Thursday, April 21, 2011

April 2011 ICLW

If you are here visiting for the first time for ICLW, welcome to my little space on the internet!

I am "S", married to "MM" since November 2008.  I am 40, MM is 37, and this marriage is the first for both of us.  We have been TTC our first child since April 2008.  (We knew it "takes longer" when the wife is over 35; we just didn't realize how much longer.)

It has actually been quite a long time--close to a year--since we have done any treatment.  (A link to our TTC history is in the sidebar, if you're interested.)  We are currently gearing up to do a DE cycle at our out-of-state clinic which I refer to here as St. Mungo's.  (Our RE for our DE cycle is "Dr. Dumbledore," so St. Mungo's fits as my name for his clinic, keeping the Harry Potter theme.) 

Except for my sonohysterogram, which is scheduled for the first Friday in May, we have cleared all the many hurdles required to prepare for a DE IVF cycle.  Assuming I get the all clear on my SHG--and I have no reason to believe I won't, since all the testing I've ever had has been normal--we are anticipating an embryo transfer the first week of June, which is right around the corner!

In the process of getting our pre-cycle testing done, we recently learned that MM has low sperm morphology.  All along we both thought that our only problem was poor egg quality related to my age, so this was bad news.  Luckily Dr. Dumbledore has assured us that this result should in no way affect the success of our DE cycle.

It has been a difficult path to get to this point, but for the first time in a long time, we are feeling optimistic about our chances of success.  We really, really, really want to be parents and to put this angst-filled, stressful chapter of our life together behind us.

I always enjoy finding new blogs to read, so if it's your first visit, leave a comment so I can follow you back to your blog!  ;-)


  1. Here from ICLW. Good luck to you with your DE cycle. Love the Harry Potter names! haha!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and happy ICLW!

    And like Whitney above, I'm totally digging the HP references!!

    Best of luck to you with your upcoming IVF! I will be following!

  3. Hi S, here from ICLW. Good luck on your upcoming cycle....I know moving to DE is hard. We are very fortunate to have twins now via DE-IVF. But getting to that point was anything but easy. I look forward to hearing about your journey and wish you the best of luck.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I too thought I had plenty of time to make a baby...and here we are.Best of luck to you during your upcoming cycle.

  5. S, thank you for stopping at my blog!

    I've heard that the success rates with DE are very high and it is nice to see that you are so optimistic about this cycle. Wishing you all the best for your next cycle! (from a lawyer to an attorney :) )

  6. Hi there, stopping by from ICLW. Thanks for posting such a encouraging comment on my blog! It's amazing what encouraging comments (from people we haven't met in person), really do to help us on this journey. They pull us up when we are down.

    Good luck with your SHG. I had one in February and after almost two years of unexplained infertility, we believe we found our explanation - scar tissue or Asherman's Syndrome. We'll know for sure in May when I have a Hysteroscopy.

    I look forward to following you on your journey.

    ICLW #65

  7. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love your HP reference!! yes!! It looks like we may be close with our cycles mine FET around mid June...I'll be sure to follow your journey as well!

  8. Hi! Stopping by for ICLW week and wanted to wish you all the best on your DE journey!

    Much love, Fran

    ICLW #131

  9. Fingers crossed for you that everything works out the way you are hoping.

    ICLW #32

  10. Hello and Happy ICLW!

    I wish you all the best with your next cycle and hope it brings you a BFP and a baby in your arms. xx


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