We saw our RE today. I really like our RE – he’s a great guy who mirrors his patients’ personalities. If you’re the type like me who wants control, control, control – then he’ll do what he can to help you feel more in control. He knows that I like information – ALL. OF. THE. INFORMATION. He walks me through everything in great detail and leaves no stone unturned – and I really appreciate that. If you are someone who prefers to be guided along gently (like B), then he gives you the high-level plan and no more unless you ask. I find it amazing that he can handle our two personalities so differently, but in the very same appointment and meeting. He’s very good! You can see him switch his approach as he moves from talking to me, to talking to B, and back to me, etc.
So – we have resolution on when to do a FET for M’s sibling. We are scheduled for August. All I have to have done for pre-testing is a sonohysterogram. No blood work – just the very uncomfortable sonohysterogram. I can live with that (which is good because as my RE has said to me in the past, I don’t have a choice). We talked about the impact of breastfeeding on the whole plan and equation and he told me today that we will do the sono after my first period after I stop nursing M and that it would take 4-6 weeks for that period to come. OK – so if I stop nursing when M is 1 (in June), then we’ll be all set by August. This is just terrific!
A side-note: I think we may be finished nursing sooner than I thought – at least with daytime feeds. M just is not interested in nursing during the day. He putzes around and gets distracted. I end up having to pump because he’s just not eating well during the day. I think he may be weaning himself a bit. He is also biting me – no fun.
I did ask what the odds are that the FET will work. 40%. OK. Prior to M, this number would have freaked me out but not this time. I am no longer facing the possibility of being childless – and that removes lots of pressure and angst. If the FET does not work, it sounds like he’ll want to do another fresh cycle since I’m getting old (my words, not his). I’ll be 36 on Saturday and as he said, I’m getting into the “advanced maternal age” realm and he’d like to retrieve again sooner than later. We have 7 frozen embryos so it sounds like plenty, but we will do what he advises.
My experience today was a total 180 from our first meeting with our RE as we kicked off treatments in 2009. Back then, I cried at the drop of a hat. I sobbed during our entire first consultation and couldn’t even talk at times. Today, I spent tons of time laughing with our doctor, making fun of myself, and reminiscing on how much things have changed. I was so looking forward to going in to see him and the rest of the crew today – it was like seeing a bunch of old friends.
My RE ended our chat by telling us that seeing us made his day. Oh – that warmed my heart! I trumped him, though, and said that our visit made my week. BECAUSE IT DID! It felt so good to see our old friends who gave us our precious boy, and to truly be able to look back on just how far we’ve come. I used to say that I would never laugh at our infertile days – but I did laugh at them today – and I’ve laughed at them a lot lately. Not because they’re funny, but because it’s so amazing to me that so much sadness, depression, and anxiety can be lifted almost instantly with that very first sound of your new baby’s first cry.
Here are some photos of that precious boy. To steal a line from my favorite blogger of all time, this baby is “worth every jealous moment, every injection, every frustrating month of waiting, every awkward doctor and vag cam appointment. Totally worth it.”