Wednesday, February 28, 2018

IVF Frozen Embryo Transfer Day - Finally!!!

The day we've been waiting for...Embryo Transfer Day, YAY!!!!
 Meet our two embryo babies that are in my uterus right now!!! PLEASE STICK LITTLE BABES!
 After the transfer feeling content and hopeful!
- Wear socks!
- Come with a full bladder (not exploding but full)
- Say a prayer before, during and after :)

I love him SOOOO MUCH!!! He is so sweet and supportive and always makes me feel like one in a million! I'm grateful for him!!!

The transfer wen't great and so right now I am PREGNANT (until proven otherwise = PUPO) and I am praying so hard that they stick! The transfer went great and wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was really cool to be able to watch on the ultrasound screen the embryos release into my uterus. Protocol now is to take it REALLY easy, they call them "princess days" where I literally watch Netflix all day, nap, and be waited on hand and foot by my husband haha (his idea, but I did not object!)

We continue with all the estradiol and progesterone in oil shots along with progesterone suppositories at night now added. I will continue with the baby aspirin, metformin and prenatal as well. I AM SO EXCITED AND SOOOO SCARED, we want this so bad!!!! But I have to remember that it's in the Lord's hands and I TRUST HIM! I will be okay with whatever the outcome, but I just want Him to be sure to know that WE REALLY WANT THIS! Anyway, I'm just taking it easy and trying not to think too much about whether they are sticking or not. Thank you all for your love and support, we love you all so much!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

IVF Cycle Day 9 Bruised & Bloated

Everything is going as planned and we are on track for egg retrieval this Saturday! The follicles are growing and constantly recruiting, which is GREAT news!!!! I got my first bruise from the shots and I am extremely bloated now. Feeling more and more uncomfortable but getting excited to have the retrieval done!

IVF Cycle Day 10 Last Shots & HCG Trigger Time

Thursday was my last day of the Gonal F, Menopur, and Cetrotide!!!! HURRAY!!!! It was also the day of the HCG Pregnyl trigger shot and the Lupron injection. The trigger shot puts your body in "pregnancy" mode raising the LH levels to put the body into action and prep for the egg retrieval. This day I had my last shots (6 of them to be exact) and put my body in pregnancy mode!!!! After the trigger shot it's 36 hours to retrieval!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

IVF Cycle Day 7 & 8 Progress

IVF hopes ☝🏼☝🏼 children from our DNA ðŸ˜‚😂hopefully they get a better mix of our genes than this🤞🏼

Started another shot in the regimen! I'm feeling really tired, achey off and on, headaches come and go, and feeling anxious and excited. My follicles are growing like crazy and everything is looking great! We are staying positive and hoping for the best!
INJECTIONS: Cetrotide - blocks the hormone that causes eggs to be released from the ovaries and is used to prevent premature ovulation during controlled ovarian stimulation. Gonal F Menopur

Monday, January 15, 2018

IVF Injection Shots, Shot Tips & Follicle Growth

Not feeling much motivation lately, but I showered so that’s a win! This is egg retrieval week...YAY!!! 
A couple years ago my aunt gave me her sweet bear during a hard infertility time and it brought me so much comfort and strength! Last year I gave it back to her during a hard time for her. Today I found the cute bear on my porch with a sweet gift. The simple phrase “you are amazing” brings so much strength, and being reminded daily helps to truly believe it! This cute bear now sits among all my injection medications reminding me that I am amazing, I can do hard things, this is nothing in the big pictures, and I am truly blessed! 

We are five days away from the egg retrieval and I can't even believe it!!! This video showcases my daily shots with tips and tricks I'm learning along the way and our ultrasound checking our progress.
All the shots I'm taking right now are to make the follicles grow in hopes of getting more eggs! Each follicle we hope to push to the size of a grape with anywhere from 8 + follicles on each ovary.

Currently injecting: Gonal F - to stimulate the follicles for multiple eggs to release Menopur - to stimulate ovulation

Currently taking: Prenatal - for all around health and wellness in baby prep Baby aspirin - for better blood circulation, especially in the ovaries and uterus area Metformin - to target the cycsts on my ovaries from my PCOS

Thursday, January 11, 2018

IVF First Ultrasound & First Shots

We had our first IVF ultrasound and got the okay to start the shot injections. We are definitely figuring it out along the way but enjoying the journey together.

The ultrasound was great! Everything is looking exactly how we want it to!
These last few months taking my prenatal vitamins and metformin have done the trick in getting my ovaries to where they should be!
First shot was rough and I was scared, but you gotta do what you gotta do!

- Ice before to numb the injection spot
- Clean the skin good with the alcohol swab and then LET DRY or it adds an extra sting to the shot
- Apply pressure after!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Royal Caribbean Cruise, Cozumel & Maya IVF Fertility Omen

Jeff’s parents gave everyone a cruise vacation for Christmas! We flew to Florida, jumped on a Royal Caribbean cruise, explored Cozumel and had a blast as a family!

It was such a fun time eating and exploring together! 
And I fell in love with Cozumel, maybe it was because I was on the back of a scooter with my love doing what we love to do, EXPLORE! 

Jeff's side of the family is at a really fun stage where spouses and grandkids are in the mix but not too big to where we can't all go places together. It was really fun to be together and I am so grateful Jeff's parents took everyone on such a special trip!!!