Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Our TTC Timeline

Disclaimer: From the get go, I tracked my ovulation with an OPK. Those who know me in real life understand how much of a control freak I am. This definitely played into the speed at which we took next steps. Everyone is on a different journey, so please don’t compare my process to yours.

October 2011: Got married! Decided to wait one year until we'd officially start trying. We had huge desires to consume ourselves with one another and focus on our marriage covenant

October 2012: Pre-screened by OBGYN to ensure I was immune to Rubella (German Measles). I am immune, so no worries there. Officially ready to start TTC. Bring on the baby dancing. 
November 2012: Got off birth control. Hallelujah!

February 2013: Started seeing a fertility doctor & got my first HSG Dye Test to determine whether or not my Fallopian Tubes were open. Both were perfectly open.
May 2013: First round of Clomid (50mg) produced two eggs; one on each side. My progesterone was a level 35.
June 2013: Second round of Clomid (50mg) produced three eggs; all on my right side.
July 2013: Third round of Clomid (50mg) started, but wasn’t completed since I formed 3 cysts the month prior.
August 2013: Started birth control to help reduce the cysts.
September 2013: Laparoscopy, Hysteroscopy, and HSG Dye Test performed. Read about the results here. During this time at the doctor, we were officially diagnosed with Unexplained Infertility. 
October 2013: Celebrated two years of marriage and decided we would try to get pregnant on our own since the minor case of Endometriosis was removed and the HSG Dye test is said to increase fertility. 

April 2014: Started seeing my fertility doctor again in hopes that we could talk about other options.
June 2014: First round of IUI with Clomid (100mg), Bravelle (two vials), and Ovidrel (1 injection) and produced three eggs with a progesterone level of 41.8. Unfortunately we did not get pregnant.
July 22, 2014: Ultrasound showed that I developed 2 cysts from my recent IUI medications. IVF has been pushed back two weeks. Instead of starting medications on July 23rd, I have to wait a little longer. 
August 6, 2014: Ultrasound showed that all cysts are gone. Now I just wait until my IVF calendar is drafted so I can start medications. 
August 27: Start IVF injections (Lupron)
September 3: First day of stimulation medications (Bravelle)
September 16: Final day of Lupron & Bravelle. Also do a 'trigger shot' (Novarel) and start antibiotics. 
September 18: Egg Retrival day. Doctors got 25 eggies!
September 23: 5-day Embryo Transfer! We transferred two babies: one 4AA and one 3BA.
October 3: 10 days past our 5 day transfer, and I got three positive at-home pregnancy tests! I'M PREGNANT!
October 6: Decided to take two more pregnancy tests just to make sure I was still pregnant! Turns out, I am very much pregnant.
October 7: Doctors confirmed through a blood test that I'm pregnant. My hCG level was 718, and they want to see it above 100, so we are looking good. Praise God! I will be getting a call very soon to schedule my 8-week ultrasound to see how many babies there are and to hear their heartbeats.
October 12: Just because I enjoy seeing a positive pregnancy test, I took another one. This time, the line that reads the hCG level in my body was way darker than the 'test' line! Thank goodness! Still preggo!
October 16: I decided to take another hCG blood test at my doctor's office and the results were at 13,208! Yay... my baby/babies are growing!!!!
October 29: Doctors confirm one very healthy baby!!!

Here's a little tid bit for those who don't know terminology of trying to get pregnant:
AF - Aunt Flow
BC - Birth Control
BD - Baby Dance
BFN - Big Fat Negative
BFP - Big Fat Positive
CD - Cycle Day
CM - Cervical Mucous
DH - Dear Husband
DPO - Days Post-Ovulation
DPR - Days Post-Retrieval
DPT - Days Post-Transfer
DP3DT - Days Post 3 Day Transfer
DP5DT- Days Post 5 Day Transfer
ER - Egg Retrieval
ET - Egg Transfer
FET - Frozen Egg Transfer
FSH - Follicle Stimulating Hormone
HCG - Human Chorionic Gonadotropin
HPT - Home Pregnancy Test
HSG - Hysteroscopy
IUI - Intra Unterine Insemination
IVF - In Vitro Fertilization
OPK - Ovulation Predictor Kit
SA - Semen Analysis
TTC - Trying to Conceive
US - Ultrasound


  1. I am a control freak too! We were doing everything right and I knew something was up. We tried on our own from June 2012 and in January 2013, I knew we needed to get checked. God gives us wisdom in situations like this for a reason! Glad you trusted your gut feeling and started seeking help! Praying for your first IVF to be THE cycle!

  2. Sending lots of baby dust and love your way. I was told I would not be able to have a baby without assistance so when we got engaged I went off birth control because my BC made me very irritable and nauseous. Well, of course, 2 months later I surprisingly found out I was pregnant with my miracle baby. Somehow (well I know how-God's will) it happened for us. Although we would have liked to have been married, we were so thrilled. The wedding had already been planned so we decided to go with it because we didn't want to lose our deposits. We actually had the grooms cake be the gender reveal cake and everyone (including us) found out we were having a boy together. I said all that to say that God's plan is always bigger than any obstacle. My little Jack is a testament to that truth.

  3. WOOF what a journey! Thank you for being so open about everything. And for explaining the terms {i was lost at TTC}. Sending you prayers, love, and hugs!!!!!

  4. Allison, I just have to tell you... You have handled this entire situation with grace, and I so look up to you for that. You're going to make a great mom!

    Hoping for a BFP for you soon! :)

  5. Hang in there. That's all I can say, other than you're in my thoughts, which you better know you are! :)
    Ask your doctor if they are going to call you every day between retrieval and transfer with the "status" of your embryos.

  6. Girl you are one tough spirit! I praise you for sharing your journey and being so strong throughout this process. Keep us updated and I will continue to send many prayers your way! :)

  7. I'm so excited for you guys! Praying! XO