Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Transfer Success

Today we transferred two beautiful embabies! We had four donated frozen embryos from a very generous, loving couple who had already completed their family with two sons. The embryologist thawed the first straw and they both made it just fine so we still have the other two to use later. I am praying we won't need to use those until we are ready for a sibling. And what really excites me is if we get at least two babies out of these four, they will be actual genetic siblings and have that biological tie to one another. So exciting!!!!!And who knows? We might just get genetic siblings out of this round by getting twins. A girl can dream so I'm going to spend this next week doing just that.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Donor Embabies!

I had my E2 and P4 drawn today and they said everything looked great. I'm staying on my Estrace three times per day and starting Crinone (yuck) twice a day on Thursday. My ultrasound is Monday morning and if my lining is thick enough we will transfer our first two adopted embryos on Tuesday morning! Very excited considering the parents of these embryos didn't have half the issues I do. Maybe this will actually work!!!

Monday, June 30, 2014

BFN and Why I Haven't Told You About It Yet

Sorry that it has taken me so long to keep you in the loop. I've been dealing with some major personal problems unrelated to infertility and that has taken precedence over anything else. Don't worry, I'm ok and my husband and family are fine. I'm seeing a therapist to help me deal with everything but let's just say it has shaken my world. The good news is this particular situation has made me very thankful for everything God has given me. No, He hasn't chosen to make me a mother but He has given me a loving husband, wonderful family, a job that I love and so much more. I am trying to use a terrible situation to see how good He is to me. I don't think I will ever take the "whoa is me" approach to infertility again.

So anyway..... I tested on 12dp5dt and got a BFN so I knew I was out. I think I tested one more time a few days later but I really don't remember since that is around the time I received the terrible news I wrote about earlier. Regardless, it didn't work. I started my period on the day of the beta so I never went to get it done. I didn't want to put myself through that with everything else I was dealing with.

I called my RE the day I started (June 24) and they said to discontinue the Estrace then start back on the Estrace on Friday (June 27) for my next cycle. We have 4 donated embryos so the plan is to check my E2 and P4 levels on July 8 and if all looks good the ultrasound will be on July 14th with the transfer on the 15th. We are thawing out 1 straw of 2 embryos and if they both make it we will transfer those 2 and keep the other 2 frozen to save for later. If this actually works then we will have 2 for a sibling. If it doesn't work (and let's all be honest, it probably won't with my history), then we will have another shot.

So that's the plan. I am excited because donated embryos are new to us and might just be what makes this work. I'll try to do better about keeping you guys updated now that I'm doing a little better. After the new has worn off  I may even write about what I'm going through. I'm just not ready yet.


Sunday, June 15, 2014

POAS 5DP5DT

I've heard of people getting a faint positive at day 5 so I thought I'd try it. BFN. I know it's still early so I'm definitely not out yet but I thought it would be nice to see on Father's Day. :( Hoping to post a pee stick in the next few days followed by a nice beta.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

FET in Cincy

I am going to document this right now in case this is the one that actually sticks! Some of this probably won't interest everyone but I want to savor every moment of this process.


We left on Sunday, June 8th, to travel to Lexington to stay with my good friend Meghan. She always generously offers her fully finished basement to us anytime we are making our trek North! Unfortunately we got there so late that we didn't get to visit with her and just went straight to bed. I woke up the next morning and went upstairs to hug and talk for about 10 minutes. She wished us luck and prayers and we were on our way to Cincinnati for my scan to check my lining.

When we arrived in the parking lot, I saw this on the back of someone's car!


For those of you who aren't aware, Grant is the name of our first baby. I got pregnant the first month we were trying and miscarried shortly after at 6 weeks. Even though we miscarried so early and of course didn't know the sex, we figured it was probably a boy since the Davis side is boy-heavy. Grant will always be our first baby. Back then we were so naive, never thinking I would miscarry but even when I did, knowing I would get pregnant easily since I had this time. Those were the days! Thanks for my little piece of Grant that day Jesus!



So we went inside for my ultrasound to check my lining.The doctor said my lining was good at 7mm and everything was on track for our transfer in the morning at 10:00! Since we hadn't eaten yet we decided to go to the mall because there was a Cheesecake Factory there. Yum. I don't normally get dessert at lunch but today we had reason to celebrate!
I know that's a lot of chocolate. Don't judge me. 






After lunch we went straight to Pottery Barn Kids. It's always nice to go there anytime we have a chance at actually using the stuff they sell. The salesgirl asked if we were registered and I explained our situation. She wished us luck and told me that if it works they do complimentary room design. Yes please!!!!We looked around and I found the cutest stuff. A girl can dream, right? I do this every   time and it hasn't ever worked out but I will not let infertility steal my joy or hope.

We went back to the hotel to take a nap then caught a ferry over to the Reds game. They didn't win but it was still a lot of fun.
Catching the ferry






 After the game we went to the brand new Casino called Horseshoe. We got a gross hamburger at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville inside and then I put $5 in a slot machine. I'm not much of a gambler so $5 was my limit. Turned out pretty well for me!



The next morning was the transfer. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott which was across the street so I got to sleep in, my favorite! I'm so hoping I won't get to do that for too much longer. Anyway, as I was on my way to change into my gown, hairnet and booties, the nurse said, "Did you hear the good news? Your embryo made it and it looks beautiful!" I couldn't believe it. Yes I know that doesn't mean it will implant but the fact that our own little guy survived was so unbelievable considering what we've been told about embryo quality. Of course I'll be upset if it doesn't work but this cycle two things worked: I made an appropriate lining for my baby and my baby survived. Not too shabby!

Without further ado, here he/she is! They said it started expanding just like it should as soon as it thawed. Grow baby grow!!!! Stay tuned for poas. :)



Tuesday, June 10, 2014

FET Success!

I will do a more detailed post later but I wanted to fill you in quickly. Our FET went great! My lining was 7mm and my own genetic embryo survived the thaw. It was already expanding so now it just needs to grow and implant. I'm so hopeful and excited. I covet your prayers during the 2ww.

Friday, May 30, 2014

FET for me!

This is my first ever FET cycle. I am so excited! It's simply amazing how much easier this is than fresh. I am on CD 9 and I've been on my 3 times a day Estrace pills. I had an infusion yesterday in Nashville and everything went great. I've been on Lovenox and Prednisone for 4 days and that's it so far!

My blood work is scheduled for June 4 to check my estrogen and progesterone levels. I'll start on my progesterone supplement June 5 and the scan is scheduled for June 9. As long as my lining looks good at the ultrasound, the transfer will be June 10. This is so fast and I'm so glad. That way if it doesn't work (which we all know is a very likely possibility with me!) then I would still have time to try again before school starts back up in August.

Our plan is to transfer our ONE lonely genetic embryo. If he/she doesn't survive the thaw, we will transfer two of the donor embryos. I don't really know how to feel. Is it wrong to want to transfer the adopted ones because I feel like they have a better chance of making it or am I just used to believing our own embryos are crappy? I guess whatever happens is what is supposed to happen. It's hard to think you are making the wrong decision but like I said we can try again if it doesn't work. It's just a lot of money down the drain because one infusion costs over $2,000. Ugh. The price we pay for just a small chance of maybe getting pregnant. But our little lone embryo has been waiting to become thawed and transferred since 2011. My mom always said he was a fighter. We have to give him a chance at life, even if it is in my destructive uterus. Please IVIg fix my killer lady parts! :)