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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Transfer Day...

Transfer day was yesterday and hopefully a sweet little something is settling in for the long haul!

I left the coast after ready the kiddos ready for school and dropping them off. Thankfully last weeks snow had mostly melted and the pass was pretty clear. I met L&J at Hotel Monaco in Portland where we are all staying for the transfer. It looks like a really neat place ... and if you are lonely, you can get a beta fish delivered to your room to keep you company - how cool is that!

I was a bit nervous about meeting J&L; however, after so many emails and phone conversations, it was just really nice to have that in-person meeting. They are both great and I am really enjoying our time together. It is very clear to me that the love being parents and that they truly adore their children - what a beautiful thing to be able to help them add to their family.

We had brunch before heading off to the clinic for transfer. Their five frozen embryos were being thawed in the morning hours and we were all hopeful they would make the thaw. When we got to the clinic, we were checked in and I made sure to take enough water on board. Since I typically stay very hydrated, water filters through me relatively quickly and I had to drain my bladder twice before transfer....and let me tell you it is hard to stop peeing with your bladder is full!!

Two little embryos made the thaw - this made the decision of how many to transfer very easy. The embryos were frozen using a dehydration method ... not an expert on this at all - but as they thaw, the hope is that the embryos take in water to get back to the stage a which they were frozen. These were 5-day embryos and although they were not fully expanded at the time of transfer, it only takes one to stick and we are all hopeful and praying for a great outcome.

I am now on bedrest until Wednesday morning and being well cared for by L&J. I am enjoying getting to know them better and hear more about their family.


Pregnancy test is next Wednesday ... Grow baby grow!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I have a new nephew...

I am an auntie again - Yeah! My new little nephew - Malthe - was born on Thanksgiving Day. Everyone is home and doing well and I just can't wait to see pictures.

BIG CONGRATS to Mikkel & Linda and big brother Marius!!! I am so excited for them.

Count down to L&J's big day is on....two more days to go before transfer. My bum is getting pretty sore from the PIO injections and I am feeling a bit crappy from the Doxycycline (an antibiotic taken to prevent infections at the time of transfer).

L&J are traveling to Portland tomorrow and I will get to meet them face to face for the first time on Monday. They are staying in town for the duration of my bedrest and I look forward to getting to know them better.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thankful...

I have so many things to be thankful for today ... my family and all the wonderful people in our lives. Life is good and although we do not yet know exactly what the future hold for Rio's job situation, I plan to just enjoy the day and be extra thankful for my three amazing children.

Having children is an ability that most people take for granted. I feel so fortunate to have been able to bring into the world three little wonders that are the love of my life. In addition, I feel so fortunate to have carried sweet little V and brought happiness to her family. She is such an amazing little girl and I truly treasure the times I get to see her and hear updates about her, her brother and parents.

This year I am also so thankful for the opportunity to be a part of a new family! My body is responding great to the medications for a new round of IVF and transfer is scheduled for this Monday at 1:15 PM! Yeah! I am so excited to be working with J&L and pray that we have a successful transfer and that a sweet little one will join their family by the end of summer.

Wishing everyone has a great time this Thanksgiving surrounded by lots of family, good friends and lots of yummy food!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Clinic appointment and wonderful lunch today...

My journey with J&L is moving right along. Timing wise every thing fell into place for a transfer cycle in November which works great with everyone's schedules. We had the option of doing the transfer in December but that seemed a bit hectic so close to Christmas so we are all hoping for success in November and something to be really thankful for.

My injections are still going well. I am really so happy to have Rio here to do the intramuscular ones for me - these first ones are spread out nicely, but starting next week I will need a daily injection of progesterone .... I told him he is allowed to continue as long as he does not use me as a dart board!!!

I went for a clinic appointment today to have my lining checked and blood work done. My lining was at a 13.5 mm and triple striped which is great. Dr. H is very happy with my progress and I am just relieved that everything is right on target. My blood work also came back good and my estrogen level is right where it should be so there is no adjustments required for my injections. Transfer is 11 days away and we are all excited!!

After my clinic appointment I met my previous IP's for lunch at Mother's Bistro.. what a treat! It is always great to see them and I truly enjoy their company. They brought along K (V's brother) ... he is just so cute! Walking all over the place and just full of joy!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Testing , contracts, injections...

Things are moving forward full speed...woohoo hang on for the ride!!!

I am so so excited. My lupron injections have gone well and I have not had any issues with head aches this time. Rio is getting ready to do my second delestrogen injection this evening...he did really well for the first one. It is definitely a plus that he is here this time around. I got used to doing my injections alone when carrying sweet baby V .. but it is so much nicer to have him do the for me.

The next few weeks will bring more injections, a lining check and blood work. In just 17 days L&J will be coming to Portland and if everything goes well, we will be transferring and praying for a little one to stick!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A new journey has officially begun...

We are moving forward ... full speed and if all goes according to plan, a sweet little babe will be snuggled up very soon.

I am so excited to start a new journey - I pray for a successful and uneventful journey and for a little sister or brother to join L&J's family!