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!