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Yesterday 11:22 AM
honeybunmom
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Originally Posted by CarolynnMarilynn View Post
Good morning! Hi! I'm Carolynn - I've previously posted here. I'm 42, and have an amazing partner who is 39. He's the love of my life and my best friend, and we are super excited to begin the possibility of adding a baby to our crazy household of a blended family of 5 kids, 4 cats, and 3 dogs.

I am currently involved in two careers, one is in comic book publishing (our first book comes out in December - it's a Frozen movie comic), and the other is a midwife in Ontario (in my 12th year - just beginning to drop my caseload to part-time as I transition to publishing).

And we have started IVF in earnest! Yay! I have DOR, and my partner's sperm count is low to lowish.

This cycle started off well. On day 2 my estrogen was nice and low at 226, my FSH was 8.9 and my LH was 6. I had 6 follicles. Not the most, but not too very bad.

Yesterday was a day 7 appt and it went well. So we have started IVF in earnest! Yay!

I've been doing Femara, Repronex injections, and now Cetrotide. We are planning for an ICSI IVF, on a min-stim antagonist protocol, apparently.

This cycle started off well. On day 2 my estrogen was nice and low at 226, my FSH was 8.9 and my LH was 6. I had 6 follicles. Not the most, but not too very bad.

Yesterday was day 7. I have a total of 9 follicles (R: 17, 09, 20, 08, and L: 14, 11, 08, 09, 04. They have me Cetrotide (I think that's the name) and upped my dose of the Reponex to 225mg. My estrogen was still low at 486, by LH was 3, and my progesterone was 4.8. I think they are hoping to get a few more to grow, and to mature the larger ones. Any feedback? I'm going back Monday and told the retrieval could be mid-week (or was that the trigger? I forget). Decided to likely do the Embryoscope.

In Feb with my IUI I was triggered on only day 9 with 4 nice large follicles, and had the IUI on day 11, so I am thinking that I will be triggered soon with an ER mid-week. I am a midwife and my colleagues are being very supportive of needing to be away for appointments.

I would consider egg donation if we have several unsuccessful rounds, so I find it comforting to have a plan B. With a few cycles of my own and a back up egg donor plan, I am told my chances of a baby coming to our house is about 85%. I am really hoping that it will work with my own eggs.

My partner is being really supportive, including not minding that I have bought a few things. Fluffymail is too lovely. I am practical: if this doesn't work out, I certainly am hooked into the community and can find a mama who would love baby things.

Looking forward to hanging out here.

CM
Good luck CarolynnMarilynn!!
Yesterday 11:21 AM
honeybunmom
Quote:
Originally Posted by nexxus View Post
Congratulations Rain on your baby!

Gumblossum I think this will cheer you up about your age:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pregnancy_over_age_50

I am pregnant again at age 44. If it works I'll be 45 when baby is born. Well I'll just wait and see. I think that since I stopped nursing in June, upped my chances. We skipped trying for two cycles, so this was our second try since I stopped nursing. Also I noticed acupuncture changed my cycle to an earlier ovulation and and a longer luteal phase.

Oh also, scientists were wrong! They just found out females eggs are in fact the product of stem cells, which means we can create new eggs until menopause.
Congratulations, nexxus! I will turn 45 a month after this baby is born. And thank you for that information about nursing while pregnant. I had 2 miscarriages after age 38 while doing that. I had one successful pregnancy while nursing after age 38 as well. While I don't currently plan to have any more, DF and I are both open to one more. With this info, though, I can't see that happening as I will likely nurse the baby for over 2 years as I did my other 2.
09-28-2014 04:59 AM
CarolynnMarilynn Good morning! Hi! I'm Carolynn - I've previously posted here. I'm 42, and have an amazing partner who is 39. He's the love of my life and my best friend, and we are super excited to begin the possibility of adding a baby to our crazy household of a blended family of 5 kids, 4 cats, and 3 dogs.

I am currently involved in two careers, one is in comic book publishing (our first book comes out in December - it's a Frozen movie comic), and the other is a midwife in Ontario (in my 12th year - just beginning to drop my caseload to part-time as I transition to publishing).

And we have started IVF in earnest! Yay! I have DOR, and my partner's sperm count is low to lowish.

This cycle started off well. On day 2 my estrogen was nice and low at 226, my FSH was 8.9 and my LH was 6. I had 6 follicles. Not the most, but not too very bad.

Yesterday was a day 7 appt and it went well. So we have started IVF in earnest! Yay!

I've been doing Femara, Repronex injections, and now Cetrotide. We are planning for an ICSI IVF, on a min-stim antagonist protocol, apparently.

This cycle started off well. On day 2 my estrogen was nice and low at 226, my FSH was 8.9 and my LH was 6. I had 6 follicles. Not the most, but not too very bad.

Yesterday was day 7. I have a total of 9 follicles (R: 17, 09, 20, 08, and L: 14, 11, 08, 09, 04. They have me Cetrotide (I think that's the name) and upped my dose of the Reponex to 225mg. My estrogen was still low at 486, by LH was 3, and my progesterone was 4.8. I think they are hoping to get a few more to grow, and to mature the larger ones. Any feedback? I'm going back Monday and told the retrieval could be mid-week (or was that the trigger? I forget). Decided to likely do the Embryoscope.

In Feb with my IUI I was triggered on only day 9 with 4 nice large follicles, and had the IUI on day 11, so I am thinking that I will be triggered soon with an ER mid-week. I am a midwife and my colleagues are being very supportive of needing to be away for appointments.

I would consider egg donation if we have several unsuccessful rounds, so I find it comforting to have a plan B. With a few cycles of my own and a back up egg donor plan, I am told my chances of a baby coming to our house is about 85%. I am really hoping that it will work with my own eggs.

My partner is being really supportive, including not minding that I have bought a few things. Fluffymail is too lovely. I am practical: if this doesn't work out, I certainly am hooked into the community and can find a mama who would love baby things.

Looking forward to hanging out here.

CM
09-27-2014 06:51 AM
MamadeRumi HI ladies, I haven't been around much as I'm trying to come to terms with the idea that DS will be my one and only. If older mothers nursing = no pregnancy, then that could explain my problems. DS self weaned several months ago, just after his 4th birthday. Still, I don't regret nursing him for so long. If I'd weaned him I might still not have gotten pregnant, and at least I got to fully enjoy this part of our mother-child relationship. To be honest, I still sort of miss being a nursing mother. It was such a special bond, and also such an easy fix to all ills. And, several months after stopping, and after using progesterone cream, my cycles are still crazy irregular, often anovulatory, and I've got lots of signs of estrogen dominance and/or perimenopause. So, like I said, I am coming to terms with the fact that DS may be my only child. He's so wonderful, though, and just a joy to have, so I tell DH that if we only had one child, at least we did this one right.

Congrats to Rain, Honeybunmom and Nexxus.

Best wishes to all, either in TTC or in moving on.
09-27-2014 05:05 AM
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09-26-2014 09:11 PM
nexxus
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Originally Posted by orangemomma View Post
Congratulations Nexxus! Hoping for a sticky little bean for you!

Unfortunate news for me about the older moms breastfeeding while TTC. My little one shows no signs of wanting to give it up. I have noticed a decrease in milk supply recently so I don't know how much longer my body will be producing milk..................

Just had a 25 day cycle - good grief!
Thank you! I know how you feel, they want to keep nursing so badly. It killed me to stop! But he was almost 4 so I could feel good about how far I went. Well the truth is we probably have until age 48 to have babies anyway, so you've got time.
09-26-2014 01:38 PM
orangemomma Congratulations Nexxus! Hoping for a sticky little bean for you!

Unfortunate news for me about the older moms breastfeeding while TTC. My little one shows no signs of wanting to give it up. I have noticed a decrease in milk supply recently so I don't know how much longer my body will be producing milk..................

Just had a 25 day cycle - good grief!
09-25-2014 02:18 PM
nexxus Thank you! so far so good, I have a triphasic chart and two implantation dips.
http://www.fertilityfriend.com/ttc/i...p?d=2014-08-27

I want to warn older moms ttc not to be nursing when ttc. It caused me huge problems due to low progesterone. I was depressed, hot flashes, freaking out, couldn't sleep, even suicidal...it was like I had postpartum depression when pregnant. Oh and I should have suspected it because it was causing me to have some anovulatory cycles (30%). Here's some info I found:

low progesterone:
* Weight gain especially over the belly area
* irregular periods
* Abnormally heavy flow during periods
* Low sexual drive
* Infertility
* Pain in breasts
* Mood swings
* General body pain
* Hot flashes
* Varying degrees of fatigue
* Irritability
* Cravings of a wide variety
* Depression
* Mental stress
* Onset of insomnia
* Lowered immune system
* Hampered intestinal health
* Uterine and breast cancer as a long term effect
* Several heart diseases
* Osteoporosis
* Increase in cholesterol levels
* The formation of fibroids
* Frequent bloating and occurrence of gas
* Indigestion
* Migraines and headaches
* Snoring
* Miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy
* No ovulation
* Formation of ovarian cysts
* Lowered body temperature
* Cramping during menstruation
* Excess water retention
* Puffiness in cheeks
* Formation of acne and tremendously oily skin
* Feelings of anxiety
* Lack of concentration
* Memory loss
* Problems in urination
* Night sweating
* Thoughts of suicide and exhibiting suicidal tendencies
* Vaginal dryness
* Joint pain
* Onset of urinary tract infection
* Changes in appetite
* Inability to lose weight

If you are TTC while Breastfeeding, PLEASE READ THIS!
Hey there, Ladies. I have been MIA for quite a while. Baby #6 is almost 7 weeks old. I just wanted to share something about TTC while breastfeeding.

I have had 5 miscarriages and a 24-week stillborn. 3 of the miscarriages were while I was breastfeeding. Nurslings were at least 10 months old every single time. I got an email a couple of months back while pregnant. wish I had saved it but I didn't. Anyhoo, I had always been told/read that breastfeeding while pregnant was fine. Not by doctors, but by books and lactation consultants. Well, the latest information I have read is that the hormones while nursing DOES interfere with a pregnancy by lowering hormone levels-- estrogen and progesterone, therefore, making the chance of miscarriage rise. (We know this is fact, just because of not having a period for months after having a baby, while we are breastfeeding). Further, the e-mail said that younger women may could nurse a baby through an entire pregnancy with no problems but that older women would be much more likely to miscarry. The email did not define "younger" and "older" but I, myself, am guessing younger means less than 28 and anything greater than that would be considered "older". There have not been extensive studies on this that I know of. Feel free to define "younger" and "older" however you like. I'm kind of going by some of my nursing classwork and my college bio professor. Once we get to about 30, and especially 35 years old, our bodies do not produce progesterone as well as they did before, hence the miscarriage rates go up as we age already.

I wish I could find the email and almost think it was from baby center but just don't have time to research right now. I know I was subscribed to it though and I don't subscribe to crappy things, lol.

I just wanted to put this out there in hopes that it could keep someone from having to suffer a loss, because I know how hard it can be. I wish I had the info myself 17 years ago when I suffered my first loss.

I think it is GREAT that you shared this! After #5 we started TTC and 15 months and 4 losses later I was referred to a RE. As soon as she found out I was nursing, she said that there is your problem. She said if we wanted she would do testing, but that she wanted me to wean first, wait 2 months, then start trying. She said if nothing happened or another loss she would for sure do the testing. She also said to wean whenever we wanted..not to rush, but that if we did not use protection we would keep having losses.

We were ready to wean at that point anyways, so we went ahead with it. 6 weeks later we found out we were expecting. When I went in for my early u/s (I am high risk for ectopic) she said that I was just one of those Mama's whos body puts the hold on any new babies while nursing. I said but all of my friends become pregnant while nursing and are fine...she said that is rare...especially after 30 and that my body was working as it should...protecting the baby it was feeding, by saying no to a new one....

I was shocked to say the least! She put me on progesterone this pregnancy as well, because it was lower that she would have liked, but so far all is going well!
09-25-2014 01:33 PM
tenzinsmama Nexxus, that's wonderful! I hope everything goes fantastically smoothly for you!
09-23-2014 01:28 PM
nexxus Congratulations Rain on your baby!

Gumblossum I think this will cheer you up about your age:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pregnancy_over_age_50

I am pregnant again at age 44. If it works I'll be 45 when baby is born. Well I'll just wait and see. I think that since I stopped nursing in June, upped my chances. We skipped trying for two cycles, so this was our second try since I stopped nursing. Also I noticed acupuncture changed my cycle to an earlier ovulation and and a longer luteal phase.

Oh also, scientists were wrong! They just found out females eggs are in fact the product of stem cells, which means we can create new eggs until menopause.
09-06-2014 05:18 PM
gumblossom Hi everyone. Just dropped in to see how you all are.
Congratulations Caritas. Enjoy your lovely newborn. I am very happy for you (and envious for myself)

It's nice to see some of the "old" crew here.

I haven't been around as I am trying to get used to the idea that a pregnancy for me is highly unlikely. My "baby" has just turned 6. I am really sad I wasn't able to give him a sibling close in age, but it wasn't for want of trying!

I am still ovulating, my cycles have shortened a bit, and having timed sex, but I am realistic about my chances at 47 (48 in Nov).

I would really love a baby, but knowing how hard it is to make to 12 weeks fills me with dread. However, I'll take a bfp in a heartbeat, then take one day at a time.

I have just ovulated, only BD'ed once in a couple of days before, but you never know....
08-26-2014 10:48 PM
saoirse2007
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Originally Posted by caritasrainbow View Post
Omg! How freaking grueling! Apparently it's normal for a grand multip to have an on again- off again labor that lasts several days? Man, I thought the last one would be easy! No such luck. Found out Monday I had a low lying placenta, which caused another freak out.
But in the end I finally had my fifth and final UC baby this morning at 2:05. 41 weeks exactly. No name yet.
Congrats!!!

Looks like old home week here ladies miss the old crowd!
08-22-2014 09:42 AM
tenzinsmama Hi Litmama! Thanks for your good wishes.
08-20-2014 07:28 PM
honeybunmom
Quote:
Originally Posted by caritasrainbow View Post
Omg! How freaking grueling! Apparently it's normal for a grand multip to have an on again- off again labor that lasts several days? Man, I thought the last one would be easy! No such luck. Found out Monday I had a low lying placenta, which caused another freak out.
But in the end I finally had my fifth and final UC baby this morning at 2:05. 41 weeks exactly. No name yet.
Big congrats to you and welcome to your little one!!
08-20-2014 05:34 PM
LitMama Congratulations, Rain! I'm sorry you had a tough labor but so happy your baby is here now. It would be great to see a picture when you're feeling up to it. You had a little girl, right? I'm trying to remember.

Congrats on your good news, Honeybun! That must feel like a relief.

Hi Tenzinsmama! I remember you from the old days. Glad to hear your cycle is back. I understand that desire for just one more. I'm trying to step back and move on, but the longing is still there. I also took a few years in my late 30s to focus on my education, so I understand that tinge of regret, too. Sending you good wishes.
08-20-2014 01:51 PM
orangemomma Congratulations Rain!
08-20-2014 12:55 PM
tenzinsmama Congratulations, Carita! Can't wait to hear the name of your little one. Is it a boy or girl? You give me such hope! Please come on back here when you are up to it and post an update, with maybe some pics?!

Honey, great news on your results!!!

Hi Waturmama! I recall your lovely and encouraging posts from 4 years ago when I first joined this thread. I wondered about you, how are you doing? xo

I am not doing so well with remembering what everyone is up to, with ages and cycles and challenges and good news and all... but I do follow along (although sometimes it's not regularly because for some reason with this new upgrade, it doesn't always notify me when there are new posts) and I'm rooting for everyone on their journey, whatever it may be.

AFM...I just got a positive LH surge today, my 3rd PP cycle, and I'm feeling hopeful that my body is still going strong when it comes to fertility. My hormones are a little wonky, as it is Day 27-- but at least I'm cycling. And last cycle I got my positive LH result on Day 32, so it looks like I'm getting more normal. It will be interesting to see if my luteal cycle is longer this time around, as last time I started my flow on Day 37. I had a pelvic ultrasound last month in which they did an Antral Follicle Count, and I go back to my doctor on September 8th to get the results. I'm scared because I don't know what I will do if it's showing a low count-- or worse, zero follicles. I only wish I could take back a couple of years in which I focused on my education in order to advance my career-- I put off ttc'ing with my current partner, and now although I am so grateful to have my three beautiful children I long for one more. It feels like 4 is my number at which I will feel complete... But is it too late? I hope not.
08-20-2014 11:58 AM
caritasrainbow
Quote:
Originally Posted by honeybunmom View Post
Hello ladies! Last night I received a call from one if my midwives with the results of my MaterniT21 test and wanted to share the results with you. They wee negative. No increased risk for any trisomies. I am very thankful. And the baby is a girl. My daughter will be ecstatic. My son, not so much. lol!
Congratulations!'
08-20-2014 11:57 AM
caritasrainbow Omg! How freaking grueling! Apparently it's normal for a grand multip to have an on again- off again labor that lasts several days? Man, I thought the last one would be easy! No such luck. Found out Monday I had a low lying placenta, which caused another freak out.
But in the end I finally had my fifth and final UC baby this morning at 2:05. 41 weeks exactly. No name yet.
08-19-2014 10:18 AM
honeybunmom Hello ladies! Last night I received a call from one if my midwives with the results of my MaterniT21 test and wanted to share the results with you. They wee negative. No increased risk for any trisomies. I am very thankful. And the baby is a girl. My daughter will be ecstatic. My son, not so much. lol!
08-15-2014 02:20 PM
LitMama WaturMama!!!!

What a lovely, lovely surprise to see you here! I just popped in quickly to see if any babies had been born and you could have knocked me over with a feather when I saw your name! Wonderful to see you. I'll send you a PM.
08-14-2014 11:18 PM
WaturMama HI!!! I haven't been here for a long, long time, but just felt the need to post something elsewhere, and thought I'd stop by here...and right there is my one of my 40+ TTC buddies LitMama!! Hi LitMama and everyone, I hope you are very well and that all your dreams come true.
08-14-2014 03:37 PM
LitMama Hi everyone! I'm really out of the loop here (not really TTCing anymore), but keep checking back to see if Rain has had her baby yet. Any news??
08-09-2014 07:03 PM
caritasrainbow Hunybunmom- so glad to hear everything is going well! Yay!
For some reason I stopped getting replies to this thread for a bit and missed your first two posts. I think I'm all caught up now.
Afm- my edd (naegle) is this coming Wednesday...
08-09-2014 06:14 PM
CarolynnMarilynn Hi honeybunmom!

Congrats on your lovely addition to your family. Sounds like we have a lot in common!
08-07-2014 01:35 PM
honeybunmom orangemomma, all is well here. Thank you for asking! The morning sickness is finally starting to diminish and last night I was able to do housework after 9 pm! I will be 11 weeks on Saturday. I bought a fetal doppler online a few weeks ago to preserve my sanity and occasionally listen to the baby's heart beat. I still haven't told my kids and my 5 year old found the doppler one night, so, we listened to their heartbeats! Tomorrow morning I go in for the MaterniT 21 blood draw.

Also, my partner has really stepped up in the sensitivity department. He surprised me and showed up at the 6 wk ultrasound after telling me he could not get away from the office. I am glad we were able to see the bean for the first time together. And he's been all around greatly improved in the thoughtless comments department. He wrote a beautiful card for me the other day and we have made 2 family trips (for my family) in the past few weeks requiring us to travel. This past Sunday we dropped my kids off 10 hours away at my mom's for their annual summer trip there and he took them and my niece and nephew who also came to the pool for several hours so my mom and I could spend some time together. The kids are 7, 8 and two 5 year olds. I don't want to be alone with the 4 of them for several hours!!

caritas rainbow glad to hear you are still hanging in there! I have been checking this thread periodically to see if there have been any updates from you as I mistakenly thought you were due. Continuing to hold good thoughts for you.

CarolynnMarilynn, welcome! It sounds like you have some really interesting things going on in your life!! I wish you all the best in conceiving your baby. I understand the desire as I, too, had wanted another child when I was still with my ex. I had a m/c with him at 41. I never expected to be out of my marriage and in love with someone new at this point in my life. I had assumed he did not want any more children since his one and only graduated from high school this past spring. But, no, he does with me and we started trying and here we are. I am 44 and will turn 45 4.5 weeks after baby is due. He is 48 and will turn 49 two weeks after baby is due.
08-07-2014 06:21 AM
CarolynnMarilynn Hi rain! Nice to meet you. Thanks for the welcome! Wow you must be so excited to meet your little one. I can't wait to be in your sandals (it's summer, right?) one day! LOL

And Happy Birthday! Hope you got a nice foot massage, or a nap as a present, or something good!
08-07-2014 06:15 AM
caritasrainbow Welcome! I'm rain. I had my first 5 babies at 21 (first husband), 28, 31, 35 & 39. I had my first mmc at 41 last year 5/13, second and third losses at 42- 9/13 & 11/13. The first two were around 11 weeks, the third was a chemical. I got pregnant again 11/13 (two weeks after my last loss) and now, at 43 (birthday was Monday) I am finally nearing the end of my journey as I am just past 39 weeks now. So my babies will range from 21-0.
I am huge and sick of being pregnant as I've been pregnant now for some part of every month for the last 18 with the exception of June '13. I'm also nervous about all the crap I've read about women our age going past 39 weeks, so I'm truly hoping lo comes now. I'm a UC birther, so there will be no dr induction and I must just continue to trust my body. (Gets harder to do!). ;^)
Good luck on your journey, I wish you well!
08-07-2014 05:54 AM
CarolynnMarilynn
42, IVF, adding to our blended family

Good morning!

I am so pleased to find this thread and come back to the Mothering community again.

Let me start with a little intro and about my journey: I am 42, and with a new partner. I have 3 kids (16, 14, 7) and he has twin girls (8). We have been blessed with great kids, and would like to have one together.

I have been diagnosed with DOR. Mr has lowish sperm count, but doesn't look critical. We recently started investigations prior to IVF. I feel like I am running out of time and perhaps IVF is our best option. We have gone to two other clinics on this journey, but it's about fit. It's a heck of a lot of money (all OOP) and we want to have our best chances. So we have started with Create in downtown Toronto, and got all our bloodworm and my US done. Next is full sperm analysis and a HSG. Then we meet again at the end of the month and see what is what.

I've had a couple of AMH tests which showed a really low level. However, the RE said my ovaries looked good in his opinion, with one obviously ovulated egg, and 5 more antral follicles. Not great for someone younger, but at 42 he thought it wasn't too bad. We haven't ruled out donor eggs, and we haven't ruled out going abroad to the Czech Republic for treatment. We really are in the planning and information stage. We don't have enough resources for more than about 2-3 cycles here.

Ultimately if we can't get pregnant I won't be totally devastated, but having another baby has been on my mind for the last 4-5 years, and even with my ex-DH. My reasons for wanting another baby are a little different this time: I'd love to see my partner's features in our little one, I'd love to carry a baby we made out of love together, and I'd love to see our little love baby in our arms. I adore my partner and want to have a baby with him. And I'd love to have a lovely big family!

A little about me: I am a midwife in Ontario and have practiced for more than 11 years. I live in the country just outside of Toronto and feel like I am finally home. I also work in comic book publishing as of more recently, and am editing several projects. I have a special interest in bringing many more comics to girls, with characters they want to read about, with characteristics that make my feminist heart happy to portray. We are part of a really big project right now, but contracts haven't been signed so it's still under wraps. :-)

I like to knit and crochet, sew and do crafts. It seems that I craft a lot more in winter! I can't wait to have a baby to knit and dye for!

The hardest part of this journey is waiting, and not knowing if all these emotional resources and hoping will result in my dream coming true.

I look forward to meeting you all, on this journey too!
08-07-2014 05:53 AM
caritasrainbow Not quite due yet. ;^)
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