Our Journey

2002 Uterine Fibroid Surgery #1

2003 1st consult with an RE, you know, just in case

2003 Got Married (at 37 (me) & 34 (DH) years old)

2003/2004 Naturally conceived pregnancies BFPs #1, #2, & #3 and miscarriages #1, #2, #3

2005 Uterine Fibroid Surgery #2

2005 IVF #1, BFN #1

2005 IUIs #1 and #2, just because, BFN #2 & #3

2005 FET from IVF #1, BFN #4

2006 Exploratory surgery to remove scar tissue from fibroid sugery #2

2006 IVF #2 (w PGD), BFP #4

2006 Emergency cerclage for IC @ 16w6d (5 months + 1 week of complete bed rest at home ensues)

2007 Our son is born @ 38w by scheduled c-section

2007 IVF #3 for baby #2, BFN #5

2007 IVF #4, BFP #5, miscarriage #4

2008 IVF #5, BFP #6, miscarriage #5

2008 IVF #6, BFP #7, miscarriage #6

2008 DE IVF #7, BFN #6

2009 DEFET #8, cancelled, embryos don't thaw

2010 Decide to adopt domestically

12.17.10 Profile is live with our agency

November 2011 Consult with RE re: donated embryo cycle

Early January 2012 Cleared to proceed with deFET

January 2012 Freeze our profile

1.20.12 deFET begins
2.12.12 eSET of one compacted morula
2.22.12 BFN

3.23.12 deFET #2 begins
4.14.12 transfer 3 embryos (1-8 cell, 1-5 cell, 1-4 cell)
4.22.12 + HPT
4.24.12 Beta #1 = 48.4
4.26.12 Beta #2 = 125.7
4.30.12 Beta #3 = 777.8
5.11.12 1st U/S - Singleton!
7.12.12 It's a Boy!
12.26.12 C-section: Baby G is born, 9#5oz, 20.5"



The Time Has Come

In June, 2010, when my older son was just over 3 years old, I endeavored to lose 40# (I really needed to lose closer to 50, but set my sights on 40 which was more than I’d ever needed to lose in my life) by joining Weight Watchers for the first time. It took me […]

Making Peace

I have spent the majority of my life feeling betrayed by or disliking my body.  My body has been battered by serious injuries (broke my femur in 2 places in the accident, broke my right arm falling off my bike, cut my chin open hitting a curb on my bike and flying over the handlebars, […]


If I am being honest, that is how much weight I need to lose. Essentially, I need to lose what I lost prior to getting pregnant. On the one hand, I’ve done it before so I know I can do it. On the other, I’m 47, 4 (almost 5!) months post partum and severely lacking […]


I appreciate every single comment on my post about contending with my mother. I think that there are many factors that contribute to the complexity of the issue, namely that I am adopted, that my brother (and her biological first born child) was killed, that we were always taught not to discuss things outside of […]

M to the I to the S to the C.

So many random thoughts, any of which could make for a full blog entry, but I don’t have the stamina.  Tuesday will mark 5 weeks of being sick.  It started innocently enough with a head cold that morphed into the chest cold from hell.  Many nights I would tell myself that I would go to […]

Time Crunch

What I have learned through the purchasing of this house is never reduce your contingency removal from the standard 17 days to 10 days. Doing so has added a layer of stress and urgency to an already stressful and urgent situation. And, NEVER do so when one of those 10 days is a federal holiday. […]

Progress, Continued

I generally do not do bullet type posts but sometimes time constraints and life goings on require it. Instead of bullets, though, I want to give an update on the many things going on at the moment. First, on the adoption front, we have our first meeting with the home study social worker tonight. She […]

Touching Base

I wanted to touch base as 2011 is seven weeks underway and I’ve been attending to some things from this post

We have continued to work through our home study checklist. The most daunting part of the home study process, the part that is required in order to have a case worker assigned to come […]

Looking Forward

2010 was challenging for so many reasons. I left a job (and, likely a career) that I’d only returned to two years prior which meant the loss of my high salary and a different financial picture for us. We looked in earnest for a new home and after touring 150 or so in the span […]

Weight Loss Update

I’ve now been doing Weight Watchers for just over 6 months. How naive I was to think that I’d be able to shed 50 lbs in 4 months! I’m not sure where I ever got that notion; perhaps because the last time I attempted to lose any amount of weight was in 1999 and a […]