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"



U/S #3, 8w0d

This will be a quick post to thank you all for your good thoughts this morning. Without getting too spiritual or new-agey, my perception that people are thinking of and pulling for me does have a calming affect, especially once I am in the exam room waiting for my REs arrival.

I have been sick with a deep, hacking cough (I’ve been sick for 2 1/2 weeks, but the cough just started on Friday). I HATE coughing during the early stages of this pregnancy and did have some irrational concern that all my coughing stopped the heart of this little one. That turned out not to be true. Fetus (is it a fetus yet, or still an embryo?) is measuring 8w0d (exactly where I am today) with a strong heart rate of 154bpm. It is always so endearing and such a huge (understatement) relief to see the flicker and hear the galloping horse thumping of the heart.

My cysts are much less active and now that my left ovary is positioned behind my uterus we couldn’t even see what those two previously painful cysts were doing.

My E2 was 1217 and my P4 was 49 indicative that the placenta has kicked in (as it was consistently 25-29 up to this point). I am beginning to wean meds dropping PIO to .5cc/daily, delestrogen to .1cc every third day, estrace to two pills/day, and continuing with once/day crinone. I go back in 2 weeks and will either be released to my OB then or elect to have one more appointment with my clinic (highly likely).

I have Kaiser HMO for insurance and they require their own pregnancy confirmation with a nurse. I had my first prenatal appointment with them last week (and that appointment was required in order for me to even meet with the perinatology group). At any rate, I explained, basically, that I was pregnant, 7 weeks along, and that I’d had two heart beat scans with my fertility clinic. That information simply did not matter. She gave me a cup to pee in, put me in a room to wait and as she was leaving said, “This will take 3 minutes. One line is negative, two lines is positive.” She came back in the allotted 3 minutes holding the test in a paper towel, revealed it to me and said, “Congratulations, it’s positive.” It was all so rudimentary and deserving of the eye rolling I am sure I gave her.

I continue to be steeped in gratitude for this tentative and precious gift and for the support I have from friends, both url and irl, who have come along on this journey with me.  I am hoping that this current state of relief and cautious optimism lasts the next two weeks. A girl can hope.

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings,
turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”
~William Arthur Ward

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