The Stewarts

06/01/2022

Part 1

Fertility struggles by choice.

 

That’s our story.

 

As I began a relationship with a man with a vasectomy I knew my journey to motherhood would look different. Yet I chose it.

 

On day 2 of talking to my now husband I said, ‘if children are not an option for you, then let’s stop wasting each other’s time.’

 

I knew what I wanted. You see, my entire life I dreamed of being a mommy someday. Playing with dolls and imagining all the baby names with my latest crush.

 

That night he researched vasectomy reversals.

 

Fast forward many years and an unsuccessful reversal we were faced with a variety of possibilities. It felt like my fate of being a mother was a decision made long before me. Completely out of my control.

 

Part 2

 

While being a stepmom introduced me to motherhood, the longing for a child of my own, grown from my own flesh brought into this world by me - burned deep.

 

IVF through ICSI was our only option. I stayed hopeful that my little girl dream to be a mommy would come true. A four-year fertility process came to fruition in June of 2021. When I watched those 2 lines show a positive test - I cried tears of worry that the lines would go away. I truly thought this would never be my reality.

 

In February of 2022 we welcomed our healthy baby boy, Hemsley Hoskin - the little man who holds the title for making me a mother. A long awaited dream come true.

 

It is not lost on me the journey we just survived and although often still hard to fully comprehend that he is here and he is mine - I know without a doubt his little life is intentional and with big purpose.

 

I believe I am more grateful for this precious gift because of the journey taken.

 

Photography @tracydawnphotography_lifestyle

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