Our Journey

photo (82)I’ve gone back and forth about whether or not to post our journey to grow our family. I don’t want this to become a blog about infertility, well because it (infertility) does not define us. It’s just part of our storey, the journey that we’re on right now. Having said that, it is a part of who we are at this
moment in time. We are guided by the Lord and have our hearts turned towards Him at all times. We stand strong on His promises and His plan for us and our future family. The road we are on and while it’s been bumpy, it’s been quite a ride. We’ve learned a lot and know that those going through something similar, family and friends are probably interested in hearing about our journey. So here it is, a lot of acronyms …

  • The Firefighter and I are both 33 years old and have been trying to conceive (TTC) for 3 years; 1 year on our own and 2 years with the help of Reproductive Endocrinologists (RE)
  • Official diagnosis: Diminished Ovarian Reserve
  • IUI #1 – May 2012
    • Meds: Follistim, Ovidrel & Progestrone
    • big fat negative (BFN)
  • IUI #2 – June 2012
    • Meds: Follistim, Ovidrel & Progestrone
    • BFN
  • IUI #3 – September 2012
    • Meds: Follistim, Ovidrel & Progestrone
    • BFN
  • IVF #1 w/ ICSI – October 2012
    • Birth control, Follistim, Menopur & Progesterone Oil
    • 6 follicles, 5 fertilized, 3 transfered (8-cell, 6-cell & 5-cell) on day 3
    • BFN
  • Resigned from my full-time Marketing job for a technology company and began working part-time for Chick-fil-A as a Marketing Director. You can read more about our decision to do this here.
  • IVF #2 w/ ICSI & Assisted Hatching – March 2013
    • Meds: Birth control, Follistim, Menopur, Saizen & Progesterone Oil
    • 6 follicles, 5 fertilized, 3 transfered (6-cell, 5-cell & 4-cell) on day 3
    • BFN
  • Second Opinion – May 2013
    • Confirmed diagnosis of diminished ovarian reserve
    • Additional genetic testing for Fragile X Syndrome (negative) and Cystic Fibrosis Carrier (positive for me, negative for The Firefighter)
  • IVF #3 w/ ICSI & Assisted Hatching – May 2013
    • Meds: Vivelle patch, Ganirelix Follistim, Menopur, Estradiol & Progesterone Oil
    • 13 follicles, 9 mature, 6 fertilized, 2 transferred (9-cell, grade 1 & 7-cell grade 1) on day 3
    • BFN
  • Headed down the road of adoption to grow our family! “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widowsin their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

For those of you not sure about the entire IVF process, hopefully this little video will help explain things a bit better.

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