Two common themes on my baby making trip to Denver were great friends and delicious food. I was blessed to share a few hours with some fabulous friends who brightened the long winter days.
high school friend
As I've mentioned, my best friend from high school, S lives in Stapleton (a suburb of Denver). Her home is about 40 minutes from the CCRM and she's been kind enough to allow A and I to stay with her when we come to Denver for treatments. It has been a huge blessing as the cost of a hotel during our last three trips would surely be an additional financial hardship.
Although we stay at her house, I don't actually see her that much. But we had the opportunity to spend one afternoon together window shopping in Cherry Creek North. Afterwards, we had a late lunch at NoRTH, a modern twist on Italian. We enjoyed the most amazing salad with salmon and tomato bisque soup while we caught up on each other's lives.
A few days later, I had lunch with L. She and I were on an industry board together about 6 years ago as we are both in advertising. We determined that it has been about six years since we've seen each other. She moved to San Francisco for work. Met a boy. Moved to Boston with said boy. Married the boy and now they have been living in Denver for the past few months. Although we haven't seen each other, we've been keeping in touch via social media and blogs. L blogs at quinoa, kale & exhale and is constantly inspiring me to cook more delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes.
We dined at True Foods Kitchen and shared two amazing winter salads. The whole menu is based on Dr. Weil's anti-inflammatory diet and everything is delicious.
C is one of my "forever friends". I only see her about once a year but she's in my heart year around. We went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo together and have been friends since. C and her hubby just moved to Denver in November and are still getting used to the area. It was so great to see her and catch up on all that is happening in her world. We met at True foods (yes, again) for brunch and shared two delicious veggie egg dishes.
The grand finale was meeting Suzanne from Our Journey to a Baby Bump and her hubby T. Although we'd never met, I've been following Suzanne's infertility journey for the past year and felt like I knew her already. We both decided to pursue treatments at CCRM around the same time last year and the timing worked out perfectly for us to meet in person.
Suzanne and I both had our surgeries scheduled at CCRM on the same day. So we had planned to meet the day prior for lunch with our significant others. We dined at Linger, an anti-entree, vegetable-based small plates style restaurant. It had an urban vibe and the food was different but quite flavorful.
But the best part of the day was the great company. There is something so easy about friendships that start with an infertility connection because there is an innate understanding of your circumstances. A compassion that comes from experience. Needless to say, I fell even more in love with Suzanne…she's such a beautiful person inside and out. I'm praying so much that her surgery works and she's able to carry her frosties and have her take-home baby this year.
The people have certainly been the blessing in this infertility journey. I'm so grateful for all of our friends who've supported us along the way and for all the new friends I've made through the blogging community.