MicroblogMondays: Movements

I am currently in Annie’s town.  Bob and I came to spend time with her and her family, and we took professional photos yesterday.  It has been such a lovely visit.  Annie has been doing very well, and we had a great time at the photo shoot.  I can’t wait to see how the photos turn out.  Today I will meet with the nurse practice manager at the hospital where Annie will give birth, and I will also attend Annie’s first non stress test today.  It has been a very eventful and enjoyable weekend.

One of the reasons we really wanted to make a trip here so close to delivery date was for the babies’ movements.  Ever since Annie started to feel them, I had wanted to come and see/feel them move as well.  I was a bit sad that I couldn’t do that because we weren’t planning on coming.  Well, everything fell into place and here I am now.  It has been so magical these past few days.  I sat next to Annie multiple times a day and had my hands on her baby bump.  She would tell me where to put my hands and all of a sudden I would feel a shake or a wave.  Sometimes it would take many many minutes before the babies moved again.  Now I can tell which movement is from which baby.  Baby A is currently in the anterior portion and lower on the right bottom of the belly.  Baby B is across behind Baby A.  So all the movements that are more obvious are from Baby A, and all the more subtle movements from the top portion of the belly are from Baby B.  In the afternoon Baby A was moving quite a lot.  After dinner and a walk, Baby A was super quiet, and Baby B started turning and moving like crazy.  The next morning Annie told us that Baby A woke up at 5am and just moved around and woke Annie up.  It looks like we have one early bird and one nigh owl.  It has been quite amazing to see the movements.  At church on Sunday, Annie tapped me on my shoulder and pointed at her belly.  We could see parts of her bump moving and bulging out quite a few times.  Baby B must have been really excited about the pastor’s sermon.  ūüôā

I feel very grateful that things have been going so well, and we finally got to see and feel the babies’ movements.  This great sense of gratitude is also mixed in with a bit of sadness, a bit of jealousy, and a bit of surreality.  The babies are doing so well, and being able to feel their movements just highlights to me how alive and well they are.  A year ago we wouldn’t have imagined being here today, feeling their movements, and taking maternity photos.  At the same time, I look at my own body and my not-so-flat tummy that isn’t growing any life inside of it, for a moment, I was overcome with a sense of loss.  This journey has been so complicated and there are so many complex emotions to sort through.  I am glad that I feel positive, joyful, excited, and full of anticipation most of the time.  But boy, when these sad feelings hit, there is no hiding.  Although I have felt some sadness, I wouldn’t trade these moments for anything else, because this is God’s path for us, and these are the babies that He has entrusted with us.  Without our struggles and my inability to carry, these particular babies wouldn’t be the ones that we will meet in the very near future. 

God works in amazing ways, and these babies are a testament to that.

Not Happily Ever After

You may wonder how an intended mother may feel once she is expecting via gestational surrogacy. ¬†The answer is, it changes all the time, and you don’t know when and how frequently your feelings may change.

The other night Bob and I were chatting in bed about how we’d turn 15 weeks the next day. ¬†Suddenly, this sadness overcame me. ¬†It just hit me like a ton of bricks without warning. ¬†I lay there and started tearing up. ¬†What went through my mind was how Annie will start feeling the babies’ movements in a few weeks and I will feel nothing inside of me. ¬†That loss on that particular day at that particular moment was so unbearable. ¬†My babies are growing¬†in another person’s body, and I am 100% grateful for that. ¬†However, this same fact also reminded of my missing out on this experience and it was very difficult to bear. ¬†I knew all of this going in, and I knew that these feelings are going to surface once in a while. ¬†I do think that it is important to acknowledge them and cry when I need to cry.

These complicated feelings made the next day even more difficult. ¬†A close friend of mine who had been banking day 5 and then day 3 embryos for the last two years (because of diminished ovarian reserve) just received her positive beta after failing her first transfer a month ago. ¬†She started banking after she turned 40 and she had been quite adamant about not using donor eggs. ¬†I totally respect what she’s been doing and support her in her endeavor. ¬†It has not been easy for her and I want her to be successful. ¬†At the same time, I didn’t know how I’d feel if/when she eventually gets her BFP. ¬†I found out on Wednesday that her BFP has¬†hit me hard. ¬†I was super jealous of two things: 1) she does not have to consider the need of donor eggs, and 2) she gets to experience a pregnancy. ¬†I know that this jealousy and these thoughts are not rational. ¬†As a close friend, I *should* be very excited for her. ¬†But I was just super super jealous. ¬†There is no rhyme or reason. ¬†Like I said, I would not have known how I’d feel about a particular person’s pregnancy until it happens. ¬†There have been many times I am immediately very happy for someone and do not feel an ounce of jealously. ¬†Unfortunately this time my primary feeling has been jealousy rather than anything else. ¬†I felt a little bad for not being able to fully celebrate with my friend, but I was told by another co-sister on this journey (and she’s a therapist herself) that I don’t have to feel bad. ¬†I am not going to analyze myself too much, but I believe this stems from both my need to use donor eggs and my necessity to use a gestational carrier. ¬†I knew that I was still sorting through my feelings about not being able to carry, but I was surprised by my feelings regarding donor eggs. ¬†I thought I have completely worked through those emotions, but I guess the grief for foregoing my own eggs¬†lingers for longer than I thought. ¬†I knew and still know that I was completely done with my own eggs at the time we moved forward to donor eggs and am very grateful for having the twins using this method, but it’s still tough when someone else achieves what I can’t.

Today was tough for me. ¬†My friend was of course still super excited and sent me two pee stick photos. ¬†It was hard for me to see pee sticks without prior warning. ¬†Pee sticks, bump photos, and ultrasound photos still serve as such a trigger for me. ¬†She also mentioned about other pregnancy related things that were too much for me at this point. ¬† After a few moments, she asked me if it was okay for her to show me these photos. ¬†I was silent for a little while then decided to tell her that I was okay with them because as a good friend, I don’t want to dampen her joy. ¬†However, my friend A. wanted to make sure that I don’t get ambushed by this friend in the future so it might be wise to establish some boundaries. ¬†I decided to be honest with my friend so I made this suggestion: “I¬†support you and love you and am very happy for you for getting to this point.¬† Just for me, you may need to be a bit less specific about your pregnancy symptoms and things in the future.¬† I’m not saying that you are overdoing anything right now because you are not, but this is to protect myself because I don’t get to experience what you will experience.¬† I¬†don’t know how I’d react.” ¬†My friend took it very well and thanked me for being open with her. ¬†I wish I could be there for her 100% but as of now, I am not quite there yet.

So it goes to tell you that even when we are 15 weeks into this pregnancy, we don’t live happily ever after. ¬†We still have all sorts of feelings to process. ¬†And sadness and¬†jealousy hit whenever they want to. ¬†We’ll have to be honest with ourselves and handle these feelings as they come. ¬†Hopefully, like what A. said, that by the time the twins come, I will be so busy mothering that¬†this stuff will have less opportunity to fill the space in my¬†head.

MicroblogMondays: Complex Emotions


Ever since we started this surrogacy journey, I have experienced a whole gamut of emotions.

Of course there are the positive emotions, such as hopefulness, excitement, and gratitude that a person such as my gestational carrier has such compassion for us that she is willing to go through pregnancy for another person.  This is sometimes too profound of a concept for me to fathom and to grasp.

Every single stage of the journey also invokes fear, worry, and anxiety, such as our donor’s egg retrieval, fertilization rate, number of embryos remaining, potential weather issues, thawing of the embryos, the transfer itself, waiting for beta, and waiting for ultrasound.

And then there is this deeper emotion of joy that is much greater than the temporary feeling of happiness.  This joy that comes from witnessing the miracle of life that is growing inside of our gestational carrier and from the hope and the promising future of our children being born into this world and meeting us face-to-face.

What surprised me was the sense of loss that I felt during our epic¬†first ultrasound while experiencing this tremendous joy of seeing the two heartbeats that were flickering on the screen. ¬†I didn’t know that those two complex emotions could exist in the same moment, but they did, because I experienced them.

Seeing those two heartbeats was one of the most exhilarating and monumental moments in my life. ¬†The tears that were shed were definitely tears of joy. ¬†However, seeing Annie’s name on the screen and the ultrasound photos brought me back to the reality of what my body will likely not ever be able to accomplish. ¬†It was supposed to be my name and my date of birth printed on the photos. ¬†If I could have my way, it was¬†also supposed to be my eggs, my uterus, and my pregnancy five years ago. ¬†While being super excited and joyful and amazed, I was at the same time tremendously sad.

But I believe that God’s plan for us is perfect in every way and His ways are higher than our¬†ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). ¬†I believe that this is what needs to happen for us to have our babies. ¬†And I fully embrace that. ¬†But it does not mean that I will not continue to have a sense of loss that I have to grieve. ¬†What I need to do is to continue to process my feelings with the help of my therapist. ¬†And I did exactly that.

My visit to my therapist was highly emotionally charged. ¬†It was just so exciting to be able to finally share good news with her after having to tell her¬†heartbreaking news over and over again in the past two and a half years. ¬†But at the same time, my biggest need was¬†to process¬†my grief and sadness with her. ¬†I even cried when I was telling her that. ¬†I knew that sadness and joy could exist simultaneously but it was reassuring for a professional to confirm it with me. ¬†She told me that it is very common for intended mother to feel a sense of loss while expecting via a surrogate, especially when the surrogate starts to feel the baby or babies. ¬†There is the loss of the sense of control because it is not my own body. ¬†There is nothing wrong with these feelings. ¬†It is just part of my reality. ¬†I told her sometimes I don’t know how to feel. ¬†And she said that it is okay to not know how to feel. ¬†She said that as the pregnancy progresses, I may find myself feeling jealous, annoyed, or frustrated with Annie. ¬†But at the same time, I would continue to feel grateful, joyful, and excited. ¬†The key is to feel all that I need to feel and to tell myself that it is okay to do so. ¬†She¬†has heard enough from intended mothers about these feelings, but she kind of experienced it first hand when one of her best friends was expecting via surrogacy. ¬†The second and third trimesters were kind of difficult for her friend. ¬†And I am sure that it will be similar for me. ¬†I don’t know¬†if this sense of loss and the grief¬†will ever completely go away but maybe it will diminish with the birth of the babies.

In terms of my fear that something bad may happen to the pregnancy, my therapist reminded me that I have lived in the unknown in the past few years.  Treat this the same way.  Embrace the unknown.  Whenever I find myself having these thoughts, ask myself if they are helpful.  If they are not, acknowledge them and then let go.  And if anything bad were to happen, I would be able to deal with it just like how I have been dealing with bad news in the past few years.

One interesting thing is that, ever since the news of us expecting twins, my attitude towards pregnant women has changed for the better. ¬†It has been easier for me to chat with my pregnant coworker. ¬†It has even been easier for me to accept pregnancy announcements. ¬†It is quite eye-opening for myself to see the immediate change in my thoughts and feelings. ¬†I know that the sting of infertility doesn’t totally go away, but it’s surprising for me to be able to feel more positive or at ease with other people’s pregnancy in such a short amount of time.

What I am trying to say is, our pregnancy is not always going to make us feel positive and excited. ¬†There are also fear, worry, jealousy, sadness, and anxiety. ¬†But having these feelings doesn’t mean that we are ungrateful about where we are now. ¬†The reality is, we are human beings and have complicated emotions. ¬†The key to maintain emotional health is to address these feelings rather than brushing them aside so that we are ready to welcome the babies in every way possible when the time comes.

MicroblogMondays: Sinking In


We find ourselves in this uncharted territory: we are expecting, for the first time, with very strong beta numbers.  We had dreamed of being in this position but never reached it.  Until now.  It is just so surreal.

I remember my dear friend A.’s words: Things don’t change until they change. ¬†She said this to me in December when we ended the fifth year of our quest without a baby or pregnancy and this journey seemed to be never ending. ¬†A few weeks later, everything changed.

I woke up the day after second beta feeling tremendously grateful for this pregnancy, for the life or lives that the Lord is sustaining inside Annie’s womb, and for Annie herself who has been nothing but a blessing to us.

Annie is so good.  She did her first prenatal workout the other day.  I have 100% confidence in her that she will do her best to take care of herself and this pregnancy.

I am allowing myself to dream a little dream, that maybe this is really the time that we get to bring a baby home.  On Friday, my heart was full and my stride was a bit bouncier and lighter.

I had some email exchanges with Dr. E on Friday and Saturday.  I told her that I was still soaking in my joy and disbelief.  I asked her for the record of the beta results, and which scans other than the 6.5 week appointment we should attend.

Dr. E’s response: “I love it!! ¬†‘Soaking in your joy’. ¬†Life is good! ¬†The next big scan will be at around 20 weeks to look at the anatomy of the babies. ¬†That’s a great one to attend too.”

Babies?!? ¬†I know that our betas were high. ¬†But I ain’t too sure about “babies”. ¬†And what about the NT scan at 12 to 13 weeks?

Her response: “You already did PGS. ¬†You can skip the NT. ¬†You can go if you want. ¬†It’s just like the first scan. ¬†Not much different. ¬†Buuuut there are babies in there :)”

She seems to think that there are twins inside. ¬†I am emotionally not quite there yet. ¬†I am still at that stage where I am wavering between having confidence that we’ll see a heartbeat or two and the fear of a huge disappointment and devastation¬†at the appointment.

The next day, I emailed Dr. E again to ask if 6 weeks 5 days would be a good time for an ultrasound, and if there are any other supplements she might recommend for Annie if she is indeed carrying twins.

Dr. E said that Annie doesn’t need anything right now other than all the support she can get to have a stress-free pregnancy.

She also said, “She is such a relaxed person at baseline. ¬†We are really very lucky. ¬†Stress is ¬†one thing that is consistently linked to preterm birth. ¬†Six weeks and five days is perfect. ¬†No words to describe how excited I am for you.”

I just love Dr. E.

An ultrasound has been scheduled for 2/6 at 6 weeks 5 days. ¬†Plane tickets have been purchased for both Bob and me to attend the appointment. ¬†A week ago we wouldn’t have dreamed of doing all of this.

There are definitely many emotions to sort through.

We are in general super happy and feeling super fortunate to get to this point.  We celebrated with a deep-dish pizza dinner.

As requested, Annie bought a FRER and POAS’d just for my satisfaction of seeing a dark second line. ¬†It felt really surreal to receive a picture of that FRER. ¬†It was not my pee but it is SOOO my pee stick.

I don’t know how to describe the feeling of seeing a BFP that supposedly belongs to us but at the same time it is so far remote from our life here.

The long awaited BFP.  I thought I would be jumping up and down in joy, but instead I felt a little jealous that the life/lives are not growing inside of me.

And then, there is a question of how much to check in with Annie about feelings or symptoms without being overbearing. ¬†I don’t want to ask her every single day how she is feeling, if she is feeling symptoms or tiredness, etc. ¬†Bob asks me everyday how Annie is feeling. ¬†I think he is gauging how pregnant she is on how sick she feels. ¬†He is probably feeling even more far removed from it all because he does not usually contact her directly like I do. ¬†It is even harder for him to navigate this new stage of how to care for our gestational carrier without going overboard. ¬†It is a fine line to walk.

As this news is sinking in this weekend, I suddenly feel a sense of loss. ¬†As much as I look forward to finally closing this chapter of our TTC life and moving on to hopefully becoming parents, I also feel this intense loss of not being able to carry my own child(ren). ¬†I know that it is a process to grieve and mourn this loss, and I shouldn’t expect myself to get over it at this moment. ¬†As I think about what Annie will be going through in the next many months, I feel sad that I am not the one who will have these precious moments with my husband. ¬†Bob will not be the one who comes home and puts his hands on my tummy waiting for his baby to kick. ¬†I will not be the one who would notice my belly growing bigger and bigger. ¬†As much as surrogacy is such a gift and an amazing thing, we still mourn the loss of these moments.

This sense of loss was so strong last night that I lay in bed in the dark with tears soaking my ears wet. ¬†In darkness, Bob held my hand and said, “It may be a good time for you to go talk to S.” ¬†S is my therapist. ¬†I am very thankful for my husband who is perceptive of my needs. ¬†Today, I emailed S and scheduled an appointment for the Wednesday after our ultrasound. ¬†I hope to have good news for her and at the same time have her help me navigate the complicated emotions involved in this process.

But then, sadness only appeared for a little.  At church yesterday, I let myself daydream a little about it finally being my time to leave my baby or babies at the nursery.

This is my reality: constantly moving from being ecstatic to sad to grieving to happiness to hoping for the future.

This news is so fresh and it still feels very surreal.  I just feel so blessed to be writing this post.  I hope that I will be able to keep on delivering good news for the next many months.  And hopefully as the news continues to sink in and the time goes by, I will feel more and more joyful and less of a need to mourn my loss.

MicroblogMondays: Self Care


Last Friday marked the day after we confirmed that our 5th transfer has failed.  The feeling is so familiar yet different.  We are used to failure.  It is a sad thing to say, but we are.  We know how to handle ourselves when it comes to failed transfers.  We know that we will be sad and devastated for a bit and we will be over it.  And we will move forward again.  But then, this time is also so different.  We have given this transfer the best embryo with the best grade and score and the best uterus that we could provide ever.  It was supposed to be a foolproof formula.

But it wasn’t.

I can’t begin to express my gratitude for having Jesus in my heart. ¬†Without Jesus, I don’t know where my hope would lie. ¬†But like one of my readers said, it is okay to be sad. ¬†And I was sad. ¬†At one point, I had fear and doubt in my head and my heart. ¬†December is the end of the 5th year of our journey. ¬†It was highly possible and probable that by the end of the year, we would be expecting a miracle in 2017. ¬†Except that it didn’t happen. ¬†And I was wondering if this is God’s message to me that a child is not in our future. ¬†But I decided to once again not jump to conclusion as God is the only one who knows His plan. ¬†This is the time for me and Bob to exercise our trust and faith in Him, knowing that regardless of the outcome of our quest, He is going to provide for us.

With that understanding, I tried what I could to take care of myself.

Fortunately, Friday was Veteran’s day. ¬†It was a day off for me. ¬†I opened my eyes with peace in my heart. ¬†I am always thankful for the peace and strength that God gives me, as it is not a given and is not something that I take for granted. ¬†In my pajamas, I made south Indian filtered coffee, sat there, and wrote my last blog post without even brushing my teeth or washing my face. ¬†I just needed that quiet, alone space to feel and to let everything sink in. ¬†Order in my life always makes me feel better. ¬†After a couple of hours of chores cleaning the floor, changing the bedsheets, and tidying up any mess, I felt more control about the situation again. ¬†That evening, Bob and I spent time with some of our best friends. ¬†Their kids are our favorite kids. ¬†Just enjoying the time with them brought about tremendous healing.

This is what self care is all about.  Being aware of what makes you happy and doing it.

I just started watching the show “Parenthood” on Netf.lix. ¬†In one of the episodes, the younger brother, a playboy, just discovered that he had a son with an old fling. ¬†He went to seek the advice from his older brother who happened to be a family man with two children. ¬†He asked his older brother about having children,

“What makes all of it worth it?”

His brother said, “What makes it worth it is the connection. ¬†It’s a¬†bond you feel. ¬†They are yours, you know. ¬†You are part of them.”

I so long for this connection, this bond that I will have with my future child.  Regardless of the genetic links or who is going to carry the baby, my child is going to be mine.  He/she is going to be part of me and I am going to be a part of him/her.

It is all going to be worth it.

MicroblogMondays: My Niece Has Turned 18


My one and only brother is three years old than me. ¬†He got married a couple of days shy of 25. ¬†Two years later, my niece was born. ¬†When she was born, I was only 24. ¬†I totally adored this child. ¬†She had the chubbiest cheeks and the darkest full head of hair. ¬†I used to go to my brother’s house for dinner every week so that I could spend time with this little girl. ¬†At about two, she really disliked me¬†for some reason. ¬†When I walked through the door, she would push me away and say “No!!!”. ¬†I was so heartbroken but couldn’t do anything to change that. ¬†This phase lasted at least a few months. ¬†The funny thing is whenever I mention about it now she would apologize to me for her unfriendliness. ¬†I have watched my niece grow up in front of my eyes. ¬†Through our day-to-day contact and being there for every graduation, dance recital, and birthday party, I am in awe of the young woman she has become. ¬†She is the first born grandchild in our family. ¬†I have always wanted a child like her. ¬†She is a great student at school. ¬†She is gifted in arts and music. ¬†You should all see the jewelry, drawings, and paintings that she has made. ¬†She built a lamp and nightstand from scratch for her class projects. ¬†She is also an amazing friend. ¬†She loves life, loves Jesus, gets along well with her one and only sibling, is compassionate towards others, and desires to serve and help many. ¬†Her smiles are contagious. ¬†She was there with me at the altar as my junior bridesmaid on one of the most important days of my life. ¬†My beautiful niece’s 18th birthday is a bittersweet event for me. ¬†I am proud of the person she has become, but I am also sad about something that may sound silly. ¬†My niece is an amazing (and responsible) babysitter.¬†¬†I have all along been wishing¬†to “exploit” her to babysit for us for free, at least in time before she starts college. ¬†As the years go by and I still haven’t successfully conceived a child, I know that the chances of her babysitting for us¬†are getting slimmer and slimmer. ¬†And I have grown progressively sadder because of this fact. ¬†My niece has in fact started her classes for college this summer. ¬†She is only a couple of hours away for college but it seems almost impossible for her to get to know my future child(ren) like the way she knows her little cousins because of all the time they have spent together. ¬†My child(ren) will not know their oldest cousin the way I would want them to if they had been born a few years earlier and growing up in the same town together. ¬†If we are blessed with a baby next year, my niece will be a almost 19 years older than my child. ¬†I know that there is still a chance for my niece and my child(ren)¬†to know one another, but her 18th birthday somehow is a huge reminder of¬†what we are missing out. ¬†I just can’t believe my niece is already 18… As we celebrate a new chapter in her life, I hope that somehow in the future my children will get to know their fun-loving, cool, and joyful oldest cousin in a way that I have never imagined before. ¬†Knowing my niece’s character, she’ll love our children regardless of how big the age difference is between them. ¬†I know I can take comfort in that.

MicroblogMondays: Baby Clothes


My mom has been back to the States from overseas since March. ¬†She is an expert in sewing, knitting, and crocheting. ¬†I would usually hang out at the kitchen counter sitting with my laptop doing various things when I am home. ¬†I often hear my mom’s footsteps coming up the stairs from her¬†bedroom and her¬†mumbling about showing something to me. ¬†Every single time it is a new sweater that she has been knitting for someone else’s babies. ¬†The wives of my younger male cousins overseas who are¬†expecting. ¬†Her friend’s niece. ¬†Anyone, but me. ¬†In the last two months, she has repeatedly shown me these adorable baby sweaters at various stages of production. ¬†Some pink, some rainbow colors, some blue, some green. ¬†All adorable. ¬†Sometimes only the back side has been done. ¬†Sometimes missing just the sleeves. ¬†Sometimes the whole finished product. ¬†How do I feel? ¬†I don’t always feel good when she shows me baby sweaters. ¬†But then, I remember there was one time in the past, probably a year ago, when I told her that I didn’t want to see what baby sweater she was knitting. ¬†My mom is a wonderful and caring person, but she does not understand my feelings of not wanting to put myself in that situation, to be vulnerable and sad when I see her thoughtful, precious¬†gifts to everyone else’s babies but mine. ¬†I tried to explain to her that seeing these sweaters made me sad, but from her reaction, I don’t think she understood. ¬†After that one time, I decided that she would probably never understand my feelings. ¬†I decided to let it go. ¬†If she wants to show me baby sweaters that she’s been knitting for other people’s babies, then I’d let her. ¬†This is exactly what I have been doing. ¬†So these past two months, I have been smiling at her and telling her that the sweaters are adorable. ¬†It does hurt that my mom doesn’t get my feelings, but since she is my mom and it’s not a given that she’d understand my feelings, I decided to let that go too. ¬†It is just hard for my mom, someone who never had any problems conceiving, to comprehend the pain and the sense of loss of not being able to see grandma’s handiwork on my own baby.

This sense of loss is not only felt whenever my mother shows me baby sweaters. ¬†I actually feel it daily when I walk through my garage to go back to my house. ¬†After I park my car, I would walk by boxes of stuff we have stored in the garage. ¬†I would¬†look up and see these diaper boxes. ¬†Inside the boxes aren’t diapers. ¬†There are actually pieces of children’s clothes that one of my best friends gave me even before we started trying for a baby. ¬†About seven years ago, she gave birth to her second and last child. ¬†She separated the clothes of her older son and her baby girl into genders and ages. ¬†She washed them and packed them in boxes that were clearly labeled with “boy”, “girl”, and the age. ¬†These boxes have been sitting in the garage gathering dust for the last six years. ¬†A year after we started trying, another friend of ours was going to give birth to her second child. ¬†She contacted me and asked if she could take the box of newborn clothes for now. ¬†She promised to wash and return the baby clothes to us when it is our turn. ¬†Three and a half years later, our turn still has not come.¬† I never heard back from that friend. ¬†We have lost touched since she gave birth to her third child. ¬†I never saw that box of newborn clothes anymore. ¬†But the rest of the clothes, up to boy age 5, are still sitting in my garage waiting for someone to make good use of them.

I guess my point is, even though the sight of my mom’s baby sweaters that she makes for someone else, or the sight of the boxes of baby clothes that my friend gave me brings me sadness and pain at times, I am not going to avoid them just because I don’t have a child right now. ¬†“Not yet” does not mean “never”. ¬†I do believe that one day my mom will be knitting my baby the most adorable sweaters a grandma would make, and my friend’s baby clothes will see the light of day from those diaper boxes again.

I don’t now how and when my baby will come, but I believe that when he/she comes, my mother will go crazy with her baby clothes sewing and knitting. ¬†I am very sure of that. ¬†For now, I’ll hold onto that vision of me and my mom choosing yarn and fabric for my baby until it becomes a reality.