2014 is shaping up to be a fine year — much better than craptastic 2013!
As you know, we’re finally pregnant (yay!). So many of you have reached out to offer your congratulations. I can tell that people are genuinely giddy with happiness over our baby girl. A number of people sent me messages saying that they haven’t been this excited since they found out that they, themselves, were having a baby! It warms my heart to know that you all have been on this ride with me. Through the bad, and now the good!
A number of people have asked me for details on the whole process. Rather than answer the same questions over and over, I’ll just list them all out for you. Here goes…..
1. Are you using a surrogate?
No, we did not have to go the surrogate route. I had triple negative breast cancer, which means the cancer was not hormone driven. Which means I’m not on hormone blockers for 10 years post chemo. Which means I can safely carry a pregnancy. That was my belly bump in the last post 🙂
2. See, I told you you’d get pregnant when you least expected!
No, this was not a surprise pregnancy. This was a well thought out, and highly planned pregnancy. We used our frozen embryos and availed ourselves of the best medical science has to offer!
3. So IVF worked the first time you tried after cancer and chemo?
Sadly, no. This was our third embryo transfer post chemo. We did a transfer last summer, another last fall, and then this last one — which worked — in April.
4. What changed? Why did it work?
I have no earthly idea to be perfectly honest. I will tell you this though — after the first two transfers failed, we ditched our original IVF doctor and moved over to Dr. Mitch Rosen at UCSF. Dr. Rosen has gotten all of my girlfriends pregnant — the man is truly a genius. As much as I hate to admit this next one, I think the 6-week cleanse also helped. My body was fairly clean and in good shape at the time of the third transfer.
5. Are you having twins? So many IVF pregnancies are multiples.
We did transfer two embryos, but I am carrying a singleton pregnancy.
6. Are you having a girl or boy?
7. When are you due?
January 3, 2015
8. Do you have a name picked out?
We have it narrowed down to two names, but that’s as far as we’ve gotten.
9. What are the two names?
Nice try! We’re keeping that secret 🙂
10. How are you feeling?
Knock wood, I’m feeling great. I’m 18.5 weeks along and, much to Paul’s chagrin, am fully embracing nesting! We’ve already started converting our guest room into the nursery.
11. Are you working?
Not in the traditional sense. At the moment, I’m simply enjoying this whole experience. I’d say I worked pretty darn hard to get to this point, so I’m cherishing every moment of pregnancy. Come January, I’ll be a full time mommy to our daughter. I hear it’s extremely tiring, yet rewarding work. I cannot wait for my new job!