About Me

I'm a 30-something, married, part-time working mom. I spend part of my days as a work-from-home freelance medical writer and the other part doing mom-type things. Because my husband, KB, and I kicked severe male factor infertility in the nuts and -- after a year wasted on charting, analyzing every facet of my vagina and contents therein, peeing on all manner of sticks, romantic mornings together doing IUIs, culminating in 3 gut-wrenching rounds of IVF from which we learned that I am a poor ovarian responder -- we successfully made a baby that came home with us in September 2010 and rocks our world. His name is Jackson, he is now a tiny tyrant of a toddler, and he is a peach.

We loved IVF so much we did it again and got lucky on the first try. We had a second boy, Matthew, born fortuitously on Election Day in November 2012. He is also a peach. 

Thanks for stopping by.

How we got from there to here:

Aug 08 -- May 09 charting, OPKs, clomid, IUIs (to no avail)

IVF #1: The Maiden Voyage
23 Jun 09 start bcp 
30 Jun 09 add lupron
10 Jul 09 add follistim & hcg
18 Jul 09 ovidrel trigger 
20 Jul 09 7 eggs/3 mature
21 Jul 09 1 fertilized with ICSI
23 Jul 09 transfer 1x4-cell embryo
03 Aug 09 beta (-)

IVF #2: The Mulligan
27 Aug 09 start estrace  
07 Sep 09 add follistim & menopur
17 Sep 09 ovidrel trigger
14 Sep 09 add ganirelix

19 Sep 09 11 eggs/5 mature
20 Sep 09 2 fertilized with ICSI
22 Sep 09 transfer 1x8-cell embryo
03 Oct 09 beta (-)  

IVF #3: The Hail Mary
21 Dec 09 start estrace

31 Dec 09 add follistim & menopur
06 Jan 10 add ganirelix
09 Jan 10 ovidrel trigger
11 Jan 10 7 eggs/7 mature
12 Jan 10 4 fertilized with ICSI
14 Jan 10 transfer 3 embryos (2x8-cell, 1x4-cell)
25 Jan 10 beta = 89
27 Jan 10 beta = 170
03 Feb 10 beta = 2,525
03 Feb 10 5w2d u/s = 1 sac 
10 Feb 10 6w2d u/s = hr 116 bpm
17 Feb 10 7w2d u/s = hr 145 bpm
24 Feb 10 8w2d u/s = hr 169 bpm
24 Feb 10 graduate to OB
23 Sep 10 birth (38w4d): it's a boy! 8lb 2oz, 20in

IVF #4: The Double Down
06 Feb 12 start estrace
16 Feb 12 add follistim & menopur
23 Feb 12 add ganirelix
26 Feb 12 ovidrel trigger
28 Feb 12 7 eggs/5 mature
29 Feb 12 3 fertilized with ICSI
02 Mar 12 transfer 3 embryos (2x8-cell, 1x5-cell)
13 Mar 12 beta = 116
15 Mar 12 beta = 362
21 Mar 12 beta = 4,391
21 Mar 12 5w1d u/s = 1 sac 
29 Mar 12 6w2d u/s = hr 129 bpm 
05 Apr 12 7w2d u/s = hr 140 bpm 
12 Apr 12 8w2d u/s = hr 168 bpm 
12 Apr 12 graduate to OB
06 Nov 12 birth (38w0d): it's a boy! 8lb 5oz, 20in