I first met Kaeleigh MacDonald in our Birth and Babies class. Our bumps were enormous, our anticipation of our soon to arrive babies was high, and we were learning the ins and outs of what to expect as new parents. During one of the breaks, I learned that Kaeleigh was a fellow blogger with her site Unpregnant Chicken.
Naturally, as someone that loves all things blogging, I went home and dug through her site. Kaeleigh had briefly touched on the fact that she had used IVF to conceive her child in class, but reading her journey online… I had no idea.
I was one of those incredibly lucky people who didn’t struggle to get pregnant. So the idea that it could take up to three years (and more for many others) for Kaeleigh and her husband to conceive their child was heartbreaking. The time, the money, the emotional labour, the dedication… I truly don’t know if I would have had it in me to get through that. But Kaeleigh did, because she knew more than anything that she wanted to be a mom.
And now, we’re both blessed to have adorable little boys who have tons of personality.
What I love about Kaeleigh is that she shares her journey so openly with others on her blog, but she’s found a new way to share the experience of IVF with the world – Extra!. Her newly released children’s book is about a boy learning that it took ‘a little extra’ to bring him into the world.
It’s so important for children to see themselves represented on the page of children’s books. I remember keenly my coworker telling me about an event she attended in Northern Alberta where a child said that it was the first time she saw someone that looked like her on the page – she was First Nations.
We all deserve to see ourselves represented in story, and that’s exactly what Extra! does. Not only will this book provide a great perspective for children born with the help of a little extra, but it will be a heartwarming message for parents and families that have gone through the infertility journey.
If you want to win a copy of Extra! make sure to comment below and I’ll be picking a winner at random in one week!
For more of Kaeleigh’s story, check out our interview on the Girl Tries Life podcast.