This is a series of blog post where women share their own personal stories of Pregnancy, Loss, Miscarriage, Infertility and more. The purpose of these posts are to resonate with other women (or men) facing these same or similar challenges and to let them know that
THEY ARE NOT ALONE!
Danielle is a mom to two beautiful little girls. Her girls Grace & Eden are close in age to my own girls so Danielle and I always have lots to chat about! Even though we haven’t been able to meet in person yet I feel like I have been friends with Danielle forever. We “met” on Instagram a few years back when Grace modeled some of my bows and we’ve stayed in touch since! I am honored to share Danielle & her husband Larry’s story with you all as the first post of our series. I think it’s a story that a lot of moms (and dads) will relate to.
“So my story isn’t necessarily considered a loss or miscarriage to others, but I have always felt like I could relate. Our babies were conceived via IVF as we have male factor infertility. I was young, 23, and healthy when we started the IVF process. Our first cycle went as planned. We had two of the best grade embryos to transfer. We transferred them on Valentine’s Day and it was one of the best days ever. During the transfer, my doctor said himself, “I would be surprised if this doesn’t work.” All odds were in our favor. But it turns out, it wasn’t God’s timing. 10 days after my transfer, my husband and I drove and hour and a half away to my doctors office for my blood test to find out if it worked. Before we could even make it home, my doctor called himself to tell us the bad news, the embryos didn’t stick and I wasn’t pregnant. I remember thinking why, everything went so perfect, why didn’t it work. But then I quickly realized that the doctor doesn’t determine if it works, my health doesn’t determine if it works, it’s only God who can make it work! Our next IVF cycle, I just prayed that it would be HIS timing this time. We transferred 2 more embryos and got our sweet Grace Elizabeth. We named her Grace because it means God’s undeserving favor. “
“About a year and a half after Grace was born, we felt that it was time to try again. We gave it all to God again. Somehow in the midst of our crazy lives at the time, I remember a peace I felt during that IVF cycle. We transferred another 2 embryos (though I will say I was terrified to have twins after already having Grace). This time I couldn’t wait till my doctor’s appointment 10 days after the transfer. I tested at 3 am 6 days after and I saw a beautiful faint positive. It was the best surprise ever! Part of me had thought that because it took 2 tries to have Grace, then it would take 2 tries for another. We named her Eden Claire.”
WOW! I know I can’t be the only flawed human out there constantly questioning God’s timing. It can be so frustrating to know what we want and for that not to be in his plan. But I truly believe that God won’t leave us hanging. He will answer your prayers! Thank you so much Danielle & Larry for sharing your story with us.
“He answered their prayers, because they trusted in Him.”
1 Chronicles 5:20