The last time you heard from me was right before we started our first IUI cycle, so I’m back to share how quickly (and comically!) that all unfolded for us…

Ok, Justine’s cycle is here. Time to make a baby!

The medication that Justine had to take was no joke. 5 days of Clomid. It definitely tweaked her hormones as she didn’t feel or seem like herself at times, she had some cramping and headaches, and her emotions were all over the place. She realized what was going on and kept going about daily life like nothing had changed. I tried to support her emotionally as best I could - knowing I couldn’t make it better. I’m amazed at how strong she has been through everything up to this point and impressed with how “matter of factly” she just does whatever she needs to do to help give us our baby without missing a beat of our everyday lives. I am lucky that she is such a strong and determined woman and it becomes clearer to me each day that she is truly going to be a wonderful mom.

Our IUI day came a few days earlier than we had anticipated. Great! We’re ready to get this going! Justine had a bunch of great follicles and we were both so excited and hopeful that we could be pregnant in the next few weeks! But, I’m 200 miles away on a work trip… not so great. No problem though, we are both willing and committed to do whatever is needed to make our baby. Justine has already done so much and now it’s my turn. I moved some things around and got home the night before the IUI… no sweat. I now know that I am going to be very careful with work travel plans around this time in future cycles – that we hopefully won’t need - as it is not uncommon for IUI dates to change depending on how the cycle progresses. Live and learn, right?

Speaking of that… the 6:45 am drop-off appointment Justine made for me didn’t seem like a terrible idea until I got home late the night before and realized my morning would start off by battling with the collection cup. I swear the opening got smaller since the last time… or maybe it was because I was still half asleep with only one eye open… I managed to get the sample to the office, almost on time and waited for Justine to get there a few hours later for the procedure.

When the doctor came into the room, he told us that everything with Justine’s cycle looked great, but that my sample had been analyzed and it was not nearly as good as my initial diagnostic sample. Very undesirable, in fact, as if it had been my initial sample there probably wouldn’t have been concerns. Ugh. I was immediately deflated and felt as though I had let myself and Justine down. Not that there was anything I could really do to control it, but still not a good feeling to know our chances were probably less this cycle because of the quality of my contribution. The doctor was great; however, and assured me that we all have our good days and bad days and that it was nothing to worry about long-term as we knew I had the potential to produce much better quality in the future, should we need to do this again…

We still proceeded with the IUI procedure as it only takes one swimmer to get the job done. Fingers crossed that Michael Phelps is hiding somewhere in that sea of doggy paddlers and can make it to the promised land…

Now, the waiting game begins…

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Dan Houle - Where’s the F%&$#!ing Stork?!
Dan Houle was born and raised in New Hampshire and, true to his roots, he is a lover of all things flannel. Dan moved to Connecticut in 2008, where he currently resides with his wife, Justine, and fur-baby, Ralphie. Dan works at Speciality Rolled Metals and is a General Manager of their distribution plant in Reading, PA. He enjoys spending his free time with his family, whether it's at the beach, hiking, cooking, or trying new restaurants - Dan is always up for having a good time with those he loves.
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