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BFP 1st IVF w ICSI after a year trying...

I can't believe I'm finally posting here- I stalked this site for a year while ttc and gained a lot of hope through reading everyone's stories. Here's a quick summary of our situation:
My husband and I got married last July and started trying right away. We used OPKs, temping, pre-seed- you name it! Every time I got my period, I was devastated. I tried to be brave but I got really discouraged when friends all around me started getting pregnant. Finally after about 8-9 months, we went to my OBGYN and requested testing. It turned out that my husband was dealing with severe male factor: his best sample was 2 mil and they were not all healthy. Luckily, male factor turned out to be our only issue. OB referred us to a fertility specialist and we started our IVF cycle on June 10 with Lupron, then started stims on June 19. We had a very successful retrieval on July 2 (15 retrieved, 12 fertilized) and 6 made it to day 5. We now have 5 frozen embies and one growing inside my tummy:) IVF meds mimic a lot of pregnancy symptoms, so it is hard to determine what was real and what was due to the meds, but here it goes:

1-4 dp5dt: Just continued bloat
5-6: dp5dt: Light brown spotting (looked more like brown discharge) and SUPER emotional. I now realize the spotting must have been implantation bleeding, but at the time I convinced myself it was a period coming on and I cried for 2 days!
7 dp5dt: (this is the equivalent of 12 dpo) BFP with FMU and it wasn't even a squinter! Husband and I were totally speechless because we both expected the worst after the spotting.
8-9 dp5dt: tests got darker and I started experiencing exhaustion and some breast soreness.
10-12 dp5dt: positive blood test, exhaustion and breast soreness got worse.
13 dp5dt- present: SO TIRED! I need daily naps and I'm still ready for bed by 9. Breast pain got worse every day until about 8 weeks, now they are just huge. We have our third ultrasound this afternoon.

I know infertility- and IVF, make for a difficult, heartbreaking journey. I hope reading this will give some of you hope and inspiration to keep moving forward on your baby journeys :)

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