Hi! My name is Chelsie, welcome to my blog! What will you find here? Well, this is my story navigating through the world of infertility. It’s one I never thought I would be in, at least not this long. However, my story incorporates my faith and simply having God embrace us on this journey has brought far more peace than I could ever express.
Christopher and I have been married since 2008. We have 3 dogs who keep us company and fill our home with love and laughter. We love the adventures of marriage and can’t wait to see what’s in store for us in the future. Infertility isn’t easy for anyone to go through, but I can’t imagine anyone else by my side. We believe we are on this journey for a reason. My passion is to share our story with others, encourage those around us who are going through infertility or other trials, and to share the good news of the Gospel.
Our TTC journey began in 2009, and while a paragraph can’t do justice to all the details, I will try to make it as short but informational as I can. I had previously been diagnosed with elevated Prolactin levels. An MRI confirmed that I have a Pituitary Adenoma, which is a brain tumor. The tumor itself is benign, but resides directly on my pituitary gland negating any chance of ovulating naturally. Christopher has been Type 1 Diabetic since he was a year and a half old, and we weren’t sure what that would mean for his swimmers, if given a chance to do their thing. There is much more to my back story, which I am sure I will share a later date and time, but for now we’ll keep it simple. We have visited a couple of clinics over the year, and have finally found a doctor who is able to treat our conditions. While the medical attention she has given us has left us optimistic for the future, he has given us something greater – hope. Hope that one day, in retrospect, the years of trying, months gone by, sleepless nights, tear-soaked pillows, ill side effects from medicines, financial strain, and everything in between will all be worth it.
So, why Baby Bear? Years ago, my husband was at work and his co-worker decided he was big and cuddly – like a teddy bear. And that, ladies and gentlemen is how a nickname starts. To this day, Christopher is known to everyone as Big Bear. Shortly after that, we both joined a co-ed softball team. Wanting to join in on the fun, I decided on the name Little Bear for the back of my jersey. To this day, we are referred to as ‘The Bears’ – and we hope that one day, Baby Bear joins our Den.