Jenna Kutska and her husband, Kurt, of Wheeling, appeared on a
recent episode of MTV's documentary series, True Life: I'm
Desperate for a Baby. Cameras followed them as they went
through fertility treatment with Dr. Angeline Beltsos of Fertility
Centers of Illinois. They became pregnant the first time using IVF
as the nation watched.
Their son, Justin, was born July 18. Jenna shared a few thoughts
on her journey and motherhood while Justin slept.
What was it like watching your story on TV? I
was happy with the way it all played out. It was hard to see us go
through the struggle and cry. As I am watching it, I am holding
him, so it was very surreal. Now that I have him, I forget all that
we went through to have him. You try to forget the negative or sad
parts of it. The hardest thing was the waiting. Each month it was
another letdown. Even though it was only two years of trying to
conceive, it's like every day and every month was a struggle along
How has the journey changed you? I wanted to be
a mom so bad. I always wanted to have kids. I never imagined it
wouldn't come so easily. I think it made me appreciate it even
What is the craziest thing people have said to
you? When we were going through it, we were sitting in the
fertility office and there was another younger couple there. ... I
remember her looking at me like I was out of my mind for allowing
them to film it. (My philosophy was) anything you go through in
life, you can help so many people if you talk about it, whether it
is your experience or thoughts. I was trying to stay so positive
through the whole thing, I don't think I thought 'what if it
doesn't work in the end.' (The other couple on the episode didn't
get pregnant after many tries.) We're going to have a baby and this
is going to be a good story.
Favorite part about being a mom: The
unconditional love. Right away, a connection and a bond that is
unexplainable. It is the most unbelievable moment of anyone's
If you had to give a piece of advice to another
couple: Never lose hope.
Tamara is the editor of Chicago Parent and mom of three.
See more of Tamara's stories here.
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