Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sincerely Fro Me to You ~ Tate and Reese Day 5 Transfer

Twice Blessed Daddy and I both waited until we were a bit older in life to get married. On January 15, 2005, we tied the knot...I was 40 and TBD was 44 (it was also TBD's parents 50th wedding anniversary). We decided to try and start a family right away. We had trouble conceiving on our own, so we did what many people do and turned to a fertility clinic. I will tell you that one of the worst things a woman can hear in her life is that she has "old eggs". After one failed attempt at IVF (10/05), we waited almost a year before we tried again. I was the one who wanted to wait. I was in such a funk after the first round failed and was very depressed for several months. It hit me a lot harder than I had expected.

In the summer of 2006, I started working out much harder than usual. I went from running 2-3 miles a day to 3-5 miles a day (5 days a week), I walked 2 miles almost every morning with Mrs. G before we would head over to Curves. I also walked with TBD some evenings. I decided that I was going to be in the best shape I could be in if/when I ever became pregnant. Later that summer, our church had a series called "Deep Water Faith". On the kickoff Sunday of the series, they placed a blank sheet of paper in the bulletin. After the service, they asked everyone to write down a subject that needed to have complete faith about. You could sign it or remain anonymous. We were told that all notes would be read and that the staff would pray for each and every request. I wrote almost word for word, "TBD and I are trying to decide if we should try IVF again or go straight to adoption. We want to have faith that the one we choose is the right decision". I placed my signed piece of paper in the oak box.

Two days later, I woke up from a dream and knew right then and there that we were supposed to try IVF one more time. I turned to TBD and told him that I just had a dream about us and IVF and felt absolute peace that this was the right decision. He agreed to proceed but requested that we change clinics. Not a problem. I also told him that I wanted to go to an acupuncturist who specializes with IVF patients. We made our appointments later that week and we were all set.

We went on vacation to London and Paris and on our way home 8/11/06, I started my first injection of Lupron while on board the airplane. It was kind of cool, sitting in our seats and TBD giving me a shot in my belly. I had a great month without too much pain and my retrieval date was 9/6/06. They were able to get 10 eggs from me..this was great news since the first time I only had 5. We waited for the progress report daily and it was decided to transfer on 9/11/06, day 5 which is amazing (for those of you who don't know much about IVF, a day 5 transfer is the best you could hope for)!

So two years ago today, on 9/11/06, I finally had something wonderful happen to me. After living and working in NYC during 9/11, it was about time that something special happened on that date. Here is a picture of Tate and Reese taken right before they were implanted in my belly. This day turned out to be one of the best days of our life! (I covered my real name.)

I'm so happy that our church had that series. We prayed in earnest to have the faith we needed to make our family complete....and it worked!

For more "fro me to you" action, go to Kristen's site at "we are THAT family" and check it out. It's the best thing in the blogging world happening on Thursdays.


Happy Mommy said...

Wow they look so different now!! I love that you shared this story today!

Giovanna Diaries said...

That is an inspiring story.
But I have to say.....that is sooooo cool that you have those pictures!
I'd frame 'em!

The G's said...

So which one is Reese and which one is Tate? :)

Kristy with a K said...

I agree something great did happen on 9/11. It also made me an aunt to be for the first time. I am happy for you and TBD. I love those babies.

We are THAT Family said...

Oh, I LOVE this post! That is so incredible that you have this picture. And that your dream of becoming a mom came true!

Make sure you link up next Thursday because I'm giving away a very cool prize from the 80's!

Amy-littletoesandcheerios said...

Such a cool thing to share with all of us moms! We are so blessed! I agree with HM, they look so different now!!

Ruby Wife said...

Wow! What a first look! It's amazing! Even then they were adorable! Love them babies! Blessings on 9/11!

D... said...

What an inspiring post. I think that picture is one of the happiest pictures I've ever seen. God is so good. Your dream came true, twice fold. Awesome!

I think it's a tribute that a day of sadness could be turned into a day of utter joy for your family. The terrorists did not win. I imagine those who lost their lives on that day are incredibly happy for that too.

a Tonggu Momma said...

I'm so, so happy that something special happened for you on 9/11. And... I have to say it... I can totally see the family resemblance. (Okay, I know, kind of a lame joke, but the two good ones were already taken.)

Groovewoman said...

Wow, what a powerful story. Praise the Lord for such an awesome story & blessing!

I just about burst into tears because as I was reading your blog here the song "Lord You're Holy" was on and it was the soundtrack song for this blog post.... Here's a piece of the lyrics:

"Lord you're Holy, Lord you're Holy and we lift you up and magnify your name.
Lord you're Holy, Lord you're Holy and we lift you up and magnify your name.

You are Wonderful, Glorious, Holy and Righteous, Victorious Conqueror, triumphant and Mighty! Healer, Deliverer, Shield and Defense, Strong Tower and my Best Friend. Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Soon Coming King! Alpha, Omega, Lord of Everything, Holy, Holy, Holy is your name!
Holy, Holy, Holy, is your name! Holy, Holy, Holy is your name!!"

- performed by Alise Gyse w/ the Travis Cottrell praise Team on the "the lamb has overcome" album.

WOW!!! and WOW!!

Valarie said...

That is so awesome! :)

Laura@Storytellin' Mama said...

Great story... Life is so bittersweet.

Muthering Heights said...

Awwww, what a sweet reflection!

Tammy said...

What a wonderful story. What a wonderful testimony of God's love and faithfulness. He truly had a hand in your babies lives.