Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Time flies when your having...IVF, what?


It seems like this month has just flown by.  I remember when we learned our first cycle failed in September it felt like it would be FOREVER before we could start the next one.  And now we are only 2 weeks away from my baseline ultrasound!  :)  I actually started my bcp's today that they want me on for a couple weeks before I start stims.  Feeling a little better with this cycle now that we know what to expect.  Maybe it'll be a bit more relaxing (not really, but I keep telling myself that).  Definitely making more of an effort to do so.  I am even turning our guest room into my "zen" room for now.  Hopefully that works out because I am not very good at relaxing, or being "zen" for that matter (whatever that means).  I also read there was a study done on women who watched comedies or went to comedy clubs after their transfers and it showed increased implantation rates.  Maybe I need to fill up our Netflix queue with comedies!  Anything that can increase our chances.  Many women do acupuncture, but our insurance doesn't cover it.  :(  So comedies and a zen room will have to suffice! 

So anyways, last week 'Early On' came to do the necessary paperwork for Macy.  They said a speech person would come out 1x a month on a consulting basis.  Basically give me tips on how to increase Macy's speech/language.  I guess she's not that far behind if that's all they are recommending for her.  We'll see what happens, I guess.

Macy and I both went and had our flu shots last week so we are good to go.  Adam had his in the beginning of October so hopefully this means none of us will get sick for the remainder of the winter season (fingers crossed!).

Only 2 days till Halloween and it looks as if it will be a bust this year due to the cold rainy/snowy weather.  Atleast we can bring Macy to the high school/middle school (one of the two can't remember which) to go trick-or-treating if it's too bad.  They started doing that last year so maybe it'll be worth checking out.  I bought her another costume (elephant) this year so she would be warmer; so we're going somewhere to get some use out of it...even if it's 5 minutes!!

I am hoping this weather is just a fluke and isn't a sign of an early, crappy winter.  Our IVF clinic is a good 50 minutes away in perfect conditions.  Add snow and crazy drivers to the mix and ugh...I don't want to think about it (that's not a relaxing formula).  So right now my baseline ultrasound is Nov. 14th.  Then I will start stims within a couple days and that starts my every other day ultrasounds.  I spoke to my IVF coordinator (nurse) this morning and she said I may have an ultrasound on Thanksgiving.....whoa nelly.  I guess no turkey for me...however, being that far into stims last time I felt pretty bloated and sick and didn't want to eat anyways.  Having 20 follicles in your ovaries can do that to ya I guess.  And I am hoping for more this time.  Or atleast the same but hoping more than 10 fertilize, because that's what hurt us last time.  You throw in the 1 in 6 stat of having a healthy match, and that was our 1 we had.  This time I am REALLY hoping for two.  But would still be very thankful for one.  If we do have something to transfer depending on if I am on stims for 10 or 12 days.  Retrieval will be approx. Nov. 30 or Dec. 2.  And transfer Dec. 5 or Dec. 7.  Dec. 5 is my mom's birthday, and 7 has always been one of her lucky numbers!!!  Hopefully it will rub off.  We will know if we are pregnant or not before Christmas...hoping this will be our little Christmas miracle!!

Someday I really will download pictures...I am horrible at doing that when I use an actual camera-camera to take pictures.  Just need to make time to do it.  Thank you Apple for making me so lazy with other technology.  

I hope everyone out on the East Coast is staying safe!

take care,

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Early On Evaluation

Macy had her evaluation today from 'Early On'.  She did great!  I wasn't sure how she was going to take to strangers coming in the house, but she warmed up to them right away.  Within minutes was sitting on one of the lady's laps playing, then grabbed her hand and brought her to play in her bedroom while I filled out paperwork with the other.

So they did a speech/language eval, and also a full developmental assessment (IDA) for all areas of development.  She cooperated fully and did everything they asked.  

For the speech one; the therapist said her receptive language was awesome!  Measured around a 3.5 to 4 years old's level (Macy just turned 2).  So that's great!  Her expressive language (speaking/talking) is slightly behind.  Which is what we knew, and why we referred her.  She said she would only need to work with her maybe 2 times a month.  I know she would catch up regardless, but it is nice to have someone work with her to give her a little jump-start.

And for all other areas of development she was great and right on target (or ahead)!  Even with her hand surgery and her right thumb not being stable she wasn't behind in fine motor at all!  Which is really good news too!  She has adapted so well.

We are also both feeling a lot better.  Still have a bit of a cough, but other than that back to normal.  Glad tomorrow is Friday as we are planning on bringing Macy to the pumpkin patch this weekend, then next weekend is her 2 year pictures!  Should be fun!  So proud of our little stewbug!  :)

take care, Jenn

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Camping, IVF round 2 plan, and Sick!

So we've been pretty busy the last week or so.  We left on Tues. 10/2 and went camping for the week, and got home the following Sunday.  We always camp in October for the fall festival, and enjoy all the Halloween festivities.

Macy had a really good time.  She LOVES camping!  She painted pumpkins, went trick or treating, and had so much fun playing with her cousins.  The weather was okay during the week, but for the weekend it was rainy and cold. 30's-40's.  We bundled her up tight always wearing a winter hat outside with lots of layers, and a coat and rain boots, etc.  But we still ended up getting sick.  :(  Macy and I are still sick.  Thought we were out of the woods, but today it has seemed to turn into a chest cold with coughing which is no fun.

Anyways, I have some really cute pictures, and Macy looked really cute in her Little Red Riding Hood costume.  I will have to post them later though, because I am limited on time.

Adam and I had our follow up visit on 10/8 to discuss with our Dr. our plan for our next IVF cycle.  We are going to change my protocol this time to the Antagonist protocol.  It is 1 month instead of 2 months because you basically eliminate using Lupron before stims.  Lupron suppresses your ovaries and we are not doing that this time.   We are going to stim hard and hope for lots of eggs.  Since my estrogen levels got really high last time this protocol basically eliminates the possibility of getting ovarian hyperstimulation because you trigger with Lupron instead of HCG.

We did find out that the embryo we implanted last time was just so/so quality.  So that may be the reason it didn't implant.  The non-matches they froze for our future children were better quality, but those are not an option right now.  The whole point of us doing IVF is to get a bone marrow donor match for Macy.  Of course it's not the reason we are having another child!  That would happen regardless.  We always wanted more kids, and if FA wasn't in our lives we would already have another child, and probably be thinking about #3.  It's just the avenue we are using changed so we can have another child that is free of this horrible disease, and also a match for Macy.  

So right now it looks like I will be starting my stims right around Thanksgiving.  Egg retreival, etc. will be towards the beginning of December.  I love that Macy has a fall birthday so I would be very happy having another that is Aug/Sept.  :)  I have a good feeling about this next one.  We are going to arrange for someone to watch Macy for 3 days after my transfer this time so we don't have to worry about incidents that are stressful (like her ripping her G tube out like what happened last time).  I already have a relaxation plan.  I love Christmas music so I am going to listen to the Transiberian Orchestra, watch all my favorite Christmas movies, and also watch the "Back to the Future" Trilogy.  I don't know why, but there is something about Michael J. Fox's voice that relaxes me so I am just going to surround myself with relaxation and hope those embies (or emby) sticks!

I also finally got around to scheduling Macy's 2 year pictures for the end of October.  I am sure they will turn out super cute!  

take care,