Commercial time again. This time, I am treated to an ad for the DC Cupcakes cookbook- NOW WE’RE TALKING!
Next, we visit Meri’s house! It’s time for a fertility discussion with Kody. Meri reminds us of Robyn’s offer to be her surrogate. Oh, did Robyn offer to do that? I wonder why she hasn’t been bringing it up and reminding us at every opportunity? OH, WAIT.
“In case you forgot, this happened. Love, Robyn.”
In order to make a decision about Robyn’s offer, Meri wants to talk to the experts on whether surrogacy using her eggs is even feasible. Kody will accompany Meri to the doctor as soon as we’re done with the flashbacks.
So, flashback! Meri and Kody got married way young, and she had always wanted 8 kids. As you know, she’s only been able to have one child, Mariah. She tried to get pregnant in the first year that they were married but no dice. At that point, Kody and Meri started researching why they were unable to conceive.
Around this time, Janelle came into the family and got pregnant straight away. YIKES! That was obviously super hard for Meri and explains perhaps their drama early on. Meri says that this when her anger started. The way she refers to “her anger” indicates that it was a large problem for her and the family. I kind of wish the cameras would have been around back in the day so we could see angry Meri. I imagine it looked something like this:
I love this expression. I want to print this out and flash it at people that irritate me.
Just when the pain of Janelle conceiving before her started to scab over, Christine came into the picture. She and Kody were married a month or so before Logan was born and BAM! Christine got pregnant right off the bat. She doesn’t say, but I wonder if Meri’s anger converted to white-hot rage at that point. I can’t imagine how painful that was for her.
In an effort to deal and move on, Meri observed the burden Janelle experienced while taking care of a baby and Meri thought maybe she didn’t want to be a mom. That was hard for Kody to hear, but he accepted it because what else was he going to do. Mr. Positive put his own spin on Meri’s stance; he says it took the pressure off and GUESS WHAT!? Meri got pregnant and had Mariah!
“My swimmers are like the WB frog; they only perform when no one is looking!”
After Mariah, Meri assumed she would be able to have another one easily. No such luck. When Mariah was 12, Meri backed off and thought she was okay with one kid. Naturally she got pregnant again! Unfortunately the baby was not a viable pregnancy and hearing this set Meri over the edge. At this point, both Meri and Kody are crying as they share their story. This has clearly been incredibly difficult for them. I can’t imagine watching the others have kids all the time while being unable to have them myself.
Commercial. Total Transformation ads AGAIN?!?! I don’t have any asshole teenagers, why is this being foisted upon me?! BRING BACK THE CUPCAKES!
“Maybe you’re okay with your kids becoming meth addicted date rapists. If not, you need to order my system ASAP.”
Back to the present! Meri’s OBGYN tells Meri that she will need to see a fertility specialist for testing and evaluation to find out what her options really are. She gives Meri and Kody two referrals and they’re on their way!
The first fertility specialist is a female doctor, and she throws Kody and Meri for a loop when she asks how often they have sex. Actually she asks how often they are able to “do intercourse” hahahaha. Awkward phrasing of an awkward question. Next time I’m in a bar, I’m going to ask someone if they want to do intercourse with me and watch them get weirded out. Also, talking about Meri and Kody doing intercourse? BOOOOO. Kody and Meri are as uncomfortable as we are:
“How often do you to do intercourse? You know, knocking boots, getting it on, doing the no pants dance. Once a week?”
“WOW, um…that’s a really personal question. Can we skip it?”
“Okay, next question. How big is it? I’ll move my hands, you tell me when to stop.”
“Don’t answer that!”