Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ready? Set? GO!

I received my IVF calendar Monday night and had to schedule an ultrasound for today! Luckily they were able to squeeze me in. All my ultrasounds and blood draws will be done at Northern California Fertility Medical Center

My uterus looked great (did you expect anything else?) so I start meds tonight. Yes Tonight! And talk about quick shipping- look what arrived today


I was amazed at the size of the box (larger than the last two times) but since Dr. Kolb has a different protocol , I should've guessed it.

I haven't had time to put it in my cool organizer yet (I actually never cleared out the old stuff) but here it all is pulled out and on my island


So shot #1 . . . this time Lupron in the abdomen and it was NO PROBLEM. I guess the positive of birthing seven kids is the belly I got left with, enough adipose tissue to not feel it at all. So bring it on Mr. Lupron, Bring.It.On.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Squeaky Wheel? Meet Oil.

I sent my agency another reminder that November would be perfect for the embryo transfer and that I was freaking out that we were being pushed into December, not the best time for me. Apparently the ED was sent her legal documents mid-September but the law group never followed up, until they sent them again mid-October.

Well, today I got an email with tenative dates . . . and they're in November. As long as the ED sends in her items ASAP and agrees with the dates, we'll be moving- and quick!

10/26/11 - Ultrasound (US)/Estradiol level (E2)-If OK, start Lupron . . . . you read that correctly- in TWO DAYS I start injections!

10/28/28/11- Take last ACTIVE birth control pill and expect a period

11/01/11- Ultrasound. -US/E2-If OK, start Estrogen too

11/08/11 Ultrasound.- US/E2-Lining check

11/15/11- Ultrasound.- US/E2-Lining check

11/15/28/11- Possible Progesterone Start

11/18/11-Possible Embryo Transfer -Day 3/ GSN

11/20/11- Possible Embryo Transfer -Day 5

YEP! A possible embryo transfer on the 18th of November. NOVEMBER!!!

I am so excited and I hope it works out . . . those dates would be perfect . . . not having to miss any teaching days, just my store days. Woot! Woot!

I am a little nervous that Dr. Kolb's medication protocal is different than Dr. Sahakians. I am used to Dr. S's . . . I got pregnant on the first try both times . . . I've never had to take Lupron. I am sure it will all work out.

Using an IVF Due Date Calculator, it would put my due date at August 7th- which would be PERFECTION!! I have never made it to a due date . . . have delivered my own at 36-38 weeks and both sets of twins at 37-almost 39 weeks . . . so it will probably be more like a July due date . . . which could have me back teaching when my semester begins, albeit, still a bit sore.
But I'll TAKE IT!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Knock, Knock! Who's There?

. . . Not patience, that's for sure! I am really trying to hold on to some sort of hope for a November transfer but I think I just need to let the idea go because I'm really stressing myself out. In my last two journeys, I didn't really have a "need to be pregnant by" date, so when we had issues with the RE office not knowing George and Sanj had picked an Egg Donor or when a different Egg Donor backed out the week of the transfer, I was able to shake it off.

But this time, not so much. First let me say that in the grand scheme of things, I know it will all work out some way, even if not my Plan A or Plan B . . . but if we could transfer in November (and if it takes the first time, like my last two transfers) that would have me delivering before my teaching semester begins, which, this time is something I'm aiming for. The last two times I was teaching part time at the College, and this time I may be too but for now I'm full time (temporary) and I'm hoping my department ends up being able to hire a full time (tenure track) Assistant Professor. I know there are a lot of "what ifs" in this scenario, but I'm really hoping to deliver in July or August, which is doable with a November transfer. Hell, even then, that's me going to work just a week or two after a c-section, but it's better than losing an entire semester or part of it.

As of today, our Egg Donor is finally Medically cleared, so we can proceed, right? Wrong! Apparently her Legal Clearance hasn't been issued yet. I only have a few more days for this to work for November, so I really hope she gets her paperwork in ASAP. I'm actually not quite sure why it hasn't been done already. I mean, she screened mid-September.

********************* DEEP BREATH *********************

Sooooooooooooooo, please join with me to pray to the Surrogacy Gods to help light a fire under my Egg Donors butt, albeit, probably a very cute butt, she is an Egg Donor after all!)

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Birthday Wishes!

So last week Gideon and Harper turned ONE! It is so crazy how time flies. I sent off the gifts, I hope they like them and my family and I recorded ourselves singing Happy Birthday and emailed it over.

I think we may be able to see them in December when we go to LA (if they aren't in NY by then) but I can't wait to see them. It's been a few months and now they're walking and babbling up a storm. I need to squeeze some babies! ;)

I did receive a beautiful bouquet from the guys, celebrating One Year since their babies made their entrance into the world.

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY WONDER TWINS! Time to update your ticker!

Oh, and only one more month until Natasha and Anjali turn Three . . . I may even be pregnant by then.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

'Twas the Night Before . . .

One year ago today I was admitted into the hospital after a full day of monitoring. My c-section was supposed to be the a few days later but I was progressing so they felt I should deliver earlier. At one point my IPs called and left me a message about the upcoming events. I thought the voicemail was so great because you could hear the excitement in their voices, so I decided to keep it in hopes of sharing it with them a year later.

So . . . . tonight I forwarded the voicemail to them as a reminder of where they were a year ago, the day before they became parents. So amazing!

I almost deleted it several times on accident, but thankfully, it survived an entire year. I know I've said it before, but time flies! Tomorrow my surro wonder twins turn ONE! So crazy!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Love this!

George found this cartoon in the New Yorker a while back and sent it to me with words of Good Luck for my Match Meeting. I just realized that I never shared it with you all. So enjoy.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Still Here, Still Waiting . . .

The Egg Donor went in several days ago, so just waiting on her clearance. Once that happens, they will move onto contracts with her, get us a calendar and we'll be sprinting towards an embryo transfer. If we hear in the next week or so, we could be looking at a mid November transfer . . . fingers crossed.

Hopefully it won't be Thanksgiving, since we're hosting at our house this year, but I'd rather that than December! I am actually hoping to find out we're pregnant before Thanksgiving . . . just one more thing to be Thankful for. Of course, being 2 for 2 on the transfer front, I'm a little nervous that I'll finally get a failed transfer, I would rather not (for my IPs and also for my own scheduling 10 months from now). So I'm going to keep positive and just know that things are going to continue to go well. After all, M and S need a baby and I'm in the state of mind to help that happen!