Monday, September 24, 2012

50 days of wait...

We hurried!  And now we're waiting... again.  50 days.

Soon enough (probably this week) we'll get the medication protocol.  That's both exciting and nerve-wracking, but it will all work out as God intends.

50 days of waiting is a walk in the park compared to the 4 years of infertility and miscarriages we've gone through :)

Friday, September 21, 2012

The transfer is officially scheduled!

We're all set for 11/14! 

The transfer, of course, depends on whether my body responds correctly to the meds- no pressure there!  But it'll probably be good because we've gone through it before with IVF just fine.  My body responds, my eggs, not-so-much.  Plus we even did the "trial transfer" back in June and my body seemed ready.

It's good news that we won't be on the first transfer date, 11/13, because we've been honored to be asked to be Godparents for our good friends new son!  The Baptism is scheduled for 11/11, so we'll be a little less rushed with the drive down.

Next week we should get the medication protocol and start up with that!  I'm less happy about that, but it's all for Baby... so it'll be good :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hurry up and wait...

Hurry up and wait has been the theme of our lives for a while now.  With infertility treatments and adoption (and even the home buying and the impending move), it seems that you have to rush to get things done by some certain deadline (or an imaginary self-imposed deadline) and then you just wait around to find out the results.

Right now we're waiting to find out the actual date for the transfer and when we can start the medication protocol.  I've already started the cycle controlling part of the meds, but the whacko hormones that need to be injected are soon to come. 

Mat is a saint for injecting me and then putting up with the crazy hormonal woman I become.  It's really hard on me, but I know that it's just as hard on Mat and he doesn't complain.  I do... I'm the one getting crazy meds and repeated injections on the already sore spots!

I hope that this cycle is easier on me than our previous IVF experiences.  It should be, because I don't have to take Follistim and others like it... no need to stimulate these ovaries!  We have 15 seemingly healthy embryos ready to go :) 

So they just have to prepare my body for taking them... should be a walk in the park ;)

I can do all things through God who strengthens me!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Our 15 babies! (embryos)

We made our choice on Friday and sent in the email... and waited all weekend to hear back!  But we did this morning and we got the embryos!  They hadn't been taken!

I was so nervous about that because when we requested the additional information on the 7 donor couples, one of them had already been taken!  So we had to make our choice quickly lest our desired embryos be snatched up by another adopting couple. 

The couple we chose not only looks the most like us, but seems the most like us from the short profile we got on them.  Outdoorsy...  like to read... have professions along the same lines as ours... favorite colors, food, played the same sports and instruments as kids...

And they had twins from these embryos!  TWINS!!!! 

It's awesome... God is awesome!

So now we're going to get my medication protocol and we're on our way for a November transplant!

I've had "Thine is the Glory" stuck in my head for a few days... it seems so appropriate.  Because of Him and His plan, we may get to raise some children from this.  Either way, we have babies (we believe embryos are just really tiny babies) because of Him.  Thine is the glory! 

Friday, September 14, 2012

The selection process

We narrowed it down!  Way down!  From 90 + to 7!

2 of the donors we liked the most had 2 PN embryos.  15 and 5 of them.  According to my hastily written notes from the NEDC visit, PN embryos have a 90% chance of surviving the thaw (the highest) and an equal chance at pregnancy as the multi-cells or blastocysts.

So we've requested more information on them.

Also, we've requested more information on 2 multicell donors (5 and 3 embryos) and 3 blastocyst donors (3, 2, and 2 embryos).

The NEDC requires that we have a minimum of 5 embryos chosen.

The PN couple with 15 seem to look the most like us.  That is far from the most important thing, but it'd be neat to have babies who look like us.

One of the blastocyst couples I loved, hubby not-so-much.  I fell in love with the fact that they attached a short 3 point note to their donation form.  It says that if the children want to meet them at some point, they would be fine with it (but it is a closed adopion unless the child/ren choose otherwise), they want both embryos donated to a single coupe so if there are siblings they could be raised together, and they are willing to care for them if both parents died and no immediate family were available.

That really got to me.  We do have plenty of family, so that's not an issue.  But the fact that they had  the separate instructions.  That is totally something we would do.  And if we had embryos to donate, we would want closed but be open to the idea of the children contacting us if they decided to.

But the woman is 40 and the man is 50 (why hubby didn't love them)- or at least they were at the time of the donation.

We've requested more information on all 7.  We'll wait and see what the additional information says!

We'll be praying about this a lot in the coming days.  Hoping that God lets us know which children are meant for us :)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

God is great!

Yay!  Our home study has been approved through the Fertility Support Center and they've given the green light to NEDC.  We get to start looking through donor couples profiles tomorrow!  Woot Woot!

God is amazing!

Sunday we had my cousins out to the homestead and their kids are just so darn cute!  There were 4 little ones in all, one just 6 weeks old!  Holding her made me yearn for our own children even more.  It looks like, God willing, that may happen soon!