Friday, December 30, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Here's a little belly or shall I say a big belly shot of me. I always thought it was cheesy posting these types of photos, so I guess I've become a huge cheeseball myself and happy to be one! This is me at about 5-1/2 months. I feel like the Pillsbury Doughboy or more like Pillsbury Doughboy's big fat pregnant sister! Poke me and I'll giggle!
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
My hubby finally started converting the garage into a baby room. He's redone the electricity, pipes for the bathroom, new insulation in the ceiling, took away about 4 trucks of gravel and they poured the cement last week. A lot of work done and still a lot to do, but I'm glad it's finally happening.
Had a meeting with the "sage femme" which is a midwife in France. They are the team that supports you during the delivery. I kind of pressed her about wanting a c-section, as I'm a bit stressed about delivering downtown. She reassured me that the best method is delivering down there and that I need to have confidence that the baby and I can do this. The other week on the television, they showed a lady giving birth and we had to change the channel as we got so scared. Oh boy! Well, I'm not going to stress about that now, I'll deal with that later. On a positive note, my hubby has finally agreed to be with me during the birth. He gets faint at the sight of blood and needles, but I told him to be by my side during the event and to be sure to stay north and not to look south. I've got an aqua gym class in November to take and they will teach us the breathing techniques to use for the delivery. After that, I've got about 4 hours of courses to take with regard to taking care of the baby, breastfeeding, birthing, etc. In France they give us pregnant ladies really good support and education throughout this whole process.
-Weight gain: 4 kilos (doctors are happy that I have been relatively good about food, since I had a lot of bad habits of eating chips, cake, etc.).
-Baby movements: not really feeling too much yet and during the ultrasound the baby was quite calm. The doctor said not to worry, as it's my first pregnancy and should be feeling more by the end of the month.
-Maternity wear: bought my first pair of maternity jeans and they are sooo comfy! Heck, everyone should be wearing a pair, pregnant or not, elastic waist pants rock!
Next OB appointment, 21 November.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Here's a short summary of my activities and how I've been feeling physically since my FET.
Monday: FET in the afternoon. Feeling good the rest of the day. Stayed in bed most of the time and did some light cooking in the evening.
Tuesday: Feeling good and stayed in bed for most of the day. Did some light cooking for lunch and dinner.
Wednesday: Had mild cramps in my lower back in the afternoon for about an hour. Made lunch and dinner.
Thursday: Had mild cramps in my legs early in the morning for about an hour. Made lunch along with some light cleaning around the house. Went out for dinner with friends.
Friday: Cramp free day. Did the cooking and went grocery shopping.
Saturday: This morning started having some mild cramps in my abdominal area, but after a good rest and lunch in bed, the cramps went away.
Each day I don't have my period, I consider it a small victory, since this is the time of the month that it comes, like clockwork. With each day that passes my hope grows, but these cramping episodes do throw me off, however when I normally get menstrual cramps they don't go away. For the moment, since the cramps go away after about an hour, I feel reassured. 4 more days until BETA!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
6 more days until the the blood test, unless I get my period prior, which is a possibility. Yesterday late afternoon I started feeling cramps in my lower back, a sign of Aunt Flo knocking at my door. I was quite alarmed and went running to the bathroom, checking for any type of spotting. Nothing thus far (hallelujah!). During my sleep I got some mild cramps in my legs, so again I went running to the bathroom and again, nothing (phew!). The cramps didn't stay for too long, but my body usually have these types of cramps prior to a visit from Aunt Flo.
Stay home Aunt Flo! Take a break for 9 months or better yet go on a holiday! Heck, I'll welcome you back with open arms after 9 months, but just this once in my life I want you out of my life on a temporary basis. Please oh please, forget about me, forget my name, forget I exist!
On another note, I'm unable to post comments on other blogs for some strange reason. When I try to post, blogspot does not recognize that I am signed in. Really frustrating! Any help would be welcomed.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Started Gonal F injections earlier this month with minimal dosage prescribed. Went for the usual blood tests and ultrasounds to monitor everything.
In March they could not do the transfer due to the catheter getting blocked in my cervix, so I had a hysteroscopy, which confirmed that the entry to my uterus is very complicated, therefore they performed a cervical dilation, which opened up the entry to my uterus to make transfer easier.
Went in for a mock transfer with 2 doctors and they were not able to place the catheter in my uterus. Cervix still very much tight and closed off.
Went in for another mock transfer with a different doctor. She was able to place the catheter, however with a lot of difficulty.
Had the FET yesterday with not 1 but 2 doctors! They said it was the most challenging transfer they had in their whole career and although difficult, they managed to place the catheter in the right place. This was confirmed with an abdominal and vaginal ultrasound. 2 blastocysts were placed into their new home and hopefully they will feel comfortable enough to stay for 9 months.
Although I've done 3 IVF cycles, I feel like this is the one where I have a real chance. The first IVF cycle was a bust since we didn't produce any embryos. The second IVF cycle was another bust, as they misplaced the embryos during transfer. They did it in 5 minutes and did not notice any cervical complexities. This time, my third and hopefully last cycle, in the hands of a new and wonderful doctor, I've got 5 frozen blastocysts and the transfer this time around was done correctly.
For the moment I'm resting up and I am anxiously waiting to have my first blood test on the 8th June! Can't wait!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
More waiting, however I'm happy and grateful that they are taking every precaution to ensure that I have the best chance of making this work. In the meantime, I'm keeping busy with spring cleaning in my garden. In the south of France, everything grows so quickly and in a blink of an eye our small garden can turn into a jungle. I even planted a small herb garden with parsley, rosemary, coriander and basil.
Last but not least, thanks to those who leave comments. It's very encouraging and I appreciate your positive support! Merci buckets!
Basil, rosemary, parsley and coriander, my favourite herbs to cook with. Smells so lovely!
Friday, April 1, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
The plan was to transfer 2 and freeze 3. Went in yesterday for the transfer, all happy and giddy, and like last time, I thought the procedure would take about 5 minutes. Boy was I wrong. The doctor had an extremely hard time placing the catheter in my uterus. They tried using all different types of catheter tubes (soft, rigid, etc.). Then they tried changing my position several times by raising and lowering my butt. Then they looked at past scans of my uterus to see if I had a weird curve to the uterus. After 2 hours, 6 tries and many bent catheter tubes, the doctor concluded that I have some kind of blockage to the entrance of my uterus. She didn't want to take a risk by placing the 2 embryos in the wrong place, therefore, the transfer was postponed and all 5 embryos had to be frozen.
Was I down? Certainly, but I am grateful to have such a conscientious doctor. She asked if my last doctor had a hard time with the transfer and I told her that they did it in less than 5 minutes. My doctor believes that they must have misplaced the embryos last time, because my uterus has a serious blockage. My hubby and I are really upset with the other hospital and we will certainly write a letter of complaint. Thank goodness we decided to change clinics, I always felt like the other hospital cared more about the quantity of patients they had, rather than the rate of success. My doctor felt really bad. She said that there was nothing in my file indicating that the transfer was difficult last time, so she didn't test my uterus for blockage before I started my IVF treatment. It certainly was not my doctor's fault. I am so mad about the year I lost with the other hospital, with a team of doctors that are obviously incompetent and simply don't care. I shudder to think what if I had not changed hospitals, did 4 IVF cycles with them, all failing, thinking I was not capable of getting pregnant, but it was actually due to the fact that they misplaced the embryo each time. Really scary! My husband and I believe that the other hospital operates more like a business, motivated by money. The more clients they can pass through, as quickly as possible, the more money they get. They could care less if their patients get pregnant or not. Really sad and pathetic.
I'm to have an ultrasound in about 2 weeks. She's going to figure out what is blocking my uterus and take it from there. Although I have to wait again, at least I'm in very capable hands and I have 5 embryos waiting for me. Now it's just the waiting game, which I'm an expert at, unfortunately.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Usually transfers can take place 48 hours, 72 hours or 5 days after retrieval. The doctor has suggested we wait out the 5 days, so that they can see how the embryos develop and choose the best one or two for transfer. I totally agree and have read many articles that a 5 day transfer has more of a success rate. The downside is that the embryos may not survive the 5 days, but I'm going to stay hopeful.
Tonight, we are going out for dinner to celebrate our 5 embryos! We'll have champagne and Thai food!
To be continued...
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
We hit first base today, successfully. First base in my world consists of a lot of paperwork (photocopying our ID, marriage certificate, signing consent forms, etc.)and getting various tests done. Our paperwork with the new doctor is now in order. Results are in and the Cat Man's sperm is normal (yippee, at least one of us is) and my blood tests are fine so our new doctor has given us the green light for our 3rd IVF cycle, starting on the 3 March. Unfortunately, I still have the pesky cyst on my right ovary (25mm).
Second base starts on 3 March with a lot of meds, injections, bloating,etc.
Third base is retrieval and transfer. Retrieval will be around the 21 March and transfer to be around the 25 March.
Home run is if we get that big fat positive!
I am running the bases full speed ahead. That pesky cyst better not get in my way or I will run it down! I've also got a great team to support me (hubby, doctors, nurses, even the government who is paying for most of this treatment and last but not least, my kitties who give me a lot of love and snuggles). I'm determined to make a baby, even if it involves different types of bases and a whole team of people to help us out. Can not make a baby the old fashioned way, but thank goodness there are alternatives for the fertility challenged.
Monday, January 31, 2011
While I was in Canada, a new IVF predict iphone app came out, which can apparently give you a "personalised prediction of your chance of success with IVF." I am a hopeful IVFer so I was curious and tried it out. I have a 15.7% chance of success!
OMG! Does this mean give up and forget about it or is there a glimmer of hope?
Is the glass half empty or half full? In my case, my glass is 84.3% empty! Well, no app is going to stop me from trying. For those fellow IVFers that are curious about this app it can be found at www.ivfpredit.com
In the meantime, I'm waiting for the 22 February to roll around so that I can start IVF cycle #3 with a hopeful and optimistic perspective.