the monday snapshot – Mrs. Green Grass

Mrs. Green Grass of Baby-Making Merry-go-Round is going to open up the week for us with her contribution to the The Monday Snapshot – an evolution of the MMM feature, meant to bring the PAIL blogroll to life by giving its members a chance to feature themselves and make new connections. 

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It feels weird to me that I’m basically just a “normal” mom now.  When I’m pushing the stroller down the street or carrying Dylan in the Ergo, no one can see what my husband and I went through to get to this point.  They can’t see the many failed cycles, the chemical pregnancy, the IVF, the traumatic pregnancy.  They can’t even see that Dylan was only 1 pound 15 ounces when he was born or that he spent his first 5 months in the NICU.

Sometimes I want to stop and explain to people just how hard it was to get here, but mostly, I’m happy I look like everyone else now.  I’t s exactly what I hoped for.  And I am SO lucky that Dylan is such a healthy little boy.

We are currently in the midst of figuring out sleep and we have begun the foray into solids.  Avocado…not so much.  Watermelon…better.  It is mama’s favorite fruit. 🙂

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Now, get to know a little more about Mrs. Green Grass with her answers to the Monday Snapshot “5 Questions”:

1) How long have you been blogging and how did you get started?

I started blogging a year and a half ago in September ’11. I had been trying to get pregnant for 14 cycles since my August 2010 wedding. I had just experienced my very first BFP in cycle 13, but had a chemical pregnancy. I needed an outlet and the blog was born.

2) Tell us a little about your ALI journey and your family (3-4 sentences):

We spent 20 cycles trying to get pregnant and were finally successful with our first IVF although that didn’t end the trauma of the journey and after a very trying pregnancy that started with higher order multiples. I was hospitalized at 23 weeks with bleeding and contractions and had D at 25w3d. In the process we did 3 Clomid + IUI cycles. IF was extremely trying, but the experience we’ve been through has definitely brought DH and I closer which is lucky because it just as easily could have broken us.

3) What makes you unique in the blogging world? (e.g. special talent, rare diagnosis, life experience)?

I’d honestly prefer not to be unique. But I am the mom of a 25-weeker. He will always be a 25-weeker even though he’s doing great so far. We spent nearly the first 5 months of D’s life in the NICU and my entire life changed in an instant when I was hospitalized. I also went through selective reduction after transferring two embryos during IVF and am now a huge advocate for Single Embryo Transfer. One of our two embryos split into triplets (identical twinning is more common during ICSI and IVF which we didn’t fully realize) and we made the decision to reduce to a single baby for many reasons, mostly for my health and to have the best outcome for our baby. It’s been extremely traumatic and I know that it’s controversial, but in the end, we definitely made the right decision for us.

4) One word to describe yourself: 

candid

5) What blog or website (IF or not) would you recommend to others? Why?

I recommend Hellobee. It’s much smaller than some of the forums and although diverse, is much more ʺnormalʺ in my opinion. Although the mom world is full of hot-button issues, the conversation stays pretty respectful. The group skews a little older and a little more educated which I find appealing. It’s a great place to connect and get advice and actually get to know other moms on the internet.

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As always, we want to see your Monday Snapshot as well, so please comment below with a link to your post– and of course, go visit  Mrs. Green Grass of Baby-Making Merry-go-Round.

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Comments

  1. So nice to meet you and your gorgeous son!! 🙂 I am excited to read your blog. What a journey you have been through!

  2. Wow that’s a rough road to get here. Love that avocado face. Awesome.

    Here’s my snapshot https://didiforget.wordpress.com/2013/07/15/the-monday-snapshot-action-man/

  3. I’ve been following you for a while, and your story is an amazing one for sure. And Dylan is so darn cute, I almost can’t stand it. I’m so happy to hear you’re a “normal” mom now as you walked one heck of a road to get here…

    My contribution for this week is in the trackbacks below!

  4. Phew, what a crazy journey you have had! I’m so glad you’re a “normal” Mom now.

    Babies faces when they start solid foods never cease to crack me up. 🙂 You probably know this, but don’t be afraid to try the same food multiple times – they often change their minds in the beginning as they get used to different tastes and textures! Here’s a list of what we started with: http://mycheapversionoftherapy.com/raising-stella/baby-led-weaning/

  5. Your son is sooooooo cute!
    I too am a HUGE fan of single embryo transfers…we transferred 2 my first successful IVF and had twins and when I went to get pregnant again my husband and I were adamant that only 1 embryo be transferred. We still held our breath until the ultrasound hoping we had just one little one in there (which we did).
    Here is my contribution to this week’s Monday Snapshot:
    http://buckupbuttercup.squarespace.com/buck-up-buttercup/2013/7/15/monday-snapshot-zoey-wears-vintage-edition.html

  6. I seriously love it. We do AUSLAN signs, (Australian), we’re kind of slack about always doing it, but Jensen picked up “toast” straight away (his favourite food). He now signs toast whenever he is hungry, and does a funny half wave for “finished” which I think Is his version of the finished sign. We don’t have fights at meal time now, I know exactly when he’s done. He also signs finished in the bath now.

    The toast sign is great, as he gets hungry at unpredictable times, and instead of getting cranky at him whining I just get him a snack. He has asked for toast in the bath though…I draw the line there….

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