April 2003 - I start working as a teller at a credit union where Gavin is doing mortgages. He invites me out with the group a lot because he has a huge crush on me!
August 2003 - Our first date. To a baseball game, of course.
August 2004 - I get my first teaching job 2.5 hours away. We do the long distance thing.
August 2005 - I get a new teaching job, an hour closer, but still long distance.
May 2006 - Gavin proposes after running my first 5K!
August 2006 - I get a teaching job where Gavin lives and move back!
October 2006 - Buy our house.
July 2007 - No more birth control. Totally ok if I'm pregnant at my wedding and that way I would have the baby at the end of the school year. We thought it would be that easy. Silly us!
September 22, 2007 - Our wedding day!
October 2007 - August 2008 - Natural cycles, but something is not right. Cycles lasting 45 - 93 days, no positive tests :(
August 2008 - First appointment with RE #1 (reproductive endocrinologist). Do lots of testing. I go under to have my tubes checked, all clear.
October 2008 - Gavin has surgery to repair varicocele. Surgery works!
January 2009 - April 2009 - 3 IUI cycles with clomid, all negative
May 2009 - July 2009 - 3 IUI cycles with folistim, all negative
January 2010 - IVF cycle, BFN (big fat negative)
January 2010 - WTF (what the f happened) appointment with RE #1. We are not happy with them, we walk out, I may have been crying).
February 2010 - May 2010 - I train for a marathon and finish my master's thesis to keep my mind off infertility.
April 2010 - I run 20 mile race and present my thesis!
May 2010 - I graduate with master's in special education
May 2010 (4 days before marathon) - meet with RE #2 and we love him. Decide to do an IUI with different meds after marathon. I am on cycle day 42 so doc says do pregnancy test to make sure it's negative and he will give meds to induce cycle.
3 days before marathon - positive pregnancy test (must have peed too long, will try again in the morning)
2 days before marathon - positive test again. This time tell Gavin and he suggests buying more expensive tests. Take a more expensive test at work and text him a picture and "WTF?"; still positive.
1 day before marathon - go in for bloodwork to confirm pregnancy. They guess that I am about 5 weeks. Doctor says not to run the marathon.
1 week later - Doctor ups my thyroid meds and starts progesterone, hormones a little off, but other than that things look good
1 week later - no heartbeat and things are no longer progressing, miscarriage. I have a panic attach in doctor's office. D and C scheduled for 2 weeks later.
July 2010 - January 2011 - Natural cycles, grieving, and healing
February 2011 - October 2011 - Try new meds and IUI with new doc 3 times. All BFN
January 2012 - Decide to sell our house and pursue an egg donor
May 2012 - Consult with RE #2 to start egg donor process
Our house sells in 13 days!
June 2012 - Sonna-hystogram (tubes and uterus clear)
July 2012 - Hubby has back-up sample frozen for upcoming IVF with donor eggs; close on our house & move in with the in-laws
August 2012 - I start down-regulation meds; donor starts meds
September 2012 - DE IVF #1 on 9/14/12
- Beta #1: 1791 on 9/28/12
October 2012 - Beta #2: 5479 on 10/1/12
- Ultrasound shows 1 heartbeat (122) on 10/11/12
April 18, 2013 - Bayden Christine born at 33 1/2 weeks. 5 pounds 9 oz