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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Where things stand

For a relatively new stay at home mom, I have a lot going on. So much so that I comment that I don’t know how I’d get any of it done if I had a full time job. I know that water seeks its level, so it stands to reason that I’ve filled my available time up, but it is true, I have A LOT going on. So, in no particular order of importance, here’s the 411:

1. Completed the Phase I domestic adoption paperwork (which, might I add, is MUCH more straight forward than, say, filling out forms to make an offer on a home or even filling out new home loan paperwork). Which brings me to…

2. We made an offer on a house last night. Finally! In October, we will have been looking at homes for one year. I have been to over 100 open houses or walk-throughs. Without getting in to all the details, we loved this house when it first came on the market 6 weeks ago but passed on it given the floor plan (it just wasn’t conducive to a family with small children). However, after two offers fell through it was back on and we decided we could minimally re-configure the space to suit our needs. It is 3 bed/2 bath and sits on a 22,000 SF lot (which allows a lot of options for future expansion). The home is traditional, hardwood floors throughout, with two fireplaces. It is nestled in the foothills (literally, the San Gabriel mountains are just beyond the backyard) with ample room to add a pool should we desire down the road. We are one of two offers, so, we’ll see.

3. On the weight loss front, I was only down 1 lb in four weeks. However, in that period, I was also down another 3 1/4 inches bringing my total inches lost to 7 1/4. In the last two weeks alone I’m down 3 lbs after finally deciding that the WW points I was allotted equaled too many calories for my metabolism, so dropping my calories by about 200/day seems to have done the trick. We shall see. This all requires a lot of planning, diligence, and working out near daily. It is daunting and laborious but must be done and is thankfully coming along.

4. Plans for our anniversary party are fully underway and invitations will go out at the beginning of September. It will be GREAT to celebrate with friends and loved ones. And, who knows, we might also be celebrating other additions to our lives.

5. We are going on a long over due trip to San Francisco to visit a good friend. I cannot wait! However, if our offer is accepted, the timing is going to be bad, so we’ll have to see.

6. I am cheering on two friends (one pregnant with b/g twins and due in two weeks and one pregnant with b/b twins) as well as another friend traveling out of the country for a donor egg cycle, and a handful of other friends that are either newly pregnant, cycling now, or in the 2ww. May the universe bless them all.

7. I spent 2 1/2 months working to renovate a Craftsman home and have just listed it for rent. I’ve shown it to about 6 couples, and fielded a lot of interest, but so far, no real bites. Must get it rented soon!

For today, I am weathering the 104 degree heat and am about to continue reading Suzanne Collins Mockingjay. I will be very glad to finish The Hunger Games trilogy and return to my regularly scheduled reading. It has been stressful reading the three books in such a short time frame and I really will be relieved when this one is over.

4 comments to Where things stand

  • Joannah

    Congratulations on your new house! You must be in SoCal, too, if you’re in the foothills of the San Gabriel mountains. It has been so hot! Even here in Long Beach. Last night was significantly cooler, and I was able to sleep without the air conditioning on. But it’s heating up again.

    Thank you so much for your comment about my embryos yesterday. I read that over and over again for affirmation. :)

  • WOOHOOO! You DO sound busy – congratulations on deciding on a house – I’ll keep my fingers crossed, that it goes to you and not to the other offer-er! And double congrats. on finishing part one of the paperwork – I’ll be following this part of your journey with interest.

    How’s Mockingjay so far? (YA librarian, here!) I loved the first two books & am waiting to read this one til I can get it at the library. Looking forward to it, though.

    • iiwii

      We did not get this particular house but I’m trying to be circumspect about it. In fact, after submitting our offer I set my intention as “If this is not meant to be, don’t let it”. So, I have some faith that the right house for us is upcoming.

      As for Mockingjay, let me first say that, as a mother reading this trilogy, I will be relieved when it is over. That said, I’m a bit more than 1/2 way through and while there is a constant tension as this builds to its end, it is no where near the page turning tension of Catching Fire (which for me is a good thing). But, I am drawn to these characters to their struggle and can’t wait to see how it ends (FINALLY!). There is a much great Sci-Fi element to this book than the others.

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