Couple finds humour in infertility with pregnancy announcement parodies
Spencer and Whitney Blake have found a funny way to tackle a subject that one in six Canadian couples may find particularly painful: infertility.
After struggling with the issue themselves for years, the Idaho couple recently made fake “infertility announcements” to help others cope.
They’re a spoof of some of the most creative/common ways parents-to-be share that they’re expecting. Like this Instagram post:
“Pregnancy announcements can sometimes be hard for people like us to read and hear, even when we’re legitimately happy for the people,” the couple explained in an email.
“We started thinking it would be funny to create our own infertile equivalents. For us personally, for this particular problem, we found that having a sense of humour made infertility a bit more bearable.”
The six creations they’ve posted on their blog seem to have resonated with other infertile couples, many of whom have reportedly contacted the Blakes to thank them.
On the blog, Whitney writes of how consuming infertility once was for the pair.
“Between monitoring my temperature first thing when I woke up in the morning to sometimes daily doctors appointments… between the charts, kits, pills, drugs and tests… between other people’s baby showers and pregnancy announcements… between the frenzied hope and desire at the beginning of the month to the acute heartache and despair at the end of it, it’s kinda hard to forget even when you’re trying not to dwell on it.”
Since their “unexplained infertility” diagnosis, the 30-year-old and her husband have adopted two “mischievous, curly-haired, curious, sweet, little fire-engine-loving” boys, aged four and two.
“I wouldn’t change a single thing about them, most especially the way they came to me,” she told Global News. “The waiting for them so long, and the wanting them so much is part of what makes them so precious.”
“Infertility is part of what created our family and it is definitely one of the significant things that makes me… me,” she added.
For those who are still on the emotional roller coaster, the Blakes offer these words of encouragement:
“Though the road can seem lonely, you are not alone.”
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