Our Last IVF

Friday, June 8, 2012

Forget how much it hurts and try again...

Yesterday was the start of our last fresh IVF. I had bloodwork drawn, a baseline u/s and everything looks good to go. It took us a long time to get to this point. I am still unsure of where we are and what we are truly doing. My heart is torn, one missing Sophia, the other feeling bad for trying to replace what we miss so very much.
My medical team... yes, I have a team, are very much behind us in every way. They are ultra protective and only want to see us come home with a bundle of joy. I have a wonderful community of ladies who are rooting for us in every way, and our families are on high alert, hoping and wishing us all the best.
So it is... Game on! 

Thursday, July 5, 2012


It is Day 3 of Stims. My RE is stimming me hard this time, knowing I will not be doing another fresh cycle and I find myself truly guarded during this cycle. I am not allowing myself to feel much about anything. I don't think I can.
Yesterday, I was talking to Tyler and I decided that I was truly more scared of this working than if it didn't. I know in my heart of hearts that if this doesn't pan out, we will be ok. We are a fantastic couple. We love to spend time together and be together. A baby, or lack thereof,  is not going to change that. Now, on the other hand, if it does work.....
Friday, I have an appointment with my MFM to go over a game plan as to if this work. I need to know what they are going to do to keep me safe and our bab(y/ies) safe. Truly, I am scared shitless of the same scenario playing out. I need to know that I am going to be taken care of. *sigh* The fun is almost starting :)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Stim Check #1

This morning I had my first progress check to see how my follicle counts are going. This will be day 7 of stims. So far we know that the right side has about 10 follies and the left has 5 that are measurable. I am happy with this. Estradiol seems to be at about 1200. Nurse seems happy with things and I should hear back this afternoon so see what the plan is. 
My MFM appointment went well on Friday, as well. She gave me some options that I am mulling over for plan of care, if I should become pregnant. Also, she was willing to listen and try to understand where I was coming from, which meant the most. I feel so much better after that appointment. The bad thing is, she is leaving my Clinic after mid-August. So we will see how that affects things. Right now there is about a 30-70% chance of recurrence, which I am not too hip on, but we know so much more this time than we did before. That lovely hindsight should help. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Stim Check #2

We find ourselves with about 12 on the right and 7 on the left. E2 is about 2212. Looking at follies anywhere from 18 and down. Not quite ready yet. Will be coasting from here on out and getting a check again on Friday!  

Friday, July 13, 2012

Stim Check #3

Everything looks great. We have 26 measurable follies all in a range from 20-9. Looking at over a dozen eggs when the time comes. Will get the call this afternoon when trigger will be. E2 is over 4000. :) 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Happy Hour Trigger

Got the call this afternoon that we would be doing a 6:30pm trigger. We had plans to go to our local Happy Hour before heading out of town, which means we would be adding to our list of funny places to do shots.
The time comes and I have DH follow me into the women's bathroom with my makeshift cooler in my purse. We are getting ready to inject and the door handle starts to jiggle. We die laughing. DH even starts making noises, which was killing me. We finish up and I open the door. Funny thing is, we know the girl on the other side. I say Hi and move on. After I move, I hear "ohh!" when DH is framed in the door. :) Ha! Oh well, we were making a baby :)
Retrieval is Sunday morning!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sunday Calling

5:45am came very early, especially when it was truly 4:45am my time and our hotel was craptastic with lots of noise through 1am. After we left the hotel, things... well, things kept going :)
We got settled in to the new location and immediately missed the old IVF lab. The newbies at this lab didn't know what they were missing. We got paperwork filled out and I got brought back to my room. My IV didn't go too hot, which had been the topic of the week. The first IV site lead to my hand filling with liquid and looking like an alien was trying to burst out. The second IV site gave nothing and then another lady was brought in who finally got my arm all set up.
I set about to cracking my jokes. (it's the only way I can get through all this) and gave my RE a hard time for having flip flops on and running late. (His daughter ran his gas tank down the night before) Got brought back to the ER room and placed an order for a cheeseburger and fries with the embryologist through the lab window.... and I was out :)
Woke up to 13 eggs being retrieved. He couldn't reach them all, so I am not sure how many were missed. We are happy with 13 though. Seems like a lucky number. :)
I have been sick all day with nausea and dizziness so I have stopped my pain meds. Hoping this helps!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Fert Report

Got the word today that all 13 eggs were mature and 10 fertilized! This is wonderful news. Somehow the double-digits just put your mind at ease. Transfer is going to be Wednesday night.... yes, night. My RE is actually here in town on Wednesday and not 2 hours away from us at his lab, so we will transfer when he gets back for the day. Crazy times! It does mean we get to go over early for Cheesecake Factory! :) 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Night Moves

Transfer happened after 9pm est last night. Weird timing, but that is what happens when your RE is shared between his own clinic and 2 others. He is a popular man. We transferred beautiful embies and had a pretty easy time of it. I even won the award for Fullest Bladder... an award I do not recommend aspiring to receive. 
We also found out that all but one of our embies were still growing very well. We are really happy with the results. 
Now we will see what this brings us... fingers and toes crossed!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

If 3 doesn't do it, maybe 4 will....

Got the call this morning that we had 4 very nice blastocysts make it to freeze. The embryologist said they looked very nice. Sometimes, it is nice to know that there could be a plan B if needed.... even though we all know how our frozen cycles go. But 4, 4 I will take. 

Friday, August 3, 2012

I have been keeping a secret...

If you know me outside of my blog, please don't let this out. We are being very quiet about this until we can figure out how to handle being pregnant again. Thanks :)
It appears as though IVF #7 has worked.  I am pregnant. :) The last couple of weeks have been pretty rough. It started after our ER. I got bloated pretty bad, but by about our ET, I was feeling better and by the weekend, things were back to normal. Monday morning, I woke up and was feeling back to bloated and I was really queasy. Curious.... Tuesday it was worse.... and this was while I was in training at School.  Wednesday I started having a hard time breathing because of the bloat, and by Thursday, I had fullblown OHSS. In fact, I was feeling so bloated, I knew at that point that if I took a test it would come up positive....and it did. 3weeks4days and I knew :)
Thursday also meant that I called my RE to talk about OHSS. The pain was incredible. My stomach was so tight and I was just miserable. They got me all set up for testing Friday morning, which was to be my Beta Day. I ended up sleeping in the recliner and made it through the night, but not without thinking I might end up in the Emergency Room. 
Friday morning, I set out for the Clinic. At 11, I had my blood drawn and by noon I had had an u/s to check fluid levels and another blood draw. They had me set up in a recliner in the office. I was going to have to be drained.... Off to the hospital I went.
7 hours after heading out for a quick blood draw, I got back home. I had 2 IV bags of fluid. I had 850ml drained from my stomach and I felt so much better. Tyler came with me and I think I about squeezed his hand off during the procedure. We also found out that our beta came back at 134 at 9dp3dt, which is a very strong number.
We have since had 3 more betas and all is looking very good. We go in for our ultrasound on the 15th. Until then.... one day at a time. 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

One heartbeat...two heartbeats.

Soooo....we have dos amigos! It's twins. Baby A had a hb of 150 and Baby B was at 117. :) We have taken the past week to get used to the idea. We are both thrilled with the news. Much work to be done, but for right now, we have healthy babies. I go back in for my next u/s on 9/4. Til then... one day at a time. :)

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