Saturday, October 31, 2009

The countdown begins!

I don't have the guts/ balls/ovaries* ( delete as applicable) to get a ticker , but I do have a schedule and it starts tomorrow.  The legal documents are signed and delivered, the donor is on BCPs, she passed all her tests with flying colors and is given two big thumbs up for motivation and personality by the egg donor coordinator.

These are the highlights -it is a bit more involved than this - especially on the donor end.
  • After two weeks of boob busting BCPs ( but no mood swings, thank you very much!) I start taking Lupron tomorrow, November 1st. Yippee! Never have I been more happy or grateful to stick a needle in my tummy! It's been about six months so I hope I remember what to do. But just in case I don't, the clinic has a handy dandy video to help me.
  • On 11/12/09 I go into the clinic for a baseline ultrasound and bloodwork.
  • 11//13/09, donor takes FDA tests. Stimulation is contingent on those tests being normal. 
  • 11/14/09  I start Estrace, baby aspirin and decrease Lupron. 
  • 11/17/09 the lovely donor starts her Gonal F pen to stimulate her ovaries. Sometime after this she starts her FSH medication.
  • 11/20/09 and  11/27/09 I go in for another u/s and b/w
  • Thanksgiving day I look at the tofurkey and thank my lucky stars!
  • Donor takes Ovidrel ( trigger shot)
  • Donor goes in 34- 36 hours after trigger shot  for egg retrieval ( around 11/28/09)
  • Lovely  donor eggs and lovely donor sperm do a happy dance with the aid of ICSI and nice embryologists.
  • 11/29/09 I start prometrium, PIO, and a Zpack.
  • Day of  5-day blastocyst (embryo ) transfer - December 3rd, stop Lupron and go for broke!!!
  • 12/13/09 pregnancy test!!!
So there we have it!
I am also very aware that IVF with donor eggs and sperm does not equal pregnant, and pregnant does not equal a healthy baby, but I am going to hope and pray for the best and am feeling excited and optimistic.

breathe, breathe, breathe!

And thank you, all of you for the cheers and the support. It means so much to me:) xoxoxoxoxoxx


Best When Used By said...

I'm going to hope and pray and be optimistic right along with you! It's awesome to have a much to do in the next month and a half! I hope this is it, sweetie!

Malea said...

Alright! I hope you've been resting up and ready for a smooth series of events.

You'll have no problem staying positive,that's your middle name.And I with you too.

cindyhoo2 said...

I am so glad that thundercats are GO! You have been so patient and I have a very good feeling about your cycle.

Thanks for the sweet email. We are still searching for the dogs. :(

Trinity said...

Wow! What an exciting timeline! Looking forward to following your journey...

Best of luck! :)

Lara (NoodleGirl) said...

You have every reason to feel excited and optimistic! Keep that smile on your face!! So exciting!

FYI - you may have been joking above about the tofurkey, but I just wanted to mention that tofu can apparently affect your estrogen levels. You can consult Dr. Google about it for more info. I learned it the heard way after IVF#1 when I drank a veggie/tofu protein drink every day in the 2WW, thinking I was being awesomely healthy, only to realize that it might have been a bad thing. I don't know if it matters so much during the LP, as it does during the follicular phase, but you might want to read up on it.

Enough with the boring stuff! Keep dancing, mama!

luckyduck said...

I am so excited for you- I have chills! The babies and I are sending you buttloads of baby dust!


anofferingoflove said...

i am so excited that you are moving, at last! sounds like your donor is a rockstar and your clinic is on the ball! i have a great feeling about this round! what a wonderful xmas present your bfp will be! :D

glamcookie said...

Yay! Sending so many baby vibes your way. FXFXFX!!!!

Parenthood For Me said...

YOu should be excited. Wishing you the best.

insertmetaphor said...

I'm so incredibly excited for this cycle! A Dec 13th BFP sounds just perfect. You've been waiting too long while for this - it's time!

Celia said...

Good luck. My RE had a latex ( rubber?), flesh toned stunt butt to practice putting injections in. It was hysterical.

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Fran said...

Fantastic!! I'm so excited for you, this is real now!! I'll keep you in my thoughts and I've everything crossed the stars are changing. Love, Fran

MAJ Bryen said...

I'm so excited for you and thinking good thoughts!

AplusB said...

Good luck! You must be so excited. Wishing you the very best of luck!

J and D said...

I'm hoping and praying along with you for this to be the one! I am so happy to read your schedule. Sounds like things are really going to be moving along quickly!

Journey Girl said...

Oh BIG yay!! That is absolutely excellent, I am so excited for you!!

I am hoping for both of our sakes that donor eggs / ICSI = pregnancy I don't mind telling you!!

I hope everything goes well with the cycle - you know of course I will be watching you like a hawk because I am coming right up behind you!!

Yay again and good luck!!

teamoclark said...

wow it looks like things go from the waiting time you have been in to kicking into a fast speed starting November 12th (next week!!)
I am so excited for you to start the protocol, and an rooting for you.
How are you doing with the wait?

teamoclark said...

3 mores days until your b/w and u/s! Can't wait to hear about it and all the other steps forward this cycle that you have been preparing for for so long!

Kristen said...

yay! so happy to see this update! I hope goods things are on their way