July 2010: Meet at a CrossFit gym. “Who’s that?” She caught my eye the instant I walked in the gym.
November 2010: Make it official! We started going steady 😉
March 2011: Bring in the Uhaul, I’m moving in! (Ok, so a bunch of other workout buddies with their vehicles…but you get the idea.)
March 2013: My wife proposes – spoiler, I said YES!
November 2013: We get married! Seriously, the most amazing wedding. EVER. All of the pictures at the top of the blog are from that beautiful evening. (At the time it wasn’t legal to get hitched, now it is…yay Virginia!)
January 2014: Baby making process begins with our known donor and pal. We want our child to know their father, and our baby daddy wants to be part of said kiddo’s life. We tried a variety of at home methods with our donor dropping off his special sauce in a specimen cup that I then placed in to either a syringe or turkey baster (yes, really) and then inseminated my wife. We tracked my wife’s cycle via daily temperature checks and ovulation kits.
May 2014: After 4 unsuccessful at home attempts we went to see our doctor friend for some help. We tried two months of intercervical inseminations (IUI) that also proved to be unsuccessful. It was time to order some infertility tests to see why we haven’t been knocked up yet. Blood work, HSG, ultrasounds, and a visit to an infertility specialist.
July 2014: Our first meeting with Dr Robin at The New Hope Center. My wife went through a battery of tests and come to find out she can grow some fibroids. In order for her to conceive they have to go. The difficult decision for her to have surgery is made, regardless of whether or not we continue on this journey those fibroids are coming out.
August 2014: My wife has the fibroids removed with the DaVinci robot and is started on the road to recovery while our donor has his labs drawn and deposits his special sauce for quarantine. The option for a vaginal birth is out now that she’s had some pretty extensive abdominal surgery with uterine reconstruction.
December 2014: The ultrasound is complete and my wife is given the clear to try inseminations starting in February. We decide to try IUI with Femara to increase our possibilities of conceiving for the first month. My wife starts tracking her cycles again.
January 28, 2015: Day one of Lisa’s cycle.
February 1, 2015: Start Femara
February 6, 2015: Finished Femera (the night before), have an ultrasound to see if Lisa responded to the drugs. GIANT dominant follicle on the left ovary that looks perfectly ripe for the egg laying.
February 7, 2015: IUI with frozen sample!
February 9, 2015: Ulrasound reveals that the huge ass follicle on the left is starting to shrink, a good indication that the egg was laid. As long as the spermies do their job, we’re going to get pregnant! Labs show low estrogen level and Lisa is started on high dose estradial immediately. Nail bitting begins.
February 10, 2015: Vaginal suppositories…yes, that’s what I wrote…start. Progesterone in the who-ha. My wife is feeling a little bit like a science project.
February 20, 2015: HcG blood draw. Results inconclusive. They’d like the HcG level above 10, Lisa’s an 8. Another blood draw tomorrow. I guess you can in fact be “sort of” pregnant?
February 21, 2015: Nope. Not pregnant. HcG Level dropped to 6. Scrape our tears off the cheeks and start over.
February 24, 2015: Cycle 2 Day 1
February 26, 2015: Start Femera, longer duration this cycle with a little higher dose. Why not keep the experiment going and try this route?
March 9, 2015: IUI #2 with FRESH Sperm. And DAMN, Walter shoots 44.3 million. Yes, that’s correct – not a typo. We’re still pondering the perfect t-shirt for him. 4cc? I have more swimmers than you?
March 12, 2015: Ultrasound reveals that an egg dropped. Let’s hope those little fuckers can meet this time. Let the gooey vagina begin – progesterone suppositories GO. Lisa’s estrogen is perfectly normal this round. No extra drugs.
March 23, 2015: Pregnancy Labs drawn. Lisa’s not feeling it. She was right. HcG is 6….even more tears. We’d like Pipyn, our smallest dog, to show us how she rips apart pillows, blankets and beds because we’re about to go postal.
March 24, 2015: Cycle 3 Day 1 If she had started the day before, Lisa wouldn’t have had to go through her needle trauma – eh, oh well.
March 25, 2015: Meeting with Dr Robin to discuss what’s next. Ultrasound to see how the uterus and ovaries are recuperating after this last cycle. Order Follistim and HcG trigger shot to be overnighted. Holy hell – $1,600. That was a nice little kick in the snatch.
March 26, 2015: First injection of 300IU of Follistim in the gut (yes, that’s a higher than normal dose and no, Anne-Marie didn’t freak out this time). We started a GoFundMe account and set a goal of $5,000.
March 27-29, 2015: 300IU Follistim, Lisa did it all by herself! There is video of this – maybe Lisa will post it? She also has a meeting/session with Mietek, a energy guru?? I’m not even sure what to call him. We’re doing all we can this cycle with all of our friends supporting us financially and emotionally.
March 30, 2015: Ultrasound with Kat, NP and a little pow-wow with her. We’re beat up emotionally and financially, and need some guidance. She sat and talked with us, and through consultation with Kat and Dr Perez we decide to NOT stop the LH surge with Antigon (financial and emotional reasons). We decide to let Lisa’s body surge on it’s own this cycle. Kat encourages us to not call this “our last cycle”. Follistim is lowered to 150IU. Lisa is responding well with two large follicles in the right ovary and 5 others measured between the right and left.
March 31, 2015: 150IU Follistim, Urine LH is negative, slippery slope has begun.
April Fools Day: Ultrasound with Dr Perez. Everything looks great. Responding well to the Follistim. Hormone Labs drawn. Will have IUI Friday or Saturday.
April 2, 2015: Negative urine LH at noon (per doctor’s orders). Acupuncture session with our good friend Bill. Labs and Urine levels place our IUI on Saturday! No more Follistim.
April 4, 2015: 6:00am meet at the New Hope Center – Dr Robin wants us (and all her patients) there as early as possible since it’s a holiday weekend! Woah, that’s early. This deserves to be in bold: 76 million with 99% motility FRESH sample– yes, that’s right. Walter needs a damn T-shirt. High fives all around! Spermies are sent on their Easter Egg Hunt at 8:05am.
April 6, 2015: Ultrasound with Skeeter (she’s wonderful). Right ovary is “juicy”, left is described as “didn’t do as much” – both sides look as though they may have ruptured. OH LORD. Skeeter is PUMPED, I don’t know if I’ve ever seen her so excited.
April 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2015: Lisa peed on a stick every morning, even though we’ve been warned not too. They were POSITIVE EVERY SINGLE DAY! With darkening lines non-the-less.
April 20, 2015: Beta HcG levels. Come back at 513!!! OMG. SERIOUSLY?!?!?
April 22, 2015: Beta HcG level #2. 1,794!!! GEEZUS. So, an OB appointment will be scheduled to see what in the world is going on in that uterus!