Sunday, May 3, 2015

I'm excited to announce...

I'm NOT pregnant, yet, but I'm excited to announce that the hubs and I, after 3 failed IUI's after my loss, we are moving forward with IVF! We are both excited and nervous at the same time. It's more invasive than IUI. Before we start IVF, I will have a minor minor surgery to clear anything that may be blocking my uterus. This will probably happen either this week or early next week and then the following week, we start stimulating my follicles! Of course, I'll have to go every 2 days to check on the growth of my follies, which is nothing out of the norm for me. 

Is it sad that I get excited about taking Bravelle? Yay, injections!!! Hey, at least they are not painful. So IVF process is basically the same as IUI. Only difference is that the medication is doubled. The reason why they want me to take double is because they want to be able to retrieve as many eggs as possible, but they only need 3. If I have 14, that'll be awesome, which isn't a problem for me. I don't have a problem growing eggs, I have a problem releasing them for ovulation. Once I have enough eggs to retrieve, I'll trigger just like IUI. It'll take about 36 hours for Dr Griffith to be able to retrieve the eggs. The procedure takes about 10-15 minutes but I will be put under because it's a needle going through my hooha. Yeah, you would want to be asleep as well! Oh and during this entire process and my entire pregnancy, I will have to stay away from any stress. Basically I will need a bubble to keep away any stress in my life. No problem there!

Aren't you jealous of my lavish life? Ha!

This happens every day, any where, at the same time. Fun stuff!

After the egg retrieval is done, Dr Griffith with fertilize my eggs with the hubs' little swimmers. I'll have the transfer done between day 3 or 5 depending on how great the embryos look. My doctor only wants to transfer just one embryo because it makes him nervous that I have a higher chance of multiples and also a higher risk of losing all babies because of my incompetent cervix. So one embryo it is. Now, just because he's transferring only one it doesn't mean that I won't be able to have twins. Anything is possible. Ok, so after my transfer is done, which I'll be awake for this procedure so I can see my embryo being placed in my uterus. I will be given valium so I can be relaxed...ooooh yeah....haha! Once the transfer is done, I will go home and be put on mandatory bed rest for 3 days. That means I'm only allowed to get up to use the bathroom. Oh and no showers or baths allowed during bed rest. I am going to be one stinky mommy to be! Ha! Poor hubster. After 3 days are done, I will return to the office a couple of times to have blood work to check on my hormone levels. I will have to wait 14 days (the dreaded TWW aka Two Week Wait for those of you that do not know the lingo) and have my beta done to see if my little embryo does stick! Eeek! Just thinking about this whole process is getting me super excited. I'm leaving it all in God's hands and if this wasn't meant to be, then it's just not my time yet. But I won't give up until I get what my heart desires. Once I find out that I am pregnant I will be put on mandatory rest for 12 weeks until I can have a cerclage done (stitches on my cervix to prevent from having a preterm labor again). Those 12 weeks will drive me nuts, but I already have a list of shows to watch on Netflix. Also, be prepare to see a lot of "I'm bored and this is what I'm doing" posts on my blog. But please do bare with me. Oh and if anyone wants to come over to my house and keep me company, that would be fantastic. 

So that's what's been happening these past few months. We've been so busy and I've been trying to focus on staying stress free, which is hard, trust me. I can't wait to keep you guys updated on this procedure. I've never done IVF and I know so many women that have done it, so if you have any tips, please feel free to comment or send me a message!

Oh! I almost forgot! I'm also writing a book. Yep, I know, crazy and scary, but I'm doing it. The title will be "What to expect when expecting to expect" It's basically going to be every single thing I've been dealing with infertility and how it's changed me as a person. Thanks to my bestest best friend, Ariella for the idea! She's going to be my manager ;-)

Also, if you want amazing recipes, one of my best friends started a food blog and I want to share her website Chocolate Chips and Bacon Strips How cute is that name? She's an amazing cook and makes delicious desserts. I wish I could be a great baker like her. I'll have to face my fears and give it a try. I might start with the Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Rolls. YUM! Ok, well hope everyone has a fantastic rest of the weekend! Much love and God bless.

-Mrs Barker


  1. Sindi this is fantastic! All of it! I will continue my prayers!

    1. Thank you so much my sweet friend! I am so blessed to have friends that support me all the way! Love you!