectives

As a couple going through fertility struggles, we both have different perspectives and coping mechanisms. While Jessica has always envisioned a close age gap between siblings, Claudia brings a unique perspective based on her own experiences growing up. We acknowledge and respect each other's feelings and desires, knowing that open communication is key in navigating our shared journey.

Our Toddler's Desire for a Sibling

Our toddler has expressed a strong desire for a sibling, specifically a little sister. He has come up with unique names for his future sibling, showcasing his excitement and anticipation. It is heartwarming to witness his enthusiasm, but it also adds an extra layer of motivation and hope for us during this challenging time.

Conclusion

In conclusion, our fertility journey has been filled with emotional highs and lows, challenges, and difficult decisions. We have chosen to open up and share our experiences, hoping to provide support and understanding to others going through similar struggles. Whether it's therapy or trying to conceive, we want to emphasize the importance of seeking support and understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Each journey is unique, but together we can find solace and strength in knowing that we are not alone.

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