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"

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Weight loss update

Sometime around Halloween last year I vowed to work at losing this weight (50 lbs) that I’ve gained over the last decade from the stress and rigors of multiple infertility treatments, several pregnancies and miscarriages, one successful pregnancy that resulted in 5 months of bed rest, and general overeating.

I started by walking but that alone had very little affect (even though I was walking 2-3 miles at a 14 min a mile pace). I cut out Diet Coke and lost 8 lbs! I finally started Weight Watchers on June 1, 2010 and I am down another 6 lbs (it is s-l-o-w going!).

But perhaps what makes me feel the most encouraged and motivated are the non scale victories. I am working out almost daily. In the last month, I’ve shed 4 1/2 inches from my waist, hips/thighs. I have MUCH more energy and am able to stay up until 11pm (something that has eluded me for years) AND am sleeping through the night again. I no longer need a nap during the day but can take one if I want one. My joints (my knee and both index fingers) no longer throb from arthritis. My hair, skin, and nails are healthier. And I am in a consistently better mood.

This is much slower going than I EVER thought it would be. I’m still not sure what the real formula is for consistent weekly losses (surprisingly it is NOT as simple as eat less than I burn). I’m going to stay with it. There’s no other choice.

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