Monday, December 16, 2013

Moving Forward

I started a new cycle today, but we will be on a break due to the holidays. Dr. A's office is closed the 24th and 25th, right about when we would be triggering, so this cycle is out. The good news is that my body will get a break from the meds again and we can enjoy the holidays without stressing about getting pregnant. Our plan for now is to try a 4th and final IUI in January. I am going to do acupuncture along with that cycle as well. I did it on the cycle I got pregnant with G and I really enjoyed it. 

I had two awful migraines these past several days. That is really my biggest fear with a failed cycle. The pain can be so overwhelming that I have some of my worst and darkest thoughts. While I am waiting for my neurologist appointment, I am going to get a good cardio routine down. It seems the more exercise I do, the less I have these migraines. It's more of a challenge to fit that time in for myself with Grayson, but Nick is willing to help me so we are going to work on it during this break. 

One thing I am sure of... being a Mom is my favorite and most proud title. I will fight just as hard for a second child as I did for our first. 


Friday, December 13, 2013

Failed Again

I am down in the dumps, big time. I can't believe this is happening. I have lost all hope of having another child. What is going on?! Why is my body failing us over and over again? I hate this so much. And on top of all this, I have to suffer through migraines for the next week or two. I do have a neurologist appointment for January, but since he is a well-liked doctor, I can't get in any sooner.

I don't know what we will do next as far as cycling goes. We have some Follistim leftover so we could do a 4th IUI. We have discussed IVF too. I'll talk to Dr. A when my next cycle starts.

As usual, here's the recap of this IUI. I didn't keep close track of my follicles this time. I was trying to just let whatever happens happen. No scrutinizing, comparing, stressing, etc. All I know was that I had three to four mature follicles at trigger time on CD9.

IUI #3
November/December 2013
CD3 - CD8: 125 IU Follistim

CD1 11/22/13
CD3 baseline u/s
CD6 u/s and b/w
CD8 u/s and b/w = E2 was 268
CD9 u/s and Novarel injection = {lining 9.9mm}
CD10 u/s and IUI 3.1 = (R: 27mm and 20mm / L: 19mm and 17mm}  Post wash sperm count: 29.5 million
CD11 u/s and IUI 3.2 =  Post wash sperm count: 25 million
7dpo Progesterone b/w = 26

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Holidays

Nick and I are totally kids at heart! We just love this time of year and all that goes along with it.

We celebrated Thanksgiving with my parents and sister. It was our usual early dinner with turkey, oyster stuffing, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, asparagus, and tomato and blue cheese salad. My Mom mixed it up for dessert and made key lime pie with homemade whipped cream!!! It was amazing. I may have had two pieces... then off on a nice walk to the park where G thoroughly enjoyed the slide :)

G playing with Blu

Family pic, with the boys being silly.
Uncle Roger came to visit too! 
We found our tree that weekend too.
Cruising around the tree lot.
Lights and ornaments done
Front of our house

We also took family photos for our Christmas card. A few of my favorites...

Monday, December 2, 2013

Florida and Missouri

I can't believe it's December already! I am way behind on my posts.

We had a very busy few weeks back in October and early November. It was go, go, go for a while. Nick's best friend, his wife and three kids live in West Palm Beach, Florida. They had not met Grayson yet and we had not met their new baby girl, so we planned a trip for October to visit them and all go to Disney World. We are huge Disney fans and have had annual passes to Disneyland for years, so we were very excited about this trip. We had a great time and can't wait for the next visit!

Two must haves on a flight with a toddler: remotes and their own seat!

A little snack before we go in to the Magic Kingdom

Troy and Grayson

Turkey leg!

We also went to the Lion Country Safari by our friend's house. It was fun seeing the animals.

Adorable video of G feeding the giraffe's, and then clapping for himself:

Ready for the Lion Country Safari

And then we were off to St. Louis, Missouri two weeks later. We went to visit family for Nick's Grandparents' 75th wedding anniversary. Grandpa Pep is 96 and Grandma Viv is 94. They are pretty amazing, still living on their own and very sharp.

Cannoli's for dinner, with Grayson's Great Grandparents

St. Louis Zoo