Monday, July 30, 2007

Almost There

We are pretty close to getting our marketing materials finalized. The pictures are burned to a CD and I send C the "final" versions of the Dear Birthmother letter and resume paragraphs for one last review. I am hoping to get them all sent off today since C is having surgery on his foot tomorrow and will be out of pocket for a while.

On a different topic, I am thinking about making a consultation appoitment with my RE to find out his view as to why I all of a sudden stopped ovulating. My FSH level is still below 10 so I do not think it is premature ovarian failure like he initially thought. I am convinced that the cyst that I had back in January damaged my ovary. I am very content with our decision to adopt but a part of me wants to know what is going on with my body. Is that weird?

Friday, July 13, 2007

First Adoption Steps

Once we decided to go the adoption route, we did things very quickly. It was early May when we made the decision (but we had been talking about it since before D was born when we were having troubles getting pg the first time). I did a ton of internet research and we requested more information from a couple of agencies and/or facilitators. Once we chose our facilitator, we immediately started the home study process. Our social worker came out to our house in mid-June and just mailed out our report yesterday - I can't wait to read it. We are currently in the process of writing our Dear Birthmother letter and resume pages and pulling lots of pictures together for our website. I have set a personal goal of having all of that complete by the end of July so we can be up and running on the web by the end of August.

Its been really hard finding pictures of me and C (without D) within the last few years since all of our pictures in the past few years have included D. Hopefully we picked some good ones and the mother of our future baby will like them.

Once we get up and running on the website, we just wait for a match.



Its been a while since I first started this blog so I guess its time for me to add an introduction. C and I tried for 4 years to get pregnant on our own (with one mc in there). We finally went to an RE and got pregnant with D on our first clomid cycle. D was born born prematurely - at 31 weeks - due to a previously undiagnosed bicornuate uterus. He spent 7 weeks in the NICU but now he is a strong, healthy almost 4 year old. When D was about a year old we starting trying again. I went back to the same RE and thought clomid would do the trick again. Well, we tried 8 clomid cycles total (with 4 IUIs) with no luck.

After that, we took a break for a while and actually got pregnant on our own last year. Unfortunately, I lost that baby at 12 weeks. A few months after that, I found a new RE and thought I'd see what he had to say. I really liked him - he was much more personable and would take the time to actually explain things. On my first clomid cycle with my new RE in Januaray of this year, I had several good follicles on my right side (my left ovary never really developed so I only have one working ovary). After the trigger and IUI, I had excrutiating pain and ended up in the ER diagnosed with a very large cyst. Seems that even though I has several good follicles I did not ovulate that month after all (maybe the cyst prevented ovulation???). It took a few months for the cyst to go away. I have done two other clomid cycles since then and neither of them produced any follicles at all. Doctor thought I was going through pre-mature menopause but my FSH levels are still under 10. I havn't been back to talk to him since I got those test results back.

Does anyone know if it is possilbe that the cyst could have damaged my ovary so I am not longer producing follicles. Thats the only thing I can think of since I had always responded to clomid before.

Last time I saw him (when he thought my FSH would be high), he mentioned donor eggs, however, by that time, C and I had already decided to adopt. I'll post more later about the adoption process so far. I has been a whirlwind already.