Our Story So Far…

Tony and I met in September 2002 at a ballroom dance social at Rutgars University, in New Jersey. We didn’t hit it off right away, but we kept seeing each other at this monthly social. Finally in February 2003, I called up Tony and asked him to meet me in New York City to go dancing. Neither one of us thought this was a date from the onset but it became clear as the night went on that, that was what it was.

Tony was only in New Jersey for a limited amount of time for his work before moving to the Boston area. Jennifer was a live in nanny for a family in New Jersey for a couple of years prior. However we spent every weekend together. After about a month Tony realized that it was time to either propose, or break it off, as he was going to be moving in about a month.

So on April 12, 2003 Tony proposed. We were married on December 6, 2003 during a Nor’Easter, or a large snow storm. It snowed 27 inches (in Boston) on our wedding day. Our wedding was going to be small but this made it smaller. However it was a day that no one that was there will forget.

We started trying to have a child right away. However it wasn’t happening. After Tony got a job back in New Jersey we decided to seek help to have a child.

View from our first apartment

Tony relaxing in Key West (July 2004)

The 2 of us at a restaurant in July 2005

Me in August 2005

Tony getting ready for a cruise that we took December 2005.

Me on said cruise… I had had my first IUI just days prior to going on this trip. I was taking progesterone supplements the whole trip.

We tried 3 rounds of Clomid (an oral medication) before seeking the help of a specialist.

This blog starts right after our first treated cycle with our Reproductive Endocrenlogist in January 2006. It includes all of the trials and tribulations getting pregnant with our triplets (Christopher, Alexander and Emily), their birth, and their losses (February 2006 – January 2007). We talk about our grieving their loss, the trials and tribulations of going through IVF (twice) and the pregnancy of “Baby D”, Maximillian, “Baby I”, and Nathaniel. It also follows the life of our sons Maximillan and Nathaniel. It is my hope that one day Max and Nathaniel will read the comments and things on this blog and get a real picture of what life was like when they were little.

Baby D (our miscarried little girl) can be found in posts dated August – October 2007.

In October 2009, Jennifer went in for routine monitoring to start a frozen embryo transfer cycle. During an ultrasound, it was discovered that she had enlarged lymph nodes. She was referred to an oncologist and ordered to get an MRI of the area. After some biopsies and more imagery, it was determined that she had lymphoma (Larry).

Fenway (a Cavachon) entered our lives at the end of June 2010. He has been delighting us ever since! He was Jennifer’s reward for finishing radiation treatments and has subsequently turned into Tony’s dog.

“Larry” the lymphoma was officially called gone on August 11, 2010. Jennifer got scans every 3 months for the first year, and got scans every 4 months for the second year. In June 2015 she was 5 years out (cancer free), she is be at no greater risk for cancer then if she never had it to begin with. Officially she is now normal.

On April 18, 2012 Jennifer got oncology clearance to start to go back for one of our 5 frozen embryos.

In July 2012 Jennifer got barely pregnant with “Baby I”. A week later “Baby I” was gone. “Baby J” was transferred in September and was lost shortly there after. “Babies G and H” were both lost to the thaw. Fearing all hope was gone, and facing our poorest quality embryo and our oldest (conceived with “Baby D” and therefore older then Max); we regrouped and put our energy into getting pregnant with our last embryo, “Baby E”. November 20, 2012 we found out Nathaniel had stuck around! Nathaniel was born July 18, 2013.

We are semi-crunchy conservatives, who homeschool but I try to keep this blog as free from politics as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog and your prayers over the years.

Tony, Jennifer, Maximillian, Fenway and Nathaniel

2 Comments

  1. May

    Hi Jennifer,
    I found the link to your blog on Fertility Thoughts, where you posed a question in April 2010 about getting pregnant with a radiated pelvis. That is where I am now- in complete remission after radiation/chemo, and contemplating fertility assisted pregnancy. There isn’t any info out there on this topic so your blog was a welcome surprise. Thank you!

    • 3 ladybugs

      Congratulations on being cancer free!

      I found very little on this topic. I looked and looked because the radiation oncologist made it sound when I was having the radiation done, that this would be uncharted waters. The good news is once I saw my Perinatologist, whom I knew from my prior pregnancies, he informed me that it isn’t unheard of. Now he could have just been saying that to not worry me, but that is what he said. I begged him to make me a case study, as I was told that this was so rare while in treatment, but he again said it isn’t that rare.

      I don’t know if this is your first pregnancy or not, but I can tell you that I was REALLY focusing on being pregnant for most of my pregnancy. If I felt off in anyway, I did nothing. I stayed that way till I was past 28-30 weeks. Luckily for me, I had a lot of good days. I would even venture to say it was my easiest pregnancy. However it wasn’t easy for those around me. Even my doctor (OB not Peri) retired 9 months after I gave birth. She was in her 40’s at most.

      I don’t know what you are doing to try to get pregnant. I can offer what worked for me as I had lining issues with my cycles when I was getting my frozen embryos. I learned a lot from that time, and there are things I would do different if I were to do it again.

      Let me know if there is anything more I can help you with. My son is my little miracle (as you can see) and I am not one to not share my knowledge, especially if it can help someone else. 🙂

      Good luck!

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