Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Congratulations, Sandi!

I want to send a big, huge, CONGRATULATIONS to my friend, Sandi - she got her miracle BFP today on a break cycle! She was supposed to start IVF in January after many a failed IUI - and guess what -- she doesn't need it!

Again Sandi - I wish the biggest congratulations to both you and your husband! Enjoy it and celebrate - you're going to be a MOMMY!

Endometrial Biopsy Results & IVF#3 Protocol

Biopsy results came back negative - so once again - nothing wrong with me! So why won't these lovely little embies of ours stick around?! Guess that one's still left to be determined. Joy! Maybe it's too much fragmentation? Maybe we're just unlucky? Maybe something sperm related? Or my eggs suck?

Maybe this new protocol will help? Who knows. It's a mixture of Estrogen Priming and Antagonist. Here's what I'll be on in no particular order:

- 10 iu daily, drop to 5 (yup - even though it's antagonist - go figure)
- daily

Estrodial Valerate
- 4 mg inject
- 4 times
- 225 iu
- daily once start stimming

- 75 iu
- daily with Follistim

- 2,500 mg boosters
- not sure of frequency

- Ganirelix
- 0.25 mg/0.5 ml
- daily once start stims

- trigger

- 50 mg
- daily after Retrieval

- 30 mg
- daily after Retrieval

- 200 mg
- daily after Retrieval

- 2 mg
- daily after Retrieval

Then the regular smaller stuff: valium, doxycyline, etc...

Definitely a change from my regular old Lupron + Follistim + Trigger, eh?

So, once I get my period, we will decide if we want to start IVF#3 or not - based on finances and how everything would line up with the holidays. Let's hope 3rd times the charm!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Sexy Voice - I Have It

So apparently I am still sick. At least the sore throat is gone, but since it went away I have had a stuffy nose and coughin. And now I can't stop. And as a result, it has left me with the lovely sexy-ish voice you get - I think I'll keep it for a while! LOL

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Holy Giant Leaf!

The weather today was so absolutely gorgeous, so DH and I went for a walk on the boardwalk and came across a Maple tree full of GIANT leaves - look at this thing!

Gotta love Sundays and Fall!

Friday, October 24, 2008

No Longer Sick!

But DH is. Same thing I had - sore throat, achy, and just basically feel spacy/crappy. Poor guy!

And I just I knew if I broke down and made an appointment to see my PCP about my sore throat, it'd be gone by then. And wouldn't you know it, I wake up this morning and it's all gone. Good thing they let me cancel without penalty!

Decided to take today off - just didn't feel like going to work, so I didn't. So now begins a long weekend for me! Not too much planned for this weekend. We have a birthday party to go to tomorrow afternoon, but depending on how DH feels if we end up going or not. It's supposed to be a crappy weekend weather-wise anyway, so who knows. Might be more fun to just curl up with a book anyway. I do still have the last 2 Twilight books to finish - can't wait!

Other than that, not too much going on. Just waiting for my endometrial biopsy results to come back next week and then for CD1 to arrive to see if we start our next IVF cycle or not. Life is pretty boring right now - not that that's bad!

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Our Baby?

A couple of girls on the Nest did this and thought it would be fun to try. I went to and uploaded pictures of us, and here is what our future baby will look like:

Not too bad, right? LOL

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I have a Sore Throat

...and it doesn't seem to want to go away. So I guess I should just bite the bullet and make an appointment, eh? I am at the doctor's so much for the IF stuff, I never want to go for "regular" stuff.

I have always been that way, I just think it's more so, now. Guess I should probably go ahead and make the appointment since a few people have said that Strep Throat is going around. I used to get that 4-5 times as a kid and it sucks. Anyone want to go in my place? Pretty please?

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Dirtiest of 4-Lettered Words

Snow. Yup - that is what is forecasted for some areas around here today. And somone on my local already saw it. It needs to stay away. For a long time.

I know we need it for the ground, trees, blah, blah, blah, but I am just not ready for the white stuff yet. Nooooooooooooooo!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Hysteroscopy Today - Ouch!

Been a while since I updated on our Fertility progress, so here goes. At my last WTF, the doctor recommended a Hysteroscopy and Endometrial Biopsy to figure out if there's anything in my uterus that may be causing our IVF's to fail. And pending what they find on the first two, if a Lap is needed.

And today was the day for the Hysteroscopy and Endometrial Biopsy. And let's just say they hurt! Just as much as the HSG did. Ouch! It first started with the novacaine type stuff he injected into my cervix - yikes! The actual process itself cramped/hurt as much as the HSG did, but the worst part was the Biopsy. OMG THAT HURT! And he did it twice! It was cool to see, but let's just say I'm happy that's done.

I'm not sure if I was happy they didn't find anything or if I was hoping they would - to at least give me us a reason for the failures, you know?

So, now that those were clear, they said we can start IVF#3 with my next CD1 if we're up for it and have enough money. So once we get there, I'll figure out what the schedule will be like and how they fall with the holidays. If they interfere, I'll wait because we will because we will be out of town alot around Chirstmas. So I guess we'll see!

Guess that's it for an update for now. Hope everyone's doing well!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Visit from the Family!

This was such a great weekend! My mom, sister, her fiance, and the little pumpkin below came down for a visit - and we had such a good time, just hanging out! Dad couldn't come, but we'll be going up shortly, I'm sure and get to see him then.

The weather was a bit chilly this weekend, but oh so sunny, making it a great weekend to do some fun fall things outside. I had gone up into the Heldeberg's and walked the Indian Ladder Trail last weekend when DH was away and it was absolutely beautiful up there with the leaves. So I suggested we all go up on Saturday and it was still so pretty. DH was hunting, but the rest of us went and enjoyed the view. I took 500+ pictures last weekend when I went (experimenting with my camera settings, I promise! haha) so I didn't take any, but my mom took a few hundred herself. Ha!

The rest of the weekend we just hung out, my sister tried on wedding dresses, we finally picked the pictures for our wedding album (thank you mom!) and played with the baby. Mom left this morning and my sister, her FI, and my nephew left early this afternoon so still had some time to ourselves this afternoon. I love it when my family visits and can't wait to see them again!
Here are just a few pics from my mom and me:

Sister, her FI, and my nephew:

Sister, her FI, and me!

The trail leads you behind a couple waterfalls - and more great views!

On a related note, here are a few pictures I took on the boardwalk by our house last weekend:

Fall and Family - love them both!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

My Nephew - so cute!

My sister sent me some pics of little Landon that they took last night when doing their pumpkins. So cute! (but I may be biased haha)

There were a couple you could see his face and he was smiling, up a storm! But I'm having problems loading them, so here are a couple:

And apparently he didn't mind because now he's asleep!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Almost the weekend!

Hey there - not too much going on this week - nothing too exciting. DH is going away this weekend. Leaves tomorrow (after we get to do lunch together!) and then he'll be back sometime Monday. So this weekend I think I'm going to have an alone, girlie weekend. I like having those every once in a while, you know? Watch chick flicks, get whatever I want for dinner, maybe grab myself a yummy dessert, maybe look or a pair of shoes, drive around and look at leaves, and watch a bunch of cheesy things I've DVR'd! And then Monday I'll go in to work and hopefully he'll be home before I do!

Other than that, not too much going on on the baby making front, either. Due to my thermometer deciding to not work I honestly have no idea where I am in my cycle. I have a new one now but based on the temps it's giving me, I can't really tell if I'm pre- or post-O. I could go by the CM or CP, but those are only so reliable alone. Much more reliable with temps. Oh well. Guess I'll just wait it out until the inevitable - b/c I know she'll show her ugly face!

Hope all is well!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Hysteroscopy Time

So - I've had the HSG and SHG. Since the two BFN's, the doctor now wants me to have a Hysteroscopy, Endometrial Biopsy and Lap. So, the Hysteroscopy is scheduled for the 21 - anyone had that before? The HSG kinda sucked, so I hope it's not as bad as that - although the nurse didn't sound so convincing lol

Then the Endometrial Biopsy has to be done on the 21st day of a cycle an the lap may be scheduled based on what they see during the Hysteroscopy. Fun, fun!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

So October is the month. I know a few women who have had it and survived (thankfully!) and it really scares me sometimes. I know they say to wait until you're 40 before having regular mammograms, but sometimes I think they should really have us go beforehand, you know? Well, hopefully by the time I turn 40 there'll be a better process than getting your boobs squished, eh?! lol

Also - I thought this was pretty cool - one of our local radio stations is doing a whole bunch of events this month to support Breast Cancer, and yesterday they started off in a fun way. They only played songs by Pink! Pretty clever, if you ask me. Plus, who doesn't like her songs! ;-)