Sunday, August 3, 2014

Thoughts of a Survivor During Pregnancy After Infertility

To the ones who are still waiting, hoping, and praying for their miracle... this is for you.

Believe it or not, "survivor's guilt" (for lack of a better description) is a real thing during pregnancy after infertility. At least it has been for me. Maybe I feel it more than most because I've been so open about my journey and as a result have come into contact with thousands of women who are waiting day after day for a miracle. Maybe it's because infertility changes you in a way that just can't be forgotten. Maybe it's even the occasional thought that someone else deserves a baby even more than I do. I mean... why have I been blessed with the gift of pregnancy while so many other amazing women are still waiting, praying, and begging God for their wombs to be filled?

Regardless of the why... the thought that I am one of the lucky ones has been something I've struggled with. Please don't get me wrong... I am thankful beyond belief to finally be carrying a healthy baby! I wouldn't trade it for anything. I am enjoying every minute of being pregnant and thank God often (but not nearly enough) for the precious life that is growing inside me.

The whole point of this post is so that the women out there that are still in the thick of fighting their battle with infertility know that you haven't been forgotten. I have thought of you every day since I got my good news. I still pray for you and I still feel your pain. You're not alone in your journey and you still have a voice on this blog. I know that you're happy for me, but that you're sad for you. And that's ok. I understand, because I've been there. I remember how it feels and I haven't forgotten that sting.

I feel so happy and blessed that I have been given the incredible opportunity to carry a life inside me... I truly hope that every one of you will be able to feel this same joy one day. Until then, I will weep with you, I will pray for you, and I will remember your pain.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

An Announcement

Hello, my bloggy friends! I have been absent for WAY too long. I've missed you all and am super happy to be back! To kick things off again here at Lovely Little Life I have a little announcement to make...

Photo Shoot by Tyler White Photography

Yes, it's true! I'm expecting! So far everything has been fine this time around, but please continue to pray that this miracle baby will keep growing strong! I am currently 16 weeks + 2 days... Baby H is due on December 23rd! I promise to share all the details and fill you in on how things are going very soon.

Thank you all for your support and prayers over the past two years! I am so blessed to have so many people cheering for me. Please know I appreciate every one of you and haven't forgotten that there are thousands of women still fighting the battle of infertility. I have had so many thoughts about that during this pregnancy... I promise to write again soon and share! 


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Life Lately


Wow, it has been forever since I blogged! I just wanted to write a quick note to you all to let you know that no, I am not dead. I am alive and well! It has been a crazy past month for me... let me fill you in on a little bit of what's been happenin' so you don't feel like I'm purposely ignoring you. 

My husband and I went through yet another infertility treatment cycle last month... it was the first since our last miscarriage and by far the hardest yet. I wasn't 100% emotionally ready for it, and had no idea how much it would affect me physically. It was rough. Sadly it didn't result in a pregnancy... and I'll be honest, it was more difficult to deal with than usual since the cycle was so much more physically and emotionally intense.

Other than that it's just been regular day to day life stuff that has gotten in the way of blogging. I wish I were super woman and could do it all, but I'm SO not. I love the quote "You can do anything, but not everything." Wow - so true, right? So yeah... I do what I can and sometimes that means bloggy-land has to be put to the side for a few weeks.

Anyway, I just wanted to check in, say that I miss you, and see what you've all been up to lately! What kind of projects have you been working on? Please do share... I'm going through DIY withdrawals over here in the ice covered Midwest!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Things I'm Loving Thursday : Valentine's Day Crafts

Have you started your Valentine's Day crafting yet? If not there is still plenty of time left to begin! Here are some of my favorite love day craft projects to help get your creative juices flowing. Ready... set... be inspired!

Love is in the Air Valentines
Valentine Embroidery Hoops
DIY Cupid Arrows
DIY Valentine Banner
Gold Heart Pinata
DIY Valentine Coasters


Monday, February 3, 2014

DIY Washi Tape Valentine's Day Cards

February is here, folks, so if you aren't already in full blown Valentine's Day mode then it is now officially time to do so! This weekend I whipped up some super simple Valentine's Day cards using one of my favorite crafting supplies... Washi Tape! It seriously has never been so easy to create custom Valentines. Here is what you'll need to make it happen:

- Blank cards
- Plain white cardstock or paper
- Washi Tape
- Something to cut out letters or shapes. You can use anything from a die cut machine, regular old scissors, an exacto knife, or scrapbook punches. Any of those will do fabulously!

So how does this work? Easy peasy - simply tape strips of washi onto the plain white cardstock or paper as pictured below.

Next, use your cutting tool of choice to cut shapes or letters within the strips of tape. Use double sided tape to secure your washi tape cut outs to the blank cards. And you're done!

What kind of Valentine's Day crafts do you plan to make this month? I would love to hear what is on your crafting to do list!
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