I am pregnant with baby boy #2! We are so excited:) I am five months and cannot believe already how quickly it goes the second time around. Truly. FLYING. I did do another IVF transfer back in March of this year and it was successful. Luckily I did have some eggs left on ice that we could use so I didn’t have to go through with the egg retrieval aspect of IVF again. We tried back in October of this year but the transfer did not work. We did stick to the same exact protocol we did for Rory with the progesterone injections. Their was no particular reason that it didn’t work it just wasn’t meant to be. My body actually reacted very differently to the protocol we had done with Rory this time around and I ended up having an allergic reaction to the Progesterone in oil. After meeting with my doctor I decided to wait a few more months before the next transfer. For me this is the best way to allow my body and mind to completely reset. For anyone that has gone through IVF you know that the mental toll it takes on you when you have so many other things on your plate as a person can be very daunting if you don’t take time to process it all.
We did our transfer back in March and I went into it with the same mindset as I had in the past obviously being very hopeful that it would work but also knowing in my mind that I already have two beautiful kids that I am so incredibly lucky to have in my life. I did acupuncture before the transfer which they do in house at our clinic and it is such a great way to ease your mind and help you relax when you are going through this process. We go to Boston IVF and my doctor Rita Sneeringer is an angel. I highly recommend her to any of you who are having any sort of fertility struggles she is such a wonder reproductive endocrinologist and having an initial consult with her would leave you feeling hopeful I promise.
Doctor Sneeringer always cleared her schedule and made sure that she did my transfers day of which again from a patient doctor standpoint made such a difference because doing IVF is already so nerve wracking and she always made me feel seen, heard, and respected. Right after the transfer was complete I came home and waited the ten dreadful days before I officially got the word I was pregnant. The official word comes from the IVF clinic once you go in and do blood work. Something I do for my mental sanity and health is I do test on day 5/6 with an at home test. I know you are strongly discouraged from doing this as results may vary and even with a negative or positive but it is something I do to cope with the entire process.
Fast forward to my first at home test and it was positive. Given the journey we have been through to have kids for me anytime a positive pregnancy test was shown it always took me a minute to take it all in. Around the time I became pregnant Andy’s dad had just recently passed so it was bittersweet news for both of us because I know it would have been something that made him so happy to hear.
I had my 8 week ultrasound (with IVF they do monitor you very closely in the beginning stages of pregnancy to make sure everything is ok) and I loved my ultrasound technician and she eased my anxiety right away. We did end up finding out the gender this time because Andy really wanted to know although I would have gladly waited again which I know many of you may find hard to believe haha. I had a weird feeling I was having another boy very early on because I had the same symptoms that I did with Rory. They were pretty minimal but it was the same food cravings (cereal mainly haha) and crazy sense of smell that I had that seemed to be a dead giveaway.
I am due in late December and cannot believe how quickly it is all going by. I am so anxious to get going on the progress of Rorys new room that we are going to transition him too as well as the minor tweaks I am going to make to the nursery (paint color that I want to change and a few other tweaks).
Lots more to come but I am so happy to share this exciting new season and journey with you all