Topic: Baby is here
I'm an "oldie" so I know a bunch of you don't know our whole story. My wife and I have taken turns carrying our children. When our son was 3, we decided on a second child and had a tough go at that- which is when we found NW. In the end, I lost 3 pregnancies, we went through 22 vials of various donors, had many tests/procedures completed, and after 3 hard years we were gifted with our daughter. We decided then that we desired one more child and wished to just use the same donor since we had success with him. It wasn't a situation in which we wouldn't use a different donor if need be (that wasn't important to us), we just didn't want to go through the process of finding another we liked. Turned out that NW only had 3 vials left. My wife got pregnant second try giving us another beautiful girl and leaving us with one vial that we weren't sure we would ever use. Then about a year later we were contacted by NW about an IVF vial they had of our donor that we bought and about two years later NW did a change of ownership that lead to a major inventory being done that resulted in an ICI vial of our donor being located. Flash forward, our youngest is 5 and I get contact from NW telling me that the ICI and IVF vials don't meet minimum standards and they wished to destroy them. We strike a deal in exchange for allowing me to keep them due to the wife and I being on the fence about a 4th child. This past year we decided now or never. My wife was content with our family as is and I really wanted one more. So we decided to use the last 3 vials and if it happened then it was meant to be. We did do some basic tests (HSG, labs) and did go through an MD so we could up those chances since it was so difficult for me to get pregnant before. Our first cycle didn't go to well. My period never came on as normal, my uterine lining was lower than they recommended for an IUI, but we had already planned to have one ICI vial and the IUI vial sent to us and to use the ICI vial at home as our clinic doesn't wash vials. When we decided not to go forward with the IUI with the MD in order to save that vial with all the factors against us in combo with one vial with bad counts, we let our MD know. He decided to make an exception and washed our ICI vial. Our count was below 5 mil- combine that with a crappy lining and labs- we didn't have much hope for the cycle. Turns out, we had one that was just meant to be. After all the past struggling, I got pregnant first try! Never in a million years did we think this would happen. On August 21, we welcomed another beautiful daughter and she has been such an amazing addition to our family. Our 8 yr old was in the delivery room and was able to catch her baby sister as she was born (my wife is a midwife and we had all this planned prior). The birth went amazing- minus the 26 hours from start to finish due to bad baby positioning, lol. Otherwise, it was perfect. She was 7lbs 10oz and we named her Tiana Presley.