Week 4 - Two Week Wait Ends

Ah, the dreaded two week wait (2WW).  This is the time between implantation and the first blood test and is probably the toughest part of the IVF process. It’s hard to wait,  and even harder to know there is certainty at the end.  Did it work? 
A day before our first 2WW,  the doc told my wife not to talk to anyone,  stay off the Internet and just keep quiet for the two weeks.  He thought it would be easier.  He was wrong in our case.  The anxiety level was off the charts and in my eyes,  was a big part of the failure.  He wanted to lessen the anxiety but ultimately raised it.  I remember the call when he said “I’m sorry”... it took a long time to recover from that emotionally and financially but the silver lining is that my wife and I reduced the space between us as we worked on the next steps.  In our case,  we needed recovery time on all sides.
This year,  she approached it in a diametrically-opposed way.  She was on every blog,  told all her friends, had most of our church and friends praying for a good outcome and you know what?  She was relaxed, happy and at peace.  One of the things you see on the Internet is girls talking about doing their own pee-test during the 2WW just to get a head-start on the results.  Bad move in my opinion for many reasons.  My wife did not do a home test and made it thru nice and relaxed. Amazing.  
Feb 29, 2012 we got the call from the doc. You are Pregnant!


Week 2 - Transfer Day

So here are the babies... before the're babies.  Five nice little embryos...  We put in two. Last year at this point we only had two and they didn't look so hot.  This year everything is coming together (God's plan?).  The two with checkmarks are being implanted today, 5 days after retrieval.  He said the big one was so big it was either a  boy or was going to split.  That's the kind of enthusiasm I want to hear :)


Week 0 - Starting Point

The blog starts here... and No, these are not our kids.  I so love this picture and plan to do the same things with our twins if we are so blessed.

This is our second try at IVF with the first attempt exactly a year ago that resulted in a BFP. Looking back I believe that it was not in God’s timing for it to work. You know so often in my life His timing is so much better then mine and even though we both wanted it so much, what felt like a failure last year set us up for huge success this year.

As many things that seemed borderline last year, they all came together in a symphony this year. I remember the day the doc told me about my sperm count. It went something like this:

  • Doc: I’ve got some news about your sperm. The count was 20 million. 
  • Me: WOW! Oh yeah, I’m a stud!!! 
  • Doc: It was supposed to be 200 million. 
  • Me: Ouch.... 
I just love telling that story. Guess what, God only needed a few of those guys to make things happen (With Him all things are possible).