now and ever more

each journey begins with one step . . . a baby step

Our Journey So Far February 7, 2012

March 1, 2007 – Met DH online and so began our long-distance relationship (400 miles) (They can work!)

April 1, 2007 – 1st date

February 14, 2008 – engaged

November 15, 2008 – married

December 30, 2008 – finally moved in with DH

June 1, 2009 – officially began TTC

December 2009 – both tested by OB/GYN – DH fine, me appears as though I don’t ovulate every month.

January – July 2010 – Clomid cycles each month – BFNs

August 24, 2010 – 1st meeting w/Reproductive Endocrinologist

September 3, 2010 – HSG to determine if tubes blocked – appears there might be a problem

October 27, 2010 – Laparoscopic surgery to get a better look at tubes.  Lots of scar tissue.  Right one blocked, left one ok.

November 2010 – 1st IUI w/Clomid – BFN

December 2010 – 2nd IUI w/Clomid – BFN

January 2011 – 3rd IUI w/Clomid – BFN

February & March 2011 – Cyst in Ovary causing Estrogen to be too high, no IUI – wait and see

April 26, 2011 – rush to ER.  Ovarian cyst ruptured.  Lots of pain.  Decide to skip IUI w/injectables and go for IVF

July 2011 – IVF #1 – BFN

September 9, 2011 – told about polyp in uterus.  decide to go ahead with egg retrieval and freeze embryos.

September 12, 2011 – Retrieved 5 eggs, ended up with 3 embryos to freeze.

October 19, 2011 – Hysteroscopy and D&C to clean out uterus.

November 18, 2011 – 40th birthday!  YIKES!!

November 20, 2011 – Frozen Embryo Transfer.  Transferred all 3 even though only 2 had kept growing after thaw.

December 2, 2011 – Ist Beta, HCG only at 6.87.  Very low but technically pregnant.

December 5, 2011 – 2nd Beta, HCG at 16.7.  More than doubled so still positive.

December 7, 2011 – 3rd Beta, HCG at 27.3.  Still going up…staying positive.

December 9, 2011 – 4th Beta, HCG 24.5.  And so begins the miscarriage.

January 30, 2012 – follow-up meeting with RE and decide to go for IVF #3.  Will change protocol a bit.  Very optimistic.  Third time’s the charm!!!

February 24, 2012 – Saline Sonogram

March 14, 2012 – Hysteroscopy and D & C #2

April 1, 2012 – Last BCP

April 4, 2012 – Start Micro-does Lupron.  10 units in the am and 10 in the pm

April 6, 2012 – Baseline for IVF #3, started Follistim 225IU and Menopur 75IU

April 9, 2012 – 1st Monitoring Appt. (1 noticeable follicle in each ovary and several smaller ones. est 125, prog .427.  Follistim increased to 300IU.

April 11, 2012 – 2nd Monitoring Appt. (5 noticeable follicles – 3 in right and 2 in left (sized between 8-10mm) few under 8.  est 311, prog .532.  Follistim increased to 375IU.

April 13, 2012 – 3rd Monitoring Appt. (7 measurable follicles – right (14, 12, 12, 12) left (13, 14, 10) and a few more in the right between 8-10mm. Est. 710, prog. .569.  Follistim reduced to 325IU.

April 15, 2012 – 4th Monitoring Appt. (7 measurable follicles – right (19, 17, 18, 13) left (19, 18, 19)  There are also a few more and maybe even one or 2 hiding.  Est 1419, prog. 1.09.  Trigger on Monday for Egg Retrieval Tuesday.  Continue same dosages of meds tonight and Lupron on Mon morning.

April 18, 2012 – Egg Retrieval.  4 eggs retrieved.  3 mature.  All 3 fertilized!

April 21, 2012 – Embryo transfer.  Transferred all 3 embryos.  8-cell (grade 4), 6-cell (grade 3-4), 4-cell (grade 3, oval).  Best grade was grade 4!  RE said the 8 & 6 cell were really great looking and she was very happy about those!!!

May 1, 2012 – took HPT – BFP!

May 4, 2012 – beta #1 – 305, Prog – 30.8, estr – 485

May 7, 2012 – beta #2 – 878, prog – 34.3, estr – 625

May 9, 2012 – beta #3 – 1994, prog -51.2, estr – 692

May 11, 2012 – beta #4 – 4109. prog 41.9, estr – 867, ultrasound at 5 weeks 2 days showed one gestational sac and the beginning of a yolk sac.

May 18, 2012 – ultrasound at 6 weeks, 2 days – We saw and heard the heartbeat!  123bpm  Baby measuring 6 weeks, 2 days also! (Had some red bleeding at home a few hours later so back to the RE and everything was ok.)

May 21, 2012 – Another bleeding scare.  This was more than what came out on Friday.  U/S showed our little baby had grown and the heartbeat was 132bpm.  Whew!

May 25, 2012 – ultrasound at 7 weeks, 2 days – heart rate 147bpm, baby measuring 7 weeks 3 days.

May 27, 2012 – Rushed to ER.  Severely constipated and impacted.  Me and Baby ok after treatment.

June 1, 2012 – ultrasound at 8 weeks, 2 days – heart rate 174bpm, baby measuring 8 weeks, 3 days.

June 8, 2012 – ultrasound at 9 weeks, 2 days – heart rate 170bpm, baby measuring 9 weeks, 1 day.

June 12, 2012 – ultrasound at 9 weeks, 6 days – heart rate 174bpm, baby measuring 10 weeks. Last appt at RE office.

June 14, 2012 – OB consultation. Decided not to have NT scan.

June 28, 2012 – 1 official OB appointment at 12 weeks.

July 26, 2012 – 2nd OB appointment at 16 weeks.

August 16, 2012 – Ultrasound and 3rd OB appointment at 19 weeks.  We found out it is a BOY!  My blood pressure was 110/70.

September 14, 2012 – 4th OB appointment at 23 weeks.  Blood pressure 100/70. Fundal height 24cm.

October 12, 2012 – 5th OB appointment at 27 weeks.

October 18, 2012 – Ultrasound to check growth at 28 weeks.

November 13, 2012 – 1st of many NST scans.  Also started weekly u/s appointments.

December 21, 2012 – Went to hospital for additional monitoring.  Doctor decided best to deliver our little guy.  He was born at 10:30pm on 12/21/12 and forever changed our lives.

December 21, 2013 – Our wonderful little guy turned one!  He is such a blessing! ♥

 

2 Responses to “Our Journey So Far”

  1. storkchaser Says:

    Wow! Sorry you’ve had to go through so much. Thank you for blogging. You’re inspiring me to keep going and (not that I’ve even gone very far) love your attitude. I’ll be following and cheering along. 🙂

  2. Thank you for your kind comments.


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