As I am sitting here watching another amazing day of the 2014 Winter Olympic I can’t help but to reflect on how much things have changed since the last Olympics in 2010. I was so excited and proud that Canada was the host country for the 2010 Winter Games, and when the Olympic torch came into Toronto in November 2009 I made sure I was there to see it. I remember the feeling of everyone being so excited as we counted down to the start of the games, to be a part of something the whole country was watching and cheering for. By the time the games started in February of 2010 we has some of our own excitement going on as well – we had just announced to our family that we were expecting our first child.
I will never forget getting together with my family and Hubs family to watch some of the Olympic games. My mom asking if she could sit beside me on the couch, practically vibrating with excitement as she was about to embark on the world of being a grandparent for the first time. Little did we all know at that time that Monkey would leap into our lives 2 months earlier than we anticipated.
Fast forward to the 2014 Winter Olympics, now I am sitting on the couch with Little Bear on my lap clapping for the athletes when he hears the crowd cheer and Monkey sitting next to me asking 101 questions about the different sports. It is amazing how much life can change in the span of 4 years!!! We have grown from a family of 2 to a family of 4 – and the thing I covet the most is a full night of uninterrupted sleep.
In Ontario it is a long weekend, for Family Day, and we are going to spend some quality time together watching the Olympics and having fun. In the last 4 years I have been able to create the family I have always wanted, however I can’t help but pause on Family Day to recognize all of the couples who have struggled or are still struggling to create a family for themselves. Now is the time to show your support for @OHIP4IVF and government support of IVF funding in Ontario. Conceivable Dreams is asking the Ontario government to take action and fund medically recommended in vitro fertilization for infertile couples. No family should have to wipe out their life savings trying to create a family and public funding of IVF will save health care dollars by reducing multiple birth rates and decreasing high risk pregnancies.
As you enjoy this Family Day take a moment to remember the 1 in 6 couples that face infertility and show your support for #OHIP4IVF. Just imagine the families that could be created in the next 4 years.
Disclosure: I have been compensated for this blog post by Conceivable Dreams . However, all opinions expressed on this blog are my own and not influenced in any way.