I always knew I wanted to be a father. As a kid, I shared the typical dream of one day having a loving wife, two great kids, a nice house and, of course, a rambunctious dog.
Well, I got the kids, wife and house, but I’m still waiting on that dog.
When Allie and I started trying to have a baby, I had no idea how long it would take. No one does, apparently. I was actually shocked at how quickly things happened. Here we were one day finally agreeing to give it a shot when suddenly, BAM, it’s 9 months later and Jason was born. It took a little bit longer with Ryan, but overall not long at all.
That’s not to say we didn’t have complications or anything, but in the end, everyone turned out happy and healthy and I couldn’t ask for anything more. Lately, though, I’ve been thinking, “What if we just couldn’t get pregnant?“
In my day job at a marketing agency, one of our clients, AttainFertility, deals with infertility on a regular basis. Part of my job is to work with them on content strategies, and as such, I’ve spent a lot of time digging through their website and various social media accounts.
Before I go on, let me just say that I was not paid for this post at all, nor even told to write about them. In fact, the gang over at AF won’t even know about this until well after it’s live.
So why am I writing about this company if I’m not getting paid or at least getting a free baby out of the deal somehow? That’s simple. Because the people I work with over at AttainFertility are not just incredibly nice, sweet and helpful, but they truly believe in what they’re doing.
These guys and gals aren’t just connecting depressed couples with fertility doctors who can attempt to help them get pregnant through IVF treatments. No, what they’re doing is helping to offer couples and single women the most powerful four-letter word in the world: Hope.
You may never ever reach your goal, whatever it is, but hope will keep you going. Hope will make you try and try again. Hope survives until you take your final dying breath… and then it lives on in your loved ones.
Okay, this is quickly becoming the most serious post I’ve ever written on my blog. That so wasn’t my point.
My first point actually, is that if you’re having trouble conceiving and you’re considering IVF treatments, give AttainFertility a shot. I can’t speak personally about their success record (or else I’d be a modern medical miracle!), but I can at least confirm that they are indeed good people.
The second point I wanted to bring up is that they’re currently running a pretty unique contest where you can Win a Romantic Trip for 2 to Costa Rica! How do you enter? Well, while the contest does relate to baby making, remember, this is a family friendly blog! So get your mind out of the gutter.
To enter, you simply need to create your own “Baby-Making Playlist!” Using a real simple interface, just enter some of your favorite songs that get you and your significant other in the right mood. Maybe it’s Journey’s classic “Faithfully.” Or Eric Clapton’s “Lady in Red.” Or for some, it could even be Twisted Sister’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” Hey, to each his own, right?
What’s really neat about the Playlist Challenge is that you can view other people’s playlists, as well as see the current Top Trending songs.
As I write this, the Top 3 songs are:
“I’ll Make Love to You” by Boys II Men
“Crash into Me” by Dave Matthews Band
- “Let’s Get it On” by Marvin Gaye
I wonder what those three songs are really trying to say…
Anyways, at this point, you’re probably real curious as to what kind of tunes get my mojo flowing. Am I right? Well, ladies, check out my playlist and then just try to tell me you aren’t already swooning.
The contest ends on June 28, so put on your best MC Hammer pants, perfect your mad DJ skills, and enter already, will ya?
Have you (or anyone you know) had IVF treatments?
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