As the title suggests, this post has three purposes.
Purpose One: I would like to greet everyone who is visiting for the first time from ICLW. This is my second time participating, and I can’t wait to read all of your blogs and blow up the comments sections. I started out my blogging career as a hardcore lurker and only through ICLW have I embraced the fine art of commenting. If I love getting comments, then I should also go forth and comment. It’s only fair.
Purpose Two: I’m “coming out” again on Facebook. I’m also going to start posting my blog on Facebook once again. If you’re here from Facebook, welcome back!
Purpose Three: On a similar note, I’ve created a separate fan page for Facebook. It felt a little bit arrogant at first, but then I convinced myself that it makes sense. Now people who want to follow my blog from Facebook can follow. Even if we aren’t FB friends… follow if you want to. Especially now that they’re getting rid of Google Reader (so, so sad about that). Here is the link to the Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/belovedburnttoast
Phew, OK. Now for some background. Below is the story so far.
On matters of fertility:
- We began this brilliant dance of trying to conceive in May of 2010.
- We were diagnosed as infertile on February 28, 2011. We did our first embryo transfer on February 28, 2013. It was a total coincidence.
- We have zero insurance coverage for ART (assisted reproductive technology).
- In an amazing stroke of luck, a friend suggested that we research clinical trials. We found one. We got accepted. We somehow finagled free IVF.
- We got pregnant with twin girls on our first round of IVF.
- I was pregnant for one incredible month before the worst fucking day of my life, the day we found out neither baby had a heartbeat.
- I got to hear their little heartbeats at 7 weeks, but those heartbeats were gone at 8 weeks.
- There is no explanation for the miscarriage. Embryos normal, tissue normal, everything normal.
- You never know how strong you are until strong is the only choice you have.
- I never thought I could survive an M/C, but I did, with most of my sanity intact.
- For our next round of IVF, I’m trying the Paleo Diet because of a strong suspicion that my allergic intolerance to certain foods had something to do with the loss. Justification: it can’t hurt to try.
- Want more? See it all on the timeline.
On matters non-fertility related:
- I spend an exorbitant amount of time reminding myself that inanimate objects don’t have feelings
- I’m a Libertarian-leaning Christian with the bleeding heart of a Liberal
- I hope I’m as witty as I think I am
- I’m always thirsty. Always. It’s rare to find me without a beverage close by.
- I used to not like dogs until I got dogs. Now I cannot imagine my world without my two crazy boys.
- Some people have drug addictions; I have a coffee addiction. It’s seriously intense.
- If I could, I would spend hours of my day just listening to people speak French.
- Want more? Check out my about me section.
Well, that’s all for now. I have a riveting/incredibly sad post about a chicken coming up soon, so stay tuned! There’s always something dramatic going on here at Burnt Toast central.