*August 2010: Get married, hooray!
*October 2010: Discuss starting to try to have a baby. Start getting sloppy with the birth control with me secretly wishing it would happen “by accident”.
*April 2011: Stop our spotty use of birth control. Attend a fabulous destination wedding and joke that we will name our kid after the island since, OF COURSE, this trip will result in pregnancy.
*July 2011: Start charting.
*Early August 2011: Start using OPKS. Do it wrong.
*Late August 2011: Positive pregnancy test. Joy.
*Early September 2011: Cramping and bleeding. Miscarriage at 6 weeks.
*Late October 2011: My first period arrives after 6 weeks and we dive back into trying. I start charting like a boss. I am determined to get pregnant right away since now I know how to chart and use OPKs correctly.
*October 2011-March 2012: Trying and failing.
*March 2012: meet with my OB/GYN for a TTC appointment. He assures me I will be pregnant that summer and to “just relax”.
*March 2012-October 2012: Lots of trying and lots of failing.
*October 2012: Officially infertile. I bring our issues up to my OB/GYN at my annual appointment. He schedules an HSG for me and a sperm analysis for my husband.
*November 2012: Husband’s SA comes back and he has beautiful, perfect, fabulous swimmers. I have my HSG which shows no issues. We are now officially “unexplained infertility”. I am assured that for the three months after the HSG my uterus and tubes will be a “superhighway” for sperm. I am told to try for three more months and come back in March if I am still not pregnant.
*December 2012: Husband and I decide to make an appt with a fertility clinic in the New Year. I secretly cling to hope that we will be pregnant before then and get to cancel the appointment because we are So Healthy and Normal.
*January 2013: Meet with our RE. Agree to try clomid with IUI next cycle.
*February 2013: IUI #1, start 100 mg of clomid, have a perfect response, 4 follicles (right: 23, 20, left: 20, 17), trigger with ovidrel, failure.
*March 2013: IUI #2, clomid 100 mg, 3 follicles on right (21, 17, 17), ovidrel trigger, failure. Sperm was frozen since husband was traveling, I blame this as the issue.
*April 2013: IUI #3, clomid 100 mg, 6 follicles! (right: 3×18, 17, left: 20, 12) ovidrel trigger, failure.
*May 2013: We have a WTF appointment with our RE. He suggests staying the course since I’m responding well to the clomid. He thinks that doing IUI and injectables, for us, would be a waste of money since I have a good response on clomid. I agree with him. If we are ready to go big, it will be with IVF.
*May 2013: IUI #4, clomid 100 mg, 5 follicles (right 19, 16, 12, left: 2×18) ovidrel trigger, failure.
*June 2013: Unmedicated cycle, failure.
*July 2013: IUI #5, clomid 100 mg, 3 follicles (left 18, 20, 22), ovidrel trigger, failure.
*August 2013: IUI #6, clomid 100mg, 1 follicle at 24mm, failure.
*September 2013: Make the choice to move to IVF. Meet with our current RE to discuss the process. Make an appt with a new RE to cover all our bases.
*October 2013: Meet with new RE and we like him and the practice much better. He orders me an SHG which I have on CD 10. It shows I have a small polyp that will need to get removed. In-office hysteroscopy scheduled for CD 18. I ovulated CD 17, we have sex once on CD 16 because why try when I’m getting all these procedures done anyhow. The doctor is unable to remove the polyp, I have to schedule out-patient surgery to have it taken out. We also attend a 4 hour IVF class at our new clinic.
*November 2013: waiting for my period to arrive to schedule my polyp removal. On CD 33, at 16dpo, I figure I’m maybe a day late and take a HPT. Holy shit it’s positive. First beta is 1,174 at 4w5d. Booted to regular ob/gyn since it was an unmedicated cycle. At 6 weeks 3 days our first ultrasound revealed one little pea with a heartbeat of 120 bpm. EDD: July 13, 2014.
*January 2014: Still pregnant, still hopeful and happy to say goodbye to the first trimester.
*March 2014: Found out our little one is a GIRL! We’re thrilled.
*July 16, 2014: Welcome our daughter into the world at 1:29 am. Finally found my bebe.
*July 2015: Our decision to “not try not prevent” results in a beautiful SURPRISE positive test just after our baby’s 1st birthday. We are shocked, thrilled and a little scared about having babies so close together.
*August 2015: It’s not meant to be. I miscarry just before 8 weeks. Sac only measured 5 weeks.
*October 2015: I get a positive HPT 2 days before my missed period. It’s very light. I test all week, the lines get lighter. My period arrives two days late. I am pretty sure it was a chemical pregnancy.
*January 2016: Another positive HPT. This time the lines are dark and beautiful from the start. Ultrasound at 7 weeks shows a perfect heartbeat. EDD: October 2.
*May 2016: It’s a boy!