The featured blogger this week is Crystal of My Front Porch, Looking In! Crystal is the proud MoM of 3 1/2 year old twins, Heath and Hunter. Crystal’s blog started as a way to keep her family up to date on their IVF journey and now it keeps them up to date on her adorable boys!
What made you decide to start blogging?
I had friends who had blogs and always had fun keeping up with their lives. I started our blog the week before we left for Houston for our IVF treatments. We live 10 hours from Houston and I found it an easy way to keep family and friends informed on what we were doing and how the procedures were going.
Can you talk a little about your IVF journey?
After years of trying to conceive naturally, we finally turned to infertility treatments. We went through months of Clomid and other various infertility medications and nothing helped. The doctors couldn’t find anything wrong that would be causing our infertility and they encouraged us to try IUIs. After three different cycles of IUIs we still came away with empty arms and broken hearts. The doctors then told us that the next suggestion would be IVF. We decided to take a year off from the treatments and save up money and pray about the situation. We felt God had a plan for us and we just needed to give him time to show us.
Later that year, I got an e-mail from a friend, about a study a fertility clinic in Houston was doing. They were testing different types of progesterone after IVF and were doing IVF for FREE! I sent off for the packet, too nervous to tell my husband, and when it arrived we had to have a heart to heart. We decided to send it off and what ever happened would be God’s will. We got accepted into the study. We made numerous trips to Houston and spent a consecutive 18 days there during all of the treatments, but we didn’t have to pay a dime for our IVF. To be consistent, everyone in the study had two embryos put back in. We were absolutely thrilled to find out that both of ours had taken and we were having twins. We felt God’s presence through the entire journey and we know he guided our way and our decisions.
To read more about this see this post: http://www.theamthors.blogspot.com/2008/06/my-cup-run-eth-over.html
What tips do you have for families embarking on their own fertility journey?
You have to have strong faith in God’s plan and his timing. You have to have a strong support group of family and friends. Even though doctors have been through years of training, they don’t always know what’s best for YOU. Do what is right for You.
How was your pregnancy?
I am a teacher at an elementary school. I found out that I was pregnant about a week or two before school got out for summer break. The day after school let out for summer I started getting morning sickness so bad that I spent many days not lifting my head off the pillow. I threw up all day every day. I even woke up in the middle of the night just to throw up and go back to bed. I was miserably sick all summer long. One week before school started back up in August, it all finally subsided.
About a month before the twins were born I was put on half day restrictions. I would go to work in the mornings and nap in the afternoons. I had a very hard time breathing because there were feet in my lungs and grew to an astronomical size. My coworkers laughed at me as I waddled down the school halls. My belly freaked out my students.
At 34 weeks, my body decided it had had enough and I went into labor. The boys were born weighing 5lbs 6 oz and 5lbs 5oz. They spent 9 days in the NICU.
What’s the best advice you got about having twins?
It does get easier. We weren’t sure that we were going to survive the first 3 months, but it does get easier.
What are some of your favorite things to do as a family?
My Husband is a Texas Game Warden, and I was born and raised on a ranch. We love to hunt and fish as a family. We often go camping. We want our boys to love being in the outdoors and to appreciate wildlife.
What question(s) do you have for the other families in the community?
Bedtime around our house is a nightmare. We used to just lay our boys down in their cribs and they would fall asleep on their own. Since they have moved to toddler beds, night time is a nightmare! They throw things at each other, wake the other one if one should fall asleep, and run and jump on the beds. I’ve tried waiting it out, but they never tire! I really don’t want to separate them into different rooms. I have tried all different kinds of punishment and rewards, and nothing works. How do I get them back to where they were, just lying in their beds until they drift off?
Be sure to leave your answer to Crystal’s question in the comment section and then head over to My Front Porch, Looking In to leave some bloggy love!