my november, hello ivf calendar

I am feeling a bit lighter today.  I think the fact that I have my in vitro timeline is helping me to calm down a little.  I realize that this is a rough estimate and that the doctors and nurses at the clinic are not psychic (well not that I know of), and therefore cannot predict how my body will react to every drug at every step, but it is a calendar nonetheless and it is helping me visualize how this will all go down in theory.

October 22nd: Start Marvelon Birth Control Pill (Is it just me or does this brand sound extremely archaic? It sounds like something my Grandmother would have taken seventy years ago)

November 2nd: Injection Instruction Visit with a Nurse (Let the fun times begin!)

Somewhere between November 2nd and November 11th: Begin Suprefact Injections (Hello suppression!)

November 11th: Stop Marvelon

November 18th: Bloodwork (and so the frequent monitoring appointments (bloodwork and ultrasounds) begin)

Somewhere between November 11th and November 18th: Start Puregon Injections (Hello stimulants!) and continue Surprefact (more needles, how lovely!)

Week of November 29th: Egg Retrieval (36 hours prior will be given the trigger shot by nurse Andrew, aka my Husband)

3 - 5 days after Egg Retrieval: Embryo Transfer

2 weeks later and it will either be my birthday or Christmas... let's hope it is a time to celebrate!

So there you have it, our life for the next two months.  Let the good times roll..

Let's hope we look this happy come December!  Taking on a hike in Whistler in July.


  1. Glad you got a timeline, and good luck as you move forward! It's funny how even an estimated timeline can make us feel so much better...

  2. The timeline is great! You have so much to look forward to. I'm excited to follow you on this mission!

    And love the pic @ Whistler! Beautiful! :)

  3. Having the timeline does help, my first IVF was during the holidays. In fact, my beta was on Christmas Eve. That was tough. Wishing you the best through it all.

    Love the Whistler pic, seems like you are a girl after my own heart with the hikes and such.

  4. I always feel better with a timeline also! Glad it has helped calm you down a bit! Great photo btw!

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I really hope the first time is a charm for you too. I can't wait to follow along with your cycle. Best of luck!!


  6. I'll keep my fingers crossed!
    Wow - Whistler? As in Olympics 2010 Whistler? Looks beautiful. I would love to go there for some hiking.

  7. How exciting! Wishing you all the best in the upcoming circus :)

    Happy ICLW!

  8. Yay for a schedule!! I'm sure it's nice to know the plan. When is your birthday? I'm a December baby too!

  9. I am a plan it out person too, having a schedule always helps with anxiety! which is crazy since fostering there are no certain

    what a beautiful view from Whistler, certainly makes me want to get out of dodge and go somewhere nice :)

    can't wait to follow along with your journey!

  10. yay on the calendar! a little planning makes the planner in all of us relax! a little. :)

    i hope you get the best bday/christmas gift ever! fingers crossed!

  11. best wishes on your ivf cycle! hope it brings you a wonderfule birthday/christmas gift. happy iclw (#31)

  12. I can't imagine how you are feeling going through this process. Good luck! My fingers are crossed for you.

  13. Great pic of you two! Gorgeous view!

    I'm in the same boat as you... this Christmas is either going to be really AMAZING or really CRAPPY! Praying for an AMAZING gift for us both!

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