Why hearing others’ fertility and IVF journeys still brings me tears

Hearing others’ fertility and IVF journeys is becoming a regular thing for me now. Probably because I’m now pretty open about our own journey. People may think “But Sunita, you now have two wonderful daughters, so why feel upset about doing IVF?”. The feelings are like scars; they’re with me forever. Although we’re blessed to have two of our own IVF miracles, why does hearing others’ fertility and IVF journeys still brings me tears?

Mumsnet has invited me to be interviewed alongside celebrity Izzy Judd (wife of Harry Judd from McFly). You can see or listen to our Facebook Live from 12pm-12.30pm on Wednesday 28 June 2017. You just need to like the Mumsnet FB page to join us.  We’ll be chatting about our journeys to motherhood and the amazing blogger Kiran Chug from Mummy Says is compering our honest discussion. I know when I hear Izzy’s story face-to-face I’m going to remember how IVF felt for us too. I know there may be tears inside and out. Continue reading

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IVF Journey series – Kate from lifedaily.co.uk

So here’s the third story for the IVF Journey series on Lucky Things Blog. I am so grateful to those who have shared their journeys with me. Each fertility journey is so different. The below journey belongs to Kate from the lifestyle blog lifedaily.co.uk. Kate is in her mid-thirties and she’s mama to H who is 14 and C who is 8. She’s married to her best friend, soulmate and rock, Tom and they live in South East London. Kate is a social media manager for a few lovely clients and as well as running her blog, she also runs the house! Continue reading

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Faye’s IVF journey

This year I’ve launched the IVF Journey series on Lucky Things Blog. In hope of spreading awareness of what couples go through as well as reminding people how common IVF is. I’m grateful to be featuring Faye’s IVF journey. Faye blogs at glossytots.co.uk. She lives in the West Midlands and is a quality monitoring and training executive at an insurance company. Faye tells me how she is loving every moment with her five-year old daughter. Here’s Faye’s IVF journey… Continue reading

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Introducing the IVF Journey Series – Suzy’s IVF journey 

The timing to launch the IVF Journeys series on Lucky Things has never felt so right. This month we celebrated our first baby’s 4th birthday. Every day we’re celebrating our IVF little lady. Every day I see the scars on my tummy from my IVF injections. Everyone’s fertility or IVF journey is completely different. So, I’m honoured that I’m able to feature others’ experiences in the hope of raising awareness of what women and men go through or just the support available.

I wished I read more about others’ IVF success stories when we first found out I couldn’t have children naturally. If I did, they many have given me more hope. I think they also would have made me feel less embarrassed about doing IVF as it’s way more common that you realise.

So I’m very happy to introduce Suzy’s story. She writes the blog Our Bucket List Lives, lives in Lincolnshire with her husband and their little miracle boy. Suzy is currently a house wife. She recently started a blog based around their family bucket list and she’s hoping it will evolve into something where she can call herself ‘self employed’. Over to Suzy… Continue reading

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What could have stopped me feeling ashamed about doing IVF?

Last week was an interesting one for me. I appeared on live BBC radio talking about blogging and we touched on my pre and post-IVF anxieties. The BBC radio presenter Shazia Awan also mentioned my Will we tell our children they’re IVF babies?  blog featured as Mumsnet Blog of the Day. One of the things I’ve been pretty honest about when writing and talking about our IVF journey is how I felt about having to do IVF. I felt ashamed. Looking back, I wonder if I could have felt differently and what would have changed this for me. I hope others who are thinking about IVF or going through it don’t feel ashamed like I did. If they do, I totally get why. So here’s a few thoughts on what could have stopped me feeling ashamed about doing IVF. Continue reading

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My experience talking about blogging and Instagram life at the the BBC

At the end of last year a message popped up in my @luckythingsblog Instagram account. It was from BBC journalist Bela Shah. She asked if I was interested in featuring in a BBC news story on blogging and Instagram life. Bela mentioned she wanted to do a story on Instamums. As with many journalists she still had to pitch her idea to her producers and directors at the BBC. So it wasn’t guaranteed this would really go ahead.

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Will we tell our children they are IVF babies?

Our girls have no idea what we really think of them. Most kids don’t realise how loved they are. When I told Big Munch she was mummy’s first miracle she sternly replied “No mummy, I’m not miracle. I’m Batman-Elsa!” I love it that over time she will eventually understand what a miracle means. So will we tell our children that they were IVF babies? Continue reading

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Our IVF journey (part 4) – Time to find out if things have worked out

Hey there, here’s part 4 of our IVF journey. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to look at part 1 (I’d like to be a mummy)part 2 (operation time) or part 3 (finally starting treatment). No worries if you haven’t, part 4 is like it’s own little story. So a quick round-up of where we got to in part 3 of our precious IVF journey. At the end of part 3 in July 2012, we had got through the first few stages of what were our own Olympics; the egg collection was successful (we got the one egg that existed) and the embyro transfer went well. I was then walking around with an embryo in me and it could actually turn into a baby. Continue reading

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Our IVF journey (part 1) – I’d like to be a mummy 

When Mr.H helped me to register my blog domain last Autumn he mentioned that “people are going to want to hear about what you’ve gone through”. I felt apprehensive about writing about our IVF journey. It still felt like a personal and precious experience.

At the time we went through our fertility/infertility stuff, I was super-private about our situation. Nowadays, I’m super-open about it all. I guess I want to talk about how we found IVF in the hope it helps others who are thinking about it, trying it for the first time, who feel curious about it or who have close ones going through IVF.

I now understand that sharing your experiences in real-time with people who know you well and those who don’t, opens up a world of support you may not expect. If you need to wait longer to share stuff, that’s ok too.

So it’s time for me to share our complete IVF journey on Lucky Things blog. It’s a roller coaster of a journey spanning about five years. It’s just too long to capture in one post, so try to take a look at the other posts if you can. I hope you stay with me on this written journey as I describe our emotional travels to finally meet our Big Munch and our Baby Munch…

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