Total Costs of Baby Making (IUI)

I will be keeping a running tally and updating this post after any appointments or after we receive any bills. We are hoping this list, encompassing all of our medical conception expenses, will help others with budgeting. Please note that these costs vary depending on clinics, insurances, luck, and everything in between.

So far, we are up to $11,625.29. See below for the details by month. Feel free to ask any questions or comments. Thanks!

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BFN Update

I never rush to write a post on a BFN so this is late, as expected. The first week of the TWW was relatively chill but the second week was tougher than anticipated. I didn’t want to symptom spot but it is so difficult! To make matters worse, I haven’t had a period in about two years so I don’t know my AF symptoms and I don’t know BFP symptoms. Needless to say, this led to increased anxiety. I just wanted to know! Haha. Even though, logically, I knew that it wouldn’t make a huge difference either way.

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TWW has begun!

Hey friends! This is Em. We’ve been a little quiet mostly because it has been an uneventful waiting game. We met with the RE at the beginning of the month to review my records and devise a plan. Because I have regular cycles and seem to ovulate on my own, the doctor wanted to try an unmedicated/natural IUI. I was open to it because it would slightly reduce our chance of multiples. We all agreed and we were told to simply call in when we get an LH surge which sounded simple enough!Read More »

6 Ways Not to Take an OPK

Hello,

Em here. So as you may have learned in the last post, I am going to try to carry baby #1 while Lyn finishes school and figures out a new promotion at work. She has figuratively passed the torch to me and I have a lot to learn in a short amount of time. I may be able to do my first IUI in as little as 4 weeks! To prepare, I’ve been tracking my ovulation with Clear Blue Digital OPKs and the cheapy test strips. But as a rookie to this TTC world, I still have a lot to learn and have experienced a little turbulence on this OPK train. Lyn has been an excellent teacher and thank goodness for her patience. Here are 6 ways not to take an OPK–which may or may not have happened in real life… Read More »

New Plan

Hello folks! It’s Em. So the last month has certainly been a rollercoaster ride with many ups, downs and tight turns. It also came with that anxiety that happens as soon as you get strapped in a roller coaster and there is no turning back. That might be a little too dramatic… Anyways, after the miscarriage, we got hit with another delay that could potentially keep us from trying again until the first of the year. This was unsettling after all of our momentum so the gears started turning and we devised a new plan. Read More »

The 36-Hour Day

Hello! This is Em. We’ve been radio silent for a little bit because we got hit with some bad news. The day before we left for our anniversary/graduation/birthday vacation to Hawaii, we learned that the baby was slightly underdeveloped measuring at 6 weeks instead of 6 weeks and five days. More importantly, they couldn’t find a heartbeat. While speaking with the nurse practitioner, she said our chances of successfully continuing the pregnancy was about 50/50. In this instance, they would typically want us to come back in a week and do another ultrasound but we’d be in Hawaii and gone for roughly two weeks once the Memorial Day weekend was lumped in. She said we could go to an OB/GYN in Hawaii but ultimately decided that we didn’t want bad news from a stranger. That evening was not good and the worst part for me was this looming sense of helplessness. There was absolutely nothing that I could do. Neither of us were particularly thrilled to jump on a plane the next day but we did.Read More »

Swing and a Miss

Hey folks! Em here… Sadly, I’m here to report that our TWW ended with a visit from AF and a slew of negative pregnancy tests. It was hard at first–we really felt good about that cycle. But we are now on to the next cycle. We had our baseline appointment last Friday and we got the green light to go forward. The silver lining of it all is that we didn’t have to wait. For the past couple months, we’ve had so many hiccups that we were both just used to being told to wait. But after Lyn’s cycle started, we called the doctor and got right to it which helped us move on. Read More »