Thursday, March 23, 2017

Other people's children

On one of my recent posts I mentioned how hard it can be when most of your friends are parents while you so desperately want to be. I longed for more adult type childfree events where I could catch up with my pals without distractions like their toddler running around and to be able to have conversations that didn't revolve around kids when I'm trying my best to take my mind of the topic and focus on what else life has to offer. However that's not to say that I don't enjoy spending time with my friends' kids. I actually really like holding babies! I do get a pang in my heart and hope I will get to experience cuddling my own baby one day, but I still enjoy seeing them as grow and become more responsive. A baby's smile is adorable! Just like with adults, there are also certain children that I have a stronger connection with. It's fun when they get to the age where they can talk and you can play games with them. And my heart fills with warmth, as cheesy as that sounds when a kid tells me they love me or gives me a hug.

Good friends of ours are moving to Canada soon and their daughter told them she's going to miss my husband and I. She made a picture for me and asked my husband and I to write in her friend book. In it she drew herself and I drew myself ( a basic stick figure ) beside her and then she drew a line between our hands to show they were holding. So sweet! She also kept pulling my husband over to help her with a jigsaw puzzle. Actually he was super popular with kids that day, my other friend's son was trying to get his attention too! It was so lovely to see. I've noticed that my husband isn't so good with young babies, but he's great with toddlers and young children, once they can interact more. Whenever I see him playing with them or reading them a story, it also makes me wish so much that he'll get to experience being a Dad. To be honest, the past while I've noticed he seems to have come to terms with the idea that it might not happen for us and he's ok with that. I'm the one who's having more of a hard time with the idea! Lately I've been feeling hopeful and optimistic about our fourth IVF round though.

Another friend's son is a big fan of mine for some reason and he tells me he loves me. He's three. Super sweet! I taught him how to play Hide and Seek and Simon Says. The thing is kids do seem to like me in general. I used to do a lot of babysitting when I was younger, plus being the oldest child in my family so I'm also used to spending time with children. Sometimes I'm able to stop a baby from crying and I feel really proud of myself, haha, but other times I don't know what to do and hand them back to their parents! I've noticed that how I feel about babies and kids is also somewhat dependent on how I'm thinking about our journey to hopefully become parents at the time. When I feel like it's just hopeless then seeing kids can just remind me of what we are missing. However, when I am feeling hopeful and optimistic about our own chances then spending time with children is enjoyable. There's something fun about watching the world through the eye's of a child. They have such an appreciation for the little things.

I've come to terms with the idea now that we'll be very lucky to just have one child and I'm mostly fine with that. One girl or boy would fit into our lives beautifully!

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  1. how sweet is your friends son! Love that <3

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  2. I am so glad you've had lovely experiences with other people's children lately. I always feel like how I deal with that is so dependent on where I am. I love small children, but child-centric events where I am the only non-mom are often so hard. So these one-to-one times with friends' children are so special! I am hopeful for you too, and feel you on the acceptance of looking at what you originally envisioned, and what seems now like such a gift. I felt the same way when thinking on two children versus one. I also commiserate with having your husband seem more at ease with the possibility of this not working out more than you... I feel like that's always been our way. Neither of us are done yet though, so I send you as many good wishes for the months ahead as humanly possible while you soak up all the tiny people love you can from others. :)

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    1. Thanks. Yeah I agree that you and I aren't done on our journeys yet and I hope it'll work out for us both! It can be hard when our partners aren't quite on the same page but then I feel sad for women who want to stop with fertility treatments but their partners keep pushing them as I've heard those stories too. Child centered family events can be tough for sure!

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  3. I love watching kids grow into entertaining chatterboxes. It sounds like you have some wonderful kids in your life.

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    1. yeah it's so nice when the kids start to speak so you know what they are thinking about. We have some sweet children in our lives which is nice

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  4. Best wishes Dubliner. I'm not very active online these days but have been following your posts; best of luck with everything!

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    1. Thanks for thinking of me and for your support :)

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  5. I feel exactly the same way as you. I really enjoy holding the babies. That is why we started fostering. My hubby has always been good with the toddlers and older kids. When we had our fostering shower he spent the whole time playing in the yard with the kids.

    I hope this fourth round will bring you the kiddo you guys deserve! <3

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    1. I hope the fostering is going well. You and your husband sound like lovely people :) Thanks so much for your support!

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  6. I applaud you for holding other people's babies. I'm not there yet. We're kind of isolated from all that anyway due to where we live. When are you planning the fourth IVF? We're thinking our timeline of starting a fourth IVF would be in August. Hugs.

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    1. I can't get away from kids here, the place I live is very child friendly and most of our friends are parents by now! I'm not sure of the IVF dates yet as still waiting on biopsy results. Hoping to start around late May/June but it might get pushed back to July/August. Hugs back

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  7. Hope the fourth IVF result in a baby in your arms :)

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