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"



MFM Appt., 30w5d

First, to anyone who is reading that is in the path of hurricane Sandy, know that my best thoughts are with you and your families. My husband’s family is in southern New Jersey (including my 82 year old MIL, and my SIL/BIL and nephew) and one of my oldest and dearest friends is in Philadelphia). Scary stuff, […]

Stable. MFM Appt, 29w6d (Updated w fFN Result)

I can’t adequately convey how sick I’ve been since Friday.  I finally had enough energy to take a shower today, but yesterday, a quick trip to the post office put me back in bed with shortness of breath.

On Saturday, things went down hill as the day wore on and by Sunday my husband commented […]


Yesterday’s flush finally went away around 10PM last night.  I got very little sleep last night (2.5 hrs from 10-12:30 and another hour from 5-6) even after feeling as badly as I did all day and not getting a nap.  I am beyond exhausted now and hope to eat lunch and sleep.  Instead of the […]

3 Hour Odyssey

First and foremost I want to express my heart felt gratitude for all the comments, both public and private.  The collective value in having so much support can not be over stated.  Many of you shared stories of your prematurely born children and how they are doing now and it goes a long way to […]

fFN Result

Ugh, it came back positive.  Within a couple minutes of the result posting to my medical record my phone was ringing.  It was my MFM, even though it is almost 9 PM here.  She is concerned that the result is a false positive given the transvaginal ultrasound I had yesterday at my OBs office.  That […]

MFM Appt, 27w6d

Today’s visit was better than I thought it was going to be going in.  It is impossible to know, from week to week, what is exactly happening and I have given up trying to predict.  But, what I can say, is that even though it has not been recommended, I do try to take it […]


My mood, and therefore my outlook, is directly proportional to the position if this baby and his movements. He seems to be in a transverse position, facing up. That means that I feel his movements outward and upward instead of inward and downward (which is highly disconcerting). So, not feeling pressure on my cervix and […]

Fighting the Demons

My reaction to my shortening cervix is proving much harder to control than I expected. Trying to be OK with living my life, while taking it easy when I can, is almost impossible for me to do. And, when I have evenings like last night, when this baby’s movements were all reverberating at/on/around my cervix, […]

Email Exchanges

After returning from my MFM appointment yesterday and processing the information about the continued shortening of my cervix, I emailed my MFM to see if there is anything specific I should be doing to manage this pregnancy.  The below is our exchange which helped me feel a LOT better.

“Dr. F: I know […]

MFM Appt, 26w6d

How I am managing to keep my wits about me, I’m not quite sure.  My appointment this morning revealed further cervical shortening to between 1.5 – 2.0 cm, depending.  The beaking is a now very pronounced and alarming funnel (alarming to me, just upon seeing it).

The good news is that my blood pressure is […]