I am new to this site and it is taking a bit of time to familiarise myself with it. I also have a terrible internet connection which is really trying my patience. My husband calls this journey an easter egg hunt.
To introduce myself, I am Jo, my husband of 7 years is Lachie and together we have a nearly 3yo daughter Georgie. Lachie and I are aged 46 and 44 respectively.
We are a committed, loving and financially secure family who live on a family operated grazing property in NSW. Isolated but close enough to town to make it a day trip, 125km each way. We want to extend our family to include another little person to love and cherish. Georgie is the happiest, most wonderful child a parent could ask for. We love her dearly and are so blessed to have such a beautiful child.
My interests are horse sports and general riding, leatherwork, cricket, rugby union, visiting my family, restoring old furniture, caving, walking, breeding chickens, mustering and attending 2nd hand sales to find that illusive bargain. I also travelled overseas for 3 years when I was in my 20’s. I am also a committee member of the local Topar campdraft, Packsaddle and Nanua gymkhana groups.
Lachie's interests are V8 car racing, bee keeping, gardening, reading books of self endeavour and attending 2nd hand sales also to find that illusive bargain. He too has travelled overseas to Canada, Hong Kong, Hawaii and New Zealand.
My husband is also on the local Landcare Committee and the President of a local Agri-political body.
Our IVF story is very long and involved so I will try to summarise it. Due to marrying late in life, we didn’t start our family until our little miracle arrived 3 years ago. After some 12 or 13 unsuccessful attempts at IVF, we've lost count of the exact number, we now require a generous donor to fulfil our yearning for another child and a sibling for Georgie.
2011 saw my first visit to an IVF clinic in Adelaide to talk about my erratic cycles but the FS pointed the finger at my husband. Unbeknown at the time, I was pregnant but lost it 7 weeks later. The local (town) Gyno/Obst performed a D&C and told me I wasn’t ovulating properly and put me on Clomid for 6 mths. I was double ovulating but not falling pregnant and I wasn’t monitored.
2012 we were referred to another clinic in Adelaide and after the 1st cycle of IVF it was found that I had a thin endometrium and uneven cell structure. Any wonder I couldn’t fall pregnant! 6 months later and several biopsies, my endometrium cell structure had corrected but the endometrium was still thin.
2013 I fell pregnant naturally and gave birth to a little girl named Georgie. She is the love of our lives.
Since early 2014 my husband and I have been trying to create no 2. After 10-11 cycles of IVF I have managed 3 natural miscarriages and 1 IVF miscarriage, 3 failed FETs. I have had blastocysts in all but 2 times of IVF and often had 2 blastocysts transferred with nothing taking. My FS said I could keep trying IVF waiting for the right egg, if it happens, or look for a donor which will probably be quicker and have a higher success rate. Here I am on an easter egg hunt. (looking for a donor).
When Georgie was born my hip began to wear out. I was born with CDH (congenital dysplasia of the hip) and had 2 operations at age 4 of which 1 was successful. I haven’t had a problem throughout my life until I fell pregnant and it worsened after I gave birth. My local GP told me that Orthopaedics wouldn’t do anything until I was 120% sure I was finished having children. For 2 years Lachie and I struggled to have no.2 so I could get my hip fixed. By fate, last year I found an orthopaedic that specialised in my problem and he had a patient who had her hips pinned and was 6 months pregnant at the time. After hearing this I decided to have it replaced as I could not carry a child in the state I was in and my little girl was missing out on things because I couldn’t move freely to play with her. March this year the deed was done and my Orthopaedic has given me the all clear to be able to carry a child if I wish and live life.
The 3 of us live on a large station in NSW raising cattle, sheep and goats. Children growing up in isolated areas have a wonderful childhood. They are so safe and free to express themselves and play and able to go to work every day with their parent/s to help with the daily running of the property. Our children will be schooled by School of the Air. Activity weeks are arranged once or twice a term where the children all meet up and the mothers have a get together. On the downside, our children will have to go to boarding school after School of the Air. However the pets will always be around waiting for them to come home. The mix of livestock and domestic pets are tremendous surroundings to live within - we are blessed to be able to enjoy it as our work and pleasure. We also have our own honey as my husband is a beekeeper for himself.
I have a wonderful sporting horse, who I take to gymkhanas and now Georgie is a bit older, she will come with me, hopefully with her own pony. The pony is the next project. Children come out of the woodwork to attend the gymkhanas. There is not only horse events but bikhana (bikes) and novelty events as well.
Georgie attends children’s music group, swimming lessons and day-care every Monday. We live on a lake and dams close by so a child living here must learn to swim. She is enrolled into casual day-care so she can develop her social skills which can be underdeveloped when living in remote areas. A child needs to be a child is my belief, and not grow up too quickly by being around adults all the time. Georgie loves her Monday trip to town.
Clinic and Future Contact:
We currently use a clinic in Adelaide and would preferably like to utilise an Adelaide clinic as it is easier for us to access. In saying that, we would travel the eastern seaboard for a donor we click with. All reasonable medical expenses will be paid for.
Any donor child we have must know where its biological roots come from. We are happy with semi regular contact and updates. Once the child turns 18, it can decide whether it wants to make contact or not.
If you are under 38 and our lifestyle appeals to you, we would love to hear from you.
The 3 of Us