Post #200? A blogoversary that passed and I didn't even notice? Yep, all of these things apply here!
When I think back to where I was last April when I started this blog, I am astounded. With my husband deployed, I had just completed three unsuccessful IUIs using his frozen sperm. Quite unexpectedly, we had to use an extra sample which meant that our IVF plans were dashed until my hubby could come home on leave. I taught my fifth graders, facilitated online college classes, walked my dogs, took care of our house and had a desperate loneliness that prompted me to start blogging.
Fast forward to July with a surgery to remove a polyp, IVF #1 with three eggs retrieved and a big fat no. Hubby returns safely to me, and we prepare to move to Missouri. While we are at it, we decide to throw in IVF #2 into the mix. Five eggs, two delayed fertilized and another big fat no. That was the cycle that sent me over the edge filled with hysterical crying and abject hopelessness. Those feelings made me not hesitate to move towards the next option of donor eggs. That decision started off our lucky streak where FairyEggs volunteered to donate and Dr. Leprechaun offered his part of the cycle for free. Twelve eggs, two embryos, and a big fat freakin' positive.
So three IUIs, three IVFS, and $35k later, I sit here happily hoping that my little pumpkin is growing away inside of me. The needles, the heartache, the tears, the anguish, the nausea and now the headaches--they were worth getting to this point.
Thanks for being there!