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Thanks for dropping in. Liv 4 Today started out as mostly an infertility blog covering topics related to our journey and reflections on living through it. Things changed when on our fourth (and final) IVF transfer, we were finally blessed with a miracle. Beau William was born in August of 2017 and so our journey transitioned from one of infertility, to motherhood. Infertility will always be part of me, and it affects motherhood in ways that

I couldn’t imagine. Join us for this wild ride!

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April 24, 2018

This year's theme for National Infertility Awareness Week is Flip The Script. It's always left open to interpretation of course, but for me I really wanted to focus on how a couple's infertility affects those around them. 

I sent a number of people in our personal circle a few questions (varied based on our relationship) and have been sharing quotes from their answers on Instagram. I felt, however, that the answers given from some of our parents needed to be shared more fully. It was a really interesting experience for me personally because these are questions we never really stop and ask. Perhaps in part we are afraid of the answers. Perhaps we simply don't want to relive the pain we experienced. Whatever the reason, I think in a big way we need to hear these words. The outside world too can benefit from understanding that infertility doesn't just affect a couple, but all those around them.

Q

When we first told you about our infertility, what was your reaction?

Parent-A: Surprised th...

March 29, 2018

So I thought it would be fun to share our experiences and tips with traveling with an almost 7 month old. I had spoken to friends prior to our travel, but I think the experience is so dependent on age... so with that in mind, here's our experience with Beau! 

PREPARATION

Preparing for the trip started for me about 3-4 days prior to our departure. I did a lot of laundry and began packing by setting aside swaddles, bibs and burp clothes. With Beau's reflux I knew we'd need a lot of these. I packed enough for roughly 1 swaddle cloth, 1.5 burp cloths, and 2.5 bibs per day. So for our 5 days that worked out to 5 swaddle cloths, 7 burp cloths, and 12 bibs. It ended up being literally perfect. Phew. I was worried I'd have to do sink laundry and had we gone for any longer that would have been the plan, so for our next trip I will plan to pack enough for 1/2 the trip and then wash/dry mid-way through.

I wasn't sure how many suitcases we'd need and because the weather was going to be so d...

February 20, 2018

As a former photographer, I always enjoyed doing family sessions for others. I know too often we get lax about getting professional photos taken since we all have cameras built into our phones now. But I find moms in particular only have selfies of themselves with their kids if they don't go out and do shoots. 


Well I knew this would be the case for myself one day, and I just hoped I'd finally be in a position to actually be able to have a family of my own and do so. Our first family photoshoot meant a lot to me. I spent years of our infertility journey watching other families' kids grow up, to have them come back year after year for photos with still no child of my own. Finally it was my turn. 

Our maternity photographer was doing a Valentine's special of mini sessions and I jumped at the chance for just a small collection of pics. She is so generous with her time and does a beautiful job and I couldn't be more grateful for these memories. 

February 19, 2018

Beau is now 6 months old. We thought we had turned a corner on the dreaded 4 month sleep regression, but unfortunately it seems as though it was more a u-turn, landing us back where we started again. Beau has never been an excellent sleeper. He's given us nights here and there, revelling in the 8 hours of straight sleep we got when it happened, but those nights were few and far between and we had resigned ourselves to knowing we'd have to do some sleep training of some sort with him eventually.

We read (well listened to) the book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child by Marc Weissbluth and decided to try implementing some of what we learned. We followed more of a Ferber method of sleep training however also allowing ourselves even more flexibility. We did a gentle approach of letting him cry a little and visiting, but we chose to pick him up and re-settle him in the process. It worked somewhat for us, but he would wake at around 10pm and 1am every night for top up feeds and go back down. We...

February 5, 2018

Alright, so I thought it would be a good time to sit down and reflect on the last (almost) 6 months. It’s been a whirlwind, and I’ve been exhausted. As you’ve probably noticed, my blog (and vlog for that matter) has really taken a back seat… and so should it I suppose. I’m raising a human after all  Well now it’s finally time for me to share some things that I learned in these first six months and the products that helped me get through. This post will focus on those early weeks and the products I needed right off the bat!

So first off, my c-section recovery was rough. I had to go back to the hospital days after being discharged because I was in so much pain. We were checking for a hematoma or infection etc. I was put on precautionary antibiotics and just tried to take it as easy as I could. We set up shop down in the living room as I couldn’t get in or out of our tempur-pedic bed. An air mattress for Eric to sleep downstairs with us would have been handy, but with an imp...