Monday, March 30, 2009

Everything in Moderation

Toddler whining is ok- in moderation

Toddler crying is ok- in moderation

Pregnancy Hormones are ok- in moderation

CONSTANT toddler whining plus crying, coupled with too many hormones= NOT OK

I am telling you guys- I am stressed out today! Harris is battling a cold that he caught not this Sunday, but LAST Sunday- a cold which I managed to catch as well. He feels like doody, I feel like doody, he is crying and whining nonstop and I am beside myself. I want to get up and play horsey to cheer him up, but thanks to the Sprinkle (our new name for the wee one) I am too tired to stand, let alone gallop. He screams if I put him down, and he hangs on to my leg as if he would otherwise fall into a pit of firey lava... I decided to take him into a shower to give him (and I) a change of scenery, and hopefully to help his congestion. I tried 3 times to set him down and the screaming ensued- he loves the shower.... uuuuugh...

Also, I fear that my pregnancy hormones must be taking over already, because my wife has been less than thrilled with me lately...

On a positive note, we had a very successful open house yesterday (trying to sell our house) and we also found a house that we really like (to buy)! Hopefully someone will like our current house as much as we like our potential new house...

Friday, March 20, 2009

What Kind of Mother would I be...

...If I didn't obsess about the well-being of my fetus? Ok, I realize that I was letting my fears get the best of me. Luckily, I took a step away from the mini pee stix and tried something with words on it. I am glad that I did.

Lets now step away from the pee stix and concentrate on our existing, beautiful, incredible little nugget boy! This morning I set a bowl of oatmeal in front of him with a little spoon, and he polished off the whole thing like a little expert and zero help from either momma! How old were your little ones when they started using forks and spoons successfully???

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lighter Is Not Better

Ok, so you are all wonderful and fantastic but now I am a little concerned... I took another test this morning and the second line is lighter than yesterdays second line... I can still see it, but it is fainter! ACK!!! I am really hoping that this is not a chemical pregnancy! Ninefirefly has been begging me for a pee stick shot, so here is a comparison from yesterday. Yesterday's (faint)positive is on the top, and today's (even fainter) positive is on the bottom. I know that it is still early- I think I am only at 12DPO but I hate that it got lighter...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Off The Record

Pea are eeh gee ehn ay ehn tea.

and no, I am not drunk, sitting in a pitch black room, or without my glasses as I type this...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Pee Stix

So, in following with the good ol' fashioned TTC obsession of peeing on as many sticks as possible, I felt that it was my duty, despite having a blood draw pregnancy test scheduled for Sunday morning, to use up all of my left over pregnancy tests during this 2 week wait. Speaking "classically" I am currently at 10DPO. I peed on my first stick yesterday, and second one this morning. Both tests came up negative- but I have always felt that 9 and 10 DPO were too early for me to get a positive anyways. When we were trying to get pregnant with Harris, I didn't get a faint positive until 14 DPO. I will say, however, that 2-3 minutes after the test was taken, I could maybe see a second line... Let's not get our hopes up! We will know on Sunday for sure!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Heat is On

So, Mindi, Harris and I all scurried downtown this afternoon for "The Big Egg Transfer". Of course, my bladder had to be full, so, there I was, holding 3 bottles of water, chugging them like a drunkard with a bottle of rum... They also had me take 2 Valium an hour before my appointment. I didn't really get why, but I took it anyway. What a lovely combination- a bursting bladder and a muscle relaxer... nice work people- way to use your brains... luckily, I didn't pee all over my RE, the ultrasound tech, the resident, Mindi, Harris, OR the embryologist, (who were all in one of those tiny exam rooms) so, I would consider the whole experience a success! We got to see our little embryo on the microscope before the transfer- that was pretty neat, and we got to watch the transfer on the ultrasound monitor. It is a pretty incredible feeling to know that, while I may not yet be pregnant (technically) there is a living embryo floating around in my uterus! Besides the embryo that we transferred, I had 12 other embryos that were all considered to be in perfect condition that we opted to cryopreserve. Apparently, the embryology team had a very hard time picking the "best" one for today's transfer because they were all stellar- now THAT is something that we were happy to hear! My pregnancy test/blood draw is set for the 22nd, so we will have to wait until then to see if it took!!!

Here are some snapshots of Harris partaking in the joy of me having to pee so bad it hurts... no, just kidding- but look- they gave us a picture of my uterus with a little arrow pointing to said embryo!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Sassy Glassy!

Picked up my new glasses!

13 Eggs

So, we got our egg report on Sunday- aparently, 15 of the 19 eggs were mature enough to attemp to fertilize. Out of those 15 eggs attempted, 13 fertilized!! Holy Moly! Our transfer is scheduled for (a currently undertermined time) Thursday. Wahoo!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

19 Eggs

So, Mindi and I got back home from our egg retrieval about 2 hours ago. The whole thing went really well. As the post title states, they were able to retrieve 19 eggs! Interestingly enough, during all of the dildocam ultrasounds, it appeared that my egg count was always 20. While Mind and I were walking from the parking garage to the office, I felt myself lose an egg- you know, I ovulated! It is amazing how in tune you can be with your body after doing fertility treatments! Then, I thought it was super funny to hear that they got 19 eggs- I was right! Listen to your body, I tell you! Harris stayed with our lovely neighbors during the appointment, so that took a little stress off of Mindi. Speaking of Mindi- she was super cute, giving me little kisses before and after the procedure, and telling me how proud and excited she was. Here I am right after waking up from the procedure.

I am also throwing in a couple cute pics of Harris that I took the other day when we went to IKEA. Harris is doing so well with his fork and spoon!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Our Current Journeys

The Family Style Love blog has been experiencing some serious neglect. I cannot apologize for it, however, because I just have too much shit going on! The most exciting thing for us right now, is, undeniably, the IVF cycle. I am sure that many of you know how IVF works, so I am not going to go into details here, but we are currently in the twice a day injection phase- Lupron in the AM, and a mix of Bravell and Menopur at night. The latter of the 2 is a multi step injection that requires mixing 4 bitty bottles together with saline. Let me tell you- the needle is gigantic, but luckily, it is just for mixing. The actual injection needle is much more friendly looking. It burns though- ooooh does it burn! Mindi has given me my injection once. I would have to say that I have not found either method to be better (mindi doing it or me doing it). I am also being monitored via ultrasound so that they can aspirate the eggs before I ovulate. I went for my first dildocam on Sunday, then today, I have another one scheduled for tomorrow, and it appears that I may have the aspiration procedure done on Saturday or Sunday. Mindi will have to be with me, as they will knock me out for the procedure. I kind of feel like this experience for me is reminiscent of how I felt right before Harris was born- I am in sort of a Zen-unexcited-notforlackofexcitement-relaxedaboutitall- kind of place... We should know by the 24th if it works!

The second time-consuming thing is the sale of our house! We have been cleaning and painting like mad women trying to get the house in order. We are also on the lookout for the plum trees lining our street to bloom. We kindof live in the pseudo-ghetto, if you will, but our street is the most gorgeous one around when those plum trees bloom! I am anticipating that the plum trees will bloom and that the house will go on the market within the next 3 weeks!

Mindi and I are both getting new glasses! I know, that sounds so unexciting, but Mindi has not had new glasses for almost 7 years and she is way overdue. I have had my current boring librarian glasses for about 4 years, and my eyes are in need of a fix up as well! So, we are going to bite the bullet and get our eye exams done Friday afternoon. We have both found frames that we really like (which was quite a feat) and we are ready to go!! I will be sure to post a picture of me in my old and then new specs when I have them- I am going for sassy this time! No more tortoise shell for me- oh no no! I am going to live it up a little! I am not getting any younger, and I need to take care of myself a little more, so sassy glasses is step number 1! We are also both going to splurge and get Rx sunglasses too- we have always wanted them and never went for it, so away we go!

Let's see... anything else? Ummm Harris is walking more and more and more lately. He is super cute because he is so cautious! Whoops- I have to go to work now- I am hoping to update again soon!!!


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