AUTHOR: Carolyn Savage | POSTED: September 24, 2013 | COMMENTS: 2 Comments
CATEGORIES: Focusing on The Joy, Infertility, IVF, Resilience,
Today’s a big day for a very loved little boy. I’m not ready to write about it, though. I want to get through the day and gather my thoughts a bit more. In the meantime I have reasons to smile on this very special day.
This past Saturday was Parent’s Weekend at Ohio University. Seeing as how Drew’s a freshman we realized it was s a command performance for us. Not wanting to pass up a great excuse to drop in on campus, Sean, Ryan and I made the trek Saturday afternoon. As luck would have it OU was cooperative enough to schedule the weekend on Drew’s birthday. We were able to kill two birds with one stone. How lucky are we?
We learned a lesson about accomodations for parent’s weekend at OU. Apparently if you want a hotel room you have to book it a year in advance. Seeing as how a year ago we had no idea where Drew would be we were out of luck. There was no room at the inn. Not letting this minor detail put a damper on our plans we brought along two inflatable mattresses and camped out on his floor. It’s been over twenty years since I spent the night in a dorm. I can honestly say, if I never spend another night in a dorm I’ll be perfectly happy.
Despite the less than stellar overnight accomodations we had a blast. We picked up three parentless freshman and headed out to dinner. I couldn’t have been more grateful for the opportunity to meet Drew’s friends. It’s nice to put faces to names and the stories they told were enlightening. I thought in high school information was a valuable commodity but now that Drew’s in college information has become even rarer. Glimmers and insights hold the greatest of value.
If you’re a long time reader here you know I have a habit of sticking my foot in my mouth. One of the most embarrasing situations in my life…to date…happened almost a year ago after we left a Mulan doll in church. As a result, MK had to accept she’d never see that damn doll again.
But, you know how life goes. What you put out there usually comes back again—especially if you live in a small enough town.
Fast forward to Ryan. He recently experienced a knee injury and needed physical therapy to help him recover. So one day, after PT, Ryan walked in with Mulan. “My physical therapist said to give this to you. Um…why does he have MK’s Mulan doll?”
I hung my head in shame and responded, “You don’t really want to know. Do you?”
“Not really. But he was laughing when he gave it to me.”
Yes, Ryan. I’m sure he was.
The Today Show is running a week long segment on birth and parenthood in the United States. This morning they showed an IVF egg retrieval and an IVF embryo transfer on live television. The segment has received some criticism. Some people think birth and conception should be private—imagine that. Regardless of how I feel about the broadcast of such events, I was happy to write an essay about my unique path to motherhood for Today Moms.
Please give it a read here.