After CHRISTmas, we left the country and went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After a year of IF treatments, my hubby and I SO needed this break! It was amazing, reconnecting. We brought the boys, of course and they are just getting more and more fun to travel and explore the world with!
While we were there on a boat, C looked over at me, while we were both holding a sleeping child in our arms, and said, "Alright, I'm ready for another baby." HA! It took having our two sweet boys who are just growing into such intelligent, loving and kind boys to make him REALLY desire another. I mean this is such a roller coaster of emotion... this past year has been.
Last month, I did blood work searching for something else that could potentially cause miscarriage, with Dr. Anderson. It came back showing that I had a positive SSA or Sjogrens syndrome, and also had low protein S, which is a blood clotting disorder. My first reaction was, how the heck did I ever get pregnant and give birth to TWO beautiful little boys!? And second, OMGosh my boys are SUCH miracles! I really had to process all of this new info.
I sent over my blood work to Dr. Amin to get her thoughts. She wanted me to see a Rheumetologist prior to starting any more treatments, so I did. The good news is that I have NO symptoms of sjogrens and the RA isn't worried at all. The bad news is that for some reason, sjogrens can cause a heart block in growing fetus's in the womb! However, she isn't really concerned because I have already had two babies just fine and I am asymptomatic. She said, "If we tested everyone in the world for sometime, everyone would have something show up, even if they don't have symptoms." However, knowing all of this, if I ever do get pregnant, I will need to see a perinatologist throughout my pregnancy, which I am totally okay with since I had to with my twins too! I loved getting to see them grow so often!
Dr. Amin just retested the protein S to be sure it wasn't low from the miscarriage and it also came back normal! Praise God!
Last month I spent a lot of time in prayer, and processing all the info. I just wanted a clear cut answer on what doctor to use... Dr. Anderson who has an 85% success rate, but will only transfer one embryo or Dr. Amin, who has a 75% success rate but will transfer two... And if we should thaw 10 eggs or all 27 eggs!
Well one morning during my quiet time (when I read my bible and pray in a quiet place to hear Him speak), it all became very clear to me. I was sure as ever and I still feel very confident in this decision. I am sticking with Dr. Amin and we are thawing and fertilizing ALL 27 eggs. I am very happy with this decision. I am putting this all in Gods hands as I always do.
It hit me that morning, that out of 29 eggs our first IVF, all we had were Rocco and Maximus, and NOTHING LEFT TO FREEZE. We had two perfect embryos and that was all! Now mind you, those were rescue icsi'd, but now my eggs are frozen! We are putting all our eggs in one basket, so to speak, and praying for a miracle... at least one healthy take home baby!
And when is this happening??? MONDAY!!!!! Woo hoo!!!! We have to be there at 830 so they can ICSI the eggs with C's Sperm! It is so exciting because I am not having to do an egg retrieval, we just show up to give his "goods!"
We will also be PGS testing the day five embryos and freezing. I'm currently CD 8. So transfer will be next cycle.
Please please PRAY that we get some good looking embryo's this week! That all the eggs thaw perfectly! That we get at least one normal one... and for God's will most of all! We are praying for one HEALTHY BABY!