Part 5 – My Prize
By Leah Taylor
The finale to Leah’s Story
Leah has shared her journey with us throughout the year:
Part 1: Fertility
Part 2: Unexpected Surprises
Part 3: Making A Sibling
Part 4: Not Giving Up
We are so pleased to share that Leah’s story has come to an end – a very positive end.
I won, I won the prize! After a six year emotional roller coaster – three full cycles and 10 embryo transfers – I am finally sitting here with my 10-day old daughter in my arms, pinching myself and wondering how I got so lucky.
The pregnancy didn’t come without stress or worry, at times wondering if I would ever get a chance to hold this little miracle growing inside me. Now I know she’s safe in my arms it really wasn’t that bad after all… which is easy to say after the fact because in the moment I was stressing like crazy!
Today I sit here finding it hard to believe that I never have to go through any more needles, scans or egg collections again. I feel so proud of myself that I’ve come through on the other side. I didn’t give up, I fought for what I wanted and it paid off – all the hard work was definitely worth it in the end.
I am truly grateful to those who had a hand in making this dream come true. The best gift was the priceless moment when my son met his little sister for the first time; it truly was the most magical moment, one I will never forget!
I couldn’t be happier to be mother to a newborn. I watch my son everyday interacting with his little sister; smothering her in kisses, bathing her, singing to her and racing in the door after school just so he can give her a cuddle, it’s a mother’s dream come true.
So what I will say to those who are still waiting for their little miracle is this: whenever you feel so sad that things aren’t working for you, sad wondering if you will ever hold a baby in your arms, when you feel like you just can’t go any further… take a moment to yourself and remember that women like me were at that point too. And now? They’re all just memories. All those days when you are full of different emotions and everything is getting you down? One day it will just be a memory.
Hang in there and don’t give up, because one day you will be just as lucky as I am and will be holding your beautiful miracle in your arms too.
Maddison Amy Taylor was born on Saturday 20th of October 2018.