Jul 21, 2010






Just temporaily til we regroup and have something to say.
Thanks to you ALL for your ongoing love and support.

Jul 19, 2010

TWW comes to an end

Well gang, our tww came to a screeching end last night with the dreaded call of a "negative". It is a hard thing to digest at  1am...and difficult to get back to sleep!!  So, now we will take a break, re-group and see what the future brings to us.  I know some of you have had a similar story, with 3 or more negatives, and you know the numbness that comes with it.  Twinges of doubt, moments of sadness and the fight to not throw in the towel! 
For now, best of luck to you all!

Jul 14, 2010

Joy

When we were not able to get a doctor to support us and felt all hope was lost, a lovely member of the SI forum from the US who was in India at the time for egg retrieval gave us hope.  Her name is Joy!  Many of you know who Joy is, and know that she successfully had a baby boy in November 2009.  Joy contacted her doctor in Minnesota who was moving to Canada, and put us in touch.  We have had three successful cycles with Dr M, and he is a lovely doctor, a real gem. Joy and her husband Kelly will always have a huge place in our hearts as they had a hand in making this all possible for us!
Monday night I got to meet my lovely Joy in person!! Joy was in town for work and we were able to connect for dinner.  We have emailed over the last year and spoken on the phone but nothing beats sitting down for good ole fashioned gal chat, and that we did.  We had an amazing time and it felt as if we had known each other for ever!  This a night I will remember forever.  And Joy, I owe you cash for the convenience store purchase - in all the excitement I forgot to settle up!
We are very fortunate to have met some amazing people along the way. We are blessed to have great friends at home and all of you around the world.
Oh and by the way, our beta is on the 17th!!!

Jul 8, 2010

Friends

Yesterday as I was sitting around with a post egg retrieval swollen abdomen and pain that Motrin would not even touch I got a lovely surprise.  A beautiful flower arrangement delivered to me, all the way from Australia!  A cheer up and feel better bouquet, which did just that!  This surrogacy journey is so difficult, but we have made amazing friends along the way.  Thanks Nik, Lisa, Taj and Alex!!

Jul 7, 2010

Lucky number 14

We just had the fertilization call...14 embryos  (78%)!!!  The other four were somewhat immature but the dr at the lab will keep an eye on them and see if they make any progress overnight.   Whew...was a little stressful as Mark had to give a second sample due to lazy sperm, and before we left the clinic they mentioned they may need to do ICSI.  No ICSI and pure IVF worked out great again!  We are so fortunate to be able to always have great results on embryo production...just wish it was as easy with pregnancy. Tomorrow they all go on a long ice holiday, which with the 42celcius weather here this week sounds good to me.

Jul 6, 2010

Eggs and TWW

We ended up with 18 eggs and will know our fetilization rate tomorrow.  The babies will be put on ice until we know what are next steps are. This cycle was so unsual.  Even the retreival was off for me.  Sadly I felt every follicle rupture, even with the second dose of narcotics.  I am not a crier by any means but this put me to tears, of pain.  Thank goodness this is done and over with for now.
We also had a transfer in India today.  We had 3 embryos transferred and are now in the TWW! After the negatives it is hard to be excited about the TWW, but July 20th can't come quick enough!

Jul 5, 2010

EPU Tomorrow

July 6th will be our retrieval.  I have hesitated to put up any updates as this cycle was far from normal.  I ended up with 15 days of stims, normally has been 10.  The cycle was slow and a little nerve racking.  We ended up going to the clinic 5 days in a row for very close monitoring.  Sunday brought the good news of "your ready for your trigger".   Fortunately, I have loads of follicles - the doctor stopped counting at 20.  All are in line at 1.8 - 2.1 in size, and a few little guys may catch up in time for retrieval tomorrow.  Of course, in typical Mark and Kerrie fashion, there is a blackout in Toronto and we are worried that if it remains black tomorrow, what will this mean for our retrieval.  I am sure there are back up generators so we should not be too worried.....
One thing I noticed this cycle is how exhausted I felt, especially after the trigger.  It is now 24 hrs past trigger and I am starting to feel better.  Guess HcG has a 24 hour half life.