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Crazy Little Thing Called Life August 31, 2012

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In December 2011 we decided for baby #2…we told no one in hopes to surprise our family with a Christmas announcement. With only 3 frozen embryos remaining, our goal was to transfer only 1 embryo. After the dreaded 2 ww, the test was negative. We were devastated. Just so, so sad. We immediately looked toward our last 2 embryos and, in hindsight, we rushed into the decision of transferring both of our remaining embryos. Feb 2012 was our transfer and it was a horrible experience right from the start. First, my bladder wasn’t full enough, and they sent me back out to drink more and by the time I got pulled back in I was in excruciating pain from an OVER-Full bladder. They performed the transfer, and the embryologist checked the tube and one had stuck and hadn’t transferred successfully. They had to perform the transfer again, and by this time I was crying from the pain of my bladder. When they were finally finished and we went home, I never felt excited. We found out 2 weeks later that I was pregnant. But something wasn’t happy about it. I was terrified that I was pregnant with twins and that something was wrong. After my RE followed my beta’s for multiple tests over multiple days, they told me to stop all meds. My beta’s weren’t doubling every 48 hours and that I would soon miscarry. The saddest part for me was that I was more upset for the child that we never conceived in December than the child that I miscarried. It turned out that I had an ectopic pregnancy and I had to be treated with a drug called methotrexate. Methotrexate is horrendous. After my inital bleeding of 10 days during the miscarriage, less than a month later I had what is known as a ‘methotrexate bleed’ which lasted about 5 weeks. Another horrible thing about methotrexate is that it causes severe birth defects and we were told to use protection for 3-5 months. Are you f-ing kidding me??
After this last leg of our journey, we aren’t sure if we want any more children. We already know that we will never go through IVF again, although I will forever be greatful for my son, and the whole IVF process. Just another painful part of infertility.


Jacob is here! January 31, 2010

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Our little bundle is here! From years of infertility, IVF, 2 subchorionic hemorrhages to our little bundle…what a journey. Jacob Henry arrived right on his due date, 1/21/10. My water broke at 1:43 am and we arrived at the hospital an hour later. I started having contractions and was given Pitocin to bring on the intensity. I got my epidural at 6 am and was ready to push by 10:00 am. After pushing for only 30 min, Jacob was born at 10:30 am and was 8 lbs 1 0z, 21 inches long. He is beautiful and was well worth the wait. I hope one day I can tell him all about what Mommy and Daddy went through to have him and he will truly know how much we loved him, even before we met him. He is the most wanted baby in history! 🙂


Gettin There December 24, 2009

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36 weeks today. My baby s so active and I love feeling him move. I can’t wait to meet him.


I’ve been slacking… November 25, 2009

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I am 32 weeks, can you freaking believe it!? My baby boy is moving, growing, and making me pee constantly. Heartburn is killer and my feet are swollen like crazy…but I am loving this. Of course I am not currently in labor so all of this joy may be reduced once that kicks in. I recently heard that IVF patients deliver 2-4 weeks early, any truth to that? I will just have to wait and see.


It has been awhile October 13, 2009

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I can’t even remember the last time I posted something…but I am back with an update. We are busily preparing for our little bundle who is now in his 26th week of gestation. He moves around like a wild man and it makes me so indescribably happy. The infertility and subchorionic hemorrhages will not be forgotten but it seems so long ago that I felt such worry and insecurity about my little one. We built his crib on Sunday and the nursery is finally coming together. I have 100 days to go until I meet my little Jacob Henry but I feel so connected with him already. I have gained about 20 lbs in my 26 weeks which, I guess, is okay. Late night bowls of cereal with whole milk may be a contributing factor but I am feeling pretty healthy. Well, I will try to post another update soon.


It’s a… September 2, 2009

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BOY!!! I cannot believe it. We found out on Saturday and I was absolutely shocked. I am still shocked. Oh what to name you, my son. Everything on his anatomy scan was perfect and measuring perfect for his gestation. I will be 20 weeks tomorrow, half way there. After all that we’ve been through-making it to 20 weeks is a huge milestone.


16 weeks today! August 6, 2009

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I am feeling so lucky and blessed. I know we have a long way to go, but after years of infertility and 2 subchorionic hemorrhages, 16 weeks seems like a miracle. We had a Dr’s appointment today and hearing that beautiful heartbeat will never get old. I have gained 8 lbs in my 16 weeks and the nausea is pretty much gone. I do get headaches but I’m hoping those will begin to subside. My belly is definitely “blooming” and I do not fit in my regular clothes at all. I am starting to feel movement but I haven’t had a nice solid kick yet. I cannot wait for that.