Pill Poppin’ (Baby) Mama

So….I’ve been getting emails asking what’s going on and when am I going to blog again.  Well, there’s been a lot going on, but I’ve also been waiting to see exactly what that is.

I can now officially say “Game ON“!
Last week Kate went in for all of her genetic testing, blood work and baseline ultrasound.  This was the moment we’ve been waiting for because K is not a ‘proven donor’ and until we saw the ultrasound we were damn nervous.  I didn’t even realize I’d been shaking the entire time we were in the office until we went to look at K’s lady business and our RE said “whoa look at that!” 
And there we had it, a basket full of eggs.  There were at least 15 antral follicles on her left ovary and about 8-9 on her right.  The RE wasn’t going to count them at first saying “you have nothing to worry about, she’s going to produce a lot of eggs” and I countered with “we’re paying a lot of money for those eggs, count them.”

While we were there, I also insisted on an RPL (recurrent pregnancy loss) blood work panel for myself.  Not that I’ve had recurrent losses, but at this stage in the game, I want to have every single thing checked out.  We caught my thyroid almost by mistake and I’m not assuming everything else is fine.  At this point, I want every test done.
So now we’re waiting for the blood work to come back for both of us.  That should be another week.  The good thing is that even if something in the genetics testing came back wrong–because she’s my partner, we get to decide if we want to go forward whereas if she were a donor the cycle would automatically be cancelled.

In the meantime, Kate has started her period and we’ve already been back for a Day 3 u/s.  Once again everything checked out A-OK and it’s cute to see K preening around boasting about her bumper crop of eggs.  You can almost see her feathers all fluffed up; she’s very proud of herself.  I think she was scared of her body letting me down.  We are both breathing a sigh of relief around her.  So far, so good.

I started birth control pills yesterday, CD3 and will be on them for 15 days.  So far, just one little pill has wreaked havoc on my system.  It gave me insomnia last night and made me feel so nauseous I had dreams of barfing.  I spent the entire night tossing and turning and woke up retching.  I couldn’t eat, was shaking and felt completely out of sorts.  K knew it was serious when I refused my usual (decaf) cappuccino!  I went back to bed by 9am and slept through until noon.  I really hope tomorrow is better, because otherwise I am going to be worthless.  Hopefully my body just needs a bit of time to get adjusted.

If all goes as planned (famous last words…) we should be doing egg retrieval/transfer either the last week of May or the first week of June.

Moving right along now….
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  • Reply Next in Line April 24, 2009 at 3:14 am

    This is so exciting! I am very hopeful for you two and think you might have just come up with the winning combination to make it all work.

  • Reply N April 24, 2009 at 4:01 am

    Hurrah! How exciting!

  • Reply wishinghopingpraying April 24, 2009 at 5:28 am

    I am so excited for you and k’s bumper crop of eggs. I feel good things coming. :-)

  • Reply cindyhoo2 April 24, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Fantastic news! >20 antral follicles is wonderful. You guys may even have embryos to freeze.

    Sorry about your poor response to the BCP. That sounds awful.

  • Reply glamcookie April 24, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Great news! Hope your system adjusts to the BCPs – that sounds like No Fun.

  • Reply Lizzie April 24, 2009 at 11:06 am

    I’m so very, very excited for you ……… !

  • Reply mulberry April 24, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    great news… those BCPs are evil, sorry you are suffering.

  • Reply Jen April 24, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    This is all fabulous news! So much has happened since your last post–holy cow~! Good luck with the bc pills and I hope your body starts to adjust.

  • Reply Cindy April 24, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Your blog post cracked me up (pun intended).

    BTW, if the BCP’s keep you feeling like that, it might be the wrong brand or something. I don’t know if there’s more than one they can use in this case, but I know that Ortho Novums used to make me puke my guts out………

    I’m rootin’ for you guys!

    Love ya-

  • Reply Keely April 24, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    You have mentioned that K is kind of an over-achiever… let’s hope that comes in handy now 😉
    This is great. I went on the pill once and had a very similar reaction. I hope yours smoothes out soon.

  • Reply 2girlsandtheirfamily April 24, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    GAME ON LADIES! This is such great news (aside from your BCP side effects). We have a good feeling about this cycle! And K – way to be a show off 😉

    Can’t wait to see you both on Sunday!

  • Reply reproducinggenius April 24, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    What lovely news that things are moving forward and that K has so many follies! Beautiful! I hope you adjust quickly the the bc pills. That sounds dreadful!

  • Reply insertmetaphor April 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    This is wonderful to read! I’m sorry you don’t feel better, but it must be a comfort to know you’ve got an egg producing machine next to you!

  • Reply babypants April 24, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    I am happy you guys are in the game and such wonderful news about K’s eggs. I hope you feel better soon. L

  • Reply This Mom April 24, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    What great news! Hope you are feeling better soon.

  • Reply poppycat April 24, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    OMG I am so happy to hear all this good news. Hope you adjust to the pills soon.


  • Reply The Amily Diaries April 24, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    that is so great that K has a nice follie count! Sounds like all good news so far. Pretty soon you will be off BC…hang in there

  • Reply jessie April 24, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    things are looking up! i’m really excited for you both. enjoy the weather this weekend.

  • Reply journeytowardsourbaby April 26, 2009 at 9:32 am

    So glad everything is moving along nicely – long may it last!
    You’re a Gemini too aren’t you – what a great present that would be.

  • Reply Heather April 26, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    niiice, looks like things are moving right along over there…

  • Reply Inlocoparentis April 27, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    Great news! Welcome back!

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