Should I be a mother? Do I want kids? As a woman that’s probably a question that’s crossed your mind at some point in time; and maybe it’s on your mind right now. Maybe you are 19 years old and your boyfriend is in the military and you’re wondering if you should have a baby… Continue reading To the woman contemplating motherhood
Unsolicited comments are a constant in today’s society, especially with the prominence of social media. Thus, during my time undergoing fertility treatments I experienced no shortage of, let’s call them “unfiltered” remarks. Similar to that of comments made to a pregnant woman (minus the lovely ones like “don’t you look beautiful” or, “congratulations”), comments made… Continue reading Thinking before you speak when it comes to infertility
We are pregnant. Naturally. Even writing it down I still can’t believe it. Even after multiple pregnancy tests, blood draws, and ultrasounds; I still find myself doubting that it is true. I just never thought a natural pregnancy (or even another pregnancy at that matter) was in the cards for us. But here, as I… Continue reading A Festivus Miracle!
I just finished watching the documentary, “One More Shot”, on Netflix. Guess what? I am still crying. This film is so real. So truthful, so heart wrenching, so me. In 90 minutes this movie managed to completely transport me back in time and to accurately explain the roller coaster of emotions we went through just… Continue reading One More Shot – Documentary Review
With my favorite holiday right around the corner, I thought I would compile a list (a “Christmas list”, of sorts) of the things I could not have survived without during my first year as a new twin mom. I REALLY wish someone would have shared this with me when I was pregnant or right after… Continue reading The new twin mom’s Christmas list
Twin to twin transfusion syndrome, or TTTS, is a serious condition that can occur in babies that share a placenta in the womb (identical twins or higher order multiples). TTTS occurs when the shared placenta contains abnormal blood vessels that connect the umbilical cords and circulation of the fetuses. The placenta may also be shared… Continue reading Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS)
Come ON baby bump, where the heck are you?! Just this past week I have started to notice a small little bump in my abdomen. And none of my pants button anymore. Sounds normal for a woman almost 16 weeks pregnant, right? But what about a woman pregnant with twins? I feel like I should… Continue reading Bump envy
Weeks 1-2 These are the weeks leading up to ovulation. Most women spend this time taking ovulation tests and having lots and lots of baby-making sex. For us IVFers, it’s a little less hot and heavy. This period is usually filled with stimulation drugs (if having a fresh transfer) or other drugs like Lupron, Lovenox,… Continue reading The first trimester in a nut shell (egg shell?)
The moment I asked the ultrasound tech that question has lingered in my mind for the past several weeks, “Are you sure there aren’t two?” Two weeks after our second beta, which sky-rocketed up from 697 to 2003, we had our first ultrasound. Let me tell you, the days leading up to the appointment were… Continue reading Are you sure there aren’t two?
February 1, 2016. 11dp5dt. This was test day and I had never been more scared for something in my life. Leading up to the day I had experienced some cramping, and a “lightning bolt” stab of pain in my uterus the day after transfer. I had also hit a blood vessel in my stomach when… Continue reading IVF #2 – Test Day