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.
How Far Along? 26 weeks Total Weight Gained/Loss? 16 pounds...I didn't gain any this month!! Maternity Clothes: yep..I can still fit in some shirts and comfy pants Sleep: I miss sleep so much!! Leg cramp, back pain, and hip pain have been waking me up. Best Moment of the Week. Last week it was when they said I could go back to work. This week it has been how much our little girl has been moving! Movement- yes, she is really moving now!! I love the feeling:) Food Craving- lettuce wraps, scallops, pizza Food aversions- nothing...I'm loving eating!!! Morning sickness?- No but I have started gagging in the morning..I hope it doesn't come back. Gender- It's A GIRL!!! McKenzie Joy Labor Signs- hopefully not for at least 9 more weeks...that worries me!! Belly Button- in but getting shallow! What I miss-being able to sleep well, being able to do a lot without having to worry about going back on bedrest. What I'm looking forward to- My baby shower next weekend. Weekly Wisdom- God has a plan for us...we just have to trust in that plan!! Do as much as you can early...you never know if you will be put on bedrest! Milestones- going back to work.
Well, last Thursday I went back to the doctor. He decided to "cautiously" let me go back to work. He told me to sit as much as I could, no exercise, no "relations" as he called it, and come back in 2 weeks. He will check my cervix and do a fFN test again next Thursday to see if I can continue working. I'm crossing my fingers that I can..I really don't want to use up my days before the baby is born.
Last Saturday Brandon and I were on our way to my friend's couple baby shower. We were 10 minutes from the party when my nose started bleeding. I have had 2 nosebleeds since becoming pregnant but they only last 3-4 minutes. This nosebleed was massive!! It was so much blood. When I switched paper towels it got on my clothes. Brandon decided that we needed to stop at my parent's house so we could clean my clothes and regroup. We got to the house and it continued to bleed. It was horrible. I held my head over the sink and just let it flow because we were told not to plug it up. It bled for 45 minutes!! Brandon was worried that I had lost too much blood;) We cleaned my clothes and finally made it to the party an hour late. It was crazy!! I hope I don't get anymore like that.
This post may have TMI...just a warning;) Yesterday when I woke up I had some brown mucus in my discharge...here comes Wimberly....making me freak out;) Well I went to church and when I got back there was more. My parents picked me up to go meet my brother to eat. I asked my mom if I should call the Dr. She said yes. I called and they said if it got worse to call back. I went about my day and it stayed the same. Around 4 a big chunk came out. I'm freaking out because I'm thinking I'm losing my mucus plug already. I called the Dr. and she said to come to the hospital to get checked out. When I got to the hospital they put me on a fetal heart monitor and a contraction monitor. Both looked good! They then did an ultrasound. The baby looked great! She is breech (still early of course), she weighs 1lb 9 0z, and is definitely a girl;) My fluids and placenta also looked good. While I was having the ultrasound I had two contractions. She then checked my cervix and thought it looked a little bit open. I went back to the room and the Dr. came to talk to me. She did the swab test to see if I would be going into labor within 2 weeks. It came back negative..thank GOD!! She then checked my cervix and said it was a little bit open on the outside but the inside was still closed. My regular doctor was out of town so the Dr. on call decided that she wanted me to stay at home an relax until he could look at me on Thursday. Since I have a job where you stand up all day and chase 4 year olds she didn't want to risk my cervix opening up more. After the exam a huge chunk of stuff came out...GROSS!! She said it was probably from the exam...I sure hope so. So I'm here at home laying on the couch. I'm hoping that I don't have to stay home past Thursday. I really didn't want to use up my sick leave days before maternity leave. My principal made my day last Thursday, because he asked me if I minded staying home with the baby, till next school year. He can hire a certified teacher if I stay gone the rest of the time. If I was only gone for 12 weeks and came back the last 3 he would have had to hire a part time sub. Of course I was thrilled by this news. If it all works out McKenzie will be 7 months old when I go back to work. I just have to save money to compensate for those 3 weeks of work that I won't get paid. Hopefully she will behave and I won't have to stay on bedrest long;) Say a prayer for us.
How Far Along? 24 weeks Total Weight Gained/Loss? 16 pounds...CRAZY!! Maternity Clothes: yep..I can still fit in some shirts and comfy pants Sleep: leg cramp, back pain, and hip pain have been waking me up Best Moment of the Week 24 weeks VIABILITY!! Movement- yes!! I love the feeling:) We can also see her move now;) Food Craving- lettuce wraps Food aversions- nothing...I'm loving eating!!! Morning sickness?- NO, and I hope it doesn't come back in the 3rd trimester. Gender- It's A GIRL!!! McKenzie Joy Labor Signs- hopefully not for at least 12 more weeks...that worries me!! Belly Button- in but getting shallow! What I miss-being able to sleep well. What I'm looking forward to- baby showers and my 3D ultrasound Weekly Wisdom- God has a plan for us...we just have to trust in that plan!! Enjoy every second of being pregnant! Milestones- Viability Here is my belly shots..I am getting BIG!!
On September 26th I had my 10 year reunion! It was fun seeing everyone...even though most of us have stayed in touch. I only stayed from 5:30-10:30 because you can only have so much fun around people who are drinking when you can't;) I did have a Coors cutter though (nonalcholic beer)...it tasted so good;)
This is one of my best friends. She is due 7 weeks before me. I love this pic..belly to belly!!!
I hope everyone has been doing great. I have been reading blogs...sorry if sometimes I'm too tired to comment;)