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September 08, 2014


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So lucky that the amazing Jess is my twin sister! So proud of her- she is the nicest human alive. Oh and for the record-- If I am lucky enough to have any embryos after any future cycles, I think I would ask for them to be Momo's sibling. Having you and Noah as parents would be such a gift. Thank you for refusing to perpetuate the silence and for being such a ray of hope.


Congrats Maya and (growing) family! So many people are with you on this long ride toward a happy ending. You are an inspiration and an agent of change. I am 13 weeks today and am nervously looking forward to a simultaneous pregnancy announcement and a "coming out" of the infertility closet to family and friends. Your writings have convinced me that it is the right thing to do (for me). After putting ourselves on the waiting list to receive donated embryos (which I learned about from you) six months ago, we are now miraculously (and that's miracle with capital M given my DOR diagnosis) on a list to donate whatever leftover blasts of our own we may be lucky enough to have, after giving FET some tries down the road. Although as survivors of IF Island, we are trained to never let our guard down and get too excited, I am optimistically looking forward to the day next spring that we will both have our pooping, peeing, screaming, not-sleeping bundles to call our own!

Don't Count Your Eggs

Deb, thank you for your very sweet comment and congrats to you on being 7 weeks! And yes, I did see that Jess is planning on donating her embryos. I was trying to think of a full post to write about that but I'll just write a little here. Jess--it's an amazing gift you are giving! The idea of passing along potential babies can seem crazy--I know, I really had to wrap my head around it, obviously, but without the kindness of complete strangers--an egg donor and this couple who struggled with infertility themselves, Momo would have simply circled the drain or have been donated to science. Every couple has the decision to do what they want with their embryos, and it does take some real thought and consideration to know someone else may grow and raise a child with your genetic material, but that child could go to a couple who struggled so hard and have so much love to give. It makes the world feel a little smaller to me. To think Momo has bio sibs somewhere out there is both strange and incredible, it's all a matter of perception. I will write a full post about third party processes and donor bits and pieces again soon. But for now I'm just saying thanks to you Jess, on behalf of whoever may one day receive your embryos. Also know, it doesn't always have to be anonymous. Often you can get to know the people who will get the embryos, which some people might like. There are a lot of options out there.


Maya, did you see the post by Jess below? She was so touched by your journey that she's going to donate the embryos that she's not going to use!!!! I cannot believe how many lives you've touched. All of ours, Momo's, obviously, and now, thanks to Jess, the lives of other women and the children they wouldn't otherwise be able to have. It may be the hormones (I've gotten a miracle BFP since after I started following your blog a couple of months ago and am now at 7 weeks) but I am seriously tearing up here on public transport as I think about the power of you refusing to perpetuate silence and instead sharing your story with all of us.


Oh so happy for you. Can't stop looking at Momo's gorgeous picture. Big hugs.


I'm so thrilled to read this! I'm about to head to what should be my "graduation" RE appointment and reading your update has filled me with hope.

A Few Good Eggs

What a perfect shot of Momo. Look at this little arms and legs. So very, very happy for you.


What a beautiful pic! I can officially say congrats. So happy for you guys!


This is the most exciting thing I have seen in years. I love that picture of Momo, how amazing to see him/her with that big belly and little arms and legs! You have endured through this ambiguity gracefully and are now coming out on the other side. Congratulations!


YESSSSS! Congratulations!!!! You can finally set down your giant, overpacked IF bags and move with freedom. They will always be a part of your story, but it is time for you to look ahead to all of the wonderful things that are to come- and it's all because you and Noah refused to give up. I am beyond happy for you guys and look forward to reading more about your new chapter! :)


That has got to be one of the best things I've read and seen (Hi Momo!!!!) this YEAR.

So friggin' happy and excited for you guys!!! xoxoxo

Don't Count Your Eggs

Thanks so much for all the love everyone!


Huge Congratulations!! So very happy and excited for you guys!!


Bursting with happiness for you, Maya! Congratulations!


Momo is looking good! So happy!


Seriously amazing. Congratulations!


You deserve this more then anybody


Today is a good day! Enjoy this time, you've worked so hard to get here. I'm so happy for your growing family.


WOO HOO!!! So happy for you guys!


Congratulations Maya and Noah! This is wonderful!!! It is only a matter of weeks now until you meet little Momo :)


So glad that that light is shining from the end of what's been a long, dark tunnel for you both. Momo is definitely your kid based solely on his strength and ability to overcome challenges. We residents of IF Island have all been through so much and the wanting and needing to become parents makes it all seem surreal in a way when it actually works and we 'graduate' from the RE. Even as I sit here in my third trimester feeling her kick I still need to pinch myself sometimes. But it's real, it's happening, and you deserve every second of happiness and relief that this moment brings. And if the worried thoughts start to surface (they never really stop) here's what works for me - just think of your future selves holding your little one, putting them in their crib at night, grasping their hand as they take those first shaky steps. That replaces the worry with sheer excitement and joy. So, so happy for you!


Tears of joy! I am so so happy for you guys!! hugs!


Maya, it's happening!!! Congrats to you (all three of you). xo Jackie

Jill B @ hopinghopefloats.blogspot.com

So happy for you guys. Congratulations!


Wow, I'm so happy for you guys...what a beautiful moment. xo

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