Our miracle RAINBOW BABY BOY is on the way! Due 8/2018

1st IVF = BFN
2nd IVF = Baby A, born May 2015
3rd IVF = Miscarriage at 14 weeks
4th IVF = BFN
After we paid for 5th IVF, positive pregnancy w/o IVF!

Because the important moments in life just don’t fit in a status update! I started this blog when I was training for my first ½ Ironman, (70.3 miles) to record what I hoped would be growth and progress but ended up being a huge learning experience. Although fitness is one of the key ingredients to a happy life, it certainly isn't the only ingredient. My blog has evolved to document growth, progress and setbacks in other areas too. From my surprise proposal in Rome and wedding in the fall of 2013, to Mom's devastating stage IV cancer diagnosis and death 2 weeks after I found out I was pregnant. Who knows what shape it will take, but thanks for being along for the ride.

Friday, June 9, 2017

IVF #4 Update

I started my injections four days ago. Each night, I inject 375 IU of Gonal F and 75 IU of Menopur. Other than that, I am taking a baby asprin, prenatals, COQ10 and DHEA each day.

This morning, I had my first scan to see how many eggs I have. Before my appointment, I was really nervous. We've never had great numbers, but it's been 3 years since my first IVF, and I was really worried that they would be even lower.

First, she scanned my right side. When she said there were 3 follicles, my heart dropped. But I was so relieved to find out that my left side made up for it with SEVEN, for a total of 10 follicles. I breathed a huge sigh of relief and texted my husband. Only about 1 in 7 of my eggs are normal, so we need this number! I'm especially surprised because for our second IVF (which resulted in Baby A!) I only had 8 follicles on day five! That's two whole more, years later!

Ten follicles on day 5.
I'll stay on the same medication for 6 more nights. On Sunday, I add a Centrotide injection every morning for 4 days to prevent ovulation, and then I'll give myself an Ovridel injection 24 hours before egg retrieval which is set for one week from today!


  1. This is a great number!! Can't wait to hear how it goes.

    1. Thank you Amie! I can't help but be excited. But, I'm also reminding myself we have a 10% chance of it working...and am making plans for the week I find out it didn't.

  2. Yay! I think you'll be so glad you did this, either way, so you can always know you did everything you could. You guys rock at parenting, by the way. Love, Kj

    1. That is very sweet - thank you for your continued support Kj! xoxo

  3. AHHHHHH This is so exciting! 10 FOLLICLES--- what an accomplishment. I can't wait to see where this treatment cycle takes you. Sending positive vibes and keeping you in my prayers. This infertility journey is far from easy, but, from the brief time I've spent on your site, I can see you're a fighter. You've been through a lot over the years (especially with your moms illness). You've got this IVF Cycle. Fingers crossed.

  4. Wow! that sounds so complicated and I'm amazed that you can just roll out this out here for everyone. I'm sure you're encouragement to others who are going thru this! You've got this lady!

  5. Way to go! You'll get the desires of your heart!

    Pammy - joyfulsource.com