|Me with my new BFF Elizabeth Banks.|
While most of you know her from 30 Rock, Scrubs, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, I admire her for one of her lesser known roles: a real-life, new mom who unapologetically used a surrogate to have her beautiful baby boy, Felix.
On her blog she writes, "I have been very fortunate in life both professionally and personally."
Speaking about infertility, she goes on to say, "The one true hurdle I've faced in life is that I have a broken belly. After years of trying to get pregnant, exploring the range of fertility treatments, all unsuccessful, our journey led us to gestational surrogacy: we make a "baby cake" and bake it in another woman's 'oven.'"
|Banks chatting with reporters at the event.|
I took this unexpected, happy opportunity to thank her in person. I told her how much I appreciated her openness about her surrogate and conceiving her child, and how much it meant to me.
She said, "Everybody's got their own journey to having a kid, and there's no wrong one."
I shared the short version of our story, and she immediately asked if I was okay now. I told her I was, and she said, "That's the most important thing."
|Bonus silly pic, pre-iPhone steadiness.|
With each kick ass woman like Elizabeth Banks who comes forward and shares their stories publicly, it makes the world of IVF, fertility, and infertility feels a little less small.
Now, on to the most pressing question: do you give paper or wood as a gift during this week? I always get confused on anniversary and celebratory gifts.
All photos mine.