Halfway To An Answer

Ok… I know this is a couple days past the real halfway point, but I think it’s close enough. Here’s a little poem that I think suits me well right now.

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I’m not up, I’m not down. I’m somewhere in the middle. I don’t have any gut feelings this cycle… I’m still keeping my hopes up though!

I decided to test out my trigger shot this round… I’m taking a pregnancy test every day. I went to the dollar tree and bought 9 pregnancy tests for $1.00 each. I’ll get a few of the more expensive First Response tests for the last few days. It took until this morning, 9 days post IUI, for the test to go back to negative. A lot of people get early positive results on 10 days post IUI, so I’m hoping to see something good within the next few days!

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I’m glad I decided to test out the trigger though. Like I’ve said before, I feel better when I’m DOING SOMETHING! It doesn’t really matter to me if it makes a difference for the end result… just as long as it’s keeping me busy regarding baby making.

Symptom spotting… I’ve only had a few of the same progesterone symptoms as last time. The crazy sense of smell, the pressure in my uterus area… This time I can add zits. Lots and lots of zits. It’s miserable. I can also add the fact that something has completely shut down the receptors in my brain that say, “Hey! You’re full now. You can stop eating.” I can seriously pile a mountain of food on my plate, finish it off, and still go for more. I’m already overweight, I just hope I don’t end up as big as a house!

Next weekend I know I’ll end up busy. I have a broken washing machine so I know I will take my laundry to my parent’s house to do it there. Hopefully I can get a repair man to come and look at it soon. My mom, sister-in-law, and I are also going to have a girls day on Sunday and go to the movies to watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Hopefully next week sometime I will have an answer to share with all of you!

Coming Soon! The Results of My Pregnancy Test For IUI #2.

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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The Two Week Wait… Take Two!

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Well… this happened a lot faster than I expected! I went for my CD 10 ultrasound on Friday morning just to check things out, and ended up spotting a big ole 21 mm follicle on my right ovary. I had another one on my left ovary that was only 14 mm, but they said that they didn’t think it would grow enough to catch up and be fertilized. I’ve only got one shot… but all it takes is one!

After finding that big follicle the nurse met with the doctor and called me around noon on Friday to tell me to take my HCG trigger shot right away, and that I would be coming in this morning (Saturday, November 8th) at 9:00 AM. This was CD 11. Last month I didn’t do the insemination until CD 16.

I’m really glad I got to do my insemination on a Saturday this time. Last month I had to do it on a Monday, then go straight home and pack all my bags just to leave for a business trip to San Antonio, TX the next day. This time I get to relax, and really enjoy the fact that I’m trying to make a baby. I love thinking about it. It makes me so happy!

This time I asked what I could do if the HCG shot hurt as much as last time. The nurse told me to use Benadryl cream and to take Benadryl orally. The Benadryl didn’t even touch it! 😦 It’s just as painful as last time. It sucks!

Aside from the painful shot, I still feel really good about this month. This time I wore my second place owl socks and had the medal of St. Gerard Majella again. There were no crazy coincidences this time around… Just relaxed hopefulness. If this one works, I’ll have an estimated due date of August 1st!

Coming Soon! A mid two week wait check in.

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

It’s A Fresh Start!

First things first!

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Sorry. I just had to throw that out there. Voting is so important for me because I really want to do everything I can to try to improve the world that my future children will be living in. I hope all my American friends voted today too!

I’ve been slacking! I totally meant to update on Sunday… I promise I’m not sulking because of the negative pregnancy test! In fact, I’ve been feeling pretty good about things lately. To be completely honest, I was just procrastinating writing a new post because I was too busy reading Gone With The Wind. I had been working on finishing that book for almost two months and I finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel and decided to just go for it. Besides the fact that the book is really long, I have no idea why it took me so long to finish it. I guess I had my mind on too many other things!

So, I feel really good about this cycle. I had my baseline ultrasound on Friday and got my game plan. I’ve never really been good at the whole “lets wait and see” thing, which is what my ENTIRE last cycle was about. Last cycle they gave me 25 mg of Femara on CD(cycle day) 3 and then I had to wait EIGHT whole days just to find out that it didn’t work like they thought it would. This time they gave me the 25 mg of Femara on CD 3 like last time, but I got to start my injectable FSH on CD 5 through 8 with an ultrasound on CD 10. I know that’s a little confusing to follow, so here’s a chart that might make it a little more clear.

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The ultrasound on CD 10 which is Friday will tell me if I have any mature eggs that are ready to be triggered for an IUI. I hope I have a couple big fat juicy eggs that are ready to go!

I feel so optimistic about this cycle… In fact EVERYTHING feels so different this time around. Almost every day of my first cycle last month I was either nervous or scared because I didn’t know what to expect. This time I’m not so worried, and it helps so much that I’m not having to do the whole “wait and see” thing again.

I feel happy.

I feel confident.

I feel hopeful.

I feel optimistic!

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Coming Soon! Updates after my next 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

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

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