Yesterday Irish jewellery designer Chupi Sweetman announced she is having a baby girl. Posting to Instagram she shared the exciting news, and on International Women’s Day no less.
She spoke about her excitement at finding out the sex of her baby; “I remember those first feelings when we found out she is a girl at 10 weeks were so very intense, knowing more about this tiny life growing inside me made it all feel so much more real.”
As it was International Women’s Day the designer did also speak about the potential challenges her daughter may face; “The little things will challenge her from every day sexism, right up to the big things like the glass ceiling where she will have to fight to prove she is as good as her male peers.”
When she announced her pregnancy first she discussed the difficulty she had conceiving after three years of IVF; “I didn’t realise it was a rollercoaster of financial, physical and emotional challenges.”
The caption was lengthy and heartfelt as she said they have had some heartbreaking lows as well as highs; “the explosion of joy when we heard that tiny heart was like nothing else in the world .”
The designer went on to say that she was unsure if she wanted to share her story, but we think it will be so helpful to those going through IVF to read these words and feel hopeful.
She said she couldn’t have done it without her partner, Brian; “who held me together, it pushed us in ways I never thought possible but he was a rock. I thought at the time I was the one who held onto hope, but he made sure that we took it one day, one injection, one test at a time which actually got us through whilst my hopes and fears always lived in the future which is a scary place with IVF.”
“Today most of all I feel joy.”