Thursday, September 25, 2008

A bit of our background

Adam and I tried for about 4 years to become pregnant. I have a condition called Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. One of the main complications with this condition is infertility. We tried the fertility drugs etc. We found this very stressful and not very "normal" but hoped that it would work for us. For those of you who have done the fertility route, you know what I mean by me saying it's not "normal"!! Medical advancements are great, but having a tube of "stuff" in between your chest to keep "it" warm, while trying to get to the medical clinic before 20 mins, and then laying on a table praying that the procedure will work, just isn't normal!! Then having the stress of hoping it will work. The emotional strain of hoping, hoping, hoping, and then the disappointment the pregnancy, that you were certain was going to work this time, didn't happen. It is an emotional rollercoaster of ups and downs.

We decided that we were going to take a break from the fertility route, and do some natural steps, such as reflexology and vitamins etc. Our reflexologist was great and he told me things that were wrong with me, and I didn't tell him ANY history about me, that I had been told by the medical Dr's. He said, let's just do this for at least 6 months, and then go from there.

Well, we went on a trip to the Dominican Republic to relax and just veg. Lo and behold the stress less vacation was the best medicine and we got pregnant!!!!

My pregnancy was not stress less at all. I was on bed rest for the last 5 months. I had a small placenta tear that would keep tearing, little by little. But our miracle baby was born November 1st, 2003. She has been a real joy and blessing to us.

That has been almost 5 years. Infertility is still present in our life. This time around I have been a lot less stressed and a lot less emotional about it.

My hubby and I have always talked about doing an international adoption. In the beginning of our discussions we thought we would adopt after having our biological children. Last year we were talking about our family and we asked ourselves "why did we have to wait until after having our biological children." It could be years until we become pregnant again...or it may never happen. J was already almost 4 then. She was so ready to have a sibling, and we were ready to be parents again. That's when we decided to start to adoption process.

I will do more posts about our decision of why Ethiopia, why international vs domestic adoption, and more. Post any of your questions about anything you are wondering. It gives me topics to write about!! I love hearing from you guys.



Anonymous said...

Hey Krista,
Sorry I haven't commented till now. I'm really enjoying reading this blog and love that I can stay up-to-date with this amazing event in your life!! I've wanted to contribute to your croc/canadian stuff you will be taking over to Ethiopia.What is the best way. I can Exchange and send dollars...or I could send Euro's if that would be usefull when you are in Frankfurt and then you could just purchase stuff with your own money upto that amount for me?? Ley me know. Hope harvest is going well. Love Jodi

Rana said...

Hey there:

I found your blog via another blog (as is usually the case).

My husband and I are also adopting from E and we live in Saskatchewan too - Saskatoon to be exact.

Great to see someone else from Sask. joining the ever-growing group of families adopting from Ethiopia :)

We have been waiting 10 1/2 months for a referral and are requesting a boy or girl under 12 months. It will be our first child as we too have struggled with infertility "unexplained infertility" they tell us :(

I look forward to following your journey.


Captain Hoek said...

fascinating concept for a blog


Open your Eyes. said...

What an amazing story this will be to read. Your journey will most definately touch me =]

Have a blessed weekend!

Love, Becca xxx.

Clarissa said...

Well written article.

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