Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February 2012 ICLW

Happy ICLW everyone!

Hello to those stopping by from ICLW.  If you are new to ICLW, it stands for International Comment Leaving Week.  If you are new to my site, welcome.  If you've been here before, thanks for stopping by again.  It's been a while since my last ICLW entry, since I went missing in action for a few months last year after my last failed IVF.

Our story briefly:  Babe (hubby) and I have been TTC for over 8 years (I cringe every time I look at the number!).  We were first diagnosed with "unexplained infertility"  Since then, we done just about everything... clomid, surgeries for polyps, 4 IUIs, and a total of 4 IVFs, with the last one done last July. My RE determined that we have low egg quality, probably due to age (I am 38).  However, we have been trying for more than 8 years, so we wonder if it had always been an egg issue? I guess we'll never know.

Since the last IVF July, we had taken a break from fertility treatments, and now wondering what's next.  We are thinking our next step will be adoption, though we are not sure which type type yet.  We are leaning towards international adoption right now.  I just posted about why we think we will do international adoption in my last post.  In fact, tonight, we will be attending an information meeting with an adoption agency that has has a program with the US Marshall Islands. 

Will keep you posted!


  1. I'm here from ICLW. I think this is my 4th or 5th, but I've lost track. I can't remember where I was with my last one. I haven't been doing them for a while, because the day comes and goes, and by the time I remember it's too late.

  2. Thinking of you lots...remembering when we traveled down our IA road...hoping that your information meeting went FABULOUSLY and you have peace and excitement in your heart!

  3. Hoping you find the right path for you and Babe. We are pursuing domestic adoption ourselves, but there is a path for everyone!

    ICLW #32

  4. I wish you lots of luck with adoption. I'll be interested to see how the whole process goes for you, I've also looked into it.

    -ICLW #10

  5. Hi from ICLW

    Wow, you guys have been through quite a journey. I feel similarly about all the rigamorole surrounding being "picked" for domestic adoption. Hoping the Marshall Islands work out!!

  6. Here from ICLW #78.

    I sometimes consider adoption, but I keep pushing it to the back of my mind until after this 2nd IVF when I feel like I'll be able to make a better decision. I'm glad to have found your blog as you learn about the process and make some decisions about adoption. It always sounds so easy when people suggest "Just adopt" but I know that it's way more complicated than most people realize. I hope you learn a lot at the meeting... and I appreciate you posting what you learn.

  7. Congratulations on moving forward to this next step to motherhood! It sounds like you have a good start to your plan. I hope you learned a lot at your meeting and things start moving quickly!

  8. Here from ICLW #3

    Wishing you all the best as you begin the adoption journey! Though not always an easy path, it is definitely a rewarding one! May the journey be a swift one.

  9. Happy ICLW!
    We are in the same boat as you - just beginning to consider adoption and which route we want to go. i totally agree that after so many disappoints with fertility procedures, my goal is to have a family and we just are going about it differently than the typical couple.

    I hope you learned a lot from your meeting. i'll be checking back with you to watch your progress!!

  10. Hi,

    Thanks for bringing us first-time visitors to your blog up to speed so quickly. Wishing you all the best with your adoption adventure, and hoping that it all goes smoothly.

    Best wishes,