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Resting continues...

Posted by Anotherhopeful , 27 November 2009 · 557 views

We went today for our follow-up cervical scan to see if we were facing 1) a cerclage, 2) further bed rest, or 3) back to work.  And the winner is... 2) further bed rest.But first and most importantly, the boy beans are still doing great at 20 weeks!And....my cervix has improved over the last week of lying around from 2.1 cm to 2.4 cm.  Although we are...


Monday in bed...

Posted by Anotherhopeful , 23 November 2009 · 571 views

I am definitely out of my element and routine today.  Instead of pushing off and heading in to the office, I have spent my day in flannel jammies curled up in bed with my dog and computer.  I would like to say that it has been a highly productive work day - but I would by lying!  I have tackled a bit of work, and also spent some time reading blogs, go...


No magic bullet...

Posted by Anotherhopeful , 06 November 2009 · 663 views

I have been reflecting this morning – brought on by an interesting discussion on the thread I frequent most often about depression following birth – about expectations.  So often during my teens and 20's I repeated a narrative to myself that goes something like, "if only x happens, then I will be happy/satisfied/fulfilled/complete".    As I gr...


Nuchal Scan - take two...

Posted by Anotherhopeful , 08 October 2009 · 729 views

As some of you have already read, my nuchal experience on Tuesday was frustrating and more than a little disappointing.  I vented here, and had pretty much resolved to just let things lie and wait for the results.  My mother, however, who is a real spit-fire and who I have occasionally characterized as a meddler, decided that we deserved better and Tuesda...


NT Scan

Posted by Anotherhopeful , 06 October 2009 · 1827 views

I had my NT scan this morning and it was extremely frustrating and a little (perhaps irrationally) upsetting.But I will focus on the very good news first!  Both beans are still in residence; Twin A had a heart rate of 155 and measuring right on schedule.  Twin B had a heart rate of 162 and was also measuring right on schedule.  Both were moving around...


10 Weeks

Posted by Anotherhopeful , 17 September 2009 · 598 views

Today is 10 weeks into this maiden voyage.  Unchartered territory is all around me.I am in the midst of ultrasound deprivation – my last scan was at 8 weeks (and seems like an eternity ago) and my nuchal translucency is not scheduled until October 6 – at 12 weeks 5 days.  How I would love to have a peak inside and some visual and auditory confirmation tha...


A dream coming true...

Posted by Anotherhopeful , 03 September 2009 · 611 views

What an afternoon...  We are just back from our 8 week viability ultrasound and almost unbelievably to me, both little beans are still with me and both are doing great!Both are measuring on track size-wise with strong heartbeats.  The blood that had been in my uterus is now 95% gone; through the bits of old blood spotting over the last several days, a...


For non-believers everywhere...

Posted by Anotherhopeful , 25 August 2009 · 738 views

Since this pregnancy was confirmed on August  6, I have had 4 instances of spotting.  The first of the four, which I wrote about here, was the worst. The blood was bright red and plentiful - it left a real impression.  Then, remarkably, things seem to get a lot better.  There have been three other spotting incidents, but all minor; mostly just blood subme...


Doom and gloom

Posted by Anotherhopeful , 18 August 2009 · 495 views

Writing these days seems self-indulgent; almost inappropriate.  As a child, the lesson, “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all” was commonly heard around my household.  I feel like I am wallowing and have little to offer, so be warned gentle readers, if you continue, you will be met with doom and gloom.This second two week wait has be...



Posted by Anotherhopeful , 12 August 2009 · 468 views

I knew going into IVF #2 that even if we were blessed with a positive result that the rollercoaster ride wouldn’t end with a BFP.  Given my experience last time, I assumed that the bumpiest patch would be the time leading up to the viability ultrasound and have been trying to mentally prepare myself for the onslaught of stress.Knowledge isn’t necessarily...

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Me: 40, DH: 45, TTC: 2 years, Issue: Male factor (morphology, count, motility and agglutination) and my age

IVF#1: Feb 7/09 Flare Protocol, ER: Feb 20/09 11 eggs, 7 mature, 3 fertilized w/ ICSI, ET: Feb 22, 2009, 1 4 cell A-, 2 2 cell B, no frosties HPT: March 6: BFP, BETA #1: March 9, 2009 - 808, BETA #2: March 16, 2009 - 13,535U/S March 21, 2009 - heartbeat 120, 5 mm! U/S March 31, 2009 - not viable, "missed m/c"; meds April 4; procedure May 20; baby was a girl

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