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View ivf_solo_mumma's Instagram 7 weeks + 1.

I had my first scan a few day ago... TWO little beans growing inside me, both with good heartbeats.  I was reminded that it’s still early days, so now I’m just taking care of myself each day as best I can and waiting for the next scan in 10 days time.  Also trying hard not to look at too many cute outfits on IG! :-) Happy & grateful that I’m this much further on than last round. And everything crossed for the next stage...  #7weekspregnant #ttcsisters #ttclondon #ttcuk #solomumbychoice #ivftwins #ivfoctober2017 #ivfjourney 1649330056482542409_6165327527

7 weeks + 1. I had my first scan a few day ago... TWO little beans growing inside me, both with good heartbeats. I was reminded that it’s still early days, so now I’m just taking care of myself each day as best I can and waiting for the next scan in 10 days time. Also trying hard not to look at too many cute outfits on IG! :-) Happy & grateful that I’m this much further on than last round. And everything crossed for the next stage... #7weekspregnant #ttcsisters #ttclondon #ttcuk #solomumbychoice #ivftwins #ivfoctober2017 #ivfjourney

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View diaryofabritishbump's Instagram WEEK 16 UPDATE!!! 13 weeks ago my little bean was the size of a donut sprinkle but last week had grown to the size of an entire iced donut...& I can tell! Baba is clearly having a big growth spurt as my appetite has gone from 0-100000000 over the last few days & despite constant grazing, my tummy permanently rumbles hungry! I can’t believe I’m over 4 months pregnant already!
That said, it’s been a great week.  2 weeks last Monday I had my 16 week consultation & my birth plan was put in place. Unfortunately I had no say in that because due to health reasons, I need a C-section if I go into labour early or not (which is quite possible apparently!). However, we discussed the ‘birth experience’ in detail & I can have my mum in theatre, music playing, skin to skin contact & the umbilical cord left uncut for a while, then cut it myself! I’ve been referred to anti-natal physio & hydrotherapy for my back due to inflammation of my sacroiliac joints & my osteoporosis & I am to go to maternity day unit twice before my 20 week Scan for heartbeat checks.☺️♥️ Honestly so grateful for such a wonderful NHS maternity/anti-natal team!  Last Saturday I had a scan which was incredible! My baby was super relaxed initially with arms behind the head, legs crossed & just chilling. After a little prodding, bean waved & I saw the feet and hands so clearly you could count the digits The heartbeat was also strong & clear. I saw the umbilical cord which clearly looked like a twisty rope & saw a cute little bottom! I also found out the gender, which I’m keeping to myself until the birth. It was the best day of my life so far...I finally feel pregnant & I am so so so happy & overjoyed to be lucky enough to be a mama-to-be! ✨☺️ #pregnancy #pregnant #recoveryispossible #2ndtrimester #life #happy #solomum #solomumbychoice #solomombychoice #mamatobe #mumtobe #dueapril #aprilbaby #due2018 #babyblog #pregnancyblog #mummyblog #smbc #iuisuccess #fertilitytreatment #yay #baby #love #family #edrecovery #adventure #donuts #smile #17weekspregnant 1641986781681724624_6313415280

WEEK 16 UPDATE!!! 13 weeks ago my little bean was the size of a donut sprinkle but last week had grown to the size of an entire iced donut...& I can tell! Baba is clearly having a big growth spurt as my appetite has gone from 0-100000000 over the last few days & despite constant grazing, my tummy permanently rumbles hungry! I can’t believe I’m over 4 months pregnant already! That said, it’s been a great week. 2 weeks last Monday I had my 16 week consultation & my birth plan was put in place. Unfortunately I had no say in that because due to health reasons, I need a C-section if I go into labour early or not (which is quite possible apparently!). However, we discussed the ‘birth experience’ in detail & I can have my mum in theatre, music playing, skin to skin contact & the umbilical cord left uncut for a while, then cut it myself! I’ve been referred to anti-natal physio & hydrotherapy for my back due to inflammation of my sacroiliac joints & my osteoporosis & I am to go to maternity day unit twice before my 20 week Scan for heartbeat checks.☺️♥️ Honestly so grateful for such a wonderful NHS maternity/anti-natal team! Last Saturday I had a scan which was incredible! My baby was super relaxed initially with arms behind the head, legs crossed & just chilling. After a little prodding, bean waved & I saw the feet and hands so clearly you could count the digits The heartbeat was also strong & clear. I saw the umbilical cord which clearly looked like a twisty rope & saw a cute little bottom! I also found out the gender, which I’m keeping to myself until the birth. It was the best day of my life so far...I finally feel pregnant & I am so so so happy & overjoyed to be lucky enough to be a mama-to-be! ✨☺️ #pregnancy #pregnant #recoveryispossible #2ndtrimester #life #happy #solomum #solomumbychoice #solomombychoice #mamatobe #mumtobe #dueapril #aprilbaby #due2018 #babyblog #pregnancyblog #mummyblog #smbc #iuisuccess #fertilitytreatment #yay #baby #love #family #edrecovery #adventure #donuts #smile #17weekspregnant

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View ivf_solo_mumma's Instagram I’m 5 weeks + 2 days pregnant. Today I’m feeling so lucky to have got a BFP, and so anxious about being able to keep the pregnancy.

I hadn’t been prepared for this, but of course this is what the TTC journey; and then motherhood is about. One step at a time, one anxiety at a time. Every day is a milestone, and then there is a new challenge or a new anxiety to occupy you. 
Right now, it’s the fear of a miscarriage wiping out this feeling of relief and joy.  It also worry about work, I’m late on deadlines because of time off for treatment, complications post transfer & yesterday a migraine and bad sickness (now can’t take migraine medication as pregnant). I’m traveling long haul next week too, and I’m anxious about the flight and also a presentation that I have to give. 
All I want to do is ostrich, and stay in bed all day! But know I’ve got to face the world, and get on with life as normal (with a few tweaks to protect the pregnancy). Anyone experienced or experiencing anything similar? I know I’m so lucky to have got a BFP. And I remember feeling cross when I got my BFN last round, at others who were complaining about pregnancy symptoms - as how grateful I’d be to have them. I am, I really am. But I’m also feeling super anxious, about the risk of losing these precious embies... First scan will be in just under 2 weeks. Xxx

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I’m 5 weeks + 2 days pregnant. Today I’m feeling so lucky to have got a BFP, and so anxious about being able to keep the pregnancy. I hadn’t been prepared for this, but of course this is what the TTC journey; and then motherhood is about. One step at a time, one anxiety at a time. Every day is a milestone, and then there is a new challenge or a new anxiety to occupy you. Right now, it’s the fear of a miscarriage wiping out this feeling of relief and joy. It also worry about work, I’m late on deadlines because of time off for treatment, complications post transfer & yesterday a migraine and bad sickness (now can’t take migraine medication as pregnant). I’m traveling long haul next week too, and I’m anxious about the flight and also a presentation that I have to give. All I want to do is ostrich, and stay in bed all day! But know I’ve got to face the world, and get on with life as normal (with a few tweaks to protect the pregnancy). Anyone experienced or experiencing anything similar? I know I’m so lucky to have got a BFP. And I remember feeling cross when I got my BFN last round, at others who were complaining about pregnancy symptoms - as how grateful I’d be to have them. I am, I really am. But I’m also feeling super anxious, about the risk of losing these precious embies... First scan will be in just under 2 weeks. Xxx #ivfjourney #ivfsuccess #ttcsisters #solomumma #solomumbychoice

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View diaryofabritishbump's Instagram ✨To think I am growing a little bean inside me is the most fantastic feeling imaginable...I still can't quite believe it! ☺️ Being in the fertility clinic feeling anxious seems so long ago now as my new adventure along the pregnancy road begins. ✨
As I approached week 15 I felt on track with preparation:
* Basic maternity clothes ✔️CHECK
* Book 16 & 20 week scans ✔️CHECK
* Plan the nursery ✔️CHECK
* Feel a little bump☺️ ✔️CHECK .
* Get appetite back ✔️CHECK
Also began to be less sick & nauseous thankfully although still rather tired & dizzy!  
Never thought I'd be saying this but I have missed enjoying food! Just goes to show how much eating disorder recovery IS possible! My time now is spent mostly on cuteness overload looking at baby clothes, researching baby product reviews & counting down to 2018! .
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✨To think I am growing a little bean inside me is the most fantastic feeling imaginable...I still can't quite believe it! ☺️ Being in the fertility clinic feeling anxious seems so long ago now as my new adventure along the pregnancy road begins. ✨ As I approached week 15 I felt on track with preparation: * Basic maternity clothes ✔️CHECK * Book 16 & 20 week scans ✔️CHECK * Plan the nursery ✔️CHECK * Feel a little bump☺️ ✔️CHECK . * Get appetite back ✔️CHECK Also began to be less sick & nauseous thankfully although still rather tired & dizzy! Never thought I'd be saying this but I have missed enjoying food! Just goes to show how much eating disorder recovery IS possible! My time now is spent mostly on cuteness overload looking at baby clothes, researching baby product reviews & counting down to 2018! . Baby vest from @nextofficial #pregnant #aprilbaby #solomum #solomamabychoice #iuisuccess #14weekspregnant #babycomingsoon #babybump #happy #fertilitytreatment #secondtrimester #love #family #due2018 #mummytobe #mumtobe #pregnancyblog #mummyblog #happy #dreamscometrue #edrecovery #recoveryispossible #recoveryisworthit #aprilbabies #solomumbychoice #smbc #solomombychoice #babycallaway #sharewithnext

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View diaryofabritishbump's Instagram I was so happy to be able to announce my pregnancy to the world at 14 weeks!☺️ (Which now feels ages ago!) Baby Callaway is coming this Spring! ☺️✨I can’t wait to bring my first child into the world and grow my little Callaway family.  I'm so excited that it’s finally happening & so proud of my body once again for its strength & determination - my dream is finally coming true! 
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I was so happy to be able to announce my pregnancy to the world at 14 weeks!☺️ (Which now feels ages ago!) Baby Callaway is coming this Spring! ☺️✨I can’t wait to bring my first child into the world and grow my little Callaway family. I'm so excited that it’s finally happening & so proud of my body once again for its strength & determination - my dream is finally coming true! . #pregnant #aprilbaby #solomum #solomamabychoice #iuisuccess #13weekspregnant #babycomingsoon #babybump #happy #fertilitytreatment #secondtrimester #love #family #impregnant #due2018 #mummytobe #mumtobe #pregnancyblog #mummyblog #happy #dreamscometrue #edrecovery #recoveryispossible #recoveryisworthit #pregnancyannouncement #aprilbabies #solomumbychoice

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View diaryofabritishbump's Instagram So I guess I should introduce myself!  My name is Lexi & my life-long goal/dream/wish is to become a mummy. For as long as I can remember (from about the age of 10!), my future aspiration was simply to have a family of my own & have a chance to raise a child in this world.‍‍ Sadly I battled anorexia for many years which took the opportunity away but the dream of one day becoming a mummy also gave me the reason to fight for recovery.  Now, a year and a bit on from my last relapse & it's a different story. At the end of April 2017, I started the brave, long journey of fertility treatment in the hope of my dream coming true as a solo mama by choice using a kind donor! ✨Due to my previous health, I've needed medications to help my body prepare but despite being told repeatedly whilst unwell that my chances of having a child were very low, the fertility specialist showed a glimmer of hope. I had my first cycle of medicated IUI in June, disappointingly with a negative result & an overflow of hormones making me an emotional wreck. However, this photo was whilst in recovery from the procedure of cycle 2, which was a lot more optimistic ...
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So I guess I should introduce myself! My name is Lexi & my life-long goal/dream/wish is to become a mummy. For as long as I can remember (from about the age of 10!), my future aspiration was simply to have a family of my own & have a chance to raise a child in this world.‍‍ Sadly I battled anorexia for many years which took the opportunity away but the dream of one day becoming a mummy also gave me the reason to fight for recovery. Now, a year and a bit on from my last relapse & it's a different story. At the end of April 2017, I started the brave, long journey of fertility treatment in the hope of my dream coming true as a solo mama by choice using a kind donor! ✨Due to my previous health, I've needed medications to help my body prepare but despite being told repeatedly whilst unwell that my chances of having a child were very low, the fertility specialist showed a glimmer of hope. I had my first cycle of medicated IUI in June, disappointingly with a negative result & an overflow of hormones making me an emotional wreck. However, this photo was whilst in recovery from the procedure of cycle 2, which was a lot more optimistic ... . #pregnant #aprilbaby #solomum #solomamabychoice #iuisuccess #iui #donor #13weekspregnant #babycomingsoon #babybump #happy #fertilitytreatment #secondtrimester #love #family #due2018 #mummytobe #mumtobe #pregnancyblog #mummyblog #happy #dreamscometrue #edrecovery #recoveryispossible #recoveryisworthit #smbc #solomumbychoice #solomombychoice

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View diaryofabritishgirl's Instagram 12 weeks ago my little bean was the size of a donut sprinkle but is now the size of an entire iced donut...& I can tell! Baba is clearly having a big growth spurt as my appetite has gone from 0-100000000 over the last few days & despite constant grazing, my tummy permanently rumbles hungry! I can’t believe I’m over 4 months pregnant already!
That said, it’s been a great week.  On Monday I had my 16 week consultation & my birth plan was put in place. Unfortunately I had no say in that because due to health reasons, I need a C-section if I go into labour early or not (which is quite possible apparently!). However, we discussed the ‘birth experience’ in detail & I can have my mum in theatre, music playing, skin to skin contact & the umbilical cord left uncut for a while, then cut it myself! I’ve been referred to anti-natal physio & hydrotherapy for my back due to inflammation of my sacroiliac joints & my osteoporosis & I am to go to maternity day unit twice before my 20 week Scan for heartbeat checks.☺️♥️ Honestly so grateful for such a wonderful NHS maternity/anti-natal team!  Yesterday I had a scan which was incredible! My baby was super relaxed initially with arms behind the head, legs crossed & just chilling. After a little prodding, bean waved & I saw the feet and hands so clearly you could count the digits The heartbeat was also strong & clear. I saw the umbilical cord which clearly looked like a twisty rope & saw a cute little bottom! I also found out the gender, which I’m keeping to myself until the birth. It was the best day of my life so far...I finally feel pregnant & I am so so so happy & overjoyed to be lucky enough to be a mama-to-be! ✨☺️ #pregnancy #pregnant #recoveryispossible #2ndtrimester #life #happy #solomum #solomumbychoice #solomombychoice #mamatobe #mumtobe #dueapril #aprilbaby #due2018 #babyblog #pregnancyblog #mummyblog #smbc #iuisuccess #fertilitytreatment #yay #baby #love #family #edrecovery #adventure #donuts #smile 1636419798040453897_1537834935

12 weeks ago my little bean was the size of a donut sprinkle but is now the size of an entire iced donut...& I can tell! Baba is clearly having a big growth spurt as my appetite has gone from 0-100000000 over the last few days & despite constant grazing, my tummy permanently rumbles hungry! I can’t believe I’m over 4 months pregnant already! That said, it’s been a great week. On Monday I had my 16 week consultation & my birth plan was put in place. Unfortunately I had no say in that because due to health reasons, I need a C-section if I go into labour early or not (which is quite possible apparently!). However, we discussed the ‘birth experience’ in detail & I can have my mum in theatre, music playing, skin to skin contact & the umbilical cord left uncut for a while, then cut it myself! I’ve been referred to anti-natal physio & hydrotherapy for my back due to inflammation of my sacroiliac joints & my osteoporosis & I am to go to maternity day unit twice before my 20 week Scan for heartbeat checks.☺️♥️ Honestly so grateful for such a wonderful NHS maternity/anti-natal team! Yesterday I had a scan which was incredible! My baby was super relaxed initially with arms behind the head, legs crossed & just chilling. After a little prodding, bean waved & I saw the feet and hands so clearly you could count the digits The heartbeat was also strong & clear. I saw the umbilical cord which clearly looked like a twisty rope & saw a cute little bottom! I also found out the gender, which I’m keeping to myself until the birth. It was the best day of my life so far...I finally feel pregnant & I am so so so happy & overjoyed to be lucky enough to be a mama-to-be! ✨☺️ #pregnancy #pregnant #recoveryispossible #2ndtrimester #life #happy #solomum #solomumbychoice #solomombychoice #mamatobe #mumtobe #dueapril #aprilbaby #due2018 #babyblog #pregnancyblog #mummyblog #smbc #iuisuccess #fertilitytreatment #yay #baby #love #family #edrecovery #adventure #donuts #smile

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View ivf_solo_mumma's Instagram I'm feeling really blessed so far with this round of IVF.  Especially compared to the last.  I've had a fair few curve balls to deal with (broken mirrors, exploding lightbulbs, bum boils) but these magical embies have hung on tight thus far.

These are the two hatching blastocysts that I transferred on Day 5. I had assisted hatching this time round, at the clinic's suggestion. 
I wonder which one has stuck, or maybe even if both have?! Think I might call them the "little peas" for now. Come on little peas! You can do it! Snuggle up tight!

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I'm feeling really blessed so far with this round of IVF. Especially compared to the last. I've had a fair few curve balls to deal with (broken mirrors, exploding lightbulbs, bum boils) but these magical embies have hung on tight thus far. These are the two hatching blastocysts that I transferred on Day 5. I had assisted hatching this time round, at the clinic's suggestion. I wonder which one has stuck, or maybe even if both have?! Think I might call them the "little peas" for now. Come on little peas! You can do it! Snuggle up tight! #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #ttcsisters #ttcuk #ttclondon #solomumma #solomumbychoice

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View ivf_solo_mumma's Instagram For those of you who are interested in a card exchange, there is a festive version running at the moment. The lovely @my_ivf_journey1 is running it. It's a secret santa, but it will connect you to some #ttcsisters who can become "moral support pen friends" on this journey. It's such a totally fantastic idea, and it's been so lovely to come downstairs in the morning and find some old fashioned post & kind words from fellow ladies going through the same thing. ❤️ #ttcsisters #ttcuk #ttclondon #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #solomumma #solomumbychoice 1635004674732170533_6165327527

For those of you who are interested in a card exchange, there is a festive version running at the moment. The lovely @my_ivf_journey1 is running it. It's a secret santa, but it will connect you to some #ttcsisterswho can become "moral support pen friends" on this journey. It's such a totally fantastic idea, and it's been so lovely to come downstairs in the morning and find some old fashioned post & kind words from fellow ladies going through the same thing. ❤️ #ttcsisters #ttcuk #ttclondon #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #solomumma #solomumbychoice

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View ivf_solo_mumma's Instagram Thank you so much for my lovely & thoughtful card! @my_ivf_journey1 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #ttcsisters #ttclondon #ttcuk #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #solomumma #solomumbychoice 1635006767857446694_6165327527

Thank you so much for my lovely & thoughtful card! @my_ivf_journey1 ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #ttcsisters #ttclondon #ttcuk #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #solomumma #solomumbychoice

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View ivf_solo_mumma's Instagram #TTCSISTERS Card Exchange cards posted today! Think that's the first time I've been into a post office to actually post mail for 20 years! 
This is one of the best things about the #ttc community, so much love & support. And SUCH brave, strong, inspiring women.

You've got mail... @ivfourway @fatnurseslims.ttc.ivf @kitty123ttc @ttc.ivf2017 @my_ivf_journey1 
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#ttcsistersCard Exchange cards posted today! Think that's the first time I've been into a post office to actually post mail for 20 years! This is one of the best things about the #ttccommunity, so much love & support. And SUCH brave, strong, inspiring women. You've got mail... @ivfourway @fatnurseslims.ttc.ivf @kitty123ttc @ttc.ivf2017 @my_ivf_journey1 #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #ttcsisters #ttcuk #ttclondon #solomumma #solomumbychoice

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View ivf_solo_mumma's Instagram I woke up with a jump at 2am, to sound of trickling water... In the dream, I was in court representing a case against a really unpleasant colleague who in real life is a bully & someone I avoid as much as possible.

I was confident, but then realised he had a better argument than I'd anticipated. But then the sky clouded over, and a giant fireball blastocyst (the size of a small planet), fell from then sky. It landed in a field of pineapples (yup!). Causing fire to spread along the neighbouring land. 
I ran to the road, and to my car. Then on a mega phone I started calling out for my siblings, and my ex boyfriend's children to get them to safety. 
There was only one road out, which was jammed, and when I looked on google maps we were surrounded by creeks and waterways so couldn't take the car through the fields... Then I woke up to the sound of running water!!! And also desperate for a pee. Thankfully neither me nor the dog had actually relieved themselves.

Crazy, escape from danger, future mother anxiety dream!  #11dp5dt #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #ttclondon #ttcuk #ttcsisters #solomumma #solomumbychoice 1634732978993510407_6165327527

I woke up with a jump at 2am, to sound of trickling water... In the dream, I was in court representing a case against a really unpleasant colleague who in real life is a bully & someone I avoid as much as possible. I was confident, but then realised he had a better argument than I'd anticipated. But then the sky clouded over, and a giant fireball blastocyst (the size of a small planet), fell from then sky. It landed in a field of pineapples (yup!). Causing fire to spread along the neighbouring land. I ran to the road, and to my car. Then on a mega phone I started calling out for my siblings, and my ex boyfriend's children to get them to safety. There was only one road out, which was jammed, and when I looked on google maps we were surrounded by creeks and waterways so couldn't take the car through the fields... Then I woke up to the sound of running water!!! And also desperate for a pee. Thankfully neither me nor the dog had actually relieved themselves. Crazy, escape from danger, future mother anxiety dream! #11dp5dt #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #ttclondon #ttcuk #ttcsisters #solomumma #solomumbychoice

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View ivf_solo_mumma's Instagram 10DP5DT

Still getting strong positives on POAS. Am feeling hopeful!  4 more days until OTD.

Symptoms are currently: sore & veiny boobs ; feeling a bit sweaty ; & wanting to eat crunchy nut cornflakes for every meal. The only symptom I had around implantation time was CRAZY, steamy sex dreams!  #10dp5dt #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #ttcsisters #ttcuk #ttclondon #solomumma #solomumbychoice 1634271498699379096_6165327527

10DP5DT Still getting strong positives on POAS. Am feeling hopeful! 4 more days until OTD. Symptoms are currently: sore & veiny boobs ; feeling a bit sweaty ; & wanting to eat crunchy nut cornflakes for every meal. The only symptom I had around implantation time was CRAZY, steamy sex dreams! #10dp5dt #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #ttcsisters #ttcuk #ttclondon #solomumma #solomumbychoice

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View ivf_solo_mumma's Instagram Today is 9dp5dt. Feeling cautiously optimistic, with a BFP! 
I know it's still early days, my OTD is not until Sunday. But on day 6 my boobs were sore & I was getting up in the middle of the night to pee so tested.

Fingers and toes crossed, for sticky baby dust.  At the very least, this round of IVF has been so much better than last time in terms of quantity & quality of eggs & embryos, which gives me hope.  #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #ttclondon #ttcsisters #ttcuk #solomumma #solomumbychoice 1633174190901655291_6165327527

Today is 9dp5dt. Feeling cautiously optimistic, with a BFP! I know it's still early days, my OTD is not until Sunday. But on day 6 my boobs were sore & I was getting up in the middle of the night to pee so tested. Fingers and toes crossed, for sticky baby dust. At the very least, this round of IVF has been so much better than last time in terms of quantity & quality of eggs & embryos, which gives me hope. #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #ttclondon #ttcsisters #ttcuk #solomumma #solomumbychoice

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View ivf_solo_mumma's Instagram 6DP5DT. 6 Days Past 5 Day Transfer.

To test during 2ww, or not to test? 
I have a few symptoms, mainly tender boobs, lots of snoozing and headaches. But all that could be the progesterone. I am quite enjoying "feeling" PUPO, but I'm back at work on Monday, so expecting my bubble to burst.

Last round I tested from 4dp5dt and it drove me nuts. They were all BFN, and it was torture hopefully testing most days after that until my OTD.

This time round I've been pretty chilled out, I took the week off work and other than driving each day to get (still sore) butt dressing changed, I have just chilled at home with my puppy & watched loads of great tv. So nice!

Next week I really need to get back to work, so I'm wondering whether to test tomorrow (Sunday) or leave it as long as possible and just distract myself.

My clinic requires a home pregnancy test to confirm outcome. And they leave it VERY late compared to other clinics. They'll only accept results (and only recommend testing) on 14DP5DT.  I'm meant to be leaving for a long haul 10 day business trip on 15DP5DT, so I'm definitely going to test at least a few days sooner. 
What do you guys recommend re testing? Grateful for your advice!

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6DP5DT. 6 Days Past 5 Day Transfer. To test during 2ww, or not to test? I have a few symptoms, mainly tender boobs, lots of snoozing and headaches. But all that could be the progesterone. I am quite enjoying "feeling" PUPO, but I'm back at work on Monday, so expecting my bubble to burst. Last round I tested from 4dp5dt and it drove me nuts. They were all BFN, and it was torture hopefully testing most days after that until my OTD. This time round I've been pretty chilled out, I took the week off work and other than driving each day to get (still sore) butt dressing changed, I have just chilled at home with my puppy & watched loads of great tv. So nice! Next week I really need to get back to work, so I'm wondering whether to test tomorrow (Sunday) or leave it as long as possible and just distract myself. My clinic requires a home pregnancy test to confirm outcome. And they leave it VERY late compared to other clinics. They'll only accept results (and only recommend testing) on 14DP5DT. I'm meant to be leaving for a long haul 10 day business trip on 15DP5DT, so I'm definitely going to test at least a few days sooner. What do you guys recommend re testing? Grateful for your advice! #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #ttcsisters #ttcuk #ttclondon #2ww #6dp5dt #solomumma #solomumbychoice

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View ivf_solo_mumma's Instagram Awww! What a lovely surprise to wake up to this morning. Such a thoughtful card & message from a TTC card swap sister.

Thank you @ivfourway! And keep an eye out for the postman... #ttcuk #ttclondon #ttcsisters #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #solomumma #solomumbychoice #2ww 1629872204424885096_6165327527

Awww! What a lovely surprise to wake up to this morning. Such a thoughtful card & message from a TTC card swap sister. Thank you @ivfourway! And keep an eye out for the postman... #ttcuk #ttclondon #ttcsisters #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #solomumma #solomumbychoice #2ww

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View ivf_solo_mumma's Instagram 4DP5DT (4 days past 5 day transfer)

Just off to a nurse appointment, to get my butt cheek dressing changed. I've got to go every blooming day! At least it is keeping me distracted.

Woke up this morning with a headache, though this is nothing special as I often get migraines.

Also sore boobs this morning, could be a good omen or could be all the progesterone.

Had to do a PIO shot last night, inter muscular. Because of my butt issues, and because I broke the mirror that I usually use, I injected into my quad. HOLY MACARONI.  Had to lie down with my feet in the air for 10 minutes afterwards. 
Feeling ok, and feeling good about not doing home pregnancy tests this time until official test date. Sent me crackers last time.

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4DP5DT (4 days past 5 day transfer) Just off to a nurse appointment, to get my butt cheek dressing changed. I've got to go every blooming day! At least it is keeping me distracted. Woke up this morning with a headache, though this is nothing special as I often get migraines. Also sore boobs this morning, could be a good omen or could be all the progesterone. Had to do a PIO shot last night, inter muscular. Because of my butt issues, and because I broke the mirror that I usually use, I injected into my quad. HOLY MACARONI. Had to lie down with my feet in the air for 10 minutes afterwards. Feeling ok, and feeling good about not doing home pregnancy tests this time until official test date. Sent me crackers last time. #4dp5dt #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #ttcuk #ttclondon #ttcsisters #solomumma #solomumbychoice

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View ivf_solo_mumma's Instagram Yesterday was a day of contrasts. I was thrilled in the morning, at news that two more embryos made it to freeze. But the infected sebaceous gland on my butt got worse, and more painful, despite the oral antibiotics.

Decided at 9pm to visit the local hospital walk in acute GP service. Waited 4 hours to be seen, unable to comfortably sit down, exhausted and worried that this is the crucial time for implantation post transfer, and would this compromise it? 
Such rotten timing. Eventually had surgery to drain & remove, after they thankfully managed to get hold of my clinic on the out of hours number to check which types of anaesthetic they could use so soon after embryo transfer.

I now have a dressed and bandaged butt, need to go back tomorrow to have the dressing changed. 
It's times like these that make me really have to call upon all the gentle, self love & determination that I've had to call upon to travel this TTC path, as a 39 year old single woman. Who longs to be happily married and a mum, just has never met her Prince Charming.

Sitting alone in the A&E waiting room, observing all the couples. Still having to give my mum's contact details as next of kin. Driving myself home after appointments. Having to explain all the time, that I'm not married, it's not Mrs on the forms. 
I'm not going to wallow in self pity. I knew this path was going to be difficult, and I chose to walk it anyway.  Because I know the prize will be worth it, and I'd regret not trying. 
I know this journey is incredibly hard, even in a strong & loving relationship. We're all wonder woman warriors, and I'm blessed to have friends, fur-baby & family who all love me. 
Today I'm just going to rest up in bed. Watch some of the great comedy programs that you amazing TTC sisters have recommended. 
I'm praying that my two embryos are snug & ok after all of this. And that they happily & peacefully implant.  #solomumbychoice #solomumma #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #ttclondon #ttcuk #ttcsisters 1628231341001078317_6165327527

Yesterday was a day of contrasts. I was thrilled in the morning, at news that two more embryos made it to freeze. But the infected sebaceous gland on my butt got worse, and more painful, despite the oral antibiotics. Decided at 9pm to visit the local hospital walk in acute GP service. Waited 4 hours to be seen, unable to comfortably sit down, exhausted and worried that this is the crucial time for implantation post transfer, and would this compromise it? Such rotten timing. Eventually had surgery to drain & remove, after they thankfully managed to get hold of my clinic on the out of hours number to check which types of anaesthetic they could use so soon after embryo transfer. I now have a dressed and bandaged butt, need to go back tomorrow to have the dressing changed. It's times like these that make me really have to call upon all the gentle, self love & determination that I've had to call upon to travel this TTC path, as a 39 year old single woman. Who longs to be happily married and a mum, just has never met her Prince Charming. Sitting alone in the A&E waiting room, observing all the couples. Still having to give my mum's contact details as next of kin. Driving myself home after appointments. Having to explain all the time, that I'm not married, it's not Mrs on the forms. I'm not going to wallow in self pity. I knew this path was going to be difficult, and I chose to walk it anyway. Because I know the prize will be worth it, and I'd regret not trying. I know this journey is incredibly hard, even in a strong & loving relationship. We're all wonder woman warriors, and I'm blessed to have friends, fur-baby & family who all love me. Today I'm just going to rest up in bed. Watch some of the great comedy programs that you amazing TTC sisters have recommended. I'm praying that my two embryos are snug & ok after all of this. And that they happily & peacefully implant. #solomumbychoice #solomumma #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #ttclondon #ttcuk #ttcsisters

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View ivf_solo_mumma's Instagram Has anyone got any good telly recommendations? I've got the next two days off work and need a reason to sit down & relax!

I like comedy & drama, but don't enjoy thrillers/scary.

Programs I like... Modern Family. SATC. Big Bang Theory. Downton Abbey. Bake Off. Sneaky Pete. Lucifer (which I'd avoided as thought it would be scary, turns out its a great comedy). Programs I don't like (I'm a TV wimp!)... GOT. Doctor Foster.

Thanks!

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Has anyone got any good telly recommendations? I've got the next two days off work and need a reason to sit down & relax! I like comedy & drama, but don't enjoy thrillers/scary. Programs I like... Modern Family. SATC. Big Bang Theory. Downton Abbey. Bake Off. Sneaky Pete. Lucifer (which I'd avoided as thought it would be scary, turns out its a great comedy). Programs I don't like (I'm a TV wimp!)... GOT. Doctor Foster. Thanks! #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #ttcuk #ttclondon #ttcsisters #solomumbychoice #solomumma

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View ivf_solo_mumma's Instagram I'm so excited this morning!

The clinic called, and my two remaining embryos both made it to blastocyst overnight! Go team!  I really hadn't expected that, so lovely surprise.

I've now got 4 frozen blastocysts, so feeling hugely grateful. 
So much better than last round which only resulted in 1 blastocyst, 1 morula (BFN) and nothing to freeze. 
They upped the stim drugs, and added DHEA. I also decided last minute to change sperm donor. I had excellent fertilisation rate both times, so think my egg quality must have improved or perhaps just luck!  Now just gotta survive the 2ww...  #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #ttcuk #ttclondon #ttcsisters #solomumma #solomumbychoice 1627527735172024950_6165327527

I'm so excited this morning! The clinic called, and my two remaining embryos both made it to blastocyst overnight! Go team! I really hadn't expected that, so lovely surprise. I've now got 4 frozen blastocysts, so feeling hugely grateful. So much better than last round which only resulted in 1 blastocyst, 1 morula (BFN) and nothing to freeze. They upped the stim drugs, and added DHEA. I also decided last minute to change sperm donor. I had excellent fertilisation rate both times, so think my egg quality must have improved or perhaps just luck! Now just gotta survive the 2ww... #ivfoct2017 #ivfjourney #ttcuk #ttclondon #ttcsisters #solomumma #solomumbychoice

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