After Adeline was born we were so happy. We would look at her little perfectly round face and just marvel at how amazing she was. How lucky and grateful we were to have been given her to raise and teach and grow into an amazing person. Each milestone was so exciting to us. We [...]
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May finally came, we got through monitoring, we tried our best to stay calm and Zen. I went to acupuncture multiple times a week in an effort to do everything I could for success. I took vacation from work during the cycle so I didn’t have to deal with any other stress and could [...]
They say hindsight is 20/20. When my husband and I had reached the 10th year in our infertility journey, we thought that maybe we should think about adoption. So, we thought about it... for a second. We just weren’t ready to give up on having a biological child. Now, in hindsight, we both wish [...]
Over the weeks following our first failed IVF cycle, Akiva and I had several doctors’ appointments to review what did and did not go right. We planned for the future and we talked about timing for our next cycle. What was most frustrating is that because of the surgery Akiva needed, we had to [...]
Monday was transfer day! We spent the morning relaxing and had brunch together. Akiva kept reassuring me about the cycle, telling me that the fact we had gotten this far meant that it was going to work. It was the most positive I had ever seen my husband. We got to the hospital a [...]
After approximately two weeks of monitoring, I finally saw my own doctor for the first time. He did the scan and said, I think we are going to trigger tonight, TESE tomorrow, egg retrieval will be on Friday. All of a sudden I got so nervous. I was finally getting into a routine and [...]
At a doctor’s appointment last week, the nurse was going over some details and said, “ok just to clarify, you have been pregnant twice, one carried to full term, the other was a tubal that resulted in a salpingectomy.” She said it so clinically. So unemotional. I kept a straight face and said, “yes, that [...]
The day was finally here. November 1st I took my last pill of birth control, and today was Cycle Day 1! I called the clinic and let them know I was on schedule. They told me to come in a few days later. We woke up at 5:30 in the morning, got dressed and [...]
We finally got to the day of our appointment with the Urology department. We had heard all about this man and how he was the person to see when you were diagnosed with Male Factor Infertility. We brought all of Akiva’s medical files with us, and we were full of emotion. Fear of what [...]
Around January 2015 a friend of mine asked if I could help her arrange a fundraiser for an organization helping people with infertility. I was so scared. How did she find out? How was I going to explain myself? I had a mentality of “we cannot show the slightest break in our façade” of [...]