"First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. Fourth, DARE!"
It has been a wonderful, exciting and anxious past couple of months! Hormones. YEP! Cravings. YEP! Crying for no reason. YEP! Hot flashes. YEP! But after much medication, many doctors visits and surgery, we finally have some dates to look forward to! But first let's recap how far we have come!
First, Joe and I did our initial lab work and I had my first ultrasound.
Then, I had surgery early January. This was to correct my blighted ovum and cauterize my right tube. The healing process was about 1-2 weeks and this created for a zero ectopic risk pregnancy, plus a healthy environment for a growing fetus! It was a preventative surgery.
Next, I started medications. I had to take a tablet nightly, prenatals and also a nightly hormone injection, which Joe did for me. It went right under my belly button. Then, on the night before my egg retrieval, I took a "trigger" shot, which gave me flu like symptoms and burned!
After a couple weeks of that, I was scheduled for the egg retrieval. 9 were retrieved and again I was put under anesthesia.
Next, my eggs were put in a lab with an embryologist. They were fertilized and 3 made it to the blastocyst stage, which means they are ready to be implanted and the cells have multiplied at a healthy, consistent rate.
After the eggs were fertilized, they were frozen and are now incubating in the lab. My egg transfer date is MARCH 30th! In the meantime, I'm doing estrogen patches every 3 days and estrogen pills 3x a day. The week before transfer I'll be doing injections with a much bigger needle and a more condensed serum that is pure progesterone!
Then my blood pregnancy test will be April 10th!
We are SO hoping, dreaming, wishing, praying and believing that it will be a positive test result!
With the divorce rate at 50%, that means many blended marriages and "step" children to follow..Someone needs to voice this! It's tough! Nitty gritty! Hardcore and without exception of blame! This blog is to not just inform but solidify how difficult, awkward and how severe the power struggle can be as a "step-parent"