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So now that my retrieval date is rapidly approaching, I'm constantly bombarded with baby names & how to make the BIG announcement... I know when, but I'm trying to think of some super cute, not overdone, ways to announce to my friends/family who aren't immediate friends & family.
For DH: Over the last year or so I've been collecting a few books; 1) A Child Training Bible that I found off Pinterest. I put that together & I'm going to combine it with the Golden Children's Bible. Then I thought I'd put those in a bag with a baby name book & write something like "Won't need these for another 9 months..." Since (obviously) DH knows about the IVF it won't be *too* much of a surprise, unless I plan on HPTing early (don't think there's much way around that -- too impatient to wait until my appt at the clinic)
For my parents/siblings: If I get to test BEFORE Easter this will work out perfectly! Every year we play a dart game on Easter. There's usually dollar bills/candy/etc in the balloons. I was going to print out a fake bill & write on the back "We're PREGNANT! You're gonna be uncles/aunts/grandparents" (because there's no way to know who will hit the dart first). My mom & sister are really the only ones who know that we're going through IVF, and I know I should probably wait to tell them but I know that I can't keep that a secret.
Brooke: 31, blocked tubes, diminished ovarian reserve, weak eggs
DH: 35, all cleared
TTC: January 2012
July 2012 - HSG exam; blocked tubes
July 2012 - possible male infertility due to chemo & radiation treatment
August 2012: DH had his testosterone levels checked; low, will recheck in December
December 2012 - test for DH's sperm ** SWIMMERS, YAY!**
February 2013 - IVF consult
February 25, 2013 - sonohysterogram & mock transfer ** ALL CLEARED FOR IVF PROCEDURE **
March 6, 2013 - bloodwork & u/s, start Lupron injections - 10units
March 8, 2013 - start Gonal-F injections (300u), lupron (10units)
March 11, 2013 - bloodwork, u/s, Estrogen: 220, Lupron, Gonal-F, Menopur
March 13, 2013 - Left ovary (3 follicles), Right ovary (5 follicles), bloodwork, u/s, Estrogen: 519, Lupron, Gonal -F, Menopur
March 15, 2013 - bloodwork, u/s, Estrogen: 1305, follies growing, Lupron, Gonal - F, Menopur
March 19, 2013 - Retrieval!! 8 eggs
March 24, 2013 - Embryo Transfer; put back 3 embryos (1 blastocyst stage, 2 morula stage)
April 3, 2013 - beta #1 - 101!
April 5, 2013 - beta #2 - 307!
April 8, 2013 - beta #3 - 1,387!!
April 10, 2013 - beta #4 - 3104! - 1st u/s Friday!
I do not have a creative bone in my body, I’m the type that will just causally mention and go from there. Like, going out with my friends and if/when they ask why I’m not drinking and telling everyone then. I like your ideas though, both are very cute, but the one with the dart game is great. Hoping you get your BFP!
Me 40 DH 42 with an amazing 15yo DS
TTC #2 NTNP starting in 2009
actively TTC (BBT and OPKs) 2011
natural BFP Feb 2012, ending in mmc Apr with d&c in May
IVF Sep 2012, 4 eggs retrieved, 2 mature, 1 fertilized, but showed abnormal
growth, so not suitable for transfer
Nov 2012 IVF take 2 = 3 embryos, but due to concerns with lining unable to transfer
Jan 2013 endometrial biopsy = normal
Mar FET transferred 2 beautiful embryos, but unfortunately BFN
moving to donor eggs fall of 2013
Septemeber 30, 2013 - surprise BFP while waiting for DE
Almost everyone knows we are doing IVF, so the surprise factor is not there. I dabbled with the though of lying and saying IVF didn't work, and then sending a pic of the U/S to my sister and leaving a pic at my parents house for them to find.....but then thought that might just jinx me of having something happen. And I'm not sure I could pull off the "sad it didn't work lie" when I'd be happy as heck....so, I really don't know what I'm going to do!
I love your ideas though So cute
Last time, I snuck into my parents house and they have this little wedding statue couple we gave them for our wedding, and I had bought the matching baby, so I put it next to the couple, thinking my mom would see it. I also put a velvet covered nursery rhymes book on my dad's chairside table, with an inscription that he could read it to his grandchild. It got no response...they both thought "at least they are thinking positive" ....lol not getting it meant we WERE pregnant.
I had gotten 3 days of positive tests, but they knew my blood tests weren't for a couple more days yet...so didn't think we could find out that early....lol