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"



Work in Progress

I won’t lie, things have still been rocky. I am somewhat embarrassed to admit just how completely off guard I’ve been taken by parenting a newborn again. Some days I feel like we got off on the wrong foot with this little guy and I want a do-over. Not only do I feel rusty but […]

State of Mind

I have gotten regular blocks of sleep since this weekend and, while it is only Tuesday, I am feeling much, much better, emotionally, physically, and psychologically. I simply cannot go without some regular sleep. It renders me practically delirious.

My husband and I still need to have a real follow-up conversation, but things have settled […]

Not Rosey

To say things are stressful here would be a grave understatement. It all started when I ran an errand on Saturday afternoon, forgetting that baby boy started having a bout of colic at 4:30 every afternoon beginning last week. I didn’t prepare my husband or explain how to handle it. So, when I called to […]


I made dinner for a friend whose husband had heart surgery on Friday.  On my way out the door, baby boy, who had just had 3 1/2 oz of breast milk and 2 oz of formula was being fussy in a way that caught my attention.  Husband couldn’t get him to settle down and things […]

I’ll Have What I’m Having

I am here. I’ve arrived, some would say. After much perseverance, a lot of heart ache, much hand wringing, and more twists and turns than I thought our journey would take, I am a mother to two boys, both with the help of ART. I still have a hard time wrapping my head and heart […]

A New Normal

I am often in disbelief, in a please pinch me sort of way, that I am living this life, mother to two boys, a rambunctious almost 6 year old and a precious, long loved 12 day old. I find myself looking down at him, especially when breast feeding and almost feeling like I am in […]


I am not sure what the future holds, but because of our 8 year battle through infertility and having finally come out the other side, I know one thing for sure and that is that I no longer care. Most of my thoughts and much of my emotional energy were consumed by creating and then […]

The Bad and the Ugly

Anyone who has lived through what Dr. Karp refers to as the 4th trimester with a newborn, and particularly after having a c-section, can attest to the difficulties adjusting once home.  It is not just the familial adjustment of adding another member to one’s family (and that is it’s own adjustment, believe me, especially for […]