Toddler Twins

Our Infertility Journey

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It is National Infertility Awareness Weekย and the theme this year is Start Asking. I would like to share our journey and #StartAsking others to do the same so we can reduce the stigma around infertility.

  • October 2010 – Married! Woohoo! We begin casually trying to get pregnant and figure it will happen when the time is right.
  • May 2011 – Still not pregnant. I start obsessing (as usual), and we start using ovulation predictor kits.
  • July 2011 – Make an appointment with first RE (Reproductive Endocrinologist) and we get a ton of tests done. At the age of 26, I am diagnosed Diminished Ovarian Reserve. Basically I didn’t have a ton of eggs left, and the ones that were remaining may have been of low quality.
We went shooting for the first time after this news. I needed to release some anger!
We went shooting for the first time after this news. I needed to release some anger!
  • August 2011 – April 2012 – We do 1 Clomid cycle and 6 cycles with Follistim. I am basically in menopause during these cycles and experience hot flashes, mood swings and giant ovaries. I make a ton of eggs (a surprising response) but I am still not pregnant.
Injectables from first cycle
Injectables from first cycle
  • May 2012 – Meet with a new RE and decide to move forward with IVF.
  • June 2012 – Start 1st IVF cycle.
  • Stomach bruises from all of the shots :(
    Stomach bruises from all of the shots :(
  • July 2012 – They retrieve 22 eggs!!! We end up with 6 healthy embryos on day 5!! We implant 2 embryos.
Embryo transfer day!
Embryo transfer day!
  • August 2012 – FINALLY pregnant with 1 perfect baby. Grayson arrives in April 2013.
IT'S ABOUT TIME!
IT’S ABOUT TIME!
  • September 2014 – We implant 2 embryos again and I am pregnant with twins! The girls arrive in May 2015.
Family of FIVE!
Family of FIVE!

Infertility is the hardest thing I have ever been through. While I was going through all of these treatments and heartbreaks, I still had to be a functioning adult. I had to go to work, social events, and family functions when I felt like I was dying inside. A small group of friends and family knew what we were going through, but didn’t really know how to address it with us. Looking back, I wish I hadn’t been so embarrassed and ashamed. I wish I let more people know what was going on and there wasn’t such a stigma. So I am going to #StartAsking people to share their journey, and #StartAsking people to support others going through infertility.

Comments (8)

  • Sarah,
    I feel privileged that you have shared your journey, and I my heart is full for your family. Your children have the most wonderful parents, and will never know a day without a love that truly goes to the moon and back.
    Much love, Gretchen

  • It’s amazing how far healthcare has come that you were able to have THREE beautiful babies! I can imagine your devastation after finding out about infertility with the first RE! I remember being so frustrated that it took me 3 cycles to get pregnant. I’m so happy to see your success with IVF! Your babies are perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you SO much! It was such a struggle but totally worth it.

  • Hey Sarah! I stumbled on your post via #startasking . . .but then saw your tagged page on ABA! I am a BCBA and loved checking that out! and BONUS: I have twin girls who were born in May 2015 too! Anyways, had to say hi ๐Ÿ™‚

    Lindsey
    http://www.clinecountrymusings.com

    • Um, no way! I just blog-stalked you and I am also in the middle of a 21 day fix! I think we should be best friends!! Lol!

      • bahaha I love it!! Super excited to follow you along with your cute little family! My background is in early intervention and I’ve already started my ridiculous planning as these chicas get a little older… I love seeing another mama using it at home!

  • Thanks so much for sharing your struggle. I too underwent IVF (around the same time you did in 2012) and had my triplets in Febraury 2013! #startasking

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