I have been married for 7 years to my wonderful husband. I am a pre k teacher and have been teaching for 10 years! I am a christian and try to follow God's path in all that I do!
Brandon and I tried to concieve since February of 2007. Since July of 2008 we saw a RE to help along the process. In January of 2010 we were blessed with a beautiful daughter! We are now on roller coaster again trying to conceive number 2!!
December 2012: IUI with injectables (menopar) BFN 1/13/13
January 2012: Decide to go back to IVF. Start birth control on 1/14/2013. Consult scheduled for 1/22/13
February 18: Trial Transfer-all looks good. Estrogen is 25 February 22-Start stims: 2 vials of bravelle and 2 vials of menopar
February 25-Estrogen is 118. Keep taking some dose of stims
February 27-Estrogen is 201. 12 follicles: 6 on each side. Keep same dose of stims but add ganerlix.
March 1: Estrogen is 425. 10 measurable follies and several smaller ones.
March 3: Estrogen s 925 and 14 follies. 7 on each side. Stop taking stims. Take ganerlix at normal time. Take trigger shot at 1 am.
March 4: go to dr to see if trigger shot was absorbed...it was. retrieval tomorrow!
March 5: retrieval at 11:00 am. The retrieved 11 eggs!!
March 6: fertilization report: out of the 11 eggs 8 were mature and 7 fertilized.
March 10: embryo transfer at 7:30. Two beautiful embryos.
IVF CYCLE #1
March 2009-start taking birth control April 2009- birth control until the 19th, baby asprin, and prenatal vitamins. April 22, 2009- Ultrasound and Estrogen levels checked. No cysts found, E2 levels below 20. April 24-26- Start stims-150 of Bravelle and 75 of Menopar. April 27-Estrogen level checked. Estrogen is 65. Increase stims to 150 Bravelle and 150 of Menopar. April 29- Estrogen checked and ultrasound. Estrogen is 249. Ultrasound shows 9 follicles. Bravelle 150, Menopar 150, and Ganirelix. May 1- Estrogen level and ultrsound. Estrogen is 520. Ultrasound shows 10 follicles. Continue with Bravelle 150, Menopar 150, and Ganirelix. May 3-Estrogen is 1083. Bravelle 150, Menopar 150, and Ganirelix. May 4- Estrogen is 1,549. Trigger shot..Novarel 10,000 Units. May 5-Blood test to see if trigger shot was absorbed by my body. It was. May 6- Retrieval at 8:30. 8 Eggs retrieved. May 7- Fertilization report= out of the 8 eggs, 6 were mature, and 4 fertilized. Won't know anything else until May 9th.Start edometrium, antibiotic, medrol, and baby asprin. May 9th- Wonderful news...4 8 cell embroys!! Transfer set for May 11th at 8:30. May 11th- day five transfer- two beautiful embryos! May 18th-spotting...is this the end?? May 19th- 1st beta May 20th- beta results....105. We're PREGNANT May 21st-2nd beta= 191 May 28th- 3rd beta 2,481 June 3rd- Saw a HEARTBEAT June 8th- lot of bleeding..very scary...we still se a heartbeat! June 10th- 7 week ultrasound. Saw a heartbeat. Baby measured 6w6d. Still spotting. June 17th- 8 week ultrasound. Saw a hearbeat. Baby measured exactly 8 weeks. Still spotting June 24th- 9 week ultrasound. Heard the heartbeat for the first time. It measured 170...is it a girl?? Baby measured 9w1D. Still spotting...will this every go away?? July 1- 10 week ultrasound. Baby starting to look like a real baby..saw arms and legs and strong heartbeat. We graduated from fertility clinic...very emotional. Still spotting but the blood clot is getting smaller. RE says that it shouldn't last much longer.
My Favorite Quotes!!
"The more you are focused on time-past and future-the more you miss the now, the most precious thing there is. Life is NOW." Eckhart Tolle
"There are only 2 ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though EVERYTHING is a miracle!"
Our Journey in a Nutshell!
October 2005-Brandon gets back from Iraq! November2005-We get married..say that we won't have children for awhile. Februrary2007-Stop taking birth control pills, start trying to have a baby...thought it would be EASY!! August2007-buy a house and start remodeling it...take a break from TTC while doing the remodel. November2007-start ttc again June2008-start worrying that something may be wrong. July2008-went to RE for consultation..find good sperm count but a few problems with motility. Puts me on clomid 50 mg. Aug2008-2 follicles IUI #1=bfn September2008-Clomid 50 mg, 2 follicles, IUI #2=BFN October2008-Clomid 50 mg....Got very sick, bad virus, dyhdrated went to hospital, IUI #3 cancelled. November2008-Clomid 50 mg...1 follicle, IUI #3 BFN Call dr and he says I have to take the month off and come in for a consultation on Dec 30 to discuss next path. December2008-consultation, discuss different options, decide on IVF as our next step. They say to call when I start my period and then do Clomid challenge test. January 2009- pass clomid challenge test, IUI #4 IUI#4-BFN March 2009-start birth control and baby asprin for IVF April-birth control, baby asprin, prenantal vitamins. Stop birth control on April 19th.
Well, I had my 3rd IUI today. I was worried about the timing..45 hours after the trigger shot. So even though the doctor told me to abstain from sex for 2-3 days before the IUI, I thought it would be a good idea to do it 12 and 36 hours after the shot to cover all our bases. The sperm count was still good for the IUI so it should only help things. I read a study that said that women who got IUI's 12 and 34 hours after the shot had more than twice the pregnancy success rate as those who had just had one at 34 hours or 2 at 34 and 60 hours. I hope it worked!! Keep me in our prayers:)
Today I went to the doctor. He did another ultrasound and found a follie:) It measured 22! I asked him if that was the same one he thought was 13 or if it was another one. He said it could be the 13...maybe one is hiding:) I was so happy because 2 days ago I thought this might be a busted cycle. Now we still have a chance;) You never know what God has in store for you!! So we go in Friday at 7:30 to do the IUI. I asked him why we do it so late and only do one. He said research and experience has taught him that 40-45 hours past the trigger shot is best...I'm not so sure but I guess I have to trust him. I'm praying that this is the one. I have always felt in my gut that the 3rd IUI would work. Even for the first two I didn't have much hope..I was always betting on the 3rd. We will see. Say a prayer for us:)
Today was Brandon and my 3 year anniversary. We had a good day!! We woke up late and I made pancakes and bacon. Then we lounged around for a little while. Then we went to Baton Rouge and had lunch at California PIzza Kitchen. After that we went to the movies and saw Role Models..it was corny but okay. Then we did some shopping. After that we went and had supper at Cheesecake Bistro. Then we went and got our Christmas tree. It was a great day!! I couldn't ask for a better husband:)
Well at 9:30 this morning I had a doctor's appointment. I was scheduled to have my 2nd ultrasound and trigger shot. The ultrasound didn't go as a I expected. I had a feeling that I would have 3-4 follicles this month. The doctor didn't really see anything on the right side. He went to the left and looked and looked but couldn't see the left ovary. So he tried the ultrasound on top the stomach and saw half of the ovary and a follicle that measured 13. He also saw some fluid in my uterus so he said I may have already ovulated. He told me that they would draw blood and see what my levels were. If I was ovulating then I could try naturally tonight and hope for the best. If it didn't work then call them when my period started and they would do the ultrasound sooner next month. I was so upset when I left the office. I stopped myself from crying and told myself that everything God does is for a purpose and he knows what's best for me. THe doctor just called back with my results and said that I had not ovulated but my estrogen levels were 211 which indicated that I did have at least one follicle. She said that I was scheduled to go back on Wednesday to see if the 13 had grown. I'm hoping for the best. Say a prayer for me!! Also, when I walked in the doctor's office I saw a girl that I know. It was shocking because she had been telling me that she didn't know when she wanted to have kids. She asked me to please not tell anyone that she was there. She said that she had done 3 IUI's that were unsuccessful and had recently done a laproscopy and found endometriosis. They had taken it out and she was there for her post-op. It's so weird finding out someone else you know is going through the same thing but keeping it to themselves. It makes you wonder if there are more people that you know going through the same thing.
Keep us in your prayers. I am praying that this month still has a chance!!
Well I had my HSG this morning. I got there at 6:50 and there was already someone ahead of me. At around 7:20 they brought me into the room. My procedure was suppose to start at around 7:35. The doctor was late because one of her patients had an emergency this morning at 7:30. She got there around 8:00. The only thing that really hurt was when she blew up the balloon on the end of the catheter. I had to squeeze Brandon's hand really tight:) That only lasted a minute though and then it was fine. The put the dye in and everything looked great...no blockages or fibroids!!! THANK YOU GOD!!!! I feel so blessed and thankful. Afterward they told me that this is a great test to help you get pregnant...it removes microscope things that could be preventing pregnancy. Within 3 months of the procedure pregnancy rates go up around 20-30%. I am very hopeful for my IUI next week!! I hope everyone has a wonderful day:)
Well, tomorrow is my HSG! It's bright and early...we have to be there at 7:00. It takes us about 45 minutes to get there so we will be leaving at around 6:00. I hope everything goes alright and its just what I need to make this IUI successful. Keep me in your prayers!!! I am also hoping that I'm one of the people that has little or no pain from the procedure. I'll let everyone know when I get home. I took the whole day off so that I could rest afterward. This cycle has perfect timing because next week I am off of work for Thanksgiving break. I will not have to take off for my second ultrasound/trigger shot or my IUI. YEAH!!!
11/15 start clomid CD4-8 11/17 start taking antibiotics 11/18 Have HSG test perfomed 11/24 CD 13 get ultrasound and HCG shot 11/26 IUI
I am going to ask the RE if he can perform 2 IUI's this month...I think we have been missing it because we have been doing the IUI's almost 48 hours after the shot. I have read that 36 hours works the best. We will see what he says.
Well it's day 5 of my 3rd cycle. I'm so nervous about this cycle since the doctor told me if this one doesn't work we will have a lot of decisions to make. I want this one to work so badly...I don't want to have to go through IVF. My friend went to the same RE as me and she ended up doing 6 IUI's. The 6th try finally worked. I'm not sure if we would keep trying with IUI's or go to IVF. That's a big decision to make. I know that God will be by me every step of the way, holding my hand, so that makes it a little easier! I am praying that he thinks this month is the right time. I have been having twins on my mind a lot lately. I have a feeling that if this one works it will be twins. I hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday. I am going to go and get ready for church.
Well I decided to take the Prometrium. I guess I really didn't need to though because I started the next day. Yesterday was offically day 1 of my cycle so I don't have to take the Prometrium anymore. I went to the Dr. today. He did an ultrasound and everything looked fine so we are starting clomid on Saturday. Tuesday I will be doing my HSG (dye test) to see if anything is blocked. If everything looks good I will have the IUI the day before Thanksgiving! If it works that would really be something to be thankful for!!! I am hoping that it works...I have always felt that it would take 3 IUI's to do the job. I'm leaving it in God's hands..only he knows when:)
Well yesterday I went to the doctor to get blood work done. I got the call today saying that it came back negative. They gave me a prescription for prometrium to make my period start. I am hesitant to take it because I have NEVER missed my period....half of me wants mother nature to take its course and the other half wants to get started with the next cycle. This is sooo frustrating!!
It's been 45 days since my last period!! That is the longest I've EVER gone. I took another pregnancy test and it was negative. Of course I spent the whole morning googling if I could still be pregnant:) The Internet makes me obsess way too much!! I am going to call my RE tomorrow and see what he thinks. Usually I would have went in by day 31 if I wouldn't have had my period but since I didn't have the IUI this month...I was trying to wait and see. I did take Clomid though so it was suppose to make me ovulate and regulate me....this is so frustrating. I want to be pregnant sooooo bad. I guess I will have to wait and see!!
Well it's been 40 days since my last period. I'm still getting negative pregnancy tests. My doctor told me when I first started fertility treatments that Clomid would regulate my cycle. Well even though I didnt do the IUI this month...I still took the Clomid....so I thought my cycle would be on schedule. I've read about people who have taken weeks to get a positive pregnancy test so I still have a small glimmer of hope....but it is fading every time I get a negative test. If I'm not pregnant I wish my period would start so I could get started on my next IUI cycle. I have always had a good feeling about cycle #3. Ever since the beginning I didn't think it would work until the 3rd try. So I hope I am right!!! Keep us in your prayers. Also, pray for my husband. He was suppose to be out of the national guard but he made stop loss. It's when your unit is scheduled to go to Iraq and they make you go even though your enlistment is over. (They made a movie about it). He has been trying to get out on a medical discharge because he has a rare form of arthritis that causes him extreme pain. The VA doctor called yesterday and told him that he didn't qualify for a medical discharge. He is going to fight it....he could not handle another tour of duty in the condition that he is in. So I am asking for your prayers...this is my top priority on my prayer list...even before a baby that I desperately want.
My blogger friend Beth went in for her 9week ultrasound and found that the baby had stopped growing. I am asking that you pray for her! She went through infertility troubles for 18 months and now has to deal with this loss. She is going through my worse fear. My heart breaks for her. She needs your prayers right now so that she will be able to get through this.
I haven't written in almost a month...mostly because I took the month off from fertility treatments and was enjoying not thinking about it. It was so relaxing not have to worry about dr's appointments, schedules, etc. Now I am back to worrying though....It's been 37 days since my last period. I took Clomid this month but didn't have my IUI because I was sick. I thought Clomid was suppose to make your period be on schedule??? Has this happen to anyone? I have taken four prenancy test...all negative..though I am still hopeful. It would be so wonderful for it to have worked on our month off!! If I'm not pregnant, I wish my period would hurry up and start so that I can get going on my next IUI. My best friend is 2 months pregnant and I would really love to be pregnant with her. All I can do is keep praying and leave it in God's hands...only he knows when!!