Thanksgiving came and went really fast this year. I almost forgot when it was and I swear I lost a week somewhere. Tim was a great help getting the gooey butter pumpkin cake and sweet potato casserole made. Then we packed up our little boys in their little doggie bed and headed out to see family for Thanksgiving. It was a good time. How can you not have fun when you have little 5 and 3 year old nephews running around and into football as much as you are?!? The bonus was the snuggles from the 2 month old nephew...so cute!
We worked in a lot of our favorite Thanksgiving traditions...too much food, lots of football, a little shopping, and being with family. Tim and I are definitely blessed. This year I know we feel it in every bone in our body. We relish that this will be our last holidays as a couple. We relish the sleeping in, but also relish the hopes and dreams for next year. We sit relaxing on the couch, talking about how we're going to chase a kiddo around next year. We put up our Christmas decorations but hatch a plan of how to do so with a 8 month old wandering around the boxes next year. We relish knowing where we were in this infertility battle last year and are grateful that we kept fighting to get where we are today.
This year, this Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for science. Thankful for IVF and that I'm here in 2010 using the technology that was first successful just a short 30-some years ago. Thankful for Drs Edwards and Steptoe in England who developed this treatment. When everything on paper appeared as if Tim and I should have no problem having a baby, but then month after month after month...something was missing. I'm thankful for the science. That bloodwork has developed to catch my negative RH factor, that ultrasounds are clear enough to catch the band of scar tissue (that could have been devastating but isn't thanks to perinatal specialist visits), and that science has helped get us through this. I know some may wonder where God is in all of this and let me tell you....he is here. Going down the path Tim and I now have, knowing so much more of the "what-ifs" and the negative "could-be" side of things, God is here. There's no way this could have been possible without him...he is in the science. And for that, I am thankful.