The very first time you find out that you’re going to be a new parent a lot of different thoughts go through your mind . . . will my baby be healthy, what will he/she look like, how am I going to afford everything he/she will need, how will my life change? And once your bundle of joy is finally here the only thought in your mind is LOVE. It’s this love that makes you want to be a better person . . . to make the world a better place for your baby. There’s nothing we wouldn’t do for the love of a child.
This was the inspiration to this year’s Pampers #BetterforBaby blogger grants. Once again I was humbled and honored to be a part of this amazing and generous program which serves to help local deserving families.
Here is this year’s recipient’s story . . .
My name is Chizuka and I’m currently 40 years old. I am finally 6 months pregnant with my first baby girl.
Every night, I talk to my sweet baby….
- 7/8 Today was the day of our embryo transfer result announcement. The result was positive!! But my doctor advised me to not expect too much because of my low HCG level. Please, please hang in there. God please, do not take this baby away from me!
- 7/19 The HCG level is gradually elevating and I can see YOU now on the screen! You are such a strong baby!
- 7/27 Today was the first day I can hear your strong heartbeat. I cried for joy! Just a few weeks ago, you were just a small dot on the screen!
- 8/25 I can’t get up from bed. Your mom is now super sick! But yes, I know now you are growing!
- 9/3 Today we found that you are a baby girl! Yay!
- 10/13 Your dad seems so shy to speak to you over my belly. But remember, that is your dad’s voice!
- 11/1 Today was the first day I felt you move inside me! Was that a punch or kick?
My husband and I have been together for over 20 years. However, when I was in my 20′s, I wasn’t ready to become a mom. Then in my 30′s I became a flight attendant and I spent more time on layovers than at home with my husband. I really enjoyed traveling all over the world. Time flew quickly and when we were ready for a baby we found out that it’s not that easy to conceive at my age.
First, I’ve been trying to conceive the natural way, but my doctor said that my FSH level is too high and there is a less than 5% chance to becoming a mom even with IVF. He recommended for me to get an egg donor. But we didn’t give up and started looking for IVF clinics in Japan. In Japan, egg donation is not allowed by law which means they concentrate on retrieving eggs especially for middle age women. It was difficult to set up my work schedule and still get IVF check ups but I was able to manage it and commuted to Japan for nearly 2 years.
My first embryo transfer was successful but 10 weeks into the pregnancy we never detected a heart beat . . . a D&C was then performed. With our second try, this baby girl chose me as a mom and came down to us! But I’m always nervous for this baby and I was up and down about the result of the hormone level. Then next hurdle was the size of gestational sac, and next was the size of the CRL…. I couldn’t get any relief until I could hear my baby’s heart.
Having a child is a miracle and I believe that our baby is a gift from God. At my age, the natural pregnancy rate is only 5%, IVF pregnancy rate is 20% and miscarriage rate is 24%! I really appreciate all the people who have supported me . . . especially my husband, my family, my friends and my company.
I have 4 more months to go and now I’m starting to shop for baby goods. My 2 sister in-laws have a boy and a girl and they are my good advisers. They both recommend Pampers for diapers. They say it fits well and there’s no leaking or accidents. It breaths good so that sensitive skin stays dry! I would love for my baby to be in a good mood, so definitely Pampers is always going to be on my shopping list!
Thanks to Pampers and their #BetterforBaby grant Marvin & Chizuka were able to shop at Target for many of their baby’s needs. Becoming a new parent can get expensive and hopefully this will help with some of the costs. And being the generous person she is, Chizuka decided to use some of the money to purchase VISA gift cards for some of her friends who are currently pregnant or who have recently had a baby. What an amazing person she is! Congratulations Marvin & Chizuka!
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This post was written for Pampers who provided the monetary grant in exchange for this post. Thank you once again to #Pampers for being such an awesome and generous company to work with.
Owner of An Island Life. A flight attendant and mother to 3 beautiful girls. . . living a blessed life in Hawaii.