Monday, February 27, 2017

Bumpdate | Week 34

How far along? 34 weeks, 1 day. Only 6 weeks to go!

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a butternut squash. 

Gender: Baby girl! :)

Weight Gain: About 21 pounds so far.

Symptoms: Lately I have just been feeling more pregnant, ha. I don't really know how else to explain it. Since we have been trying to get baby girl to turn head down, I have had to be really conscious of my posture. It is so hard for me to sit up completely straight! I have always had troubles with this but it has never been an issue until now. Sitting up straight has made my upper back more sore. I have been going to the chiropractor at least twice a week to encourage baby to turn head down. Another thing I have noticed is that my feet and hands are starting to swell, not too much but enough. My feet are also always sore so I can't go barefoot even at home so I end up wearing boots around the house. Also, since my doctor discovered that I am low on Iron and B12, I get a shot every visit from now on of Vitamin B12. Yay, more needles. Oh and the nesting has definitely started. On Saturday, Richard was doing the dishes and I got bored and decided to completely reorganize the panty and the kitchen cabinets. We have been meaning to do it for sometime and when I started doing the pantry, we ended up organizing the whole kitchen. It was awesome and now we have all kinds of room for baby stuff. 

Movement: So as of my last appointment on the 22nd, baby girl is officially head down! Now, lets hope she stays that way! Everything I have been doing to get her to turn must be working, although now I am not convinced she was sideways a few weeks ago. Who knows, but this is good news! I have definitely been feeling bigger movements that tend to be painful. She is not necessarily kicking, but I can feel her moving around. I also will get random bulges on the surface of my stomach where she is pushing her butt or feet out and it makes my stomach look lopsided. Super weird.

Sleep: Sleep has been alright I guess. I am definitely not sleeping very soundly and I wake up many times. I usually wake up because my hands have gone numb or something my hips/chest are sore from sleeping on my side. So I have to get into a different position to get comfortable again which happens every few hours. But, I have usually been able to fall back to sleep easily so that is a plus. Still have to go to the bathroom pretty frequently.

Nursery Progress: Definite progress, but it has been a slow process. We have everything decided, but we are working on a few DIY project that are taking up a lot of time. We love everything so far and I love spending time in that room and just admiring everything. My biggest project has been getting everything organized and functional. It is quite the task.

Baby Purchases: We had another baby shower last week thanks to Richard's coworkers. They were so sweet to throw us a shower and we loved getting to celebrate again. We acquired more baby items from that shower and it was a lot of things we still needed so it was super nice. We have also been accumulating gift cards from all the baby stores so we went to purchase a few things we still needed, like cloth diapers, a changing pad cover, and laundry detergent. We still have a few things we still need, but we are so much closer to being done shopping!

Best Moment This Week: We had our maternity pictures taken last Friday! It was a little chilly the evening we took them, but otherwise everything went well! I can't wait to see them!

Looking Forward To: Finishing the nursery! We are so close and we cannot wait to see and share our completed room! Yay!

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Five on Friday

It has been a while since I have done a post like this so I figured it was time. These posts are always fun for me because it is a easy way for me to give an update on some smaller things that are going on in our lives lately. So here it is, my Five on Friday.

one. This past weekend, Richard and I made the three hour drive to Shreveport, Louisiana in order to meet up with my friend Kristen. We have done this a few times in the last two years and it always works out great as a middle meeting point. The drive is way more fun when Richard comes with so I always try to convince him to join me. This time he was convinced when I said we could go get crawfish while we were in Louisiana. It is always a good time catching up with Kristen and I am glad we were able to squeeze in one more visit before baby girl gets here.
two. Also this past weekend, Richard and I head to our local flea market/trade market. We kept hearing about it but since they only do it one weekend a month, we always forgot about it. We finally remembered this past weekend and it was a lot of fun to walk around and see everything they have. We found a few great items that we are really excited about and it sparked a few house projects that we added to the list of things to do. Oh and crazy small world. We walked into a booth and they had a Home Sweet Home sign with Minnesota and Texas as the two O's in home. Then I noticed the girl running the booth had a Minnesota hat on so I asked her if she was from Minnesota and we are both from the exact same hometown in Minnesota and went to the same high school and her parents lived five minutes from where we lived growing up. So crazy!
three. After seeing the Home Sweet Home sign, we of course had to have it. We also found a cute white bench at the trade days which sparked a gallery wall in our little entry area in our house. We have thrown some ideas around about what we wanted to put in that space and we decided something functional, like a bench and shoe/purse/backpack area would be great. We have bigger long term plans that we will probably never actually get to, but when we found the bench we knew it would be perfect for that space. Then we came home and gathered up any artwork we already had, but have not actually hung yet and created a fun gallery! Richard has been dying to get me to agree to hang stuff on the walls and I finally decided what I wanted. The only thing we purchased was the wood arrow from Hobby Lobby because we needed something long and skinny to finish off the gallery. In the background you can see some templates for a wall of picture frames that we have planned for that space. I wanted to make sure the two galleries would complement each other before we actually hung anything. The basket in the corner will be used for shoes that we wear most often. Richard will be happy that my shoes will hopefully not end up all over the house anymore.
four. Last week, my sister and I headed to the Dallas Zoo together. Back before she moved here when she came to visit we went to check out the Fort Worth Zoo and I told her that I thought the Dallas one was better. So when she moved here she wanted to go to the Dallas Zoo and I told her we should wait until we have a baby and then we can take baby to the zoo. Well, that obviously took longer than we thought it would and now she will probably be leaving the state before baby girl is old enough to enjoy the zoo so it made sense to go before she gets here. We picked a gorgeous day to go and the weather was perfect. My sister also paid to feed the giraffes which she has always wanted to do so that was fun.
five. Another thing we bought from the Trade Days was this collar thing for Paisley. It is designed so that when she pulls it squeezes her flank, which is right behind her chest area. We took it for a test run the other night and it seemed to work better since she pulled a lot less than she normally does. It was not perfect and she would still pull on the leash quite a bit, but it was much better than normal. Paisley did not really like it, but she will get used to it.
Have a great weekend everybody!
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Let the Countdown Begin

Borrowed a picture from my niece's newborn session. Isn't she just the cutest?
We have less than two months left before baby girl gets here and there is still so much to accomplish! We have a long list of things we would like to do and we will do our best to get to everything. There are definitely things on this list that are higher priority, but we made a list of everything we would like to to to accomplish in these next few weeks.

Finish Nursery. We have a lot of half done projects and ideas. Mostly, we just need to add the finishing touches to the room.

Organize nursery. We have so much stuff in the nursery right now and I want to organize everything so that it is a fully functional room.

Wash all baby clothes. Since most of our clothes are second hand, we want to make sure we have everything clean and ready to go for baby girl.

Wash all baby items. Again, we have a lot of items that we bought second hand that we need to clean and disinfect.

Paint main level bathroom. This has been something we have been working on for months. We finally picked out a color and bought paint so we just need to find the time to actually paint.

Build a behind the couch table. This has been on our list for a long, long time. It is just a very large project so we have been putting it off. Richard really wants to get this done before baby girl gets here.

Hang pictures on the wall. I have been very slow at deciding what I want on the walls around the house, but we have made a lot of decisions lately so we finally have items to hang on the walls.

Reorganize kitchen cabinets. We have had so much room in our cabinets that we have not had to make efficient use of space. But, we need to make space for all the baby things, plus some other things we have received recently.

Have a date day/night. Just some quality time with the hubs before the baby comes.

Set up baby items in living room and bedroom. So that we have everything up and ready to go for when we get home from the hospital.

Pack hospital bag. Eventually we will need to have those overnight bags packed, so we may as well do them sooner than later.

Take Paisley on more walks. To give our puppy some extra love before her whole world changes.

Install carseat. So that we are completely prepared for her.

Deep clean house. May as well do this in advance so that we can have the house clean and ready to go for when we bring baby girl home from the hospital.

Finish at least one photobook. I am two years behind on photobooks and I would love to be completely caught up, but I am hoping to have at least one done.

Put away Christmas decor. Ummm....no comment.

Add more recipes to recipe book. We have a recipe book that I created a while back, but I have not added new recipes to it in a while. Just something I have been meaning to do for a while.

Have a freezer meal prep day. Hopefully we can stockpile some meals in advance so that dinners are easier when we are low on sleep and time.

Make ice cream. Make Bread. Make Beer. All of these are things on Richard's list and things he has enjoyed doing recently. He has wanted to do them all for a while so hopefully we will have time for them.

Learn how to use embroidery machine. I have had an embroidery machine for a while, but I have not had the time to really learn how to use it. Now I have a whole lot of things that I want to make so I really need to learn how to use my machine.

Start baby book. Richard got me an amazing baby book for Christmas and I really want to start writing in it what I can before baby girl gets here.

Pick a pediatrician. We are supposed to have a pediatrician picked out so that we can have them come to the hospital after baby girl is born.

Submit taxes. Ugh. Taxes. My least favorite thing to do every year. But, it really needs to get done and soon.

Take time for me. Go get a manicure or a pedicure or a hair cut or anything along those lines.

Go to a movie. This is something that will be hard to do with a baby so we want to make sure we go to one before she gets here.



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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Nursery Ideas

For the last few weeks, we have been working to get the nursery up and running. Wanting to start and finish a room in such a short amount of time is not something we usually do. We usually add a few things to each room as we see fit so this whole process has been new to us. But so far things are going well. We have done quite a bit already and are basically working on the finishing touches and details.


Way back when we were in the middle of fertility treatments, I of course was looking at nursery themes and I found one that I fell in love with and it stuck from there. We decided to go with a Woodland Creatures theme, so owls, deer, foxes, etc. I love it so much and it has been so easy to find stuff that fits the theme. The theme is very subtle and basically we only see it in the wall decor which works out perfect. I am also a big fan of white furniture and then we added in touches of gold when available. Since most of the furniture and the rug we picked out were white or off white, we decided to put color on the walls. We wanted a very very light pink. After testing a few swatches, everything we were finding was still too pink but we were worried about going too light and the paint looking white. We ended up using Benjamin Moore Gentle Blush at 50% lighter. Even going that much lighter it turned out very obviously pink, but we are not repainting so it will have to be perfect. Richard painted two coats in the room entirely by himself one Saturday, he's the best.

We have made quite a few trips to Target to buy and return things we decided against through this process. Over this last weekend, we were in Target everyday and had something to buy and return each day. Through the process we have narrowed down our choices and so far so good. Here is what we have so far.

Crib: We bought the Babyletto Hudson 3-in-1 crib. We have had this crib picked out for a while because it is made from solid wood and is an affordable GREENGUARD certified crib. Plus, it is super cute and clean looking so we love it.

Crib Sheet: I picked this owl crib sheet out from Pottery Barn Kids before we knew if we were having a boy or a girl. They have different color options that are not pink, but when we found out she is a girl pink was the best choice.

Dresser: We bought the typical Hemnes Dresser from Ikea but we got it in the "White Stain" color instead of "White". The color is more of a pure white instead of a creamy white. That way it matches our crib better. We also bought clear knobs with a gold plate from Hobby Lobby. It totally changes the look of this dresser and I love it.

Gilder: We had the most trouble finding a glider that we love. These things are so dang expensive and we wanted to make sure we got one that would fit both Richard and I. We decided on the Delta Children Emma Glider for a few different reasons. One, we could actually test it out by sitting in it at Target. Two, it matched our color scheme and design theme. Three, both Richard and I can sit in it comfortably, and I can even touch the floor while sitting all the way back (score!). So once we decided on this chair actually getting it ordered was quite the process. They did not have any in stock at any Target in our area. Then, they were sold out online as well. I kept checking back in to Target to see if they would restock it and finally, they did! But then I ran into an issue when ordering and the package was delayed in shipping. Basically, it was a mess, but she made it to the house and we love it so far!

Ottoman: We went back and forth on an ottoman for this room, but with the rug we decided on we ultimately decided that a pouf was our best option. Who knew these things were so spendy? We ended up with this knit sweater pouf from World Market with a 10% coupon. Yes!

Rug: I knew I wanted something light colored and furry for the rug in this room. There is just something very cozy about a furry rug. I had looked into a few options when it occurred to me that I already owned a Flokati rug as part of my photography props. It was white and the perfect size for the nursery so it worked out perfectly.

Deer Head: When I found this ceramic deer head from White Faux Taxidermy I immediately fell in love. He's just so fun and fits with our theme. Plus, did you see the gold antlers?

Fox Painting: We found this super cute painting at a cute boutique store close to where Richard's parents live. This was another thing that we saw and had to have. The artist who painted this is Dean Crouser and we have seen some of his paintings in other boutique types stores recently as well.

Lamp and Shade: This was another one of those items that we bought and returned quite a few times. I think at one point we had three different lamp bases and shades that we were testing out. So far we like the option pictured, but we have not officially decided yet so we will see how that goes. We bought the lamp base and shade from Target.

Gold Frames and Prints: We found these gold and white frames from Target and they work perfectly for framing some letter size prints that we got from a friend. I just love the gold! We also are planning on getting this Always Deer print from Etsy. It fits with the theme and who doesn't love a good Harry Potter reference?

Gold Basket: We found a great solution for headband storage when wondering the isles at Target. Can you tell our love of Target? They have this Calleo Hook Rail Collection where you can mix and match different hanging storage options. We decided on a white rail with three gold baskets to hang on the wall for headbands. At least that is our plan as of now, but we will see if we like it once we get a few more things on the wall.

We are excited to get this thing completely done, but I know it takes time so I am trying to be patient and enjoy the process. Hopefully we will have it all done and ready in the next few weeks!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Bumpdate | Week 32

How far along? 32 weeks, 1 day.

Size of baby: Baby is the size of a squash.

Gender: Hopefully, still a girl.

Weight Gain: About 18 pounds so far.

Maternity Clothes: Remember last time when I said I need more maternity clothes? Well I finally bought a few more items. I wanted some cute jeans for our maternity pictures coming up, plus a cute top to go with them. I was able to find both of those things plus two pairs of maternity leggings (so comfy!) that I can wear to yoga and around the house. I also invested in two more comfy bras. But for those 6 items I only paid $100 at Motherhood Maternity! I found some great clearance deals and everything was on sale so I was pumped about that. I should be all set for the rest of this pregnancy. Plus, these new pants are so much more comfortable than the other two pairs of pants I have been wearing. The panel that goes over my stomach is so much more stretchy so I don't have as much pressure on my belly. The other two pants were great when my stomach was not quite as large, but they're just not cutting it anymore.
Symptoms: I got the results of my one hour glucose test back and I passed, yay! For me, the drink really was not as bad as everyone says it is so I was grateful for that. While they were already drawing blood, I also had all my other levels checked. Turns out I am low on Iron and Vitamin B12, so my doctor switched out my prenatal to one that has more Iron in it. I will have to continue those until my levels get back up. I don't know that I ever mentioned the fact that I am also taking a Vitamin D supplement and have been since the begining. I am grateful that so far those are my biggest concerns. Otherwise, I have been feeling pretty good just very large. Last week I was on my feet a lot wearing Toms shoes which I regret. By the end of the day on Saturday my lower back was hurting so much it was hard to walk. So I definitely need to wear shoes with more support from now on. 
Movement: So as of my last doctor's appointment on the 8th, Baby Girl is laying sideways across my stomach, more upright than head down. The doctor told me she has plenty of time to turn into the head down position, but it is something that I am a little concerned about at this time. I can feel her head on the right side of my stomach just below my ribcage and what I think is her booty just to the left of my belly button. There will be random times when I feel her poking her head or her booty out of my stomach, and most of those times it kinda hurts. But, it is also pretty cool to feel the hardness in my belly that tells me where she is. I have still been having Braxton Hicks contractions, but I barely even pay attention to them anymore.

Sleep: Sleep has been good and bad. My yoga instructor taught us the best way to sleep to relieve pressure on the hips and belly. That has helped some, but sometimes I am more comfortable in a different position so I am doing my best. I am still waking up often to go to the bathroom and I usually wake up between 5am and 6am and have troubles falling back to sleep. There are days when I will lay awake for an hour around that time and then fall back to sleep for another couple of hours and there are days that I can't fall back asleep at all and just get up when Richard gets up. If I wake up too early I will usually need a nap at some point in the day to make up for it. 

Nursery Progress: We are making so much progress! I will have an additional blog post here soon, but putting this together has been so much fun. We painted the nursery two weekends ago now and I am in love. Since then we have made many different trips to Target to buy and return a variety of items. We have bought a whole bunch of lamps to test out in that space only to return them the next day because we did not like them. We have also had similar trials with different frames and shelves. It is a process, but slowly we have made major progress and we just have finishing touches to make at this point. Ah, so exciting!

Baby Purchases: Oh boy, where to start. Other than all the nursery items we have purchased, we have quite a few other things that we have bought or been gifted. Richard's parents bought us our stroller (all the heart eyes for that bad boy) and it showed up at the house a little while ago. I could not help but put it together immediately because I love it so much. Also, this last week I volunteered at this huge consignment sale in our area so that I could get into the consignment sale earlier to be able to purchase the best items. Richard and I went over this last weekend and we were in the store for about 4 hours before we left with all of our purchases. We scored some great deals on things like a rock n play, exersaucer and a playmat. We also found some things in great condition that we had either on our registry or had our eye on in the store, like the 4moms pack and play, the dekor diaper pail and the infantino baby food station. Plus, we got all the cute girl summer clothes for 3-6 months since we had like none in that size. Basically, the sale was awesome and so worth volunteering for to get in before everyone else does. Also, this cute headband is perfect!
Best Moment This Week: I have been to two prenatal yoga sessions now and I am loving them so far. They are way different than the yoga sessions I used to go to, but I still love them. Also, super small world. I went to lunch with three other women from my yoga class last week and it turns out that three of the four of us went through IVF to get pregnant. We had no idea until we started talking so that was super fun to figure out. Plus, being able to talk to other women who had to go through the embryo retrieval and the butt shots was just so cool.

Looking Forward To: Maternity pictures! We have those scheduled for two weeks from now and I am so excited! We only scheduled a mini session add on for a maternity session, but I figured 30 minutes of picture taking is plenty to get a few great shots. I can't wait to document this giant belly!


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Fertility Journey | IVF Transfer

I have been writing about our fertility journey for quite some time now. I wrote what was happening when it was happening, but decided against posting it at that exact time. So over the last few months I have been working to publish everything we went through. If you need to catch up on anything here are all the posts I have written so far this year.
The Beginning 
First Visit with Fertility Doc
Round of Clomid
IUI with Femara
Announcement
IVF Planning
IVF Egg Retrieval
Pregnancy Bumpdates

DISCLAIMER: This post is all about my experience with this piece of the IVF cycle. In an effort to be real and completely honest, I have included some very personal details about the journey. This included physical side effects from the medicine I was taking and also references to the female anatomy. You have been warned.

I wrote the information in this post on the days I was experiencing it, so it reads like a journal from the days surrounding our embryo transfer.

Written May 24 to August 2. 

Transfer Cycle
Day 1-21: During these days, I had to take a birth control pill. We were on our Europe trip for most of these days and remembering to take it was tricky, but I did not forget a single day. I am grateful that this was all I had to do while in Europe and it was nice to have a major distraction during the lull in our fertility treatments.
Medicine:
Birth Control (Day 1-26) 
Pre-natal  

Day 22-34: After getting home from Europe, I had to schedule a delivery for all of my medication for this round of treatments. I ended up receiving a lot more medication than I was expecting and the shots that will come later in the month terrify me. The needles are so big! This was the first day of injections again. I have to take a small dose of Lupron daily to prevent me from ovulating. So I am taking 10 units of Lupron every morning around 8:30. These shots are not so bad, a little painful and some redness but it goes away after about an hour. I have to take this dosage of the medication until my first ultrasound, which is in about 14 days. Then my dosage will be lower, but I will still have a shot every morning.
Medicine:
Lupron 10u at 8:30 am 
Birth Control (Stopped on Day 26) 
Pre-natal 
Day 28: I forgot to take my shot this morning. I had thought about taking it in the morning, but it was too early and then I forgot by the time I should have taken it. Around 4 in the afternoon, I realized I had forgotten my shot and I panicked. Since I work at a preschool, I can't have my phone on me and I can't just leave my kids so I had to call up to the front desk and ask for someone to come into my room to replace me so I could leave for a bit. It took 20 minutes for them to find someone and when I finally left my room I went to go call my doctor. When I called them, I was transferred to the nurse's voicemail because she was with a patient and I was promised they would call me back soon since they closed in about 30 minutes. But since I could not take my phone with me to my room again, I had to explain to the front receptionist (who thankfully is super sweet and I really like her) that I am doing fertility treatments and I forgot to take my medication and the nurse was going to call me back and when she did call me back I needed to be able to listen to the voicemail immediately just in case I had to call the doctors office back before they close. The doctors office called me back about 20 minutes later, someone came to replace me again, I went to listen to the voicemail from the nurse that told me to take my shot as soon as possible and then continue like normal the following day. Well, I still had another hour and a half at work and then I was supposed to tutor for another hour after work so I would not have been able to take the shot for another 3ish hours. So I called Richard and explained it to him and he thankfully agreed to run home quick, grab my medicine and then meet me in the work parking lot. When he arrived he called the front desk, they paged for me, I talked on the phone to him quick, called the front desk again, they sent me someone to replace me, I went outside to Richard's car, drew up the shot and then he gave it to me. Then I just went back to work to finish out my day. It was crazy to have to coordinate that much stuff in such a short amount of time all because I stupidly forgot my shot. I don't think I will ever forget it again.
Medicine:
Lupron 10u at 6 pm 
Pre-natal 

Day 32: I had started spotting a little yesterday and I did not really think too much of it. But then today, the bleeding got heavier, almost like a period, but nothing like what I would normally see for my periods. The more I thought about it the more it made sense that I would be getting a period around this time. I had been off birth control for almost a week and with my Lupron shots that prevent ovulation, maybe that just delayed my period a bit. My period was pretty light, but I was not expecting to get one at all so I thought it was weird that my doctor never mentioned it. But again it makes sense because I have a baseline ultrasound in a few days and usually I have those three days after my period starts.
Medicine:
Lupron 10u at 8:30 am 
Pre-natal 

{Since I got my period, I am going to restart the Day Number going forward.}

Day 3: Today was the day for my baseline ultrasound. These appointments are usually pretty straight forward. I go in, they draw some blood, I use the bathroom and then the doctor comes into my room and does the ultrasound. Everything looked good and as long as my blood work came back normal I was clear to start the estrogen pills the next day. The purpose of the estrogen pills is to thicken the lining of my uterus to prepare for pregnancy. I received a phone call that afternoon letting me know that everything from my blood draw indicated that we were good to go. We drove that evening to Louisiana for Richard to propose his dissertation the next day. It was weird to have to remember all of my medication for the trip.
Medicine:
Lupron 10u at 8:30 am 
Pre-natal 

Day 4: We spent the previous night in Louisiana, and I woke up this morning and called into work claiming that my medication made me sick and I was not able to make it to work when in reality I was at Richard's dissertation proposal. This was my first day taking the estrogen pills and I was required to start on a smaller dose of 1 mg, half a pill, for a few days to ease my body into taking estrogen. I had to take half a pill twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. I also was able to drop my Lupron dose from 10u to 5u for the rest of the cycle. We had a pretty busy day and by the end of it I was pretty wiped. I also ended up with a headache and felt extremely nauseous while driving back to Texas. We stopped for food and for some reason the only thing that sounded good to me was a sausage, egg and cheese bagel from McDonalds. Well, they don't serve those at dinner so I settled for a mcmuffin. When I bit into the egg part, there was a whole egg yolk that looked green and it just made me more nauseous and I could not finish the sandwich. When we got back to the house I felt like I was about to throw up but I was able to move past it and instead I had really bad diarrhea. But when that passed I felt so much better and I was able to actually go to sleep. I found it ironic that I had called in sick to work only to actually feel sick later in the day. Karma.
Medicine:
Lupron 5u at 8:30 am 
Estrogen 1 mg(half a pill) twice a day by mouth 
Pre-natal 

Day 6: Today I had to give myself my first shot. I have been fortunate to have Richard around for all my shots thus far, but he had to leave really early today and I volunteered to do it myself instead of too early to prepare for the upcoming weekend where Richard would be gone for a bachelor party. It was not so bad and I could probably have done them myself all along, but I like it better when I don't have to self-inflict pain.
Medicine:
Lupron 5u at 8:30 am 
Estrogen 1 mg(half a pill) twice a day by mouth 
Pre-natal 

Day 9: My estrogen dosage was increased today and instead of only taking half a pill twice a day, I now take a whole pill twice a day. No problem. The estrogen has continued to make my stomach uneasy, but luckily not as bad as before.
Medicine: 
Lupron 5u at 8:30 am 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day by mouth 
Pre-natal 

Day 12: I had a sonogram this morning to check how the lining of my uterus is coming along. I have been on estrogen pills for 8 days now so the doctor wants to make sure that everything is looking good. I was surprised to not need to have blood drawn today because normally ultrasound and blood draws are done together. The doctor then performed an ultrasound and found that the lining of my uterus was not as thick as she would like it to be at this point. She did not tell me exactly how thick it was, just that it was not thick enough. She decided to add in an estrogen patch that I would have to change out every other day starting that evening. She wanted to see how I would react to the patch and asked me to come back in a week. If the patch was enough then we would move forward with the transfer. If not, she would add in more estrogen. So they scheduled an appointment for a week out to check the lining again and sent a prescription into the pharmacy. The estrogen patch was just a small sticker basically that I had to stick to my stomach and leave alone until it needed to be changed two days later. The patch is pretty sticky and I did not need to worry about it falling off in the shower. The only thing I had to pay attention to was the fact that I did not want the patch to accidentally get stuck to my pants.
Medicine:
Lupron 5u at 8:30 am 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day by mouth 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal 
Day 13: My estrogen dosage changed again and now I am taking one pill three times a day, morning, lunch and evening. I have been trying to time my pills with meals so that I feel the least amount of nausea. So I have three separate reminders going off throughout the day so that I do not forget a pill. The increase in estrogen really affected me on this day and by the end of the day I was feeling super nauseous, had a very bad headache, was tired and was starting to catch a cold. I remember just feeling like absolute garbage. This was the night that my cousin who was flying from Boston to Denver (where we were meeting up with her for the anniversary trip) had a layover in Dallas where her flight got cancelled. We picked her up from the airport, after forcing myself to eat dinner and then took her to our house for the night. I still had to pack for my own trip to Denver all while I was feeling so awful. Not a very fun night.
Medicine:
Lupron 5u at 8:30 am 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal 

Day 14: My cousin and I both had an early flight to Denver scheduled for today, though hers was even earlier. We dropped her off at the DFW airport at 5 in the morning and then we drove to Dallas Love field airport for my flight. We had plenty of time once we got to Love field and I knew I needed a shot that morning. Even though it was really early, I decided to have Richard give me the shot so I would not have to think about it. By the time we got to the airport and parked in the parking garage, I was feeling so so sick. I drew up that shot that Richard then gave me and re-packed everything. We then started to drive again to drop me off and I made Richard stop suddenly so that I could throw up outside of the car. It was awful. My stomach was upset and empty so I was basically dry heaving out the side of the car in the airport parking ramp. When I finally felt better, I had Richard drop me off at the airport. I was confident that it would not happen again, but I knew I needed to get some food in my system to help get over the nausea. When I got through security, I went to Dunkin Doughnuts where I bought a giant thing of water and a doughnut. I forced myself to eat the doughnut and drink as much water as I could to keep my stomach calm and so I could take my morning estrogen pill. I was able to rest for a bit before the plane took off and I was also lucky that the seat next to me on the plane was empty. I was able to put my feet on the seat next to me and fall asleep in the air. Those who know me know that I do not sleep well anywhere but in a bed, so the fact that I was able to pass out on the airplane goes to show how extremely awful I felt. Once I landed in Denver, my sister's friend was able to pick me up at the airport and bring me back to her house to wait for my family. After being at her house for about 20 minutes, I asked if I could lay down in one of the beds to take a nap before my family arrived. At first I was not sure I would even fall asleep, but I knew resting in some form was what I needed. Well, I ended up sleeping for an additional three hours before I had to force myself out of bed to meet my family and because I wanted to be able to sleep that night. The rest of the day went by pretty smoothly although I was on and off nauseous and it would come at inconvenient times, like when I was in the middle of eating food. But again I had to force myself to eat because I usually felt better when my stomach was full. This was a rough day, but I did feel much better the rest of the trip to Denver that I hardly thought about it. I think it was just that my body had to get used to the extra estrogen that I was consuming. Damn estrogen.
Medicine:
Lupron 5u at 6:00 am 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal 

Day 19: After my trip to Denver and getting in late the night before, I had an early morning doctor's appointment where they were planning to check my uterine lining. The doctor checked my lining and again found that the lining was still a little thin. At this point, my embryo transfer was supposed to be less than a week away so my doctor had to decide what to do. She said we could go ahead with a 7mm, but that she prefers an 8mm thickness. I told her that I was willing to wait and try more medication so that we could give my uterus time to be perfect. I mean I may as well so that it helps my chance of getting pregnant. So she decided to add another 2 mg pill of estrogen, but this time I had to take it vaginally. So that meant that twice a day I had to take one of the little blue pills and stick it in my vagina. Oh and also, that meant that I had to wear a pantyliner everyday because the medicine would leak out and create a blue streak on my underwear if I did not. This fertility stuff is so glamorous. We then spoke with a nurse who taught us how to do the lovely intramuscular progesterone shots, aka the butt shots. These shots terrify me since they go into the muscle and the needles are so long! The nurse then wrote on my butt with a sharpie to mark four squares (two for each cheek) of where Richard was allowed to give me a shot. Again so glamorous. I have to leave these marks on my booty for the next 12 weeks because that is how long I have to get shots in the booty if I get pregnant. Don't think about it Alecia. It will all be worth it. Since my doctor added the extra estrogen pills, she has pushed out my transfer date three days to see if the estrogen will thicken up my lining. We will also have to make a trip back to the doctor for a lining check in three days (on a Saturday morning, my favorite) and then a decision will be made about the transfer date. If everything goes well at the appointment and my lining is where it should be, then the embryo transfer will be scheduled for 6 days later and the butt shots will begin the next morning. Oh boy.
Medicine:
Lupron 5u at 8:30 am 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day vaginally 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal 

Day 22: Today was a rough rough day. Richard and I had to wake up early on a Saturday and head to the doctor’s office. The doctor’s appointment was to see if my lining had improved since our last visit, a last ditch attempt to thicken it up. Well it did not take long for my doctor to see that it was not much of an improvement. I was at a little more than 7mm and she said that ideal was 8mm. She then said that she would have to look at my chart to decide what to do next. Basically it came down to two options, either scrap the whole process and start the six week process over with more estrogen from the beginning or transfer an embryo when we had planned and hope for the best. She said that she has had people get pregnant with a 7mm lining in the past so it is not impossible, but 8 or higher is ideal. Not the news I wanted to hear. I was really disappointed when I found that out. I had been looking forward to this cycle for so long knowing it was a real shot at pregnancy and now we have this added and it decreases my chances of getting pregnant. Once my doctor looked at my chart and saw how long I had been taking estrogen she basically left it up to us. We decided to go through with the embryo transfer and just see what happens. If it does not work then we will start the process over anyway so at least this means that the last 8 weeks have not been a waste. My doctor said that since I have quite a few embryos that we could try this out and see what happens. If I only had a few embryos she would not recommend it. Also, the fact that my lining is more than a 7 and not less means she feels more comfortable with that decision as well. I spent the rest of the day doing my best to see the positive in the situation and keep in mind that it could still work. I came to the conclusion that basically I should think of it as a bonus. If it works then great, but if it doesn't work then we move forward like we would have done had we not done the transfer. After spending the day getting stuff done on our computers, we were both burnt out from getting stuff done. We decided to go to see a movie together as a date night. When we were done with the movie we stopped at Sonic for shakes and Target to get a heating pad in preparation for the butt shots the next day. I pretty much wanted to go to bed when we got back from our date. I started to get ready for bed and all of a sudden my stomach was super upset. Like I could barely walk because I felt like I might throw up. So I laid down in bed to try to see if it would pass. I went back and forth to the bathroom a few times feeling like I might need to go #2, but nothing came. Finally, I just tried to go to sleep because my body was exhausted. I was almost asleep when I suddenly had diarrhea and quickly ran to the bathroom. And then I started throwing up all of the food I had for dinner and the shake we got for dessert. I completely emptied my stomach and that was when I could stop myself from continuing to throw up. It even came through my nose at one point which was extremely disgusting. I then tried to use siri to text Richard "help" but siri kept hearing "hello" so I had to walk to my phone to text Richard to come help me. He came in from the front porch immediately and helped me pull myself back together and get settled into sleep again. It was rough and I don't think I have ever felt that horrible.
Medicine:
Lupron 5u at 8:30 am 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day vaginally 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal 

Day 23: After a rough night, we had to wake up early to give me a shot of progesterone in the butt. We are supposed to give the shot at consistent times throughout the week and 8am is what works best for our work schedules. Waking up that early on a weekend was hard, especially after the night we had. These progesterone shots have terrified me since I found out we have to do them. The inch and a half needle that needs to go into my butt muscle is just terrifying. Richard kept telling me that it probably would not be as bad as I thought they would be and he was right. Richard learned how to give the shot previously in the week, but we quickly reviewed it before he gave it to me. I first put the vial of progesterone in hot water so that the oil in the vial would thin out a bit. Then I had to draw up the oil and let me tell you this stuff is thick! It was hard just to get it in the syringe. I then laid down on our bed and then Richard took the needle and stuck it in within the box that was previously drawn on my botty by my nurse. The needle going in was not too bad, but I could feel the oil going into my muscle and it was uncomfortable. It takes a long time, like 2-3 minutes, to inject everything into my muscle. Much longer than the other quick shots we have done so far. And tomorrow we have to inject twice as much. Richard at one point could tell he hurt me because he accidentally moved the needle, but I had not really felt anything up to this point. He said he had been pushing to oil into my muscle before that and I had no idea. It was kinda nice not being able to see what he was doing. When we were done with the injection, I went and sat on a heating pad on the couch. The doctors recommend doing that because it helps spread out the medicine through your leg. I am not going to lie the first few hours after the shot my butt stung. I could feel where the needle was injected and I could see red streaks spiderwebbing down my butt and leg. It was really weird looking and it was itchy and uncomfortable. I tried to stay sitting and would periodically put the heating pad back on my butt to see if it would help. I was worried it was going to look like that all day, but after a few hours it went away and all I felt was a little soreness in my muscle. By the end of the day I had a small bruise at the injection site and it is still a little sore. I am just hoping that the bruise fades quickly because we have to continue these shots for some time. I also had to add my z-pack antibiotic today so that it can clear my system of any infections it is trying to fight. And I had to add an 81mg of asprin so that it keeps my blood a little thiner in hopes that my uterus has more blood flowing through it. And I had my last shot of Lupron today so that’s a plus.
Medicine:
Lupron 5u at 8:30 am 
Z-pack day one (double dose) 
Asprin 81 mg 
Progesterone in Oil 50mg/ml 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day vaginally 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal 
Day 24: Today was the first time I had to get a shot in the butt on a day when I had to go to work. It was not too bad. My routine has been this. Alarm goes off at 7:45. I get up at about 7:50 and put a small amount of water in a coffee cup and put it in the microwave for about a minute. While that heats up I collect my syringe, alcohol wipes, second needle, gauze and progesterone vial. When the water is done warming up I bring everything into the room and set the vial of progesterone in oil in the warm water. This helps to heat up the liquid and make it a little thiner so it goes in easier. I leave the vial in the water for 3-5 minutes and while I wait I brush my teeth. Then I force Richard to get up so we can give the shot. After that I take the very large thick needle, fill the syringe with 2ml of air, use an alcohol wipe on the top of the vial, inject the air into the progesterone vial, then draw up 2 ml of the progesterone. Then I get out the air bubbles and switch to a thinner needle, but one that is still 1 and a half inches long. Then I hand it over to Richard. I lay down on my side while he injects the progesterone. I have to lie very still while he does it which thankfully is not too bad since it doesn't hurt for the meds to go in. Richard is supposed to clean the area with an alcohol pad, stretch the skin, inject the needle, pull back on the needle to see if he pulls an air bubble or blood, if he pulls an air bubble (which is most of the time) he continues with the injection. Then it takes a few minutes for the entire syringe to empty because the medication is so thick. When he is done with that he massages the area for a bit and then I go lay on the couch on a heat pad. The heat pad is supposed to keep the medicine thin so that it can spread easier. I lay down for about 10-15 minutes before I continue on with getting ready for the day. The shot itself did not hurt too bad until I got in the car to go to work. Then it hurt so so bad. I don't know if its just the timing or the fact that I am sitting in the car that makes it so bad. But I tried my best not to sit down too much because that hurts worse. But then the medication makes me extra sleepy so it’s hard to stay standing too long. Ugh.
Medicine:
Z-pack day two 
Asprin 81 mg 
Progesterone in Oil 100mg/ml 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day vaginally 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal 

Day 25: Second day waking up before work to get a shot. We did everything like above except Richard forgot to check if he hit blood. It bled a little bit when he was done so we think he might have hit a blood vessel. It hurt pretty bad almost immediately and got worse as the day went on. I remember it hurting so much that I felt like it was going to be so hard continuing to do these for the next 12 weeks. I was really crabby the rest of this day and may have been a little mean to Richard. When I got home, I checked on my injection site and I had a huge and nasty bruise that had formed. No wonder it hurt so bad.
 Medicine:
Z-pack day three 
Asprin 81 mg 
Progesterone in Oil 100mg/ml 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day vaginally 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal 

Day 26: Richard gave me the progesterone shot this morning and it did not hurt at all! I kept waiting for it to hurt and the pain never came! It was such a relief compared to the day before. He picked a spot that was more on my hip than on my butt so maybe that was why. Who knows but after today I can do the rest of these shots no problem.
Medicine:
Z-pack day four 
Asprin 81 mg 
Progesterone in Oil 100mg/ml 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day vaginally 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal 

Day 27: The shot today did not hurt as bad as it has in the past, but was more painful than the day before. But it was pretty manageable and I kept massaging my butt throughout the day to make it better. By this point, this was my fourth shot so I had sore areas all across my booty. It makes it really hard to sit down or find a comfortable way to lie down at night. I have figured out that earlier in my work day if I sit less and move around more my soreness is not as bad. The more I sit the more it hurts. I was so tired on this day even though I have been getting plenty of sleep. I have been getting at least 8 hours of sleep if not more, but I still get sleepy. The progesterone supposedly mimics pregnant symptoms which must be why I feel so tired. But, luckily my nausea has completely vanished. I was feeling really weird about the transfer leading up to it. I was not very excited because of the fact that it was not an ideal situation. Richard kept reminding me that my doctor would not have agreed to a transfer if she did not think it was possible. That night, we went out for dinner together at my favorite restaurant. Richard's idea even though he is getting sick of Mexican food.
Medicine:
Z-pack day five 
Asprin 81 mg 
Progesterone in Oil 100mg/ml 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day vaginally 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal 

Day 28: Transfer Day! This morning started out a little rough. We had to be at the fertility clinic by 11:30 in the morning for a transfer at noon. That means we had to leave our house around 11 to get there on time. After getting the progesterone shot and my morning medication, I tried to refill a prescription that they would not refill for me. Richard was working from home in the morning and he was being cranky about all he had to do that morning. Our renters informed us that there was a leak in a major pipe in our rental house in Minnesota so he was dealing with that on top of everything else. I was not feeling very excited or anything that morning so I decided to get my spirits up by watching an episode of my favorite show, Friends. I watched The One with the Embryos where Phoebe has an embryo transfer in order to be a surrogate for her brother. It is a great episode and it was especially funny to me to see how flawed and inaccurate the science portrayed was. But either way it worked to help me be a little more excited. By the time it was over, I had to start getting ready for the transfer. I was instructed to empty my bladder an hour before the procedure (11 am) and start drinking 32 oz of water. I had my water all measured out and ready to go. I was trying to get Richard out the door so that we would be on time and he had something come up at work that he had to get done before we could leave. I was frustrated and annoyed but was trying to stay stress free so I waited outside for him to finish up. Finally, around 11:10, we were pulling out of the driveway on our way to the doctor. I had to continue to force myself to drink water so that I would have a full bladder for the transfer. They want you to have a full bladder so that it tilts your uterus so the doctor has a better angle into the uterus. It helps keep the uterus in a good position. By the time I was halfway through drinking the water, my stomach was full and I was having a hard time continuing to drink water. But I kept forcing it because I knew it was needed. Once we were in the office, we were brought back to the same room as we were in for the retrieval. The nurse came in and went over consent forms with us and instructions for after the transfer. We also talked to the embryologist to confirm that we were only transferring one embryo. My doctor recommended that we transfer only one embryo because we are so young and because of my size she wanted us to have one healthy baby at a time. We then had to wait around for our doctor who ended up running about 20 minutes late. This was especially hard since by this point I really needed to pee. Richard got into his scrubs as well since he was coming with me into the procedure room. Finally, we were able to head into the procedure room. Thankfully this time they shut the lights off to be able to see the ultrasound monitors. With all the lights on it is kinda creepy and sterile feeling. The whole process was a little weird. First, the nurse used an ultrasound wand on the top of my stomach so that they could see my uterus on the screen. She had to put a lot of pressure on my bladder to do so which made me even more uncomfortable since my bladder was so full. Then the embryologist came in and made me verify my name, what procedure we were doing and how many embryos they were transferring. The doctor then had to insert a catheter through the cervix into the uterus. Then an embryo was inserted through the catheter. We could see all of the movement on the screen which was super cool. We could see the moment when the embryo actually made it into my uterus. So fun! Thankfully, the procedure did not actually hurt and I was expecting it to since all the other procedures have thus far. After what felt like forever since the nurse had to push down on my bladder, I was wheeled out of the room and was able to go to the bathroom. Then the nurse came in and we had a meditation meeting which was basically just a deep breathing exercise. The nurse basically told me to keep positive thoughts because continuing to have negative thoughts and guarding myself against the procedure not working was not going to be helpful. We had to continue to lie down for some time after the procedure before we were released to go home. We stopped for burritos for lunch and then headed home for me to be on couch rest. I spent the rest of the afternoon watching movies on the couch. I think I even took a nap at one point. We went to dinner at our favorite pizza place even though we were told not to leave the house. I just made sure not to move around too much. Then we had to stop at the pharmacy and argue with the pharmacy tech over the fact that I needed my prescription that they were trying to deny me. They were trying to argue that I was going through my estrogen patches faster than what was "normal" but I was following the prescription instructions. Basically I was trying to renew a prescription earlier than they thought I should. Then it was back to the house to continue my Harry Potter movie marathon. All through the day I kept telling myself that I had a fertilized embryo swimming in my uterus. It was such a weird feeling knowing that and it was fun to be able to remind myself of that.
Medicine:
Asprin 81 mg 
Progesterone in Oil 100mg/ml 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day vaginally 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal 
Day 29: After the transfer, I was told to lay low and relax as much as I could. Doctor's orders to be lazy? I'll take it. I continued my Harry Potter movie marathon for the rest of the weekend and did not do a whole lot of anything. It was a good weekend to need to relax because Richard had to do some major work on his dissertation before his defense the following week. So he continued to get that finished up while I watched movies. Win, win.
Medicine:
Asprin 81 mg 
Progesterone in Oil 100mg/ml 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day vaginally 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal  

Day 31: This week was going to be a rough week and I knew it before going into it. My co-teacher at the preschool was out of town this whole week and most of the next so I would have a replacement teacher. I knew it was going to be rough so I prepared to just take it as easy as I could and not stress out too much. Whenever I felt myself getting overwhelmed I had to remind myself to take a deep breath and in the end it did not matter that we were a few minutes late to our next activity. Everything would work out. I came home almost every day this week just so stinking tired from chasing all the kids around all day. I went to bed early to continue to keep up with the mess. Surprisingly, the week went by fast and I was grateful for the weekend.
Medicine:
Asprin 81 mg 
Progesterone in Oil 100mg/ml 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day vaginally 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal 

Day 33: Today I noticed three huge red welts just above my injection "box" on my booty that itched super bad. Like I was going out of my mind with how bad it itched. After a few hours it went away so I thought nothing of it. Later that night, it flared up again and was so so itchy I could not stand it. This continued over the next few days where it would get super itchy and then it would go away. At one point, Richard even made me a paste out of baking soda to calm the itching. I was really hoping I was not going to have to deal with this for the rest of the injection time. The butt shots have been going pretty well, I have just gotten used to the constant pin prick pain in my booty. After some time, the area of my booty that we were supposed to give injections went completely numb. Like I could not feel anything which felt super weird. But, it made for less painful shots so I guess it works.
Medicine:
Asprin 81 mg 
Progesterone in Oil 100mg/ml 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day vaginally 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal 

Day 37: This was ten days after our transfer and had we not already made plans, we would have had our beta test to find out if we were pregnant. Instead, Richard and I headed to Louisiana the day before so that Richard could defend his dissertation. We spent the night at a friend’s house and woke up in the morning super early so that he could get to school early. He gave me a shot for the first time somewhere not in our own bedroom which was weird. It messed with our routine, but whatever. We also had to give me the shot super early because of how early we had to wake up and we knew there was not going to be another time to give the shot. Richard defended his dissertation, then we went to lunch with friends, took forever to take a cute picture together, stopped at a hotel to check on graduation prices and then finally headed home. Since we left later in the afternoon than we intended, we ended up hitting rush hour traffic in Dallas so it took us an extra hour to get home. By the time we were home I was so sick of riding in the car and my booty was sore and itchy and I was just done. 9 hours in the car in less than 48 hours was plenty for me. Early bedtime since we were up so early.
Medicine:
Asprin 81 mg 
Progesterone in Oil 100mg/ml 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day vaginally 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal 

Day 39: Beta test day. The day we had been waiting for. I went to the doctor’s office early so that I could get to work early. It was super weird going in knowing that I would know if the test was positive or negative by the end of the day. Two different nurses asked me if I had already tested at home. Richard and I chose not to test at home because he had his dissertation defense the day prior and he did not want to be distracted prior to the defense. Plus, I determined that even if I did take a test, I would not believe the results either way. Once they were done with my blood draw, I asked to speak with someone about the rash I had on my booty. I was put in a room until the nurse who taught us how to do the progesterone shots came in. I showed her my rash and told her about the numbness I had been feeling in certain parts of my booty. She said that the numbness was normal and not to worry about it. As for the rash, I could put an anti-itch cream on it when it got bad and we could switch my medicine if need be. I had already been told that injections were the best way to get progesterone so I did not want to switch medications. I can suck it up if I need to. I then headed to work and had to keep my mind off the results until later. I was expecting the results to be left in a voicemail sometime in the afternoon since that is when I typically got the results from blood draw. We had decided to listen to the voicemail together when I got home from work. I was surprised to see a voicemail on my phone when I took my lunch break. It was 1:40 and I called Richard to tell him I had a voicemail waiting and that there was no way I could go back to work without listening to it and there was no way I was listening to it alone. Richard then informed me that he had a really important meeting scheduled for 2pm so he could not leave work to meet me anywhere. So my options were meet him at work or wait another 4 hours to find out. Also, did I mention that Richard was working from a different building than usual so he was even further away? I was so mad and frustrated. I decided to just do it and drive all the way over to Richard's work, taking the expensive toll way to save me a few minutes time. I got to his work at 1:55 and he met me out front where I then parked my car and we listened to the voicemail. The nurse starts out by introducing herself saying that she is from the office and she has the results from my test. She was very calm and collected so there was no giveaway in her voice. She then continued on to say congratulations, YOU ARE PREGNANT!!!! She said a few other things that I totally missed and had to re-listen to later. As soon as I heard her say it I started ugly crying. I could not believe the words I was hearing. I kept thinking she was wrong, there was no way that I could actually be pregnant. Richard just kept saying, oh my gosh my wife is pregnant. That moment was just so sweet and I am glad that we were able to listen to the voicemail together and that I drove all the way over to his work. On the way back to work, I stopped at Sonic for a drink and still could not digest what I had heard. I had to go the rest of the afternoon without telling a soul and just got to keep it to myself for a bit. Richard on the other hand told like 4 people before he left work. He had already told people we were doing IVF and that we were getting our results back today so there was no point in keeping the secret. Infertility takes away the secrecy because so many people know where you are in the process. Oh well. After I got home from work, we went down our line of people that we wanted to tell immediately, mostly family. It was bittersweet being able to tell everyone. We video chatted most of them to tell them, but I wish I could have been there in person to see their reactions. Still though, it was amazing. We then went to our favorite Mexican restaurant again to celebrate. I started coming to the realization that I now get to start reading my pregnancy books and looking at pregnancy apps and buying baby stuff.
Medicine:
Asprin 81 mg 
Progesterone in Oil 100mg/ml 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day vaginally 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal 

Day 39+: I had to continue taking my medication in the exact same dosage until we made it to 12 weeks pregnant. After the beta test, I was about 4 weeks pregnant so we had 8 weeks to go. Remembering to take the estrogen at three separate times throughout the day, plus the shot and patch was very hard as time went on. I had so many reminders in my phone and even then I sometimes would forget for a few hours. The butt shots also sucked and never got much better, but they became a routine that we just got used to. A week after our initial beta test, we had to do a repeat beta test to see that the hormones were increasing and that everything was going well. My initial HCG (pregnancy hormone) was 928 and a week later it was 9,341! So that was a good indication that everything was going well. I wrote about my first trimester here if you have not read that yet. Basically, we had to see the fertility doctor two more times for ultrasounds to make sure everything was good before we were released to our OBGYN. Once we hit 12 weeks, we were able to stop all medication and then move forward like a normal pregnancy. The last day of shots and meds was seriously the best. Going through IVF was so worth it for us since it ended in a successful pregnancy, but it was an extremely emotional and physically exhausting process. I don't think I understood how much went into this process until I was doing it myself. We are so lucky that we got pregnant, especially on the first try and with all the setbacks throughout the month.
Medicine:
Asprin 81 mg 
Progesterone in Oil 100mg/ml 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) three times a day by mouth 
Estrogen 2 mg (one pill) twice a day vaginally 
Estrogen patch-changed every other day 
Pre-natal

Shot Count:
Belly Pokes: 34
Arm Pokes: 3
Butt Pokes: 71
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Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Goals

Hello February! It has been a while since I have written a goal post. Mostly because I just did not have the time or energy to try to accomplish much of anything. But, now that I have more time on my hands, I figure I need to make good use of the time I have. So I made myself a few goals to try to achieve this month.
Eat Healthier. Throughout this pregnancy, I have not really been the best at eating healthy. It is really hard to do when you are given free meals at work and no time to eat a healthy snack. I have (hopefully) less than 10 weeks left of this pregnancy so I am going to really try to eat as best as I can. So that means more fruits, veggies, protein, and so on. That also means that I can indulge the occasional craving because I don't see the point in denying those, as long as everything is balanced.

Read More Books. I have a lot of things I want to read, but I don't ever make time for it. I used to read for a bit before bed, but since becoming pregnant, it has not helped me sleep so I stopped doing it. Then I was reading a solid hour everyday during nap time, but I don't have that anymore. I need to get in a better routine where I set aside an hour each day to just relax, curl up on the couch and read a book.

Work on Photobook. Now that it is 2017, that makes me officially 2 years behind on my yearly photobook. I know this year is going to be busy already, so I really want to get both of these done in the next few months. They are not hard to do, they just take a lot of time. They are something I can do in the evenings while watching TV or something so no excuses.

Drink More Water. I have been trying really hard to do this, but I really suck at it. Really, it should not be this hard, but I just forget to drink water until I get thirsty at 7 at night, and then I end up waking up to go to the bathroom more. So remembering to drink water starting first thing in  the morning is my goal.

Spend time in Louisiana. This is something Richard and I have talked about for a while. We are hoping to head into Louisiana to get some crawfish and see my friend Kristen. Should be a fun time!



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