Sunday, February 22, 2015

8/52: Kenya


Today we had to say goodbye to our sweet baby girl, Kenya. She was the first birthday gift my wife ever gave me 9 years ago and she made us a family. I know you're not supposed to pick favorites with your doggies but she was about as close to perfect as they come and will be so deeply missed. Thank you for picking us to be your mamas sweet girl and thank you for being such a gentle pup with Gracie.


"I carry your heart with me. I carry it in my heart." - E. E. Cummings
 


Monday, February 16, 2015

7/52: 3rd birthday party planning


Clearly I'm in total denial that our gal is turning 3... Her little swim party is in less than three weeks and the planning has just begun... 

Just wait until you see the Little Mermaid bathing suit G found her for the party. It's the cutest thing I've ever seen!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

EIGHT!


It’s been two days since my egg retrieval and I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that we have 8 little embies growing in a lab downtown! EIGHT fertilized embies!! The procedure went great and I was feeling pretty good yesterday. Today, not so much. I’m soooooo sore and I feel like I’ve been kicked in the stomach a few times. I know people always say that two days following a surgery, injury or intense workout is much worse than the day immediately after. I guess I just forgot until I opened my eyes this morning and remembered our RE’s warning. He told us that they had to apply quite a bit of pressure to my abdomen during the procedure and that it would be sore and possibly bruised. Having said that, please know that I’m not complaining. We are so bless to have had this opportunity and the pain is more than worth it!


Anyway, back to the big day! Let me start by saying that SCIENCE RULES! I mean seriously, it’s changed my life. IVF is amazing and everything our RE and nurses did to help make our IVF journey a successful one thus far, is just amazing.

I was pretty nervous when we first arrived at the clinic and got ushered to the IVF waiting area. I wasn’t talking much and felt a bit nauseous. G came to the rescue and did her best to be silly and give me lots of kisses and hugs while we waited and it worked. I started to feel my anxiety lighten a bit and then something bad happened. While she was tickling and kissing me, her wedding ring caught on my cross bracelet… Oh you know, the bracelet that I’ve been wearing since just days before we found out that IVF was going to be an option for us. Yes, the one I wore 24/7 since this process began. One minute I’m laughing and the next my bracelet is ripped off my wrist and falls to the floor in pieces.


Talk about a bad sign. I was already so worried and this did not help. G felt so bad because I did get emotional for a bit but we quickly recovered and tried to divert our thoughts to more positive things. And let me just tell you – for a superstitious and somewhat pessimistic person, that was tough.


The operating room was all set up when we walked in and was quickly filled with people, most of which were familiar faces. It was me, G and 6 others so it was a pretty packed up in there. It was crazy to see people rushing around doing their designated jobs while I got hooked up to my first ever IV. That’s right folks, my first! I’ve never broken a bone or had a surgery of any kind. Heck, I never even had anesthesia before this day… Hence the nervousness. With everyone buzzing around it suddenly made sense to me that this is a $20-$25K process. There were a whole lot of accomplished people focusing on just me. It was surreal.


The procedure lasted about 30 minutes and the last thing I remember before I was out was cracking jokes and making everyone in the room laugh. At one point during my vaginal rinse I squirted the doctor, so I of course had to make some jokes about that. Sorry if that’s gross… Just keeping it real! He said that he was used to having crying women on his table prior to IVF and he loved my overall demeanor. Then I was out. The next thing I remember was coming to in an empty room with just a nurse monitoring me. I looked over at her and the first words out of my mouth were, “I have to poop”. She gave me the most shocked look and immediately left the room, LOL!


I then fell asleep again and woke to my wife rubbing my head. I was so happy to see her face! Our RE quickly came in to tell us that everything went great and that he retrieved 10 eggs. He then quickly left. I was a bit disappointed because our ultrasound showed around 13 prior to but I was also super thankful for 10!


The longest 24 hours of my life then passed as we waited on the call to see how many fertilized. I got the call at work and when they told us that all 8 that were mature fertilized we jumped for joy (as did all my co-workers)! What a crazy, amazing, somewhat painful and joyous couple of days it’s been.

God is good. Hallelujah!

Oh… And Happy Valentine’s Day!  Xo, Kristin


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

6/52: Tomorrow!

Yesterday I had my last pre-retrieval acupuncture appointment. I wish I could say I relaxed but in all honesty, my mind was racing. So much has taken place over the past 5 weeks and I haven’t had the time or energy to blog about most of it.


It’s 11pm right now and I should be sleeping because tomorrow’s a BIG day... Instead I’m wide awake and listening to Georgia snore like a bear. I’m excited. I’m nervous and I’m in disbelief that this phase of our IVF journey is actually here. You would think that giving up coffee, booze and lots of other favorite things would cause the days to drag but that couldn’t be further from the truth. They’ve flown by and have been filled with countless appointments, ultrasounds, blood tests and injections like crazy. 58 pokes to be exact.

This kid better be cute. That’s all I’m gonna say… ;)


In the ultrasound pictured below I had 14+ follicles that measured between 15 and 20. That was two days ago so I’m excited to see what’s grown since then!


If you’re the praying kind, please pray for us. Please think of us. Send us baby dust, well wish and positive vibes for tomorrow. We welcome it all.

Update coming soon...


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

IVF: A mini-update

The first good news to report is that the bruising on my legs is looking so much better! Between the increase in shots per day and my embarrassing fall on the ice last week, my poor legs were looking pretty wrecked for a while there. It seems they’re healing, or at least the ice I’m applying before my evening shots is helping. Either way, I no longer look like I’ve been jumped and can wear skirts again, so that’s good. ;)


I had my 4 day scan today and all went well. The appointment was this morning, which meant that we had to take my Gonal-F injection with us to the appointment because Mr. T wanted to check my progress prior to my AM injection. As he planned with my Lupron, Menopur and GF dosages, my folli growth as been slow and steady. The thing our RE is trying to avoid is giving too much stims too quickly, which would result in 1-2 follicles hogging the meds and growing while the others shrink and never mature. It would appear that things are going as planned because he was really happy with my progress, yay!

4 day scan shows a 10.9 + 10.7 + 6.6 on the right.


And a 9.8 + 9.9 + 9.7 on the left.


According to Dr. T this is exactly what he wants to see this early in the game, so I'm praying that things continue to progress just as they are.

I have another scan on Thursday where we’ll hopefully see some of those smaller follies grow and join in the race. Until then, I’ll leave you with this adorable video of my smarty pants singing a song she learned in school about the five senses. I just love her little voice. :)



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