Friday, January 28, 2011


1dpt....Blastocyst hatches out of shell on this day

2dpt.. Blastocyst attaches to a site on the uterine lining

3dpt.. Implantation begins,as the blastocyst begins to bury in the lining

4dpt.. Implantation process continues and morula buries deeper in the lining

5dpt.. Morula is completely inmplanted in the lining and has placenta cells &

fetal cells

6dpt...Placenta cells begin to secret HCG in the blood

7dpt...More HCG is produced as fetus develops

8dpt...More HCG is produced as fetus develops

9dpt...HCG levels are now high enough to be immediately detected on



We get one shot at this.

Well, we just got the call from the clinic, the three remaining eggs degenerated so we will have no frosties. I am really sad about this as it means that we will not be able to have children from the same donor in the future. I'm questioning our decision about the donor we chose now. She is only 5 years younger than me and this was her last donor cycle. Our clinic, and us, took a risk on a donor that wasn't from the area and hadn't actually donated at our clinic. We believed  the other clinic that she was known for giving a lot of eggs, and frosties. I think our clinic is going to be rethinking believing other clinics data about their donors.

How dare they try a new donor, someone nobody had even met, with us when we were attempting a 2nd IVF cycle with their clinic and already had one miscarriage. They said they wouldn't use a donor they weren't sure about with us, they said they wouldn't use a donor who hadn't successfully donated for at least one other cycle previously. I guess that's what we get for not wanting to be wait.

Well now we just have to pour all the love we can into these two precious blasts that are inside me and hope they will find us worthy enough to meet us.
We ask for any and all thoughts and prayers.
We will continue to think home sweet home thoughts.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

PUPO once again

This morning at 10:15 I became PUPO!!
They retrieved 9 eggs from the donor and 8 of those fertilized.  They transferred two blastocysts into me today and there are three that have the posiblity of being frosties. We will know more tomorrow if they are going to freeze them.

Dr C did an ultrasound first and said everything looked good and that my uterus was in perfect condition to welcome home and take care of our little blastocysts.  We got to speak with all the nurses who met the donor over the weekend and they had only wonderful things to say about her.

Jeff picked up a BUNCH of movies and is staying home with me for the rest of the day. Dr. C said pretend you have the flu.. lay low and relax today. Tomorrow is partial bedrest, but I should be feeling less cramping and pain by tomorrow already so that is good.

I am to continue on my progesterone suppositories 4Xday, estrace 3Xday, and baby aspirin 1X day.
Now we just wait.. and wait... and wait... Yap we have entered the dreaded two week wait to find out whether our little blastys decided to make a home in there.
We're very excited and hopeful !!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

No news

Hmmmph! So the clinic will not tell us anything until Wed. We have no idea how the procedure went, how many eggs were retrieved, how many fertilized or anything. It's very frustrating to be kept in the dark.
I guess we will find out Wed when they leave a message on the voicemail telling us what time the transfer is, at least I hope they don't make us wait until we get there Thurs to tell us the status of the eggs and how many, as I could quite possibly go crazy by then.

We are just crossing our fingers and praying that everything went well and that lots of supereggs are ready for us for Thurs.

Please keep us in your thoughts and think "super eggs" thoughts for us :o)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Today's the day :o)

A couple of reasons to celebrate today:
1. No more injections (wooo hooo)
2.Our Donor is having her egg retrieval today, which means as of Thurs I will be PUPO (pregnant until proven otherwise).
3. The temperatures will reach a high of above zero today (balmy compared to yesterday, when wind chills dipped into the -30 range and the high was zero)

I have to admit it's really tempting to go and sit in the clinic's parking lot and watch for my donor to see what she looks like. I would happily take on the title stalker, though I'm pretty sure if the clinic caught me I'd be in big trouble, so instead I guess I'll keep busy and stay out of the Maple Grove area. Hmmmph.
Looking forward to finding out if my daily headaches are due to Lupron injections (hoping!!) or if the Estradiol is the culprit, in which case it's going to be a long couple of months, as I continue those through the first twelve weeks of pregnancy.
Crazy exciting to think that this time next week I will be PUPO !! Thursday seems to far away right now. We are planning on transferring two eggs into me, and hopefully our donor has made enough to give us some frosties for future implantations. We won't know that until later today.
I will post as soon as we hear anything about how the retrieval went and how many eggs we are going to have.
Thanks for everyones continued support. We're hoping to be moving into chapter 3 of our journey very soon "PREGNANCY" and we're excited to continue to share our thoughts, experiences, laughs, cries, frustrations, and anything else that happens with all of our friends and families. 
And for those of you who prayed for snow... please stop!

Monday, January 17, 2011

No information.. again?!?!

Ok, I get the need for anonymity and all that, but not knowing what is going on is enough to drive us crazy!!
I went in for my appt today and everything looks good on my end.  The proposed date of egg retrieval was the 20th-22nd, but again the cryptic message that was left on my voicemail has delayed that once again. The donor had her check today and Dr. C is keeping her on stim meds and rechecking her on Wed. I asked how she was doing and what her levels were and how many follicles she was showing, or if she was even in the ballpark on size, but I received the answer that they couldn't tell me that. WHY??? Unless there is a problem I would assume that these are still going to be my eggs so why the secrecy about how she's progressing?  It's very hard for a worry-wart like myself to not have any info about what is going on and why they are pushing out her retrieval date yet again....
My only solace is that she must be making super eggs!!!

The plan is to up my estrace to 2mg 3X day and continue the lupron injections 1Xday...(blech)
I'm not sure what that means for the donor's retrieval date, I guess we just have to wait and see.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

no news is good news?

The voicemail today really didn't tell us much, just that the donor had her blood draw and ultrasound and whatever those results were has made Dr. Corfman decide to keep her on the stim meds and retest her Friday. So my med plan remains the same. 
Not sure what that means for what's going on, they won't tell us anything about how many follicles she's showing or anything like that. Very frustrating and stressful not knowing anything. 
Hard to believe that the retrieval is going to happen next week already!!
We are thinking fertile thoughts and hoping and praying that she is making tons of healthy eggs!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

half done...

This morning's injection marked our 15th injection out of 25... woo hoo we're almost done. Things have been pretty uneventful, which is good, but which means I don't have much to share. Our donor is having her levels tested and an ultrasound tomorrow which will dictate what our future med outline is going to be.

The whole thing really doesn't feel real yet. Without the complicated injection schedule and multiple ultrasounds I sort of feel like an outsider or like this really isn't going to happen.  The only reminder I have right now is the daily headaches and bloating from the meds, which are pretty minimal side effects compared to last time.

Other than that, I'm just getting ready to start classes three days a week and have to say that I'm looking forward to getting out of the house and getting back into the swing of things again, it was nice being a homebody but I'm going a little stir crazy.

That's all for now... will update tomorrow after we get our voicemail about our donor's progress.

It's been a little too snowy this year, Jeff has had to snowblow highways in the yard for our poor basset hound who is vertically challenged. 

Friday, January 7, 2011

Everything looks good!

Had an ultrasound appointment today and a blood draw, to check my estrogen levels and  uterine wall, everything appears to be where it's supposed to be. Our donor will start her stim meds on Sunday and I will continue on Lupron shots daily (though the dose goes down to 5units instead of 20 which the nurse was all excited about for me, to which I replied 20 or 5 doesn't really matter to me I still have to get stuck every day) and also begin taking estrace tablets too. Our donor is scheduled to have her egg retrieval on either the 20th,21st, or 22nd, and I will have my transfer 5 days after that.
Jeff has been doing really well with the injections, and I am happy to say that even the worst of these injections don't come close to how bad the injections were last time around. Ganirelex was evil!!

I'm so excited that we're almost there and I can just about see the finish line...  

We had such a wonderful holiday season with our families and I decided I should post a couple pix.

Before Christmas we went out to Colorado to see Jeff's dad and sister. We spent a couple days in Beaver Creek where we celebrated our Christmas, enjoyed good food and just spent some quality time together, it was really lovely!  It was also really c-c-c-old! Can't complain though we missed the blizzard here :)
Christmas Day we spent with my parents and my brother and his family. The girls are getting so big, and their newest one is quite the busy child.  So much love and laughter filled the house all day. That's what Christmas is all about!
Hannah and Brody

Haley and her mound of presents

Those little teddy bear slippers made Brody FAST

Our dog Ellie in her usual place

Mom and dad in front of the Christmas tree that broke the stand...and had to be tied to the door to keep it up..can you say Redneck?

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Chapter 2!

Happy 2011 everyone. After a bumpy 2010, we have our seatbelts fastened and are ready for another ride, as chapter 2 is underway. I have to admit that this one really snuck up on us…November and December are always very busy and seem to fly by, but we started meds on Christmas day and are already 9 needles in to this cycle. All seems to be going pretty smoothly, since we are old pros at this injection thing (although the bear and kim's tummy may beg to differ). We've purchased the whole bucket of donor drugs, and she has also started her injections. The donor thing has some big advantages for us. First, our schedule is less physiically demanding, since the injections are shared between Kim and our hand-picked donor. Second, medicating to prepare for egg retrieval and medicating to prepare for carrying an embryo are opposing influences, so playing on only one side of that balancing act means we are in great shape for creating an optimal environment for the little guy/girl/guys/girls to grow. Needless to say, we are very excited to ring in this new year. We are optimistic, our doctor and his staff are optimistic, and we know there are a lot of you on our side with your support, thoughts, and prayers. Thanks again and happy new year.

P.S. Kim asked me to inform you that some blog setting has been changed to allow for any readers to comment.