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, 25w5d

My husband joined me on this visit because, well, I just wasn’t sure what we’d learn and I didn’t want to be there by myself.  And, if she did order a change to my activity/lifestyle, I wanted him to hear it from her directly.

We started by doing an abdominal u/s of baby.  She took […]


Thank you for all of your comments, both publicly and privately. Monday and Tuesday were rough days for me. Even though bed rest was not recommended and even though my MFM didn’t encourage any lifestyle changes, I did freak the fuck out. There just wasn’t a way for me to grasp how I was going […]

Trying Not to Freak the Fuck Out

Yes, that is exactly what I am trying not to do.  Today was my first bi-weekly cervical check.  It was the longest stretch I’ve gone without an appointment.  I am 24w5d.  While I never became complacent, I had become used to cervical stability.  Instead of one week, I began thinking in two week increments.  That […]

Unchanged, 17w0d

I was in a good head space going into my appointment this morning, knowing that, no matter what, I was under good care and there would be plan, should a plan be necessary.  Dr. F came in and in the most compassionate way asked me how I was holding up.  It is so reassuring to […]

16w6d, Then and Now

It was exactly at this point in my pregnancy with my son, 16w6d, on 10/9/06, that my cervix shortened and funneled in a way that caused my perinatologist to remand me straight to the local hospital’s L&D, do not pass GO, do not collect $200, to have an emergency cerclage placed.  In fact, it was […]

On Edge, 15w6d

I had another cervical check today and really like Dr. F.  She comes to appointments prepared and has great recollection of past conversations. She is completely focused and engaged and I feel 100% like she is the best match for me.

My cervix is still looking good measuring between 3.06 and 3.84cm (depending on the […]

15w1d, Cervical Check, and a Surprise

I went in for my weekly cervical check and was eager to meet the other MFM who does cerclage placement at Kaiser.  I missed meeting her at my NT scan and she had come very highly recommended by a lot of folks (Dr. C., who I was seeing, not so much (not that the reviews […]


I appreciate all the words of support and encouragement.  Emotionally, I am mostly doing OK.  I do not want to be ruled by fear and I do want this to be a positive experience given how far I’ve come to get here and knowing this will be my last pregnancy.  I want this baby to […]

OB Appt 13w2d

On Thursday I noticed a small raised red patch on my neck which is usually indicative of one thing: shingles.  I wasn’t completely sure, since it’s been so long since my last case and it could have been a pimple forming.  I e-mailed my OB just in case because I couldn’t recall how to take […]


I want to thank you for all of the responses both here and privately. I read all of your experiences and my heart goes out to everyone who has experienced a loss due to IC. It is a silent killer of our babies.

Of all the responses I received, there was only one that mirrors […]