Alison

A Little Bit About Me

I’m a 37-year-old Delawarean recently relocated from New York City.  I am a Vice President at a major financial institution and I love my job, although I do sometimes envy stay at home moms.  I am married to Pat, a total New Yorker who was gracious enough to move away from his beloved Manhattan for the sake of our family.  I am more trusting of traditional medicine than my sister although I can drive myself a bit nuts by over-researching everything from fertility treatments to the best baby bottles.  There isn’t anything I can’t figure out by use of Excel spreadsheets!

What’s my angle?

I’m all about sharing my big city savvy.  When I moved to Manhattan I quickly wired into the City and was the person to call when you needed to know the best green house cleaning service or the best pest service.  I had black car drivers (private for hire towncars) call me offering a ride to the office each morning.  I am going to adapt that savvy to motherhood and will share my experiences with city and country moms alike.

My Pregnancy

I thought getting pregnant was going to be a breeze.  My mom is from a family of eight children and my dad is from a family of fifteen (not a typo) so when my husband and I got married in 2007 I promptly stopped popping the pill and figured nature would take it’s course within a year.  I started to get a bit concerned around the one year mark but was focused on relocating to Delaware so I put those worries on the back-burner until we settled into our new life.

By the time our second wedding anniversary rolled around I knew there was a problem.  I was a few months shy of 35 and knew it was time to call my OB/GYN.  She ordered some tests on my husband and me, found nothing abnormal and offered to start me on Clomid – a drug used to stimulate ovulation.  I decided it was time to step up to the big leagues and saw a reproductive endocrinologist.  More testing revealed slight Diminished Ovarian Reserve (DOR) which I fully expected but our infertility issue was mostly unexplained.

At this point we had to decide on a treatment path.  We could go straight to IVF or we could try a less demanding treatment called IUI, Intra-Uterine Insemination.  Luckily either option was covered by my insurance up to a point.  With IUI we would have more attempts for our money but the success rate per try was only 20% whereas IVF was much more costly so we would only get a few attempts although the success rate was much greater – around 50% for our clinic.

Pat and I discussed the options and even did a simple ROI analysis before deciding to try three rounds of IUI before moving to IVF.  We did our first round in February 2010 (with 100mg Follistim injections and a Ovidrel trigger) and were lucky enough to have that IUI work.  Unfortunately that pregnancy ended in miscarriage in late-March. We took a couple of months to regroup, settled on and moved into our house, celebrated Katie’s wedding, adopted a dog and then did our second IUI round in June 2010.   Again, success!  We held our breath until we passed the point of our previous miscarriage, had a scary spotting episode in August and then were thrilled by the CVS test findings of a genetically healthy pregnancy with a baby boy.  My due date was March 17, 2011.

But something didn’t really feel right with the pregnancy.  I had a rough first trimester and then for some reason could not stop focusing on the 24 week mark – Viability Day – once a pregnancy reaches the 24 week point there is a 60% the baby will survive if born prematurely.  Viability Day for me was Thanksgiving 2010.

While the details are for another post, I was diagnosed with mild preeclampsia on Thanksgiving Day and put on modified bedrest.  My blood pressure continued to rise, I ended up hospitalized in the high risk maternity unit and my son, Kevin Patrick, was born on December 14th at 26 weeks, 4 days gestation.  He was released on April 21st – after 128 days in the NICU.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jennifer @ Also Known As the Wife  |  September 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Aly, I remember your from the PgAL board. I’m glad to here your little boy to doing so well. He is adorable, congratulations!

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  • 2. Aly In Delaware  |  September 21, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Thanks Jennifer! I’m mostly on the SAIF board these days. Will have to check in on the PAL board.

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  • 3. Nifasath  |  December 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I’m currently in the 2ww of a clmoid + ovidrel and IUI cycle and it has gone pretty well. I planned things in advance of the IUI to busy myself. Such as:Select and start a new bookAdd a tile backsplash to my kitchenPractice YOGATake time to meditate and PrayIndulge in nice, relaxing baths and use lavendar lotion once finished before going to sleepLearn how to appliqueWork in my gardenTry a new recipeTry a new restaurant with hubby and go on a dateAnd do a little retail therapy new fall clothes anyone? I decided long ago that you can’t put your wardrobe aside on the premis of I might be pregnant . If it happens, so be it, return the clothes or hang on to them for a later date or wear them until you can no longer Yep, I agree, with the above poster, check off some things on that bucket list!Remember to treat yourself!

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