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.