I thought maybe I'd spend a post talking about why Keith and I are childless... or at least have no 2-legged kids.
Keith and I tried for quite some time to become pregnant, both naturally and with treatments. Not only did I take medications, but he had surgery. Even considering those treatments we did not become pregnant. At one point Clomid had me sporting four (yep, you read that right), four eggs. We could have had quadruplets! Looking back I can't even imagine what life would have been like. We are both totally anti-abortion and I would have carried all four to the best of my ability had we become pregnant with all four eggs. As we discovered later, I had endometriosis and adenomyosis. The names aren't really important. What is important is that there is treatment out there, we tried it, and decided - a conscious decision - to stop trying.
We chose to finish with treatments in 2000. It's still painful to talk about pregnancy, to see a pregnant woman, to hear children laugh, etc. Even seeing babies is painful - but to those of you whose babies we love (and you know who you are), we don't love them any less! I promise! I love to look at babies, albeit painful. I love to see babies when we're out or pictures of little ones! While it is a reminder that we were never given that gift, someone else was and even through the hard times parents have, I pray that those little miracles grow up loved and happy.
For us, though, the decision to end our seemingly constant trips to the fertility specialist was the best decision we could have made. Not only are treatments expensive financially but they take an enormous toll on our emotions. The roller coaster we went through each month was more intense than the most intense roller coaster imaginable.
So now we are blessed with our four-legged kids! We believe that it was God's plan all along. Of course He knew that I'd never carry a baby and that we'd save the lives of 5 critters - so far! For any of you who know someone going through infertility or who is childless, this post will help you further understand. I encourage you to read it!
As always, ask questions, make comments, link to my post - it's all appreciated!