About Our Journey

19 years ago – a decade before I met him – my husband had a vasectomy. At the time he didn’t realise that he’d later fall in love with me and that having a family together would be so important to us, so when we decided to try for a baby in June 2006 IVF / ISCI was our only option. We’ve been with TasIVF since then, first with Dr Sonneveld and now with Dr Watkins.

After 3 1/2 years of trying and 10 fresh stimulated cycles, in October 2009 I had my first BFP.  From his first ultrasound we were told he was perfect and we didn’t need to worry about miscarriage; our 12 week scan again showed he was perfect and low risk of NT issues or downs syndrome.  However I miscarried our little boy on 18 December 2009 at 14 weeks 2 days gestational age. It’s amazing how someone who was a part of our lives for such a short time can still mean so much.  Again, the autopsy showed he was perfect and there is no known reason for the miscarriage.

After my loss I joined a forum with other women going through IVF with the same doctor. I found out how helpful it can be to share your stories and frustrations. And there are some questions only other people going through IVF can answer. Since I have another blog about other aspects of my life, I decided to create one about this journey too.

It was Blobby, my son who never was and who everyone except his mother forgets, who inspired me to keep going.

Mid 2010 I was informed by my clinic that I will be able to share half an egg donor, i.e. we get half the eggs from the donor’s cycle and another couple gets the other half.   The donor’s ovum pick up was 24 November 2010, and we had 9 eggs and 3 embryos from it.  Two embryos were transferred, and one of these embryos became my dear Little Spark who was born 6 August 2011.  He lives

We still have one frozen embryo. But only one.  I’m doing an FET in November 2012.  I have no idea what we will do if this FET doesn’t work.

I started this blog in January 2010 but have added posts that predate this, some diary entries but mostly boring statistics on treatment cycles, but for other IVFers even this might be interesting.  Any posts added before the blog existed have been noted as such.

I live in Tasmania, Australia.

Last updated 20 November 2012.

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  1. 01/04/2010 at 12:57 pm

    I love that you say, “how someone who was part of our lives for such a short time can still mean so much.” I lost my son in Dec 2010 at 21 weeks and 2 days…he was my everything. I pray you will be blessed with another one soon!

  2. 27/04/2010 at 1:14 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I don’t even know the right words to say, but just know that you are in my thoughts. And I’ll be crossing my fingers for your happy ending!

  3. 28/08/2010 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I appreciate the “boring IVF statistics” as someone who’s slogged through a bunch of IUIs and is about to start IVF. Is there state insurance in Tasmania that covers IVF? I’m really fascinated by how different countries deal with this differently.

    • 29/08/2010 at 7:28 pm

      I’ve had a few questions about how I afford so many IVF cycles, so I’ll probably go into it in a post soon. Basically yes, Australia has Medicare. Without it I doubt I’d have even had one cycle. Best of luck with your IVF cycle!

  4. 23/11/2010 at 5:28 pm

    Do you have the progesterone injections in Australia?

  1. 21/04/2010 at 12:09 am
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