- March 2000. Get Married. No plans for kids in the near future.
- Winter 2001. At Medical Technology school, I performed a semen analysis on my own semen. Very few sperm seen and some immature cells. Still no plans for kids, but somewhat concerning.
- Summer 2002. Thinking about kids. Get seen by a proctologist. Everything looks normal down there. Given some medication.
- Fall or Winter 2002. Proctologist wants to do a testicle biopsy to look at the tissue and see the root of the problem. Biopsy shows immature sperm tissue. (Where's all this body hair come from, then!)
- December 2003. Due to my low sperm counts and a few of the wife's issues we go to Atlanta for IVF treatment.
- Early 2004. Successfully implantation and wife is pregnant with twins. Things start going bad soon after.
- May 2004. Twins born prematurely at 22 weeks. Anthony only lives 5 days. Grant is more stable and is in the NICU for 6 months.
- October 2004. After 6 agonizing months, Grant passes away in the NICU.
- Late October/Early November 2004. Wife gets pregnant again. Naturally.
- July 2005 Successfully full term natural birth to 8 lb baby boy.
- April 2007. Decided we'd like another kid. Have IUI performed since we're not having any luck getting pregnant.
- December 2007 Successfully full term natural birth to 8lb baby girl.
- Summer 2010. Wife starts nursing school.
- February 2011. Dinner conversation: "You know, I should get a vasectomy. It would suck if you got pregnant in nursing school." Her: "Nah.. You know how much trouble we have getting pregnant? We've been having unprotected sex for years without getting pregnant!"
- March 2011. Wife gets pregnant.
- July 2011. Wife graduates from nursing school.
- December 2011. Successful full term natural birth to 7lb baby girl.
- March 2012. I go in to get scalpel free vasectomy.
Wow. Should really turn this into a book. It'd do well as a memoir.
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