Tiny Itsy Bitsy Gifts, Free(-ish) to Good Homes

Hello, again! It’s been some time, hasn’t it? Hope you’ve all been well. Baby, mom, dad, and all family are doing great!

We are excited to say that we’re donating our remaining embryos to two other families! One is a done-deal, papers signed, cycle in progress. The other donation is still in progress, as far as all the background bureaucracy. I met the families through a women’s embryo donation/adoption Facebook group (it’s super special secret! But if anyone reading this is a woman and a donor, recipient, or potential donor/recipient, I could request the moderators send an invite. Just let me know!).

I posted a profile on the site and waited to see Read More »

It’s Been A While!

Hi there! I’ve been missing in action! But, I thought I’d pop back in and say hello. Honestly, I haven’t been able to think about much to write. I just don’t feel like my pregnancy has been too different than the norm, and this blog was intended to focus on third-party reproduction, something that’s out of the norm. Now I’m just a regular pregnant lady. Which, I suppose, is exactly what I wanted to be!

Also, most of my posts would be complaining about pregnancy symptoms, Read More »

Special Snowflakes

First, fair warning… this post is just chock full o’ morbid musings. Something that’s been on my mind lately is the question of “What do we do with our other embryos, and when do we do it?” When you use donor eggs, you sign a very long contract (I’m guessing you sign one for any assisted reproduction procedure, really). It gives you an overview of different procedures, risks, and options.

One section covers the disposition of stored embryos. Read More »

Good News is Here!

Here is the awesome thing I got to post on Facebook the other day!

“Not many kids can say they were a five-day-old embryo in their first baby photo. But my kid can!! I can’t wait to become a mom, right smack dab in the middle of the holidays! (Sorry ’bout that birthday, kiddo).

I am grateful to the doctors and clinic staff who helped, and for the generosity of our egg donor. But, most of all, I am thankful for [husband], whose love for me, love of children, kindness, and let’s face it, unfathomable indulgence made this possible šŸ’˜”

13267830_779340578697_8980735788394024803_n

IT WORKED, FINALLY! It’s still pretty hard to believe. I’ve had a couple of ultrasounds now, though, so of course, it’s also hardĀ not to believe. I am about 8 weeks 4 days.

I did end up testing early, for the first time – I dutifully waited for the blood test the first two times I did transfers. Read More »

Fresh Eggs By The Dozens!

Our donor’s egg retrieval was yesterday and I got the update call this morning. They retrieved 29 eggs, 19 of which were mature enough to inject sperm into, and 17 fertilized properly and are now zygotes! WOW! That is awesome!! Unless things go horribly awry somehow, they expect I’ll have a good amount of 5-day-old embryos (aka blastocysts) from which to choose the best-looking two, and probably a bunch to freeze for subsequent cycles (if necessary) or donation to another recipient(s)/research (if a baby happens this time!). Read More »

Your Mama’s So Fertile, She Ovulated On The Pill

My new donor is everything I want. She doesn’t lookĀ as crazy as the other ones! She isn’t a carrier for genetic disorders, she passed all her psychological and FDA testing requirements, and has the cleanest bill of health across three generations that I can possibly fathom. She’s donated before and was willing to do so again on incredibly short notice, so she’s unlikely to back out or screw the whole thingĀ up. Read More »

“You Can Always Adopt.”

Scientific advances have opened up a plethora of new family-building possibilities during the past three decades. Prior to that, infertile couples could either choose to adopt/foster or choose to not become parents (of course, there were always people who got creative – hell, there’s even a story about that in the Bible). Those options remain, along with medical interventions such as intra-uterine insemination, in vitro fertilization, donated gametes, gestational surrogacy, fertility medication, gamete cryopreservation, and reproductive surgery. Read More »

Darwinian Nightmare

I used to have a friend who would call me a “Darwinian nightmare.” I’ll just say that this very loosely had to do with me making a habit of flaunting certain principles of evolutionary psychology. I realized the other day that I’mĀ still flaunting the basic premises of evolutionary psychology. I’m spending tensĀ of thousands of dollars in a highly effortful attempt to perpetuate some other woman’s DNA. Read More »