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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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ONE!

I am relieved and elated to report that there is ONE embryo, measuring 6w3d, with a prefect heart beating at 120bpm.  My EDD is 1/1/13.

I did feel surprisingly calm while waiting for my RE to come into our room.  I did not look at the screen at first to just give him time to see what he was going to see.  At some point I looked over and saw the one sac and the flicker of a heart beat.  I held my breath as I asked him to do a thorough sweep of my uterus to make sure that he didn’t think he saw another.  However, given that this beautiful one was measuring right on for where it should be, I felt reasonably sure that we had a singleton.

I had him show me the heart beat over and over and asked that we get to listen to it more than once.  It is amazing, that this teeny, tiny organism has a clear and recognizable heart beat.  I love that beating heart.

He said he has never had a patient so relieved to NOT be having twins.  He hugged me four times during the course of our visit and it is so touching to have the enthusiastic support and feel the warmth from him and his staff.  It is humbling to have that many people invested in our positive outcome.

I return in two weeks and we will begin weaning off meds.  I’ll have one more visit after that and will then be released to my OB (and I may actually switch to an OB closer to our home, but I need to fully consider that).

I thought I would cry and had there not been so many people in the room (my RE, a nurse, a med student!, and my husband), I probably would have.  I know I was holding my breath and I said a silent prayer of gratitude.  I truly felt the collective consciousness of those who held us in their good thoughts and I thank you.

This is the next in a long line of hurdles to actually bringing home a baby, but I continue to be humble and grateful to have been given this chance.  Sometimes, I can’t believe this is happening to me, to us, to my family.  It feels, for the moment, that the universe has my back.

“If you want to be happy, be.
~Leo Tolstoy

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