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Meant to Be

Meant to Be

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It was so easy to empathise with her on her journey to motherhood and she describes what she went through to get there in an easy to understand but well written way.

Our names were to be used at all times – we were Lisa and Chris, not ‘Mummy’ and ‘Daddy’ and we knew and respected this. In a raw and inspiring story of one woman’s journey through motherhood, family life and self-discovery, Lisa explores the many forms that family can take, and discovers the power of embracing your Plan B. The journey Lisa and Chris, her husband at the time, take through this book is a bittersweet story of the ups and downs of trying for a baby and it not going the way others take for granted.The social workers (ours and Billie’s) met with us to go through what had been happening and to raise any pressing points or questions they needed to ask. All the experiences are so well written and I’ve found this to be a very therapeutic and uplifting book as I too parent plus. I had to change her nappy in the middle of it and I felt like all eyes were on me as I picked up the changing bag and we headed to the loos. When that began to look too complicated legally and also too expensive, I launched us into adoption, not taking a breath. Exactly the same as Lisa; I did not share everything I went through during my IVF journey, which is now a blur, as I could not cope with the scrutiny or expectation of IVF, so my husband and I kept the burden to ourselves.

She had seemed to settle so easily and didn’t seem at all disturbed by the fact that she was coming to stay with us, though I knew from the work we had done that it would all be in her head somewhere. This book is about Lisa’s quest to be a mum and pretty much reflects my personal experience too ( just the surrogacy consideration was different). One minute she was in a foster home, now she was with us, a different set of people looking after her, yet within the space of a day, things felt almost normal. I cried through a lot of this book, not for sadness of what was not to be but of the grief I felt at the time and wasn’t able to express. I think the grief was so acute because the minute the test is positive, you map out your whole life with that child.I knew these small things were like a lighthouse to her in a stormy sea, making her feel as safe as she could and guiding her home. For anyone who has ever found themselves facing the unexpected in life - whether that's infertility, adoption, grief or any other personal challenge - this is an uplifting and honest account of finding love in unexpected places, and building your life on your own terms. That first morning seemed like a military operation, with the alarm sounding and us all having to be ready to leave the house. Ive had this book on my tbr list for a while, as I knew I needed to be in the right place mentally to be able to read it and to have the time to reflect.

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