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My #highriskpregnancy miracle is 1 month old!!! He and his brother are my proof that God will give you the desires of your heart!!! I beat #incompetentcervix #pretermlabor #infertility!! Praise the Lord!! My heart is full of peace and love today! Love you Michael Austin

My heart is feeling so many feels right now.❀️It's been one of those weeks where I silently think about what could have been and how far along I would be in our pregnancy. I dunno....so many things are going through my mind. Like...the baby shower invites that I'm getting....could have been mine. Or....the baby bump pictures that are floating around IG and FB could have been of me. But....I've also been thinking that if I had not had a miscarriage....I would not be able to relate to the indescribable pain of pregnancy loss that so many of you have felt (and still feel). If the Lord needed me to share our sorrow to help one person in need...I would do it all over again. I have no doubt that He has a plan for us and our babies. I am grateful to be a tool in His belt....even if it means that I will be shedding tears. β€’
I just want you to know that I love you guys. I'm grateful for you. Thank you for following and sharing your stories with me. Thank you for your prayers. β€’
Tag someone below that might need a friend or some comfort during a trial. πŸ“·:@brittneylizphotography
xo, Carissa

WE GOT THIS ❣️#hope

A natural phenomenon and reaching 10,000 followers on the same day, coincidence? I think not!

When this pops up on your time hop πŸ’”. Literally soul crushing. Still, I'm going to try to choose joy today because we have a new clinic, new doctor, and new hope on the horizon. #miscarriage #miscarriageawareness #infertility #infertilitysupport #infertilitywarriors #ivf #ivfjourney #ttc #ivfsisters #ttcsisters

Sometimes you need a reminder to practice what you preach! πŸ™ˆ
I've had a shocker of a week with a tummy bug that has totally wiped me out and ended up with me in hospital on a drip to get rehydrated. All is well and I am someone who believes everything happens for a reason... after my previous post about being fearful of being away from Lola, these last fews days have put my mind at rest because Lola had an absolute party with Granny! 🌟
We are so close to meeting Lola's brother or sister and my anxiety is creeping up on me. I'm pretty much worrying about everything!
Going through our fertility struggles it has been really important to me to learn as much as I can from my experience, so today I'm going to try to take a step back and remind myself that anxiety is my friend and I need to let go.... you can't control everything!
That's the toughest lesson I've learned, I wonder what your toughest lesson has been? #LetsTalkFertility #Anxiety

The adorable @fortheloveofbearcubs tagged me in a "how'd you meet your honey" post...so here it is! 😍

BJ and I met online dating! I had a serious, long-term relationship that I thought was going the distance completely implode in August of 2010. After a few weeks of being knocked flat on my back with post-breakup insanity, I felt really prompted to try online dating. So in mid-September, I blitzed all the online dating sites and said I'd give it a month. After a week and a lot of messages from total creepers, one popped in from a nice looking guy with a cute dog in his picture. I am a dog fanatic, so I thought "I bet he's normal because he likes dogs" πŸ˜‚ annddd...I thought he was pretty cute! We started messaging back and forth, and within a few days became Facebook friends and chatted back and forth for hours every day. Next came some phone calls and texts, and three weeks later, he flew to Colorado from Utah to spend the weekend. I knew he loved Mountajn Dew and Pretzel M&Ms, so I had those in the car when I picked him up from the airport. We spent about 36 hours together, and when he kissed me by a waterfall on a hike, I knew I was going to marry him. It sounds so crazy! We flew back and forth a few times a month, video chatted all the time, exchanged "I love yous" at Christmas (I made him a pair of Spider-Man footie PJs and he said that sealed the deal) while I visited for two weeks, and started talking marriage. Dating to engaged in 6 months. We got engaged in March of 2011, I moved to Utah at the end of the school year in May 2011, and we got married in July of 2011. BJ is my dorky, lovable, hardworking, optimistic rock in life. We are wildly opposite, but it works β™₯️ my biggest dream is for him to be a daddy to our sweet babies (we've been trying since the first month we were married). He has carried me through treatments and two heartbreaking losses. He is my world. Also, pictures from when we were dating (Nov-Dec 2010, and then a few of our engagement shots from April 2011). I'd love to know more about how @emsroadtobaby, @down.that.path and @delayedbutnotdenied met their sweethearts β™₯️ because who doesn't just love LOVE? 😍


Your luteal phase is the time to start slowing things down, which goes against everything you were ever taught about living in a man's world.
If you keep going at the same pace, you're body will eventually take things into its own hands and create a situation where you have to slow down.
Get curious about what's going on and what your body needs in this part of your cycle. (link in bio)

A natural phenomenon and reaching 10,000 followers on the same day, coincidence? I think not!

My #highriskpregnancy miracle is 1 month old!!! He and his brother are my proof that God will give you the desires of your heart!!! I beat #incompetentcervix #pretermlabor #infertility!! Praise the Lord!! My heart is full of peace and love today! Love you Michael Austin

No make-up and messy hair don't care πŸ’πŸ»This is a mama who just had a long dance party with her five kids. This is what balanced blood sugar and gut-health is for me. #PPD is real and scary. Did you know that it can be more likely if we have imbalanced hormones before conceiving!? Why don't people tell women who are trying to conceive these things? Find balance, mamas so that you can enjoy those miracles when they come. This is my first post about my struggle with anxiety and ppd, I have tears in my eyes because I'm glad it finally feels like it's behind me.. I can see it in the smiles on my babies' faces.
#plexus #balance #sahmlife #ppdfree #postpartumjourney #postpartumdepression #postpartumweightloss #beforeandafter #plexustestimonials #plexusbeforeandafter #plexustriplex #pcos #ttcsisters #ttccommunity #ttcwithpcos #infertilitysupport #infertilityawareness #infertilitysucks #sahm

Ok so we completed all the IVF e-learning modules as request and had our LAST alcoholic drink on Saturday to celebrate....now We're all set for two weeks time.....!!!!!!
#e-learning #givenupdrinking #lastdrink #weareallset #allset #ready #bringiton #ivfsupport #ivfdiary #ivf #ivfjourney #infertilitysupport #infertility #infertilitysucks #wearetrying #hope #positivethinking #positivevibes #love #family #ourfamily #wegotthis #fertilitytreatment #fertility

Trying to think happy thought before the next series of #shots start up. The length of these #needles are making my heart beat a bit faster. Hoping for minimal bruising during the 3 months I have to get them daily. #ivf #infertility #infertilitysucks #Ireallyhateneedles #infertilitysupport #frozentransfer #progesteroneinoil #terrified

And so it begins... It seems contradictory but the first step in this IVF journey is to take birth control for 4-6 weeks. This basically shuts down/calms the reproductive system so we have a nice baseline to start. We are taking this journey one day at a time and today is a big day! Next week I will have uterine mapping done which will prepare the Doctors for embryo transfer so everything goes smoothly once we get to that point. That appointment will also determine what medication protocol I will be on and when we will be able to begin stimulation for egg retrieval. If you are following our journey, please keep us in your thoughts over these next fews weeks and stay tuned, more updates to come! πŸ’• #preivf #ivfjourney #isthisreallyhappening #infertilitysucks #infertilitywarrior #infertilitysupport #icandothis #iam1in8 #youarenotalone

Harry Potter decor, continued! Pretty sure it's time for a movie marathon as well :) the rest of the setup is in my previous post for a complete view :)

I'm definitely early, but getting all of my Harry Potter decor up for fall made me so happy yesterday! I used to throw a Harry Potter day party for the students at the end of 6th grade, and have amassed a collection of fun stuff...putting it out every year is so fun now! Excuse the fact that there are two posts worth of this! I'm a little over the top πŸ˜‰

My new blog post. Link in my bio.
This one was important to me; to write and learn from.
Thank you as always, for sticking with us and reading this πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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