Family Planning vs. Family Trying

You innocently asked me if we planned on having any more children.  After nearly two years of trying I realize that I cannot “plan” to have another child; planning involves some confidence in my ability to produce the intended result.  I cannot plan to have another child, I can only hope and try to have another child.

Right now I’m trying and failing.

My daughter’s third birthday is two months away.  I always thought I wanted my kids about two years apart.  Now we’re looking at closer to four years apart, if I get pregnant soon.  One will be going into pre-school while I start the whole tired chaotic process all over again. If I can start the chaotic process all over again.

The questions never bothered me before. I’m a pretty open, honest person and don’t mind talking about my life or the details of it.  But this is becoming different.   Earlier this week, when I dreamed I was writing a blog post about my inability to conceive I realized that there is a lot more below the surface than I had been aware of.  I’m afraid that talking will lead to the dam of emotions breaking.

I tell myself that it’s okay that I’m not getting pregnant right now because I still have 40lbs to loose.  Or that it’s okay because I’m excited about my career moving forward. I tell myself that I’m lucky to have the one child that I do (who is currently singing, “happy birthday to you!” And trying to suction a hook to my shoulder); many women don’t have that.

But the longing is still there and it is growing, right along with my sense of powerlessness.

A few months ago a friend of mine got a new baby.  We went through all of my daughter’s clothes and she took the ones she wanted.  The rest I donated to our church’s garage sale.  I needed to let go of the past.  And, practically, if I get pregnant there’s a chance it won’t be a girl, which would mean those clothes were cluttering my storage space for no purpose. And it’s not like I don’t know a bunch of people who would give us hand me downs if we had a girl so it’s not like our kid would go unclothed.  And if I don’t get pregnant, I don’t want them there to remind me every time I go into that room to do laundry.

It is easy to want what you don’t have, even when you’re grateful for what you do have.

I could find out I’m pregnant tomorrow, in which case I’d feel foolish for posting this today.  But to the best of my knowledge I am not pregnant and it is heavy on my heart and I need to let myself feel so I am writing.  And posting.  And admitting I want another child and that it is out of my hands.

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2 thoughts on “Family Planning vs. Family Trying

  1. Jen Martin says:

    I’m sorry that I can’t say I know what you are going through but I appreciate your openness about the emotions and feelings behind your struggles. It’s hard to do and refreshing to see, so thank you!

    • jmellison says:

      Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it. Sometimes it’s hard to share but it’s also good for me to do so.

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