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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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This is What I Know

What I know going into 2016 and approaching my 50th birthday:

1. Gratitude and kindness are free and I will continue to employ both daily.
2. I know, unequivocally, who my tribe is, some of whom I’ve not met in person, but who have been in my corner in the darkest of times. I will spend more time with them.
3. Effort is a two-way street and I’ll no longer put forth effort when it is not reciprocated. People will always make/find time for what and whom they value.
4. Getting a sweat on every day is paramount to my health and makes me a happier, more balanced person.
5. Being a mother is a journey and I will continue to parent my boys specific to their needs. There is no such thing as perfection.
6. I will continue to advocate for the things I think make this a better world: responsible gun ownership; equal human rights; women’s rights to their bodies; care for our planet; infertility insurance coverage; protection of and for animals.
7. I value my health, especially with the perspective that some friends are battling for theirs. In whatever ways I can, I will lend support.

Hoping that 2016 brings a safer place for us all to live and that clarity for what you hold dear is yours. Happy New Year!

1 comment to This is What I Know

  • Jen

    Gotta get my sweat on! You inspire me.

    Remember that time you dragged me to bootcamp while I had the stomach flu! You little drill sargent.

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