Category: Infertility

Telling my grandmother I’m pregnant, again for the first time

“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

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Expect the unexpected while you’re expecting

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,

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The best things come to those who wait!

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

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5 signs you might be having trouble TTC: the unofficial guide

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

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The silver lining of IVF

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

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My IVF cycle diary: Week two

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

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My “delicate condition”

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

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