Wednesday, March 27, 2013

IUI #3

Mike and I just got back from IUI #3. We went in at 9am for him to produce and then we went out to breakfast. Like I mentioned before, Mike is superstitious (he thinks that if we do the same routine, then we will have the same outcome), so we keep having to find new breakfast places to kill time between his part and mine. This time we went to Lumes Pancake House in Orland Park, IL. I had a skillet and pancakes. It was so yummy. :)

We got back to Chicago-IVF at 10am for my part. We found out that Mike's sperm count was 6.8 million and 90% motility. This is the highest number that we have seen yet. Hopefully it works well with my biggest follicle yet! :) The procedure was a little less uncomfortable this time because we had my favorite nurse, Sandy. She knows what she's doing. She also let me know that I am "definitely ovulating".

I was told to start taking Crinone on Friday and continue until we get the results of the pregnancy test. They must only do pregnancy tests on Fridays, because I go back on April 12th for the pregnancy test. That's a 2WW + 2 days! :/ Ugh. Waiting stinks. Luckily I have taken on the task of cleaning and organizing our house. I have plenty to keep me busy for 16 days! :)

I hope all is well in your lives! I pray for BFP's for all of us every day! :)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Ready....Set....Trigger

I was wrong about when I thought that I would be given the ok to trigger. When I went in last Wednesday my follicles hadn't responded to the Clomid this time, so they did an add back of Clomid and I just finished that last night. This morning I went in for labs and an ultrasound and I had a follicle at 21mm (the follicles 18-19mm the last two times). This is the biggest one that I have had thus far. :) Apparently my estrogen is at 341. That is the first time they have given me a number for my estrogen, so I don't know what to compare it to. I trigger tonight and we go in Wednesday morning for IUI #3. People keep saying that the third times a charm. Hope that's true. If not, I moved my appointment with the RE to April 15th. We'll figure out what's next....if we need to!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Just Checkin' In

They made me wear this at the doctor's office. Weird. LOL
It's been awhile since I updated. Thanks to this lovely strep throat that I have, I have no work for the next 2 days (doctor's orders) and nothing but time to update! :)

This is the last IUI before we figure out our "next step". The nurses told me that we want to make the most of this cycle, so they started me on Clomid a day earlier. I started it on Wednesday and ended on Sunday. As miserable as I was yesterday, I drug myself out of bed and went in for labs and an ultrasound in the morning. I go back tomorrow for more labs and an ultrasound. It looks like I may be triggering tomorrow night and IUI #3 should be on Friday (just guessin'). I made an appointment with the RE to talk about our next step (in case this IUI is unsuccessful) for April 1st. I am nervous about what the next step will be.

Lately I have been thinking about taking a break from TTC to get myself healthy...especially after stepping on the scale at the doctors office yesterday. :/ I have let myself gain too much weight in the last two years. I really need to get it under control. I just don't want to keep pushing off starting a family. I guess I have a few weeks to make up my mind on this subject.

Friday, March 8, 2013

IUI #2 = BFN

My husband finally let me take an AHPT last night. Of course it came up "Not Pregnant". I cried for a good hour and a half and then finally collected myself before my hubby got home. It is so unlike me to get emotional like that, but seeing or hearing the words "Not Pregnant" breaks my heart. Anyways....it helped that I became focused on finding my next craft for Pinteresting at Neuby's Haus on Pinterest.

This morning I went in for the pregnancy test at Chicago-IVF. The nurse told me that if my levels are below 50 then it wouldn't show on an AHPT. I had a little bit of hope after that. While at lunch with my hubby, I got the phone call saying that we are "Not Pregnant". We felt so good about this cycle and this is how things turn out. Blah. Ugh.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pinterest

I started a Pinterest blog. There are so many things that I see and want to do on Pinterest. I felt that creating a blog will make me more likely to work on those pins. We will see. :) Follow me! :)


Snow Day!

I just got the call about a half an hour ago that our schools are closed for a snow day. Here's the funny part. THERE IS NO SNOW! It is supposed to start at 9am and go until 1am tomorrow morning. We are supposed to get up to 10 inches. It is funny how the Chicago area reacts to snow.

Anyways, now that I don't have to work today, I think I might continue on with my 2WW project. I am slowly cleaning out one of our spare bedrooms for a future (hopefully) baby's nursery. I have to find new homes for all of the junk in there. Ugh. 3 more days until my PT!

Monday, March 4, 2013

I Just HAVE To Share

 I ran across and fell in love with the blog Who Shot Down My Stork. I honestly laugh at every blog post and can relate to most things that I read. Here is one of my favorite blog posts by Risa: You might be infertile if...





I Had To Laugh When I Saw This

The nurses at Chicago-IVF told Mike not to let me take any pregnancy tests before I go in for the pregnancy test on Friday. Mike thought about it on Saturday and made me give him my last pregnancy test. After telling him where it was, he grabbed it and then went into his bathroom. I heard the cabinet door under his sink close. Not very stealth, Mike.

Today he is working and I am not. I went under his sink and sitting in plain site is the very last pregnancy test in the house (pictured to the left).

Now here is the question for you girls.....do I take the pregnancy test or not? Today is 10 DPO. I have read that it is the earliest time that people have seen positive results with an AHPT. It would be PERFECT to find out if we are pregnant today since it is our anniversary. On the other hand, it might ruin my mood if it comes back negative. Plus, I know that Mike would be mad if I took it. I guess I will just continue on wondering during this 2WW. This is the longest two weeks ever! :(

On This Day In 2006...

I married my best friend. My soulmate. It is amazing how fast time flies. It seems like only yesterday we were innocently flirting when we worked together at Best Buy in 2003. He has always made me feel special, beautiful, and loved. I can't imagine my world without him. We have been through so much in the last 7 years of marriage and almost 10 years of being together. Since our wedding, he had started and finished his 5 year apprenticeship to become a Journeyman Wireman (Electrician) and I started and received my bachelors degree in Elementary Education. It was a tough time for us. Like most newlyweds, we just wanted to spend time together. Unfortunately, we were busy with work, school, and homework that we barely had enough quality time together. On top of that, we wanted to start a family. With that being said...I feel that our struggles conceiving may have been a blessing in disguise. I can honestly say that if we had a child 4-5 years ago when we started trying, then I would not have finished my schooling. I feel that in this long time together without children, our love has really grown REALLY strong and we truly know each other in and out. I don't think that a lot of people can say that. Anyways...Happy 7th Anniversary to my one and only! This will be OUR year! :)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

AWESOME Marriage Proposal

A friend of mine posted this on Facebook with the caption "This guy is making the rest of us look bad. Knock it off!!" It is so true though. Ha ha. My husband proposed to me in the hallway of our apartment at the time. He said some "short but sweet" words and got down on one knee. The way he did it was very HIM, so I wouldn't trade it for anything. He may not be one of those romantic guys who puts a lot of thought into dates and holidays and what not, but he is my guy. He loves me unconditionally and expresses his love to me daily. That is all that matters in my book. :)



I also saw this gender reveal video for this couple. Very cute. Thought I would share it in case any of you need an idea on how to reveal the gender of your future baby. :)



Pregnant Women are Smug

My sister posted this video on my Facebook page yesterday. It is pretty funny so I thought that I would share it with all of you! Enjoy!