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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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About me & how this blog came to be

I’m a Southern California native in my mid 40’s, now a stay-at-home mom to a strong-willed, stubborn, sweet, loving, bright and hilarious 5 year old boy (conceived through the gift that is IVF/PGD); wife to a loving & funny husband; and owner of a sweet and docile Italian Greyhound.

Because I married and attempted pregnancy later in life (38), I struggled with miscarriages (6), fibroids (5), surgery (3), and infertility treatments (8 IVFs total, 7 OE and 1 DE, + 2 FETs), and had success (cycle #2).  My pregnancy was difficult, including a diagnosis of incompetent cervix, emergency cerclage, and five months + one week of complete bed rest at home.  Our son was born via planned c-section at 38 weeks.

When our son was five months old, we began trying for a sibling and tried for 18 months to no avail.  After a year long holding pattern while we wrangled with what, if anything more to do to bring another child to us (which was the genesis of this blog), my husband and I made the decision to pursue domestic adoption.  It was a full circle moment as both my husband and I are adopted.  However, after 14 months live with our agency and never placing among a birth mother’s top choices, we had to reconvene, yet again, to see if there was any other way we could bring another child to our family.  Enter, donated embryos.

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