Our story begins in 2008 when Ben and I met at a Labor Day Party. Fast forward three years to the happiest day of my life. July 1, 2011 we were married!!
Struggles with infertility
In February 2012 we started our baby makin’ journey on our belated honeymoon to Italy. Of course when the test were negative after one month I was pretty disappointed but it takes many couples 3-6 months and some a whole year. We waited month after month, ovulation kit after ovulation kit but still no news. Finally at 11 months I called the OB to see what could be done. We met, took some tests, and some more tests. One test had to be completed at a certain time during my cycle but we were headed back to Italy, so I had to wait another month. Then I had to wait almost another month to see the OB…wait…wait…and more waiting… only to find out on a Monday morning that our chances of conceiving naturally were about 3%. No clomid, no IUI and plain IVF – it was straight to IVF with ICSI. We met with the endocrinologist and she was very optimistic. The cycle would start after insurance was approved. Waiting…waiting…more waiting… oh they approve it the day after I could have started the cycle. So it’s another month waiting.
July 2013 we start the long, med filled IVF process. It wasn’t too bad, it was summer so I was sort of off. I was only teaching summer school. My body responded well with lots of eggs and all fertilized with ICSI. At the end of August we happily discovered, IT WORKED! However, 13 weeks later I ended up in the ER with severe cramping and slight bleeding. Ultrasound discovered a missed miscarriage at 9 weeks (after two healthy ultra-sounds.)
Fast forward to January, we decide to try our frozen embies. Much easier cycle, but no dice – BFN – no more embies.
In March we tried our second fresh cycle and it worked!!
Ava was born December 27th 2014
We are so blessed to have our little rainbow/miracle baby!
Baby Making #2
We are on to the next round of IVF. In May we decided to try a FET with our last embryo from Ava’s cycle. It was a 5 day AB grade embryo, Almost perfect but it wasn’t meant to be. BFN.
We did a third round of IVF (ICSI) for the third fresh cycle following the same protocol that we did for Ava and round #1 that ended with a miscarriage. We got pregnant but the numbers were not very strong and eventually we lost the pregnancy at 6 weeks. We had none to freeze.
4th fresh cycle… Ava happened on our third try, so here goes our second, third try. Worst turn out in eggs, only 8 mature, all 8 fertilized but didn’t grow that well. So we had a 3 day transfer of 2 embryos. And surprise TWINS due summer 2017! And one on ice.