We all know loss is hard, but remaking your life is just as bad. As a TTC PAL mom, I struggle with this. Today the phrase ” You know you are “X” if you…” popped into my mind. So I thought all day about my fears and insecurities of being PAL, and here is the result.
You know you’re a loss mom when:
You see those 2 lines and automatically think “hmm, wonder how long this one will last”, or “lets see if we make it past “X” number of weeks this time”.
You try to associate any and all signs of pregnancy (even if you are TTC) with something else. “It must be my anxiety”, or “I’ve probably got a stomach bug”.
You find out you’re not pregnant and even though you’re sad, there is that little twinge of relief in the back of your head; because it would be just that much easier to not have to open yourself to that kind of hurt again.
Everyone talks about your potential baby shower and you just smile and nod because who knows if you are even gonna have one or get that far.
People find out you are TTC and don’t understand why you aren’t taking a pregnancy test ASAP, not realizing how much courage it takes to even buy that damn thing.
Announcing your pregnancy is unthinkable. No cute pictures, onesies, or ultrasound scans. Instead, you think “How long can I hide this til I have to tell people who aren’t close to me?”
You ask your OB to not even tell you the Due Date yet because that way if something goes wrong again, that isn’t one more day of the year you’ll feel like shit.
It’s like a reflex to check for blood every time you use the bathroom.
You develop anxiety at the thought of having to go to an OB appointment–this might be the visit when you find out it’s all over….yet again.
You avoid planning a nursery until the last minute–just in case.
It takes a brave woman to be pregnant, but when its a PAL that woman becomes the bravest human alive. ❤