sophiet496's TTC Story
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 6:51 PM
"We decided to start the TTC process right away and are both so anxious for that BFP!"
How we met
I met my husband Jeff in July of 2003 through Match.com! We had both just moved to the lovely seacoast of New England from other areas, and were interested in meeting new people. Our first date involved some delicious pinot noir, Jeff cooking for me (a big plus since I do NOT cook!) and about nine hours of talking and snuggling. I had never felt chemistry like that before and had a sneaking suspicion right away that he may be The One!
Since we had both recently gotten out of serious relationships, we took things slowly and dated on and off for almost four years before finally moving in together in April of 2007. Soon after, it was obvious that Jeff and I, along with my two beloved pooches, were going to be a pack for life. In March of 2008, Jeff shocked me with a surprise proposal while we were out for a stroll on the beach with our two furry "kids." He told me he was helping his mom pick out a new television, but they were really buying the ring! We were married a quick eight months later in picturesque Kennebunkport, Maine, surrounded by family and friends. I had always sworn to my parents that I would elope, but my wedding day was a complete fairy tale -- the happiest day of my life!
I think I realized how much I wanted children when my beloved grandmother passed away in January of 2007. It was the first time I had lost someone with whom I had a very close personal relationship and it truly made me realize how important family is to me. I remember yearning for a baby for the first time while sitting at her wake. Another experience that solidified that feeling happened in June of 2008, when our sweet boxer-mastiff Sophie suffered two devastating seizures and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Sophie had been at the center of my world since I found her on a street corner in San Diego in 2002. Not only did she travel cross-country with me when I decided to move back home to the east coast, but she had been my solid companion through the turbulent ups and downs of my late twenties. She had Jeff had absolutely fallen in love with one another, as well, so we were both crushed. It may sound silly to some, but at the thought of losing her, Jeff and I both felt pangs of wanting to expand our family.
Since we got married on the later side (I was 33 and he was 32, with our birthdays the week following our nuptials), we decided to start the TTC process right away. I have always been nervous about the possible difficulties of conceiving and we are both so anxious for that BFP! We spent the first few months just going about our "business" and enjoying being newlyweds. That didn't lead to a pregnancy, so I recently purchased the Clearblue Easy Fertility monitor in an effort to take charge of things. We are now in the midst of our second cycle with that advantage and are hopeful that we may be pregnant soon... perhaps even when we finally enjoy our honeymoon to Barbados in late April!
Ready to be a family
I feel incredibly fortunate to have been given this huge love that I share with Jeff. Our relationship makes me happier than I ever could have imagined. It's like every day is just wrapped in kindness, respect, passion, and laughter. The thought of creating a new life out of that love gives me the butterflies each time I think about it. I know that Jeff's patience, intelligence, sense of humor, and appreciation for the little things in life will all make him an incredible father. I cannot wait to see him hold our son or daughter for the first time. Also, I have been blessed with incredibly generous, unselfish, and loving parents who will be thrilled to welcome a grandchild into our family.
I've always been the kind of person who wants what she wants... yesterday! So the waiting is hard for me, but Jeff keeps me very grounded and is always thinking positively. I know one of these months it will happen....
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