Monday, March 31, 2014

Acupuncture and PIO Shots!!

Saturday I went in for my first ever acupuncture session.  After an initial consultation I took off my shoes and hopped up on the amazing warmed table.  The doctor put several needles in my lower and middle back and one in each of my ankles or feet ( hard to tell which it was as I was on my stomach face down.



Acupuncture Needles


How did it go?

Well at first I started to feel like I was floating ( hard to explain and very strange).  After that I literally zonked out and slept for the remaining 30 minutes.  It was glorious.  I never fall asleep that quickly.  It was peaceful and extremely relaxing.  I didn't want to leave the serene room once the nurse came in to pull the needles out.  Also, much like when you get a massage I woke up with a very dry throat, I must have released toxins too!

I go again tomorrow afternoon for another session, this time on my abdomen.  I am excited and so ready for Thursday!


In other news.  I had another blood draw today to check my progesterone and estradiol.  My progesterone was apparently a little low.  The nurse said its because my body is medicated and isn't producing it naturally on its own.  Any progesterone in my body is from the Endometrin suppositories.  However since they want as perfect as an environment for transfer they also added the awful PIO ( progesterone in oil) shot!  I will now add that to my regimen for the next weeks or months.


Icing before and after the PIO shot!

Firstly, if you have to do this shot I recommend not looking at how big the needles is for to long.  It will scare you and make you hesitate :)  Secondly, put an icepack in your pants for a good 15-20 minutes before doing the shot, it completely numbs it and you don't feel the needle go in!!  In fact, as  I write this I still have the icepack numbing my behind...haha!  It already aches, but that's okay...it will all be worth it!

Thursday at 12:15 our sweet babies will be nestled into their new home!


Love him and his encouragement everyday :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Transfer Date is Set!!!!

This morning I went in for my estradiol blood work and a quick ultrasound!

Uterine Lining: 7.34mm ( they like it to be at a minimum of 7-8mm for transfer, so by next Thursday I will be nice and thick!)

Estrogen Level: 124

Just got a message in my inbox saying our transfer is set for next Thursday April 3rd!!!!

We are beyond excited right now :)

Gotta go drink my pomegranate juice....cannot wait for next Thursday!!


Birds nests with eggs are always symbolic to me,
 I love our 4 little babies so much!!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

One Step Closer to Transfer!!!

Yesterday I went in for my baseline ultrasound.  It was CD2( Cycle Day) of our FET cycle and they were checking to make sure my uterine lining was thin( which it was) and that my ovaries were quiet( no big follicles).  Since I have been on birth control and Lupron everything looked good and quiet and my lining was 4.8

When I spoke with the nurse she said that as soon as the lining reaches 7-8 they will do transfer!  So I am now taking a lower dose of Lupron and Estrogen pills to thicken the lining!  I go back next Tuesday to check progress and will continue on this path for a few weeks or until the uterine lining reaches 7-8. At this point the nurses are saying the first week of April!! I think it will be sooner than they are saying because my lining tends to be on the thicker side naturally. 



I am getting so excited and trying to keep positive.   Roger keeps reminding me that up to this point we have received only good news and that we should just keep thinking positively.  I am definitely feeling different this time around so I hope that means something :)

Friday, March 7, 2014

PGD Results

Good Morning!

Though this update comes a few days late it is great news and I want to share it non the less.

A picture of an expanded blastocyst- amazing!


After 10 days of waiting for our PGD results.  I finally got a message in my patient portal from the embryologist....

We had originally sent 11 expanded blastocysts to the PGD lab.

A PGD lab checks for firstly unbalanced translocations( which is the cause for my previous miscarriages).  They also check for missing or additional chromosomes and are of course looking for normal/balanced embryos or babies.

Our results were as follows:

5 came back as have unbalanced translocations :( ( our reason for doing IVF in the first place)

2 came back as missing 1 chromosome

and...drum roll please....4 came back as normal/balanced!!!!!!!!!!!

Such amazing news to read and share!

We are SO excited with this number.  I started my Lupron ( to suppress my ovaries) yesterday and I continue to take birth control for a few more days.  Once I get my next period I start Estace ( estrogen- the really fun stuff :) ) then shortly after we will have our transfer.

The embryos will be thawed because they are currently frozen as of now.  Once thawed the doctor will chose 2 of the 4 to transfer!  The remaining 2 will remain frozen until we are ready for our other sweet babies!

7 days later they do a blood test to determine if I am pregnant or not.  We of course are so hopeful for positive results :)

More updates as I get a set transfer date!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Baby Biver Update

First off, thank you to all of you following our journey.  Thank you for writing to me, calling me and checking in on me regularly throughout the past couple weeks!

Today is Day 6 and we got the final call on how many were biopsied( to be sent to RGI in Chicago for PGD testing) and the embryos frozen here in the fertility center.

We have 11 that made it to either expanded blastocyst or even better hatching blastocyst stage and are now frozen.  To put it into perspective for those of you not sure, last round we had 2 reach this stage and 1 of those come back as "normal" or balanced.  To have 11 really helps my confidence that this will be our cycle!

11 frosties as of now :) I love them all!


Now to celebrate and relax until next week (7-10) days when we get the PGD results!

Thank you all for your sweet words of encouragement and love!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fertilization Report

Yesterday was an amazing day full of anesthesia, apple juice and of course all of my eggs!


Here is the retrieval report and fertilization report that we received this AM!!
Fertilization Report
 
We have 35 embryos growing and developing right now!  I am blown away by the differences in my first IVF and this one.  I feel so thankful today.
 
Grow babies grow!
 
 
More updates as the week goes on!
 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Triggered and Ready for Thursday!!!!

Yesterday morning I went in to the Naperville Fertility Center and had blood drawn and another ultrasound.

Follicle Count:

Right Ovary: 14 measurable and several 16-17mm follicles

Left Ovary: 22 measurable and several 16-17mm follicles

Estrogen Level: 11,875- Can you say off the charts?!?

Got the call yesterday afternoon that I was going to trigger at 7pm last
night :)  They also warned me that I had OHSS ( over stimulated on the meds) and that I should start taking precautions ahead of the retrieval!

Two trigger shots (Lupron and Low Dose HCG done at 7pm!!)

 
I will update tomorrow after retrieval!!