In July 2018, we had our first consultation with a fertility specialist to discuss our fertility issues and a treatment plan. However, we had both quit smoking and were using an e-cig to help kick the habit (I would have really struggled without that e-cig!). We were honest about using an e-cig with our fertility specialist, but this meant we had to do a 6 month no smoking course! So we ditched the e-cigs straight away and had to meet up with this lady every month in our local sainsburys cafe and breathe into a machine which measures the amount of carbon dioxide in our breath to prove that we were non-smokers, which of course we passed each time!
So 5 months later in December, they invited us back for another consultation to prepare for treatment!!! This was so exciting, it felt like we were really going to have a baby soon!
We were told that we would get 3 cycles free on the NHS (thank the lord for the NHS!)
3 cycles is actually really generous we thought! Especially seeing as depending on where you are from in the UK determines how many cycles you get on the NHS, if you are from Oxford you only get 1 cycle!
Anyway, for Christmas that year Will bought me the coolest Christmas present ever! A hp sprocket, which is kind of like a polaroid, but rather than it being a camera its like a mini portable printer which you connect to from your phone through bluetooth and can print mini photos. Also you can peel the back off and stick the picture to anything! Which gave me the idea to start a scrapbook of our IVF journey and fill it in as we go along, with mini pictures of us together and what we’re doing at that point in our lives, and obviously what we’re going through treatment wise.
Imagine when our child can look back at our scrapbook and realise just what a miracle they really are!