Our Journey

Fall 2000- “Boy Meets Girl”

My mom introduced us when we were 15. We went to the same small private school, car-pooled at times together and almost never spoke. Allan was the “shy guy” (he’ll deny this emphatically!). All that was on his mind in high school was wrestling and running. My mind, on the other hand, was consumed by cheerleading, soccer, and boys! After graduating high school, we both returned to our Alma Mater to coach; I coached cheerleading and Allan coached wrestling. My coaching staff would get into it with his coaching staff – fighting about whose mats were supposed to be out on which day. Still- nothing more than a “Hey” from Allan. Fast forward to a few years later (February 2006) I was a Junior in college having just ended a two-year serious relationship and Allan was in Basic Training for the Marine Corps. We had mutual friends on MySpace and we ended up “friend-ing” one another. I received a message from Allan asking if we could get together when he returned home from basic training. I was a bit taken back: I mean this guy never talked to me in high school – now he wants to hang out?! Well what did I have to lose – I knew I wouldn’t be interested since I was swearing off boys for a while anyway.

Our First Date at the Ice Skating Rink

Our First Date at the Pines Ice Skating Rink

February 2006- “The Bait and Hook”

Sure enough, when Allan completed Basic Training he contacted me and asked me to get together at the university I was attending. So we met up for lunch – which turned into a four-hour-long discussion. I left that conversation wanting more- more time, more conversation, more him. He left that conversation and called his cousin and told him that I was the kind of girl you marry! The next sixth months were a whirlwind romance- we knew his platoon would be deploying to Iraq at any moment and I was leaving to spend a semester in Minnesota so we spent every waking and un-waking second together. Before we knew it, we were talking of the future and looking at engagement rings together. But then in August 2006 reality struck – he left on his deployment for 10 months and I journeyed to Minneapolis, Minnesota. The next ten months were some of the most difficult months of my life. I had two cell phones that never left my side (That was back when minutes weren’t unlimited so I had his phone so we wouldn’t rack up my parents’ cell phone bill- but I’m sure I looked pretty shady to onlookers!). Allan would walk a mile to the call center in Camp Fallujah, Iraq every single day after his missions to call me. We would mail letters and care packages to one another (there was very little internet access if any). He sent me flowers, pictures, CDs, keepsakes, and letters- he even named a star after me and sent me the certificate. I sent baked brownies, cookies, pictures, music, videos, letters, cards, supplies, blankets, and gifts for his platoon. No matter the distance, we did everything we could to feel close.

Our first embrace when Allan returned home from Iraq…best feeling in the world!

Our first embrace when Allan returned home from Iraq…best feeling in the world!

Our first kiss home from war

Our first kiss home from war

April 30, 2007– Allan returned home from Iraq -just in time for my college graduation! And two weeks later on May 15th he proposed- of course I said YES!

He rented out the ice skating rink where we had our first date… definitely took me by surprise!

He rented out the ice skating rink where we had our first date… definitely took me by surprise!

May 31, 2008 “The Vows”– We said, “I forever do” at the altar and were pronounced husband and wife! We had our plans laid out and our minds made up… we would wait 3-4 years to have kids which gave me time to finish my master’s degree in counseling psychology and gave us time to travel around the world.

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We jumped in the pool at the end of the night!                   Photo by: Studio Julie Photography

“The never-ending quest for answers”:

March 2011– I was having excruciating pain in my left side- so much that I was double over and it hurt to walk. I had cysts often but this pain was different and worse- much worse! I set up an appointment with my OBGYN and she noticed some fluid in my left fallopian tube. She said I might have hydrosalpinx so she sent me to a specialist.

April 2011– The specialist took a vaginal ultrasound, saw a little fluid, said she saw some endometriosis, and sent me to her staff on my way out to schedule surgery to see about cutting off my fallopian tube. She said this was my only hope at having kids at my young age and time is ticking. I couldn’t believe my ears-I told her I would not be scheduling surgery and that I would give myself time. After talking with Allan, we decided to start trying my next cycle since our clock started “ticking” before we had originally planned.

May 2011– I went back to my OBGYN and insisted that there had to be an alternative to surgery. She agreed and sent me for a hysterosalpingogram – Why this wasn’t recommended first? – I don’t know! Lesson learned: educate yourself and be your own advocate.

June 2011– Hysterosalpingogram showed that tubes were clear and functioning properly.

August 2011– Went to California on what we thought might be our last get away before getting pregnant.

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Laguna Beach, California

May 2012– Graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology

Woohoo! Summa Cum Laude! Couldn't have done it without this guy! (confession: I had to spell check summa cum laude!)

Woohoo! Summa Cum Laude! Couldn’t have done it without this guy! (Confession: I had to spell check summa cum laude!)

June 2012– Went to Thailand thinking this would definitely be our last hoorah before baby makes his or her entrance.

Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui, Thailand

May 2013– Transferred to a new OBGYN since my insurance changed. He was not very personable but he sent me for blood work and Allan for a semen analysis. Everything came back clear.

October 2013– Went to Dubai, London, and Paris surely this would have to be our last chance to get away before morning sickness would peek it’s ugly head.

Eiffel Tower Paris, France

Eiffel Tower ~ Paris, France

Arabian Desert United Arab Emirates

Arabian Desert ~ United Arab Emirates

Stonehenge England

Stonehenge ~ England

January 2014– Transferred to another new highly recommended OBGYN. Her professional opinion is that I don’t have endometriosis. She sent me for more blood work, another hysterosalpingogram, and Allan for another semen analysis. Everything came back clear.

May 2014– Went on a mission’s trip to the Philippines with our church- this would no doubt be our last time away. And it was amazing! We completely fell in love and were so blessed to be able to go.

Leyte, Philippines

Leyte, Philippines

July 2014– My OBGYN highly recommended we go to Dr. Armando Hernandez-Rey a very well known and successful Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist. Just so happens my friend went to him and got pregnant on her first round of IVF!

September 9, 2014– (Yes, we had to wait 3 months to see him- but he is worth the wait!) Check out our video the day of our first appointment with Dr. Armando Hernandez-Rey!

Follow the rest of our journey through our vlog/blog posts!


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17 thoughts on “Our Journey

  1. My husband and I have experienced several miscarriages over the last 2 years and are still standing in fragile hope. I’m looking forward to reading more of your story!

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  2. Oh man, this sounds so familiar. I pretty much think every trip we take is the “last hurrah!” We actually leave for a big trip next week and are believing that THIS really is the last one before our miracle baby.

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  3. We have done the “this is our last vacation before baby” plenty of times. Its like your scared to plan ahead because you don’t really know what is going to be happening. Thanks for sharing your journey : )

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  5. I am so happy I started by blog and found many of you going through the same thing. It’s been so difficult talking to people about infertility when they have not gone through it. Wish we all weren’t going through this, but I am sure once we get our dreams to come true… we will be the best moms out there. Thanks for sharing your story!!

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  6. My friend Jen told me about your blog and that you too had high prolactin levels. My husband and I began trying in early 2012, in Dec of 2012 I went to see the ob gyn since I had not become pregnant. She ran some standard testing and everything came back normal except my prolactin levels. So she wanted to re test they still were high, then came the MRI, that came back normal so she told me she wanted to retest my levels in a year in the mean time she put me on climid, a year later my levels were still high , so another MRI was ordered, MRI came back normal so they put me on Cabergoline and referred to an endocrinologist, they wouldn’t refer me to a reproductive endocrinologist. Since were stationed in England (husband is in the Airforce) I was seen off base which was a nightmare (long story) still no answers so I put trying to get answers on hold until we got back to the United States. We moved back at the end of May now I am waiting for my primary care provider to refer me to a reproductive endocrinologist. Thank you for sharing your story

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    • Wow, thank you for messaging me! I love England but goodness, it sounds like you got the run around over there! Where in the states are you now? I’m hoping that you receive better care over here and get your questions answered. I know how frustrating this journey can be. My husband and I are now taking a “break” from treatments and all the added stress. I HATE when people would tell me to stop stressing- it would make me more stressed! But now that I’ve taken a step back I can see how much I was consumed by it- and rightfully so!… it’s literally life and death! But there’s a season for everything. Don’t lose hope. Know that I am here to answer any questions or to be a listening ear. And enjoy this time with your hubby… not every couple is blessed to have this much alone time together. Many blessings to you guys! Xoxo Julianna

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  7. Your story is simply amazing. I’m sitting here watching my 4 month old and 2 year old sleep and your story has beyond moved me. There are days that seem tough because of lack of sleep or a sick kiddo but you have shown me what a true warrior mom is! Thank you for sharing your story and my family will continue to pray for yours. Our God is a miraculous God and I believe you have so much is store for you! Your testimony is incredibly beautiful! Congrats to you and your husband on your beautiful baby girl! May god bless you always!

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