October 1985: Met my future husband. Dated his best friend for 3 years.
October 1996: Re-met my future husband. Got engaged after 3 days.
July 1999: Got married. His best friend was our best man.
April 2006: Separated.
March 2007: Got back together.
June 2007: Started trying to conceive.
December 2007: Consulted a team of masterful reproductive endocrinologists.
2008-2009: Had four inseminations.
2009: First IVF treatment. Negative. Thought it would be a good idea to go to a friend’s baby shower while waiting for my test results. It wasn’t.
2009: Second IVF. Second protocol. Only 2 follicles grew. Converted to insemination #5.
January 2010: Third IVF. Third protocol. Second transfer. Negative.
April 2010: Merlin was eaten.
June 2010-June 2011: Took a fertility break. Did lots of yoga.
August 2011: Started injections on fifth IVF using third protocol. Only 3 follicles grew. Stopped injections early in cycle. Abandoned hope of having a genetically-related baby.
September 2011: Chose an anonymous in-house egg donor for a March transfer.
January 2012: Signed with a donor agency. Chose Donor #2 who was willing to have an open donation. Planned for a May 2012 transfer.
May 2012: Began injectibles in preparation for a June 12 transfer.
November 2012: Regrouping.
March 2013: transferred 2 frozen embryos.
April 2013: Pregnancy tests are positive. Beta #1: 241. Beta #2: 586. 7w ultrasound showed two sacs; one was empty, but one had a heartbeat. Estimated due date was December 11.
April – November 2013: Pregnancy details are tracked here.
November 2013: Hello, baby!