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Meant to Be

Meant to Be

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As someone who has gone through 5 rounds of IVF and had two miscarriages, this book resonated deeply with me.

I suddenly realised the amount of ‘stuff’ you need with a toddler and I didn’t want to be caught out by not having something crucial with me, especially as this would be the first time everybody had seen us together. However, Chris and I get on better now than we ever did, I’ve recently married chef John Torode and we all parent together. After Lisa had an ectopic pregnancy, she tried many things after to conceive again but sadly she failed to get pregnant. The book really hit home that not all is lost if things don’t go to plan, there are other avenues and that is the most important piece of information I have taken away from this inspiring journey to motherhood. A great reminder that our paths may be different to those intended, but we can still get to the destination.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. There were certain precautions that we needed to take to ensure we didn’t all get too attached and because at this point we were officially foster carers. Thoroughly moving book and a brave and honest account of the epic journey some women face to become a mother. But, in the months and years that followed, she discovered that there was more than one way to build a family – and that there is a lot of joy to be found in life’s unexpected detours. I don’t know how Billie’s life is going to turn out, but I will do everything I can to help her be the happiest she can be.

As someone finding unable to have children now through sudden medical reasons before being able to try, I found it comforting/interesting to hear her views. We recently went to see the film Instant Family, which is about adoption, with a friend who has two adopted children, too. That first day we took her to the park and played on the swings, we fed the ducks and then came home and played with her toys. Having experienced infertility before going on to have my own children, I felt a strong bond with Lisa and hope that others will be able to take comfort from her story. She was always chatting, using a language that she had made up, mixed with a few real words and sounds, always pointing to things and asking what they were.

The weeks before had been so intense, and we were – and would continue to be – under such watchful eyes. She really needed us, and she needed us to step up to the mark and be the grown-ups and not let her down. I understood looking at her how important the routine must be and how vital it was that she had her familiar sheets and teddies around her. Nobody batted an eyelid; there was too much paperwork to get through and too many questions to be answered concerning Billie’s wellbeing.

We gave Billie lunch and dinner and bathed her with her new bath toys and wrapped her in a new pink snuggly towel. This book is good for anyone who has been through this, or, equally, for those who haven’t, to gain an understanding of this difficult journey.I would recommend this book to anyone who is experiencing infertility as it will remind you that you are not alone in your feelings, even on those darker days.

I wanted the everyday things I saw mums do: finding a high chair in a cafe, putting the pushchair in the car. Lisa’s words are beautiful and so many sentences could only be truly understood by those who have gone through the same journey.

While the assessments were being carried out by the courts, as well as giving Billie her everyday care, we would be taking her for regular contact visits with her birth mother and monthly ‘looked-after child reviews’ with social services, not to mention being on the receiving end of home visits from social workers and district nurses. Highly recommend to anyone experiencing fertility problems, baby loss, grief or people who plan to adopt a child. 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. The things that I utterly relate to are that she always felt on the outside and that the grief never leaves you . 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.

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