“Nothing is harder than being a parent”, she said……”Oh, you’ll see”…
It only took me a second…and I wasn’t able to hold my tongue….
“Infertility is harder than being a parent”, I said.
She stared at me…almost personally offended….like I had blamed her for my infertility…….and didn’t say anything else…except, awkwardly…..”Oh well, you know what I mean.” and walked around me and out of the room….
But I thought to myself…….do you know what I mean???
The woman who said that to me actually planned one of her pregnancies so she could be pregnant in September to have a baby before it was too hot outside…..uh uh…..
I still cannot believe that people can actually do that….like, mind blown that some people can…
So obviously, she never struggled to get pregnant, let alone go through everything I went through with not even being able to carry my own child….
Nothing is harder…hmm…
No, my friend, nothing is harder than: Crying every night for years and years to be blessed with a pregnancy..something most don’t even have to think about, to research thousand upon thousands of hours regarding treatment for your infertility, making your first call to a Reproductive Endocrinologist that’s not even covered by insurance, and to then spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on something that is not guaranteed, to be poked and prodded week after week..year after year, sobbing before giving yourself your first injection of medicine, and sobbing after giving yourself your 100th injection as well, believing you would “only” need one cycle of IVF..but 3 IVF’s later and you are still praying, attending baby showers and never knowing if it will ever be your turn, seeing pregnant women every day complaining and only wishing you could have those problems…and, for some, finally becoming pregnant and losing your baby…..losing maybe your only chance at ever becoming a parent……just to name a few….
So, no, being a parent is not “the hardest thing”
Being a parent is a gift. A gift that so many men and women pray for every day….
and so many more take for granted…..
I am speaking for those still battling, still fighting…..and wanting more than anything to walk in your shoes during your hardest day as a parent.
Infertility is harder than being a parent.
I know it is….and that’s something I’ll never ever forget.
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