As most know, getting pregnant can be hard, whether its naturally or through the painful process of IVF, a fertility treatment that comes with an extensive list of physical and emotional side effects like worry, anxiety and just plain frustration.
In Lauren Walker’s case, her conceiving struggles came with heartache and the questioning of God’s divine plan.
On Feb. 9th the mommy-to-be shared in a Facebook post that she and her husband “…prayed for 953 days…” and needed 452 needles, endured thousands of tears, a corrective surgery, two IVF rounds, three failed transfers and “ONE AMAZING GOD” that allowed this blessing to happen.
The realistic message is also accompanied with a heart-wrenching photograph, an image chosen by the couple to speak about the pain, prayer and frustration that went into the conceiving process.
“Everything we could think of fell short of doing them justice. Doing ourselves justice, for every trial and tribulation we have been through these past years.”
“Taking out these needles by the handful to take this photograph was… surreal. Half way through my hands started to quiver, my breath got short, and I had to stop. I sat down, looked at it and started to cry. Not because I was sad about what it took to get here, but because it was a representation of my world, our world, for the past over two and a half years staring back at me. There was a lot of pain, hope, and fear behind each of these needles.”
“Each one represents a different day, a different path, a different emotion. It’s a lot to take in. After a good cry, the more I looked at it, the more the needles started to blur together. Now all I see are these tiny onesies that so perfectly sum up our journey: Worth the wait. And wait, and wait, and wait.”
Recent news reports have showcased that there is a rise in the number of IVF related baby births among women in the United States.
An increase that demonstrates that couples are waiting longer to have children and that many struggle with conceiving naturally.
Now looking back on her painful experience, Walker credits God, her husband, family and even strangers who prayed for her and her husband to be able to conceive.
She says that “God knew exactly what he was thinking and doing” and stressed the importance in “trusting Him in everything.”
“I’m honored that he chose this path for me. He has shown me the power of faith, the comfort of prayer, and a strength I would have never found on my own.”
“On top of all that, he has blessed us with not one miracle but TWO,” the Texas yoga teacher said.
“Duke & Diana, you are already so loved. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalms 139:14) And “Mommy and Daddy cannot wait to hold you in our arms, for we have carried you in our hearts for a lifetime.”
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