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.
My water broke around 3:50 on Thursday January 21. I had a pain that woke me up. I went to the bathroom and then went back to bed. When I laid down my underwear got soaking wet. I got up to try to determine if I peed on myself or if it was my water. When I stood up it stopped. I went to the living room and sat on the couch to see if it would happen again...it did. I looked at my underwear and there were dots of white mucus...this assured me that it was my water. I called the Dr. and they said to come in. I decided I better do some stuff before I woke up Brandon because I knew he wouldn't let me when he got up:) I took a shower, put on makeup, blow dried my hair, got dress, ran the dish washer, straighten the living room, and then woke him up. I gently shook him and asked him if he was ready to be a dad;) He said "Really?, how do you know?" While he was getting ready I took the opportunity to eat because I knew when I got there they wouldn't let me and I was STARVING!! All this took around 50 minutes. We left our house at 4:40 and got to the hospital around 5:15. I was assessed before moving to labor and delivery. When I got there I was only having back pain and I was still 2 cm. I got to labor and delivery at around 6:00. Once I was there my contractions started to hurt in the front as well as the back and they were quick..around 2 minutes apart. They asked me if I wanted an epidural but said when I got one I wouldn't be able to get up. I decided to try some pain medicine first..mistake!! It made me feel DRUNK but i could still feel the pain. My Dr came to check me and I could not concentrate on what he was saying. He checked me and I was around 4-5. At around 8:50 I was 5 cm and decided to get an epidural because the pain was bad. It made the contractions painless but my legs were DEAD weight and felt asleep..tingling really bad. At 10 I was 8 cm and the nurse said I would start practice pushing soon. We decided to start at 11:15. She put a mirror in front so I could see. Every time I saw here hair it made me DETERMINED!! I pushed till 11:45 and she called the doctor and told him to hurry up. He couldn't believe it..he thought it would take awhile. He came in and I pushed 2-3 times for him and she was born at 12:14. She was so beautiful!! I busted out crying as soon as he pulled her out. I cannot believe the instant love I felt for her and how much more love I felt for my husband at that instant. It was AMAZING!. She weighed 7 lbs 5.1 oz and was 20 1/2 inches long. She was taken and cleaned before being brought to me because the placenta was stuck and the doctor had a hard time getting it out. That was the only painful part of the delivery!! He had to get on top of me and push like crazy and then pull it out. I was close to having to go to a surgical room to get it removed. I got to breastfeed her right after she was bathed. The baby nurse helped me get the hang of it. I believe doing it so quickly helped with our great success with it!! McKenzie had a slight temperature when she was born. Since I had Group B strep here white blood count was taken. It was slightly elevated so she had to get an IV in her foot. She had to get antibiotics every 12 hours for the first 2 days. On Saturday she also tested positive for jaundice so we had to stay an additional day and have her sleep underneath a light in our room. Other than that she has been a PERFECT baby. She hardly every cries (only when we change her diaper or she is hungry). We are sooo in love with her!! Sorry this was so long...I didn't want to forget anything!! Hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend...I'm going feed my little love.
Well ladies I don't have much time but I wanted to say that McKenzie is HERE!!! My water broke Thursday morning at around 3:45. She was born at 12:14 pm after only 30 minutes of pushing. I will write the entire birth story later. I hope everyone is doing great!!
I'm still here!!! I went to the Dr. yesterday for my 39 week update. I just knew that I would be further along...ha ha!!! When he checked me he said "Still 2 cm and 75% effaced"!! I wanted to hit him;) I asked him if there was anything I could do to get labor going and he said no she would come when she was ready. He decided since he thinks she is going to be around 8 lbs and my pelvis is small, plus the fact that I have gestational diabetes, that he will induce on Monday morning if she doesn't come before then. I am really hoping that she comes before then because he said it would be much easier!! So, I'm still here!! I'm feeling okay besides the fact that I'm not sleeping good and my legs have been really swollen the last few days. I am still working. My preschoolers ask me everyday when McKenzie is going to come. They said she is really big now and it is time for her to come out;) They amaze me!! I couldn't believe how many of them bought her Christmas presents. The were SOOO proud of their gifts. One mom told me yesterday that when McKenzie grows up her daughter is going to teacher her how to swing...is that cute or what. I'm going to miss them for the rest of the school year. I hope my sub does a good job!! Well girls, I hope everyone is having a great week!! Hopefully my next post will have baby pictures included. Please pray that I have a safe delivery and a healthy baby girl;)
HI!!! Just wanted to give everyone a short update...don't have time for the regular stat update. I went to the Dr. today and I am 2 cm dilated and 75% effaced. It could be any day now;) I also have the joy of having Group B strep...I think I have gotten everything that you can get besides high blood pressure;) He said it was not a big deal if I get the antibiotics when I go into labor. 1 in 5 women get it or 200 in 1000 women get it. Out of that 200 woman 1 baby gets sick from it. Praying that isn't my baby!!! I'm still at work and doing pretty good. My pre k class is anxious about me having the baby. They tell me everyday that the thing she is definitely big enough to come out now...LOL!!! My goal was to make to class picture day and that is tomorrow!!! Well, I hope everyone is doing great. I am going relax in bed with my loving hubby...who has been WONDERFUL by the way. I love him soooo much!!
How far along: 37 weeks Weight gained: I can't believe this but.....37 pounds....I guess that's a pound a week;) Maternity clothes: Yes, I'm running out of room. My shirts are tight. I am wearing Brandon's shirts to sleep in. Sleep: Not very good. I am getting up a lot to pee and my hips hurt. Best moment of the week: Getting to 37 weeks (full term) and seeing her on the sonogram. Food cravings: Pasta, salad, fruit, and my favorite bed time snack ginger snaps and milk...Ive been very hungry lately. Heartburn: yes, mostly at night Labor signs: nope Belly button: barely there What I miss: being able to get out of bed like a normal person Weekly wisdom: Infertility worries stay with you forever...I've been getting more and more nervous the closer we get. Milestones: 37 weeks (full term)
I went to the doctor today. I am 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced. The head is engaged and the doctor said we are on the 10 yard line. I'm thinking it will happen around the 13th...but we will see:) I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!!
HEre are my 37 week belly pics. My computer is acting up...it would not let me rotate them!!