Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Embryo Adoption :: Our Journey {2016 part 1}

And the journey continues in 2016...

January 4, 2016: We got word that our contracts arrived at our agency, so now we're just waiting on the signed contracts from our donor family.

January 15, 2016: You are Ours.

January 19, 2016: The signed contract from the donor family came in...the 4 precious embryos are legally ours! 

January 20, 2016: Shipping coordination began; sent embryo storage consent form to our clinic.

January 21, 2016: All paperwork is in, and we have the green light to ship from our clinic; just waiting on a ship date from the donor family clinic!

January 22, 2016: Winter Storm Jonas/Blizzard 2016/Snowpocalypse hits the East coast, so we will have have to wait for the weather to clear before shipping is safe.

January 27, 2016: Completely unexpected: we got a call today that our little ones had not only shipped, but had actually already made their trek from Virginia to Texas, and are safe and sound in our clinic!

February 1, 2016: FET protocol appointment with RE, blood work for hormone levels.

February 2, 2016: Blood work came back early. Stopped taking BCP.

February 6, 2016: Officially started transfer we go again!

February 11, 2016: Rejoicing with Habakkuk

February 18, 2016: Lining check sonogram.

February 19, 2016: Secret Passage + Prayers

February 20, 2016: Started PIO injections. Not my favorite part of this process, but thankful for a hubby who helps me with these injections.

February 25, 106: Praying in Community

February 26, 2016: Transfer Day #3

March 4, 2016: Almost

March 7, 2016: Blood Pregnancy Test. We are PREGNANT!!

March 9, 2016: Beta #2.

March 14, 2016: 5 Weeks

March 21, 2016: 6 Weeks

March 24, 2016: First Ultrasound- Hello Babies!

March 28, 2016: 7 Weeks

April 4, 2016: 8 Weeks

April 7, 2016: Second Ultrasound- The Most Beautiful Sound

April 8, 2016: OB Orientation

April 10, 2016: Today Mike and I wandered around a baby store. We know it's really early, but we wanted to let ourselves dream a little for a bit. And he said we had to buy at least 1 thing before we could leave. So we bought a super soft baby blanket and some bibs. This might seem like a silly thing for some, but for us, it is what we have wanted to do for so long. It was a sweet day together, and I'm thankful that he helps me remember to enjoy what the Lord has done for us.

April 11, 2016: 9 Weeks + First appointment with my OB...definitely feeling blessed :)

April 18, 2016: 10 Weeks

April 20, 2016: ChromoMap blood draw

April 23, 2016: ER Visit

April 24, 2016: Ode to the PIO

April 25, 2016: 11 Weeks

April 26, 2016: Follow Up with OB

April 27, 2016: I recruited Lindsay to help me with baby quilts and we got started today! When you have been planning a nursery for 3+ years, it's SUPER fun to actually get to DO something :)

May 2, 2016: 12 Weeks

May 3, 2016: We got the results back form our ChromoMap genetic testing, and everything came back normal. So thankful for healthy babies!

May 6, 2016: Level II Ultrasound

**  I only provided links above for my first 12 weeks of a baby bump, since we didn't make any public announcements until after that. The rest of my pregnancy weeks can be found here - though you will have to scroll back a bit to get back to my twin pregnancy :)  **


Our embryo adoption journey is far from over, and in many ways has just begun. But that brings us up to date on our journey so far. We are thankful for this incredible gift, and we stand in awe of God's unique way of growing our family. We can't wait to see how He continues to write our story!

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