Four and a half years. Three infertility specialists. Two rounds of IVF. Thirty-five doctor appointments. Seventeen ultrasounds. Twenty-one blood draws. One hundred and fourteen injections. One Sonohyst. Dozens of pills. Two egg retrieval surgeries. Two embryo transfers. Thousands of dollars. Depression, anxiety, isolation. Hope, support, faith.
Last I updated you guys on our infertility journey, we were in the middle of our second round of IVF and just finished up with our egg retrieval surgery. They collected fourteen eggs which was great, but as the process goes, we only ended up with two embryos we could use.
Well, at the beginning of November on a very snowy day, we transferred one baby embryo, and just like the last time, we prayed our little hearts out. However, something was different this time. Deep down I just had this gut feeling, whatever the outcome, we would be okay.
So unlike our first cycle, I decided early on during our “two week wait”, to take an at home pregnancy test. They advise you not to because the injection you take right before surgery is an HCG shot, and that is what is detected in the at home tests to decipher if you are pregnant. So you could get a false positive. I waited the amount of time they say that drug lingers in your system, then I took a test.
It was positive. I immediately started crying. I was in shock. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. So I took another one. It was positive too. We were excited, but cautious. Nine positive tests later (yes, I took nine over the span of a week), I was still anxiously waiting for our doctor appointment for blood work to confirm.
Our first blood test confirmed it. Then our second blood test confirmed it. Then our first ultrasound came and we got to see that little flutter on the screen. And our second ultrasound came and still, the little flutter was there, growing so fast. Filling my heart with so much happiness, I cannot even tell you. I still couldn’t come to grips that this was real.
But it is real. WE ARE PREGNANT!!! I still can’t believe I get to type those words and share this news with you all. As of today I am 11 weeks and 4 days along, due July 22nd. There will be no gender reveal, because not many things during IVF are a surprise, we want to wait until we meet our little one to know the gender.
So if you noticed my little break on here, this is why! First trimester has been kicking my behind, and I have been so sick from this little baby growing. But I have to tell you, I have never been more happy to feel so crappy in all my life!
We are on cloud nine, and enjoying every single part of this long awaited journey. This baby is already loved so deeply, I don’t think he or she will ever fully understand just how much. I will officially be a momma, and that just makes my heart explode into a million pieces.
Thank you all so much for coming along this journey with us. For your prayers, your messages, your kind words. It means the world. And the journey continues!
GOD IS SO GOOD. AND HIS TIMING IS PERFECT.
I should be back to posting regularly next week! So stay tuned!