Our miracle RAINBOW BABY BOY arrived 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 without 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, October 7, 2016

Egg Retrieval and IVF Update

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Last week, my scans were showing 11 follicles. I went in for egg retrieval on Wednesday morning 10/5 and was a bit disappointed to be told as soon as I came out of anesthesia that they had retrieved 8. 

Yesterday, we anxiously waited all day for an update on those 8. At the end of the day, I was sent this email:
Out of 8 eggs, 7 were mature and 5 fertilized. Please be in Newport office suite 130 on 10/8/2016 at 10amDr. Frederick will review/update then and possibly do the transfer.
My heart sank. Five? What happened to the others? Perhaps they weren't normal, as egg quality is an issue for me. They certainly would have fertilized if they had the capability, because they used ICSI.

For our first IVF, 7 were retrieved and we had 3 on day 3.
For our second IVF, 10 were retrieved. Of those, 8 were mature and all fertilized. Yet still, on day 3 we only had 2 that were normal. The other six had two polar bodies or were not dividing/replicating. Two, from 8. That means that 5 could give us...none.

But we just need one good embryo.

And so, we wait. Our little embies will not be checked on today. We will not know until our appointment tomorrow if we have any. Yes, there is a very real possibility that we will not have any. Many people have left encouraging comments on my instagram and had several embryos with similar numbers. But my history has me nervous. 

But as worried as I am, I am also an eternal optimist. Already seaching Pinterest for pregnancy announcements that include the big sister.


  1. I am so eager for you! You both are wonderful parents...Autumn is extremely blessed. :) -Kj