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  #1  
September 26th, 2010, 08:04 PM
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Our Sister of the Week this week is Amber (Mommyto4AngelBabies)!!!

If you want to request specific pics from Amber (for Friday) please remember to have your requests in before Wednesday 9 PM. And please save all of your questions for Amber for Thursday. I appreciate all of the love and support we give each other on the board, let's keep it going strong!

Monday: Post an introduction about you, your family, your TTC story, etc... (it can be as long or as short as you would like).

Tuesday: Post 20 facts about yourself. (It's harder than you think! )

Wednesday: Share pictures of yourself, your family, etc. Try to save requested pics for Friday. Get creative ladies! (Also, remember to keep these appropriate for the board.)

Thursday: Answer any questions the ladies might have for you. Please save all questions for this day ladies!

Friday: Pick at least 10 pics that other members request from you. These will probably be things you might not think to post yourself. All pic requests must be submitted by Wednesday 9 PM of your week, that way you have Wed - Fri to get them taken, uploaded and posted. Even if you get more than 10 requests....you can pick the 10 you would like to share, or share more than 10. It's up to you!

Most importantly.... HAVE FUN!
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September 27th, 2010, 07:21 AM
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Okay...Here it goes!

I'm Amber
I was born & raised in Louisiana. Yes, I'm a country girl!
My Dad was a police officer & my mother was a hibitual liar.
When I was 12, my mother told me (along with everyone else) that she had a brain tumor & was dying. During that time, she pulled my sister & I out of school & made us run her in-home childcare ALONE. She would go off during the day & come back right before the parents came to pick their kids up. We had 14 children, all under the age of 3, in our home.
My Mom, during this time, manipulated alot of people, including the Police Dept my Dad worked at, & took ALOT of money ($64,000) to pay for "medical bills".
Well, every lie comes out at some point, so when I was 15, my Mom got caught & was being endighted for investigation.
SO, My Dad & my mother decided to move us to Texas to try to run from this (After my Dad decided he wasn't going to divorce my Mom for this horrific thing) & we settled in nicely. I was sitting in World History in 10th grade & automatically fell in-love with the boy behind me, Dylan. Little did I know, one day that boy would be my husband.
Within the first year, my Mom cheated on my Dad & got a divorce. Within that year, they both got convicted & January 05', they both went to prison. My Mom for fraud (5yrs) & my Dad for falsely accused conspiracy (3.5yrs).
During that time, I had to grow up ALOT! My sister (18 at the time) got custody of my brother & I (I was 15 & he was 7). My sister & I got a paper route & both had full-time jobs to pay for a home for us & our brother.
Needless to say, I didn't have time to have a serious relationship with Dylan, but we couldn't pull ourselves away from one another, so over a 4-year time span, we were on & off about 20 times. haha
So, in 2008, Dylan & I made a HUGE sporadic decision & we got married!
I just went for it & it was the best choice I have ever made for ME!
My sister & brother moved in with my grandparents until my Dad got out, which was only a couple months away. It worked out nicely.
Once Dylan & I got hitched, we knew right away we wanted kids pronto!
I got pregnant right away & lost it within days of finding out.
I thought I should see a doctor immediatly, as RPL, PCOS, Endo, (ect) run in my family. I saw my first RE for 1 year. We did a feritlity work-up, SA, HSG, etc. Everything came back perfect. During that year, I had 3 more miscarriages, all clomid induced. One was at 11.5 weeks, so I had to have a D&C to remove the particles. Hard time of my life.
In November 2009, we decided to see another RE, so we did. Within 5 minutes of my appointment, we did an u/s & diagnosed me with PCOS. B/W to confirm.
I was devastated but also relieved to FINALLY have an answer. I was hopeful again! So, my doctor put me on Metforming & said that should prevent future miscarriages. So, I thought, "This is Great! I will get pregnant again & it will live!" I will be a Mommy soon!! WRONG!
I have not gotten pregnant in 1.5yrs now. I know something has changed & I'm scared to know what. Blocked tube, bad egg, I don't know.
Well, my doctor suggests we do an IUI with Injectables soon, as I have done 6 rounds of clomid with no success this year. Well, luckily, the ARMY covers most, if not all, of the costs of an IUI, so we decided to see our original RE again for cost reasons. I have my first appointment with him in late Oct or early Nov. I have hope again.
So, as of right now, I live in North Carolina with my incredible husband, I have the best NC Army family I could ask for, I am a SAHW, & I truly am thankful for the cards I have been dealt! I'm a firm believer tha life is what you make it & I have worked so hard to make mine amazing! The only thing that could make my life complete would be a baby Dylan & I made with our love. We have so much to offer & I can't wait to share it all with our rainbow baby!
Soo, that's me!
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September 27th, 2010, 11:48 AM
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WOW!! I am proud of you for not letting your parent's mistakes hold you back from a beautiful life

I am so sorry to hear about your losses. I too know the heart break of loosing a baby.

Thank you SO MUCH, for opening up and sharing your story!! I am hoping and praying that you will get a BFP soon, and hopefully the metformin will do the trick and keep that baby in there for the LONG HAUL!!!

Cant wait to hear more
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September 27th, 2010, 11:57 AM
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Thank you, Melissa!
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September 27th, 2010, 01:23 PM
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Another amazing and strong woman that I am proud to know!!! I can't wait to learn more about you this week. Thank you so much for sharing your story!!
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Our TTC journey: 6 cycles Clomid, lap surgery/ D&C, IUI, 2 x IVF; 33 cycles- BFN.
IVF#1 (March 2010) Transferred two 8-cell grade A (perfect) embies- BFN and heartbroken.

IVF#2/FET#1 (Jan/Feb 2011):Transferred two (7&8 cell) grade A (PERFECT) embies- BFN again.
March 2011- February 2012: On BCP due to endometriosis.

March 2012- taking a few months off of BCP and we are TTC naturally.
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September 27th, 2010, 02:34 PM
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Wow- such an honest and inspiring story! I am really hoping you get your BFP soon!
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September 27th, 2010, 07:08 PM
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Amber you have one amazing life story to tell... and all of it has led you to be come the strong amazing woman that you are today. All of these things will help you be the absolute best mom out there!

I'm so happy to know more about you, and can't wait to know more!
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September 27th, 2010, 09:24 PM
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I totally agree with Kari! you do have one amazing story!! I am soo sorry for your losses! I met my DH in the 10th grade too It seems clear you two were meant for each other! Im so sorry you had to go through all you did..but you seem to be a wonderful person from it! Thanks for sharing!
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September 28th, 2010, 04:57 AM
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It's so wonderful to meet the different types of women on JM. I read and respond to your posts, see your pictures, but don't have a clue who you really are. Thank you for sharing your life so candidly. I'm so impressed with your strength, resilience and maturity!

I hope your next RE appt goes well and you have a PLAN on how to get a perfect little baby in your arms. I know you'll be an amazing mommy Amber!
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lap surgery Apr 2010 stage 2 endo removed
IVF #1 BFN 11/2010
IVF #2 BFP! 12/2010
Wonderful, sweet daughter Khloe born August 2011
FET #1 - Oct 2012 BFN
FET #2 - Dec 2012 BFN
2nd lap surgery Dec 2012 stage 1 endo removed
IUI Apr 2013 cancelled due to producing 10 mature follicles
IUI June 2013 BFN
IVF #3 Sept 2013 BFN
IVF #4 Nov 2013 BFP! on 8dp3dt
Expecting boy/girl twins 8/1/14

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September 28th, 2010, 06:53 AM
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You girls's responses made me tear up!
I love you all & am so grateful for you all!!
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September 28th, 2010, 07:11 AM
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20 FACTS ABOUT ME

- I have a pug & a pekingese & I treat them like children.

- I'm a photographer & I LOVE it!

- I'm very passionate in everything I do.

- I'm VERY OCD about my house. It has to be spotless at all times.

- I tend to take people's problems on myself & try to fix them.

- Cooking is one of my biggest passions in life. I think food is SO much more than just food. It feeds the soul

- I'm italian, as is my husband, so I am currently learning Italian & we will speak it to our child, as well as english (ofcourse)

- Reading makes me feel alive. I live for it! You will always catch me with a book.

- I plan on writing a book one day. We will see

- I enjoy a fine wine, a bubble bath, & classical music...All at the same time.

- I could eat Cambells Chicken Noodle Soup every day of my life. Seriously.

- Having a child has always been the most important thing in my life. I won't give up until I am holding my rainbow.

- Just recently I cut off a foot of hair. I'm glad I did.

- My husband is 82nd Airborne Infantry in the Army & it scares me that the thought of losing him is so very real.

- Both of our families live in LA/TX, so twice a year, we travel home.

- I enjoy doing things I don't think I can do. I thrive on empowerment.

- The beach is my home away from home. One day, I want to live on the beach.

- God is my saving Grace. Without him, I would not be where I am today.

- I drive like a racecar driver...Safe, but fast!

- I am a very open-minded person. My husband is very "black & white" while I see colors
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September 28th, 2010, 08:01 AM
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I have enjoyed reading about you, Amber. You had a very rough start, but you have turned into one amazing lady!

I love cooking too! As long as I am not rushed, it can almost be therapy for me! And I wish that I was OCD about my house. We have 4 pets, so I feel like everything is dirty right after I clean! So, it takes a lot to motivate me to clean! Where in Texas does your family live? I am in Houston.
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September 28th, 2010, 08:15 AM
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His family lives in Van Alstyne & mine lives in Ft Worth
I have tons of friends that are from Houston!
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September 28th, 2010, 11:31 AM
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WOW, you are an impressive woman Amber !! Thanks so very much for sharing, I admire you
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September 28th, 2010, 01:40 PM
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amber thanks or opening your heart to us here. you're an inspiration.

we have some things in common... i treat our two dogs (french bulldogs) like kids, too. AND, i speak italian. allora quando vuoi palare un po' in italiano io sono qua'!
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cycles 1-16: TTC naturally, all BFNs
cycle 17 & 18: not TTC (due to diagnostic tests)
october 14: RE appt with follow-up hysteroscopy + saline sonogram... TUBES ARE CLEAR!
cycle 19, 20 & 21: natural TTC cycles = BFNs
cycle 22: another natural cycle, but preparing for our first IUI with injectables for cycle 23! FINALLY!!!
FEBRUARY 10th... our very first when we least expected it!!!

october 26th... our little miracle arrived via c-section at 12:19pm weighing 3.920 kilos! we are in love.
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September 28th, 2010, 01:49 PM
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Haha! I SO wish I knew what you said, but sadly, I'm knew at this whole "Italian" thing!
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September 28th, 2010, 03:57 PM
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thank you so much for sharing amber, it was great getting to know more about you!
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September 29th, 2010, 05:50 AM
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Okkkaaayyyy...I may be going overboard because I LOVE pictures!

Dylan & I when we first got together in 05"


Dylan graduating from Basic/AIT



The day Dylan proposed


My "wedding" day (JOP)


Our first house


My new Car


This is a little depressing but our FIRST BFP!!!


Dylan in Iraq


A trip we took to a mountaintop cabin in the Smoky Mountains


My best friend & I


Dylan & our Furbabies


Macy & Morgan in their name shirts I made for Daddys homecoming


My babes on Halloween


Macy watching the fish


The night Dylan came home from a deployment (Good night)


Haha! I made a "Welcome Home" sign for Dylan but taped it backward! Silly me


Christmas Picture


Us & our snowman


Me on the Beach


Going to the Midnight Premiere of New Moon *Team Edward*


Eating Lemon Sorbetto in Wilmington on the pier


Getting my tattoo...Ouch! lol


Myself in NYC at Butter (A famous celeb restaurant)


Smoky Mountain trail


Dylan & I in VA at Busch Gardens


My sister, brother, & myself


Us at Medieval Times


We found a jellyfish! (Dead, ofcourse)


Enjoying fresh seafood beachside (Did I mention the beach is my 2nd home?)


Beach, again


Family Pictures 2010


Dylan's Bday


Okay...Think I added enough?? hehe
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September 29th, 2010, 08:36 AM
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Beautiful story and beautiful pictures! You are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your life with us!
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September 29th, 2010, 09:39 AM
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LOVED the pics!!! Thanks for sharing! I am relived to see that you are a *team Edward* fan... I just don't know WHAT those *team Jacob* girls are thinking

btw, if you liked the writing of Stephanie Meyers, you should read Suzanne collins, "The Hunger Games" series.... VERY good. They movie rights have already been purchased I cannot wait to see them!
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