Our Infertility Journey- An Update

Thursday, March 10, 2016

I have had so many people email me asking where we are in the IVF process so I figured I would update you guys. First of all, THANK YOU for all the support. I have been overwhelmed with support from the blog community! Honestly, my "blog friends" have provided more support than people I know IRL. Sometimes people think that reaching out to you to ask where you are in the process or how you're doing is "nosey" but it truly is comforting when people contact me about it. After all, that's why I opened up in the first place, so that people would ask questions and spread awareness.

So an update: we have done all of our pre-IVF testing and now it's just a waiting game. We had tons of blood work done to make sure we didn't have rubella, varicella, hepatitis, HIV, etc. We had genetic testing done to rule out some autosomal recessive disorders that our future children could inherit. I had a saline ultrasound done to look at my uterus, which is beautiful and a perfectly hospitable environment for our little babes! I had a "mock embryo transfer" where they make sure the embryo will transfer smoothly when they actually have one to transfer.

What most people don't realize is how incredibly complicated IVF is. It takes months of preparation, schedules and monitoring, ultrasounds and blood draws. I start birth control pills tomorrow so that they can monitor my cycle and make my endometrial lining thin before starting injections. Who would have thought that you have to take birth control to have a baby?! Oh the irony.

On March 25th we go back to our doctor for one last appointment before beginning injections. At this appointment he will verify the dosage of the injectable medications and make sure we are good to go. We will also take our "shot class" at this appointment, where my husband will learn how to give me shots. Then on April 10th I will begin injections every day. I am weirdly excited for this day because it means we are one step closer.

The "Big Day" aka egg retrieval day will be the very beginning of May. There is no date set in stone because it all depends on how your body and ovaries respond to the injections. I will be having ultrasounds almost every day after beginning shots to monitor my ovaries and when they are fully stimulated, we will go for that procedure. During the procedure I will be sedated and asleep, thank God!

What is causing me the most anxiety at this point? 2 things. The first is my biggest fear… that no eggs will fertilize. I am terrified of that. Not common, especially with a fertility center and lab as good as the one we are going to, but it is still a possibility. The second, how am I going to miss work that much for ultrasounds, last minute doctor's appointments, and bed rest after the procedures? I will be giving work less than a 24-hour notice on most occasions. They have been so understanding and supportive but it's still hard regardless of what job you have, especially when you just started working a month ago.

Through it all I am trying to remain hopeful and positive, clinging to my faith and His promises. The verse that is on repeat in my head is 1 Samuel 1:27, "For this child we have prayed." We have prayed daily for years and will continue to pray! Will you pray with us? For my nerves, for our doctors and embryologists, for our future babies.


If you or someone you know is struggling with infertility, I'd love to talk! Or if you have any questions about the IVF process feel free to shoot me an email at davisduoblog@gmail.com

30 comments :

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your journey sweet friend! Sending you all the positive vibes during the next few months and hoping you get the outcome you're looking for! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. I am thinking of you girl! What you have the courage to share with all of us will certainly help so many people...the bit about birth control I had no idea!!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. Prayers and love and hope throughout this journey, lady! I can understand the apprehension about missing work, but in your field I'm sure they understand. <3

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  4. I'm so glad your work is being supportive; I can't imagine trying to go through that in some of my previous jobs. It truly is a fickle and complicated process. Here's hoping for success this time around, lady. Hugs!

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  5. Sending lots of prayers your way! Children are a gift from the Lord! We prayed that same verse in 1 Samuel over Walker, too. It's my favorite. Praying for peace for you and that God gives you that peace that surpasses all understanding as you undergo this journey. You got this, girl!

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  6. Prayers to you! So great to see someone open up like you are, though, as I am sure there are SO many ladies that go through the same thing that don't talk about it! I have no doubt your patience will be rewarded with a little bundle to love up on soon :-)

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  7. oh goodness girl - so much time and waiting and prep! you two are so strong and brave for sharing this journey. i'm sure you give hope to others out there through your strength :) sending all the love and positive vibes!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  8. Sending lots of prayers for you! Prayers for your anxiety and that all goes well.

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  9. I know exactly what you two are going through and how you must be feeling. We have gone through 2 IVF cycles and 2 FET. I will say a prayer for you two, hoping things work out the first time around, unfortunately they haven't for us, but we haven't given up hope. The prep is insane...I actually have an IVF Survival Guide on my infertility blog. I have 2 blogs, very hard to keep up with...I would love to incorporate more infertility things on my main blog, but I'm still unsure about it. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email. Wishing you two the best!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  10. I'm a few months behind you on the IVF schedule...thanks for sharing!

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  11. Thinking happy happy thoughts and sending you tons of supportive hugs!

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  12. I pray for y'all every night when I say my prayers. Sending prayers, love, and positive vibes!

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  13. Found your blog through the link up, but sending you so many prayers! I hope everything works out for you! <3

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  14. Thank you so much for the update!! I had no clue about all this prep process! I can't even imagine going through all this with the shots, BC pills... So glad your uterus is baby ready though!! Thanks for sharing, I love learning about this! Y'all will definitely be parents one day :)

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  15. Thank you for the update. I love reading these types of stories. I struggled with fertility issues and I love seeing how the babies come to be. Are you going to transfer more than one fertilized egg if you get two? I love reading about IVF. Even though I didn't have it, we were on our way towards it. And after reading another friends blog, she taught me a lot about IVF so this is great reading your journey. Thank you!

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  16. Praying for you guys all the time.

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  17. Girlfriend, I SO admire you sharing everything and I really enjoy reading along with your journey and learning more and more - sharing this all is so brave/great of you! I have no doubt that you guys will be parents and be the best parents - sending all of my prayers!

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  18. I have always admired you for being open and honest with the blogging community and this is another perfect example! I am sending endless prayers to you and your husband as you continue your journey. I know there is a beautiful plan in place for you and your family! Xo, Stephanie

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  19. I'll definitely be praying for you on this journey Owen! I know several people who have gone through similar scenarios and although it's not easy, God is so good. :)

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  20. So much love and prayers being sent your way. I'm so proud of you for sharing! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  21. Wishing you so much luck! I did IvF this last fall and am now 23 wks pregnant with boy girl twins. Keep the faith and try to go with the flow during ivf also try acupuncture!

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  22. I was diagnosed with poor ovarian reserve and very bad prognosis of having a baby with my own eggs. I was even given the option to consider donor eggs. That was around july 2014. I was absolutely devastated with the news and I arranged an IVF for November 2014 and it failed also, given that I had nothing to lose, I contacted Dr.Agbazara i meet online and he send me his herbal product,. Believe it or not... I am already pregnant within few after his help. contact him today with any kind of problem and be happy like me on ( agbazara@gmail.com )

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  23. I was diagnosed with poor ovarian reserve and very bad prognosis of having a baby with my own eggs. I was even given the option to consider donor eggs. That was around july 2014. I was absolutely devastated with the news and I arranged an IVF for November 2014 and it failed also, given that I had nothing to lose, I contacted ( agbazara@gmail.com ) i meet online and he send me his herbal product,. Believe it or not... I am already pregnant within few after his help. contact him today with any kind of problem and be happy like me on:

    agbazara@gmail.com OR call +2348104102662

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  24. Don’t think of anything else just contact priest eka and purchase some of his herbal medication and your depression will go away. This was my state of mind when my doctor told me that i will not be able to concieve due to the Fibroid that was rolling in my family life and when i decide to reach out to the priest, and the priest told me what to do in other to get the medication. Eventually I receive all the Herbal medications that cure my Fibroid and give me the chance to become a proud mother: Eka is a great spiritualist, He did it for me, you can contact Eka on (dreka14demons@gmail.com). If you are suffering from the following gynecology disease::
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    Simply contact the spiritualist DrEka on (dreka14demons@gmail.com) to get his Herbal Medication to cure your disease and put yourself on a motherhood side of life..

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