I'm exploring a bit with a new look. I really like how others have different backgrounds and such and decided to give it a try myself! And I LOVE flowers so get to see them here everyday now. Hope you like them too :)
This is just a snippet of me in one slice of my life - live in the DC area, 41 (!!) yrs old, been married to B. for 10 wonderful years. Had een ttc for 7 years with a total of 10 miscarriages/bio-chemical pregnancies, none making it to week 6) and now on a journey with surrogacy to build our family. Here's our history:
2009/2010 - 3 IUIs resulting in 2 miscarriages (1 ectopic)
2010 - fibroid surgery
2010/2011 - 2 natural pregnancies followed by miscarriage (1 ectopic)
2012 - 2 fresh IVFs (1 pregnancy followed by ectopic miscarriage and removal of left tube), 3 failed FETs
2013 - 4th FET included PGD genetic testing on embryos resulted in miscarriage at 5 1/2 weeks, 1 IVF with PGD testing resulting in negative test. 1 IVF with just 1 genetically normal embryo without a transfer (waiting for more embryos). Another cancelled IVF because of a leading follicle.
2014 - 1 egg retrieval with PGD testing resulting in 1 normal embryo; 1 transfer with 2 PGD tested embryos, pregnant for 2 days followed by miscarriage. Took methotrexate and took 6 weeks for hcg to get back to 0. Another egg retrieval/embryo creation/PGD test resulting in 2 viable embryos at new clinic out of state for our last chance. Also got treated for immu.nology factors (natural killer cells) at a clinic in Tor.onto (treatment for this is not approved in the US).
2015, part 1 - transferred 2 PGD tested embryos, used hepa.rin. Bio-chemical pregnancy. Not viable. Game over. 2015, part 2 - Explored adoption and surrogacy options. After months and months of not knowing what to do, surrogacy felt the most right. Did 2 egg retrievals to produce embryos. Genetically tested them. We have 6 in the freezer!
2016 - Found a surrogate through an agency but that didn't work out which was hard to start all over again and then L came out of the blue, my brother's friend who wanted to do this for us. We transferred 1 embryo on Oct 24 and she is pregnant!
2017 - Expecting a baby through surrogacy! Due date: July 12.
It's been a lot of heartache through it all the trying to conceive and build a family. It took a lot of hope and a community of supporters for me... and ultimately a different path...
You can read more on the About Me tab along the top of my blog. Thanks for being here with me.
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