This is not your typical warm and fuzzy pregnancy announcement, but the story behind it will leave you in tears. In fact, the Instagram image of a onesie that reads "Worth the wait and wait and wait," and a sonogram photo, surrounded by syringes and prescription bottles is so shocking, it demands a back story.
According to Pop Sugar, mom-to-be Macy, who posts under the name "Martinis & Medicine" on Instagram, used all the medical supplies in the photo for just one round of IVF. She said about the experience, "There aren't blessings in infertility. There are blessings in spite of infertility."
On her blog, Macy shares that the road was long to achieve this pregnancy. "It only took four years, three miscarriages, depression, 107 hormone injections, one surgery, two procedures, over 100 suppositories, and several thousand dollars to get our baby. You might ask how I say that we're lucky. We're lucky because we get to have a baby," she wrote, adding:
"We will always have infertility. It doesn't matter if we have all the children our hearts desire... Our baby doesn't erase years of loss, depression, hopelessness, pain, tears, and crying out to God. Our baby doesn't replace the babies that were lost years before... The baby in my belly, soon in my arms, will not dull the pain of the next pregnancy announcement or baby shower or birth. They will always remind me of my struggle. Past and future, because I know this struggle doesn't end. But to every single one of my babies, the one who made it and the ones who didn't; you were worth it."
What a powerful story and image that captures both the joy and pain of finally expecting when you've struggled with infertility and loss. Here's wishing this mama a healthy pregnancy and baby, and many happy days ahead.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.