Infertility, Personal


September 24, 2012

I know that many of you comment often, which I love and thereby get to know some of you.  But, I never hear from others.  You know me.  Now, I’d like to know you.   So, please comment to say hi and whatever you’re comfortable saying.  Where you’re from.  Anything.  What you like or don’t like about my website. By the way, I recently renovated it and I love it so far! And, if you have a website, please leave a link so I can visit you! 🙂

I never hear from some folks that I used to hear from.  ;(  I suspect that’s because I haven’t been blogging about infertility as much lately.  Are you sick of my travel posts, yet?  Sorry!  And, I’m not done yet.  But, this blog has always been about my whole life, and not just one thing.  I’m really glad that my blog, like my life, has some semblance of balance again and I hope that you’ll continue on with me.

A quick update on our surrogacy situation…We are going to meet our surrogate in person this weekend and I can’t wait!  I’m so excited to meet her after emailing, facebooking and chatting on the phone for over a month now.  Thanks for all of your good wishes!

Also, if you’re interested in fashion at all, check out my other blog…Couture Next Door.

(By the way, the random photo is of my weimaraner, Kali, from yesterday.)

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  • Amy

    Hi! We were both on the RPL thread over at fertility forum, too (I think I’m amedame29 there, though I don’t visit often anymore either). I hesitate to comment on most posts by those still “in the trenches” anymore…like a link back to my blog is more hurtful than helpful now that there are (fair warning) baby pictures. I will always feel like an RPL girl, even though we eventually did get lucky. I am definitely still reading and hoping so hard that surrogacy will work out for you! You have been such an amazing resource and supporter for all of us, not to even mention all your advocacy work. Keep us posted as much as you can – we are really rooting for you!

    • Whitney

      Yes, Amy!!! So good to hear from you! Huge congratulations to you for your miracle baby! Thanks so much for saying hello and following us still on this seemingly never-ending road. I love hearing from you!

  • Heather

    Hey Whitney have been enjoying the travel posts. I went through about 5 years of infertility before we had our miracle baby Nicholas. I am in sunny South Africa – maybe one day you can travel here?
    I am so excited about your surrogate and will keep following to see how things go.

    • Whitney

      Heather! I love always hearing from you and am so happy for your miracle baby! Are you kidding me? South Africa is like #1 on my travel wish list. What’s not to love…beautiful country, seeing the big 5, wineries, coast…ahhhh!!! Hopefully one day. Just really expensive to get there!

  • Hi! I’m always reading even when I don’t comment. I liked your travel posts – especially since we’re still planning our trip to Madrid in December – woo hoo! And I LOVE weimarners even though I’m not much of a dog person… so beautiful!

    • Whitney

      HI!!! I wish I could contribute some good advice on Madrid, but we didn’t spend much time there! So excited for you though! Also, I love the pics of Miss E on Twitter. Such a cutie pie!!

  • I hope you have a great visit with your surrogate! We had our son through surrogacy 3 years ago, and I’m always happy to support another’s journey through surrogacy. My late grandmother-in-law grew up in Algeria, so I love seeing your trip pictures.

    • Whitney

      Hi KeAnne! Thanks for saying hi! If you have any surrogacy advice, by all means, let me know. So amazing that you had your son through surrogacy. I hope to join you in that.

  • Kelly

    Hi Whitney!! I’m praying hard for you with this new surrogate!! I was also on the RPL on Fertility Forum!! (blueeyes) I check in here often just don’t post much!! But I can’t wait to hear more about this round!! As for your travels…a tad jealous over here in MI!!!

    • Whitney

      Kelly! Hi! I miss talking to you, so it’s so good to hear from you! XO! No more travels planned, but I’m always jealous of anyone else’s travel…I’m always like take me! take me! haha! 😉

  • Ann

    Hi Whitney nice to meet you .. I’m from sunny California although I’m tired of the sun right now … want some good ol’ fall weather !!! Found your blog kinda by accident but love hearing your travel stories and journey through infertility ! I have 2 beautiful girls and would love to give the gift of children to someone else as I am done with my children so have been exploring the surrogacy route … we’ll see … wherever God leads me 🙂 I am rooting for you all the way from CA !!!! God Bless !!!

    • Whitney

      Aww..thanks so much! It’s always amazing to me to know how many people near and far who are pulling for us. That gives us the extra fuel we need sometimes to keep going! ♥ If you ever decide to go in that direction, I’m happy to answer any questions if I can help in any way. I think it’s so wonderful that you’re even considering it. God bless!

  • Lindy

    Hi Whitney,
    I love reading your blog- in fact it’s one of the few I still read regularly. Your travel stories (and especially the pictures!) are lots of fun. I deleted my own blog a few months back because for a while writing honestly about my struggles and feelings was alienating my IRL friends who couldn’t understand my pain and jealousy. Even though my blog was supposed to be about my whole life, it somehow got hijacked by RPL. You’ve done a good job keeping things balanced.

    I just lost my sixth baby, a little boy named James, at 21w5d. Since this is my second stillbirth, and I was so sick during pregnancy myself, my doctors say I shouldn’t get pregnant again. I’m grieving the losses of my daughter, my son, the other babies, and now the probability that I’ll never give birth to a healthy child of my own. Reading in your blog about how you’ve struggled with coming to terms with not being pregnant again and the possibility of surrogacy or adoption (and your exciting surrogacy prospects!! 🙂 gives me some hope that my dreams might not be dead, either. I really, really want to see you with a baby in your arms on this blog one day. I know it’s crazy that some random girl from Georgia stalks your blog with the hope of reading about your good news, but that’s me!

    So write on, girl. I’ll be reading, and I’ll try to comment more, too. I hope your meeting with your soon-to-be surrogate is awesome.

    • Whitney


      I’m so sorry to hear that you had to delete your blog. I’m sorry that your friends couldn’t understand. 🙁 That’s why I keep on talking…trying to help people understand.

      And, I’m heartbroken to hear that you lost your son. Oh, I just can’t imagine. I am so, so sorry. I don’t know what you might have done in terms of a memorial to him, but this is a great site – If you ever need to talk, you know where to find me.

      I really hope that you will find a path to parenthood and if you ever want to talk about surrogacy, just let me know.

      Big hugs from Virginia!

    • Hi Lindy,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. We recently adopted a newborn domestically, and if you ever want to hear more about our experience, please drop me a line. Wishing you peace in your grief.

  • Hello from ICLW! What a beautiful pup, and I like your blog layout too. It looks like a magazine. It’s nice to read about your excitement over meeting your surrogate – here’s hoping your relationship is just as wonderful in real life!

  • Staci

    I found your blog while going thru OHSS-since then, addicted 🙂 Most people dont know I suffer with infertility, even though I had my son on Clomid, and have been thru three egg transfers with IVF. I LOVE that your so open with the struggles and feelings of dealing with it daily. Its something I still cant do and am so envious of you for. It reminds me that Im not alone when it feels like I am. I hope that surrogacy works out well for you this time-You deserve to hold that little bundle, and I wish nothing but the best for you!

    • Whitney


      I am so lucky to have people like you that are cheering us on! ♥ Thanks for saying hello.

  • I’m always reading, too, but I mostly read from my phone, and it’s really hard to leave comments!! Thinking of you guys often and sending good vibes for your surrogate meeting. xoxoxox

  • Long time reader from the midwest. I am a RPL ‘er. I don’t blog anymore however I may pick it back up in the future. Love reading about all your travels, makes me wish I had the time and the money to do that right now!
    I can’t wait to hear about your surrogacy journey (if you choose to share). I was pregnant four time before I had my daughter in 07 and the had three more pregnancies the last one I lost at 20 weeks. We had just met with our RE and decided that maybe we needed to jump off the train and stop trying. We had seriously discussed surrogacy but ended up with a surprise twin pregnancy (my boys are 9 months old)while discussing our options.
    That was just a rambly way to say I hope your dreams come true too.

  • Hi! I found your website randomly and love the travel posts. I’ve traveled quite a bit but not so much lately. I live in the lovely Finger lakes region of upstate NY and love to cook for my family and started a blog called and have had so much fun with it. I’m a web guy when I’m not in the kitchen or reading a book.