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Crinone is the bastard son of the Devil. November 29, 2009

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Severe Fatigue.


Memory… Wait, what was I saying?



Sore, swollen boobs.


Cottage Cheese.

Near-Certainty that this isn’t going to work.


Crinone – It’s the pregnancy you have when you’re not really pregnant!

What should be happening… November 28, 2009

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This is what happens after a 2dt, aka, what I really hope is happening right now!

Thu 26/11~ 1dpt ..Embryo is growing and developing

Fri 27/11~ 2dpt ..Embryo is growing and developing

Sat 28/11~ 3dpt… Embryo is now a blastocyst

Sun 29/11~ 4dpt….Blastocyst hatches out of shell on this day

Mon 30/11~ 5dpt.. Blastocyst attaches to a site on the uterine lining

Tue 1/12 ~6dpt.. Implantation begins, as the blastocyst begins to bury in the lining

Wed 2/12~ 7dpt.. Implantation process continues and morula buries deeper in the lining

Thu 3/12~ 8dpt.. Morula is completely inmplanted in the lining and has placenta cells & fetal cells

Fri 4/12~ 9dpt…Placenta cells begin to secret HCG in the blood

Sat 5/12~ 10dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops

Sun 6/12~ 11dpt…More HCG is produced as fetus develops

Mon 7/12~ 12dpt…HCG levels are now high enough to be immediately detected on HPT

Tue 8/12~ Beta Day

Meet Petri November 26, 2009

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4 cell day 2 embryo, Grade B

Petri is a 4-Cell day 2 embryo, grade B (A=best, D=Worst). He is ‘doing all the right things’ and ‘dividing nicely’.

I’ve had him on board for just over 12 hours, after a quick and easy transfer.

We’d really like him to stick around.


And there was one November 24, 2009

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We have one embaby.

The amount of love I already feel for this little fighter is indescribable.

2dt tomorrow.

Two November 23, 2009

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Two Fucking Eggs.

All that.
All that pain.

All that stress.

All that time.

All that money.

All that pressure.

All that hope.

And I produced two. eggs.

Don’t shoot unicorns up my butt by telling me it only takes one.

We all know what the odds are here.


The waiting time… November 23, 2009

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In less than two hours, I will be leaving for my egg retrieval.

Hope, wonder, terror.

What if…

What if they don’t find any eggs?

What if they find them, and they’re not mature?

What if they don’t fertilise?

What if they do fertilise, and then they die?

What if they don’t implant?

What if they do implant, and then they die?

Every step of the way is another investment, another slide down the tunnel of IF.

I never thought I’d get here.

But I said, never say never.

Happy ICLW! November 22, 2009

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Welcome to my little corner of the world 🙂

A more in-depth background story is here, but the short version goes something like this…

Mr G and I have been married since April, but our IF journey started the day after I met him when he told me he could never father children, due to his Klinefelter’s Syndrome (XXY). We decided late last year to use donor sperm, and did an injectable IUI cycle in July/August this year. Clearly, that didn’t work. We moved on to IVF/ICSI (still with donor sperm), and I have ER tomorrow morning, after stimming for 14 days. I am not particularly optimistic, as we were nearly cancelled last week.

We are aiming for a 5dt, and have all our hopes pinned on this working, and us getting some frosties, because otherwise I don’t know when we can do this again.

Nothing like pressure.

Relief November 19, 2009

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So I’m still stimming.

EPU will be Monday, I trigger on Saturday

To say I am relieved is the understatement of the century.

Not looking good. November 18, 2009

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Follie check this morning, things aren’t looking good.

I have one beautiful 19mm follicle, and 36 hovering at around 10-12mm. The smaller ones, although plentiful, aren’t doing what they sould be. They’ve hardly grown in the last few days.

Haven’t had it confirmed by the doctor but the chances of me continuing on to Monday aren’t looking good.

Waiting on blood results and to have the doctor review my US.

Something has to make me laugh… November 17, 2009

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Upon whinging about my many bruises, I was named “Tash and her amazing technicolour belly”

Coming up next, IVF, the musical! Starring… This guy!


More monitoring in the morning.