Friday, February 27, 2009
Okay internets, when do you think I should do it? I was thinking Sunday, which is 9dp2dt (that's 9 days post 2 day transfer for those not up on the lingo, or 11 days post ovulation (if it were a natural conception)).
Those of you who've had success, please tell me when you got a second line. I've been fairly calm so far, but I'm starting to get anxious. I WANT TO KNOW!!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I'm enjoying the yummy chocolate that Angrycanrn sent me for my transfer. Chocolate makes sweet babies, right? That's my theory and I'm sticking to it.
About beets, lately I've been really into them, but I'd never cooked them myself. There are a couple of gourmet takeout places near my office that make good beet salads, but they're expensive. I knew in theory that they were easy to cook, so I picked up a couple of bunches on my way home tonight. Trimmed them, rinsed and dried them, then wrapped them in tin foil and roasted them until tender. Tossed some with some salad dressing I had in the fridge, but left most of them unseasoned for later. They were yummy, but I need some good seasoning/dressing suggestions. Please help!
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
For Show and Tell I thought I'd share more pictures from my trip. Of course the picture in this post is my favorite!
Here a shot from my hotel window when I got up to get ready for my transfer Friday morning. Phoebe said it looked like I was staying in a helicopter. My room was on the 25th floor.
Late afternoon on transfer day.
A Totonto blogger left me a comment after reading mine on the Virtual Lushary. December Baby, her adorable 13 month old daughter and I met for a delicious brunch downtown on Saturday. Instant bonding. She's so cool! Go wish her luck on her IUI today.
After brunch we walked around a bit and watched ice sculptures being carved.
An unexceptional Picasso. I like it, but have seen MUCH better.
Another shot from my window yesterday afternoon. Check out the ice! Brrrrr! Then the snow started to fall.
Don't forget to check out what the rest of the class is showing!
Friday, February 20, 2009
The love in this community makes things happen. Our community got Cali pregnant! If not for this community, I would not have connected with Angrycanrn, and would not be sitting here in a hotel lounge, sipping a virgin mary, with 3 beautiful embryos on board.
I want to share with you about some of the love I've been blessed with.
Cassandra at Baby Smiling In Back Seat left me a comment that I should email her, because she might be able to hook me up with something while here. She has a dear friend who is a massage therapist here, and she wanted to treat me to a massage. HE CAME TO MY HOTEL ROOM! Heaven. Sheer heaven! Of course, any good friend of Cassandra's would be a terrific person. A caring, dear man, and a seriously awesome massage therapist. I don't think I've EVER had a better massage. He finessed the tendonitis in my shoulder so carefully, that it feels better than it has in ages. I anticipated having trouble sleeping because of nervousness about this morning's transfer, but I had no problem drifting off to sleep. I can't thank her enough for her generosity and kindness. I'm so hoping her current cycle works. Someone this caring will be a terrific mom.
Then, as if Angrycanrn hasn't already been generous enough, this afternoon a package was delivered to my hotel room. Apparently, she wanted to make absolutely sure I had all the chocolate I wanted right at my fingertips.
Yeah, it's HUGE. Have I mentioned that she ROCKS? Okay, maybe once or twice. ;-)
BTW, I could totally feel her loving energy with me this morning as I awaited the results of the thaw. Since I had quite a wait at the clinic, I got friendly with the nurses. I was talking to one grandmotherly nurse, showing her pictures of J and E (they're on my iTouch), telling her our story, and I told her the story of Angrycanrn's dream. She rubbed her arms and told me she got chills. The RE and I talked about this miraculous connection in the transfer room. Hon, you were there in spirit! The embies were labelled with both of our names, which was just perfect.
Of course, I was wearing the beautiful bracelet Angrycanrn made me. Wore BOTH pairs of lucky socks, and had the Obama beads in my purse (didn't bring them in to the transfer room, you never know where Mardi Gras beads have been :-0).
The RE, the nurses, the RE's secretary were all so terrific and caring. They told me that as much as they enjoyed meeting me, they hope I don't need to come back. Me, too!
I did get a picture post transfer. So wonderful to see something in there after so many months of empty uterus ultrasounds.
The embryos thawed perfectly. They thawed 3 and they all survived the thaw. (My biggest worry.) These are day 2 embryos, and we had a 6 cell, a 5 cell, and a 4 cell. Tiny bit of fragmentation on the 4 cell. None on the others. They also did assisted hatching on them.
I feel very hopeful! My boobs hurt already. ;-)
Thank you all for your support.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Here's the view from my hotel room window this morning.
Being very lazy, since it's just so cold. The day started out sunny, so I thought I would head over to the CN Tower to check out the view. Of course the weather changed, and the wind was blowing snow flurries sideways into my face. Not much visibility, so I decided to treat myself to a drink and a snack at the restaurant on the observation deck. (Note: One of the best caesar salads I've ever had.) While I was there the sun peeked out and the fog lifted a bit.
Here's the view.
Trying not to be too nervous about the thaw and transfer tomorrow. Really nothing I can do about it.
I truly helps knowing all of you are thinking of me and hoping tomorrow's transfer brings me a wonderful, little take home baby. Thank you all! xoxoxoxoxoxoxo!!!!
Friday, February 13, 2009
I also want to talk about the gift we give when we graciously allow others to give to us. A few months ago another blogger sent me an email saying she wanted to send me something for luck for my cycle. My initial reaction was to think I would email her back and say it was sweet, but not necessary. Well, duh! Of course it wasn’t necessary! That wasn’t the point. This sweet woman wanted to send me something to brighten my day during my IVF cycle. It would make her feel good to do so. I realized it would be wrong to deny her that pleasure. Her instincts were also spot on. The package arrived on a difficult day. Her gift made me smile and feel cared for.
I don’t know why it took me a while to realize this. I know this so well from the other side. I love choosing gifts for people. I love seeing their pleasure when I get it right. Why in the world would I deny that to someone else?
Then there’s the big gift. The gift of life. The gift of cells that contain so much possibility. While we know there is no guaranty, we hope that a little clump of cells will grow in my nice fluffy uterus. That a tiny heart will start to beat. That organs will form. That a healthy baby I’ve waited so long for will grow and grow and grow. Angrycanrn says I give her peace by accepting the gift of her embryos. As I’ve said before, the best way I can think of to honor that gift is to be the best mom I can be.
So, I guess what I’m really trying to say is THANK YOU ALL! And bring on the love. My heart and arms are wide open for you.
My uterine lining measures 10.8mm and has a triple stripe pattern. For those of you who don't know about these things, this is very, very good. Doc said my uterus looks like a good place for someone to hang out for 9 months.
So the plan now is that I will fly to Canada after work next Wednesday, have Thursday as a day to chill and sitesee (maybe get a massage), then transfer will be on Friday. I'll fly home Sunday evening.
For all those who are obsessing, praying, thinking good thoughts for me, the next hurdle is the thaw. Please direct your energy to a successful thaw of my little embies. All of your love and support means so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Other exciting news, after getting the go ahead this morning I bid on price1ine for a hotel. I got a 4 star hotel in the harbor for less than $57 US per night! About a 5 minute cab ride to the clinic. Much better than the 2 1/2 star hotel I reserved for $72. Cancelled that one.
Monday, February 9, 2009
(EDITED TO ADD: The YouTube link no longer works. Here is a link to the video on GMA's website.)
Even though I pretty much agree with everything she’s saying, slamming your daughter on national television is unacceptable. IMO, octo-mom is a nut job, but octo-granny is a bitch!
My mother is not an easy person to deal with, but I think even she would know that the proper response is “NO COMMENT!”
I also find it interesting that the news stories speak of octo-mom’s $165,000 disability payments over 6 years like it’s a major windfall. Do the math, people! Over six years, that’s $27,500 per year. Where the hell did she get the money for IVF?
Hopefully, I am growing a soft, stripey lining for a little embie to dig into.
Last lupron shot tonight! YAY! Even reduced to 5 units, I’m sooooo tired. I’ve been trying to stick to just one cup of coffee a day in anticipation of being PUPO, but Saturday was a bad migraine day, and I was really hoping the second cup might help. Taking my estrace (orally) twice a day. (Calliope asked if I was taking it up the hooha. I double checked my instructions, and they didn’t specify orally, but they referred to my progesterone capsules as “vaginal progesterone,” so I made the logical leap that the estrace was oral.)
Lining check is Friday. I have my plane tickets and a hotel reservation! The hotel is a backup. After my lining checks out okay I plan to bid on price1ine for a hotel. Since it’s off season, I’m anticipating I can get a 4 star hotel for what I reserved the 2 1/2 star hotel for, or maybe even less.
So now all I have to worry about are things that are completely out of my control—my lining, the thaw, and the weather for my flights.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
TWO pairs of lucky socks for my transfer. It will be cold. I’ll wear both pairs. I’ve been wearing the lucky socks another blogger sent me for my monitoring appts. If this transfer is successful, we could raise some serious money for the UTERUS Brigade with my lucky sock collection. She also sent me these awesome Mardi Gras beads. She says she didn’t flash her boobs (see paragraph 2 of the link) to get them, but you know, what happens at Mardi Gras stays at Mardi Gras!
Isn't she awesome?
Don’t forget to see what the rest of the class showing.
Friday, February 6, 2009
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As an added bonus, there's an adorable photo of a wiped out Maddie in the post.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Another Dreamer at An Unwanted Path.
It is my experience that if you have papers on a bed, a cat will choose to lie on the papers instead of a clear area of the bed. So I arranged pieces of paper with the entry names face down (even though Mushy can't read). He explored the papers for about 10 seconds and flopped down on one. Another Dreamer has won a custom made baby or toddler hat from Karen at The June Bride. But not the one pictured in my last post, because I couldn't resist it and bought it. I'm sure I can find someone to give it to, or maybe, just maybe ... I'll keep it.
Please stop by The June Bride's Etsy shop. She is doing an awesome thing right now. She's donating ALL HER PROFITS to local charities. She wrote this announcement on her Etsy page:
"As you know, the economy has fairly decimated the work force here in southeastern Michigan. I feel very fortunate that my life has largely been unaffected, but many friends and family are suffering unemployment and under-employment as a direct result. Charities are in desperate need and donations are down dramatically. I want to help, so as long as this note is here, 100% of my profits from sales on Etsy will be used as best I can to help alleviate the situation of local families in need. See my profile for more information. Thanks for your help!"
So, I bought the hat and decided my iTouch needed another case. Yes, my iTouch now has a little wardrobe. The quality of Karen's work is wonderful. So please click over there and buy a little something. (BTW, note to all you crafters, she has some lovely supplies listed, too.)
(Yes, there's a lot of cat hair on the blanket. My cats are kind enough to let me sleep in the bed with them.)
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
So, my dear internets, what fun side effects should I expect from the estrogen pills I’m taking twice a day? I reduced the 1upron to 5 units last night, so hopefully the 1upron fog and headache will lift soon. Eight more days of little 1upron shots along with the estrogen, then just estrogen until the lining check when I’ll add the progesterone.
I’m just a science experiment. Hope I win the blue ribbon.
Thank you all for your good thoughts. Sorry I haven’t been a good commenter lately. I’m so distracted, foggy and headachey, but I’m always reading and thinking of you all.