Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy ICLW!

Happy February ICLW!

(I really wanted to type "Februany". Effing Subway commercials...)

If you are visiting my humble piece of real estate on the intrawebs for the first time, welcome! My blog focus is centered on my ups and downs trying to achieve pregnancy (and to maintain it!). I do talk about other stuff some, like TV (mostly reality competition shows, like Project Runway, Face Off, Survivor, etc), my beautiful princess dog, shopping, whatever I feel like, etc.

Before I give the customary brief synopsis of our journey-to-parenthood thus far, I'm going to tell you a few random things about myself. Many of you "regulars" may not even know this stuff, so... enjoy!
  • I play a lot of video games. Most recently I've played so much Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 that my wrist hurts. I tell people (that don't know about my addictions) that my wrist hurts because I'm on a computer all day for work (which I am...).
  • I'm a graphic designer, but my dream is to someday open up my own restaurant with my mom and sister (who are both chefs).
  • I can't live without my Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm. Honestly, I'm not even kidding. Things get really ugly, really fast when I'm somewhere without it.
  • I have five tattoos. I love 3 1/2 of them. I hate one of them.
  • Why is Pandora playing the Beatles right now?? No thanks! Thumbs down.
  • I think I overuse the comma. If excessive punctuation bothers you, I apologize.
Ok, that's enough randomness.

Brief Synopsis of Our Journey-to-Parenthood Thus Far

My husband (Buster) and I were married in June of 2008. We had started NTNP about a year prior to our wedding. Nada. So, we visited an RE and had some testing done. Everything came back normal. We did an IUI. It failed. We decided to try (harder) naturally. I had a LEEP procedure. We then dove in head-first into medicated IUI cycles (4 1/2 to be exact... our last IUI was cancelled because I had eight mature follicles). All of the IUIs failed.

We started looking in to IVF. We didn't have the money to pursue. I was told of a magical place in NYC that does IVF for free (ok, it's not exactly like that... it's a clinical trial, but it feels magical. Like there should be unicorn and fairy doctors and rivers of chocolate in the waiting room).

In November of 2011, we had our first ever transfer (it was an FET - trial protocol). It worked! We were having a baby!! After a blissful 40 days filled of ultrasounds, pills (progesterone, estrogen, steroid), and injections (Lovenox), we received the bad news at our 9-week ultrasound that our little baby no longer had a heartbeat. Devastated doesn't begin to cover it.

I started off the New Year with awful news and a D&C. Last week I finally received the results from the testing after the D&C. Our little girl had Turner Syndrome.

And that brings us to now: waiting for my next AF. I will have blood work done on my next CD3, and if everything comes back normal, we will proceed with FET #2. And I am so ready for it.


  1. I HATE the Subway commercials. With the fire of a thousand suns.

    And COD? I didn't peg you for a first-person shooter, although I'm not surprised either. ;)

  2. I started following you about a month ago, but it's nice to have a little overview! How long does the trial keep covering FET/IVF?

    1. Hi Mrs. GG!

      Basically, the trial will continue doing FETs until a) you become pregnant and stay that way, b) you run out of frozen embryos, or c) 6 months passes from the date of your first transfer.

      If you have any other questions about the trial, let me know! I'm happy to share my experience with the clinic & trial. My email is up in the sidebar :)

  3. Have you ever read this post at Clay Baboons about first person shooter games? http://www.claybaboons.com/2011/12/zombies-gave-me-carpal-tunnel-syndrome.html

    Get ready to belly laugh. Happy ICLW!

    1. LOL!!! That's great! I hated first-person shooters in the beginning too, but I powered on through (to the detriment of my wrist).

  4. I love the random facts, it's great to know these little things about people!

  5. So creepy but as I was reading your post, Pandora was playing the Beatles for me.

  6. Love my Burt's Bees and the random facts about you. Hoping you are able to do FET #2 soon. How many frozen embryos do you have?

    1. Hi Liz!

      We have 3 frozen embryos remaining. Whether it's naivety or wishful thinking, I'm hoping that our next FET works, and we can use the remaining 2 embies down the road for a sibling (I realize how naive that sounds...).

  7. I can't live without my Burt's Bees either. Good stuff! Thanks for the synopsis. I'm loving your blog. :)

  8. We have very similar stories... unexplained IF. Four failed IUIs. Early loss after IVF. Another early loss after FET. We're crossing our fingers that the next FET is the one. And I too cannot live without my Burt's Bees. I look forward to reading your blog!

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    1. Hi Kechara :)

      I hate my very first tattoo. I got it right when I turned 18. I was working as a waitress, and picked up extra shifts to pay for it. I got it in the most-popular tattoo spot for women in 1999... the lower back. Ugh! I'd be ok with the location if it was actually a nice-looking tattoo, but alas, it is not. It's a stupid sun surrounded by some filigree. The colors aren't great (magenta, bright green, etc), nor the craftsmanship.

      But, luckily I have several that I love, so I'm not exactly the walking lesson about tattoos at a young age... ;)

  10. Good luck with your next try I have enjoyed your blog for several months now.

  11. Love the random bits of info and Burt's Bees Pomegranate (no other will do for me). I'm also on the wild ride of TTC now via IVF (previously naturally and IUIs). Looking forward to your next FET and hoping your dreams come true, you deserve it!

  12. You had me at Burt's Bees. I should say, you would have a few years ago. They stopped making the one that we used all the time when they were bought up by Clorox (for ONE BILLION DOLLARS), so now I go back and forth between Nivea and MAC.

    I'm not a Beatles girl either...can't believe my husband married me even after I told him that =) He loves, loves, loves them. I just don't get it. (and I'm a musician...)

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    1. Also, I too, am addicted to Burts Bees. I will make an extra stop somewhere if I can't find it.
      I've attempted to play Call of Duty on our Wii, but I can't get the hang of it. I think it has something to do with the system - I bet it would be better on an Xbox or something.

  14. Happy ICLW! Can't. Live. Without. Burt's. Bees! And not just the beeswax lip balm....love their ageless skin line, too. Wishing you MUCH MUCH luck on your upcoming FET.

    ICLW #35

  15. Awww...me too! I just haven't had a whole lot going on TTC-wise. Not to sound stalkerish, but I feel like we'd get along on soooo many levels from reading your blog posts! Especially musically =)

    I keep the TTC/TWW stuff anonymous-ish, but maybe we could chat sometime? Feel free to shoot me an email or PM me on TWW if you like.

  16. Hey! I ran across your blog through the scrambles eggs photo challenge. I just finished my first IVF cycle and got OHSS so we had to do a freeze-all. We're just starting our FET. I will be keeping up with you, and I'll be watching for updates!

  17. Good luck for this next attempt!! Thinking of you..


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