In mid-2015, when my wife and I started thinking about a family, we were fairly confident we’d be pretty good at. Now don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t say I’m going to be a bad mom, but I am increasingly less confident that I’ll be an out-of-this-world-super-mom.

Thus far, we’ve travelled an interesting road – one paved with failed artificial insemination attempts, tears, hysterical situations with anonymous donors unknowingly shared with friends, hormone treatments and eventually a successful IVF attempt resulting in one perfect little boy on the way. Our road has, on some occasions, crossed paths with slightly darker roads – the loss of a beloved parent, work stresses, new jobs and lost jobs – but all the while we were comforted by the knowledge that our little guy was on his way to us.

This blog represents our journey – some aspects of which will resonate with you, others will be totally foreign – but hopefully, in time, it will come to represent some of your journeys too. If you would like to contribute to Amateur Mommies, please feel free to drop us a mail with your submission to submissions@wearethejoys.com. Please include your name, a brief bio and links to any other places the post has been featured. We’ll do our best to get back to everyone with feedback, but if your post is featured, we will definitely drop you a mail to let you know when you can expect to see it up.