My name is Courtney and I’m a New England transplant living in Bodega, California.  I moved here with the intention of only staying for a year.  Little did I know  that I’d meet my future husband and make my home in Sonoma County with my Malamute Took and my stepdaughter K.  After I turned 30 we decided to add to our family.  After suffering four miscarriages in almost two years, I finally gave birth to our daughter, Elsie, in October of 2012.

For those of you interested, here’s our TTC Timeline:

  • February 2007 – Met the love of my life.
  • August 2008 – Walked down an aisle, kissed a handsome man and became a Mrs.
  • September 2009 – Turned 30.  1st miscarriage.  We did not know I was pregnant and it was very very early on.
  • December 2009 – this is when we actively…um…started doing the dance, so to speak.
  • January 20101st BFP.  Woohoo!
  • February 11, 2010 2nd miscarriage at 7 weeks 5 days.  First real heartbreak of my life.
  • April 2010 – first ovarian cyst burst.  Ouch.
  • May-June 2010 – ovarian cysts continue to grow (and burst) and plague me with pain at every movement.
  • May 2010 – BFN 2 days before expected period.
  • June 2010 BFP 2 days after expected period.  Here we go!
  • June 28th, 2010 – ultrasound at 7 weeks 6 days showed baby measuring 6 weeks 3 days; saw heartbeat
  • July 9th, 2010 – ultrasound showed a missed miscarriage at 9 weeks 4 days.  3rd miscarriage.  Heart shatters even more.
  • July 10th, 2010 – D&C
  • July 11th, 2010 – ovarian cyst burst.  Double freaking ouch.
  • September 2010 – Turned 31.  Blood tests all came back mostly negative, with the exception of the MTHFR.
  • December 2010 – revisited tests and discovered slight elevation in Beta 2 Glycoprotein I Igm, which is connected to antiphospholipid antibody syndrome.  Tests were performed again.
  • May 1st, 2011 – BFP
  • May 9th, 2011 – ultrasound at 5 weeks 3 days: heartbeat
  • May 18th, 2011 – ultrasound at 6 weeks 5 days showed baby measuring right on target; saw heartbeat
  • May 25th, 2011 – ultrasound at 7 weeks 5 days showed baby measuring 6 weeks 3 days; saw heartbeat
  • June 1st, 2011 – ultrasound showed a missed miscarriage at 8 weeks 5 days. 4th miscarriage.
  • June 3rd, 2011 – D&C and officially pissed-off.
  • September 2011 – Turned 32.
  • February 2012 – BFP
  • March 19th, 2012 – ultrasound at 8 weeks 2 days, measuring right on target
  • April 2nd, 2012 – ultrasound at 10 weeks 2 days, measuring AHEAD! by two days and lots of movement; heartbeat healthy
  • October 26th, 2012 at 10:45 pm – Miss Elsie came into our lives and healed our hearts
I was also featured in Too Many Fish to Fry‘s Faces of ALI Series.  Check out the series here: http://jjiraffe.wordpress.com/faces-of-adoptionlossinfertility/  You can read my story here.
Faces of ALI

Contact me at bodegablissblog at gmail.com


5 Responses to “About”

  1. Whitney February 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    Here from ICLW. Good luck to you. This just all sucks. It never gets easier. I’m so sorry.

  2. EWO February 14, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    So, I found you through Too Many Fish to Fry, and your story is my story. My pregnancies all start out perfect, with heartbeats and measuring right on track. Then, the growth slows down by the 7th week. Then, the heartbeat stops. My tests have also only shown one mutated MTHFR gene. (Oh, and I’m also Courtney, from New England.) The worst part about all this is that apparently my eggs are good (hence the heartbeats) but something in my body is killing them.
    I just had my fourth miscarriage (chemical pregnancy) in 18 months in November, and an RE won’t see me until I have one more. I begged for the Celiac panel and it came back positive, so I’m now gluten free. We’ll see if this changes anything – fingers crossed and I’ll keep you posted. Sending you many, many positive vibes and hoping for you as much as I’m hoping for myself that we find happiness, in whatever form that may be.

    • sharon watkins November 12, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

      EWO: this isnt my blog, and Im not bodega bliss but there seems to be a way to leave a message for you. I am also MTHFR, had two failed pregnancies/early miscarriages. Now I am on my first successful pregnancy in 4 years at 31 weeks. I also have antibodies – mine are anti0thyroid antibodies. For 6 months before my now successful pregnancy, I ate absolutely clean foods – no gluten, very, very little dairy (mostly cut out dairy), hormone free meats tried to check that, mostly a plant-based diet supplements by lots of fish and some chicken and went on A TON of naturopathic supplements to address/help the thyroid, and everything else imaginable. My naturopathic doctor had experience with miscarriage and infertility (herself). On top of that, I started taking heparin (really lovenox) right away as soon as I knew I was pregnant – helps prevent miscarriage caused by blood clotting which I believe is tied to the MTHFR, and went on progesterone supplements right away. I stayed on progesterone through the 1st trimester, naturopathic supplements throughout, later on went on thyroid medicines, and am doing blood thinning/lovenox all the way through. It has worked for me. It took 4 years to find this combination of ‘treatments’. I wish you luck!!!!!!!

  3. babysocks2008 April 23, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Wow, we live so close! I am in the East Bay. My DH grew up in Sonoma on the Russian River in Guerneville. Congrats on your BFP. Hope it goes smoothly for you.

  4. mmstarr July 31, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    Your blog is a serendipitous find! I am mourning my fourth loss, and a friend in California mentioned you (turns out we have a handful of mutual connections). I was intrigued by the fact that you also went through the hell of RPL. Totally unconnected, I was clicking through ALI related blogs and found yours. It all clicked when I saw that your last name is Ch—, you live in Bodega, and your stepdaughter is K. Just wanted to share the funny coincidence and tell you I am so very happy that you’ve found success in your current pregnancy. I am waiting for my next cycle to continue with all the testing, and hopefully we’ll figure out what the hell is going on. Your story gives me hope that mine may also have a happy outcome! I just started a blog at theyellowblanket.wordpress.com. Blessings to you in your current pregnancy!

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