YES! I get to start a lodge! I think...I'm allowed to do this, right? If someone already did this, please ignore me and post on the first one. But I didn't see one already started.
Welcome to your lodge, Joy!
Yea! Yea! Welcome to your lodge!
Sienna 11/2/05 Michael 1/11/09
Welcome to your lodge! I look forward to reading about your journey.
Ericka~Mommy to David, Paul and Adam
Tyson and I have been together for 7.5 years. We've been married for 4.5. I met him the summer between my sophomore and junior years of college. I had a summer job in Tahoe working as a deck hand/beach girl for a 55ft. catamaran that did day sails. He was taking time off after college (thought he was going to go to med school) to be a snowboard bum and was working at the Hyatt up there. He used to call all the time to make guest reservations on the boat. Now Tyson has an amazingly sexy voice. Seriously, it's nice. Anyway, I commented on it to a coworker who then told Tyson I had the hots for him...after that he would ham it up on the phone with basically a porno voice. lol. Anyway, he came down to the beach and met me for the first time, asked me on a date and the rest is history. We knew within a week that we were going to marry some day.
Since then, we've lived all over the country, moving both for his job and for mine. Our last move was to Austin, TX. We came here so I could quit my job in NYC and go back to school for my master's in nursing. That's about to be put on hold, as DH got a really great job opportunity in Tianjin, China. We're about 90% sure we're moving there this spring.
I'm a former egg donor (donated 4 times successfully...all couples conceived), so we never thought we'd have trouble getting pregnant. When I went off the pill though, my period never came. I tried taking progesterone multiple times to get things going. It would work that once and then my body would stall out again. I was diagnosed with PCOS and put on clomid. We did six unsuccessful rounds of clomid. I then tried two cycles of Femara...both unsuccessful. We moved directly onto IVF because we already knew I wasn't a good candidate for IUIs (produce too many eggs under stimulation drugs). We got lucky on our first IVF cycle. We transferred two embryos. They both implanted, but one of them never developed a heart beat. My hormone levels were sky high though, so they put me on Lovenox (a blood thinner) to prevent me from getting a blood clot. I was so over taking daily shots...but did it because it would prevent miscarriage.
During the first trimester, I had some major dizzy spells. I chalked it up to pregnancy symptoms. Then, one day at work, I was in major pain. I went to the ER and they thought I had appendicitis. They didn't do emergency surgery because the anesthesia would have harmed the baby. So we decided to wait it out and make sure that's what it was. While I was there, my blood pressure dropped so low that the nurse told me she'd never seen someone coherent with bp that low. That led to them finding and diagnosing a burst blood vessel in my abdomen. I was bleeding internally from the damn Lovenox. I was super anemic at that point. I stayed in the hospital a few more days, was taken off of the Lovenox, and I've been fine since.
I never really had any morning sickness this pregnancy. Actually, aside from the bleeding incident, I've had a wonderful pregnancy.
On Monday I had my first internal exam. I was 90% effaced and 1 cm dilated. I've been contracting in regular intervals since Sunday. Last night I was contracting every 3-4 minutes, with them lasting about 30 secs each. I'm nervous that the baby is going to come before she's 37 weeks.
I'm looking forward to my NCB. I figure after so many interventions to get pregnant, I'd like to have the baby as naturally as possible. Due to the bleeding episode, I risked out of the birthing center here in town. I'm not comfortable with a homebirth. So, I'll be birthing at a hospital with a doula present. My OB is pretty NCB friendly, so that's nice.
One of these is my baby, this is on transfer day...I'm all valiumed out:
Wow! What a captivating story. Sounds like you have lived in as many (probably even more) places than DH and I have -- we were also in NYC at one point; perhaps we overlapped. And, how exciting that you, DH and your baby girl will probably be moving to China. Lots to look forward to. Anyway, congratulations on being so close to your NCB! I look forward to following the rest of your journey. Here's hoping you make it to 37 weeks!
Wife to Johnny
Mom to Jack (7/12/2007), Derek (7/5/09) and their canine brother, Atari (5/9/2004)
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Time for your lodge already?! Yippee!
Thanks for the great intro and I look forward to following your end-of-pregnancy story and reading all about your birth!
DD - Nov/06, DS - Sept/08, DS - Mar/11