All the Sun For You

A mom, two boys, a husband, and a whole lot of adventure!

TTC/IVF/FET History

For a snapshot of what an IVF calendar looks like for a typical patient, check out this crazy insane spreadsheet I created:

Baby #1 (Matthew)

Trying, Pre-Testing, and IUI’s

  • 08/2008 – 09/2009 – Try the old-fashioned way
  • 10/07/2009 – First consult with RE
  • 10/20/2009 – Clomid Challenge Test – all is well
  • 10/27/2009 – Baseline blood work and ultrasound – antral follicle count is fine, but found hypothyroidism (no treatments for 2-3 months)
  • 10/27/2009 – HSG – normal (no blockages)
  • 12/01/2009 – Retest thyroid levels, all is fine and given green light to do IUI
  • 12/29/2009 – IUI #1 BFN
  • 01/27/2010 – IUI #2 cancelled – moving immediately to IVF

IVF #1

  • 02/09/2010 – IVF class at clinic (scary stuff – I had a melt-down)
  • 02/13/2010 – Start BCP
  • 02/19/2010 – Received IVF calendar (if you know me, you know that this was very anticipated and was a big effing deal for me!)
  • 02/21-2010 – 02/27/2010 – Required antibiotics for IVF (nasty stuff)
  • 02/27/2010 – Start Lup.ron (10u)
  • 03/05/2010 – Last BCP
  • 03/09/2010 – Baseline blood work and ultrasound (all is quiet and ready to go!)
  • 03/15/2010 – Start stims (Follis.tim 150 IU in AM, Repro.nex 150 IU in PM)
  • 03/17/2010 – Blood work and ultrasound for my birthday – yay!  All looks good
  • 03/19/2010 – Blood work and ultrasound – need to slow it down (follicles are tracking large for this early so dropping both Follis.tim and Repro.nex to 75 IU each)
  • 03/22/2010 – Blood work and ultrasound – All done with Lupron and stims (yay?  Did I stim to fast?  A hint of panic)
  • 03/22/2010 – 10:00 PM TRIGGER!  (Ovid.rel 250)
  • 03/24/2010 – Egg retrieval – 16 eggs!  I’m a hen!
  • 03/25/2010 – Fertilization report – 11 eggs mature and successfully fertilized with ICSI; Start proges.terone shots(ugh!)
  • 03/29/2010 – Transfer Day!  Transferred 2 “perfect” 4AA blasts (5dt)
  • 03/29/2010 – Froze 3 wonderful day-5 blasts – waiting on development of 4 more
  • 03/30/2010 – Froze 4 good day-6 blasts (total of 7 in the freezer!)
  • 03/31/2010 – Start estrogen patches (Vive.lle)
  • 04/03/2010 – Very light spotting at 5dp5dt
  • 04/06/2010 – HPT (8dp5dt) – BFN
  • 04/10/2010 – Beta (12dp5dt) – BFN and total devastation

FET #1

  • 05/15/2010 – Start BCP
  • 05/27/2010 – Start Lup.ron (10u)
  • 06/02/2010 – Last BCP
  • 07/07/2010 – Blood work
  • 06/09/2010 – Start estrogen patches (Vive.lle)
  • 06/24/2010 – Last Lup.ron shot
  • 06/25/2010 – Labs and ultrasound – lining needs help so start estrace tablets AM and PM
  • 06/26/2010 – Start proges.terone shots
  • 07/01/2010 – Transferred 2 blasts – both survived the thaw (so 5 still left on ice!)
  • 07/06/2010 – Light spotting in the evening (5dp5dt)
  • 07/06/2010 – HPT (5dp5dt) – BFN (not worried – it was way early)
  • 07/08/2010 – HPT (7dp5dt) – BFP (HOLY HELL!!) – but being cautious
  • 07/09/2010 – HPT (8dp5dt) – BFP but not much darker?
  • 07/10/2010 – HPT (9dp5dt) – BFP and slightly darker
  • 07/11/2010 – HPT (10dp5dt) – BFP and still not super dark
  • 07/12/2010 – HPT (11dp5dt) – BFP, but looks lighter (thinking we most definitely have a problem no matter what Dr. Bing (because we don’t go.ogle in this house!) tells me)
  • 07/13/2010 – Beta #1 (12dp5dt) – 76 (f*ck) – Nurse says they’re “cautiously optimistic” but I’ve read enough to know that we’re in trouble – big trouble
  • 07/15/2010 – Beta #2 (14dp5dt) – 140 (f*ck) – it almost doubled so nurses are happy – I am not
  • 07/19/2010 – Beta #3 (18dp5dt) – 357 (f*ck, f*ck, f*ck) – way low and not looking good now to everyone
  • 07/21/2010 – Beta #4 (20dp5dt) 549  – Dr. calls to tell me that this is likely going to be a miscarriage but need to wait a couple of days to do an ultrasound
  • 07/27/2010 – Ultrasound shows empty sac (what I expected and was actually thankful it was in my uterus and not a tube!)
  • 07/30/2010 – D&C and relieved to have the nightmare over – ready to move on!

IVF #2

  • 08/30/2010 – Start BCP and COQ10
  • 09/13/2010 – Start Lup.ron (10ui)
  • 09/23/2010 – Baseline blood work and ultrasound – all looks good
  • 09/27/2010 – Start stims (Follis.tim 150 IU in AM, Repro.nex 75IU in PM)
  • 09/29/2010 – Blood work and ultrasound – All looks good
  • 10/01/2010 – Blood work and ultrasound – All looks good
  • 10/04/2010 – Blood work and ultrasound – All looks good
  • 10/05/2010 – Blood work and ultrasound – All looks good and done with Lup.ron and stims
  • 10/05/2010 – 10:00 PM TRIGGER!  (Ovid.rel 250)
  • 10/07/2010 – Egg retrieval – 10 eggs – I’m devastated and worried
  • 10/08/2010 – Fertilization report – 5 eggs mature and successfully fertilized with ICSI (this upsets me given our “success” the first time with retrieval and fertilization); Start proges.terone shots
  • 10/12/2010 – Transfer Day!  Transferred 2 blasts (5dt) graded 4AB and 4BA
  • 10/12/2010 – Froze 1 wonderful day-5 blast graded 4AB (back up to 6 in the bank)
  • 10/13/2010 – Froze 1 good day-6 blast graded 4BB (back up to 7 in the bank again – whew!)
  • 10/14/2010 – Was supposed to start estrogen patches but forgot (how does one do that?) – forgot for 4 days
  • 10/18/2010 – Start estrogen patches (Vive.lle) 4 days late (holy hell, I’m an idiot); Light spotting at 6dp5dt (just like FET)
  • 10/19/2010 – HPT (7dp5dt) – BFP!!!  Based on history, I’m cautious
  • 10/20/2010 – HPT (8dp5dt) – darker BFP!!!
  • 10/21/2010 – HPT (9dp5dt) – even darker BFP!!! (This might be the one!)
  • 10/22/2010 – Beta #1 (10dp5dt) – 561 (yes, yes, yes!!!) – the nurse told B, “well, she is definitely pregnant!”
  • 10/25/2010 – Beta #2 (13dp5dt) – 1695 (Holy Hell!  We are really pregnant this time!).  Doubling time of 45.14 hours.
  • 10/27/2010 – Beta #3 (15dp5dt) – 3224 (Not exactly doubling, but close…. and you’ll see why next)  Doubling time of 51.75 hours.
  • 11/08/2010 – Ultrasound #1 – One baby with heartbeat of 132 bpm and CRL of 6.1 mm!!!  Saw that the second embryo tried to take off but fizzled early (saw the degenerating sac) – 6w4d pregnant!
  • 11/22/2010 – Ultrasound #2 – looking good with heartbeat of 170 bpm and CRL of 21 mm – 8w4d pregnant and release to OB
  • 12/09/2010 – Ultrasound #3 – new OB (OMG we both love, love, love him!) sees what everyone else has been seeing – heartbeat of 167 CRL of 4.2 cm – 11w0d pregnant
  • 12/21/2010 – Ultrasound #4 (NT scan) – heartbeat of 164 and CRL of 7.4 cm – NT scan looks great! – 12w5d pregnant
  • 01/13/2011 – Second trimester screening tests and all is well (1/3,600 downs; 1/10,000 Tri18; 1/6,000 spina bifida) – 16w0d pregnant
  • 02/02/2011 – Ultrasound #5 for anatomy scan and all is well and we have a BOY!
  • 06/02/2011 – Breech baby since mid-pregnancy so scheduled the C-section for 06/24/2011
  • 06/24/2011 – Happy Birthday, Baby Boy!

After 2.25 years of trying to get pregnant, almost a full year of which I was on fertility drugs of some sort, we finally won the race.  This is what my “hormonal rage” looked like in Excel  😉

That all really sucked – it was really hard on me – but he is (and always will be) worth it!  The love of my life:

Baby #2 

Pre-Testing

  • Sonohystogram and mock transfer – all clear and just waiting for CD1

FET #1

  • 08/28/2012 – Start BCP (AKA CD1!!)
  • 09/11/2012 – Start Lup.ron (10ui)
  • 09/17/2012 – Last BCP
  • 09/20/2012 – Blood work
  • 09/21/2012 – Start estrogen patches (Vive.lle)
  • 10/04/2012 – Last Lup.ron shot
  • 10/04/2012 – Labs and ultrasound – everything is perfect
  • 10/08/2012 – Start proges.terone shots
  • 10/11/2012 – Start antibiotics and anti-rejection meds (two days only)
  • 10/12/2012 – Transfer day!  Transferred 2 blasts (1 day-5 graded 4AB, and 1 day-6 graded 4BA – both from Matthew’s cycle) which thawed perfectly*
  • 10/15/2012 – Light spotting today (3dp5dt)
  • 10/16/2012 (AM) – POAS at 3.75dp5dt (was 5.5  hours shy of transfer time) and saw very faint “crazy lady line” – and decided it does not count.  My eyes know where those lines belong and may be putting it there.  I didn’t even show B
  • 10/16/2012 (PM) – Visible BFP at 4dp5dt and B saw it too  🙂  (if we’re splitting hairs, it’s 4.3dp5dt – I will stop splitting hairs tomorrow)
  • 10/17/2012 – Even darker BFP (5dp5dt)

  • 10/18/2012 – BFP and getting darker (6dp5dt)
  • 10/19/2012 – BFP and even darker (7dp5dt)

  • 10/20/2012 – BFP and even darker (8dp5dt)

  • 10/21/2012 – BFP and same darkness or darker than yesterday – hard to tell since today’s line is wider than yesterday’s(9dp5dt)

  • 10/22/2012 – BFP and very  noticeably darker than yesterday.  Not nervous about the beta at all (10dp5dt)

  • 10/23/2012 – Beta #1 (11dp5dt) – 315!!  Stronger BFP on HPT

  • 10/24/2012 – Stronger BFP on HPT (12dp5dt)
  • 10/25/2012 – Beta #2 (13dp5dt) – 732!!
  • 10/30/2012 – Super dark BFP – way darker than control line (18dp5dt) and I am done peeing on things!

  • 11/05/2012 – To maintain some illusion of control, I POAS-ed tonight.  Super dark and control line is lighter than the one from 18dp5dt (we’re now 24dp5dt = 6w1d).  I feel much better now  😉
  • 11/08/2012 – Ultrasound #1 – One baby with heartbeat of 126 bpm and CRL of 8.5 mm and measuring 6w6d!!!  Officially 6w4d pregnant!**
  • 11/19/2012 – Ultrasound #2 – Baby’s heartbeat is 164 bpm and CRL is 1.95cm and measuring 8w4dd!!!  Officially 8w1d pregnant!  Released to OB.**
  • 12/03/2012 – First OB appointment – back to Dr. H!  YAY!  Measuring 10w6d but we’re sticking with the original due date (the RE listed it as 06/29 even though we transferred on 10/12 like Matthew).  Things looked great and heartbeat was 165 bpm and CRL is about 3.5 cm.**
  • 12/17/2012 – NT Scan

* What remains in the freezer for later are 5 embryos: 1 day-5 embryo graded 4BB, 1 day-6 embryo graded 4AB, and 3 day-6 embryos graded 4BB

** For Ultrasound photos, please visit my pregnancy page.

19 thoughts on “TTC/IVF/FET History

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  2. Phew, IVF is intense, but obviously worth it since you got Matthew out of the deal!

    • I just told B tonight that I had forgotten how intense it was until writing that out the other night. When you’re doing it – you just do it. It’s weird how it takes you over – mind, body, and soul.

  3. Dude.

    The first thing I want to say, is that you continually amaze me. I knew you went through a LOT to have M, but seeing it all like this, is breathtaking. I admire you and B so much for everything that went into making your beautiful son. You are a warrior. You inspire me.

    The second thing, is that I think BJB is considering leaving me for woman in the Midwest who shares his love of spreadsheets. He nodded his sincere approval when I flashed him the screen. Nice work. I imagine this gave you a sense of control over the whole process.

    Lastly, my favourite part (other than M being born, obviously) is the cell that says “66 Estrace tabs up my V” 🙂

    • Ha! I wondered if anyone would notice the V* mention. Of course YOU would!

      You know, you’re right – and I hadn’t thouht about that. My spreadsheets TOTALLY made me feel like I had some control. You should be a therapist… seriously!

  4. Wow. I had absolutely no idea that you had been through so much to get Matthew. I didn’t know you’d had an early loss, either. Wow. You really do just ooze optimism and grace despite what you have been through. Seriously. I remember when I first started reading your blog and, of course, looked for that timeline tab. For some reason I decided you must have been one of those lucky ones to get pregnant on Clomid or your first IUI or something. I didn’t think it was possible to be so positive otherwise. You’re opened my eyes, girl!

  5. HFS!! Of course I had to come comment here! 😉 And my favorite part is the promising dash after 10/17/2012… let’s see that line darken right up! And, oh my lord, it’s SO. Freaking. Early! 😀

  6. Well, A did it first! OOOOOMMMMFFFFFGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!! 🙂

  7. And now I’m following suit….YAY! YAY! YAY!!!! I can’t say it enough, I am so freaking excited!!!!!!

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  9. Thank you for your kind words. I know we’ve only done 2 IVF cycles so far and I shouldn’t give up hope, but the road has been so long so far. Reading your TTC timeline gives me hope. Thank you!

    • You are welcome – and that’s why it’s there! You’ll get there. It is so frustrating, so infuriating, so dark. I do not like who I was back then, but it was the road we were on and now things are much better. Let yourself feel how you need to feel, and let everyone else hope for you. Sometimes, it’s hard to hope for ourselves, but believe me – other people just LOVE hoping for other people. I will keep hoping for you!

  10. I love the most recent pictures! Talk about a cool perspective! 😉

  11. That is an astonishing amount of pee sticks! I bet if we all lined up everything we have ever peed on, we would reach the sun and back!

  12. I have found your blog through a friend’s. Your IVF page is a perfect illustration of the journey. Just scrolling through the pictures makes my head spin and re-live my own cycles. Thanks for sharing this. You have a very inspirational story with that beautiful baby boy down the line. It’s all worth it! Wishing you the best on the next chapter of your journey!

  13. Just in case you’ve wondered about a lot of pageviews here over the past few days, it’s probably been me… first staring at those faint early lines and now studying IVF protocols… just in case… GAH!

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