First IUI!

I am 4 weeks post surgery and currently on CD 2.  While the surgeon wanted me to try on my own for 6-9 months I just don’t see the point in waiting when my endo can come back at any time so here goes nothing!  I got into the right weight for an IUI by eating 1460 calories a day!  I call it the starvation diet and fat camp but it’s working!  The fertility clinic weighs me every time so I make sure to not eat or drink prior and to pee a couple times before!!!! Hey when in desperate times you will do what you gotta do, am I right?

Tomorrow I go in for Day 3 ultrasound and blood work.  I got all my meds in the mail, I will be taking 100mg clomid, progesterone suppositories, and then an Ovidrel Trigger shot.  The pharmacy warned me not to let the Ovidrel freeze or it becomes invalid and even though I had it in the fridge door it of course froze!  So thankfully the manufacturer is giving me a one time free trigger shot to replace this one.  It turns out my fridge is set to 34 but the shot has to be stored between 36-36 degrees Fahrenheit.  The lady on the phone said normally the husbands were the one to accidentally freeze the medicine 😦  They also said if I would have accidentally froze Gonal it would have been $1,000.00 to replace and the Ovidrel is only $99.50!

This first period after surgery is definitely heavier and longer, but this coming from a girl who is used to a 3 day cycle that is light.  It’s not so heavy I need like heavy pads or anything just different.  My incision sites are continuing to heal and feel ok.  I use having a few sharp pains in the left ovary that he opened but I’m chalking that up to it closing back up again because I haven’t had any since.

I am also looking into therapy to deal with my infertility and binge eating.  I need to get things under control with my health and what I’m eating has everything to do with it! I had my physical and the blood work came back great expect my LDL is 163 – Stroke level! I am 27!!! So I am definitely freaked out, I guess my youth can only carry me so far.

So along with the IUI I am juggling being a mom to an almost 5 year old, a dog mom to a 13 week old puppy who is worse than a child and a wife and don’t forget I work outside the home full-time!  God is definitely guiding me through all of this and I look to him everyday.  I call my commute to and from work my time with Jesus as I listen to the local contemporary Christian channel.  And as you can imagine DC traffic is terrible so this helps keep me in a good place as well.  I have been nervous that the IUI can lead to twins but I know God has a plan for us and if that is his plan than I cannot wait and we are very excited for whatever may become.

I leave you with an updated picture of Sammy!  I will post later after my scan tomorrow 🙂 Prayers are always welcome!

Birthday!

Monday I will be 27! Yikes time really does fly, while my age is considered young in the infertile world I feel like I’m an old soul.  Between working full time and being a mom and a wife I find I’m torn in a million different directions.  When I leave for work in the morning I see the stay at home moms putting their older kids on the school bus then taking a walk around the lake with their younger kids and I can’t help but to feel a little jealous.  I know the grass isn’t always greener on the other side but goodness I could use that walk to loose some weight and how great would it be to actually cook my meals instead of hitting the Chick-Fil-A drive thru for lunch every day?  But I digress – today is a wonderful day and I am blessed to be here to see another year, blessed to have found a husband that loves me no matter what through all my crazy antics and trust me he has gone along with some of my crazy shenanigans! Blessed to have a wonderful little girl whom at one point I never thought I would ever have.  It’s the moments like this in the secondary infertility world that make me feel selfish – at least I have one – I hear this SO much and trust me I feel incredibly blessed to have her, I just want more! 🙂

Kaylee started a Junior-K program this year to prepare her for Kindergarten next year.  If they choose not to sleep we are allowed to send in a “quiet bag” for them to color while they rest for 30min – 1 hour, this is a little something I whipped up with scrap fabric!

I used the following tutorial: Super Easy Library Bag Tutorial

These are some bags I made using the tutorial for Kaylee’s preschool friends:

Since this is the last cycle before my surgery I decided to use OPK’s and pray for the best!  I guess in my mind it’s a last ditch effort to avoid surgery!  I like to use Wondfo Sticks in conjunction with Clearblue Advanced Digital sticks they really compliment each other well.  Along with this we use PreSeed Lubricant.  I’ve been considering asking the surgeon this there is anything he can do to help with my anteverted uterus and if that could help but I’ve watched the YouTube videos and I’m not sure I want a mesh sewed into me, something about having a foreign object in my body doesn’t sit well.

CD 8:   This is not a peak day the Clearblue is flashing and the Wondo is not positive, gotta love 26 day cycles.  I should peak within the next 3-4 days.img_5131

This weekend also begins a six-week bible study, we will be going through In the Wait!  I’m super excited about this because infertility or not we all go through seasons of waiting and waiting is not something any of us does well!  It also is coming at such a great time with my surgery being around the corner!

Check it out:  In the Wait

I will leave you all with this that was shared with me from a friend!

 

 

God is beyond good!

I wanted to start back into blogging and when I seen Chelsea’s post about the upcoming TTC Mug Exchange it prompted me to sign back in and again typing!

2016 TTC Mug Exchange

It’s been awhile since I’ve been on here and let me say I am still NOT pregnant, but that’s ok.  One thing I can say about my journey is it has brought me back to God and so much closer to him and for that I am super grateful.

I went through all infertility testing in February/March of this year, the only things that were off was I had a slightly elevated egg count and slightly elevated estrogen.  I also had an MRI to try to conclude more if the 4cm cyst inside my left ovary was indeed an endometrioma, which it was.  After 2 years of putting off surgery I will be getting laparoscopic surgery on September 28th to remove the cysts on my ovaries and the 4cm endometrioma inside my left ovary.  I am beyond scared as I have never had surgery before but I know the recovery is much better with this type of surgery so I’m trying not to think about it too much.  After surgery I want to start acupuncture and a better diet in hopes of achieving pregnancy.

We just got back from our yearly trip to Topsail Island in North Carolina, I swear I want to live there someday!  We had a great time enjoying the island and I even sneaked in some knitting 🙂

This is the Madelinetosh Honeycowl!  This was a quick and fun infinity scarf!

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