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I'm new...is anyone here?

Good evening,

I was going to introduce myself, but it appears that this board may be inactive. Does anyone still participate here? I've done some lurking in recent weeks and I think I saw something about another board or group..? I'd really like to find a supportive group (to whom I may also offer support!) as my wife and I prepare to have a baby. Thanks, and good luck to anyone who's around!
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  • vnegron87vnegron87 member
    edited December 2015
    @L&V2016 Hi! I started lurking a couple of months ago but it seems that something might have come up amongst the ladies before i found this place and mainly everyone is gone. I check in everysooften to see if any one is around that may want and need support.

    My wife and I have been ttc since August. Doing IUIs tomorrow and Thursday. I have PCOS so I've also been on the infertility board, but I'm not sure if you are still trying or have already conceived (in which case the infertility board my not be a great option). Maybe we can just start this board up again. :-)

    Either way, i wish you and your wife the best during your journey!
    ME: 28  Wife: 28
    Together since June 2005 - Married May 2015 - TTC since July 2015
    Dx: PCOS and Donor Sperm

    **Trigger Warning**
    08/2015 at home IUI = BFN
    IUI #1 - 11/2015 - 50MG Clomid + 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #2 - 12/2015 - 100MG Clomid + 150MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFP (Miscarried @ 13w3d)
    IUI #3 - 07/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #4 - 08/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = ???

  • Hi! Not really anyone else here. I am in the infertility board as well bc we are doing ivf.
    Good luck!!

    RE DX for me: Anovulatory cycles/Mild PCOS  RE DX for DW: Endometrioma on left Ovary.
    Reciprocal Ivf Feb 2016. DW eggs and I am carrying. EDD: 10/27/16

    Pregnancy Ticker
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  • @vnegron87 Thanks for the reply! Too bad so many people left - because my wife and I are keeping this process to ourselves, I'm looking for another outlet to share this experience with besides her!

    Tuesday was our first appointment with the fertility specialist. She plans to carry (as long as everything goes well), so she had some prenatal blood tests and an ultrasound to ensure everything looks good for baby-making and cooking. :smile: We really don't have any reason to believe she would have any difficulty except for the fact that she recently turned 36. So, I have been lurking on the TTC Over 35 board, too.

    You said you and your wife have been trying since August? How did your IUI go today? I'm crossing my fingers for you that this is your month! I do have some other questions about your experience and the process in general, but I don't want to be too forward, so I'll wait to see your response.

    Take care!

    vnegron87
  • @twomommiestobe Thank you! Good luck with IVF. I know it can be really successful - I have a beautiful niece arriving on 12/28, and she was conceived via IVF. I hope it works out for you just as well. :smile:
  • @L&V2016 its is sad that they left, but I'm here and willing to talk and support as best I can. We've also been keeping our journey private and i truly cherish these boards because the ladies here have shown an outstanding amount of compassion and support.

    I'm not sure what issues other than AMH levels there may be just based on age. Hopefully she has a good egg reserve and you guys can continue forward without any major issues. Are you shooting for IUI first or going straight to IVF?

    My IUI went great, some major cramping
    Later on in the day that i suspect was ovulation pain. Please feel free to ask, i know how much it helped me back in August (and i still continue to learn everyday).
    ME: 28  Wife: 28
    Together since June 2005 - Married May 2015 - TTC since July 2015
    Dx: PCOS and Donor Sperm

    **Trigger Warning**
    08/2015 at home IUI = BFN
    IUI #1 - 11/2015 - 50MG Clomid + 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #2 - 12/2015 - 100MG Clomid + 150MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFP (Miscarried @ 13w3d)
    IUI #3 - 07/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #4 - 08/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = ???

  • Thanks, @venegron87 I appreciate it! Have you and your wife been trying each month since August? I imagine it must be frustrating if it has not yet worked for you. I don't know much about PCOS - how does that affect your chances? Do either of you have any children already? Hold old are you both? Are you using an anonymous or a known donor? Sorry, haha, I told you I had questions! To be honest, most of our friends are straight, and those who have kids were lucky enough not to need help conceiving.

    Our plan is to try via IUI. Have you been using medication for it? Our plan is you start next month without any medication, and the doctor said that if we're unsuccessful after three tries, we may look into medication.

    Thanks in advance for answering my questions. I know everybody is different, but I do find it interesting to learn about others' journeys. I hope you're no longer cramping and that this is the one that works for you. What an amazing new year it would be for you! :smile:
    vnegron87
  • @L&V2016 lol

    Here's our history. DW and I are both 28. For the past couple of years I've been working on getting my cycles in order. PCOS results in hormonal imbalances. It is more specifically diagnosed with lack of menstral cycles (i would get my period once or twice a year....sounds amazing at first, but it really kicked my butt causing a lot of depression) and having multiple cysts on the ovaries that resemble a pearl necklace (among other things). With regards to fertility, i have a high ovarian reserve but because my hormones are so wacky, the follicles either take forever or never actually do mature, so I rarely ovulate on my own. The RE has me on medication that increases estrogen to mature the follocles and then a trigger shot that basically makes my body ovulate, and helps with timing of IUIs.

    Back in August we tried to do an IUi at home. However, even though we thought we had done a ton of research, we still didn't really understand how it all works. OPKs aren't too reliable for women with PCOS (can give false positives) so that cycle ended up being very poorly timed. I didn't O until 1.5 weeks after the IUI...wish we would've known then what we know now lol.

    Jump to the next cycle, we had to wait on Sept. B/c i had my first meet with the RE and we wanted to make sure everything was in working order. Had HSG, b/w and u/s done. Also had chicken pox booster (since apparently i wasn't immune). So we skipped that month. Had a medicated cycle Oct-Nov and had first well timed IUI in Nov, BFN for that one. This month is our "second" IUI and are currently in the TWW. Cramping has gone away, have a little nausea and twinges here and there but not feeling too unnormal now.

    We decided to go with an anonymous donor from a bank. Didn't really have any family or friends that either weren't in relationships, or would be mature enough for us to trust that he wouldn't try pulling "well that's my kid too" down the line. The vials are adding up but hopefully we wont have to go through too many tries before being successful :-) This would be our first child. Hopefully down the line for the second we'd like to try IVF with her eggs and I carry her child.

    Are you seeing an RE or OB/GYN? My recommendation, if your insurance covers it or you can afford it, is to see an RE since this is there specialty, or at least when you are ready to start with meds because they will monitor her very closely to make sure she is responding to the meds and make timing IUIs ideal. OBs don't usually monitor as well as REs do. Also, just make sure that you find out where her AMH levels are (ovarian reserve) since she is 36. AMH levels drop drastically year by year after a certain age and I would hate for you guys to try a couple of months without meds or close monitoring if she has a low reserve. I also recommend reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni W (something...can't remember her last name). I was so suprised to learn how much i didn't know on just my own reproductive system and menstral cycles.

    Sorry for such a long post. :-)
    ME: 28  Wife: 28
    Together since June 2005 - Married May 2015 - TTC since July 2015
    Dx: PCOS and Donor Sperm

    **Trigger Warning**
    08/2015 at home IUI = BFN
    IUI #1 - 11/2015 - 50MG Clomid + 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #2 - 12/2015 - 100MG Clomid + 150MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFP (Miscarried @ 13w3d)
    IUI #3 - 07/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #4 - 08/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = ???

    retropetro
  • Do you guys have a donor picked out?
    ME: 28  Wife: 28
    Together since June 2005 - Married May 2015 - TTC since July 2015
    Dx: PCOS and Donor Sperm

    **Trigger Warning**
    08/2015 at home IUI = BFN
    IUI #1 - 11/2015 - 50MG Clomid + 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #2 - 12/2015 - 100MG Clomid + 150MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFP (Miscarried @ 13w3d)
    IUI #3 - 07/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #4 - 08/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = ???

  • Thanks so much for sharing. Sounds like you and your wife have been through a lot so far. I'm sorry that PCOS has made things so difficult for you.

    I'm thinking I should definitely read the book you suggested since the female reproductive system is proving to be more complicated than I had originally thought. :neutral:

    My wife has not had the X-ray, and I'm unsure if the prenatal testing last week included AMH levels. I guess I thought I was more informed than I am...

    The good news is that we are working with an RE. Bad news is that while insurance pays for most of the fertility testing, we live in a State that does not cover treatment.

    Like you, we are going through a bank for our donor. We're currently sperm shopping, and it's so weird - it feels a little like how I think online dating would be.

    Anyhow, no worries about the long post. I appreciate your openness and advice. It is nice to talk with someone who's going through a similar process. Hopefully not too much longer for you, though! :smiley:
    vnegron87retropetro
  • We went the route of using a known donor and trying at home. It was unsuccessful bc I am "borderline pcos" according to my RE. I do not ovulate and also have really long cycles.
    I am really glad it didn't work, bc it really isn't the "fairy tale" knowing who the donor is. (I can go into that more later lol). We will only buy sperm from now on!
    I am 32 and the RE suggested we skip iui at my age and with pcos. The risk of overstimulation and possibly multiple babies is very high. (Think: quadruplets and having to do a reduction surgery, no way!)
    We decided we would pursue ivf. With the cost of donor sperm and iui, it seemed financially more feasible for us to just do one try at ivf. The success rate of iui is still only about 20% and we were so scared we would do iui a few times then still need ivf.
    Also, we decided since we were doing ivf that I could carry DW eggs! We have done all the testing, I did my mock cycle, and we are waiting until Jan 8 to find out our protocol and the next steps!
    No matter how you try, do what is best for you and YW. We all have different reasons why we choose how we try. Good luck! You can ask all the questions you need. Looks like between the two of us, we can tell you about at home, iui, or ivf!

    RE DX for me: Anovulatory cycles/Mild PCOS  RE DX for DW: Endometrioma on left Ovary.
    Reciprocal Ivf Feb 2016. DW eggs and I am carrying. EDD: 10/27/16

    Pregnancy Ticker
    vnegron87
  • Noellee2005Noellee2005 member
    edited December 2015
    Thanks for sharing, @twomommiestobe , I appreciate hearing about others' paths to parenthood.

    In the last several weeks, I've been lurking this board and others, and I see that PCOS is much more common than I thought it was. How discouraging, particularly for women in same-sex relationships, to have this added barrier to starting a family.

    Now that you've decided to do IVF though, you must be excited to begin the process! Especially carrying your DW's eggs. That will be so special! Definitely crossing my fingers for you to get good news on Jan. 8th for your next steps! My wife and I actually had an extra surge of baby love today as my SIL gave birth to our first niece. Baby Caitlin was conceived via IVF during BIL's and SIL's first try. I hope that is what happens for you!

    Since our consultation, my wife has ovulated (thankfully, her cycle is like clockwork) and we selected our donor (what an interesting/funny experience!) so we expect to try our first IUI in mid-to-late January.

    Because we're in the beginning stages of the process, I'm still feeling pretty naive about everything. However, I'm starting to realize how much we actually have going against us. While we are not facing PCOS, we are dealing with frozen sperm and my wife's age (36). I'm trying not to let myself get too excited, but I'd like to remain cautiously optimistic until we don't have a reason to be. No doubt that first TWW will be full of supercharged emotions.

    *Edited because I accidentally posted before finishing
    vnegron87
  • I've been lurking around here for a long time too. It's so interesting to hear the stories of other ladycouples on this confusing, exciting, and worrisome journey! Especially interesting to hear where everyone is at during the differing phases of the process. I figure now is a good time for me to jump in since we had our 3rd unsuccessful IUI and our doctor suggests shifting our plan to IVF instead. DW will be carrying, as she is turning 35 in February. Financially, this one was a hard blow, but somehow we're making it work. She too has PCOS (as do I), so for now the doctor has her on birth control and Metformin to help the eggs mature well and at the same time. We've been using the same donor for the first three IUIs with no success - we really liked everything about him from his CA Cryobank profile, but we're going to switch it up this time, so starting over with that process too. Trying to keep her spirits up through the exhausting emotional and physical pieces of everything. @twomommiestobe, at this point I'm wishing we had made that leap to IVF (getting lots of 'I told you so's from DW now ;) she's the impatient one...) right away too, hindsight and all that.
    Well wishes to all!
    twomommiestobeNoellee2005retropetro
  • Hi first time on this board. Im from D15. My wife and I just had our baby boy a month ago. Good luck on your journey! Willing to participate if this board is still active.
    Noellee2005
  • @L&V2016 just wanted to update you in case you were curious, I got a BFP on NYE and today's beta was 700.  I was so scared using frozen sperm and my PCOS that it was never going to happen, but here we are...we're both still in disbelief.
    ME: 28  Wife: 28
    Together since June 2005 - Married May 2015 - TTC since July 2015
    Dx: PCOS and Donor Sperm

    **Trigger Warning**
    08/2015 at home IUI = BFN
    IUI #1 - 11/2015 - 50MG Clomid + 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #2 - 12/2015 - 100MG Clomid + 150MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFP (Miscarried @ 13w3d)
    IUI #3 - 07/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #4 - 08/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = ???

    twomommiestobeNoellee2005retropetro
  • @venegron87 Congratulations! I am so thrilled for you and your wife!!! I'm smiling by myself right now like such a dork, but I've been thinking of you and have been wondering about your results (holiday plans kept me away from social media for some time).

    How are you feeling!? Did you take your test before your TWW was up? Did you have any symptoms beforehand? What a fantastic start to your new year, and I hope you continue to keep us posted on your journey!!! :smiley:
    retropetro
  • @Blakelya Welcome, I'm so glad this board seems to be getting more active! Sorry to hear you and your wife have had such a difficult time TTC. Do you know how long it'll be before you'll begin with the IVF?

    Similarly, my wife and I are in our mid-thirties, and so we're well aware that age isn't on our side. We will try IUI in a couple of weeks (today is my wife's CD 1), but I'm not discouraged yet, because we haven't faced a lot of the challenges others have already as this will be our first attempt.

    @angelicac06 Congratulations on your baby boy! It looks like the board is picking up a little bit. I'd love to hear about your journey to parenthood!
  • @L&V2016 thank you so much for your kind words :-D  I waited the full two weeks (My wife is a stickler and didn't want me to ginx it by doing it earlier)...so at 12:45AM on the 14th day I POAS, I could not wait any longer.  My wife is an avid gamer and was playing Call of Duty when I took the test.  I went to her with it (was a faint line) and she just looked at me and said "what does that mean?" lol.  So distracted she didn't even realize that we were finally pregnant.  

    I've been SUPER exhausted.  I had fatigue, minor cramping and pulling sensations (that I thought could have been PMS) and sore boobs (which also thought was PMS).  BIG TRIGGER was the fatigue.  I couldn't manage to feel well rested even after a long nights sleep.  

    Second Beta came in at 1467, so I believe I'm 5 weeks today and seem to be progressing well, have my first ultrasound on Monday :-D

    Is your wife taking medication this round for the IUI or just monitoring at home with OPK?

    @angelicac06 congratulations on the birth of your new baby boy!  It's so great to have you here and look forward to hearing more about your experiences. 
    ME: 28  Wife: 28
    Together since June 2005 - Married May 2015 - TTC since July 2015
    Dx: PCOS and Donor Sperm

    **Trigger Warning**
    08/2015 at home IUI = BFN
    IUI #1 - 11/2015 - 50MG Clomid + 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #2 - 12/2015 - 100MG Clomid + 150MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFP (Miscarried @ 13w3d)
    IUI #3 - 07/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #4 - 08/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = ???

    twomommiestobeNoellee2005retropetro
  • @blakelya wishing you and your wife a ton of success with the IVF cycle.  Conceiving is hard enough without including IF.  Fortunately though, women with PCOS have a high success rate with treatment.  I'm sorry you've already gone through 3 cycles, but hopefully this next one will be it.  
    ME: 28  Wife: 28
    Together since June 2005 - Married May 2015 - TTC since July 2015
    Dx: PCOS and Donor Sperm

    **Trigger Warning**
    08/2015 at home IUI = BFN
    IUI #1 - 11/2015 - 50MG Clomid + 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #2 - 12/2015 - 100MG Clomid + 150MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFP (Miscarried @ 13w3d)
    IUI #3 - 07/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #4 - 08/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = ???

    Noellee2005retropetro
  • Hello. I was here before everyone else left (for the site that shall not be named) then went on hiatus with a new babe. It is a shame that this board has been idling for so long. When I was pg, it was a great resource. If we can get the numbers going again, maybe we can re-establish.
    How does everyone feel about re-starting the weekly checkins (seperate pregnacy/ttc/parenting threads)?
    vnegron87twomommiestobeNoellee2005retropetro
  • vnegron87 said:

    @L&V2016 thank you so much for your kind words :-D  I waited the full two weeks (My wife is a stickler and didn't want me to ginx it by doing it earlier)...so at 12:45AM on the 14th day I POAS, I could not wait any longer.  My wife is an avid gamer and was playing Call of Duty when I took the test.  I went to her with it (was a faint line) and she just looked at me and said "what does that mean?" lol.  So distracted she didn't even realize that we were finally pregnant.  

    I've been SUPER exhausted.  I had fatigue, minor cramping and pulling sensations (that I thought could have been PMS) and sore boobs (which also thought was PMS).  BIG TRIGGER was the fatigue.  I couldn't manage to feel well rested even after a long nights sleep.  

    Second Beta came in at 1467, so I believe I'm 5 weeks today and seem to be progressing well, have my first ultrasound on Monday :-D

    Is your wife taking medication this round for the IUI or just monitoring at home with OPK?

    @angelicac06 congratulations on the birth of your new baby boy!  It's so great to have you here and look forward to hearing more about your experiences. 

    @vnegron87 thank you! Likewise!
  • Hello. I was here before everyone else left (for the site that shall not be named) then went on hiatus with a new babe. It is a shame that this board has been idling for so long. When I was pg, it was a great resource. If we can get the numbers going again, maybe we can re-establish.
    How does everyone feel about re-starting the weekly checkins (seperate pregnacy/ttc/parenting threads)?

    Sounds good to me.
    vnegron87Noellee2005
  • Count me in too! Surely if we get some motion around here, there will be more participants? A bit of an "if you build it..." strategy?
    vnegron87twomommiestobeNoellee2005retropetro
  • @venegron87

    Hope you're feeling less tired than when you last checked in. Love your story about how you showed your wife - too funny! You really got to surprise her! When are you due?

    How long do you plan to wait before telling family and friends (if you haven't yet already)? Do you plan to find out the sex ahead of time? I know you had been trying for some time to get pregnant, so had you already purchased some baby stuff for your home?

    V should be ovulating late next week, so we'll be trying our first IUI. Lots of feelings about it - excited, scared, happy, apprehensive, cautious... It is unmedicated, so we'll see what happens. Fortunately, we're both quite busy at work right now, so that will at least distract during the weekdays of our TWW.

    One funny thing did happen this week, though. Our fertility clinic has several locations throughout our region and has relationships with certain cryobanks. We were informed that if we opted to use a donor from one of those banks, we would not have to pay shipping/handling, because one of the doctors is kind enough to transport donor sperm each month when he travels the from the main clinic to our location. We knew that his next visit would be this past Tuesday, the 12th, barring any inclement weather, of course. So, last weekend, I was watching the weather like a crazy person, and OF COURSE, a nice snowstorm was predicted for our area. On Transport Day. We were lucky that the storm's timing did not affect the doctor's travels, and I am happy to say that our goodies are now in the same State with us...I know, because I called the next day to make sure. And, my wife has been making fun of me this week for being a protective "parent." :smile:
    vnegron87retropetro
  • @Twochickshavinachick think its a great idea and I agree with @Blakelya

    @L&V2016 ... not as tired anymore but not full of energy either.  Not complaining, we've struggled so much to get this far that I'm trying to really appreciate everything that goes into being a mom and having a child.  We're due 9/8/16....so far so good.  Haven't told anyone yet...(BTW that is also killing me because I just want to shout it to the world, but we are being cautious).  Had our first u/s this week and saw the gestational and yolk sac for a singleton (twins run in the family and I had 2 follicles this time around so we didn't know what to expect).  Tuesday we have another u/s and will hopefully, FX, see a heartbeat.  We will tell just our parents once we know if there's a heartbeat.  We'd like to wait until the end of the first trimester to tell everyone else (but we are also a Puerto Rican family so it's quite possible that once our parents find out...the entire family will know lol).  We haven't bought anything but we've been actively involved in many newborns that we have welcomed this year from friends and family and have gotten a pretty good idea at what we think we may need and/or want.  I think I want the sex to be a surprise...idk I might crack lol.

    This is so exciting, you first IUI round.  The story about the donor delivery is absolutely hysterical.  But honestly you really do have to double check the deliveries...my doctor's office said they hadn't received mine and the cryobank said they sent it and got confirmation of it's delivery...when all was said and done, it had been delivered but misfiled at the doctor's office.  Would have been terrible to show up for IUI and them tell me they didn't have any to use.   You're just making sure everything goes as it should...taking care of your children!

    Are you going to do back to back IUIs?  Any questions that you may have please feel free to ask.  It's normal to feel excited and nervous, this is a life changing experience.  FX that everything goes well and V ovulates and the IUI goes smoothly.  Keep me posted :-D
    ME: 28  Wife: 28
    Together since June 2005 - Married May 2015 - TTC since July 2015
    Dx: PCOS and Donor Sperm

    **Trigger Warning**
    08/2015 at home IUI = BFN
    IUI #1 - 11/2015 - 50MG Clomid + 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #2 - 12/2015 - 100MG Clomid + 150MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFP (Miscarried @ 13w3d)
    IUI #3 - 07/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #4 - 08/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = ???

    retropetro
  • @L&V2016 Goodluck on your wifes IUI next week. You never know I've heard of people having success right away! My wife and I went did two IUIs so I can relate to the experience. It's definitely an emotional rollercoaster. Before TTC, I rarely went to the doctors besides the yearly womens check up to avoid blood work since it seems all doctors want to order for anything, lol. I hated all the testing involved and DREADED the trigger shot( I was a HUGE baby about it.) Its what makes me think I couldn't do IVF unfortunately. Well keep us posted.

    @vnegron87 congrats on your BFP! I remember how amazing it feels! I was TTC around this time last year and the TWW is no joke! I cracked every time and would test 2 days early every time lol. Its also wonderful you get to see your baby from the get go! My first US was at 5 weeks so I also got to see just the sac at first. Heartbeat at 7 weeks...the most beautiful sound in the world. I'm looking forward hearing your journey. To be honest I'm a little envious. I LOVED being pregnant! I actually miss it A LOT. Enjoy every minute of it! :smile:

    @Blakelya our 4th cycle was the charm! Lol I obviously think its lucky. :smile:

    @twomommiestobe whats the story on the known donor that you passed on if you don't mind me asking? Sounds like you have a good story lol. My DW and I used a known donor and are so grateful and feel blessed to have him. Right now we're in the step parent adopting process for my wife and he is just the most accommodating person signing anything we need etc.
  • Hey, everyone, just checking in...

    V had her IUI today! Everything went smoothly, so we're feeling a lot of emotions today. Now, we wait. :neutral: February 4th cannot come quickly enough! Luckily, we have plans both weekends during our TWW and, of course, our work will keep us busy during the week, but I hate not knowing. I am not a patient person by nature (I know that will have to change once we do have a baby!), even though I know the initial BFP will not mean we're out of the woods yet.

    @venegron87 I hope you're continuing to feel not as tired. And, even if you are feeling crappy, I don't see any reason why you shouldn't complain. In fact, because of everything you've had to go through just to get to this point, you might even be even more deserving of the right to complain about pregnancy symptoms. :wink: How did your ultrasound go on Tuesday?

    As for our first round, we're not doing back-to-back (you mean more than one try in the same cycle, right?). I guess we're keeping things as simple as possible at the beginning (i.e. no PCOS history, so no triggers, medicines, etc.).

    As much as we love surprises, I think we, too, will find out the sex. Too difficult for me not to know something that can easily be found out, haha. But, we're pretty sure we'll keep the sex (and possible names) to ourselves so that we can avoid an overload of strictly blue or pink gifts until the baby's born. Then, I guess it's inevitable.

    @angelicac06 I imagine it must have been a huge adjustment from never really seeking medical attention to being on a first-name basis with your RE staff!

    From what I gather, it sounds as if you conceived via IVF? It's wonderful that you enjoyed bring pregnant so much. Perhaps it's too soon to know, but do you think you'll try for another? And, if so, would you carry again? How is your baby boy doing?

    You mentioned step-parent adopting..? Maybe that's something I would know about if we were using a known donor, but what exactly does that mean? I would also like to hear @twomommiestobe donor story!
    Blakelyavnegron87retropetro
  • @L&V2016 how exciting! In my world time flys by extremely fast currently so it will be Feb 4th before you know it! No we ended up getting pregnt doing an AI at home. :smiley: Our donor is a friend and when we started this journey at the fertility clinic he was tested and evaluated. He's in his mid 20's, very healthy therefore his sperm was great! Lol so we froze 10 of his viles. After 2 failed IUIs we decided to do it at home. I mean we already knew he was healthy and by using fresh sperm we didn't have to worry about killing half of them. So we purchased our supplies from amazon. I was pregnant the 2nd try at home.

    I absolutely loved loved loved pregnancy. I was extremely fortunate to have never been sick or had food aversions or anything. Delivery was okay, I had a scheduled C section. It makes me nervous thinking about going through it again but in reality recovery wasn't that bad. HOWEVER this newborn phase is no joke! It is HARD. You hear about being sleep deprived and your life changing but wow do you not really know until you get there! My LO is a handful. Hes gone through colic, nurses around the clock and cries unless hes being held a certain way or is sleeping or eating. Breastfeeding is extremely challenging at first and sleep is a distant memory. I never thought I'd be so content with just 4 hours daily in my life lol. This is stuff I don't think women are real about. I highly recommend lurking at the December or November board to get an idea of what I am talking about. I specially recommend reading the 'things no one told you' thread, lol. So to finally answer your question yes we want at least 1 more just not anytime soon. We use to want them back to back now we're thinking 2-3 years before we even start the process again. I would carry again. My DW doesn't want to carry ever. It's why we wanted to do reciprocal ivf but I just don't think I can handle the needles. Your wife is carrying right? Do you want to in the future? My LO as much of the opposite of a "good baby" he ended up being, we adore him and are extremely grateful hes healthy and so handsome! Lol we wouldn't trade him for the world.

    So because my DW and I are legally married however she is not the biological mother of our LO, she still has to legally adopt him through step parent adoption. Basically our donor friend went to sign he renounces his parental rights at our lawyers office in front of a notary. Then our lawyer petitions a court hearing for my wife and I (takes about 3-4 months to get in the books currently) where a judge grants the adoption. We're currently awaiting a date. They have to determine whether they want to do a home study or not. Home studies are waived if the couple has been married over a year (which we are) and the child has been living with the parent wishing to adopt for at least 6 months ( hes only 7 weeks.)
    I'm apologize this turned out way longer of a response than I anticipated lol. Let me know how your wife is doing in these 2 weeks! Oh yes and sleep. As much as you possibly can! :wink:
    vnegron87retropetro
  • So, I'm guessing others got the same message I did about the relocated status of former message board participants? Anyone taking the bait?
  • Noellee2005Noellee2005 member
    edited January 2016
    @angelicac06 Thanks so much for sharing your story and your words of wisdom. It must be so strange to think about your life just a couple of months ago when you were still pregnant. Thus, I think the relatively short amount of time you've spent caring for your baby has provided a tremendous amount of growth and experience that is now parental wisdom!

    I did take your advice and look at the thread you recommended about things only learned after baby is born. One of the main things I gathered from that is that breastfeeding is extremely difficult and exhausting. So, it will be in my best interest to make sure I keep up with all the other household stuff so that my wife can keep baby fed! Do either or both you and your wife work outside the home, and if so, when must you return to work?

    While my wife and I have discussed having more than one child, we have not yet made any decisions. At this point, we want to see if we can conceive Baby #1 first! If all goes well with that (easy conception, healthy pregnancy, etc.), perhaps we'll try for a second, and she will carry again - she's always wanted to; I'm ambivalent. We're not opposed to having an only child, but both my wife and I have and love our siblings.

    Thanks for the explanation about the adoption process. I don't think that's something we have to do based on the State where we live and that we're using an anonymous donor.

    Anyhow, I'm hoping my time seems to go by add quickly as it passes for you now - our TWW is up on February 4, and I just want to see what our next step will be!

    @Blakelya I didn't get a message. Was it in your inbox?
    retropetro
  • Yes and I copied it to you as well, did you get it now?
  • No, my inbox doesn't have anything. Maybe because I'm always mobile..? Maybe it has to do with my screen name - whenever someone replies to me, a semi-colin just appears. I don't know. I guess I'm broken.
  • Oh how strange! I clicked on your screen name and PMed the info to you, surprised it didn't work! Hmm, trying to think how else to get you the info I received. Basically the party has moved elsewhere and I'm liking the new location. According to the message I got we'll be in trouble on here if we mention the rival site, banned if it happens twice. Let's see if this works. This is the name of the other site, only backwards: ylimaf semoc neht ;)
    MrFilch
  • @Blakelya I'm going to be sticking on this site just because I'm a mobile user and I pretty ok with this forum.

    @l&v2016 how are you and V holding out during your TWW ?  Will you guys be POAS early?
    ME: 28  Wife: 28
    Together since June 2005 - Married May 2015 - TTC since July 2015
    Dx: PCOS and Donor Sperm

    **Trigger Warning**
    08/2015 at home IUI = BFN
    IUI #1 - 11/2015 - 50MG Clomid + 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #2 - 12/2015 - 100MG Clomid + 150MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFP (Miscarried @ 13w3d)
    IUI #3 - 07/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #4 - 08/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = ???

  • @l&v2016 also re the adoption, I've been looking into it too and since i live in NY and we're married, my wife will automatically be on the birth certificate.  However, I've read that its recommended to still do the second parent adoption to cover all basis.  For instance if you in a different state or country that doesn't recognize the marriage then neither will they recognize the parental rights.  You never know where we'll end up and i think we're going to take the approach, better safe than sorry.  
    ME: 28  Wife: 28
    Together since June 2005 - Married May 2015 - TTC since July 2015
    Dx: PCOS and Donor Sperm

    **Trigger Warning**
    08/2015 at home IUI = BFN
    IUI #1 - 11/2015 - 50MG Clomid + 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #2 - 12/2015 - 100MG Clomid + 150MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFP (Miscarried @ 13w3d)
    IUI #3 - 07/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #4 - 08/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = ???

  • @vnegron87

    V and I are waiting it out pretty well, thanks!  Any day she feels ANYTHING slightly out of the ordinary, of course it's pregnancy, haha.  Logically, we know it's way too early for her to feel anything, but our excitement beats logic with every cramp, dizzy moment or fatigue.  We'll find out for sure in one week...unless she takes the test early.  Just now, she said she won't, but we still have seven days.

    You make a really good point about the second parent adoption.  Same as you, we're legally married here in our State and, of course, now the whole country.  However, my wife is from a different country and while I do not anticipate us ever leaving, it really is better to be safe than sorry.

    What is new with you?  Are you still feeling not as tired?  Have you let the news slip to anyone?  Bought anything for your little one yet?

    Hope you're well and chat soon! 
  • @l&v2016 not as tired anymore...not really feeling much of anything, just occasional nausea at this point.  After we heard the heartbeat last week we told our parents and just a few very close friends.  

    Funny story telling my mom.  I'm an only child and my mom is a little old fashioned so apparently she has ruled out ever becoming a grandma.  We decided to give her a bib that said "Grandmas Little Bunny".  I went up to her and said we got her a just because gift, which i know she loves.  She takes it out reads it and says "Grandma...who's a grandma?"  I said you are.  Then she says "ME?!?  But how?"  And looked at us both.  Of course we just chuckled and explained donor sperm which later she admitted she figured but was so puzzled that she was taken aback.  Needless to say, she's very excited.

    It's amazing the amount of love and support that's flowing our way.  I can only wish that everyone's experience is as blessed as ours has been so far.  The only thing we've bought are a few books and my wife (even though i told her that LO doesn't have ears yet) reads every night to us :-D.

    I wish you guys the best during this next week.  While it can feel long...it'll be here sooner than you know and I am keeping my FX for you.
    ME: 28  Wife: 28
    Together since June 2005 - Married May 2015 - TTC since July 2015
    Dx: PCOS and Donor Sperm

    **Trigger Warning**
    08/2015 at home IUI = BFN
    IUI #1 - 11/2015 - 50MG Clomid + 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #2 - 12/2015 - 100MG Clomid + 150MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFP (Miscarried @ 13w3d)
    IUI #3 - 07/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = BFN
    IUI #4 - 08/2016 - 100MG Clomid + Ovidrel = ???

    Noellee2005retropetro
  • Blakelya said:
    Yes and I copied it to you as well, did you get it now?
    You are special @Blakelyabc I never got it either lol 

    RE DX for me: Anovulatory cycles/Mild PCOS  RE DX for DW: Endometrioma on left Ovary.
    Reciprocal Ivf Feb 2016. DW eggs and I am carrying. EDD: 10/27/16

    Pregnancy Ticker
    Noellee2005Blakelya
  • I received the PM as well and I checked oqut the website. I don't believe I'll be joining either. I can understand why there's no one here now however. It's evident someone from that site periodically checks in the Bump to recruit. It's a shame really. The Bump has been great support for me. My birth month is very active and I'm certain it will lessen with time I am on here pretty regularly. It's too bad because I would really like to interact with other gay and lesbian couples going to similar things. 

    While I am not a fan of the website itself (it seems very basic, almost outdated in comparison) the community seems very active and friendly. I just don't think its right what they are doing. I was here some people left last year when the administrators enforced bans for TOUs violations and most were merited. Perhaps one day when or if my BMB slows down. For now I'm hopeful others will join and remain so we can rebuild a community back here.

    Now that I've shared my thoughts, @L&V2016 and @Blakelya check back from time to time. I was starting to become invested in your journey! :smile: 

    @L&V2016 5 more days! How have you both kept busy during this TWW? Let do actual brief intro. Both my wife and I have been married for 2 years this V day, together for 5 and a half. We both work full time. She's a financial analyst for a retirement firm and I am a Sales Manager for a fortune 500. I am 27, she will be 33 in a few days. We're from AZ. To answer your question my maternity leave ends at the end of Feb. I received 3 months paid. She took 3 weeks off.  I am currently struggling with going back. I want to. I very much miss my suits and high heels every day. My little baby needs so much attention though. I haven't found a caregiver I can trust much less a day care where the ratio is 4:1 at best. I fear my boy will be left alone to cry because she can't handle him. It shatters my heart just thinking about it. I don't want to be a stay at home mom. It's just not for me. I have worked too hard for my career and I cannot walk away with an expectation to obtain it back in the future. At least not with the same co. I have less than a month to find someone or make a decision. 

    Also I'm not certain how different other staes are. My wife is on our sons birth certificate however adoption is necessary as she cannot prove she is a biological parent therefore has no rights. At least that's the way it works here. 

    @vnegron87 my mom is also old fashioned and when I told her ee were trying to get pregnant she was shocked. ,"how?" Lol "what do you mean how mom?" She was genuinely suprised as if my DW and I couldn't be cable of starting a family or something. She was thrilled btw, just extremely surprised. How have you and your SO/DW been treated pregnant? At the ob, maternity store, babies r us etc. No one is surprised anymore I found. Everyone just treats it like its a commonality now which is great! 

    All other intros welcomed as well. Even if its just a couple for now. :neutral: 
    Noellee2005retropetro
  • Hi, Ladies!

    How exciting that you heard the heartbeat, @vnegron87!  That must have been so special.  I love your story about telling your Mom, that is great.  Definitely a moment to remember!  Glad to hear your pregnancy is going well for you so far.   

    While I am excited for us to be able to tell family and friends once V is pregnant, I don't anticipate any funny gems like either yours or @angelicac06 .  We got married in 2011 (after having been together since 2005) and bought a house later that year.  So, we've actually been getting the "When are you going to have a baby" question thrown at us for literally years now.

    I know it comes from a place of excitement/love, but I think it's such an invasive question to ask of anyone, gay or straight.  So, my go-to answer of "our start-up costs aren't free like everyone else's" usually gets my point across.  Sometimes, though, it invites more questioning..."How expensive IS it?"  Ack!  Go away!

    I'm really sorry to learn of your back-to-work/childcare dilemma, @angelicac06.  I cannot imagine the stress you must be under.  Like you, neither my wife nor I will be stay-at-home moms, so this is territory we will eventually navigate as well.  I hope you know what a good Mom you are.  I have no doubt you'll find the best solution possible.  Also, I have heard a lot of other Moms say they know it's harder for them than it is for their babies, especially at the beginning.

    So, get this.  I'm usually the impatient one, but I am also a rule-follower.  However, V wants to POAS tomorrow.  Ummm, we're supposed to wait until Thursday!  She got one of those early tests that can supposedly detect pregnancy 4-5 days before your period.  I mean, I know it's her body, and if I try to tell her not to, she'll call me Bossy Boots, but we've been so good at waiting.  I think my fear is that while I know a negative test doesn't necessarily mean anything this early, but what a shitty way to start the week if that happens.  I'd rather be hopeful until Thursday and then if it's a BFN (or, AF comes), at least we can have Friday and the weekend to build ourselves up for next try.

    As for the other site, I checked it out and may contribute there some, but I'm not leaving here.  I, too, am invested in your journeys and am genuinely interested I hearing about them.  I am so thankful for the support I've already received from you ladies!
    vnegron87
  • I'm still here! Although I don't prefer a site that loves censorship so much and things over there are just more my kind of vibe, I'm going to hang around here since I've gotten invested in others' stories as well. I hardly think there's one end-all resource for queer families.

    angelicac06 we're so lucky to have my MIL nearby (K would gasp in shock at my saying that on a regular day.) and close to retirement for when we have a little one. She makes me crazy, but there are very few people I'd trust to care for our child. Are you narrowing down the plan yet? I'm sure that month seems so short at this point.

    L&V2016 K and I made the POAS early mistake every time! Just couldn't resist. It felt like a bad high. So much build up and so much yuckiness when it's negative and you don't really know what that means to you have this hope but this disappointment too. Too many feels! But alas, I'm always the impatient one ready to do it again.
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