John Luke’s first birthday is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  I went in to labor the Sunday before Thanksgiving, this time last year.  Since his birthday was just after the holiday, this will be his first Thanksgiving.

I’d like to thank some people who had a critical role in his birthday coming into being.

*Both of our families, who through thick and thin, put up with us, when at times we were not at our best.  Infertility can wreak havoc on your emotions, and you often take it out on the ones closest to you.

*Dr. Samuel Thatcher, our Reproductive Endocrinologist, who had the boldness to tell us the painful truth, that we would most likely never have a biological child.  He had the grit to inform us, that our only real chance of conceiving was through embryo adoption.

*Our friend who was an oocyte donor for us.  Because of her generous act, we came across the NEDC online, while researching third party donation.

*The other bloggers through the NEDC website, who made embryo adoption seem real and possible, and not weird, like some kind of science experiment.  It made us realize embryo adoption is just like any other adoption, with the bonus of me being able to carry the child.

*The staff at NEDC who make dreams come true, for so many infertile couples, who never thought having a child of their own could be real.

*People working in the infertility world everywhere, who have to tell people what they don’t want to hear, but need to hear, so they can move forward with what could be the best thing that ever happened to them.

Holidays can be hard for those who are childless, if having a child is the desire of their heart.  Embryo adoption changed that for me.   This Thanksgiving, my arms and heart are full.  For all who played a role, I give my thanks and gratitude.

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