Baby dust…

I’ve noticed that the infertility community doesn’t often wish each other good luck for a successful treatment and pregnancy, and with a diverse group of people, “sending prayers” can be inappropriate. Instead, they/we often say something to the affect of “Sending you baby dust,” or “Wishing you lots of sticky baby dust.” It’s like “break a leg” for performers.

But, we’ll take it all! Prayers. Luck. And Baby Dust!

Only 2 more days until Timon the Embryo is thawed and transferred ❤️

Christmas in July!

Yesterday, I had an ultrasound and bloodwork that showed we are 100% on track for having Timon, our embryo, transferred on July 25 at 11am. It’ll be Christmas in July!

Today, I started taking an antibiotic as a precautionary measure and will continue until the day before the transfer. I also started my injections of progesterone in ethyl oleate. We’re hoping my body will tolerate the new oil better than the sesame oil I’ve used before. I will have daily progesterone injections until we find out if I’m pregnant in August. If I am, I will continue for many weeks. If I’m not, I will stop.

The progesterone has to be ordered from a out-of-state pharmacy as most pharmacies don’t carry the one in ethyl oleate. It arrived in a small box packed with blue tissue paper. I’ve had shipments of fertility medicine from a national pharmacy in the past, and it always has a sterile fill to it. That’s not bad per se, but this pharmacy included some touches that made the experience more personal. While the tissue paper may seem simple, the pharmacy owners also included a thoughtful note about their personal experience with IVF, and they typically include some chocolate, too. Of course, summer weather and chocolate don’t mix, so I missed out on that. I’ll survive. We just need Timon to “stick.”

I love math!

But, pregnancy math is on the same level as toilet paper and paper towel math for me.

With the knowledge of when our embryo will be transferred, we can estimate when my due date long before we actually transfer Timon The Embryo. It’s not official but an online calculator. It does factor in that our embryos are already 5 days old. Frozen in time in 2016.

So, transfer is slated for July 25. Timon is 5 days old. And, somehow I’m 1 week pregnant today. But, I’m not. ‘Cause pregnancy math is weird.

Ultrasound and bloodwork…

One step closer to getting this big girl a baby sister or brother.

Today’s ultrasound and bloodwork showed we’re right on schedule for our transfer on July 25. There was a slight concern I might need more estrogen in the form of patches, but my estrogen levels were perfect. Phew!

Meet Timon and Pumbaa!

Our two embryos now have nicknames. We’ll be transferring Timon on July 25.

Thank you to everyone for all the amazing ideas! It was difficult to choose, but Chris and I both love The Lion King. We might have to enlist your help for baby names (especially if Timon turns out to be a girl 👀).

Meet our embryos!

Embryo 1 and Embryo 2 just don’t have a ring to them! So, we need your help! We want to give our embryos nicknames until they hopefully grow into happy little babies.

We’ve given our previous embryos nicknames, too! But, we didn’t have YOUR creative minds at work!

Our previous embryos were nicknamed: Pratt & Whitney and Briggs & Stratton. I hope it’s evident that Chris named them. We can’t remember our 5th embryo’s nickname or if we even had one. Poor little guy.

Leave your ideas below! If we have too many favorites, we might open it up for some voting. The options are endless, but we are shooting for nicknames rather than baby names. It can be as silly as “marshmallow” or more sentimental like “faith.” The nicknames can coordinate or not at all. Have fun with it!

I may be getting ahead of myself…

But, I want to believe…