When Nature Is Not Enough
IVF will hopefully bring us the miracle we are waiting for.
I'm 37 and have been happily married since Sept. 2002. Ivan is truly my companion in life. Our TTC journey has felt like a never ending roller coaster ride. We had an ectopic PG in Dec. 04 and in April 05 found out my IF is due to tubal abnormality. We were told IVF was our only hope. July 05 we did IVF # 1 and it was a chemical PG. We did IVF # 2 in Oct. 05 and it was a BFN. In Jan. 06 we did a combined fresh and frozen embryo transfer and it was a BFN. We were determined not to give up our dream of having a baby. IVF # 4 was in April 06. The cycle worked like a charm and on December 20, 2006 we were blessed with Hannah and Matthew.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
We had our 15 wk u/s today and as always it was an amazing experience. It's great to see the babies and know that they are doing well. Seeing and hearing the heartbeat takes my breath away. I still can't believe this is happening, I can't believe it's true.
We got nice pics of the twins but this one is my favorite.
I call it the snuggling pose. It was beautiful to see that even before they are born the little boy is snuggling with his sister. It was warm to see that affection already. Twin B - Matthew is leaning on Twin A - Hannah's head. At one point he was sucking his thumb. Yes, their names are Matthew and Hannah, to be exact Matthew Alexander and Hannah Stella (Stella was Ivan's mother's name).
All is going well with the pregnancy. I'm a little concerned with the weight gain as I've already gained 13 lbs but the doctor doesn't seem to think it's too much too soon. I will start cutting down on carbs, as I'm a carb whore. I've been having some pains which the doctor said are due to the ligaments stretching and the uterus shifting. My next appt. is in 3 weeks for the Level II u/s...that should be fun.
Hope you are all well.
| posted by Liz at 11:01 PM | 26 comments
Monday, July 10, 2006
Hansel and Gretel
No more Apricot and Buttercup the twins will now be referred to as Hansel and Gretel.
We got the results of the genetic testing and we're having a GIRL and a BOY....I am over the moon with excitement. This is so perfect, I can't believe it. Ivan always suspected that Dr. S put back a girl and boy embryo.
Tomorrow I will begin the 2nd trimester...wow how time flies. I'm feeling better although this weekend I felt very queasy and was in a lot of pain but I'm not complaining.
I can't believe I'll be 13 weeks tomorrow. I never thought I would get this far heck I never thought I would be PG. Sometimes it feels like a dream...a wonderful dream.
My belly is getting bigger but I'm still in that awkward stage where I just look and feel fat. I'm dying to get bigger and use maternity tops. Right now if I did I would just look like a fat girl with a big shirt. Maybe I'll post a pic so you can all have a nice laugh.
I think now that I've overcome the hurdle of the 1st trimester I can start enjoying things and believing that all will be okay.
| posted by Liz at 5:45 PM | 24 comments
Sunday, July 02, 2006
My little munchkins
Sorry for the delay in updating. I had my 1st trimester screening on Wednesday. The twins are doing well. They both measured a few days ahead at 11w4d. The placenta bleeding has decreased 50% so all appears to be going well. The u/s was amazing. It was great to see how much they have developed in 3 weeks. Buttercup was very active, moving it's arms and legs. Ivan, being the musician in the family, quickly stated that Buttercup is going to be an orchestra conductor. Apricot got a little jealous from the attention Buttercup was getting and gave us it's back. After awhile it lied on it's stomach with the head to the side...it was so cute. I couldn't believe how they were moving around already.
I met with the maternal fetal medicine specialist. She seemed very nice but we had a difference of opinion with regards to the Heparin. She adamantly stated that she wanted me to stop it immediately. Based on my results she does not think I need it and feels folic acid supplementation will be suffice. She thinks it will be more of a risk for me to continue because of the decrease in platelets and bone loss. Ivan and I expressed that we are most concerned with assuring that I will not lose the pregnancy. I was bothered that she was so sure that it wouldn't happen. I am continuing the Heparin and will be testing my homocysteine levels when my RE returns from vacation next week.
Overall I am feeling good...so glad I can finally say that. There were a couple of days this week when I felt like crap but this weekend I felt great. I walked a lot and spent most of the weekend outdoors (inspite of the heat).
I finally told my supervisor and co-workers on Thursday. I'm so glad since now I don't have to try to hide the belly and boy is there a belly. So I'm officially out of the closet and everyone knows. They are being very supportive and accomodating and I plan on taking full advantage of it ;)
Hope everyone is doing well.
| posted by Liz at 8:27 PM | 17 comments