Friday, April 29, 2022

the cards we were dealt... one year since our egg retrieval

 April 29th marks one year since I had my egg retrieval surgery, 
also marks day one of our 37th week of pregnancy.

Officially "Full Term"

We are so lucky to be on this leg of this journey,
on one of the many hard days of the journey, 
I looked at my husband and said "I can't believe these are the cards we were dealt" 

"I am calling nil on this hand"

& he looked at me and said "Hey, nil pays off big in the end"


{source: @positivelypresent πŸ”› Instagram}

I wanted to share some photos from our journey on this anniversary of sorts,

I alluded to a lot of this journey in my deeply personal post

"The world's longest pregnancy announcement"

Our journey started with a year of traditional "TTC" (trying to conceive)

when that didn't get us anywhere, we reached out to an infertility doctor and were told we needed to do three rounds of IUI (intrauterine insemination) 

to be eligible to try any IVF (in vitro fertilization) procedures

So starting August 2020 after lots of diagnostic tests that were all inconclusive
leaving us with a diagnosis of "unexplained infertility"
we started rounds of IUI,
we were hopeful 
but looking at the only slight increase of odds of conception, 
we were realistic that this was a stepping stone on the journey.

After three rounds, our doctor informed us that he was moving out of state 
and we had to find a new doctor...

Which lead us to Kindbody,
luckily there was a new location that opened in Princeton 
& one right around the corner from my office in NYC 
so it was the best of both worlds since IVF is a very labor intensive undertaking.

Love the vibes of these offices, 

& this floral wall in the Bryant Park office

My first cycle visit April 18, 2021

After LOTS of meds, it was retrieval day!

April 29, 2021

Then months and months of trying to get my body 

to respond to various combinations of medications, 

LOTS of fights with Optum Rx to get said meds (arguably the worst company ever) 

to be eligible for a possible transfer.

Protip- ASK if there is another pharmacy you can work with. 

We realized this too late.

Throw in some residual ovarian cysts left from the retrieval 

& a bonus blood clot threat in my leg.

May 18, 2021 | July 5, 2021 | August 21, 2021

We finally got to try a transfer in September.

Got a heartbeat in October


& now we are in the last month,

the final countdown until we meet our son!

A perfect little combo of us:

It was such a long, exhausting, stressful, sad, frustrating road 

& we are one of the lucky ones.

This really hits home:


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