I read a lot of blogs. Like, dozens. And then I come to work and I tell Kim about them. She's started to notice a pattern - most of the blogs I read are written by women with children. I explain this away by saying, "Well, that's who blogs - women with children do all the blogging." She just nods and says "oh, okay."
But maybe that's not completely true. I read blogs written by gay Mormon men (MoHo's - who doesn't want to read a blog written by someone who describes themselves as a "MoHo"?!). I read blogs written by women whose husbands are in the military, deployed overseas, and several written by women whose husbands were injured overseas or killed in action. I read blogs written by people who have left the Mormon church; I read blogs written by people who adore the Mormon church.
But the blogs I read most often, the ones I'm the most invested in, the ones I log onto the internet to check if there's been an update posted - those are mostly written by moms, pregnant women, and infertile women trying to get pregnant.
And I realized last night that at least 5 of the blogs I'm following right now are written by women who found out they're expecting right about the same time I found out I was expecting. Except I'm not expecting anymore and they still are. And watching their progress? It kinda sucks. It sorta hurts my heart.
I hate their baby tickers. I hate their "bump" pics.
I keep reading though, because I'm invested and I'm fascinated and I want to see what stories they tell next. I try not to imagine myself in their shoes when they talk about moving out of the first trimester, ultrasounds, listening to heartbeats. I try to skip the posts that are ALL PREGNANCY, ALL THE TIME.
Last night, a mommy-blogger that I read posted something along the lines of "Can it be my turn, universe?" She wants to have another baby; she feels like she's surrounded by babies. She says the next step is to see a doctor, but she's afraid that taking that step will lead her down a path she's not emotionally ready for...hold on, I'm just going to copy the exact text...
"As I discussed my feelings today, I realised that the next step is to see a doctor. But I can't bring myself to take that step. It is an enormous step to take. A step that will take me down a path that I am not sure I am emotionally ready for. So I sit and wait in having-a-baby limbo land. Waiting for my miracle."
This is exactly why I'm afraid to "try". If we're just going along, doing our thing, and we happen to make a baby...AWESOME!!! I can even handle going so far as to try to make sure we're "doing our thing" on certain days of the month to hopefully increase our chances of making a baby. But you start talking about body temperatures and charting and ovulation kits...oh hell, I can't take it. And what if I did do all that, and we still weren't able to make a baby? Doctors visits and needles and pills and tests and...it's too much. Too much. My delicate psyche can't handle the pressure and stress.
Mostly, I can't even allow myself to try to picture a world where someone tells me I'll never have a baby of my own on my own. I know a couple of things to be fact: adoption isn't an option for us; in vitro and all those other invasive medical miracles they can do to make babies other than the old fashioned way - those also aren't an option for us. So instead of seeing a doctor and being told that to have a child we'll have to do something more than just "it", I'd rather pretend we're still up in the air about whether or not an addition to our family is something we REALLY desire and then pretend that it's no big deal if it doesn't happen.
Only I'll know that my heart would be broken.
So yeah, maybe it's a little fucked up that I spend minutes of my day reading pregnancy posts and mommy talk and tales of infertility struggles. But we're only just to the point where we can start trying to get pregnant after the miscarriage; if we're not successful, my blog watch list may find itself trimmed in the best interest of my emotional well-being.