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If you haven’t been following the Gardner “Quad Squad” on Facebook, their story is one filled with hope. They struggled with Infertility for 8 years before finally trying in vitro and realizing their greatest hopes and dreams: they were pregnant with not one but FOUR beautiful babies! I have loved following their sweet journey since they announced the big news and became an internet sensation. What I love the most, however, is their focus on raising awareness on it and the hope they offer to couples struggling with infertility worldwide.
I recently read this excellent novel called “Wishing on Baby Dust” by Lydia Winters. I LOVED it and couldn’t put it down for days. Having gone to a fertility center myself to get the sweet angel I hold in my arms today, I admit I became very teary as I read these fictional women’s journeys through discovering and treating their different forms of infertility. Winters writes with such emotion that you can’t help but feel what each of the women are feeling in their individual stories. Whether you struggle with it yourself or you know someone who does, Wishing on Baby Dust beautifully narrates and educates the emotional, physical, and mental toll that infertility can take on couples. A recommended read for all in hopes that we can continue to raise awareness on infertility as well as offer hope to those walking that uncertain, and often very lonely road.
Infertility stinks. No one knows that better than Megan. After six years of insanity-inducing hormone drugs and desperate prayers, all she has to show for her efforts are enough negative pregnancy tests to fill a bassinet. All around her women are accidentally getting pregnant—like her star piano student—while Megan remains hopelessly barren. Megan’s never felt so alone. But she’s not the only one struggling.
Christina has just entered the world of infertility, made worse by the fact her husband isn’t ready to be a father. Their marriage, already hanging in the balance, is being torn apart.
Then there’s Kyra, the mother of a precocious three-year-old. She’s shocked to be struggling with secondary infertility. A baby is priceless, but sometimes Kyra feels like she’s being forced to choose which commandment to keep: stay out of debt, or multiply and replenish the earth.
When Megan and Christina are assigned as Kyra’s visiting teachers, they all realize that what you see isn’t necessarily what’s beneath the surface. Some secrets aren’t worth the cost of keeping them.
Lydia Winters decided in first grade that she’d grow up to be three things—a mom, a teacher, and a writer. She’s lucky enough to have accomplished all three tasks. Lydia received her bachelor’s in history education from Utah Valley University. Soon after leaving her teaching career behind, she became a mother to adorable twin boys, who guarantee her life is never dull.
Lydia is married to the most supportive man in the world. He regularly takes care of the twins and cooks dinner so she can escape with her laptop to chase her dream of being a writer. When she has time for hobbies, Lydia is a reality TV junkie, loves to cross-stitch, and sometimes even finds time to play the piano. She eats way too much chocolate and wishes she liked things like running or yoga.