Timeline

June 11, 1980 – I am born in NJ.

October 16, 1980 – Future hubby is born in MD.

Sept 1998 – Meet future hubby and tell all my friends, “I met the man I am going to marry”

April 2000 – Start dating future hubby

August 2002 – Future hubby and I move from NJ to NM

May 2005 – We tie the knot! (And pretty much cease the use of any sort of birth control, with the exception of a few months here and there when we decided we were not quite ready to grow up.)

August 2007 – We seriously decide we are ready to start a family and start “trying”.

August 2008 – Nothing has happened but we decide we “haven’t given it our all” and begin to really TTC.

February 2010 – Begin acupuncture & herbs for fertility.

May 2010 – SA determines DH has 1% morphology. DH begins acupuncture and herbs as well.

June 2010 – Meet with our RE, Dr. C, to discuss our situation. Cyst found and determined to be from herbs my acupuncturist has me taking. Herbs are discontinued.

July 2010 – Hysteroscopy, HSG, and bloodwork are all fine. Cyst gone. Dr. C says we have a 1-2% chance of conceiving naturally. We are devastated but continue to TTC with no results.

November 2011 – IUI #1 (Clomid) = BFN

January 2012 – IUI #2 (Clomid) = BFN

February 2012 – IUI #3 (Clomid) = BFN

March 2012 – IUI #4 (Clomid & Bravelle Injections) = BFN

January 2013 – Meet with Dr. C to discuss moving forward with
IVF in June.

May 2013– begin BCP. SA determines that HALO is high @ 33% DNA fragmentation.

June 2013– IVF #1 (Menopur, Bravelle, Ganirelix) – slowish response, Dr. C thinks we will retrieve between 5-10 eggs. =CYCLE CANCELLED day of trigger because Progesterone (P4) rises and I ovulate before retrieval. I begin BCP that day and go back for an ultrasound exactly 14 days later. Ultrasound looks mostly quiet and we are given the go ahead to move toward IVF #2.

July/August 2013- IVF #2 (Lupron, Menopur, Bravelle, PIO, Estrace) – 18 eggs retrieved, 17 fertilized with ICSI, 2 early blastocysts transferred, 4 embryos frozen = BFP!!!!!! We are shocked! Betas: 8dp5dt = 124, 10dp5dt = 244. 6w1d ultrasound-saw heartbeat, 7w1d – heard heartbeat 140bpm, saw heartbeat, but some cells floating in gestational sac and it looks like something happened to the yolk sac which also appears a tiny bit big (told not to worry, it’s probably nothing), 8w1d – no heartbeat, 8w5d (September 24)- D&C 😦

Nov 2013 – FET #1 Scheduled – FINGERS CROSSED!!!!

Ha! Yea, right! It took me almost 12 weeks for my hcg level to get below 5, with a 4, in order to move on. Bloodwork every Monday and it went down sooo slowly. This was the most difficult thing I’ve ever been through!

Jan. 7, 2014 – FET #1 – transferred 2 6 day blasts (both grade 2 (good) on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being perfect. The transfer went very smoothly. HPT 1/13/11 (12dpo) first test I took= BFP!  Beta Jan. 15 (14dpo)= 153; Beta #2 = 230 (???!!! 😦 ); Beta #3 = 396. 5w5d ultrasound shows perfect gestational sac, yolk sac, & fetal pole! 6w3d ultrasound shows perfect measurements with heartbeat 123; 7w1d ultrasound shows perfect measurements! 🙂

Oct. 7, 2015 – Our most perfect little boy is born! 8 lbs. 1 oz and 21 inches long! Attempting an all natural birth at the birth center, I labored as long as possible at home for 12 hours and got the go ahead to take the 45 minute journey to the birth center to deliver. I arrived and found out my blood pressure was elevated so I was transferred to the hospital (after lowering it with my hypnobirthing techniques, but it was too late). Good thing I was transferred – I developed severe preeclampsia during labor. Despite being on magnesium sulfate and pitocin I did not need pain meds (thank you hypnobirthing!) and was able to deliver vaginally, all while watching our gorgeous baby boy come to this world with the help of a huge mirror. I believ the mirror is what helped me get this baby here without a c-section! I feel like the most blessed person in the world!

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5 thoughts on “Timeline

  1. Hi fellow NM peep! I happened upon your story and was excited to see you are also in NM. I am cheering for this next treatment to work, especially given the small pool of REs in the area.

    • Hi! Yay fellow new Mexican! Thanks for your support! I will follow you as well. Where are you located? Who are you working with? I live out in the east mountains, outside ABQ and am going to the center for reproductive medicine at Presbyterian. So glad you found me!

      • We are actually stationed at Cannon AFB right outside of Clovis…so pretty much in the middle of no where. Our laparoscopy was done at the UNM, which ended up being ok. I was a little spooked with the initial visit, but the surgery center was really up-to-date. Now we are looking to move on to IUI, although the drive to ABQ is wicked far. Everything at least in more bearable with new friends and support!!!!

  2. Well I’m always here to support you! I live about 30 minutes east of UNM so if you’re around let me know, I’d love to be a support system for you! I know how lonely this journey can be and friends who understand are always helpful. Good luck with your future IUI! Sending you lots of hugs and support! I’ll be following your journey and sending lots of positive vibes and prayers your way! Thanks for getting in touch! XXX

  3. I am heading in for 1st ER in the morning. I have been reading and following you for a little while and hope that you are a new mom right now. Many thoughts to you. Thanks for putting up something that is different than all of the other websites and for your honesty.

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