Saturday, March 28, 2009

Show and Tell: Blessings (child mentioned)

Inspired by this post over at IVF Girl, for Show and Tell, I'd like to count my blessings. Research tells us gratitude improves our health and state of mind, and since I do my fair share of whining, it is time for some stock-taking of blessings.

1. My daughter, A. Her giant spirit in her almost three year-old body inspires so much joy in so many. She is kind, bright and truly loving of others. I want a sibling for her so deeply, but will always be eternally grateful to carried and raised her. The way she smells, smiles, laughs.

2. My husband, who is so understanding and supportive of the girls in his life. We lean on him so much!

3. My moms. I am so lucky to have the most kind and compassionate mother, and my husband's mom is AWESOME. She flies up here from many states away to help at the drop of a hat.

4. I am pregnant. As I've been laid up with nasty OHSS, I am increasingly worried about the pregnancy after our miscarriages. I am scared the beta won't double, the baby won't be healthy, but am clinging to hope, and taking so much strength from the optimism of all you wonderful bloggy girls.

5. The Internet and my DVR during the bed-resting stint. Blogs and Grey's Anatomy. What else do I need?

6. Stretchy pants. OHSS belly without stretchy pants would be a disaster. Worse, I'd be naked from the waist down.

7. Dill pickles. No, that isn't a pregnancy thing, I just love them. My daughter asks for them for breakfast.

8. My friends, IRL and here. I can't imagine how we'd have gone through our miscarriages and treatments (and now, pregnancy worries) without the friends who comment, email, stop by with tulips and generally cheer us on. I am so blessed to have you.

9. Mel and the Stirrup Queens gang for allowing me to find a place here.

10. Another chance. Please grow baby. GROW.

I am overwhelmed by the comments and kind words left on my blog the last few days. You gals have no idea how much strength I draw from your words. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Go check out what the rest of the class is showing today!


  1. Good wishes to you. I mildly overstimmed on one of my follistim cycles and I know of that discomfort of which you speak. Not fun - but hoping for a great outcome for you!

    I like that you did a list of blessings.

  2. Positive thoughts your way. Pregnancy after miscarriage is never the same.

    I also like that you did a list of blessings :)

  3. Still praying for you, sweets. Lots of sticky vibes being chucked in your direction too.

    I too LOVE dill pickles. Actually, I am debating on asking someone in the US to mail me a giant jar. Totally worth the $30 in postage, I miss them so much.

  4. Another Dreamer is right...pregnancy after miscarriage isn't the same. It can be scary and nerve wracking. Hoping and praying your betas double nicely and the OHSS goes away SOON.

  5. It is nice to sit back and think of all we have to be thankful for. I'm sorry for your OHSS troubles, but so happy for your pregnancy. One day at a time seems to be the best approach. I can't wait for your beta to double.

  6. Congrats on your bfp! Crossing my fingers for sticky little bean. Your gratitude list is wonderful and inspires me to do the same...nothing like appreciate what you HAVE sometimes.


  7. Congratulations on your pregnancy! Sorry your in pain from OHSS, that's no fun. I love your list! I should do this more often. It's just so easy to get caught up in the "woe is me" moments.

  8. Great list. I just mentioned in a recent post how it is human nature to focus on the neg and not the positive. It really does help me to make an effort to look at all that is good. My son loves pickles!!!

  9. Oh, Carrie, I just saw your post above, and I am happy for you!

    I think gratitude is a wonderful idea :-).

  10. Sorry about the OHSS. Fingers crossed for your beta.

  11. I should defiantly follow your example and write a gratitude list more often

    I hope your disconfort goes away soon


    Good Luck !

  12. gratitude is wonderful and contagious! sorry about the OHSS, congrats on your pregnancy.