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There once was a family who struggled and fought; To add one child from a lonely nought.

This story is one you probably know; Of the IVF and the Embryo.

Of a couple trying for months to conceive; Their emotions unravelling from a once tight weave.

Up at the hospital and stood in line; Waiting with others and watching the time.

The great number of people hoping they might; Win just once in this gut-­wrenching fight.

To have the family they had long desired; Their hope never wained, wavered, nor tired.

Some having struggled through numerous tries; Telling tales of failure through tear-­filled eyes.

When eventually our family’s embryo survived; To give them the child for which they’d strived.

A promise was made to cherish their son; As he was likely to be the only one.

So, why the title ‘Moving On…’; If the happy ending’s said and done?

Despite being the happiest family you’ll meet; Deep inside they felt incomplete.

Having two children was this couple’s dream; To provide a sibling and complete the team.

Unfortunately this was not meant to be; Due to heart complications and the IVF fee.

From here developed a feeling of shame; A hint of sadness when a new birth came.

A feeling that one can easily hide; But is overwhelming deep down inside.

Never again experiencing that newborn smell; A painful thought for this family to tell.

A state of loss and a chance denied; The talks that are had and tears that are cried.

The catharsis aids in accepting fate; To let go of dreams and close the gate.

To understand the selfishness of your plight; Forgetting the couples still in their fight.

Battling and striving to have one child; And the tests on which their dreams are piled.

What they would give to be in the shoe; Of the parents eagerly wishing for two.

This is a narrative based on life; And the journey of myself and my wife.

We’ve supported each other through trials so far; And realise just how lucky we are.

The desire for more has gradually waned; Because all that we need is Isaac James.

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Paul Webster

My name is Paul Webster. I'm a blogger, a poet, a cinema geek, a music lover, a baby­wearing advocate, a husband, a father to a son and a pogonophile

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