There is something truly precious about knowing someone since you were 14, and having the opportunity to walk alongside them during this stage of life. Sarah and I have been best friends since high school, meaning we’ve seen each other through a lot! We’ve been there through break-ups, high school drama, identity crises, moving cross-country, we were in each others’ wedding (and I even got to photograph hers, in addition to being a bridesmaid!), and so much more. Some of it extremely joyful, other parts gut-wrenchingly hard. In Sarah’s words, shared with her permission-
“Our journey through infertility over the last 4 years has been the single biggest emotional challenge I’ve faced in my life. When I was diagnosed with PCOS, I celebrated the fact I finally had an explanation for my inability to conceive. We had a path forward, a treatment plan. But when I suffered 2 losses, I was shattered. I was bitter. I struggled. Despite knowing I was not alone in infertility, nor in miscarrying, I felt my body had betrayed me.
Through it all, my dear dear husband made sure I knew I.was.enough. No matter what. I know absolutely nothing is guaranteed. I am not guaranteed this baby, even now. But for the first time in a long time, I am able to let myself dream that this so incredibly loved little one will have an opportunity for life.”
Knowing that Sarah had also been waiting, hoping, and grieving simultaneously over the last several years meant that when she made it to her second trimester with this little one, I had nothing but JOY for her!! Their hopes of becoming parents were finally coming true, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to witness this season of expectation and anticipation. Part of me quietly hoped that we’d be placed with a baby soon after Sarah’s little one arrived so that we could also experience motherhood together at similar times.
And when we were matched with our birth mom who was due on August 21st, I called Sarah to ask about her due date again- it was August 19th, two days before Baby Spring’s due date. PERFECT. TIMING.
Sarah!! We get to do this motherhood thing together, after all! I know neither of us would wish this painful journey on anyone else, but I’ll say this- if we both had to walk this road, I’m sure glad we walked it together. You’ve consistently been the one who gets it, who understands, who lets me say everything I’m feeling without ever judging me, and for that I’ll be eternally grateful. I love you to pieces, dear friend- it was such a privilege to capture these for you. Felix can’t WAIT to meet his new bestie in Henry!!
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