One year ago today (12/9/19)……Has it already been one year since we had our transfer? Wow! That day I was so nervous and had no clue what would ultimately happen. Olivia was safely frozen in her petri dish, waiting to be thawed out. We woke up and wanted to pretend it was like any otherContinue reading Transferiversary
I know it has been a while, we have been busy learning to be the best parents we can be for Miss Olivia. Soooooo here is an update…. The 4th trimester is from birth to 12 weeks. So let’s start with the first month…survival mode HAHA! Survival mode is the best way to describe theContinue reading Fourth trimester…
So lets be honest….breastfeeding is hard and takes a lot of work. Disclaimer: I am not an expert. Breastfeeding is not natural for mom or baby; it is learned through experience. Yes, baby is born with a sucking reflex, but that does not mean they know how to breastfeed. Each baby is different, and eachContinue reading Udderly busy milking….
Due to Olivia’s small size, it was determined to induce labor at 38 weeks by our maternal fetal medicine doctor. I had not done much research on medical induction, even though I knew it was a strong possibility for us. I was pretty set on natural induction…………no shock, this little lady is stubborn like herContinue reading Labor and Delivery
We have reached the final stages of pregnancy….I can’t believe we are already here. The first trimester of pregnancy felt like time took forever to pass. This last trimester seems to have flown by….So much has happened in the last couple of weeks. We finalized a due date/induction date and got everything ready for littleContinue reading The last week before delivery
For many reasons, we have decided to use a nanny. I have had a bit of anxiety with the thought of trusting someone to watch Olivia in general, let alone someone we don’t know. We worked so hard for this, but we both work and knew we would eventually need someone to watch teeny miniContinue reading The nanny life is the life for us…
We have had a few appointments since our last update. We are to the point where we have two appointments a week. Olivia had dropped into the 4th percentile for weight but was still growing so she continued to cook. During this pandemic, my husband has not been allowed at appointments. We were shocked atContinue reading Little Update on our Little Nugget
Little teeny peanut is growing and there are some updates since the last blog post. Our teeny Olivia is currently 6th percentile for weight. Her organs are all developing ahead of schedule which is awesome! Her brain is developed 2 weeks ahead of schedule!!…..A tiny smarty pants…. The doctors will start to monitor her growthContinue reading Baby Update!
Planning for little peanut to arrive has not been what we expected it would be. A pandemic broke out and now people are afraid to hug, let alone attend a baby shower. Originally, the baby shower’s (family/friend) were planed for last month. That was all changed due to social distancing and stay at home orders.Continue reading Pandemic VS Baby Shower
This year is my first Mother’s Day where I have a baby on the way, continuing to grow strong on my tummy. I have protected my feelings on Mother’s Day by over celebrating everyone in my life who has had the honor of being a mother. It has focused my attention on the positive aspectsContinue reading Mother’s Day
The day we were 24 weeks…..I had made my cute bumpdate post and I had added to it that if little miss came that day, she would have a 60% chance of survival outside of the womb. How amazing is it that babies can survive outside of the womb that small and underdeveloped…thank you science!Continue reading Labor and Delivery take 1…
Our little stink is officially 24 weeks baked and if she decides to make an appearance, she has over a 50% chance of surviving (right now 60% chance and with each day that number increases). I am in awe that this tiny tiny human could survive without me protecting her in my womb. Between 20Continue reading Baby Update…
We are now 20 weeks pregnant….HALF BAKED! We have had a few more appointments since the last update. Some appointments have only been for blood work and others have been a full check up on little bean. So far little miss Olivia is growing like she should! At 16 weeks, her brain development and organContinue reading Half Baked!!!!! ….20 Weeks
Let’s just be honest this entire thing STINKS! Everything is being cancelled….from baby showers…to weddings…and much more. There have also been cancelled fertility treatments…for those of you who have had cycles cancelled, I am so sorry to hear that you had to cancel and are having to wait longer. All of the posts about theContinue reading Global Pandemic and Pregnancy
Anxiety during this pregnancy… Anxiety has been an issue with this pregnancy for me. Before each doctor appointment, my anxiety gets higher. I am always afraid something will be wrong, even though she has always been fine. This doesn’t matter…each time I lay down for an ultrasound, they put the jelly on my belly, andContinue reading Anxiety/High risk update
The day we made it to week 12, I received a call from my OBGYN. At this point they had done the OB panel (blood work) and the results had come in. As previously mentioned, I had already had the Rhogam injection to prevent antibodies due to my blood type. As part of the OBContinue reading Pregnancy Update – High Risk
Our little tadpole turned into a jellybean… We got to see our little jellybean at 6 weeks and 5 days for the first time. Nothing can explain that moment…..The excitement and cautious fears as you move forward. We had a little scare 2 days before the ultrasound, it ended up that it was just aContinue reading Our growing tiny human..
After the blood test, I occupied my time by getting some food and going to target….I mean who doesn’t love to wonder around target?!?!? As I was walking into target, I saw the name of our clinic pop up on my phone with an incoming phone call. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was the moment…this was it….AHHHHHHHH …..okContinue reading The results are in…
Now, there are a lot of superstitions that surround a transfer day and a lot of things people recommend you do. For us, we decided to try them all….because why not?!?! We both wore our shirts, I wore lucky pineapple socks, I ate fries on the way home (I chose chick-fil-a fries over mcdonalds), andContinue reading The superstitions for transfer day and the 9 day wait…
The day is finally here…the day we have been waiting for. We are going to be PUPO (pregnant until proven otherwise). That day started out like a normal morning for us. I woke up, ate breakfast, went for a walk, and then prepared for the transfer. There were not as many rules for the transferContinue reading Transfer Day
It is so hard to not be over excited during this process. We are overjoyed with our embryo news and overjoyed to have so many embryos that are healthy! Our household is full of happy, excited, and a lot of cautious optimism. It is so weird knowing the gender of your future baby, “BB Stone”!Continue reading Our feelings during this process….
The long-awaited week is over! We got the results before it had been a week! I saw the number for the lab pop up on my phone and I was a little confused because it was 2 days sooner than we thought we would get the call! As I answered the phone, I was soContinue reading Genetic testing update!
We have waited a week…..it has felt like such a long week….it felt like FOREVER! The day is finally here, all of this hard work and we are going to find out how many embryos we have being genetically tested and how many survived the petri dish process! We left off on day 3, whereContinue reading The Wonderful Life of an Embryo
We officially have embryos (they are still just cells, but they are embryos)! Since the egg retrieval, I have been a little restricted with movement. My ovaries are still huge, it takes a week or 2 for them to shrink back down. I make sure I don’t do too much, to continue to prevent myContinue reading AN EGG-TASTIC UPDATE
The day is here…..EGG RETRIEVAL DAY!!! Woo hoo! So much work and preparation has gone into this day! I, of course, get ready for the morning…wearing my pineapple socks and our “waiting in hope” hoodie! …gotta make sure I am wearing all good luck stuff! We loaded up in the car and headed to theContinue reading EGG RETRIEVAL (Nov 2019)
Injections 3.0…October 2019 We are getting close to our egg retrieval!!! WOO HOO! My stomach has started to get sore and swollen/bloated. There has also been some minor bruising. I have lost track of how many times I have given myself a shot now….it become part of my daily routine. My husband gave me 2Continue reading Injections 3.0
It seems injections need more than one post since there are soooooooooooooo many of them (there are 5 injections leading up to egg retrieval for me, 2 of them are only one-time injections). It has been 4 days since the start of injections and the doctor likes to do a follow up ultrasound after 3Continue reading Injections 2.0 & our clinic… October 2019
As my husband says “Gotta go through the drama to be the momma”…. The box was delivered….the first 3 injections I would need! The box was HUGE…am I injecting a cow or myself? That honestly could not all be for me??? I opened the box and luckily most of it was filled with a cooler,Continue reading The first injection… October 2019
The pineapple….the myth….the legend! HA! There are a lot of rumors when it comes to pineapple and infertility. Some say the pineapple has properties that help with implantation and a successful pregnancy. I read one study that said to eat an ENTIRE pineapple the day of your transfer….uhhhhhhhhhh that is a whole lotta pineapple!?! SomeContinue reading Food and Fitness
Well, we are now at the point where we have a baseline appointment to make sure my body is good to go for an egg retrieval. They have you on birth control for 11 days and you have the baseline appointment the last few days of that time frame. The birth control is to preventContinue reading Our baseline appointment… October 2019
There is a lot to decide with IVF. I had no clue there were so many options we would be provided. They can laser hatch the embryo’s…..INSANE! I knew this was a thing from speaking to people who have gone through the process…however, I was unaware they could laser hatch an embryo more than onceContinue reading The start of IVF….October 2019
We did our first and only round of IUI on 8/19/19. For those who do not know, IUI stands for Intrauterine Insemination……basically they turkey baste the chick. To prepare for this process, which was immediately started with my first cycle after surgery, I had to take a medication called Clomid. The medication was alright. ItContinue reading IUI – September 2019
As we prepared for surgery and the date got closer, I got more nervous. I was having a hysteroscopy and a laparoscopy. I did not know what either of these meant when I was told I would be having surgery. I did some research and found out with a laparoscopy they fill your stomach withContinue reading Surgery…. August 2019
We got to the doctors’ office that day, unsure of what would happen next. The doctor started with the semen analysis. She advised someone was an over achiever and was not having any issues. We jokingly said he had super sperm….but this also meant that I was the reason we could not sustain a pregnancy.Continue reading Finding out it was me and not him that was the problem – July 2019
We were so nervous, but why? We already knew we were having issues sustaining a pregnancy and we were taking steps to move forward, so we had nothing to be nervous about, right? Wrong! Being nervous before a fertility appointment is normal because there are many unknowns at this point. Why can’t we carry outContinue reading The first fertility doctor appointment – June 2019
My husband returned home…to a pretty darn fit wife if I might say so! I weighed 25lbs less when he returned! I was so proud of myself for sticking to a plan. We had decided to try naturally to conceive before consulting with a fertility doctor. The first month my husband was home, I wasContinue reading The return home… April 2019-June 2019
I know this covers a lot of time in here, but this is what I did to get rid of ALL of my PCOS cysts naturally. After being told I have PCOS, I immediately started doing some research. I wanted to know everything I could about it and what options I had to manage it.Continue reading How I got rid of PCOS cysts naturally (April 2018-April 2019)
This was the start of our infertility and we had no idea what the future would hold for us. I have an extremely normal cycle; I know this is very uncommon for someone battling infertility. My cycle is every 29 days. So, in the beginning of April 2018 when I was 4 days late forContinue reading When it all started…April 2018