TTC 6+ Months--April

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TTC 6+ Months--April
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Thu, 04-01-2010 - 5:07pm
Hoping April showers will bring some BFP's!!!

Andrea & Tom ~ TTC #1





Andi ~ TTC #1





Leila & Gerardo ~ TTC #1





Lisa & Blake ~ TTC #1





Jenni & David ~ TTC #1





Katie & Stanton ~ TTC #1





Missy ~ TTC #1





Cortney & Matt ~ TTC #1





Ruth & Bijon ~ TTC #1





Emily & Paul ~ TTC #1





Alison & Fred ~ TTC #1


Emmy & Brian~ TTC #1


~~Pregnant in April~~


Adrienne & James ~ TTC #1





**Let me know if your info needs updating or if I missed anybody**






Edited 4/1/2010 8:46 pm ET by nitecort74

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Thu, 04-01-2010 - 5:14pm

So it just occurred to me that it's a new month and time to start a new thread. I've been sitting at my stinking computer all day, so you would think I would have noticed earlier.

Adrienne--I hope you don't mind that I included you on the front page again this month. While I know you have moved on to pg-land, I would miss you too much if you didn't come and visit us here. You could pop out six kids and I would still feel like you're "one of us". ;)




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Thu, 04-01-2010 - 5:27pm

"You could pop out six kids and I would still feel like you're "one of us". ;)"

LOL!! Thanks Cort, I definitely feel the same way!

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Thu, 04-01-2010 - 5:48pm

I'm hopping over to this group, so if you can will you add me to the front page?

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Thu, 04-01-2010 - 8:24pm

Thanks Cort, for getting us set up!

I've got a topic of discussion to get the ball rolling while it's fresh on my mind:

My little sister just posted a picture on FB of her 3rd tattoo she just got done. All her tattoos are very big flowery symbols with a Bible verse or religious statement. (I mean her last one was HUGE, covering her back). I personally am not a fan of "wordy" tattoos. I like "symbolic" tattoos, something original that has a unique meaning to the person wearing it, but not something that needs to be "showy" if that makes any sense. A couple years ago I was really thinking of getting a tattoo on my calf, and was actually shopping around. But then I decided not to because I didn't want to permanently ink something that didn't really have a deep meaning to me.
Well now recently, my mom and I were having a conversation about tattoos (probably started from her talking about my sis) and I said if I were to ever get a tattoo, it would be on my calf, and I think I would get something symbolic of our infertility journey, like a pomegranate or something similar to the "common thread" symbol. And my mom says "But YOU don't have infertility, do you?"

So here's the topic: Have any of you ladies ever considered getting a tattoo that symbolized your TTC/infertility journey? If so, what symbols and/or words would it have? And to those dealing with male-factor, do you think it is "inappropriate" for the "fertile" one of the couple to wear an infertility symbol (not just as tattoos)? The way I see it, if I said "I do", then I mean it, and that means his struggle is our struggle together, just like the husband would be struggling with his wife if she was the one with infertility.

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Thu, 04-01-2010 - 8:44pm

Ruth I totally agree--if one person in the couple is infertile, then the couple is infertile, IMO. I can see why you would want one to symbolize your(<--plural) infertility.

I have never considered getting ANY tattoo but I generally admire the tattoos of others that capture a defining struggle or aspect of where they are in their lives. A friend explained to me that he liked tattoos like that because even if he changed and it wasn't "him" anymore, it was something that helped to make him into the person he was--he said something like that will never "get old". I thought that was very wise and he convinced me of the value of tattoos, LOL.

With this said, I think this IF journey has been one of the most defining aspects of my life, and definitely "tattoo-worthy", if I were a tattooing kind of person.

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Thu, 04-01-2010 - 10:19pm

Cortney - thanks for setting up the thread for us!!

Andrea - welcome!! I'm glad you decided to hop over here (although I hope your stay is short and sweet) :) How are you healing? You might have answered this on your other thread, but how soon can you go ahead and try (next cycle?) after your surgery?

Ruth - this is such an interesting topic, and has come up a lot for me lately. I'm very open about our struggle to get PG with friends and even some coworkers. Most people who knew we'd been trying also knew that we were undergoing testing to determine what was "wrong" with us. After we found out that the only issue we have is DH's sperm motility, DH and I both decided that any questions we got from people would be answered by a general statement that the testing revealed some issues which would probably make it difficult for us to get pregnant on our own, but that it should be possible with IUI. So that's what I told people... and I was SHOCKED at how almost every person asked "well, was it him or you?" And I would either say "it's us" or "does it really matter?" (which is a line I think I got from a story of Emmy's (was it you Emmy, or Jenni??). I was just really surprised that people separated the fertility into individual issues... when I see it as a couple's issue. Oh, I just reread your question and realized it was more specific to fertility symbols/tattoos... my answer to that would be that I definitely think that, since it's a shared struggle/journey, the tattoo seems appropriate for either person in the couple. I used to consider getting a tattoo... it's not entirely out of the realm of possibility, but I would really need to put a lot of thought into the symbolism of it and come up with something very unique to me.

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Thu, 04-01-2010 - 10:34pm

Thanks for setting up the thread, Cort. Sorry this cycle was a bust, but I hope the next one is it for you. Your LA trip sounds great! Let me know if you want/need any LA things to see/etc, as I've lived here all my life!

Ruth, I totally think that it is 'our' infertility, not DH's. (Though I am getting more and more convinced that it is me too) I'm not really one for tattoos, but I think that something that symbolizes this journey wouldn't be bad. I also like the idea of the calf. For me, though, I wouldn't want to explain it to every random person that asks- but that is just me.

Andi, I can't believe how people think it is okay to ask those questions! I think I did mention talking about that we needed extra help, but not mentioning what, but it's hard to keep track of.

Andrea, sorry you have to be here, but glad that the surgery went well. I hope your stay is nice and short!

I really need to get my BCP prescription filled. I plan on starting after I get AF, since my cycles are sort of unpredictable (not as much as some, but 22-32 day variance) and I really want my timing to be set. It's so crazy to me how fast this is coming up. I am excited and terrified at the same time. I am so afraid of failure, and this would hurt so much more than any other BFN I've gotten. But, it will really be my first chance of getting a BFP, which is sort of exciting! Hope that makes sense!







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Fri, 04-02-2010 - 12:14pm
Emmy, I can understand that you must be feeling the excitement and nervousness all over again like it's the first cycle you are trying again. I think it is probably smart to come to grips that it might not work the FIRST time, but that doesn't mean it won't work. I have heard of plenty of people getting a sticky bean after the 2nd or 3rd IVF.


HOWEVER, I REALLY REALLY hope that it does work for you on the very first try. Will you be taking Clomid--what is the exact procedure (if you know yet?). And June is the most perfect month to get PG--especially for us teachers. I will have everything crossed for you down to my cats toes. (((HUGS)))
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Fri, 04-02-2010 - 1:02pm

Right now, we only plan on doing one fresh cycle. (financial and sperm reasons) If it doesn't work, hopefully we'll have frozen embryos to use for FET.

The BCP will quiet my ovaries. Then, I'll start stims on day 3- probably gonal-F or another FSH injectable (follitism, menopur, etc). I wouldn't get nearly enough follicles on clomid. Then, I'll add an antagonist (cetrotide or ganilerex) to my shots around the 6th day of stimming (when my follicles are 12-13mm) to prevent an LH surge. Hopefully I'll stop stims on day 12, shoot myself up with HSG, go in for my egg retrieval 36 hours later where they'll hopefully pull out 15 mature eggs!

I'm REALLY looking forward to all of the injections. That is one of the scariest parts for me.

If they don't find any sperm in DH and we go through all of our embryos with donor sperm without success, then I'm hoping DH will be up for dIUI or we'll be at the end of the road. sigh.







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Fri, 04-02-2010 - 1:05pm

But if you get 15 embryos from one "fresh cycle", that is potentially like 2-3 "tries" in terms of cycles, right? Like you wouldn't transfer all 15 in one go?

That is crazy all the meds you'll be on but hey it's totally worth it at this point, right?

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