My little update - This summer has been so so busy, at this point I'm actually looking forward to October since things should slow down then and we'll be super super focused on TTC. We're leaving for africa in just a couple weeks and have a lot of planning/shopping/packing to do. I had to take board exams for my professional license so I've been studying nonstop. And I got a promotion at work so that's added to the stress (in a good way, but still...). DH is also now looking for a new job, which semi-freaks me out because we use his health insurance and all our IUIs/ meds/ ultrasounds /etc. are covered with just a tiny co-pay. I'm so afraid he'll get a job with fewer benefits and we'll be paying out of pocket for everything. :o/ So basically when we get back from africa, we'll be doing everything possible to get PG before he gets a new job (no pressure... @*&#*). Soooo........ yah, that's where I'm at these days.
I think of you all often and hope you are well. Check in and let us know how you're doing! :)
BTW Andrea, thanks for asking about my trip and the possibility of DH's family asking about baby stuff. I hadn't even considered that possibility so I talked to DH about it and he didn't think it would be an issue. It's kinda a weird family dynamic since he's the only family member who has come to the US, and both his parents are deceased, so it's like he's the head of the family in this weird way. At this point I'm just trying to prepare for the totally unexpected since I have NO idea how I/we will be received there or what it will be like. I'm getting really excited and a wee bit nervous about it. :)
Andi, we are both 3 DPO! How great would it be if we both got pg this cycle?! Or, did you guys prevent? I am so excited for you- a new promotion and your big trip! So much to look forward to! When do you leave and how long are you going?
All is well with me. I am so glad I took Clomid on CD 5-9. It delayed O by a few days, and if I had Oed around CD 15 like usual, DP would not have been around during the fertile window. He got home the night of my + OPK, so we managed two well timed BDs. I have never felt O pains, but this cycle, on the day before I Oed, I had bloating and some cramping, which totally surprised me. I'm hoping it means I produced a super big target for DP's swimmers!
So now I wait...
Hi everyone! I'm back--did ya miss me?
Well, it's been a very nice and relaxing summer without all of the TTC-related stress. We decided to jump off the emotional roller coaster and "just relax". (It didn't work to get us pg, so don't believe those crazy people who tell you it will!) We took a few trips (family visits, Vegas for DH's birthday, and Alaska for 10 days) and worked on house projects and generally tried to get away from thinking constantly about TTC. It was somewhat successful, but of course it's never far from our minds. So we're jumping back in the game with both feet--prepping for IVF.
I'm in the middle of my BCP to suppress prior to IVF. I had my trial embryo transfer last week (didn't feel a thing--much easier than I was anticipating) and we have our big consult with the whole office next Monday. I'll finish my BCP on the 18th and then we get started with stims. I'm happy to be moving forward, but also pretty apprehensive since I think we'll only go through this once. Our insurance will only cover one round of IVF, and we can't afford to pay for a second one out of pocket. But, the RE says my blood work has actually improved since last year and he is hopeful that we'll get lots of eggs and healthy embies. So I'm going to go against my nature and try to stay optimistic.
Yay Cortney, welcome back!! :) Glad to hear your "TTC-free summer" was semi successful and WOOHOO on ivf! Talk about jumping in with both feet! Keep thinking positive... I'm so excited for you! KUP on how the stims go.
Andrea, your temps are looking stellar I must say. :) Maybe that clomid did the trick. When are you going to test!? I think that this isn't going to be my month (so I'm rooting for you all the way!) We didn't prevent, and we actually had semi decent timing, but I'm not feelin' it. And with everything goin on and the stress of it all, it might be for the best. At this point, I'm just excited about the trip and okay with waiting until we get back to get our BFP. Oh, and we leave in exactly 2 weeks! Yesterday we bought a bucket of Deet... ;p DH makes so much fun of me for being so worried about malaria. In the past he traveled home without ever getting any vaccinations, never took antimalarials, etc, but I'm making him do all that this time. :)
Waving hi to everyone else... Lisa, how's the new school year treating you? Leila feeling a difference from all that acupuncture?
Andi--How exciting that your trip is coming up so soon! I'm with you on the DEET, too. I hate mosquitoes in general, but the thought of malaria is enough to have me covered from head to toe.
Andrea--Your temps look amazing! I'm hoping that the clomid did the trick for you this cycle!
AFM---WTF?!? I'm on day 12 of my BCP (supposed to be 21 days for suppression) and it looks like AF is getting ready to show. I've been spotting since Sunday, which I attributed to leftovers from the trial embryo transfer that was done on Friday. But no, it seems to be turning into a full-on AF.
I've got a call into the IVF nurse, and I'm waiting for a call back. Why can't my body just stinking cooperate for once? Why can't this just go smoothly?
Cortney- that sucks about bleeding. I was only ever on BC for about 6 months a long time ago so I don't know much about it, and can't remember how it affected me, but it sounds like the break-through bleeding some women talk about. I imagine it is so frustrating, since you need this protocol to work. I hope the nurse gives you good info.
Andi- I've had malaria a few times and it sucks big time. I hope the DEET and anti-malarials work for you and you stay healthy on this fabulous trip. I haven't been to southern Africa since 2008 and I am so jealous. The last two summers I went to Ghana instead and though I love Ghana, my heart belongs to Zimbabwe and southern Africa. I can't wait to hear about your trip!
AFM- yes, Cortney, my temps are insanely high. Today's temp is the second highest temp I've ever recorded. I am trying not to be too hopeful though because I sure don't feel pregnant, and I know my temps can easily start on the downward trend. I do think it is interesting that so many of my post O temps are in the 98s- I rarely get into the 98s (in the morning or even daytime temps) and yesterday all day I was having hot flashes, so I temped a couple of times and my temp ranged from 98.8-99.2, which is super high for me. I'd love to think it is from being pg, but I am scared that since clomid can help boost progesterone, it is just indicative of my boosted progesterone from that and not from pregnancy. I am going crazy wondering about it though. Have any of you who have been on clomid had higher than normal LP temps because of it?
Hi guys, popping in. :-) School starts tomorrow so I keep wavering between obsessively checking and double checking that everything is done, and just trying to relax and enjoy the last day of summer (sad...).
I have made peace with being in fourth grade this year, as you know if you have been following my blog. The kids are bigger, but I am told that they will be more responsible too!
I think the BCP are actually working this month, at least I haven't spotted since I let my body have its AF last month, but you'll see a chart update if that changes. The real test will be the few days immediately preceding the nothing pills.
We are excited about adopting, and our plan is still to start the process in summer '11, but it could change to earlier or later depending on how we feel. Currently we are thinking Ghana, but Uganda is looking like an option too (the agency we want to go through is just starting a program there, might be interesting to be some of the pilot families).
Those are my main updates. :-) Life is good.
Lisa, I've spent a lot of time in Ghana (lived there for a year and have been back twice since then) and spent some time at orphanages there. I can tell you that Ghanaian kids are amazing and have such bright spirits, even those living in orphanages, and there are a lot of really well run orphanages that do as much as they can for their kids. Although my time in east Africa has been pretty limited, one of my good friends does her research there and she thinks it is a wonderful place also. I don't think you can go wrong offering your heart and home to any child, from anywhere, but African children are near and dear to my heart and I hope something works out for you.
Happy new school year!
Cortney - I see from your blog things seem to be back on track! Fingers crossed it stays that way and may the control freak within you manage to not go crazy. ;o)
Lisa - hi!! Ah, you guys just started up your school year... 4th grade seems like a fun age to teach. 9 year olds still have some of that preciousness of the lil kids but they have great senses of humor and their brains are runnin! My 9 and 10 year old clients are some of my favorites. :) Exciting news that you're narrowing down the adoption options!
Andrea - Hey, your temps are still looking good!! My LP temps went up more than usual my second cycle with clomid, not so much the first. Keeping my FX for you!! And yah, Deet will be my friend while we're there because I've decided not to take the antimalarials. :o/ After the dr told me on friday they want me to wait 3 months after taking the antimalarials before TTC, I got home and cried. I just can't postpone this process any longer, so DH and I talked about it and decided we'll just take the precautions and hope for the best. It's not rainy season there right now so it should be ok. I didn't realize how on edge I was about having to WAIT more in this process until I broke down crying at the thought of waiting any longer!!