For those that don’t want to read everything, don’t have time or just want the quick and easy of where we are in this process, this page is for you!
September 2002 — Rene, a freshman in college, meets Lauren. She is immediately in awe of her. So much so that she cannot speak. Lauren thinks Rene is mute for weeks.
October 2002 – Rene and Lauren start dating. ::insert fireworks here:: 🙂
A bunch of boring college things follow.
October 2006 – Rene and Lauren have a commitment ceremony in Baltimore, MD and celebrate this crazy union with their friends and family.
November 7, 2007 – A very good friend of ours has the most beautiful little girl. We fall head over heels for her. Our dogs’ names quickly become a part of her everyday vocabulary.
Fall 2008 – A few casual conversations, initiated by Rene, begin about when we might want to have kids. I am ready! Lauren wants to wait a little bit. I patiently bite my tongue.
Spring 2009 – More conversations about our one-day baby. More pausing.
September 2009 – “I’m ready!” Rene’s jaw drops with shock. Lauren is ready. A phone call to the fertility doctor is made.
October 9, 2009 – Our first appointment with the doctor. Blood tests are ordered. Papers are filled out. We are told we can inseminate for the first time in November. Our hearts skip a beat. Rene runs to get blood work done.
Mid-October 2009 – There is a problem with the blood work. Rene’s platelets are too low and is referrred to a hematologist.
November 9, 2009 – Appointment with hematologist goes well. We are told not to worry. More blood work. The next week, the results come back and all is fine. Rene has normal platelets, they are just “sticky.” We can proceed! Our journey truly begins.
November 25, 2009 – Fantastic appointment with an LCSW-C who conducts our psychosocial consult. Everything goes well and they accept it! Finally. We are cleared to go ahead.
December 8, 2009 – Cycle Day #1 begins! We are on our way to our first insemination!
December 9, 2009 – We go in for our first round of bloodwork and ultrasound. Rene is told that she has magnificient (and very active!!) ovaries. Our next appointment is made for the 19th to check hormones and see when we will inseminate!
December 19 – 22, 2009 – Rene and Lauren go in to the office everyday to check on follicle growth and hormone levels. They find out that all is perfect and that the inseminations will occur soon.
December 23 & 24, 2009 – Inseminations! Great swimmer motility — 22 million.
January 7, 2010 – Office pregnancy test confirms — We’re pregnant!!!!
January 11, 2010 – Rene’s hCG levels continue to double and are doing well.
January 13, 2010 – Levels reach 1,500 and we schedule our first ultrasound.
January 20, 2010 – We see the baby for the first time — ultrasound time!!
February 2010 – Morning sickness is present, but not too bad. Unfortunately, Rene gets pneumonia, bronchitis and a bladder infection whcih knocks her on her butt for a while.
March 2010 – Things are going well. We finally pick out furniture but wait to purchase it until after we get the gender ultrasound done.
April 10, 2010 — It’s a GIRL!!
April 2010 – We order our furniture and assemble it. It feels like the room was always aching for this addition and now our home feels whole.
May 2010 – Rene and Lauren slowly prepare for their life-changing event. Some clothes are purchased and washed. Registries are done. Lots of smiling, giggling, touching of Rene’s belly takes place.
Hottest Summer Ever Commences. Rene spends lots of time sitting in a heavily air conditioned house with fans, windtunnels and lots and lots of iced water.
September 22, 2010 – After 32 hours of labor, Lillian is born at 12:42 am.