Thoughts on Infertility

I grew up in such a way that I did not want children or marriage, after having to help raise my sister and seeing how toxic my parents marriage was these things were the last thing I wanted. I think I had my mind made up that I would make a wonderful crazy cat lady. Friends Gods plan is so different than anything you could ever imagine.

I met my husband online and we met on Memorial Day 2009, we were engaged September 2009, fast right?  We were married on October 10th 2010.  I worked with an older gentleman who met his wife and married her shortly after they had met he said through all of these years marriage is not perfect but it has been wonderful and when you know you are with the right person you just know. He also said from those he knew to have long dating/engagements to those who married quickly it was those who married quickly that have remained married.  I have managed to find someone that is able to tolerate me and all of my crazy antics and my bossy mature this has really caused me to believe opposites do attract.  I was one of the super weird ones that tried conceiving while we were engaged don’t ask me why but we both wanted to have a baby and knew it would be fine, I was 20 so I thought this would happen right away. A year had passed and nothing I was certainly puzzled so before we were even married I had my husband do a sperm analyses.  It never crossed my mind that it could be me – his test came back low, I was bummed to hear this news but it gave me some kind of answer of why nothing had happened and I knew we would just go to the fertility clinic route.

Friends I know in the moment you want what you want right then and there but Gods plan is so perfect – TRUST me in this even if this sentence angers you it will one day make sense.

In March of 2011 we met with our fertility doctor Dr. Khan at Shady Grove Fertility – he is truly amazing.  The next day we were at a Walgreens and there were pregnancy tests on clearance, now if you are like me by this point I was a pee-on-a-stick aholic so I just had to have them but my husband wanted me to let it go and just move forward with the fertility treatment.  Well I bought them anyways 🙂 It turns out I was pregnant!!!! Kaylee was born on Christmas Day 2011.

I have spent the last 8 years of my life under the clenches of infertility. Trust when I say I have spent many times on knees praying/begging to have a baby.

So carrying on my long winded story, after having Kaylee I thought well good that must have been a fluke so I got on birth control for the first time in my life because I got pregnant on my own and I wanted a 2-3 year age gap so better safe than sorry right? <Insert a shaking head emoji> I ended up taking birth control for about a year and then I stopped it made me a little too emotional which is totally not like me. Well the time came to get pregnant again, this time 2 years go by and nothing. I go back to Dr. Khan and we both hope what happened last time happens again – lets just say I did not find out I was pregnant the next day.  So this time I went through all of the bloodwork and the HSG. I also got laparoscopic surgery to finally find out what was going on inside me I had to know for my own peace of mind, this was not required to do our IUI. I also had to loose weight to get into the right BMI range for the IUI.

Infertility is so hard and let me tell you something secondary infertility is even harder.  Sure you have a blessing but now that blessing is asking you everyday for a sibling and there is nothing you can do to just instantly make one. Its an everyday conversation reminding you of what you cannot do while all of their friends have siblings.

Fast forward to now I have three beautiful children and a golden retriever that is my fourth baby. Trust me he is so jealous and thinks when you say baby you are calling him over LOL.  Infertility still haunts me the thoughts still come up I wonder if I can get pregnant on my own again? Whoa Julie calm down you have BABY TWINS!!! LOL See its paralyzing and it doesn’t leave you friends. What I can tell you is I will never take Clomid again and I am 95% sure I would be attempt a natural cycle IUI either due the fact of TWIN. I know they are blessing but until you are in twin trenches you cannot understand how hard it is.  The dreams of snuggling my baby and breastfeeding and all the cute visions I had have shifted to just surviving. So some of the visions I had when I finally got to have another baby are a bit different.

My unfiltered advice to fellow infertiles still trying to have children. Do it. Go get treatment ASAP. Don’t let money get in the way. Easy for me to say right? Borrow against your 401k or use a credit card. YOU CANNOT BUY TIME and thats the most important thing is the infertility game.  Just do it because at the end of the day you can at least say you tried everything you could and call you bankruptcy attorney to file chapter 7 < imagine the the laughing emoji with tears>

The next thing is if/when you do get your blessing all of that waiting will make sense – trust me. Its ok to roll your eyes here but I promise you this it will make sense.

 

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Birth of the Twins!

As much as I wanted to keep up with the blog as a part of my pregnancy and something to look back on life got busy and I got super tired from working and being pregnant and a mother and a wife so naturally this fell to the sidelines.  I had the twins at 37w 4d as hard as I tried to have a vaginal birth like I did with Kaylee Matthew had other plans and had a cord prolapse causing me to have an emergency c-section.  The doctor was awesome though after being essentially fisted and feeling everything he was only 70% sure everything was fixed and ok so we waited 20 minutes but its so hard to track both babies on the monitor and his heart rate dropped some so he said it was time.  I didn’t even say anything just asked the anesthesiologist for a ton of meds! I had to be sure I wouldn’t feel anything! It stills seems strange to be awake for this kind of procedure, I was in and out of sleep during the procedure but I heard the boys cry when they were pulled out and after that pretty blurry.  I will say the c-section recovery is horrible and the pain is terrible.  I have never experienced pain like the pain I had when trying to stand for the first time – HORRIBLE.

God has blessed us for sure as both boys were born healthy and needed no NICU time, well Zachary had blood sugar issues so they took him for a few hours. We got to go home on Day 3 which was nice as I know Kaylee missed us and so did Sammy.

Having twins has been a crazy whirlwind we spend most days in survival mode.  The twins are just about 7 months so we have a semi-routine which has helped.  But goodness twins are a whole different beast.

 

 

First IUI!

I am 4 weeks post surgery and currently on CD 2.  While the surgeon wanted me to try on my own for 6-9 months I just don’t see the point in waiting when my endo can come back at any time so here goes nothing!  I got into the right weight for an IUI by eating 1460 calories a day!  I call it the starvation diet and fat camp but it’s working!  The fertility clinic weighs me every time so I make sure to not eat or drink prior and to pee a couple times before!!!! Hey when in desperate times you will do what you gotta do, am I right?

Tomorrow I go in for Day 3 ultrasound and blood work.  I got all my meds in the mail, I will be taking 100mg clomid, progesterone suppositories, and then an Ovidrel Trigger shot.  The pharmacy warned me not to let the Ovidrel freeze or it becomes invalid and even though I had it in the fridge door it of course froze!  So thankfully the manufacturer is giving me a one time free trigger shot to replace this one.  It turns out my fridge is set to 34 but the shot has to be stored between 36-36 degrees Fahrenheit.  The lady on the phone said normally the husbands were the one to accidentally freeze the medicine 😦  They also said if I would have accidentally froze Gonal it would have been $1,000.00 to replace and the Ovidrel is only $99.50!

This first period after surgery is definitely heavier and longer, but this coming from a girl who is used to a 3 day cycle that is light.  It’s not so heavy I need like heavy pads or anything just different.  My incision sites are continuing to heal and feel ok.  I use having a few sharp pains in the left ovary that he opened but I’m chalking that up to it closing back up again because I haven’t had any since.

I am also looking into therapy to deal with my infertility and binge eating.  I need to get things under control with my health and what I’m eating has everything to do with it! I had my physical and the blood work came back great expect my LDL is 163 – Stroke level! I am 27!!! So I am definitely freaked out, I guess my youth can only carry me so far.

So along with the IUI I am juggling being a mom to an almost 5 year old, a dog mom to a 13 week old puppy who is worse than a child and a wife and don’t forget I work outside the home full-time!  God is definitely guiding me through all of this and I look to him everyday.  I call my commute to and from work my time with Jesus as I listen to the local contemporary Christian channel.  And as you can imagine DC traffic is terrible so this helps keep me in a good place as well.  I have been nervous that the IUI can lead to twins but I know God has a plan for us and if that is his plan than I cannot wait and we are very excited for whatever may become.

I leave you with an updated picture of Sammy!  I will post later after my scan tomorrow 🙂 Prayers are always welcome!

Birthday!

Monday I will be 27! Yikes time really does fly, while my age is considered young in the infertile world I feel like I’m an old soul.  Between working full time and being a mom and a wife I find I’m torn in a million different directions.  When I leave for work in the morning I see the stay at home moms putting their older kids on the school bus then taking a walk around the lake with their younger kids and I can’t help but to feel a little jealous.  I know the grass isn’t always greener on the other side but goodness I could use that walk to loose some weight and how great would it be to actually cook my meals instead of hitting the Chick-Fil-A drive thru for lunch every day?  But I digress – today is a wonderful day and I am blessed to be here to see another year, blessed to have found a husband that loves me no matter what through all my crazy antics and trust me he has gone along with some of my crazy shenanigans! Blessed to have a wonderful little girl whom at one point I never thought I would ever have.  It’s the moments like this in the secondary infertility world that make me feel selfish – at least I have one – I hear this SO much and trust me I feel incredibly blessed to have her, I just want more! 🙂

Kaylee started a Junior-K program this year to prepare her for Kindergarten next year.  If they choose not to sleep we are allowed to send in a “quiet bag” for them to color while they rest for 30min – 1 hour, this is a little something I whipped up with scrap fabric!

I used the following tutorial: Super Easy Library Bag Tutorial

These are some bags I made using the tutorial for Kaylee’s preschool friends:

Since this is the last cycle before my surgery I decided to use OPK’s and pray for the best!  I guess in my mind it’s a last ditch effort to avoid surgery!  I like to use Wondfo Sticks in conjunction with Clearblue Advanced Digital sticks they really compliment each other well.  Along with this we use PreSeed Lubricant.  I’ve been considering asking the surgeon this there is anything he can do to help with my anteverted uterus and if that could help but I’ve watched the YouTube videos and I’m not sure I want a mesh sewed into me, something about having a foreign object in my body doesn’t sit well.

CD 8:   This is not a peak day the Clearblue is flashing and the Wondo is not positive, gotta love 26 day cycles.  I should peak within the next 3-4 days.img_5131

This weekend also begins a six-week bible study, we will be going through In the Wait!  I’m super excited about this because infertility or not we all go through seasons of waiting and waiting is not something any of us does well!  It also is coming at such a great time with my surgery being around the corner!

Check it out:  In the Wait

I will leave you all with this that was shared with me from a friend!

 

 

God is beyond good!

I wanted to start back into blogging and when I seen Chelsea’s post about the upcoming TTC Mug Exchange it prompted me to sign back in and again typing!

2016 TTC Mug Exchange

It’s been awhile since I’ve been on here and let me say I am still NOT pregnant, but that’s ok.  One thing I can say about my journey is it has brought me back to God and so much closer to him and for that I am super grateful.

I went through all infertility testing in February/March of this year, the only things that were off was I had a slightly elevated egg count and slightly elevated estrogen.  I also had an MRI to try to conclude more if the 4cm cyst inside my left ovary was indeed an endometrioma, which it was.  After 2 years of putting off surgery I will be getting laparoscopic surgery on September 28th to remove the cysts on my ovaries and the 4cm endometrioma inside my left ovary.  I am beyond scared as I have never had surgery before but I know the recovery is much better with this type of surgery so I’m trying not to think about it too much.  After surgery I want to start acupuncture and a better diet in hopes of achieving pregnancy.

We just got back from our yearly trip to Topsail Island in North Carolina, I swear I want to live there someday!  We had a great time enjoying the island and I even sneaked in some knitting 🙂

This is the Madelinetosh Honeycowl!  This was a quick and fun infinity scarf!

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