Sunday, February 21, 2010

Welcome ICLW!

I want to welcome you to my blog. I have been blogging for over 2 years now, mainly about my struggles with infertility. You can see my TTC timeline to the right.

My husband and I have been married for 11 years. We have two labradors and live in Portland, Oregon. I have been a retail manager for at least ten years now.
I have been infertile for longer than I can remember. We tried everything. We've spent thousands upon thousands of dollars. But we were persistent.

A couple of years ago my ob discovered a fibroid but said it was nothing to worry about. Over a year that fibroid grew. I was ready to give IVF a try when my RE said I had to have it removed. While I was upset that my IVF would be postponed for 3 months, I was happy to have it taken care of. So March 11 2009 I went in for a myomectomy and the fibroid was gone.

In May I went back to start my IVF cycle. I had a saline sonogram and 3 polyps were discovered that were removed on June 1 via hysteroscopy. Then I was ready.

I finally started my IVF cycle in July. I did everything I possibly could to make sure it worked. On the evening of August 7 I got a BFP! My first beta on August 11 confirmed that yes, I was indeed pregnant!

2 1/2 weeks later I went in to have the heartbeat checked. My husband and I drove to the clinic in silence, afraid of what we would or wouldn't see. During the u/s we saw it. Two beautiful heartbeats. We both cried and couldn't believe that it worked. Almost 3 months later we found out were would have a son and a daughter!

Throughout my pregnancy I have had excitement, fears, daydreams, nightmares. I have had episodes of bleeding, contractions, and most recently a diagnosis of gestational diabetes and incompetent cervix. I'm currently on bedrest for this. But it's all worth it when I feel them both squirm and move around. These two babies were ten years in the making and worth everything we have given.

I am due April 20, but my feeling is they will be here sometime between weeks 35 and 36 or so. Due to my surgery I will have a cesearean.

So that's my story. What's yours?

11 comments:

rebecca said...

Hello from ICWL, congratulations on twins...what a fabulous ending to such a long hard road. We just finished a round of IVF/ICSI & will find out in a couple of weeks if we have twins!

Barefoot said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy -- how exciting to be expecting twins! Wishing you lots of luck, and looking forward to following along.

Baby On Mind said...

Hi from ICLW. Thanks for stopping by! Congrats on the twins, how exciting to have a boy and a girl!

Jaymee said...

we are waiting for that HUGE heartbeat u.s tomorrow. we transfered our embryo, created by my husband and a donated egg, to our surrogate on january 28th. just waiting until i can take another deep breath.

Kristin said...

It must be so exciting to be nearing the time when you'll meet your babies. I hope there are no further complications and that they hang out in there as long as possible.

~ICLW

Gurlee said...

Lucky,
Your post brought tears to me eyes (along with the AF hormones)! Congratulations, you are so blessed and you give me hope****
Thank you! I am sceduled for a hysterscopy to remove my fibroid next month I pray that I end up like you!
I LOVE Portland, fabulous city!
ICLW-

pregnant in Manhattan said...

hello from iclw :)

congrats, that sounds like quite the journey and you must be super excited to meet your two babies soon.

I too recently became pregnant and look fwd to following your journey.

Rebecca said...

Hi from ICLW! What an incredible story! I'm so happy for you and your family! Many, many congratulations on your twins!

jenicini said...

What a lovely story. Lots of continued luck for you with your babes. I just completed my third cycle but first with donor eggs and saw my first positive on my pregnancy test. Now I'm waiting for my beta results tomorrow. :)

ICLW

TaDa said...

Your story is heart warming... God Bless you and yours...

Myndi said...

Congrats on your success story! Lovely to hear them when you're still trying yourself. And BG twins. Truly awesome!