April is a CNY Fertility Center patient and has been on her journey to fertility for approximately two and a half years. April will share candid stories and a unique perspective on the fertility challenges many women and couples face.
Week 29: The Holidays
I do not know about many of you, but I cannot believe another Christmas is going by in which I am not pregnant or at least able to announce a pregnancy. At this point, the whole ordeal is getting to be a bit repetitive – really! This is the third holiday season in which we have had to deal with fertility challenges, and I am sure many of you can relate to that feeling of disappointment as you watch children wait in line to visit Santa or you hear talk of co-workers taking their children to holiday related events.
Although the entire season can be overwhelming, the season can be joyful as well. Personally, I want to focus on the joy and magic of this season so I do not miss any opportunities to create memories. Regardless of your religious affiliation, this season truly is beautiful. The first snowfall is always a bit enchanting, and the well lit homes and neighborhoods are beautiful. There is so much to experience, even if we do not yet have our own children.
Whether you are a parent or not, you and your spouse are a family so enjoy spending time with each other. I would encourage you to do the most you can to make this the best holiday season yet for you and your husband because you are already a family.
My husband and I have put together a list of activities we like to do together during this season. Here are some of our favorite holiday rituals:
- Decorate the tree – don’t forget the Christmas music and tea or cocoa.
- Take an evening drive through one of the well-lit neighborhoods.
- Have a quiet dinner with Christmas music playing in the background.
- Tour one of the local houses or mansions decorated for the season (Sonnenberg Gardens used to have a beautiful display of lights and a mansion tour).
- Enjoy an evening out (dinner and/or a movie). Restaurants are beautifully decorated for the season.
- Take a weekend trip (Last year we went to Niagara-on-the-Lake and this year we went to Columbus, Ohio to visit my cousin and his family).
- Wine tasting
- Entertain during the holiday season – You may host one of the actual holidays, a small dinner party or an ornament exchange.
- We open one of our gifts to each other on Christmas Eve after all of the bustling family events, when just the two of us are together
Whatever you do over the upcoming holidays, do not forget to acknowledge how important you and your spouse are to each other. Remember your extended family, but remember that you and your spouse are a family, too.
April all Year
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