Thursday, January 30, 2014

FET: Embabies are Home

We left our house at 7:25am yesterday morning and we were supposed to be at the surgical center at 9:45am, so we thought that giving ourselves 2 hours and 20 minutes to go a distance that would take us 1 hour and 10 minutes with no traffic would be enough. Eh. Wrong. We got to the surgical center 10 minutes late. Stupid Chicago traffic and stupid Chicago drivers who get in accidents!

This is the best pic that I could get of Chicago!
Once we finally got into the back area, the nurse gave us the whole speech about not shoveling the snow or doing any laundry or housework. I told her that everything was done. I spent all of Monday (one of our cold days off of work) cleaning the house, doing the laundry, and doing the dishes. There isn't a single thing that I have to do around my house for the rest of the week/weekend. The nurse looked shocked and told me that it sounded like I had everything in order. Then she asked me if I was a teacher. I told her that I am a certified teacher, but that I'm still looking for a teaching job. She must have a theory about teachers thinking ahead and being prepared, I suppose. :)

She left and we waited around for my doctor. Since we knew it would take some time, we decided that it was picture time. Well, I decided that. Mike thinks I am a dork for always wanting to take pictures. :)

Wearing my Rosie the Riveter socks! We can do it! ;)
The Future Mommy and Daddy
The doctor came to talk to us about the embryologist report about 45 minutes after we got in the back area. She showed us our 3 remaining embryos. Two were grades 3-4 and one was grades 2-3! She recommended that we transfer 1 or 2. She said that if we transferred all 3 then we would just have a higher risk of triplets. She said that ideally we would transfer the two high grades and discard the last one since it is a poor quality and may not make it through the freezing process again. A part of me didn't want to let go of that embryo, but a bigger part of me knows that we can't afford triplets! So, we went ahead with transferring the two higher grade embryos.

Meet Embaby #1
Meet Embaby #2
 I was taken to the back and the whole procedure was about 10 minutes long once my doctor got in the room. I'll tell ya....the worst part of that whole procedure is the fact that you are supposed to have a full bladder. As miserable as it feels, it gets worse once they put the jell on your belly and push down slightly with the ultrasound thing. Oh. Boy. 

So, Dr. Rodgers placed my embabies inside of me and gave me a hug on the way out the door. She is so sweet. :)

The white area is the fluid that the embryos were transferred in.
Their First Home
We were out the door of the surgical center at 12:45pm. We hit up the Wendy's drive thru and took off right away to avoid rush hour traffic! We made it home in an hour and 5 minutes! Sure beats the drive in! I had my feet up last night and I am going to remain horizontal or at least trying to sit on the couch as much as possible today! It's not easy for me to be 100% lazy, so this is going to be a challenging time.

Drive home...feet up for the next 48 hours!!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Puzzle Fundraiser for Cheers to Plan A

I've been following Kailey's blog ever since she had More Than You'll Ever Know where she documented her and her husband's TTC/infertility journey. Since then they have decided to adopt! You can now follow their adoption Journey at Cheers to Plan A!

Kailey recently started a Puzzle Fundraiser and I didn't hesitate to donate! This girl is awesome and her and her husband (a.k.a Druley) are an aborably cute couple! I wish them all the luck in their journey!
If you would like read about the fundraiser or donate,  you can find details and the link on her blog page: Puzzle Fundraiser!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Tips for PIO Injections

I started the Progesterone in Oil (PIO) injections on Saturday night. They aren't as bad as I thought they would be. Mike was pretty worried about sticking me with a needle, but I think that he now secretly enjoys it! ;) I wanted to share tips that I have received from other IVFers and Bloggers with others that are either about to go through IVF or may see it in their future.

Supplies: alcohol wipe, PIO, bigger needle (to extract the PIO out of vial),
smaller needle (to inject PIO intramuscular), and a spot bandage (there will
be a little bleeding)
We were told to put the PIO in hot water to thin the oil and so it doesn't
crystallize while going in. We use a Dixie cup and keep it in the hot water
while extracting the PIO from the vial.
Ice the area for a minute or two to numb the area! If you are unsure of where
the needle goes, ask your nurse to mark you with a Sharpie marker like I did!
She told me it is between the back corner of the front pockets of my jeans
to the outside seam of back pockets.
Massage with a hot wash cloth to help the oil move around and to help prevent
bad knots.
Sit on a heating pad afterwards. I've been sitting on one for about an hour
each night.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Future Nursery=Painted

For 5 years I have had so many plans for a nursery. However, every time I found something I liked, it would become discontinued within a year. This makes it really hard to get started on a nursery before you're pregnant. I really enjoy putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls and have dreamed about painting the nursery for a long time. Mike hates painting, so I knew he would be okay with me painting (using a neutral color) before we get pregnant. :) I recently planned a gray and white chevron nursery (see: The Blank Canvas).  The pattern is not something that is hard to find and it is very popular! I expect it to be around for a very long time! With that being said, yesterday Mike and I picked up paint at Lowes and I taped off the trim and got to painting. I finished around noon today. Here are the before and after pictures.

Before: boring off-white walls
These are the curtains that I purchased to be able to match grays.
We went with the two darker shades of gray on the swatch.

After: Fresh coat of paint on the ceiling and walls. We did the wall to the left in the
darker gray and the rest of the walls in the lighter of the two.

 We like it, but we may decided to make the accent wall even darker. We will figure things out when we start putting together the nursery. If we have to change it then Mike will just have to paint this time! :)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Quick Update

I went in for labs and an ultrasound this morning. The nurse said that my lining is beautiful and looks very sticky! :) I got the call tonight from another nurse. She said that my lining is at 11 and that my estrogen is at 282 which is beautiful. I am all set to be at the surgical center at 9:45am on Wednesday for the transfer. Yay, we get to drive in rush hour traffic around the west side of Chicago. :/

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Scarf Swap: My Scarf and More

I am really late on this post, but at least I'm getting around to it! :) I hosted the Scarf Swap within the last month and was paired up with the wonderful Kat at An Airmen and a Doctor. She sent me this lovely brown/oatmeal color block scarf from Maurices (my FAVORITE store)! :)

A bad picture of me, but it's a beautiful scarf!
She sent me some extra goodies! Fingerless gloves (I've always wanted a pair)
& a Santa PEZ dispenser!
 Thanks again, Kat! You did an awesome job! ;)

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Blank Canvas

I spent most of yesterday and some of today cleaning out and rearranging one of our spare bedrooms (the office room). Mike and I moved all of our exercise equipment into the room yesterday as well. It is now the office/exercise room. Now the larger of the two spare bedrooms is empty. :)

This is the view of our future nursery from the hallway. :) It's a blank canvas and I can't wait to start painting!
I'm hoping that scrubbing the carpet will fix the carpeting where the exercise equipment was.
 These are my ideas that are pinned on my "Baby Boy Nursery" Pinterest board:

These are my ideas that are pinned on my "Baby Girl Nursery" Pinterest board:
I am a HUGE fan of the book Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss. I am glad that we are going with this theme whether our future baby(ies) are a boy(s), a girl (s), or one of both! :)

I was told not to post my ideas so no one steals them, but I have proof by the date on this post that these were my ideas FIRST! ;)

C'mon, baby(ies)! We are getting ready for you! Please make your appearance later this year! FET in 9 days!!! :)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Some Updates and Some Baby Items

I went in for baseline labs and an ultrasound on Friday. I was afraid that they would find a cyst or that my blood work would come back that something was wrong. I had expressed my concern to the nurse about the fact that I had started spotting on the 2nd (days before I stopped taking the birth control on the 6th) and I still continued to spot. She said that hopefully doing the ultrasound would help start a normal flow. When she was doing the ultrasound she said that my lining was really thin and that maybe I just needed a little bleed. It never did became more than just spotting. I'm still spotting. I got the call on Friday night that the numbers came back exactly where they wanted them to be. I was told to start taking Estradiol and give myself the Ganirelix injections starting last night. 1 day down, 13 to go! Ugh!

My husband called the union that he used to work for and found out that he has insurance coverage for both of us through the end of March. While discussing this with my parents, I found out that I can use his insurance as my secondary insurance and that my clinic can submit whatever my primary doesn't cover to my secondary for coverage. I had never heard about this and obviously wanted to let my nurse know and she confirmed that they are correct. She said that is why many women have their own insurance, but still stay on their husbands insurance. She said that she would let the insurance lady at the clinic know. A-W-E-S-O-M-E. :)

Mike had his one month check up with his urologist on Friday. His doctor is not impressed with how much he is still swollen. He said that everyone heals at a different pace though. He wants Mike to get a semen analysis done to see that he is headed in the right direction. Mike will get that done and then go back in to see him in another month. I lied about not buying any baby items. I ran across a deals website called Jane and found some Etsy items that were on sale.

They had a $20 gray chevron diaper bag the other day and then the next day they had a $11 gray chevron minky binky. I couldn't help myself. Oops. :)

I changed the "Today I Feel..." magnet on the fridge from "Lovestruck" to "Hopeful" the other day. We are extremely hopeful that this round takes. I don't want to feel the pain that I felt after our fresh cycle in October failed. I can't help but get my hopes up and I have been so busy planning our nursery. I am so ready to make it a reality. We even finalized names. Please, God, answer our prayers.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Insurance, Nursery, and FET

I talked to my clinic about my new insurance coverage late last week. My insurance covers 90% with a $2,000 deductible. If I have an outpatient surgery (ex. laparscopy and hysteroscopy), then I have a deductible of $500 for that. It does offer the state mandated 4 IVF cycles. FET's don't count toward the 4. If we get pregnant with this months FET then it goes down to 2 additional IVF cycles. This coverage is better than what we had through my husband's old job. I am so thankful to live in one of the few states with good fertility insurance coverage and I am also thankful for my new full time job with AWESOME insurance.

Lately I have been putting a lot of thought into our nursery. I am trying not to jump the gun, but I just can't help it! I fell in love with the gray and white chevron print and I am dying to buy things! I am hoping to paint the walls on January 20th when we are off for MLK's birthday. I just purchased the curtains online last night. The painting and curtains are all that I am doing/buying until we know for sure we are pregnant. I love the fact that the color works for either gender. We will accent the room with colors either for a boy or girl. This is the bedding set below. Cute, right? I know that some people may find it a little boring, but if you saw my ideas for the whole nursery, you would love it! :)

I took my last birth control pill last night. I have been spotting since Thursday, so I expect my period to start in the next couple days. Friday is my baseline labs and ultrasound at 6am and then I start meds and injections on Saturday. Oh goody (she says in a sarcastic voice)! ;)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Winter Break: Week 2 in Pics

12/29 - I started planning the baby nursery based around this beautiful blanket
we were given when Mike's Great Aunt Ruthie passed away about 7 years ago.
She did not make it for us, but it was found in her condo and we were the only
newly married couple on that side of the family. I want nothing more than
to use this in our future nursery.
12/30 - My close friend that lived in Coronado, CA for 4 years moved back to IL
a few months ago. She took the day off from her kids and came to my house to hang out.
She brought me these lovely scarves. She made them. Aren't they beautiful?!?!
Green is my FAVORITE color!!!

She remembered that purple used to be my favorite color back in high school.
Although green is now, purple will always be one of my favorites.
Amethyst is my birth stone. :)
The snow fell that night after she was home safe and sound.
It was a beautiful dusting. It came down from the sky like glitter. :)
12/31 - I spent New Year's Eve night at home with my honey. We watched the
movie The Heat. Then we played some games on the Wii. About 5 minutes until
midnight we switched to TV and watched the countdown and headed to bed.

1/1 - Dexter seasons 5-8 were added to Netflix that morning. We spent the
next two days watching this show. Love it! :)
The pretty snow begins. We got a lot of snow on the 1st and 2nd.
1/2 - Thank you new Illinois law for making me spend money that I don't really
have on buying bluetooth headsets for both me and my hubby.
1/3 - I tried a Pinterest project that was an epic fail. I used the oil based
Sharpie Pens and they bled when I sprayed the mug with the finishing spray.

I FINALLY received my new case for my iPhone and I LOVE it!
1/4 - I tried this again. This time I used a regular Sharpie marker. I baked it
twice and hand washed it. It didn't seem to fade. I really need to get some
porcelain pens for the next time I do something like this.
We celebrated Christmas with my godson, Connor and his sister Emma.
It was so nice spending time with them and our friends, Amy and Andy.
1/5 - Here we go again. We are getting a ton of snow. We are getting hit with
5 to 10 inches of snow today. Blah.
 Today we are just going to lay low and probably watch Dexter all day. We have no desire to go out in this weather. I'm hoping for a "cold day" (snow day) from work tomorrow. With the windchill it is supposed to be like -50 degrees tomorrow and into Tuesday. We have a teachers institute day tomorrow, so the kids aren't even coming to school. I guess the district is supposed to let us know if we are coming in or not. I hope not. It would be nice to have an extended winter break. Time went by too fast!

For those of you who live in warm weather states, ENJOY it! Have a great rest of your weekend everyone!