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October 19, 2017

Happy 1 Year Anniversary Finding Out We Were Pregnant | Our IVF Journey | Jen Araya Photography

Our IVF Journey has had its ups and downs.  I have talked about this before, but have to say again: there are so many unknowns!  That’s the reason I’d like to share a little bit more about our experience with you today, and I’m going to start with the team that helped us.  The staff at IVF New England needs some recognition.  Our nurse, who would call me every day, was so wonderful and made this whole process much easier than I thought it would be.  What an amazing job she has too!  Helping couples get pregnant and being there on the phone listening and answering ALL of our questions; they have changed our lives in the best way possible.  Everyone I met throughout the IVF Journey has been so nice and helpful.  I felt that I was being taken care of at every appointment.  I felt like they cared for me as if we were best friends.  They made the atmosphere so relaxing and calming, especially for such a stressful situation.  I can’t say enough good things about IVF New England!  I HIGHLY recommend them.

Exactly one year ago are IVF Journey took a positive turn.  I went in for blood work two weeks after transfer, and at that point going to the office to get blood drawn was my new normal morning routine.  We knew that day that we would be getting a phone call in a few hours to tell us good or bad news.  I know I keep repeating myself, but it’s such an emotional rollercoaster.  I was a bit distracted that day but tried to keep the day normal and go with the flow as best as I could. 

Transfer was on October 4th, 2016.  I had some bleeding on day 3, which at first I was freaking out over, but it was a good sign and meant that the embryo was implanting and making its’ home for the next nine months.  I’m not going to lie, I secretly somehow just knew I was pregnant but didn’t say it out loud because I didn’t want to jinx it.  I also did not want to get Sean’s or my hopes up.  I had been feeling EXTREMELY tired.  My body felt different, but not in a bad way.  I would say to Sean, when I yawned, it felt like a very deep yawn.  Weird, I know!  Hard to describe but it was different, and I had no proof until October 17, 2016. 

I received the call while I was at work, and to this day I can’t remember the time.  I tried conferencing Sean in on the call but it was unsuccessful.  So I got the news that my count was great and that we got a positive test, and after hearing CONGRATULATIONS there was a huge sigh of relief. Needless to say we were SO EXCITED to get the news.  At this point, I was already falling asleep on the couch by 8pm every night.  (This was one one of the reasons why I secretly knew I was pregnant!!!)  I did not attempt to take a pregnancy test until after the blood work.  Again, I didn’t want to get my hopes up because you can get a false positive.  I may have already known, but I had been waiting years to pee on a stick and get a positive so I did it!  For the first time ever it was positive. 

Happy 1 year anniversary of finding out we were pregnant!  October 17th will always be a special date in our lives! 

Xoxo Jen Araya

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