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My husband, David, and I had been trying to have a baby since November of 2007. After 'letting things happen', we got the amazing news that we were pregnant in June of 2008. Sadly, that pregnancy ended at 9 weeks with a natural miscarriage. After two more chemical pregnancies, we turned to fertility treatments in 2009. That decision was a disaster, with lousy medical care and poor monitoring. In December of 2009, we made the huge decision to move onto IVF. Things fell into place like magic and we began treatment on January 15, 2010. After a blighted ovum in March, we did a successful FET in June, only to endure another blighted ovum in July. We kept up and underwent another IVF in September/October of 2010 with the arrival of our son, Brogan in July of 2011! After our lovely success (finally) we decided to undertake yet another IVF treatment and hope for a sibling for our little red headed boy. Well... so far it's worked. Our story continues below!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I've got to write about this...

I don't know if anyone is still following the blog.  I get a lot of page visits every day still (wow?) but it's been a really long time since I updated anything.

Well I have an update.

In September David and I undertook another IVF treatment.  We really thought long and hard about it and seeing how much Brogan loves other kids, and how much energy he has, we really wanted to have another child.  Both for ourselves, and also for Brogan... we couldn't imagine Christmas' and birthdays without a sibling to share the experience with.  That and our age... we know we won't be around as long as young parents, so we really wanted to provide a sense of family, a source of memories and closeness with someone who would be there long after we weren't.

The cycle was textbook.  I produced over 30 eggs, 28 of which were mature and 18 fertilized normally.  On September 10th, we transferred three excellent embryos and began the agonizing wait once again.  Because of the number of eggs that I produced, I was at high risk for OHSS, and sure enough, about a week past the transfer, it set in.  I was in misery!  After a flurry of tests and doctor appointments it was arranged for me to have an early ultrasound.

Now I know I was at a high risk for twins, based on the beta numbers that we had gotten early on.  My first beta at 9dp5dt was an impressive 309.  The second, two days later, was a comforting 765.  Obviously we were pregnant and off on another whirlwind adventure.... but now it's turned into a whole new book.

At the ultrasound, performed at just a day over my 5th week of pregnancy, I immediately spotted two gestational sacs on the screen.  I know they were sacs because I've actually read websites on how to read ultrasounds.  Training websites - for people learning to read ultrasounds.  Only I wasn't interested in all the kidneys and livers and other useless gut things... I was ONLY interested in what early ultrasounds showed.  Hence - I knew I was looking at two sacs.

That, and the tech told me after I asked.  But I digress.

Okay - I was prepared for the possibility of twins.  It was made well aware to me on the day of our transfer when the embryologist refused to transfer the four we are legally allowed to.  She was pushing hard for only two embryos... but I pushed for that third.

So, after going over other areas (we were really looking for OHSS information) the wand passed over my uterus again and I was shocked to see what I thought was a THIRD gestational sac.  I asked the tech and again, she confirmed it.  She did say it was smaller and not 'as promising' as the first two, but fack.... all three embryos implanted and have started to grow.

Our chances of triplets just skyrocketed - even though, to be honest, they are still not that high.  Anything can happen.  They might not be viable.... they might... well... anything can happen.

We get another ultrasound on October 12th.  We will see heartbeats... or heartbeat... or please something... at that time.... Until then.  I just had to write about this.


  1. Wow, Sonya! Congratulations! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers for a safe, healthy pregnancy!

  2. Holy crap you little stinker!! You should have told me!! I'm excited to have another MOM to go through this with :) Best wishes for all three babies!!

  3. Congratulations, that's wonderful. I know multiples can sound scary but I am loving having twins and triplets would be amazing. Thinking of you and a wishing you a healthy and happy pregnancy. Christmas just got even more fun!!!!

  4. Do you follow Emily at the Koob triplets?

  5. Wow! Congratulations!! Three! Oh my. I cannot wait until October 12th. I will be praying in the meantime.

  6. Congrats! Praying for a healthy pregnancy!

  7. sonya, Congrat's!!!!!!! I've been wondering how you were doing!! I keep looking for updates (granted I haven't even uploaded my blog since the twins keep me so busy!). I am so very happy for you! I hope you post the update about your Oct 12th u/s!!

  8. Is it the 12th yet? :) Looking forward to hearing about your next ultrasound.

  9. Please let us know how things went. I was on the WTE boards with you a while ago and still check your blog to see how you are doing. Would love to know how your appointment went! - Sara

  10. update pleassseeeeeee

  11. Any updates??? You have left us all hanging!

  12. Wow! I am left wondering how things progressed?? I was also on the WTE boards with you a while back and have followed your journey since then (you are a fabulous writer btw). Hoping things are going well with you and the family.

  13. I saw on another board you had twins, a boy and a girl. Congrats. Love to get some updates.

  14. Congrat's on the twins!! Love my boy/girl twins! (well obviously. but they are so much fun)!

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