Trying to Conceive & Infertility

How to Grow Stronger as a Couple – The Infertility Roller Coaster

There’s nothing fair or fun about infertility.

When you’re riding the infertility roller coaster, it can be tough on you both individually and as a couple.  Unfortunately, I have known couples who have paid the ultimate price… a time that should have been one of their most intimate and exciting, culminating in potentially the most joyful day of their lives, has instead resulted in the breakdown of their marriage.

Infertility can certainly place additional stresses and pressures on a relationship, as can any life crisis.  As the saying goes though, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger… at least, it can if you allow it to.


Try to focus on what you do have, rather than what you don’t

Is infertility unfair?  Absolutely.  So are many aspects of life.  I say this not to play it down, but to place a bit of perspective.  It can be incredibly easy to lament “why me/why us?” and to become consumed in this world of trying to conceive and wanting little to do with the outside world, particularly if there are celebrations/children involved.  If there’s one thing I’ve learnt though, it’s that each and every one of us has our own unique journey, our own story: sometimes it’s feel good, sometimes it’s drama, sometimes comedy, sometimes horror… life is made up of seasons, ups and downs, but it’s how we ride those waves that counts, because we certainly can’t control them all (as much as we’d like to!).  No, there’s nothing fair about infertility.  There’s also nothing fair about cancer or other terminal illnesses.  There’s nothing fair about lives lost too soon and the incredible heartbreak it leaves in those dearest to them.  Again, I say this in no way to dismiss the pain of infertility because it is indeed a very real thing.

Keep on keeping on.  Don’t just live life.  Love it!  We only get one.  It certainly doesn’t always go to plan, but you also don’t want to look back at this period of your life and be filled with regret.  What can you do in this time?  Progress in your career, study further, take up a new hobby, travel the world or even your own backyard?  No, you will never ‘forget’ about trying to have a baby, and believe me

I’m the first in line to punch anyone in the face who dares utter such a ridiculous concept, but there is still life to be lived.

Get to know each other even better.  Go on adventures together and enjoy common interests, as well as some you enjoy doing on your own or with other friends.  Enjoy date nights, go on weekends away together… have FUN!!!


Allow bitterness no place in your heart

Honestly, I know it’s so hard and such an emotional roller coaster, but becoming bitter never helped anyone.  It only succeeds in making you feel worse, hardens your heart, and can even make you a little unlikeable.  Or a lot.

I believe I was always able to genuinely express joy and excitement for those around me announcing pregnancies, having babies etc and I hope you can find it within yourself to do the same.  Doing so doesn’t mean that you won’t still feel hurt.  Sad.  Even jealous.  You are absolutely permitted to feel those things, to mourn what you don’t yet have, but what is life without hope?  I for one certainly never wanted to lessen anyone else’s joy because of my grief.  Infertility, along with many other injustices in life, you wouldn’t wish on anybody.


Don’t play the blame-game

The best advice I can possibly give to all couples, no matter where you are on this journey, is to always remember that you are a team.  You are in this together.  You each chose the other to embark on this journey called life with and as part of this journey, this is one of your chapters.  Sure, you didn’t sign up for this, but we don’t willingly sign up for what a lot of life throws at us.  Be the other’s number 1 fan.  Always, always have each other’s back.

Never forget you chose each other & you’re so much better together!

Time and time again, after learning we had been trying to conceive for a while, the number one question received from well-meaning friends, acquaintances and strangers was wanting to know where the issue lay, who’s ‘fault’ it was that there was not a baby in the making… well let me tell you, it’s no one else’s business!  By all means share if you want to, but I would advise to choose carefully to whom and how much you divulge.  My husband and I were always incredibly protective of each other and, in all honesty, to us it didn’t matter where the ‘issue’ lay.  It takes two to tango and, for whatever reason, we as a couple couldn’t create a baby.  The ‘why’ didn’t matter and to this day there is only a very, very small number of people who are privy to what our ‘issues’ were.

Many couples are ‘diagnosed’ with unexplained infertility, where the doctors genuinely don’t know or understand why the couple have had no luck as everything seems to be functioning as it should be.

For others, one or both parts of the whole will have ‘issues’ that could be contributing to the reason they’ve not yet conceived.  If you fall into this ‘category’, can I please encourage you to form that protective unit against the world.  Personally and privately, protect your hearts and, as per the previous point, don’t allow bitterness to gain a foothold.  If one or both parties bodies are perhaps not functioning as well as they could be, there’s a good chance they’re already heaping enough guilt on themselves (which they shouldn’t be, but it’s what we do)… if anything, they need additional love and support, not blame.


Try to be on the same page

This journey is unique to the two of you.  How it will unfold is yet unknown.  When it comes to treatment possibilities there are a plethora of options.  Sometimes one of you will research more than the other.  One of you may become more consumed by it than the other.  One may be more open-minded than the other when it comes to alternative or complementary therapies, or what to do and when.

There can be moral, ethical, religious and financial concerns surface.

Be open and honest with each other always.  Don’t be afraid to share your emotions and don’t feel you always need to stay strong for the other.  Be vulnerable.  Be real.  Grieve with each other, support and console each other, and also allow each other space when needed.

You might turn away from the world (I hope not), but don’t turn away from each other.  Again, remember you are in this together.

Try to be on the same page as much as possible, clear in your plan and the way in which you are proceeding.  Know your options and talk them through.  If you just can’t see eye to eye on everything, then respect always.  Seek professional guidance and assistance.  You have come too far to not make the distance.  Remember the goal, but also remember each other on the journey.

Confide in each other and be wise about whom else you confide in.  Support networks are vital, to some more than others.  Perhaps a mum or a best friend, especially someone who has gone before you along a similar journey, can be a great source of encouragement as well as providing a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on.  I would however say be wary of confiding too much to someone of the opposite sex, say a work colleague… this space is private and should be reserved for your partner.  Well, that’s just my opinion.  But the last thing you want to be doing is drawing closer to the wrong person.



Finally, whilst you’re waiting for those dear ones you’ll call your own, if you can find it within you then can I encourage you to be the very best aunt/uncle you can be to your siblings’ and friends’ kids.  Volunteer with children even.  Keep your heart soft and your spirit hopeful.  May you find yourself on the other side of this journey sooner rather than later.

Life goals! Regardless of what life throws our way, this is how my hubby & I want to be at the other end!

Much love,

Carinya  xoxo




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Our Infertility Journey – Part 5: IVF / ICSI – The Final Chapter

Click here for Part 4 of our IVF / ICSI Journey: The Outcome

If you’ve followed our journey of infertility, through IVF/ICSI and up to my first viable Brodie2pregnancy you’ll recall the following: I went through one ‘full’ round of hormone injections, egg collection etc and from this one round we were granted 5 viable embryos at the blastocyst (day 5) stage.  Our first didn’t take, but we were incredibly blessed when our second, which had been frozen, resulted in our firstborn, a perfectly healthy baby boy.

This meant we still had 3 frozen embryos, for which we paid approximately $250AUD every 6 months to keep them cryopreserved.  At various stages in the future we intended to have each of them transferred in the hope that they would become viable pregnancies and hence add to our family.  We already counted ourselves so incredibly blessed though to have our 1 and my heart goes out to so many who’s journey has been significantly longer and they are still waiting, hoping…

COOPER newborn session (6a)When our son reached about 18 months it was time to try embryo no. 3.  They simply used my natural cycle again and the same protocol: a series of blood tests so they could identify when I ovulated, then the embryo transfer on day 5 after that.  Interestingly, we followed the same pattern with embryos 3 & 4 as we did with 1 & 2… our third was unsuccessful but our fourth took beautifully.  This ultimately led to the arrival of our gorgeous daughter, such a delight!

We knew, of course, that we had one final frozen embryo remaining.  Which we always intended to use.  We had a gap of two years and four months between our two children so, as that gap approached again, it was time to get serious about making our plans for the last time.

For a long while we had been at a place where we wanted to know whether or not our family was complete… it still seems so strange that this is something we essentially have no control over.  We weren’t yet in a position though, at least I wasn’t, to actually try falling pregnant again and, potentially, having a newborn.  To be completely honest, becoming a mum had completely rocked my world, and not entirely in a good way.  Once the initial infertility journey was over and I held that beautiful babe in my arms, an entirely new season commenced and I felt absolutely clueless.  I found myself consumed by worry, self-doubt, a complete lack of control and discovered an impatience I never knew I had.  We absolutely adored our children though and were always, always, going to try every embryo we had been given.

In my head, I’d always told myself the probability was slim.  We’d had a 50% success rate so far: first no, second yes, third no, fourth yes… so following that pattern and the fact that this last one would technically be the lowest ‘quality’…I’d always told myself it probably wasn’t going to come to pass… but I believe that ‘negativity’ was also a coping method of self-preservation the infertility journey can give you.

As the time came though, I really felt challenged and built up to being genuinely excited about the prospect of welcoming another child into our family – though of course there was the ever-present battle of not wanting to get one’s hopes up.

What I find quite hilarious is that my husband had actually undergone a vasectomy months prior.  Given our track record of infertility it probably wasn’t necessary lol, but I’ve mentioned before how meticulous I had always been with contraception!  What a ‘scandal’ it would be were I to fall pregnant again to those who knew only that side of the story (the vasectomy) and not the other side (the frozen embryo), ha ha!

Once the decision was made to have our embryo transferred, it all went quite quickly.  Again my natural cycle was used, a series of blood tests performed, and an internal ultrasound.  What this final chapter did again bring to the forefront was all of those old familiar emotions that hadn’t surfaced in a while.  And boy did they come flooding back.  It wasn’t fun going back there and I was very pleased to be doing it for the last time.

IMG_1086It was exciting to see our embryo again on the screen and watch it being drawn in to the transfer device.  Hubby was with me, as he had been for every single previous attempt.  I am so incredibly grateful for his constant love and support.  Then out of the clinic I walk, technically with a baby inside of me, and the waiting game beings!


Before my scheduled blood test though (to see if the embryo had taken and I were in fact pregnant) I started spotting.  Unfortunately my period didn’t come in as quickly as it normally would have so again played with my emotions for several days whilst I hoped the procedure had been successful.  It really rocked me, back on that crazy roller coaster!  Desperately hoping but simultaneously terrified to get my hopes up.

Once we did receive the official notification that no, it hadn’t worked, I needed some time to grieve and process.  This time around, the whole way through, it was probably more raw and emotional than the last because of the sense of finality it brought.  Not that we weren’t perfectly happy, content, blessed etc with our beautiful family… but every other time we’d done this there had still always been at least one frozen embryo ‘in reserve’.  Not this time.  This was it.  Final.  We now knew that our family was complete.  Whilst it felt good to know, and to step off that roller coaster for the very last time, it was also strange because it didn’t really feel as though we had made that decision, but rather that it had been made for us.IMG_1823

I actually wrote this the day we found out:

“When one door closes, another one opens…

 A new day is dawning.

Today I learned, or rather had confirmed what I’d already suspected, that our final frozen embryo transfer, and hence our hopes of a third child, had been unsuccessful.  What an emotional rollercoaster these last few days have been.

To now be on the other side, to have completed a 9 year journey of trying to conceive and IVF/ICSI treatments, to not know how many would or wouldn’t be successful, to not know the size our family would be… I know no one knows in advance exactly what their family will ultimately look like but the what if’s hanging over our heads have been, at least it feels to me, quite significant.

It was bittersweet to walk out of the IVF clinic for that last time, a truly welcoming and beautiful clinic with the most caring of staff – it honestly was a real joy to be looked after there each time – but I can’t say I’m sad that door is finally firmly shut.  As of today, we know our family is complete.  There’s a mum, a dad, a beautiful boy and a gorgeous girl.  The perfect pigeon pair as so many would say, and incidentally, exactly as we’d dared picture our family way back before the journey had even begun.  Ultimately, of course, we couldn’t care less about their genders, only their health, and the fact that they made it here to earth.  Our gifts.  Our treasures.  Our greatest blessings.  There is the four of us and we are family.  It feels that, as of today, a chapter that consumed much of our lives, our time and our energy, has officially come to an end.  And ahead as I look I see our pathway increasing exponentially ever wider and wider.”

We are so incredibly thankful for and so desperately in love with our two babes and so honoured to have been granted the incredible responsibility of helping raise them to become the best that they can be.

One day I hope to be able to have a laugh with our kids about the fact that technically, they’re both the same ‘age’.  They were both conceived/created at the same time but were ‘frozen’ Austin Powers style, one for longer than the other!  I hope they’ll think this is pretty cool!  For us, it was the option that brought us them so for that we are forever grateful.

And you know what, in the end, once you’re holding that divine bundle in your arms, the entire fertility journey, how long it took and how that bub came into being all fades into insignificance… I know it’s so hard to understand this when you’re in the thick of it, but it’s all worthwhile when the time comes.

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P.S. Should anyone be wondering why, if we really did want more children, we didn’t try the whole entire process again (remembering I only ever underwent one full IVF/ICSI round from start to finish involving hormone treatments, egg collection etc… apart from the first, all of our attempts were with our own frozen embryos from the first round)… well, you see, we were ecstatic with our two and it’s not so much that we necessarily felt a yearning for more children as I know some do… our journey was different to the natural way.  It was the unknown.  Are we or aren’t we having another child?  What does our completed family picture look like?  The main reason I would not have signed up for a whole new round of IVF is that, due to our own personal beliefs, we would again have decided to try every single successful embryo… and that was too much of an unknown quantity and time-frame.  To us, all be they only 5 days old, they were still babies.  We were happy to have them inserted and then have nature/God do it’s thing.  But we could not donate them to science, have them de-frosted on a bench left to die, or even donate them to another couple, as lovely as that would be… I guess they were still our biological children and that was just how we felt.  We were also 5 years older (and had already started this journey 5 years later than we originally hoped to become parents) and this brought concerns about the health of both sperm & eggs.  Each to their own, it was a personal decision, but this was how we felt, and this is our story J.  Thanks for sharing it with us. xoxo

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Family.  So blessed!

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Infertility is one of the toughest challenges a couple can face.  Unfortunately, I have known couples who have paid the ultimate price… a time that should have been one of their most intimate and exciting, culminating in potentially the most joyful day of their lives, has instead resulted in the breakdown of their marriage.  Don’t let this happen to you!  Read my perspective on how to grow stronger as a couple whilst riding that wild infertility roller coaster!

Trying to Conceive & Infertility

A Woman’s Journey… (is unique & we all deserve some R.E.S.P.E.C.T.)

pexels-photo-594421.jpeg“Somewhere there is a woman: 30, no children. People ask her, “Still no kids?” Her response varies from day to day, but it usually includes forced smiles and restraint.
“Nope, not yet,” she says with a chuckle, muffling her frustration.
“Well, don’t wait forever. That clock is ticking, ya know,” the sage says before departing, happy with herself for imparting such erudite wisdom. The sage leaves. The woman holds her smile. Alone, she cries…
Cries because she’s been pregnant 4 times and miscarried every one. Cries because she started trying for a baby on her wedding night, and that was 5 years ago. Cries because her husband has an ex-wife and she has given him children. Cries because she wants desperately to try in vitro but can’t even afford the deposit. Cries because she’s done in vitro (multiple rounds) and still has no children. Cries because her best friend wouldn’t be a surrogate. “It would be too weird,” she said. Cries because her medication prevents pregnancy. Cries because this issue causes friction in her marriage. Cries because the doctor said she’s fine, but deep inside she knows it’s her. Cries because her husband blames himself, and that guilt makes him a hard person to live with. Cries because all her sisters have children. Cries because one of her sisters didn’t even want children. Cries because her best friend is pregnant. Cries because she got invited to another baby shower. Cries because her mother keeps asking, “Girl, what are you waiting on?” Cries because her in-laws want to be grandparents. Cries because her neighbor has twins and treats them like shit. Cries because 16-year-olds get pregnant without trying. Cries because she’s an amazing aunt. Cries because she’s already picked out names. Cries because there’s an empty room in her house. Cries because there is an empty space in her body. Cries because she has so much to offer. Cries because he’d be a great dad. Cries because she’d be a great mother, but isn’t.

Somewhere else is another woman: 34, five children. People say to her, “Five? Good lord, I hope you’re done!” And then they laugh… because those types of comments are funny. The woman laughs too, but not in earnest. She changes the subject, as she always does, and gives the disrespect a pass. Just another day. Alone, she cries…
Cries because she’s pregnant with another and feels like she has to hide the joy. Cries because she always wanted a big family and doesn’t see why people seem so disturbed by it. Cries because she has no siblings and felt profoundly lonely as a child. Cries because her Granny had 12 and she’d love to be just like her. Cries because she couldn’t imagine life without her children, but people treat her like they’re a punishment. Cries because she doesn’t want to be pitied. Cries because people assume this isn’t what she wanted. Cries because they assume she’s just irresponsible. Cries because they believe she has no say. Cries because she feels misunderstood. Cries because she’s tired of defending her private choices. Cries because she and her husband are perfectly capable of supporting their family but that doesn’t seem to matter. Cries because she’s tired of the “funny” comments. Cries because she minds her own business. Cries because she wishes others would mind theirs. Cries because sometimes she doubts herself and wonders if she should have stopped two kids ago. Cries because others are quick to offer criticism and slow to offer help. Cries because she’s sick of the scrutiny. Cries because she’s not a side show. Cries because people are rude. Cries because so many people seem to have opinions on her private life. Cries because all she wants to do is live in peace.

pexels-photo-755028.jpegAnother woman: 40, one child. People say to her, “Only one? You never wanted any more?”
“I’m happy with my one,” she says calmly, a rehearsed response she’s given more times than she can count. Quite believable. No one would ever suspect that alone, she cries…
Cries because her one pregnancy was a miracle. Cries because her son still asks for a brother or sister. Cries because she always wanted at least three. Cries because her second pregnancy had to be terminated to save her life. Cries because her doctor says it would be “high-risk.” Cries because she’s struggling to care for the one she has. Cries because sometimes one feels like two. Cries because her husband won’t even entertain the thought of another. Cries because her husband died and she hasn’t found love again. Cries because her family thinks one is enough. Cries because she’s deep into her career and can’t step away. Cries because she feels selfish. Cries because she still hasn’t lost the weight from her from her first pregnancy. Cries because her postpartum depression was so intense. Cries because she can’t imagine going through that again. Cries because she has body issues and pregnancy only exacerbates it. Cries because she still battles bulimia. Cries because she had to have a hysterectomy. Cries because she wants another baby, but can’t have it.

These women are everywhere. They are our neighbors, our friends, our sisters, our co-workers, our cousins. They have no use for our advice or opinions. Their wombs are their own. Let’s respect that.”

Credit: Nadirah Angail



Tears for women everywhere and their individual journeys.  Remember, you will never understand unless you have walked in her shoes, and even then, her journey is still unique.  Let’s never assume to know someone else’s business or place our opinion of what is ‘right’ or ‘normal’ on them.  Let’s not give ‘advice’ unless it’s asked for.  Please, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.”

be kind

Trying to Conceive & Infertility

Our Infertility Journey – Part 4: IVF / ICSI – The Outcome

Click here for Part 3 of our IVF / ICSI Journey: Egg Collection, Fertilisation and More Waiting

The day had finally arrived when we would find out whether or not our first round of IVF/ICSI had been successful.  Were we having a baby?  We sure were dying to know!  I’d had a blood test that morning and then played a bit of phone tag with the clinic nurse that afternoon… she was ready to tell us ‘the news’ but hubby wasn’t home yet and I desperately wanted us to be together.  So there I was waiting, waiting, trying to keep myself occupied, and had absolutely convinced myself that the result was going to be negative.  I thought I was seeing tinges of ‘pink’ which I believed would lead to a period over the coming days.  So I was preparing myself for a letdown.

Finally hubby arrived home and we made the call.  You could have knocked me over with a feather when she told us that I was, in fact, pregnant.  What a relief!  And yet a very bizarre, surreal, unusual feeling.  There were no screams of excitement or tears of joy, mostly chuckles of astonished bewilderment.  We honestly couldn’t believe it.   We enjoyed a nice dinner out that night to ‘celebrate’, with a lemon lime & bitters for me, but I wasn’t 100% comfortable or convinced due to a discharge that I just wasn’t feeling good about.  It could’ve just been related to the crinone gel I was on and at the time of giving us the news the nurse wasn’t concerned, but over the coming days it turned into more noticeable bleeding.  I had to go back in for a blood test to confirm my pregnancy (hormone) levels were still going up, but received a call that afternoon to advise that they were on the decline instead.  This confirmed my thoughts and it appeared that the pregnancy hadn’t taken. Weary_Face_Emoji_91a42b7e-9581-4fa5-8de4-57481355d505_1024x1024 By the weekend I was experiencing what to me was just like a normal period.  I was frustrated and more than a little ‘annoyed’ I guess because I wished I’d never have found out that I was, in fact, pregnant.  I wished they’d have just let my body do it’s thing and that I could ‘find out’ as I normally did, via a period.  The only reason I knew that I was ‘pregnant’ was because they told me I was.  This made hubby & I wonder how many times in the past could I possibly have been ‘pregnant’, but lost the baby almost immediately, just thinking I was having a normal period, particularly when I wasn’t always that regular and sometimes significantly late.  This first attempt was labelled as a miscarriage.  I’m very grateful though to have not gotten further along and then for it to end the same way.

The nurses seemed surprised, being that my initial levels were very good, but we really just took it all in our stride.  I guess in a way we felt it was almost too good to be true…

As a somewhat means of compensation, I jumped aboard last minute for a trip to the snow with hubby and some friends for a weekend that I hadn’t initially planned being a part of!  A great way to let the hair down!

Plan 590

The beauty was, I still had 4 frozen embryos to use, and we were keen to continue ASAP.  As wonderful as the whole process had been for me, with no side effects, it was still nice to know that I didn’t have to go through the injection or egg collection phases or anything else this time around.

Whilst we were hoping to try again the next month, I had to be monitored to make sure my levels returned back to zero.  I also had to meet with the Doctor who basically gave me a counseling session I didn’t want or need, but had to pay for!  Because my cycle was pretty regular, they wanted to use my ‘natural’ cycle for the next attempt (by regular I mean I had a monthly cycle, even though it was never very predictable).  Basically, they wanted to target my body when it was naturally ready to conceive and carry a baby.  So I had to call them when my next period started (the following month), and then began some serious observation!  Again though, the fabulous nurses at the IVF Clinic were absolutely amazing!  In a space of 10 days I had at least 8 blood tests – talk about feeling like a pin cushion!  But they’d open early for me if necessary, were always on time, and I was in and out within minutes.  They were waiting for me to ovulate naturally, which the blood tests would indicate.  In the end, I think I ovulated a couple of days later than they were expecting, but it all worked out fine.  Once they’d worked out when I had ovulated, they then calculated Day 5 of my cycle, which is how old the embryos were at the time of ‘freezing’, and that’s when one would be inserted.  My only concern was that, seeings as they had used the best ‘AA quality’ embryo the last time (they’d all been labelled in terms of their apparent strength/quality) and it didn’t work, how likely was it that one of these would work given that they were potentially of a ‘lesser quality’ and had to go through the freezing and unthawing processes?  Surely you’d have to be strong for that?!  I was assured not to worry though, that this had nothing to do with the success rates (and later I heard that potentially the success rates could possibly be higher from frozen embryos).

Our embryos were transferred to our local clinic.  On Day 5 we headed into the clinic, and interestingly this time there was no special protective clothing or sealed off rooms or anything like that.  They only unthawed the embryo that morning (it doesn’t take long) and were pleased to see that in the short time since unthawing and before inserting it had already started to grow – of course something only they could see through a microscope but I guess it was the cells continuing to multiply, which they said was a positive sign.  The implantation process was again all very quick and easy and we headed straight to a weekend filled with motorsport!

Again it was time to wait the 10 days, actually even a little longer, but this time I probably felt more like it was going to work, I guess because it did the last time.  The question though was… would it continue?

Hubby and I again took the call together when he got home from work and received the positive news that yes, again I was pregnant!  There was no dinner date that night – we were both dealing with such mixed emotions!

A few days later though another blood test confirmed my levels were continuing to rise… so much so that we were told there was the possibility of a multiple pregnancy!  If that was the case, they’d be identical twins because the egg would have split after inserting.  (I’d told our Doctor several times that he was allowed to insert more than one embryo, but they don’t seem to do so that often these days – it was IVF Australia’s policy not to).  The nurse then confided that, even though my levels were very good last time, they were much higher this time, right from the beginning.

We were flying out to Bora Bora a few days later and she had no issues with that.  She just said to be very careful of what I ate and not to drink the tap water.  It was bizarre… technically I was ‘5 weeks pregnant’!  Provided everything went smoothly, the next step for me/us was a 7 week scan at our obstetrician’s clinic to confirm a ‘viable’ pregnancy… at which point he would resume my care.

Bora Bora was such a blessing!  Firstly, we were celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary, and of course were also very much hoping it was our ‘babymoon’.  It was everything we’d ever hoped it would be – exactly like the postcards and travel brochures you see, and it was so nice to get away, just the two of us.  We had our ‘secret’ and we just had to keep assuming that everything was going well and moving forward so long as I wasn’t bleeding.  This time I didn’t have to use the crinone gel (slow release progesterone) as they were letting my body do everything naturally, and I had no signs at all of any bleeding.  We did plenty of activities and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and I at least don’t think I focused on the pregnancy as much as I would have if I were at home.

By the time we got home, we only had to wait another week until our 7 week scan.  When the day came, we were seen by a sonographer.  Normally she said she would do an internal ultrasound but because I was already on the bed (keen much?!) she said she’d try through the belly first.  Well, as soon as she switched it on, there was our baby!!!  The moment we’d been waiting for!  I always thought I’d burst into tears, especially seeings as I’d get a bit emotional looking at an ultrasound of my empty insides in anticipation of what the future held, but I didn’t.  The first thing I said was “Is that a baby?!” quite incredulous, and she replied: “That’s a baby!”  She was absolutely wonderful and made us feel so special.  Of course he/she was only tiny, a blob really, but he/she was there, alive & kicking, inside of me and that was enough!  We had her check thoroughly to ensure there was only one, which there was!  (Hubby’s visions of being a dad of 10 had returned when he learned the possibility of twins!).


We still had 5 weeks to go though until bub was technically ‘safe’ and it was like I still wasn’t allowing myself to really believe it.  I always thought once I’d seen a scan it would feel real.  Well, it did for the time I was in there, then quickly disappeared again.  I was trying hard not to live in fear, I think it was more just really struggling to believe that we were actually on this path, that it was actually happening.  I was trying to protect myself I’m sure, not getting my hopes up too high.  I know I certainly dampened hubby’s spirits about it all and as such he didn’t feel he could truly express how excited and happy he was… he was certainly more understanding this time about keeping our secret until 12 weeks.  My parents knew from the beginning (but even they were very subdued about it all, especially after the first attempt) and we told hubby’s parents after this 7 week scan but swore them to secrecy.

I reached the 12 week mark with no issues, complications, scares or even morning sickness!  Our appointment though wasn’t for a few more days and this made me feel a bit safer anyway because some people say you should wait until 13 weeks to announce.  We saw the same sonographer and she was as wonderful as ever.  This time we got a really good look at our bub and were told we had a very attractive baby 😉 She even flicked the machine on to 3D and that gave us some really good images and videos.

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Bub was misbehaving though and lying upside down… she was trying to get all sorts of measurements including of the base of the neck for the nucal translucency test and bub was not making it easy on her!  She tried a few tactics with me to get him/her to turn and I even went into the bathroom and did a handstand (don’t tell anyone!) but nothing worked.  In the end though she seemed happy with what she’d gotten and everything was fine.

So here we were!  After all this time!  Bub was safe, strong, healthy… and we could make it ‘official’!!!

That’s when the real fun began!!!  Announcing the news!!!  We are blessed with a hugely supportive community of family and friends and the fact we were trying to conceive was certainly no secret… though the IVF journey we had decided, on this occasion, to keep considerably on the down-low… probably purely because it was all brand new to us and we didn’t want to get our own hopes up, let alone anyone else’s.  Plus I figure there’s not many, all be there some, who tell those around them exactly when they’re going to try to have a baby naturally lol!  So we didn’t feel the need to divulge details either.  As time has gone on though I have become much more open and eager to share my journey with anyone genuinely interested (note: there’s a difference between sticky beaks and people who just want to know what the ‘problem’ is or, more specifically, who’s ‘fault’ it is (the infertility), and those who genuinely care and/or are interested in the process).

But I digress.  For those of you still wishing, hoping, praying, believing… oh I hope with you with all my heart that these deepest desires of yours would be fulfilled.  Sharing the news with those dear to us was a wonderful experience.  There was applause, screams of disbelief and excitement, squeezes soooooo tight, tears, spilled beverages… it was so much fun!  And finally, finally, it all sunk in and we could believe it was real.  This truly was happening.  We had arrived.  We were going to be parents!

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Our Infertility Journey – Part 3: IVF / ICSI – Egg Collection, Fertilisation & More Waiting

Click here for Part 2.

I awoke from surgery to find the number ‘19’ taped to the inside of my right hand – the number of eggs they’d collected (this was a lot apparently).  I was well looked after the whole time, and it was a very quick process.  It was quite a quick trip really.  Once I’d had something to eat and drink (I was ravenous!) I was good to go.  I felt great straight away, so much so that we went shopping for a substantial lunch and to buy a special teddy bear for our baby ‘Mini’.  I felt totally fine.

The clinic called later that afternoon to advise that out of the 19 eggs collected, they’d injected sperm into 13 of them.  The rest were not mature enough.  Those were still really good figures.  Between 50 – 70% generally fertilise and they’d call again tomorrow with an update.

I spoke to my local clinic later and the nurse was pleased I was feeling well, but advised me (as they had earlier) to have heat packs on standby and to take panadol every 4 hours as needed “once the anesthetic wears off”… The following morning however my mum came over to ‘nurse’ me and stood there stunned when I met her at the door then ran off down the corridor to answer my ringing mobile phone!  Never did I suffer any cramping or need any heat packs or pain killers (and they expected my pain to be significant because I’d had so many eggs taken out…I’d been warned of that a few times).  I still had a relaxing day, just because I could, and enjoyed watching a movie with mum (‘The Back Up Plan with Jennifer Lopez – kind of appropriate!)

I received a call to advise that 10 of the eggs had fertilised – YIKES!  But, they assured me, there was still a long way to go and that number would still drop significantly (hubby and I had chosen not to ‘limit’ how many eggs were fertilised, but intended to at some point use every single one of them – but 10 certainly still gave us a shock ha ha!).  They would call again on Thursday with an update.  I ran our church home group that night as normal and no one would have guessed what we’d been through!

On Thursday the clinic called to advise the 10 cells or whatever you want to call them were still plodding along doing their thing – YIKES again!  We were consistently above average, above the norm, every step of the way!  The nurses were pleased because it meant they were pretty hopeful to have one good one to transfer on Saturday.  Meanwhile, hubby & I were thinking we could possibly have 10 kids!!!

They were looking for the cells to behave in certain ways though, to become blastocysts (an embryo which has developed to the point of having 2 different cell components and a fluid cavity).

On the Saturday we went back to the same clinic and this time were admitted to a sterile laboratory style room.  Before we could go into the actual room we had to cover everything with protective coverings: clothing, shoes, hair – we looked a sight!

Again, it was a very quick procedure.  There was 1 doctor and a scientist/lab technician working in the lab next door where they showed us on a screen the blastocyst they’d chosen for us which was pretty cool.  We saw him suck it into a syringe of sorts, then he came from next door into our room and gave it to the doctor who inserted it a very long way.  This was my poor hubby’s first experience of another man being around my private parts, which he wasn’t too comfortable with!  That was it!  We were told they had a potential 5 – 6 blastocysts they were considering freezing, but they’d know more tomorrow and they’d give us a call to let us know.  We wanted to make the time special (because let’s face it, what we’d just experienced was not exactly how you ever plan on ‘making a baby’!) so went to a National Park for some morning tea and a stroll which was just lovely, prior to attending a 5 year olds birthday party back near home.  We even went out for dinner that night – we were all about celebrating!!!


Then, the waiting game began.  Just like every other month!  Only this time we at least knew there was an embryo within me.  The question was, of course, would it take?  Would it go the distance?  We received a call the following day to tell us they’d frozen 4 embryos.  Hubby breathed an audible sigh of relief and said “Now I’m a happy man!” – secretly he’d been panicking about fathering 7 children, but 5 he felt was much more manageable lol!  We knew we still had a long way to go, but I think we were quietly confident.

10 days into the waiting game and no ‘tell-tale’ signs of pregnancy.  We’d been advised not to do any at-home tests so I needed to go in for a blood test and we’d receive ‘the call’ later that afternoon with ‘the news’.

I had been really excited but as the time drew nearer I certainly became more anxious and nervous… of course I was thrilled to not be feeling nauseous or anything if I were to be pregnant, but it’s just so hard not having a clue what’s going on inside your own body!  Plus I was concerned that, even if I were to receive great news, what we’d been waiting years for, I’d still worry and be anxious until the 12 week ‘safe’ mark…

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Our Infertility Journey – Part 2: IVF / ICSI – Acceptance & Preparation

Click here for Part 1 – The Roller Coaster of Infertility

After having done all the necessary health checks, we were advised that IVF (specifically ICSI) was the way for us to go.  I’d always known this was an option, but it came as quite a surprise because I’d mistakenly assumed there would be a number of other options/alternatives tried first.  But there wasn’t.  Our Doctor had no other solutions.  This was his recommendation.  He said it wasn’t impossible (for us to conceive), but that we would need some help.  We had plenty of time to process and prepare for it though due to needing (or so I thought) to upgrade our health fund cover, so it would be at least a year ‘off’ (a note for any Australians: I mustn’t have researched this at all and assumed you needed private health cover… but, if I recall correctly, it’s now all covered by Medicare with the exception of the day stay surgery for egg collection… so in hindsight if I’d known this we’d most likely have gone down this track sooner!). 

Coming to terms with the concept of IVF wasn’t too much of a struggle for us.  We were at the point where we would do whatever we needed to in order to start a family.  I chose to look at it from the perspective of: is it any different to taking panadol for a headache, chemotherapy for cancer or having a caesarean to give birth?  All are man-made, man-driven, man-performed.  How blessed are we to have access to such incredible technology!  I am forever thankful and indebted to those who have dedicated their lives to this area.

I was willing and would have also looked into natural assistance and support (such as naturopathy, acupuncture etc) but hubby wasn’t so open-minded, so direct to the scientific route we went!

The IVF/ICSI journey started with a consultation appointment in a beautiful clinic, obviously specifically designed so.  Very calming and soothing and the staff were just lovely with delightful temperaments and they put me totally at ease.

ICSI stands for Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection.  The technique involves injecting a single sperm into an egg using very fine micro-manipulation equipment as part of an IVF treatment cycle.  We were advised this technique would give us the greatest chance of success.  As opposed to letting the sperm find the egg and then burrow it’s way in… science takes it one step further.  Incredible!  And after all, anyone who has gotten this far wants the very best chances of success as soon as possible!

All I needed to do at first was take a nasal spray twice a day for 10 days.  Simple.  Common side effects: headaches, mood changes (feeling ‘blah’), hot flushes, breast pain… did I have any of that?  Nope.  All I experienced were aching shoulders on occasion which may or may not have been related.  Certainly nothing I couldn’t handle.  (So I may have had one little emotional outburst at hubby, but all women have them, right?! 😉

Next I started a nightly injection in addition to my nasal spray.  This sort of thing doesn’t really phase me and it was no issue.  They make it so easy and it was painless.  It was a busy week so it meant carrying it around with me in a cooler bag, but no one ever knew!  A few sly trips to the car if necessary to ‘inject’ and no worries!  I did however feel like a bit of a drug user operating in secret, carrying around my sharps disposal container!

Common side effects: pain, swelling, redness at injection site, headaches, dizziness, nausea/vomiting, abdominal cramps etc… did I have any of that?  Nope again!

After being on the injections for 6 days I had another follow up appointment.  Another blood test (seems I get one every time I go in, if I ever did have an issue with them I certainly don’t now!) and the nurse was pleased to hear I hadn’t suffered any side effects so far.  “Seriously, I’m feeling GREAT!” I said.  She warned me though: “Be prepared, from hereon you’re going to get very tired and bloated.  It will just hit you.  Probably over the weekend, it will just come out of nowhere.”  She said they had to wait for the blood test results to come back that afternoon to know what the plan was from here, but seeings as I was feeling so good everything was probably going to schedule.

Later that day I was advised my oestrogen levels were through the roof.  “You’re one of the rare cases where this happens and you have no side effects.”  Worse case scenario: ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome which makes you incredibly sick (but I felt great!!!) and they would cancel this treatment cycle.  So I needed to go in the following morning for an internal ultrasound, 3 days ahead of schedule.

Well, it turned out that I had heaps of follicles.  “Do you have polycystic ovaries?” the nurse asked me.  “Not that I know of” I replied.  I’d had two internal ultrasounds before in the lead up to all this and no one ever indicated as such.  “Well they’re behaving like they are” she said, because they were now overstimulated due to the medications.  My body had responded too well to the drugs (if I were to do another cycle, they’d lessen the dosage).  Whilst I had more than enough follicles, quantity doesn’t mean quality.

She started measuring them as that would be the real indicator as to where we were at as they needed to be a certain size in two days to continue as planned… well, they were already that size weren’t they!  “I think they’ll want to admit you to theatre on Monday” I was told, which came as a complete surprise as we’d been working towards Thursday.  It also meant a 1.5 hour drive to a different hospital than our local 20 minutes away as originally planned, but that was fine.  She needed to consult with the doctors though and get their thoughts.  But if I got any symptoms, if I was sick in any way, I was to make sure I let them know immediately!

I got the call late Friday afternoon confirming I was booked in for the Monday.  I rang hubby – he needed the day off!  I was meant to work on the Monday but that shift had recently been changed to the Wednesday – it was evident that the path was being cleared for us and all was falling into place!

I had my last injection and nasal spray on the Friday night, then on the Saturday night I had to give myself one final injection at 9.30pm, specifically 36 hours before being admitted.  It’s amazing what all the drugs are for.  Initially I believe they were lowering my hormones (hence why I could have felt flat & irritable) and this injection reversed it, or something like that.

The ‘extreme tiredness’ and ‘bloating’ never, ever hit me.  It truly was amazing!  If I wasn’t the one who gave myself the drugs etc I never would have known I was on this journey.  My body just behaved like everything was normal.

And I’m excited, really excited, as to how this is all going to unfold!

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Trying to Conceive & Infertility

Our Story – Part 1: The Roller Coaster of Infertility

***If you are experiencing difficulties falling pregnant please read on… I promise you’ll no longer feel alone, and you might even have a little giggle…***

Our journey started in January 2008.  It was supposed to be a joyous 9 month journey of pregnancy and the commencement of our own family.  It wasn’t supposed to be (according to me) a journey of infertility, heartache and confusion.  It wasn’t supposed to be a roller coaster of emotions, of poking & prodding, injections & doctors appointments.  The medical receptionists weren’t meant to know me by name because I wasn’t pregnant.  That wasn’t part of the plan.  My plan.

After over 5 years of marriage (& a ‘5 year plan’) and having established ourselves well into our careers, built our own home and traipsed around the world, my husband & I were ‘ready’ to start a family.  We knew you could never truly be ready, truly be prepared for the incredible change a child would bring to your world and your relationship, but we were ready to find out.

Naivety was my first ‘mistake’, for want of a better word.  After having been absolutely meticulous with contraceptives for the last 5 years (wasn’t that a waste of valued dollars in hindsight!) and having seen one too many friends fall pregnant by ‘accident’ it seemed as simple as having unprotected sex.  I barely even knew about ovulation or timing or the ‘obstacle course’ that sperm had to battle through to reach an egg.  All that was yet to come.  But January 2008: unprotected sex.  Done.  Several times ;-).  Tick that box.  Again, again, & once more to be sure (not all on the same night!).  We even had the hide and the audacity, dare I admit, to hope & ‘try’ for a baby of a certain sex first…hubby had always felt that any daughter needed an older protective brother, and having never had one myself I thought “Sure, why not?  It can’t hurt.”  So we tried a few ‘techniques’ (old wives tales more like) and were pretty pleased with our efforts.

Then we started the waiting game, all along feeling quietly confident.  Much to my delight, I missed my period, and I was always ‘regular’ (ish).  Not always did my period start on the same day, but it was regular none the less.  I had literally one tiny spot (enough to make my heart skip a beat in the fear that I wasn’t pregnant) but that was it.  It certainly wasn’t my normal period, so I had to be pregnant, right?  The first pregnancy test came back negative and I put that down to it being too early, because we were so eager to find out.  Then the second test also came back negative and I started to become less confident, but came up with another excuse.  I figured that as my mum didn’t find out that she was pregnant with me until a blood test revealed it at 3 months (urine tests kept coming back negative), I thought the same could happen to me (all be it 27 years ago and no doubt technology has improved since then, but I didn’t dwell on that!).

We entered the second month and tried again to ‘seal the deal’ so to speak, to make sure & certain…but then my period came, and with it, a flood of tears.  I later learnt that you can actually trick your body into believing it’s pregnant and in hindsight think that’s what I must’ve done to skip a period previously, because that had never happened before.  Not intentionally, but simply out of the sheer expectation, excitement and certainty that I would be.  That it was that easy.  Why wouldn’t it be?

Still, we both tried to justify it with stories of people who’d still menstruated once they were pregnant (talk about grasping at straws!).  There was still the possibility we told ourselves…  Tears after the second month of trying now seem ridiculous after another 54 attempts, but those were the emotions at the time.

I’ll admit to at this time feeling pretty disillusioned and confused as to what was happening.  Everything else in my life had gone totally according to plan, so why not now?  I decided though that this just a minor deviation and I was secure enough in my faith to know that God’s plans were always better.  Besides, people had infertility issues didn’t they?  If you looked at our group of friends and the children appearing from everywhere, it almost made sense that someone had to have ‘issues’.  And that was us.

As time went on though, it started to become apparent that this ‘journey’ wasn’t going to be as easy as I’d expected.  This certainly wasn’t going to ‘plan’, so what now?  We consoled ourselves with research and the reassurance that falling pregnant was actually quite a difficult feat, that the odds most certainly were stacked against us.  How ironic then all the teenage pregnancies, the unwanted pregnancies, the accidental pregnancies.  One begins to feel surrounded by pregnancy.  All of a sudden there’s what appears to be a ‘baby boom’.  There are more pregnant women around than you’ve ever seen in your life.  You can’t escape them.  Everyone’s talking about it and can’t seem to talk about anything else.  Friends whom you didn’t even know were trying, or who weren’t trying, are suddenly telling you they’re pregnant.

I’d dreamt previously with one of my best friends about falling pregnant at the same time, raising our kids together etc.  When she’d found out that we were going to start trying she laughed apologetically and said I was on my own, they weren’t ready yet!… Of course she fell pregnant and had two beautiful boys before we had our first!

So then began the monthly cycle: period, attempt, waiting game, period, attempt (different style perhaps), waiting game, period, attempt, waiting game, period (sometimes a little rant “Why God, why????!!!!”), attempt (daily, every second day, morning, night?????), waiting game, period (sometimes a few tears), attempt, waiting game…the waiting was the absolute hardest, by far.  Particularly with a cycle that could vary generally between say 24-32 days…quite often I’d have to wait a week after I was ‘due’ before I’d see signs of my period coming and that was always so hard.  The “am I / aren’t I?” game.  You’re desperately hoping you are, but don’t want to actually get your hopes up.  I’d pray: “If I’m not, just give me my period, don’t keep me waiting like this.”  Hubby never said much, but I knew he was also waiting, hoping….  He was just as in tune with my cycle (which suddenly I’d learnt so much about, no naivety there anymore!) as I was, if not more so.  One month it was 46 days from one period to the next and that almost drove me crazy.  You go that long and you actually start believing “Could this be it?”  “It has to happen sometime right?” “One of these days I’m going to do a pregnancy test and it’s actually going to read positive (which is so hard to imagine at this stage), so it could be now, right?”  Then, waiting with baited breath as you take another pregnancy test (you rarely do them now because you can’t bear your heart breaking when the reading comes back negative) but alas, nothing.

When I found out that I wasn’t pregnant, I’d react in different ways.  Every now and then it was a tiny temper tantrum, once or twice I had a good cry, sometimes it was just a shrug of the shoulders and a “let’s just try again” mentality, sometimes it was a shake of the head and an “I knew I couldn’t have been anyway” attitude and other times it was just “whatever”…..

Generally this didn’t last long though and then life would just carry on as normal again until the next waiting game commenced.  Never though did I believe that I wouldn’t one day fall pregnant.  I can honestly say I had no doubt I would be a Mum to my own biological children.

All this mumbo jumbo though about mucas and ovulation tests (lick a stick and wait for fig leaves to appear), what the????!!!!  They weren’t for me.  I’m sure they must work for some, but they didn’t work for me.

Then there’s the awful world of miscarriage and friends who’d suffered through that and a stab of guilt runs through me as I think “Well at least they know they can fall pregnant”… not that I’d wish that on anybody.  That’s one set of emotions I’ve never experienced and I always say no one can truly understand unless they’ve been through it themselves.  That emotional roller coaster is one I can’t even comprehend, my heart aches just thinking about it.

There were other triggers to contribute to the roller coaster and it was never consistent.  It probably largely depended on where I was at in my cycle and the hormones that coincided with that.  Like I said, I was literally surrounded by babies.  Some baby showers would get to me, others wouldn’t.  Some Christmases would get to me, others wouldn’t (pregnancies announced at Christmas weren’t fun).  Some get-togethers would get to me, others wouldn’t.  One bad one in particular was a reunion for a friend visiting from the U.S. made up of my childhood friends, many younger than me, all of whom now had at least one, if not multiple, children.  That was really hard.  What a blessing came out of that day though when a random Facebook message came from one of the husbands who knew a bit about our ‘situation’ and whose wife was just pregnant with their 2nd.  They commended us on our outlook, persistence and genuine excitement towards those expecting or with children and that meant so much to me.  Because behind that sometimes fake smile, behind the eyes that were trying to shine (or were they glistening with tears?), behind a protective guard, was a heart that was breaking.  There was a definite yearning and desire to have what they all had, to have what I considered to be rightfully mine, but when would the time come?  Always, always though, was there genuine joy and delight for those friends of mine who’d succeeded.  Bitterness and resentment were not permitted in my heart.  I’d have friends afraid to tell me they were pregnant (what, as if I wouldn’t find out lol!) simply because they felt bad that for them it came so easily, and they knew for me it didn’t.  But I knew that our time would come.

I found it easier to be relatively honest with people.  They didn’t need to know everything, but they could know we were TTC (ha, “trying to conceive”, an abbreviation you pick up from reading online forums!)  It kept them off my back with their incessant “when are you going to have a baby?”  They usually then felt quite sheepish for asking and that shut them up (or they had their own story to tell about how long it took them or someone they knew…everyone has a story!)  Oh, and suggestions!  If I hear one more person tell me to “just forget about it” (if anyone out there has successfully done this I would LOVE to hear from you!  Tell me, how do you ‘forget’ that you’re trying to have a baby!!!!????) or to “go on a holiday” (of which there have been plenty!) I’ll……… well, I don’t know, but it won’t be pretty!  “Don’t stress” (yeah, that’s a good one too), “Quit your job” (tick!), “Put your legs up over your head” (done that!)…any more suggestions anyone?  I almost even got sucked in to buying some surefire, 100% guaranteed online self-help book but hubby talked me out of that one… desperate times call for desperate measures people!

Would you believe, despite what it sounds like, I actually wouldn’t call myself ‘consumed’ with this whole pregnancy thing.  I wanted to carry on with my life, focus on my marriage and relationship with my husband, work, socialise, have fun!  Some people can get so obsessed with it that it consumes who they are and everything they do.  I didn’t want to be that person.  Besides, I knew my time would come…

It’s probably become ‘easier’ as the journey’s progressed because no longer do you really think you could be pregnant.  You’re more expecting not to be.  I do however keep waiting for that ‘milestone’, that ‘answer’, that will lead to my pregnancy.  “Yes, it was while we were on holidays”.  “Yep, it was because I quit my job.”  “Yeah, it was because of some lesson I learnt.”  But alas, nothing yet…

Click here for Part 2 of our Infertility Journey: IVF / ICSI – Acceptance & Preparation



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