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Baby Steps: Do you believe?

Christine considers how superstition may help – or hinder – her chances to conceive.

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Christine Bowley
Christine Bowley

I definitely feel there is more going on in this world than what meets the eye.

Call it being superstitious; call it karma; call it whatever you like. This week I think I might’ve interrupted the course of the universe by one seemingly insignificant action…

Before I tell my story let me preface by saying: I absolutely know this is over thinking things. However, I believe there are probably others out there who might identify with losing yourself – if only for a moment – in thoughts like these. It’s not something that consumes me. More like a fleeting instant that I thought might be interesting to share.

So here’s the punch line:

This week – I got antsy – and I chopped my hair off. I mean I totally hacked it. It went from about halfway down my back (when flat-ironed) to above my chin. In fact, I’ve never had my hair this short before. What concerns me is…I told several people I wouldn’t cut my hair until I got pregnant.

I realize all of that changed when we got our first test results a few months back. But does that really matter? Part of me feels like I broke a promise. Even one of my friends asked about it on Facebook (we haven’t seen each other in a while). After all, aren’t there consequences when you break a promise?

In the end, I made the conscious decision to cut my hair despite that “promise.” My saving grace is, I had enough to donate to Locks of Love. Maybe I’ve upset the gods, but karma is on my side?

Time will tell…

Christine is an associate producer at WRAL-TV, which includes research for 5 On Your Side and producing the 10 p.m. weekend newscasts on Fox50. She lives with her husband and three dogs. Christine is chronicling her experience as she and her husband struggle with infertility.

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