“Gena, do you have something to tellllll meeeeee?” my grandmother asks through the phone, drawing out the end of the sentence as if to tease me. Of course, I know where she’s going with this question. “Nanny, I’m pregnant!” I say. “How come you didn’t tell me!” she asks, slightly teasing, but slightly confused. I… Read More Telling my grandmother I’m pregnant, again for the first time
What’s more stressful than going through an IVF cycle? Going through said IVF cycle while buying a house! We had been looking…and looking…at houses for some time but, as it happened, the same month we did our IVF cycle happened to be the month we found, and closed on, our new house. In fact,… Read More Expect the unexpected while you’re expecting
My Momfession? I’m PREGNANT! I know, I know, this is not the photo of the amazing embryo I talked about just the other week. I’ve been holding out on you, like I warned you I would, until we were ready to make the announcement. But here’s our squirmy baby at 15 weeks, pausing just long… Read More The best things come to those who wait!
Let’s be clear: despite my joking to the contrary, I am obviously NOT a doctor. This post is meant to describe my own opinion and my own experiences with Trying To Conceive. If you believe you are experiencing troubles of your own, please consult a real medical doctor. But, thank you for humoring me, and… Read More 5 signs you might be having trouble TTC: the unofficial guide
A baby? Yes, I suppose a baby would be the ultimate positive spin and happy ending for enduring an IVF cycle. But, my favorite IVF moment (and, yes, there is such a thing)? Embryo transfer day. I was a mess of emotions on the morning of transfer day. Fearful they’d cancel our cycle at the… Read More The silver lining of IVF
Day Eight: Monday Today’s ultrasound went well today (minimal discomfort!) and they told us we will trigger tomorrow! I still can’t believe it all seems to be happening so quickly… Day Nine: Tuesday We triggered tonight! Actually, at the last minute, they changed my trigger meds because they are still worried about ovarian hyperstimulation. All… Read More My IVF cycle diary: Week two
It is said that when a baby sleeps, you should sleep. Of course, I think this is brilliant; what tired momma doesn’t want a little snooze once her baby has finally closed their eyes? I must say, though, getting me to relax is no small feat; I think getting my niece to doze off at… Read More Quiet time
At the start of our IVF cycle, I was instructed to refrain from lifting anything heavy and to avoid stairs as much as possible. Try this at home? Sure, no problem. Do this at work? That’s another story entirely. My job requires that I do some heavy lifting. When you make multiple one-hundred-pound batches of… Read More My “delicate condition”
A daily glimpse into the first weeks of our IVF cycle: Day 1: Monday Well, today is the big day! This morning, I went in for my baseline blood work and ultrasound, and tonight I had my first injection of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone, the hormone that will help me develop more than one… Read More My IVF cycle diary: Week one
I think anyone who goes through an IVF cycle deserves an honorary medical degree. Am I right? I’ve become a pro at administering (and receiving) shots—in my thigh, in my belly, in my rear. I can use terms like “protocol,” “10 cc syringe” and “sharps container” and actually know what I’m talking about. With the… Read More The doctor is in?