Today, I left session 3 of therapy with a lot to think about. If you have been following along with my sessions, you may recall that I said I wanted to keep track of what I “took” from each one. Let’s break this reflection up into 2 pieces–the “us” and the “me.”
Some questions Dr. G asked us to think about and share at my next visit:
- Why do I want to be a mother?
- Why does my husband want to be a father?
- Are our reasons the same or different?
- If I cannot carry our child to term, are there any other routes we are okay with taking to get to parenthood or to not get to parenthood for that matter? For example, a child-free life (talked a lot about this one), adoption, gestational surrogacy, sperm donor, etc.
- Are our (acceptable) paths to parenthood the same? If not, is there a compromise we can come to? How?
I quickly asked Dr. G if she thinks there is a right or wrong answer to these questions. She reassured me that any answer is totally acceptable (which I was glad to hear), and that the purpose of the questions is to know where we are going with all of this. Knowing what extremes we are both willing to or not willing to go through in our quest to parenthood will provide a sense of security and comfort as we move forward. I completely agreed when she explained this to me, and as I type this, it makes even more sense to me now, and I couldn’t agree more.
In the past, when I was miscarrying, I never knew what we were going to do after it was over. Of course, I was grieving the babies I lost, but looking back, I was also grieving our future and the uncertainty of it. I can still remember the exact spots I sat and cried in as I wondered what we would do next.
While I know that infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss take away a lot of control and planning, trust me I do, I also know that our future path to parenthood is something we can control. You heard me right…we can control it!
We can choose to be child free now, after another loss, and/or after our embryos are gone.
We can choose to use a gestational surrogate now so I am not subjected to the possible physical and mental anguish of another loss, or when/if another miscarriage occurs.
We can purse adoption if we both feel it would satisfy our desires of parenthood.
Like Dr. G reinforced, when it boils down to it, we have not really drawn our lines in the sand. Revisiting why want to be parents, and how we can we satisfy this desire if the current path we are on does not work is important. And sooner rather than later. Dr. G pleaded with me not to wait until something traumatic happens for us to make those tough decisions. Her reasoning was simple-during a crisis we will not be in the frame of mind we are now. Again, I agree with this. Pretty basic thing, but hearing from an outsider can put it into perspective.
Dr. G started off the session with me telling her how my week went. I told her it was pretty uneventful, with the exception of Saturday of course. Saturday was the day I went to the lab and had my blood drawn and dropped off my urine sample. At the lab, I encountered the very pregnant woman, a newborn and 2 sets of grandparents that I blogged about. What I didn’t blog about was what came later on that day. We went to 2 birthday parties, one for a 3 year old and one for a 12 year old. At both parties, there were pregnant women and newborns, forget all the kids running a muck. At one point, my husband and I were trapped in a room listening to a pregnant couple discuss their nursery theme. Talk about a day from HELL!
Aside from that bizarre day, I told Dr. G I haven’t really been my usual IF self the past week. What I mean by this is, I haven’t been as consumed by it all. I haven’t been thinking or talking about it as much. To be honest, I haven’t even felt like blogging about it all as much, which is really strange. She told me that I *may* be learning to compartmentalize through our sessions together. Dr. G said some patients do this, and some don’t, and that “compartmentalizing” looks very different for each person. I might be starting to put some things aside that I normally wouldn’t have, because I know I will be able to discuss them with her during our hour session each week. Sounds like it could very well be the case, at least I’d like to think so anyways!
In addition to how my week went, we discussed the memorial “box” that we had talked about a week ago. At the end of our last session, she asked me to consider a few things about the box, such as why I felt the urge to hurry up and finish it once I started it, and what it would be like if I didn’t. I did think this over and I came to the conclusion of what not finishing the box could mean to me. It could represent that my babies are still here with me, and I can visit the box and work on it whenever I have the desire to spend time with them.
As you can see, lots to ponder. As always, thanks for the support, friends!