Where do all the friends go when you have a major loss? Have yours stuck by your side or do you feel more alone than ever?
I (thought I) had a great core group of friends who all knew I suffered from RPL, we were all first time moms with one child each about the same ages. They were all excited when I told them at 12 weeks that I was pregnant, because they knew I had been through so much to get there. Two of them were trying to get pregnant at the time (I was helping one of them with her questions about infertility as she wasn’t ovulating), one has an IUD (doesn’t want another baby yet), and the last one thinks she’s too old (has one tube and pretty bad pre-eclampsia with her only child).
I haven’t heard from any of them in weeks. I texted them on that horrible Mother’s Day in a shock, because I was sitting there alone, had already texted my husband and just didn’t know what else to do. Since that day, I have gotten a smattering of texts, two FB private messages, and one of them came over once for a playdate. In 8 weeks.
On the one hand, I don’t blame them in the least. I don’t want to be around myself- I’m depressed, angry, cry at random things at random times, etc. I try to keep it in check when I’m in public, but I’m sure I’m not coming across as perky or over-the-top fun right now. I know people don’t know what to say- most people don’t want to say the ‘wrong’ thing (or sound like an insensitive jerk) for fear of making it worse. And the two who are trying to get pregnant, I kind of get that, too. Honestly, I don’t know if I could take watching a swelling little bump on either of them right now (granted, I have no idea if either or both are pregnant yet).
On the other hand, I feel so dropped by my friends and alone in the world that it’s not even funny. Aren’t your good friends the one who don’t care if you are crying at random times about your lost baby? Aren’t they the ones who are supposed to ask how you are and if you respond with a lie that you’re ‘ok’ that they push for a real answer? Aren’t they the ones who come over anyway when you’re sitting by yourself or make plans they know they can include you in?
I told at least 3 of the 4 via text or FB that I felt much safer with home playdates- I hate going to public places where I don’t know how many pregnant women I’ll see and I really hate the random trigger that makes me cry in public. So I’m totally ok when they go to the public kids play gym and don’t invite Sweetie and me. Then why do I see on Facebook that they all met at someone’s house for a playdate in the backyard and never invited us? Ouch. My husband says I should just be the social coordinator and invite them, but I feel like I have a majorly hard time reaching out right now- I just feel so freaked about rejection and so overwhelmed at trying to make plans for a group, that I just don’t feel like I can. One more reason to shut down Facebook so I don’t have to see all my old friends having a fun summer without us.