HISTORY

Treatments
BABY #1- 6 Clomid cycles, 2 IUIs with Femara, 1 IVF with 3 embryos transferred, 2 more IUIs with Femara & Follistim, and finally 1 IUI with Follistim.
BABY #2 - 2 Follistim cycles and natural conception

Timing
Decided to start a family May 2005. After testing & un-related delays, began first treatment cycle Oct 2005. First pregnancy confirmed Sept 2007. Second pregnancy confirmed Mar 2011.

For other IF couples
If you want to skip back to our infertility adventures, please see the history on the right hand margin. There you can find our journey from 2005 through 2007.

Monday, September 24, 2007

OB here we come

The fertility clinic is turning us over to the OB. We have our first appt. on Oct 3rd and are looking forward to it!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Week 6

I thought it would be fun (since I no longer have fertility treatments to update everyone on) - to provide some general education on the development of our baby. You can learn as I do. So here are some links to read about WEEK 6 of a pregnancy.

Week 6 from KidsHealth for parents

Pictures & short summary of Week 6 from Pregnancy.org

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Tiny little heartbeat


Jack & I were surprised to see our tiny little baby's teeny little heartbeat so early! It was barely a flicker on the screen, but it was clear (once she explained where to look!). Our baby is only about 5mm big right now. In the picture there are two little X marks, those are the measurement marks for the embyro. The surrounding black blob is the gestational sac.

Now that we know there is only one baby, we were given a due date of 5/11 (the day after our 5th wedding anniversary, LOL). I'm 6 weeks and 2 days along today. So this is it, we are officially done with the fertility clinic! We now switch over to a regular OBGYN and everything from here on out will progress like a regular pregnancy! :)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Nothing new...

Today I'm 5wks & 3 days preggo! Nothing new to report really but I didn't want to abandon my blog too long. I've been pretty tired, but otherwise symptoms are minimal thus far. I have been going back & forth between no appetite & starving though.. which has been fun. I probably won't have any updates again until after the ultrasound on Tuesday.

Friday, September 07, 2007

tick tock

4 weeks & 4 days pregnant. Only 248 days to go (LOL). I've added a ticker to my page that will count off the days, weeks & months. I'll update the ticker as I know more (exact due date, twins or not, sex of baby, etc) but I thought it was fun to put it up now. I had used this a few times in the early stages of TTC, but it got old to see that thing expire every month.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Parents become Grandparents

Today & tonight we told all the parents that they will be grandparents finally :) I've got a few more calls to make tomorrow to extended family & friends but for the most part have told everyone. So, now I'm posting up all the blogs I'd been holding off on for the last few days...

Huge Beta

I called the clinic as soon as they opened this morning and was able to get an appt before 10AM thankfully. I was dying to find out what my beta levels were and get our pregnancy confirmed by the doc! I showed up early but thankfully they never make me wait, even if I'm early. They called me right back and took my blood. She said since this was the first test, they would do both hcg (what I keep referring to as the beta) and progesterone. Progesterone is a necessary hormone during pregnancy, esp in the early stages to maintain the pregnancy (thus why I was prescribed prog. suppositories as part of fertility treatment).

So finally Dr Meyer called me back and confirmed that I am indeed pregnant. Yay!! He said my beta was 1100 (my reaction was 'woah, really?!'). That's a pretty high number which I knew from my internet obsessions. Here's a beta chart that you can look at to get a general idea (look at day 16, today is 16 days past ovulation for me). Notice there are two charts, one shows values for single pregnancies (one baby) and the other is for multiple pregnancies (twins or more). As you will see from the chart, 1100 is high even on the multiples chart.

Dr Meyer said that beta is high enough that it may be TWINS!! (as I was just alluding to) but that it's too early to tell. I don't even have to go back for a second beta as expected since it was so high. He said my progesterone looked good (I didn't ask the exact number). So I'll finish up the progesterone I have (just a few more days) but then do not need to refill it. He also confirmed my expectation that I no longer need Avandia or Glucophage (for my PCOS) while pregnant. So other than prenatal vitamins, I am going to be drug-free for the first time in two years! I setup an appt for two weeks from now (9/18) for our first ultrasound where we'll hopefully learn more.

Now off to tell our families...

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Two Pink Lines


I'm Pregnant!!! This morning we did our home test and it was positive! The second pink line was very very faint at first & I almost threw it away thinking it was negative again. Once I noticed, I called Jack out of bed to look at it. As we pulled out the directions to compare, the line got a little darker. Yay! After two years of treatment, IUI (with superovulation) worked!

Of course I sat right down & figured out a due date online! May 12th if there is one baby. (Remember I had 4 follicles, so we're at risk for multiples). Of course it's a holiday weekend, so I have to wait until Tues to call the doc & get a beta test to confirm it.

We are SOO EXCITED! I'm dying to tell everyone I know, but Jack is being the rational one. He's convinced me that I need to wait until Dr. Meyer confirms it before I tell the whole world. So keep us in your prayers that everything continues to progress well!