I can see why women do this again and again... but I don't understand why I did... My last appointment saw me starring at the ultrasound showing 12 follicles. I've never had that many in the last year. I also never expected to spend over $20k on this project. What shall I do?
Single Mom By Choice – Part 11: The File
I remember sitting in the waiting room of the Montreal Fertility Clinic and seeing this couple come out of the doctor's office with a huge smile, tears and exclamations. Pregnant! She was finally pregnant!
Single Mom By Choice – Part 10: TWW (two week wait)
Oh the dreaded two week wait... My last doctor's appointment saw me, surprisingly, going forward with another round of IVF. I had the minimum seven follicles I had set myself in order to try again. Then didn’t. Then did again... just getting to decision day was a rollercoaster in itself. D-Day My last ultrasound on... Continue Reading →
Single Mom By Choice – Part 9: Time & Twists
All I can say is that I NEVER thought I'd be here when I booked my first appointment with the Montreal fertility clinic last June. Nine months ago. Wow! I honestly thought that I'd have a baby by now. How time flies...
Single Mom By Choice – Part 7: Where there is a will, there is a way!
I am a tad superstitious. I like believing in the little things. I lift my feet when driving over train tracks, I touch the outside of the plane before getting on, I make a wish at 11:11 and I eat 12 grapes at midnight on New Year's Day! I believe in signs and meant-to-bes. I... Continue Reading →
Single Mom By Choice – Part 6: What Next?
These two past months have seen a lot of ups and downs, including posting my first of these blogs. I will admit that I was at a very low point, after four failed insemination procedures and one failed in-vitro, and I wasn't sure that I could carry on with this adventure. I don't know how... Continue Reading →
Single Mom By Choice – Part 5: Let’s In-Vitro!
It can cost up to 8500$ for one in vitro fertility procedure and that doesn't include the cost of sperm... wow. It's a big jump from the free insemination procedure that I had been undergoing, but on the other hand, there's a better chance of a return on my investment. Statistics wise, I'm paying over... Continue Reading →
Single Mom By Choice – Part 4: Try Again & Hope
By now, you know that my first trial with IUI (intrauterine insemination) was a fail. Bouncing back was actually quite easy because I didn't really have time to think about it. It's a good thing, but also a bad thing because you might not stop to ask questions. The "not pregnant" verdict usually falls on... Continue Reading →
Single Mom By Choice – Part 3: Sperm Banks & First Insemination
Not many people knew about my crazy baby-making decision, so I texted my despair to a friend who did know and her response was to knock at my door 2 hours later with a bottle of wine, ready to help me tackle those 149 profiles AGAIN! She was floored by the amount of detail that profiles provide...
Single Mom By Choice – Part 1: The choice
Single mom by choice... as I scrolled down the list of choices for types of patient on the donor sperm bank website and selected those 4 words, "Single Mom By Choice", I could not help but internally scream BUT IT'S NOT MY CHOICE!