Our TTC Journey

This is our journey so far....it's not as much as some have gone through, but it is our own personal hell, and, well, it is what it is. The actual story is below the timeline. 

05/2008: begin trying to get pregnant

09/11/2009: first Fertility Clinic appointment

09/18/2009: find out hubby has no swimmers

09/25/2009: 2nd sperm analysis - same results

12/17/2009: Klinefelter Syndrome diagnosis

01/2010: meet to discuss sperm donation

02/11/2010: Day 21 bloodwork shows no ovulation

02/18/2010: Day 21 bloodwork repeat - successful ovulation

03/9/2010: HSG - my tubes are blocked - completely

04/1/2010: donor embryo and IVF consultation and start counseling

04/27/10: Saline Sonogram - my ute is good to go!

5/28/10: Start BCP

7/9/10: Start Lupron

7/20/10: Start Stims

7/31/10: ER

8/5/10: ET

8/14/10: Beta #1 = 149!!!!!

8/16/10: Beta #2 = 336

8/23/10: 1st u/s shows 1 healthy yolk and gestational sac!

1/21/11: 1 day shy of entering 3rd trimester, I began having regular contractions.  Admitted for preterm labor and incompetent cervix.  Begin (temporary??) bedrest.

In May of 2008, Hubby and I began trying to get pregnant. Thus followed several months of enthusiastic trying.  We were also planning our wedding at the time, and had Hubby's back surgery looming shortly thereafter. Mid-summer I began charting my temperature - pain in the ass. So then we were on a calendar of sorts, when to try, hoping that his back would cooperate. Each month gave us disappointment with the arrival of my period. Still early in the game though, so no biggie. Wedding, surgery - followed by 2 months of hiatus while Hubby healed. Back to trying early 2009. Keeping track of my cycle, hearing endless news of others becoming pregnant, mostly unplanned. Trips through the baby departments looking longingly at cribs, bibs, clothing....

Summer 2009 began the real frustration. The hoping and counting of days and eventual disappointment of the arrival of my period. By that time it had begun to make me cry. News of others' pregnancies would send me into fits of crying. Enter friends with endless advice, and finally, a referral to a fertility clinic, 
RMA of PA and our first appointment, a very overwhelming day. We went in saying we just wanted to know if we could or not...and if not, well, then that's how it had to be. 1 week later the devastating news that the problem most likely lay with Hubby. Guilt, depression, break downs. Retesting, and 3 months of waiting and attending urologist appointments 2 hours away from home. December 2009, a week before Christmas, brought the diagnosis of Klinefelter Syndrome. We could put him on horomone therapy and have him undergo surgery to search for any possible sperm....25% chance success rate. No thanks. Then began the joys of Testosterone Gel for hubby, something that is supposed to be temporary - we are still in the process of getting him on long-term medication - the daily reminder pretty much sucks.

Late January we decide to try sperm donation. So, more bloodwork for me over the next month, shopping for sperm and more time sticking pillows under my shirt to see me pregnant. In this time, 2 more announcements of pregnancies, including one by my sister. Who is younger. And better off financially. That didn't go so well. We moved into a house (rented) and now at least have the room for a child, and are feeling positive. How could there also be something wrong with me? HA! We were told that an 
HSG was not totally necessary because realistically, I am unproven. However, given the costs of sperm, we decide better safe than sorry. March 9, 2010 I go in for the test....and it turns out my tubes are blocked. WHAT???? At this point I am a total basketcase.

Flash forward to August 2010 - we are pregnant!!!