Monday, November 10, 2008

Feeling Real Emotions

My baby sister is getting married!!!!!

I could not be happier she is so incredibly happy. J is an awesome guy and he loves her like she deserves to be loved. They are adorable together, and balance each other perfectly.

They are just so cute and happy and all is just so wonderful in their world.

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We have a small family. In other words, we tend to have few big events. When we are all together you would think it was always a big event, we do have a ton of fun together. Ever since we started the surrogacy process there has been no major events, this journey has been our major event.

Suddenly I find myself in uncharted waters. Last night I was talking to C about her wedding plans and I was making plans that did not involve getting to our child. For me, the weirdest part of the whole surrogacy experience is feeling like a parent to a child that is years away from being born. We make life decisions as if they were here. I have researched baby products, education styles, been educated about all the "Mommy War" debates, and filled my head with enough information that I think it is starting to leak.

Part of me feels guilty for celebrating this happy time in my family's life. Somehow I feel like I am neglecting this future child, it feels like I am being a bad mother. As irrational as that sounds the feeling sits in the pit of my stomach. If someone else said this to me I would tell them that they were being crazy and that they should allow themselves the joy. I am enjoying this, I am happy, but there is a limit to which I feel this happiness and joy.

Infertility has taught me not to get my hopes up, because I will be disappointed. Spending years going from highs to lows, that are not allowed on roller coasters, teaches you to be suspicious of the highs because it is all going to come crashing down. Self preservation dictates this damping down of emotions. If I were to allow myself to feel all these emotions full force I would be living in a padded room by this point.

The downside to all this is that these occasions when I want to feel this incredible joy, I have a ball of anxiety that sits in my stomach. My brain sets off a siren, repeating "Warning, Warning, emotions are not good." Ignoring this warning is okay in this situation, I am going to ignore the anxiety and just be happy. The world may stop spinning, but I am willing to take the risk.

MY BABY SISTER IS GETTING MARRIED!!!! This is an amazing time. I am going to ignore the irrational guilt and just be happy for her. She deserves all my happiness. I deserve to live in the moment. It is okay that I am so happy.

Now all I have to do is lose a thousand pounds in 4 months.

5 comments:

Beautiful Mess said...

It's hard to take your won advice! I rarely do. My friend has to drill it into me. Congratulations on your sisters impending wedding! Do your best to enjoy every minute of it!
Hugs,
-D

TABI said...

Congrats on your sister's upcoming wedding! It's so nice when good things happen in the midst of all this infertility chaos. Enjoy!

Lori said...

Congrats to your sister and her fiance!

You're right. IF teaches us to temper our emotions, especially the "positive" ones. I'm glad you've decided it's OK to be happy.

As for assvice on losing 250 lbs a month -- I got nothin'!

K @ ourboxofrain said...

Congrats to your sister and her fiance!

It is really hard to live in the moment and feel the joy (and pain) that can come with it when you're filled with so much anticipation and anxiety for the future. In many ways, though, recognizing that is as important as anything else in the effort to live in the moment. You're right -- you DO deserve to live in the moment and it is okay to be happy.

robynanne said...

Congrats on the event. I hope you can enjoy it, even through the 'hard'.