A mother’s love

My previous blog post titled Test Day is part of our 2nd go at IVF story which took place late 2016/early 2017. I will continue recounting those events over the next few months. I want to have it all out of my system before we gear up to go again. Speaking of gearing up. Tristan…

Test day.

I awoke test day to discover I was no longer bleeding. Not even a spot. By memory I had bled for about 2.5 days. My period normally lasts for 5-7 days. With this in mind I believed I had had my first ever pregnancy quickly followed by my first ever miscarriage. The clinic had told…

They call it the two week wait…

Once we arrived home I set myself up on the couch and tried to calm down. EVERYTHING you read says it’s important not to stress. Other “tips” for success I’d heard were: Keep warm. Especially your feet. Laugh. Funny movies were suggested. Eat the core of a Pineapple. Reframe from sex. No heavy lifting. I…

I’m sorry too

13.10.18 I went to a skin clinic in Rouse Hill this afternoon. Had my first ever hydro dermabrasion treatment. It was amazing. Thank you Gehle! The therapist a complete stranger started chatting to me. Beauty therapist: “Nice ring. When did you get married?” Me: “Thank you. 2014.” Beauty therapist: “Oh nice, do you have kids?”…

The most important of days…

REMINDER The below can be found on the Monash IVF Australia website… Stage 7: Embryo transfer If your embryo develops in the lab, you’re ready for it to be transferred into your uterus. Your fertility nurses will contact you to explain what you will need to do to prepare. The embryo transfer is a very…

A prelude…

We had actually made it to transfer. It was happening. A little teeny tiny blastocyst made from bits of me “hopefully my eyes” and bits of Tristan “hopefully his long legs” was going to be placed ever so carefully inside my uterus to miracle above all miracles become our baby. SPIN OUT! I’d been taking…

Going through the motions

Apart from my sessions with Anni round 2’s stim phase / drug regime didn’t differ from round 1. Tristan was still afraid of me “for good reason.” And I was still afraid of jabbing myself so once again nightly visits to my Aunty Jo’s couch became the norm. Aunty Jo is a qualified nurse and…

Three Eyed Anni

It was October 2016 and we’d decided to get back on the torture train. Our previous failed standard round of IVF had proven fertilisation was an issue. We’d been told ICSI was the way forward. Rather than drop a bunch of sperm into the same sassy little dish as my eggs and then wait for…

Feeling the need…

Lately I have been feeling the need to blog again. It’s been a time. A lot has happened since my last period of over sharing. The series of blog posts I published previously were all written upon reflection of our first round of IVF. During round 1 the thought of sharing our experience never crossed my…

Dear Google Doctor, are my nipples meant to be this sore?

The stim phase was far easier the second-time round. I was much more at ease having already been through the process before. The fear of the unknown eliminated. I also tried my hardest to lay off google. But that shits tough. During stims I remember searching things like: Is it better to sleep on your…

Bone broth, at least 3 cups a day…

Round 2, ICSI, called for a repeat of the lovely stimulation process as none of our 15 eggs produced in round 1 had fertilised. So although we were stepping things up with ICSI, and increasing our fertilisation chances we had a bit to get through first. Drugs Avoidance of OHSS Monitored follicle development and growth…

It’s the moosh that counts!

At the completion of the investigation process prior to IVF round 1, Tristan and I were told we fall into a small category of people with unexplainable infertility. Meaning all of the blood drawn, all of the scanning, ultrasounds, lube, and awkward chit chat with strangers as they inserted foreign objects up my vagina hadn’t…