Sunday, September 13, 2020

I am a Single Mom...By Choice!!

Hi dolls, I know it's been a minute since my last blog post but I assure you it's for good reason! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you would have heard that I'm currently expecting my first child!! I am truly beyond excited and can not wait to embark on my greatest adventure to date. Below are a few questions I've received so far.

How far along are you? 

As of today, I'm 17 weeks (4 months) and due in February. The baby is the size of a pomegranate! 

How did you find out you were pregnant? 

Good ole pregnancy test at home! First Response for the win!

What were your first symptoms?

Lower back pain on my right side. I'm pretty sure those were implantation cramps.

Do you know the gender?

Yes, I do and will be revealing it soon. Until then leave any guesses in the comments below!

Was your pregnancy planned or a surprise?

My pregnancy was VERY planned and took me about 3 years to conceive. 

My journey to motherhood has been different than most but not completely unheard of. A few years ago upon discovery of fibroids in my uterus that would have prevented me from ever getting pregnant, I made the choice to take the path to motherhood solo as a single mother by choice. I chose an unknown/anonymous donor and went to a fertility specialist to conceive. I was able to get pregnant via medicated IUI (intrauterine insemination) cycle. This was after many bad dates, a failed relationship, 2 fibroid surgeries, failed or missed cycles, countless prayers, years of therapy, and lot of tears to now here, pregnant and I couldn't be happier!

Every journey to motherhood is unique and personal. Ask any woman that has had fertility issues (1 in 4) and they will tell you it's an incredibly emotional and lonely journey at times. My journey was no different. I'm telling my story to let you know that if you are a single women in your 30's with fertility issues and WANT children, you do have options and you are not alone and I would be happy to be a resource in any way I can to you. Am I nervous and scared to do this as a single mom with absolutely no backup (i.e. child support, weekend visits etc), without a doubt....YES! I would be crazy not to, but I also know that I have so much love to give and not having biological children of my own was NOT an option for me. I have a great support system and a "village" of people eagerly waiting to pour into my little one when they arrive, so for that I'm incredibly grateful and blessed. Families come in all shapes and sizes these days and I am beyond excited to be creating my own and sharing the journey with you all. 

Thank you again for all the well wishes I've received so far, I tried to reply to each and every one of you. I appreciate it more than you know. If you have any questions for me please leave them below, I'll be sure to do a Q&A later and I'm happy to chat in my inbox with anyone that might have questions for me.  

#BabyBLoading #singlemotherbychoice 

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