Sunday, June 25, 2017

Round 2!

We went to RMA this morning for bloodwork and another ultrasound (cycle day 13). The girls stole the hearts of everyone (as usual)!

 

The doctor greeted the girls and addressed their matching outfits. It was cute. 

He said that Megan has a "magnificent lining." He quickly measured her follicles. I caught a glimpse of one, but he was very brief and didn't elaborate like other doctors. I think it said 21.5mm.

 

He told us that everything looks great and that he suspects tomorrow will be our next IUI. 

On the way out we checked the location of our sperm and stalked our favorite Doctor's schedule in hopes of coordinating the IUI. 

 

We just received the results from the bloodwork (estrogen 341, progesterone 1) We will have our second IUI for baby #3 tomorrow morning!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Next round

Today is Day 3 of Meg's cycle. We went in for bloodwork and an ultrasound. Everything looked great. Our next appointment is June 25 (Day 13) Stay tuned...

 

 

Monday, June 12, 2017

False Hopes

After testing negative on Day 11 and 12 we started to make peace with trying again in June. We even went so far as to say we wouldn't even test again (I thought we were out of tests when I suggested this) 

Yesterday (Day 13), Meg woke up at 4 am and peed on the last remaining stick in the house. The faintest blue line IMMEDIATELY appeared. 

We were both in shock. We laughed. We hugged. We went back to sleep.

Something told us that we needed to confirm what felt like a miracle, so we went to Target as soon as it opened. We came home and saw another negative. Part of me thought that Meg's pee was just too diluted (I swear she pees every hour!) but I started googling.

I looked up evaporation lines. We followed the instructions. We saw the line right away so we weren't outside of the timeframe. 

More googling...Walgreen Early Pregnancy Test (generic version compared to EPT with 99.9% accuracy) There were MANY negative reviews. Some that said the test registered false postive.

Meg took another pregnancy test this morning (First response) and it was negative. We were (and still are) extremely disappointed. I don't understand, but this morning's blood test just confirmed that this cycle did not work.

We have one more vial. We are waiting for Meg's period. We will go back to the doctor on Day 3 of her cycle.

Ugh.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

10 days later

Today marks 10 days post IUI. We tested positive on Day 10 with both Avery and Harper. Today we weren't as lucky.

It should have been the first day we tested, but Megan has gone through two boxes already. With 5 negative tests(4 of which were way too early) we are both extremely discouraged.

I set my alarm so I could wake up with her this morning. Turns out she woke up early. Megan didn't even leave the test out for me to see.

This was the precursor to a stupid fight. 

There is still time left, but mentally we are both preparing for another cycle. 

I hate this feeling.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Update

We spent the day at the beach on Saturday. The girls had a blast!! 

 
  

Meg was REALLY emotional. She cried several times-1. she couldn't reach the bar to hang the clothes in our new closet 2. She heard a sappy song and started sharing memories of when we first met (I'll give her this one!)

 

Sunday:
Meg took a pregnancy test on even though I told her it was way too early. It was negative.

Monday:

Meg had a doc appointment to check her progesterone. They called back around 2:30 in the afternoon and said that her progesterone was a 26.

An escaped convict caused all of the schools to close!  We spent the day cleaning and organizing. We even went to the mall for dinner! 

 

Tuesday:

We celebrated Avery's graduation from Pre-Kindergarten.

 
 
 

When did they get so big?!

Wednesday:

Megan took another test this morning (9 days post IUI)   It was negative. She's feeling discouraged, but it's still early. We tested positive on Day 10 with both girls.

The doctors have Meg's system down to a science, but in the event this works we will have had 3 successful IUI's in a row. Statistically, that's VERY unlikely!

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Heads up-good luck?!

I was on point with documenting our IUI, but moving monopolized our time and delayed my post...

Rewind to this rainy Memorial Day...our appointment was at 8:30. We arrived early and checked in. The girls ate breakfast and played on our phones. They called Meg back to verify the donor's number before they would thaw the sperm. We waited for what seemed like the longest 20 minutes EVER!

We had to verify the donor's number again while waiting in the room. The nurse told us that our vial had 100 million sperm with 40% motility (we had 60 million with 40% motility with Avery and 100 million with 30% motility with Harper) The nurse gave Meg a sheet and told her to hop onto the table.

While waiting for the doctor I maintained tradition and said, "This is it. Don't get scared now!" Meg laughed. 

The doctor walked in and had us state our donor's number one last time. She asked what we were up to. We told her we were moving and sure enough it was over.

We waited and relaxed for 15 minutes. I played with the doctor's headlamp. Avery yelled at me!!!

On the way out, Avery found a penny heads up! Fingers crossed!!!

Meg goes back into the doctor on June 5th to check her progesterone levels. The pregnancy test is scheduled for June 12th.

We will test at home on June 8th. That would be 10 days post IUI. We tested positive with both girls on Day 10.

The best part...pictures!!!!

 
    
 
    
 
  

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Where did the time go?!

Today was moving day...we were so busy that Meg had to go to the doctors by herself...

She was a good sport and took a selfie to document the appointment.
 

The visit went well. Her eggs grew bigger (21mm+) and her uterine lining was 10.7mm. The doc said she anticipated insemination tomorrow, but would confirm after she received the results from the bloodwork.

 

Turns out she was right. Tomorrow is the big day! 

We have been so preoccupied with packing and moving that this cycle flew by! I hope that the next 11 days do the same and end with another big fat positive! 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Getting close!

Harper is totally intrigued by this entire process. She must have remembered me taking pictures at the last appointment because today she asked to help (I've trained her well!) 

 
 

Today was the first time Dr. Castlebaum met Harper. Their interactions were cute. She couldn't stop staring at the monitor and he totally ate it up. 

He tried to engage Avery, but she was too preoccupied with YouTube kids. She's also going through this phase where she's easily creeped out. 

As far as the ultrasound went, everything looked great. Meg has two large follicles on her left side. The one measured 16mm.

 

We go back on Sunday. We could inseminate as early as Monday, but most likely it will be Tuesday or Wednesday! We are so close!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Here we go again...

I promised Megan that I would make a valiant effort to start blogging again...It's taken a while for us to get back to this point...Meg has wanted to try for a while. I don't know what held me back. I feel like it was a combination of Harper's allergies and the overall fear of disappointment from a failed IUI. 

Regardless, I'm happy to announce that Meg and I took the girls to RMA this morning. 

 

It was the strangest feeling! It felt like we never left, but it has been almost 4 years since we tried to conceive Harper!!!

They did bloodwork and an internal ultrasound. Everything looked great. Meg has 22 follicles. We go back next Friday!

Hard to believe that we could be adding another shadow!