Thursday, March 29, 2012

It's a Good Day

The IUI went very good this morning. K's swimmers were really mobile and the sample was a great...size, lol. I have been crampy and nauseous on and off all day. My nerves have been getting to me obviously.

In other fantastic news, my SIL and BFF got engaged tonight! I am soooooooooo beyond happy for her and her FI. I've actually known him longer than anyone in our group/family. He and I started off college together and it's just a very fun and happy story that I will tell some day soon I'm sure. I am just so tired right now so I am going to go watch some DVRd programs and veg out.

Thanks again for all the love and support! xoxo

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Triggered and Terrified

Well....things went better than expected at Tuesday's u/s. I had one follie at 17, one at 16 and one more that is a maybe for the IUI....which is in about 12 hours from now!! I triggered this morning and I am all set to go.

I am an absolute ball of anxiety. I don't know what I will do if things don't go as hoped. I really don't. I know I was trying to be chill with this cycle but apparently that has all decided to slap me in the face today. I'm so nervous. I've been shaky all day. I had one small bout of crocodile tears at my desk today. I am so afraid.


I really don't have anything else to write except that I am freaking out :o) wait :o(

Anyway, I know that I have a lot of love following me and this cycle and I thank you all for that. My fingers crossed that we "get pregnant" tomorrow. God I want this so bad.

Monday, March 26, 2012

St. Patty's Day Chicago style

I have some pictures to share with you from our trip home last weekend for St. Patrick's Day. I was honestly surprised to find that many people (outside of Chicagoans) don't know what a huge deal this holiday is for my hometown.

Y'all, it's BIG. I would liken it to New Orleans' Mardi Gras, except it's only one day. This year it happened to be on a Saturday that was also sunny and 80 degrees out. Beyond awesome, let me tell you. I headed downtown with my mom at about 8 am to get a great spot along the Chicago River, along Lower Wacker, between Michigan and Wabash. That is the perfect viewing spot for the river dying. After the dying we shopped, had lunch, and then shopped some more. Later that night we had the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner. Even later that night we wrapped up a fantastic day at our favorite restaurant bar and restaurant for some apps and green beers. Anyway...enjoy some pics!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cycle Update

So since last time we talked, I did have my third E2 on Thursday. That came back at 124 so we scheduled an u/s on Friday morning. After fighting 6am-down-to-one-lane-expressway-backups....I finally got to my appointment. My left ovary is up floating in one of my bowel loops (awesome, lol). The follies on that ovary have shrunk, which is good news. We are not at risk (as of Friday) of OHSS. I pray that continues. My right ovary has three follies growing: one at 9.6 and two at 8.4. We (clinic) prefer 2-3 mature follies for me at IUI. So...we're going good in this department right now!

I can hardly believe that we are actually having a fairly smooth cycle. Today is day 12 of stims. I wish I were one of those women who has a textbook IUI cycle that is short and sweet. I end up stimming for so much longer than least it feels like that to me. I know everyone is different so in the end, if it brings us a baby, I don't really care how many days I had to stick myself with needles.

I just realized after typing this update that I never really gave my meds and dosage protocol. I started out using Follistim at 150iu/day. After 1000ius of that, I was moved to Gonal-F with the same dosage amount.

So what else baby related can I talk about in this post? Well, I dragged K to Babies R Us today. Every infertile's favorite place to shop, huh? Call me crazy but I was actually excited to go there. I've avoided that place like the plague for the last, oh, I don't know, 4 years?!? I used to have our nursery pictured perfectly in my mind. I knew what bedding, furniture, high chair, stroller, swing, etc. Problem is...brands kind of discontinue lines from time to time. Shocker huh? So I felt like seeing what was out there today. I'm not exactly loving what's out there right now. And it seems like BRU carries way less stuff in them than I remember. Eh, I really shouldn't be worried about this one though. I'm not even pregnant. But I really am hopeful that I will be in the next couple of weeks. Extremely hopeful.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Postcard Killers

The Postcard KillersThe Postcard Killers by James Patterson

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The recipe for an easy to read action/crime drama is followed once again by James Patterson (w/Liza Marklund). This book follows the grisly murder spree of the "Postcard Killers" across parts of Europe. The killers send postcards with a picture of a murder scene to local reporters and the various police agencies are unable to keep up with the killers...well except for one lone NYPD detective who is stopping at nothing to find his daughters murderers.

I really don't have much to write about the book other than I'm beginning to tire of the Patterson books that don't have much character development and payoff. I became a Patterson fan back in the days of Kiss the Girls popularity. I'm missing the twists and turns and suspense that I used to read coming from his books. It seems to be more of an assembly line book. Interesting title, add some characters, place them in scene, drivel, more words, anti-climatic ending. The books aren't terrible, but they're also not memorable either.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cycle Brain

1) I forgot how mushy my brain can get on stims
2) I hate ovary bloat
3) I'm happy to be cycling but not happy to be doing all this crap again
3) If this ends with a baby for us, I could care less about 1-3

Thank you to my friends and family that have given me tons and tons of love and support so far this cycle. The optimism and hope you show help me to keep my thoughts in a positive light. It means the world to me. I love each and every one of you!

Today is day 9 of stims and tomorrow is E2 #3. First one was 63, second one was this past Monday and it was 87. I'm praying that I hit 100 tomorrow so we can get an u/s in this week yet and hopefully get to the IUI mid next week. We shall see. I'm out of the "60s" where I liked to stall in previous cycles. Fingers crossed!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Interesting news

So as adamant that I have been about not knowing where we were headed in the IF department, I still held out hope for something. Hope that we could try again soon.

So I was cleaning out the fridge (no, I didn't just start an entirely new topic, hold on, it's connected), which was entirely overdue, and I came across my last two vials of Follistim. They've been sitting there for months without much interaction with me other than getting shoved over to make room for more ketchup. As I was yet again shoving the boxes over, something made me stop and read the something on the label. Namely the expiration date. This month. Yikes. As you have read thousands of times before, we're completely OOP. So the idea of throwing a shit load of money away did not appeal to our practical sides. So K looked at me and very simply asked, " want to cycle this month?" And I said yes. It was a romantic proposal in IF world. Ha!

So I called my clinic the next day and decided to start inducing my period and get going on yet another IUI. This time around it will be a Follistim/Gonal-F cycle. I had my baseline this morning and shot my first round of 100iu in tonight. It was like I had never been off the horse, lol. My first E2 is Friday morning. I already have two follies growing as of this morning so we will see. I'm not asking too many questions, just going with the flow. This is a bonus cycle that I for sure didn't see coming.

Other than cycle news, I do have some other things I want to blog about...job related news (possibly) and trip/home renovations too. As always, my best laid plans never quite go the way I anticipate but that's ok. It makes life...entertaining??? :o) Oh and I'm also battling bronchitis, which I've never had before and don't enjoy at all, lol. More updates to come....(keep your fingers crossed for me loves!)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Mayheim in High Heels (High Heels Mystery #5)

Mayhem in High Heels (A High Heels Mystery #5)Mayhem in High Heels by Gemma Halliday

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ok. These books are not brain busters to read. But they are entertaining. So that being said, this was the last book in set of five that I bought for my Nook and I was very pleased that a "cheap" purchase turned into a great mind relaxer.

Maddie Springer is engaged to be married to Jack Ramierez in this installment of the High Heels Mysteries. Her knack of finding dead bodies once again proves true when she happens upon the murdered body of her wedding planner.

Of course in typical Maddie fashion, she can't help but get her nose so far into police business that it leads to a bet between her and Ramirez as to who will solve the case first. There's always fun banter and outlandish situations whenever whenever Maddie sets out to solve the case! 

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