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monkeyscience 01-05-2012 04:12 PM

This is a thread for all the wonderful mamas from the Infertility ONE Thread who have beat the odds with IF and are expecting their long-awaited miracles! (Stalkers are welcome, too!!)


Due in August


monkeyscience - 28, expecting #1 with dh (26) - after 1.5 years of trying with PCOS - we got our free baby! stork-boy.gif


Due in October


wissa19 - with DH, and DS ('07), expecting #2 after 2.5 years, 3 doctors, 1 surgery and 5 medicated cycles. stork-girl.gif


gozal - DH and I are finally giving DS ('07) some siblings after 2.5 years of unexpected challenges, including a rare pituitary tumor and a suspected ectopic pregnancy. Two siblings, to be exact! Very excited to be expecting our twins in October. stork-boy.gifstork-boy.gif



Due in November

Gemmine - 28, DH 28, expecting #1 after 1.5 years of trying and 1 loss. EDD: November 4th. stork-girl.gif

kparker (27), with DH (34), expecting #1 in Nov 2012 after 3.5 years, 3 failed IUIs, and MFI being the root of all evil stork-suprise.gif


Due in December


chicajones - 27, expecting #1 with DH (30) - after 1.5 years of trying with PCOS. Metformin did the trick and we're so excited to meet our Christmas baby! stork-suprise.gif


Due in January


hope4light - Me (32), DH (33), DD (2) and pup (8) happy to give DD a sibling after almost 2 years of NPNT and finally getting the courage to jump back on the IVF train for MFI.  After much failed IVF heartache when TTC#1, we were blessed with IVF working on the first try for our second!  Very excited to be expecting in early January 2013! stork-suprise.gif




renavoo - Mama to Colin (6 lbs. 5 oz.) babyboy.gif and Sienna babygirl.gif (6lbs. 15 oz.), born 6/19/12

Sweet.Bee - Mama to Lyra babygirl.gif, born 1/09/12


candle.gif In our thoughts candle.gif


deborahbgkelly - Identical twin boys, Alan and Bruce, lost at 22 weeks


krunchyk - Baby boy, lost at 10 weeks


Please let the threadkeeper (monkeyscience) know if you want to be added to the roster!

monkeyscience 01-05-2012 04:13 PM

Since we heard a heartbeat today, I'm being brave and starting this thread!

Sweet.Bee 01-06-2012 01:32 AM

Great news, Monkey!


Just found this because I'm bored while waiting for labor to finally start after 2 days of leaking. I was on the thread a long while ago, just before we luckily got pregnant.


Still cheering for all of you ladies!

monkeyscience 01-06-2012 10:05 AM

Thanks, sweet.bee! I'm going to go over and post on the BSL grad thread in a minute, I just didn't have a lot of time last night. Do you want to be added to this list, too? Also, hope labor kicks itself into gear for you soon!

Sweet.Bee 01-06-2012 12:54 PM

Sure, monkey, you can add me. Maybe it will encourage baby to come out so I can cuddle her. winky.gif

rcr 01-06-2012 05:05 PM

Ok, I'll join as a stalker since nobody else is here with you, Monkey (well, except Bee) :) So glad you heard a HB.


Good luck SweetBee! hope labor is smooth and pain-free!





deborahbgkelly 01-06-2012 05:48 PM

Monkey (Raises hand)- I'm here! Didn't realize you had started another One thread grad forum. The more the better! Here's mine: Due July 25 with identical twins! 30 years young: Conceived after IVF with a total TTC time of 9 months. My fertility challenges: Endometriosis, Hashimoto's Disease (Anti-thyroid antibodies) and Diminished Ovarian Reserves (thought to be a direct result of Endometriosis).

renavoo 01-07-2012 03:03 AM

Hi Monkey! It's great that you started this because I'm hoping we have an influx of BFPs from our thread! RCR, We're waiting anxiously for your good news soon. thumb.gif


My blurb: Renavoo: Due in July (although technically, with twins, I'm sure it'll be earlier.)  35, TTCing for 2 years before IVF finally gave DH and I our twin miracles. joy.gif


Anyway, so Monkey, tell us how else you're feeling? Is your nausea mild or are you experiencing really bad nausea? I'm so happy you're feeling better about the pregnancy...I know that we all take it day by day when it comes to these pregnancies and that we're never going to completely not worry (even when they are born) but I love these little milestones! i was so happy when i heard the heartbeats. And then when I saw movement. And now I'm looking forward to the 20 week scan in, oh 5 weeks (which feels like a lifetime away!)


Are you feeling any specific cravings? That's the one thing i've been missing...haha i want to say that I have an ice cream and pickle craving but i haven't had ANY cravings! I mean I have foods I can't eat without gagging...mostly fried foods. The smells even bother me but otherwise, no cool cravings. sniff


Anyway, thanks for starting the thread. I always feel weird talking about my pregnancy on the infertility sites because I don't want anyone to feel bad so this is a great place to talk and share experiences!




deborahbgkelly 01-08-2012 02:02 PM

Monkey- You must be pretty busy because you forgot to add us to the front. AFM- Belly starting to really feel hard. It's amazing!

monkeyscience 01-10-2012 11:15 AM

Okay, finally had a chance to get on a real computer and update things! Between feeling sick and trying to give dh some attention when I don't feel sick, I'm not on here a ton. So I'll try to update things as often as I can, but it may not be super often until I feel better.


Speaking of which, I am doing somewhat better. It's a slow process, but I think things are improving. It's frustrating because it's so darn unpredictable. Some days I just feel a little bad in the morning, and feel decent the rest of the day. Sometimes I feel okay in the morning, but feel like crap the rest of the day. Or many other variations. I'm getting sick of not really being able to brush my teeth because I start gagging. (I have a fairly strong gag reflex even not pregnant, but it rarely causes me to actually vomit in my non-pregnant state.) I also think that at this point, some of my gagging/nausea is purely psychological - like I realize, hey, I haven't been feeling too bad, and BAM - gagging. Not amusing. Or just being in the bathroom triggers gagging.


Anyway, this pregnancy is definitely seeming more real now that I heard the heartbeat, and I've started telling more people and getting more excited. My poor dh is just stressed out of his mind between work and me not feeling well. I'm coping pretty decently with not feeling well, but it's making him crazy that he can't "fix" this for me, and I think he thinks I'm doing worse than I am sometimes. Oddly (very oddly, I think), DTD is one thing that's sure to give me some temporary relief from nausea, so at least he isn't deprived in that arena. winky.gif


As far as cravings, I haven't had too many. Did crave Cheetos, so I bought some, but I don't think they sit that well with my stomach. Cheesecake has sounded good for a few days, but I haven't gotten any of that... yet. ;)


And renavoo - I also feel bad talking at too great a length about my pregnancy on IF threads, which is why I thought we should start this thread. Now, we can talk all we want, and people who want to check up on us can, but people who are not up for all the pregnancy talk don't have to see it. Especially since we have a ton of new ladies on the IF ONE thread who haven't been with us on our journey, so may not really feel a lot of interest/attachment toward our pregnancies. (Or maybe they do, I don't know! But I don't want to be in-your-face about it!)


So that's where I'm at in a nutshell. 9 weeks today, about 3.5 weeks till my next mw appointment.

deborahbgkelly 01-10-2012 12:37 PM

Monkey- Can you correct my screenname: it's deborahbgkelly. We are missing a b. Another thread has me missing the g. I need to get on that. I'm sorry you are still feeling so sick. My poor DH hasn't gotten much loving b/c last time we DTD I ended up spotting and bleeding off and on for two weeks. Too stressful for me during first tri, but will try again in a couple of weeks I think. I have my appointment with my OB on Monday.

monkeyscience 01-10-2012 01:40 PM

deborah - Sorry! This is why I should copy/paste screen names instead of retyping them! I think it's fixed now, let me know if it's not. I think I had a little bit of spotting due to DTD, and we did lay off for a few days, buuuuut... that was as long as it lasted. It definitely worried me, but I was pretty sure it was just my cervix getting irritated. And for some reason, being pregnant has caused me to have way more... vivid... dreams about dh. Which is not a good recipe for abstinence. innocent.gif


Oh, and I went ahead and linked everyone's profile to the roster, to make everyone easier to stalk. winky.gif Threw up part of my PB sandwich this afternoon, but the burrito I ate seems to be staying down okay.

monkeyscience 01-10-2012 01:43 PM

Looks like we have our first graduate thread graduate... Sweet.Bee had her baby girl today!! Congrats, Sweet.Bee!! (Not that having your baby(ies) means you shouldn't still post here!)

deborahbgkelly 01-10-2012 01:44 PM

It's all fixed. Yeah, a vivid dream about DH is why we ended up DTD then (plus it had been a really long time). I think mine turned to red blood because it was exacerbated by Progesterone suppositories. I'm off them now, so will resume normal functions soon. If it had just been spotting, I would have tried again (but right now doctor's orders are to abstain).

renavoo 01-11-2012 02:28 AM

Ugh, sorry, Monkey, about the vomiting. I know I'm really lucky because I experienced only nausea but with the extent that other people are experiencing, I almost feel like something is wrong with me! I know that's silly but I feel like almost everyone who has gotten pregnant has had vomiting, if not severe vomiting! I'm glad it seems like it's getting better! My nausea started waning around week 11 and now, at week 15, i get occasional bouts of nausea (especially if I'm anywhere near fried foods) but generally, I'm feeling way better! I'm still crazy exhausted though...mostly at night. In the morning, I'm able to walk more than 3 miles to work and still have energy left over. At night, I have to take the subway home (although i still walk about a mile home because it's easier to walk it than to take my bus home, which often takes even longer than my walking!) However, i know that will change as I get further into my pregnancy.


Seriously, ladies, I'm about to make up cravings. I REALLY want to say that I have a weird craving, like an ice cream and pickle craving or ice cream anchovy (UGH) craving. haha I think that that is a prerogative of pregnant women! ;o) 


Deborah, I know you've been getting your pregnancy bump but how about you, Monkey? Have you started showing? I've started to be more open about telling people at work and I've gotten a lot of "I know". When i ask how the heck they know, they say that i rub my tummy (i usually do it absentmindedly...I don't realize I do it so now i've made a concerted effort NOT to do it!) and also, my breasts are huge. Now, mind you, I know they have grown but people are going around calling it "porn boobs" at this point. haha i don't think they are THAT big! DH seems  to enjoy them a lot. haha. As for DTD, I'm with you all...I get really nervous after it, as does DH (although it doesn't stop us) but I find myself checking for blood for a couple of days after DTD. So far, it's been fine. I'll just continue to watch out!


yah Sweet Bee! Pictures please! I love pictures of the babies! It makes it seem more real. joy.gif




renavoo 01-11-2012 02:29 AM

Oh and Monkey, don't ever feel bad about disappearing for a while. We totally understand!! Just check in when you can so we can all catch up :o) Big hugs!!

Sweet.Bee 01-11-2012 06:12 AM

Thanks, monkey, for adding me. I hope you're feeling better soon. I also had issues with brushing my teeth. I always brush first thing in the morning, but when pregnant I had to eat something first to avoid gagging.


Lyra was born on Monday (the 9th). Sorry if I wrote the wrong date. I'm still a bit loopy. winky.gif


Here's a photo of her just after being dressed. smile.gif




Birth story:

deborahbgkelly 01-11-2012 07:12 AM

Congrats Sweet Bee!

renavoo 01-12-2012 03:59 AM

Sweet bee, she's soooo cute! THOSE CHEEKS! (Oh and fantastic photo! Love the bokeh. yes, I'm a geek but i appreciate a great photo when I see one).



monkeyscience 01-12-2012 08:55 AM

Sweet.Bee - No, you didn't write it wrong, I just looked at it wrong. duh.gif Fixed now! And I agree, adorable little baby!


AFM, yesterday morning was agony, but I decided I was going to go see my SIL, darn it, so I drank a bunch of water trying to make myself throw up... and I didn't. And I decided stomach be darned, I was getting dressed and going over. So I did. And I pretty much felt fine the whole time. So apparently I just need to tell my tummy where to shove it sometimes. Today, I've mostly felt okay so far, but really, really tired, so I've been a bum. Going to have to get over that!

deborahbgkelly 01-12-2012 09:48 AM

Monkey- I hate to break it to you, but the fatigue is not likely to get better for a while. Mine can still get really bad.

monkeyscience 01-12-2012 11:03 AM

Oh, I know. My tiredness level has been way up for awhile, though some of that may have to do with my screwed up sleeping schedule. I just felt even more tired than usual today. Which was annoying, because a lot of times I sleep in because my stomach is bothering me, but today my stomach was okay and I was sleeping in because I was tired, when I wanted to get up and use the good tummy time! I'm sure I could have gotten up, but since I didn't have to, I decided to get a little more sleep. smile.gif

deborahbgkelly 01-12-2012 01:29 PM

Monkey- The more sleep we can get the better. We won't be able to in a few months.

Sweet.Bee 01-14-2012 10:12 AM


Originally Posted by renavoo View Post

(Oh and fantastic photo! Love the bokeh. yes, I'm a geek but i appreciate a great photo when I see one).

We're photo geeks, too. smile.gif The picture in question was taken with a 50/1.4 on the D3. I like the bokeh on the 70-200/2.8, but it's not so practical as a baby lens. Our usual "baby lens" is a 28/1.8 because it is relatively wide, focuses close, and has good low light performance. It's especially useful once they start moving toward you. winky.gif


Speaking of baby shots, with our son we did at least one photo per day, and we're trying to do the same with our little girl. It's amazing how quickly they change!

renavoo 01-15-2012 03:45 AM

oooh Sweet.Bee, ok just one more post so I don't feel like i'm hijacking the post with photography stuff...

I have a Canon but I know they have a similar range of glass. I have the 50/1.4 too although I tend to use my 24-70/2.8 the most because it's the most versatile on I have. However, I would love to get a faster lens! haha i probably would have already if I wasn't pregnant. I definitely was considering the 70-200/2.8 since I only have the 70-200/4 right now but really, i end up being fine with the f4 since I use it so rarely (mostly when I go to a zoo or a park). I'm sad because I haven't really been practicing my craft recently (and i need a lot of practice) since we've been so occupied with infertility and then I wasn't feeling well the first trimester. I should really get started again while i have energy. thanks for sharing your experiences!!


Monkey, how are you feeling? I hope better!

Sweet.Bee 01-16-2012 02:16 AM

renavoo, we use the 24-70 quite often, too. It's great! The reason we went for the 70-200/2.8 was you can put on a teleconverter (2x in our case) and still have a usable lens. Awesome at the zoo!


Though for out and about with children, I've found small cameras to be more convenient. I got the Sony NEX-5N for xmas. That's the compact camera with an APS-C sensor and interchangeable lenses. And it does HD video.


Sorry to everyone else for the photo talk.

monkeyscience 01-16-2012 09:51 AM

*Does not speak photographer*


Doing okay. Today is not being very nice to me. Still doing better overall. dh leaves to go out of town for three days tomorrow morning, which I am not excited about. Was going to stay with my parents, but turns out they're out of town, too! Apparently it's national "abandon monkey" week. orngtongue.gif I will survive, though. 10 weeks tomorrow!

deborahbgkelly 01-16-2012 09:24 PM

If I lived in Texas, I'd keep you company Monkey. Next time I visit my cousins and aunt and uncle I'll have to try to sneak in a visit with you. My cousin and her family live in Clear Lake. I had my OB appointment today. The twinsies look great. My OB was cracking jokes the whole time (I like this). Twins had hbs of 167 and 170 and were measuring 10 weeks 3 and 10 weeks 4 (I'm 10 weeks 5 today so this is very good). He also did not feel the need for us to get an NT scan but did recommend a 16 week scan. Unfortunately, at the moment he is not hopeful for a vaginal birth for me because I have an extremely narrow pelvis (he said it was "impressive" how narrow it is).This is a disappointment, but whatever is safest for me and babies. He did say he's been known to be wrong, but he wanted to give me time to process and deal with the emotions of the strong possibility of a C-section. I definitely appreciate that.

renavoo 01-17-2012 02:46 AM

Monkey, we're here to keep you company :o) YAH for reaching 10 weeks!! When is your next appointment? 

Deborah, I know i'm being repetitive because i said it on the other thread but yah for a great check up and I hope that the chance of a c section goes down as you go further along (although it doesn't seem like it will but still, one can hope.)

Sweet.Bee, definitely could talk about photography for hours (weeks, days, months). haha


Hope all is well!!


deborahbgkelly 01-17-2012 05:02 AM

Renavoo- Yes, one can hope, but in the meantime I'm working on processing all the emotions. I won't repeat my long-winded post here unless people want me to, but I did respond on the other thread. My husband called this one. I think he was basing it off of how hard it is for us to DTD, but I kept telling myself the woman's body does amazing things. I'm still preparing myself now for the strong possibility. On the plus side, I might have a little control over when these little ones get here. We're all in agreement that early July sounds nice since they'd be full-term by then. Obviously, longer is better, but they may not have much room past that point. They were already snuggled up today, but I kind of wonder if they can sense the cold outside (maybe they just feel Mom being cold). We had a very cold late afternoon/early evening with several inches of snow here.

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