Because I’m Tired of Waiting…

IUI # 1 failed. I am NOT pregnant. Aunt Flo came today so I’m back at cycle day 1. My first ultrasound for IUI attempt #2 is scheduled for Friday morning.

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Coming Soon! The game plan for my next cycle.

The Fertility Blessing

You know my deep desire for a child. A little one to love and to hold, to care for, to cherish. Grant that my body may conceive and give birth to a beautiful, healthy baby in Your holy image.

Guide me in all my choices so that this conception, my pregnancy and my baby’s birth are in line with Your will.

Heavenly Father and Holy Mother, hear this prayer of my heart, mind and spirit.

Amen

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And The Results Are In!

Oh, you thought I meant the results of the pregnancy test?!?! No, no, no! That’s not happening until tomorrow. I meant the results of my ancestry DNA test!

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Don’t worry, I’ll talk about wrapping up the two week wait after this.

I have to admit, I thought it was a little weird that I would know my donor’s heritage (English, Greek, Irish), but I don’t even know my own heritage so I bought a DNA test kit from ancestrydna.com. After the kit came in, I spit in the test tube and shipped it off with the understanding that it would take 6-8 weeks for them to process it. Somehow I got my results in less than 4 weeks but during the time I spent waiting for the results I hunted down my family tree using a free trial on ancestry.com. It surprised me to find out that my last name, Landry, is shortened from De La Tour Landry. The farthest back someone has traced the Landry line is to 1375 France. I also found the family tree for my dad’s mom and I was amazed to find so many Germans! Now that I know there are a lot of Germans in the family tree… It explains so much! HA! It’s really amazing. I couldn’t find anything on my mom’s side so the rest of my heritage was still a mystery.

So the results of my ancestry DNA test…

I am 97% European with trace amounts of West Asia(2%) and African (less than 1%).

Here it is broken down even more.

46% French/German

23% Irish – This is the surprise! I’m guessing this is on my Mom’s side because I can’t find it on my Dad’s side.

16% Spanish/Portuguese

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There are other trace amounts of European heritage, but not enough to go in to detail.

All very interesting stuff. My dad bought another month of membership to ancestry.com so I’m looking forward to digging deeper!

Ok… Moving on to the two week wait. This past week wasn’t as easy as the first week. It felt like it was dragging by. I think my hormones evened out, because I don’t feel ANY symptoms that could potentially be pregnancy at all. I had hoped for SOME KIND of sign, but I got nothing. I honestly have a gut feeling that this cycle didn’t work.

I’m currently trying to work up the guts to take a pregnancy test. As long as I haven’t taken a pregnancy test I’ve still got hope… I’m a little afraid to let that go. I keep telling myself that once I take a pregnancy test I’ll be trading hope for direction. I would know if I would be going in the direction of having a baby, or in the direction of trying again next month… but right now I’m content with hope. Regardless, I’ll have to take the test tomorrow morning because I have to call the doctor’s office with the results tomorrow.

I’ll just put this out there right now, I won’t be posting the results as soon as I know them. I respect my family enough to not let them find out if I’m pregnant through a blog post so I want to allow myself at least a week to tell them. I hope I have good news to tell yall next week. If I don’t, I think I’ll at least have a game plan for trying again.

Coming Soon! The results of my pregnancy test.

The Fertility Blessing

You know my deep desire for a child. A little one to love and to hold, to care for, to cherish. Grant that my body may conceive and give birth to a beautiful, healthy baby in Your holy image.

Guide me in all my choices so that this conception, my pregnancy and my baby’s birth are in line with Your will.

Heavenly Father and Holy Mother, hear this prayer of my heart, mind and spirit.

Amen

7 Days Down & 7 More To Go!

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I honestly thought I would be going nuts by now, but it feels like the past week has flown by. I can think of two reasons why that might be.

First, I stayed really busy. The day after my IUI I went to San Antonio, TX for 3 days for a business meeting. Its about a 7 hour drive from where I live, so that passed days 1, 2, & 3 right away. I really enjoyed myself this time. The weather was beautiful so I walked the river walk, went to the wax museum, got chocolate ice cream and ate it in the park across from the Alamo, and of course there are great restaurants there! Day 4 was a quick Friday at work and days 5 & 6 were filled with errands that I had been meaning to do for a long time. It was perfect for keeping busy and passing the time.

Second, I’ve been single for almost 9 years. The first time I thought about trying to have a baby alone was when I was 25, but I decided that I still wanted to wait. And so I waited… and waited… and waited for my Mr. Right to come along. I’m 31 now. That means that I’ve been waiting SIX YEARS for this. This two weeks feels like a drop in the bucket compared to that.

I plan to stay busy over the next week as well… Starting with a college football game tomorrow evening. UL Lafayette vs. Arkansas State. It should be a good game. I’m sure I’ll find something to keep me busy for the rest of the week!

So I know that I’m only 7 days post ovulation and it’s too early to start symptom spotting, but just for fun I’m going to list the weird things I’ve noticed that I will blame on the progesterone that I’m taking.

2 DPO – The vivid dreams started. They’re a little crazy so I won’t go into full detail… but I’ll just say that my sister-in-law really REALLY wanted to see Justin Timberlake. IDK???

4 DPO – What’s that smell?!?! I felt like I had a Super Scooby Sniffer! I could smell everything. The worst was my cereal bowl after I ate my cheerios and milk. Eating the cereal was fine… but I could smell the bowl even though it was a few feet away from me. Gross.

5, 6, 7 DPO – I feel the tiniest bit of cramping in my uterus area… When I say tiny, I mean TINY! It wouldn’t even compare to period cramps. I think I only noticed it because I’m waiting for SOMETHING to happen… so I’m not putting too much behind that observation.

TMI ALERT!!! Don’t read the next one if you don’t want too much information.

6 DPO – The previously mentioned progesterone isn’t being taken orally. It’s a who-ha suppository. Apparently it’s taking a toll on the area. My who-ha hurts.

Early Morning 7 DPO – Woke up about 3:00 AM with terrible heartburn. Took some tums and went back to bed. Had to take tums after breakfast and after lunch as well.

Other than that I feel fantastic! I didn’t realize how much all the meds were slowing me down. The day after my IUI I felt such a great spurt of energy. I hadn’t felt like that in over a month and a half! I hope it continues!

Coming Soon! Wrapping up the two week wait.

The Fertility Blessing

You know my deep desire for a child. A little one to love and to hold, to care for, to cherish. Grant that my body may conceive and give birth to a beautiful, healthy baby in Your holy image.

Guide me in all my choices so that this conception, my pregnancy and my baby’s birth are in line with Your will.

Heavenly Father and Holy Mother, hear this prayer of my heart, mind and spirit.

Amen

And So It Begins… The First Day Of My Two Week Wait

(For those who don’t know about the process… the two week wait is the amount of time that a woman has to wait before taking a pregnancy test. There is no guarantee that the procedure I had today worked. I’ll just have to wait and see!)

The baby batter is in the oven. Lets get baking!

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So last week I had my ultrasound on Wednesday and it pretty much showed that there wasn’t as much follicle growth as they would have liked to have seen. There were three that measured at 12mm, two at 11mm, two at 10 and quite a few smaller ones.

Because there weren’t any as big as they needed to be I was sent home with Bravelle which is an injectable FSH(follicle stimulating hormone). I was to give myself an injection on the Wednesday night and again on the Thursday night then return on Friday for another ultrasound.

Friday’s ultrasound showed one follicle at 17mm(just one mm shy of what it needed to be), three at 12mm, and two at 11mm along with some more smaller ones. Since it was so close, I was told to give myself one more Bravelle injection on Friday night, then trigger on Saturday night. For those who don’t know, a trigger is a shot of HCG which induces ovulation. The plan was for me to come in for my big squirt on Monday.

Now, lets talk about this trigger shot! I didn’t get any warning from the nurses, and I’m SO glad I had a friend who went through this and told me about it. The needle doesn’t hurt, injecting the fluid doesn’t hurt, but a few hours later… IT HURTS! This is the second day after the shot… Apparently this is normal!

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Yowch!!

Anyway! My IUI was this morning, and as promised I wore the socks that won the poll a couple blogs back.

Proof!

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The garden gnomes were the winners… So I guess that means the seeds are planted! Grow baby, Grow!

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The IUI was absolutely painless and it was over before I knew it! I think the hardest part of all of this will be waiting a full two weeks to take a pregnancy test! I sure hope I have my own little squirt to love soon!

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I think one of the fun things that my mom and I noticed today was that this all happened in the 10th month, at 11:12, on the 13th day of the month in the year 2014! 10,11,12,13,14… How cool is that??? I’d also like to send a shout out to my sister-in-law who gave me her medal of St. Gerard Majella. He is the patron saint of expectant mothers. It makes it extra special that she wore it through both of her pregnancies with my nieces! Of course I had my moonstone jewelry on too!

Coming Soon! I’ll give an update on how I’m tolerating my two week wait.

The Fertility Blessing

You know my deep desire for a child. A little one to love and to hold, to care for, to cherish. Grant that my body may conceive and give birth to a beautiful, healthy baby in Your holy image.

Guide me in all my choices so that this conception, my pregnancy and my baby’s birth are in line with Your will.

Heavenly Father and Holy Mother, hear this prayer of my heart, mind and spirit.

Amen

All Systems Go!

The cyst is gone!

So Aunt Flo visited a few short hours after my last blog post.  That means that I had my baseline ultrasound on Tuesday. I went in cautiously optimistic, and the results were that I am good to go for IUI attempt #1 this month. I am simultaneously excited and terrified. As a future single mom by choice I’ve never tried to get pregnant before. I have no clue how easy, or hard, this journey will be. It would be a total dream come true if I could accomplish pregnancy on my first IUI, but I just can’t get my hopes up for that.

The doctor decided to do a medicated and monitored cycle, so this won’t be happening all natural with no meds. I didn’t really have a preference on that. I just figured that I would just go along with what ever the doctor suggested.

Step one after the baseline ultrasound was to take a 25 mg dose of Femara (the generic name is letrozole). This medicine causes an increase in FSH, or Follicle Stimulating Hormone. Follicles are basically fluid filled sacks on your ovaries which grow around an egg as it matures.

Now, I just sit and wait until Wednesday. On that morning I will have blood labs done to measure my progesterone, estrogen, and luteinizing hormone. I will also have another ultrasound. They will be looking for follicles that have grown to 18mm or larger. I’m hoping for a few, the more eggs I have the higher chance I have to get pregnant, but not too many because that would increase my chances for a multiples pregnancy (i.e. twins, triplets…). If they haven’t grown like expected, then I will have to take more medications to try to get those things growing!

Ok, now lets talk fees…

Last month when I had the ultrasound that found the cyst I forgot to mention that I paid $144.16 for the ultrasound, but it was actually covered by insurance because of the cyst. The birth control I had to take was $18.36.

THIS month…

Since everything is full speed ahead, the fee for the fertility clinic is $1200.00. That will cover all ultrasounds, labs, and the actual IUI.

The Femara was very cheap at $3.24.

I also had to buy, from a mail order pharmacy, an HCG trigger shot that I will have to give to myself when my follicles are big enough. This shot will induce ovulation. That cost was $92.00. The two syringes, four needles, and a sharps container all came with it free.

Also from that same mail order pharmacy I got thirty 200MG capsules of progesterone which I will have to use post IUI. I was surprised to find out that the progesterone was actually covered by my insurance… Even so, the cost is $70.30.

Lastly, I ordered my vial of sperm. Mom got a kick out of me calling it “Baby Batter” the other day! I think that we’ve covered almost all of the nick names for it… Spunk, Jizz, Baby Batter… Anyway, the vial of sperm cost $695.00 plus $195.00 for shipping. This came to a total of $890.00.

Geezzzzz! Fingers crossed this works on the first round!

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Seriously though!

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No, really…

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I could use all the positive prayers, vibes, juju… whatever you got. It is very possible that I will have my insemination completed before my next post. If it works, I will have a due date sometime around July 2nd – July 6th.

Don’t forget! If you haven’t voted on the socks in my last blog post, this might be your last chance!

Coming Soon! An update after Wednesday’s ultrasound.

The Fertility Blessing

You know my deep desire for a child. A little one to love and to hold, to care for, to cherish. Grant that my body may conceive and give birth to a beautiful, healthy baby in Your holy image.

Guide me in all my choices so that this conception, my pregnancy and my baby’s birth are in line with Your will.

Heavenly Father and Holy Mother, hear this prayer of my heart, mind and spirit.

Amen