“So you see how the two balls of Play-Doh got mixed up together and shared the colours and glitter and smells? Well, those are like Play-Doh stories. And that’s kind of what happens when eggs and sperms meet—they share all sorts of stories and they become one NEW thing: You, and brother, and sister!
Normal parents are our well-meaning friends and families, the people who effortlessly procreate and are able celebrate others’ joyful pregnancy and birth announcements. Normal parents are the strangers in the store whose innocent question about your baby’s red hair quietly reminds you that you couldn’t pass on your own DNA. Normal parents are the fertile population that doesn’t understand that having a baby cures childlessness—but not infertility.
I’ve paired up with Julie from Happy Together Children’s Book to host a book giveaway! She is giving away a copy of her book, Happy Together, an egg donation story, and I’m giving away a copy of Let’s Talk About Egg Donation. Side note: aren’t our girls’ hands so cute holding the books their mamas wrote/edited? They are magical, and…
et’s Talk About Egg Donation is filled with dozens and dozens of real stories from real people who built (or were in the process of building) their families with the help of an egg donor or embryo donors. It does a great job of walking you through the process of egg donation—from diagnosis to how to talk to your kids (and other people!) about egg donation, and everything in between!⠀
I am no less a mother because I partnered with an egg donor. No less a mother because I can’t conceive without fertility treatment. No less a mother because I am doomed to miscarry using my own DNA.
My first miscarriage was the first time my heart was broken. Earlier this year, a friend reached out to me after her miscarriage. Her heart was broken too, and she wanted to know how to get over it. I share with you now what I shared with her.
Remembering my sweet #MizukoBean whose undue date was this day six years ago.
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have a 6-year-old boy, my genetic child. Would he have looked like me? Would I have recognized other features from my family of origin in his little face and body?
I made a video of me talking to V about her—and her siblings’—conception + birth story. For the first time, I sat down with a pen and paper to illustrate the story.
I’m thrilled to share that I was interviewed for Vogue magazine about our journey to parenthood via egg donation! Here’s my favourite bit: I’ve always felt so positive about our choice, so it’s been easy to communicate that when explaining how my family came to be. You can hear a smile in someone’s voice, can’t you? If I stood in…
I just sent out the latest issue of The Trying Times, after a 7-month hiatus. Life with twins has been an insane journey so far, but I hope to resume regular programming! What was the catalyst for my return? I wish I could say it were finding my groove + decent stretches of sleep, but no. It’s the abortion issue.