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The Power of New Beginnings: Oh Baby!

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I am pregnant. Due early this year. Beyond excited. “Belly bumping” everyone I can.

Success came after FIVE years of fertility treatments during which I kept thinking, “I make a living cooking and booking people, why I can’t I cook and book a person in me? Why can’t I have the same magic I have for my clients? I have the best doctor [Dr. Geoffrey Sher from SIRM], a fabulous husband, and will to spare. Why?”

I grew more and more devastated at each “almost.” I know having a child with a surrogate or adopting are wonderful options. I should know: I’m adopted. But I wanted to carry a baby – our baby.

My experience was so powerful, uncertain, and emotionally difficult that the folks at Oprah asked me to blog about it on Oprah.com. THAT was hard.

I started blogging in December as I prepared to fly to Dr. Sher’s office. We previously had done our cycles in his New York office, so I felt this one would be different – lucky. After all, it’s Vegas, right? But that attempt failed too. It was painful enough sharing that with myself much the wonderfully supportive – but still public – Oprah.com community. I did not have the strength to blog an update.

Flash forward to late May. Time to try again. I might have to fly to Vegas any day. But didn’t know when. No one has any control over these cycles. It happens, you act. You are a passenger.  I prayed that this time just maybe…. And then my friends at Oprah called. They were coming to Book Expo America in New York that coming Tuesday and we arranged to have dinner.

And from that Tuesday on, nothing in my life would ever be the same.

To be continued in Part Two