These are my little sisters and me: Becky, Katie and Jessie. We grew up playing House, Dress-Up, Barbies, riding our bikes, and having dance contests (I was always the judge, and coincidentally, I always won). For as long as I can remember we wanted to grow up and have babies. Well, we grew up and… Read More When Things Don’t Go As Planned – My Sister’s Struggle With Infertility
Almost exactly a year ago, my husband and I were at just about our lowest of lows of our infertility story. We had recently learned about my husband’s abysmal sperm count and were continuing testing for him. The term “IVF” was being thrown around, and I was devastated. I remember going to the urologist with… Read More A baby in time for…which holiday?
“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
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!
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
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
Probably one of the hardest and most frustrating realizations about the whole IVF process is knowing that you can’t make a baby on your own. That one intimate act between two people can’t create a third. I mean, in most amorous situations, you’re not inviting a team of doctors and nurses into your bedroom. Unless… Read More It takes two…or twenty
Last week, I wrote about my moment of panic over possibly publicly over-sharing the details of our infertility. The amount of support from you all through your comments was amazing, and I thank you –I know I should not regret my decision to talk publicly about infertility and IVF. Still, putting myself out there like… Read More I am the One In Eight.
I spent the better part of seventy-two hours over this past weekend wondering if I was pregnant. I know. I know. The same girl who, for months, has been blogging about her journey to IVF; for whom a natural pregnancy would be a near-miracle. I know. But, almost two weeks ago, I had blood work… Read More What if?