Monday, January 28, 2013

The ABC's of Me

I have seen many bloggers do this and figured that since I am a new blogger, I would share some information about me with all of you. :)

Addictions: Coffee….especially since we got our Keurig.
Bed Size: King
Chore You Hate: Laundry
Dogs or Cats: I like both, but I currently have two dogs. The hub is allergic to cats.
Essential Start of Your Day: Shower. It wakes me up and I feel fresh and clean. :)
Favorite Color: Green
Gold or Silver: Silver
Height: 5'6"
Instruments You Play/Have Played: I used to play the clarinet back in late elementary/middle school.
Jobs Titles You've Had: Currently: Instructional Paraprofessional (aka Teacher’s Aide) Past: Assistant Warranty Administrator and Sales Associate
Kids: Hopefully in the near future.
Live: Bradley, Illinois
Mom’s Name: Florence, but she hates it, so she goes by Flo.
Nickname: Steph, Stephi, Sizzer, Squirt, Honey, Peachy, etc.
Overnight Hospital Stays: None since I was born.
Pet Peeve: People who drive and text. My husband is one of those people. :(
Quote from a movie: “Does the word "duh" mean anything to you?” ~ Buffy
Right or Left Handed: Righty
Siblings: An older brother, Eric, and an older sister, Kristy.
Time You Wake Up: Around 8am.
Underwear: Comfy...not thongs.

Vegetables You Dislike: asparagus
What Makes You Run Late: When I decide to shave my legs in the morning. :)
X-rays You’ve Had Done: Collarbone x-ray when I was 5. More recently…the Hysterosalpingogram.
Yummy Food You Make: Chocolate Chip Cookies
Zoo Animal: dolphins

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Waiting Game

Two days down, twelve to go! This wait until the pregnancy test stinks! I found an article that was pretty cute that I thought I would share!

14 Things to Do when 14 Days Seem Like Forever

Friday, January 25, 2013

IUI #1

This morning was wonderful. My husband and I got to Chicago-IVF a little before 10am. He did his thing and we were on our way to breakfast by 10:06. While we were gone, they cleaned up the sperm. Mike and I had a wonderful breakfast at Mimi’s CafĂ© nearby the clinic…then headed back for the Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). The procedure was a little uncomfortable when she was putting the speculum into place, but other than that I did not feel much. 

Mike told me not to get my hopes up because he can’t stand to see the look of disappointment on my face.  Then he told me that last night he had asked God to show him a sign that we are pregnant. When we got in the car after the IUI, the song “You’ll Always Be My Baby” by Mariah Carey was on the radio. He swears that is a sign. Who is the one getting their hopes up? haha

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ovidrel Injection

The extra Clomid did the trick. One of my follicles was at 19mm and they like them to be at least 18mm. I was told that Mike and I should have intercourse tonight and then I need to take the Ovidrel injection tonight at 11pm. My sister-in-law (a nurse) told me that she would give me the shot, but she goes to bed before then. :/ So...I found this video on You Tube. It doesn't look so bad. 

Mike and I go in on Friday morning at 10am for him to produce the sperm. Then I go back in at 11am to have the artificial insemination procedure done. I am so excited. :)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stress Rant

To begin, I was all set to take two more grad classes starting this week. For many reasons, I decided not to take any classes this semester. I may even wait until I have a teaching job because my student loans are already through the roof. At least then the school district will pay for part of my schooling. I also thought that I would focus more on finding a teaching job for next school year.

The main reason for pushing it off…I am nervous about the stress of trying to get pregnant…or if I get pregnant soon….the stress of being pregnant. My mind is ALWAYS on it as it is. I have to take frequent trips to the fertility doctor…and it is an hour away from home. I just started to get nervous about all of the stress. On top of this being on my mind lately, a good friend of ours had a doctor’s appointment yesterday and the doctor didn’t hear the baby’s heartbeat. She was 6 ½ months pregnant and lost her baby boy. This makes me so incredibly scared to even be pregnant. This on top of the fact that my sister-in-law miscarried a year and a half ago at  4 months and last year my sister had a miscarriage early on in the pregnancy. I am so scared and worried…and I am not even pregnant yet. I have heard so much about stress “not being good on the baby”. The last thing I want to do is have so much stress that I lose the one thing that I have been waiting so many years to have. 

Sorry this sounds like a crazy rant, but I hope it makes sense. It does in my head. ;)

Monday, January 21, 2013

I Spoke Too Soon

During the day...for the last week...I find myself playing with the thermostat a lot, but I never thought much about it. Every night I wear a sweatshirt to bed. Last night I had to take it off and just sleep in a tshirt. My socks came off too. :/ I still woke up in the middle of the night sweating. Ugh. Luckily I am yet to be nauseous or get headaches.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


I guess it is time for an update. I am currently on CD 13. I took 50mg of Clomid on CD 5-9. I went in for labs on Friday (CD 11) and was told that I am not responding to the Clomid, so they have me taking 100mg from this past Friday until Tuesday. I go in again on Wednesday for more labs. I am so tired of waiting. :/ On a side note....I do not have any side effects from Clomid. However, when Mike and I were play fighting last night I told him that I hope Clomid makes me go b!tch @$$ on him. ;)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013


My brother told me about this awesome app for smart phones, Cozi, where you can sync grocery lists, calendars, to do lists, etc with the other members in your household. I downloaded it awhile back, but I finally started playing with it tonight. I love it! It will come in handy with all of the appointments that I/we will have for artificial insemination!

Happy New Year

May 2013 be the year that our dreams come true!