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The Natural Waiting Game

We are now past the fertile period for this past cycle. I’m still trying to get used to the idea that my body figured out how to ovulate on its own. I am truly hoping that this is God’s way of letting us know that we are doing things His way and He is giving us His blessing to go ahead and have our own biological children. I make the distinction of biological because I was starting to think that maybe God wasn’t letting us get pregnant with the IUIs because He had other plans for us. Continue reading

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Almost Done With The Waiting

We are getting every closer to finding out if this cycle worked for us.

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All set for the IUI. Everything we need for it on the table.

We had 4 good follicles for the IUI and a 25 million count, so that is in our favor. A little less than a week from now we find out if we finally get a baby 🙂 Dr. Amols said that if the IUI doesn’t work this time it is likely there is something else going on preventing conception and we should do more tests. I started to wonder this cycle if it is possible my egg quality is crap since it takes so many more hormones to get my follicles fully mature, but the only way they have of looking at that is the blood test they did at the beginning and my age. Unfortunately our next step would be IVF or adoption, neither of which is really in our price range. We want to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this journey and hope we will have some good news to share in not too long.

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New Year, More Waiting

It’s been a while since I’ve given anyone an update on the whole fertility thing. I finished the medications for this cycle and had 4 good follicles, yay! The follicles were all growing a little slower than Dr. Amols would like so we did the injections for a little longer than last time and they were a good size when I did the trigger shot on Sunday. Our second IUI was yesterday which is awesome since our insurance changes next year because the company my husband works for bought another company and for some reason is switching everything over to the other company’s stuff including the benefits. The coverage should be about the same, but we don’t know for sure if they will cover all of the medications and everything else the same, so we are really hoping this cycle works out for us 🙂 My work is going to be super busy for the next month or so, but that can be a good thing since it will help me keep my mind off of the two week wait and stressing over whether the IUI worked or not. My sister posted a meme on Facebook a few weeks ago of women’s names who will get pregnant/have a baby in 2016 and my name was on it, so I’m hoping it is a sign that this will happen for us this year 🙂

We want to thank everyone for their continued prayers and for keeping me sane though this whole process and hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and has a happy New Year!

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Not the News You Are Looking For

The two week wait has come and gone and sadly the pregnancy test was negative. It was harder on me than I thought it would have been and I spent a good deal of the day moping and periodically crying. Church was hard because we weren’t telling anyone it was negative yet and so I wasn’t able to get any support. A good friend of mine came over and we talked and she got me into a positive mood and ready mentally for the next cycle. We have now had some time to get used to the negative test, and wanted to let people know before Christmas to avoid being a downer at the family gathering. The odds weren’t great for the first cycle as it was with only two mature follicles. It is not uncommon for the first cycle to fail as the doctors are still trying to figure out what combination of medications will work best for you. Continue reading

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The First IUI

We had our IUI today! It was a bit more painful than I had expected it to be, but we got it done. Dr. Amols is really good about taking your mind off of what is going on during the procedure. we also had an awesome sample to use. Dr. Amols said we needed 5 to 10 million sperm for good chances of pregnancy. Matthew must have heard 5 times 10 because we got 50 million sperm to use for the IUI. This is great because with only 2 follicles we need all of the help we can get and more sperm means higher chances of success. Continue reading