Cycle 3 of Infertility Treatments. The cyst had resolved. It was go time. It was springtime in Boston. I would go for my daily monitoring and enjoying walking the beautiful streets on my way to work. The day of our procedure happened to be a Sunday. Early in the morning, my husband went with me to the clinic. We spent our waiting time in the English Garden. We went home, crashed, napped and saw Iron Man. In the midst of that cycle, I decided it was time to tell my family. I needed the support. I told my mom and my sister, in person. I tried to tell them how hard the last many months had been. They cried for me, but they had had no idea. They both eagerly assured me that it was bound to happen soon. My mother, a nurse, tried to comfort me and ask questions about the procedures. I finally felt like I had a cushion of support. I no longer had to make up reasons that we couldn't visit on the chance that a particular Saturday would be a procedure day.
Cycle 3 also brought me to acupuncture. I would have tried anything. As one of my friends said to me,"if they told you to eat an orange Popsicle, upside down on Tuesdays and you would get pregnant, you would have a stash of orange Popsicles in your fridge within an hour." She was so very right. So I tried acupuncture. The first guy I saw was horrid. He told me that I hadn't tried long enough, that the procedure wouldn't work and that I was "too young" to go this route. (The "too young" or "you have so much time" is one of my biggest pet peeves.) I dropped him that afternoon. Then, I found Josh. He was wonderful. Compassionate, caring and encouraging. He let me talk or just stay quiet depending on what I needed that day. He was wonderful.
Less than two weeks after the IUI, I peed on a stick first thing in the morning. The faintest of two pink lines showed up. The next morning, the line was stronger. My husband sent me flowers at work. I went for a blood test and ultrasound at the fertility clinic. I had two primary doctors at the clinic. Doctor 1 was a head RE at the clinic. Doctor 2 was an RE earning her credentials. Doctor 2 was young and did much of my monitoring, including the failed cycle, and the day before the IUI on cycle 3. Doctor 2 did the ultrasound to check for a pregnancy. We saw a heartbeat. She hugged me, tears in her eyes. She asked that we send a baby announcement after my due date, February 6.
Three years ago, my husband and I were so desperately trying to get pregnant with our first child. That period of my life -- where we were trying and unable to get pregnant -- was one of the toughest of my life. Every month was filled with excitement, hope and devastation. And it is with excitement, hope and trepidation that we start walking down that path again. Only this time, I hope and pray that the path is so very much shorter.