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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Looking Forward

2010 was challenging for so many reasons. I left a job (and, likely a career) that I’d only returned to two years prior which meant the loss of my high salary and a different financial picture for us. We looked in earnest for a new home and after touring 150 or so in the span of a year came close to making offers on three and actually made an offer that wasn’t accepted on one. I finally put my struggle with infertility behind me only to begin a different struggle in deciding what, if anything, to do to bring another child into our family.

I’ve expressed my gratitude for the many gifts that make my life happy and joyous. So, it seems fitting, as a new year dawns fresh with the promise that tomorrow brings, to look ahead to the things I hope await me and my family. In 2011, I look forward:

1. to finding a house that meets our needs and some of our wants that’s within our budget and where our offer is accepted;

2. to moving into a new house which will allow us to pare down and de-clutter from the 15 years of good living in our current home and create a warm environment for new memories and traditions;

3. to finishing our home study and being approved to adopt;

4. to being matched with a birth mother in a situation that we find workable;

5. to bringing home the child we are destined to have;

6. to relishing and cherishing the feeling of family completeness that I’ve been yearning for;

7. to deepening & strengthening my relationships with my husband and with those in my inner circle;

8. to making new friends that enrich my life;

9. to continuing to lose the 28 pounds necessary to reach my goal weight;

10. to celebrating my son and having a front row seat to the greatest show on earth as he grows into more of himself;

11. to opening myself up to a new vocation, whether paid or philanthropic or both, so that I can fulfill my need to be productive.

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” will be my intention as I work toward living my best life and being my best version of wife, mother, friend, self. I wish all those that I know, love, and hold dear, a better year ahead than the one we’re leaving behind and the richness of mind, body, and spirit that we all truly deserve.

What do you look forward to?

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