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After an 8 year battle with infertility and countless struggles, our family is finally complete. This blog chronicles the journey it took for us to start and build the family we always wanted. Background on the blog (started in 2012, just days before I found out the embryo transfer for our son worked).... I decided to start a blog after realizing I have only been able to make it through my TWW's (two week waits) with the help of Google and with the openness of other women suffering from infertility sharing their own stories and giving others hope. I have time and time again found my exact symptoms on other women's blogs and felt an overwhelming sense of calmness they provided me. I thought it was time to pay it forward and hopefully provide this same thing to other women on their own journeys.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Semen Sample Frozen


Today..... Met with nurse to go over next month's cycle, blood tests, injection training (like I needed it)...check.

Next week..... They'll order my meds.   (Update.... they didn't order my meds, hopefully next week.)

October 12-18..... Start period.  We'll just choose October 17th for the next tentative dates....

October 20th..... baseline ultrasound, start Follistim and Menopur.

October 23rd..... ultrasound and bloodwork to measure progress.

October 25th-30th..... ultrasound and bloodwork to measure progress.   Once follicles reach 13/14mm start Ganirelix to suppress ovulation.

October 30th..... Trigger with either Lupron + HCG or just Lupron (depends on E2 levels at the time).

November 1..... Retrieval

November 4th or 6th..... Day 3 or Day 5 transfer.

November 18th or 20th..... Official beta day.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Countdown Begins!

I FINALLY got my period....a week late of all things.  So the countdown can now officially begin to starting my third IVF cycle in October.

Next steps.... Mike and I go to Cleveland this Friday to meet with a nurse to sign the IVF paperwork and get STD testing AGAIN.  I asked if we could just use last August's testing from UH Hospital but the doctor said something about it needing to be 6 months current or something.  So that will be another several hundred dollars down the tube.  We don't have STDs people!   Quit stealing our money!    We will also get a tentative calendar on Friday and they'll order the meds.   We also have "Injection Training"...........no comment.  As if I don't know how to give injections yet.  Oh well.  We'll play along.  :)

I pray this will be our third and final IVF round.  I pray we get a healthy "take home baby" out of it!   Anyone reading this, please say a quick prayer for us.

Also, our loan also got approved through ARC for 11k and change.  I pray that is the last one we need to take out for making babies.

Oh!  And I start acupuncture today weekly until the transfer!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


That's the loan amount we are about to take out for our THIRD IVF.  It covers 1 round of IVF and 1 FET.   We contemplated doing the $33,500 refund option where you'd get 3 IVFs and 3 FETs and are guaranteed a baby or most of your money back, however Mike and I realized that if we had any more than 2 frozen embryos with each IVF we'd have to pay 2 to 3k on top of that to transfer each batch of 2 over the 2 covered in the first FET following each IVF.  So in that scenario, we'd actually be penalized if we were blessed with lots of frosties.   So, we decided we are just going to gamble and do one IVF cycle at a time and pray an embryo from the first cycle works.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

IVF Egg Quality Supplements

Best egg retrieval after these to date!!!
21 eggs
13 mature
12 fertilized with ICSI (92% fertilization rate)
8 made it to blast! (66% blast rate!)

Here's how I split them up throughout the day.... no rhyme or reason, just tried to balance it all out:


  • Co Q10 Enzyme 200 mg
  • DHEA 25 mg
  • NAC
  • Queen's Delight
  • Vitamin D 2000 iu
  • Iron (I forget the amount off the top of my head) - no longer taking interacts with synthroid.  
  • OmegaVia Pharma Grade Omega 3 1105mg
  • B complex plus - label


  • Myo-Inositol Powder 2 gm
  • Melatonin 3mg
  • OmegaVia Pharma Grade Omega 3 1105mg