Gabrielle's Baby Registry

Arrival Date December 10, 2020

04.02.20 - I thought it was an April fool's joke, just a day late...Let’s rewind a bit. December 2016 was my first surgery. A very skilled (not so pleasant) NYC surgeon removed a huge dermoid that was wrapped around my left ovary. Luckily, he went in robotically and saved the ovary. August 2018, second surgery. I was told then I have PCOS for certain and I don’t have fully functional fallopian tubes. Steve and I tried naturally for a few months, then we were referred to an infertility specialist. We had 3 failed Intrauterine Inseminations (IUI). At that point, we did some research and found our current fertility specialist, an hour away in New Jersey. We knew, committing to a doctor an hour away would put added stress and add 2 hours of travel time a day, but we wanted the best and we felt they were the best! Dr.F automatically said we need In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). With family support mentally, emotionally, and financially we decided to go for it. Months of shots, pills, blood work, ultrasound monitoring, and reiki. It was egg retrieval day- 01.24.20. 35 eggs retrieved, 34 mature, 28 survived blastocyst. 12 genetically tested, 16 frozen untested. More months of shots, pills, blood work, ultrasound monitoring, and acupuncture. It was transfer day. 03.13.20...oooops I can’t! I “broke through the pill” (which happens to only 10% percent of people, so why not me?!) More pills, shots, blood work, ultrasound monitoring, and acupuncture NOW it’s transfer day! 03.25.20! Now we can fast forward again to 4.2.20. I went to the bathroom, looked down and, saw spotting. My heart broke, “shit” I thought, “IVF didn’t work”. I called my mom, of course crying and she told me to stay calm, and that doesn’t mean anything. I called my nurse, who said the same thing, she also said I could take a home pregnancy test because it would show by now. So I did. Next thing I know I am screaming AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS “STEVE”. I needed him to look because for what seemed like forever they’ve always been negative. He comes RUNNING upstairs, looks down at the test, looks at me, shrugs his shoulders, and says “yeah”. I start sobbing. The next day, we already had blood work scheduled. That morning we get a call. It’s our doctor congratulating us. What a ride. I’m usually a private person. But this is a story to tell.

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