Saturday, April 20, 2013

Just Checking In AND Happy ICLW

It has been a week and one day since my surgery. I am still a tad sore when sitting directly on my bum and I would like to be able to wear jeans but unfortunately the seam hits in the wrong spot, but other than that I am with out pain and recovering fine!

Today is CD 11 and I have been testing for ovulation since CD 8. I have decided to spare you all the over sharing of photos. I figure it is still early so why bother. I am, however, feeling my ovaries at work. Looking back at my notebook I seem to feel these pains starting around this time in previous months. I may be a day off on my cycle since the bleeding was early and short lived. I am pretty sure that I actually started the Femara on CD 4 instead of 3, but the RE wanted to me to start in on the 3rd day without the BCP. Either way, I don't think it will make that big of a difference. Do you?

I have a follicle check on Monday, CD 13, to see what we are working with. I am hoping to see a couple follicles maturing and some super good lining. In the past we have done all of our IUIs and monitoring here, in Bend, with my OB but this time our RE has requested that we come over the mountain and have the IUI and SA done in their office. So, we will. It will be a reason to get out of town! I was worried that Mike would have a hard time giving a sample in the office but he said it wouldn't be a problem. I trust his confidence. We have decided that if I do have good follicles, ovulate well and if he has a good SA then there is no reason why we can't keep trying this route a little longer. I mean, it could happen!


If not; if we don't get pregnant, we are in a good place emotionally and physically. I am still content with the decision we have made to hold off on more aggressive treatments for a little while. I am still feeling calm and more in touch with my faith. I have had several really good, informative, and open conversation with my Dad about our faith that proved to be really helpful and bonding. I even tried going to confession. While I still can't say I agree with all of the religious beliefs, I do find peace in it, and that makes it all worth it.

On another note-
I want to say how happy I am that the horror in Boston is now over. I watched the news all week as the story was unfolding. We have friends that live 2 blocks away from the finish line and my older sister qualified for the Boston Marathon in Eugene this year. I am grateful that our friends were inside, and that my sister decided that one marathon was good and didn't enter for Boston; many others were not so lucky. My prayers are with everyone injured, with those who lost their lives, and their families, and all who were traumatized by the horrific actions of two very sick individuals. It saddens me that people are filled with so much hate that they think it is okay to kill innocent people. Watching all of the people risk their lives to save others restored my faith in humanity and made me very proud to be an American.


I am a huge Yankee fan- I loved this image
OH! ICLW is here once again! This is my third time participating and I look forward to it each time! I am look forward to finding new blogs, the giving and receiving comments and the new friends! If you are new to my blog and want to know all about our journey you can find the break down in my TTC Timeline tab and How We Got Here tab at the top of the blog. Happy commenting!!

36 comments:

  1. I'm glad this cycle is going well so far. I'm a firm believer of being in the right mental and emotional state before moving on to something else, especially something as expensive and emotional as aggressive fertility treatments. Maybe your RE will have the magic touch and this IUI will be the one!

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  2. I've been working hard on my emotional state - it's so hard! Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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    1. Trying to find a happy emotional place in all of this can be challenging! I hope you find it! Thank you for you comment!

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  3. Hi Teresa, just wanted to wish you guys some good luck for this cycle! I just stumbled on your blog and noticed you are from Oregon ...I grew up west of Portland and currently live in eastern, Wa. We are using a gestation carrier to have our baby after 5 1/2 years of trying and she's in Portland. We used ohsu for all fertility stuff. Anyways, again, best of luck!

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    1. Welcome, Christa! So glad you found me! We have been talking about going to OHSU next year- I have two people who have gone there and LOVE it!

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  4. I'm glad you're feeling so much better! I hope you're all the way healed and good as new very soon!

    I'm so pumped about your cycle!! Sounds like things are moving right along on schedule. I hope you see some nice follicles and a great lining tomorrow! If the follicles are smaller or the lining is still a little low, try to hang in there. There's lots of time for everything to grow and be where it needs to be before ovulation. Follicles grow about 1-2mm per day, and the lining can grow about 1mm per day. That being said, maybe they will both be perfect anyway! :-)

    You're in such a good place mentally - I think it's perfect for this cycle!!
    Wishing you lots of luck!! And baby dust :-)

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    1. You are so sweet and helpful! Thank you so much, Lisa!!!

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  5. Sending so many thoughts for your next appointment!! C'mon follicles grow, grow, grow!!!

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    1. Grow, grow, grow!!! I will be sure to update tomorrow!! How are you doing mama?!?

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  6. You sound like you are in a really good place, I am happy to hear that. And you are right, it doesn't sound like there's any reason to believe this won't work for you eventually! I sure hope so :)

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    1. I am excited to see what we see on Monday! How are you feeling? You have been heavy on my mind. XOXO

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  7. So happy to hear everything is going so well for you!

    I too struggle with the emotional aspect of this infertility road we are on. It warms my heart to see y'all are in a great place.

    I am holding onto hope for you too :-)

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    1. Thanks, Heather. I had to make a choice to be infertile and unhappy or to be infertile and happy. Some days are harder than others!

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  8. You are so positive! Hope your appointment goes well. Be safe driving out of town! Hugs.

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  9. First time here from ICLW. Hope is what we all have to have. It's a choice, it's free and if you want it it's certain you can have it. I am a New Englander and was actually in Boston on Friday the day they caught the bombers. Boston is truly a great city and has proved that this past week. Glad your friends and family are safe! NOw grow follies grow!!

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    1. Welcome! I hope to see more of you! I am so glad Boston is safe again!

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  10. I have to admire your husband's confidence in being able to give his sample! My Hubby was mortified the first few times and REALLY struggled, but now says he has a "system." Haha! I don't ask :) I love how you wrote in a comment that you have a choice to either be infertile and unhappy or infertile and happy. That is so true! It is such a better place to be when we can just sit back and enjoy life while doing what we can to have that family we desperately want.

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    1. I admire that so much about him. He really is confident and positive almost all of the time. Ying and Yang here. ;-) I will be interested to see how it goes once we are there. I can't help but chuckle! My va-jay-jay is no secret anymore! I should write a post about the day I went in for a recheck. I pretty much dropped my pants as the doc walked in. Why beat around the bush? ;-o

      I am feeling so good about where I am emotionally. Infertility was starting to own me. It was getting dark. I am trying to take back my life, without giving up what we want so badly.

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  11. I'm glad things seem to be going well. Hold onto your hope, I believe that and our faith will get us though this. xoxoxo

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  12. Hi from ICLW. Hoping all works out well for you.

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  13. Hi, I"m here from ICLW... I hope you continue to mend that that your cycle goes well this month. Good luck at the follicle check! Fingers crossed!!

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    1. Welcome! I will keep you all posted! Thanks for the good luck wish!

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  14. Grow grow grow! Plus that picture is pretty cool and I sent your socks yesterday!!!

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    1. I found yours, but I need to ship them! Forgive me for being so late! Isn't that picture cool? I loved it!

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  15. Yes, yes, yes it could happen! Just keep telling yourself that.

    It's great that you are feeling at peace with your course of action right now. I can't say I am in the same place, but your story is inspiring me to figure out how to be. I hope that this cycle goes well for you and will be sending good thoughts your way. And thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

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    1. I love new blogs and followers! I am not always in a good place, but I am making more of an effort to try and be! I love hearing that my story inspires others! Thank you!

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  16. Good Luck with your cycle! I hope your monitoring appointment shows great progress!! And I hope that your recovery continues to go well and that soon you will be able to wear jeans again!

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    1. Hi Leslie! I hope the appointment goes well! I am getting nervous! Its has been a while since I last had a follicle scan!

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  17. Hi, I'm stopping by from ICLW - you left a nice comment on my blog (www.inmygardengrow.blogspot.co.uk) and wanted to find your blog and check it out too. I do hope this is the cycle that works for you; it seems like you've been on quite a journey already. Fingers crossed that this is it. Best wishes.

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    1. I am so glad I found your blog! Thanks for the wishes!

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  18. Hi! ICLW newbie here. :) I've commented before, just wanted to leave my blog this time. www.itsjenniferjuniper.com.

    I just started my ttc journey a few months ago. Dealing with possible PCOS/endometriosis (currently undiagnosed) and major mittelschmerz. Best of luck to you on your journey.

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    1. Hey there! Welcome! I am dealing with the same mittelschmerz pains today!

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