Thursday, April 21, 2011

Well, Hello There, ICLW

Hello fair ICLWers and ALI bloggers,

This is literally the first time in two years I've participated in ICLW, mostly because (enter excuses) life has gotten the best of me. Life lately has included my ever-rambunctious toddler (my IVF babe) and Mr. S (who is in the hospital currently. Though stable, he has unexplained GI symptoms and severe weight loss that they can't figure out). We have quite a few other things on our plate, but these two are the highlights (um, one of them being a lowlight) most recently.

While my IF 'resume' can be seen on the sidebar down below, I'll give you a brief history. Mr. S and I tried for two years to conceive before seeking out medical advice when we were diagnosed with male factor infertility (low count, motility). After three more years of treatment, including clomid, 7 IUIs, and a miscarriage, we finally went the IVF/ICSI route and found ourselves immensely fortunate to have our son in November of 2009 (17 months).  We still have two frozen embryos, but time is running out.  We are now facing elevated FSH and have been told that if we want a #2, we better move quick, but in the wake of the financial ramifications of TTC #1 and now Mr. S' health issues, our family building future is uncertain.

Thanks for stopping by!


Krista said...

Hey Shelby- Just stopping by from ICLW! Congrats on your little one...he is adorable!! So sorry to hear about your hubs...I hope he is feeling better soon! Good luck on the decisions you have to make regarding #2.

EBC said...

stopping by from ICLW! love to hear of ivf successes. hope you get fet success to add to your family's story and all healed up husband.

Sarah said...

So sorry to hear your husband is sick. I know how illness in the family can be really difficult.

Welcome back to ICLW!

ICLW #24

Carrie27 said...

So sorry to hear about your hubby, prayers for answers and a speedy recovery coming your way.


banditgirl said...

Dearest Shelby! It's nice to hear your voice here again! I am sending you and your beautiful fam my best. I hope Mr. S' issues can be figured out ASAP and he will feel good and healthy soon. I tremendously enjoy your Little G related posts and pictures on FB, btw. Lots of love to you all.

Lost in Space said...

It's good to see you posting, Miss Shelby. I hope the Mr. is feeling better soon. Having all sorts of GI issues that can't be explained myself so curious to hear what they find out for him. I'm likely looking at more surgery in the fall, but holding out hope that it will all just go away by then...I do still have hope! (-;

Sorry that things are on hold a bit and hoping you are well on your way for a sibling for Little G soon. 2 frozen embabies sounds like a really good start!

Aisha said...

Checking in via ICLW- sorry about your husband, may he heal quickly and it be nothing serious in any way.

foxy said...

Hi Shelby,
Oh my gosh, a toddler, and a sick husband. You do have your hands full, and it sounds are focusing on the most important things in your life!

I've been meaning to stop by and ask about Vegas.. I trust that you had a fantastic time! I also thought that you'd love to hear that while you were dancing on a table, I was getting knocked up! Yep, our IVF transfer that was the weekend of FIF was successful and I am now entering my 7th week.

I'll send you and your love come strong healing thoughts as you navigate these additional bumps on the road.

xoxo - Foxy

Anonymous said...

Hi Shelby - Stopping by from ICLW. I hope things start to pick up for you. I know exaclty how you feel with the pressures of IF and needing to act quickly but having finances get in the way. It is very unfortunate to not be able to build our families the "good ole fashioned way" but I like to think that this makes us better parents in the long run. I hope this work out for you with your FET.

Ashlee G. said...

I hope your hubbs gets better soon!

Congrats on your little sweet pea :)

Happy ICLW #100

BrokenOven said...

Hey there! It's my first ICLW too, and I'm loving it so far!!

You've been awarded the Stylish Blogger Award - Check out my page for details! Congrats, thank you for sharing your story, and Happy ICLW!

Baby Steps said...

Hi, new to your blog via ICLW. So happy to hear that IVF #1 worked for you! Hoping and wishing you luck with #2~

Babysteps #51