The final chapter in our fertility success story!
We had about six weeks between the retrieval and when we would do the transfer, so we took a trip to South Carolina. It was so much fun and such a great way to keep us distracted. I LOVE South Carolina, we spent time in Charleston and Hilton Head, and I would go back in a heart beat! But that’s a story for another time.
While we were there we would see baby things and as much as I wanted to buy them, my superstitious side wouldn’t let me. Levi pointed out a little outfit in a Ron Jon Surf Shop, and I walked by it at least five times before Levi said let’s just get it. I couldn’t even stand next to him while he checked out because I was so nervous to get my hopes up.
About a week before our transfer I had a phone consult with Dr. Wood from Gen 5 Fertility about ovarian rejuvenation. But when I told him that we had our transfer scheduled, and that we had a normal embryo, he told me our chances of success were super high and I should just call him when we were ready to try for number two. That gave me so much hope, and I felt much more confident going into our transfer.
April 6th was our transfer day, everything went great. The doctor that did the transfer was the same one who had to tell us that our previous pregnancy was not viable, and he seemed genuinely happy that he got to be with us that day.
Then we waited… our first blood draw was the 14th, but they wouldn’t give us results until after the second draw. Friday April 16th (which was also my grandpa’s birthday- I was hoping that would bring us luck) I had my blood drawn first thing. I don’t know what was worse, the 10 day wait or the few hours we waited for the call. I’ll never forget where we were when Alyssa called.
Our Fertility Success!
We hadn’t expected her call until later that afternoon, but she called right around noon. She said she was so excited she couldn’t wait. My HCG had almost tripled between the two draws, so she could say with confidence that we were pregnant!
May 3rd, 2021 we went for our first ultrasound, and they said everything looked great. We were able to hear and see the heartbeat, and everything was measuring as it should. The next several weeks were filled with more blood draws and ultrasounds. While I was so ecstatic that we were finally pregnant and everything was looking good, I had a hard time relaxing.
I know I am not the only one who feels this way after infertility. It’s like you are constantly waiting for the other shoe to drop. But each visit we kept getting good reports, and we graduated from the clinic at nine weeks. It was a surreal feeling.
Now we’re getting ready to start it all again. I get so emotional thinking about going back to our clinic, and bringing our baby boy to meet the amazing group of doctors and nurses that helped make our dream a reality.
Thank you for being here, and taking time to read our story. It was by far the hardest three plus years of my life, and I know we are so blessed that we were successful with our one round of IVF. We start round two in just a few month, and I am excited to share as we go along.
We’ve got this!