Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Yes We Can!

I was so excited by this but everyone else may just think I'm crazy.  This past weekend Tim and I traveled back to Nebraska.  We were having lunch with my sister Sarah and her two kids (almost 5 year old Cesar and almost 1 year old Kasey).  During the lunch I suggested taking Kasey back to mom's with us so Sarah could have more fun at a surprise party she was going to after lunch.  Tim looked nervous but agreed.  Later in the lunch Cesar said he wanted to go with us too.  Two kids under 5 years old in a van for a 15 minute drive seemed doable...possibly nervewracking but doable.  Tim looks even more nervous but I could tell was thinking the same thing I was - "We're grown adults! 28 years old! Just two kids! How hard can this be, we can do this!"  Come to think of it, Sarah looked nervous too! 

It wasn't till almost the end of lunch that it dawned on me....we still had to go to Walmart!!!  And now with two kids!!!  Now I knew why Tim and Sarah looked so nervous...two newbies with two kids grocery shopping at Walmart on a Saturday!  Good thing we only needed a handful of items.  Kasey wasn't fussy even though he was sleepy, and Cesar stuck right with us.  I was so nervous he might wander off to be lost forever!  In the car Kasey fell right asleep and Cesar educated us on Ice Road Trucking.  It was GREAT and we did it!!!  We are grown adults!  28 years old and can handle two little ones!  It was one of the great accomplishments of the trip!

Now all you mom's out there....especially those with multiple kids....stop laughing so hard!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Early Vacation Time

I'm lucky my day off this week was today and I could go into the doctor without using up a personal day.  I drove an hour down to the Central West End to their office.  Was in and out within 10 minutes and then drove an hour back home.  Got another ultrasound ( I would be interested to know how many ultrasounds normal pregnant women get because I'm thinking I'm up around the 3 kid mark already) but no one was there to read the films so they had me go home and wait for a phone call.  I have a large cyst on my right ovary.  Cysts tend to happen with larger doses of clomid because of the overstimulation.  Plus I didn't have a HCG hormone trigger shot my last two cycles to make sure the follicles were really mature.  The benefit of getting the trigger is that is would force all the mature and semi-mature follicles to ovulate and not stick around to turn into cysts.  Now that I do have cyst, its early vacation time from clomid and no IUI this cycle.  Yay no clomid and back to feeling normal!  Yay no bloating, hot flashes/night sweats, nausea, acne, and big hormone swings!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Attempt #22

Today is Day  1 of my new cycle.  Starting number 22, almost at that 2 years of trying mark but things don't seem as daunting as maybe a year ago.  Called the doctor, my usual day one procedure and waiting for them to pull my file and tell me what to do.  We maybe skipping right over January and waiting till February because of "scheduling conflicts".  Tim is out of town 16 days this month!  And for a whole week just about the time I would need him. 

I also need to go to the store and buy more ovulation sticks.  My expensive monitor is no match for 100mg of clomid, says the doc.  And should go get the cheap "smiley face ones".  They never seem to amaze me all the crazy things on my to do list!  It made me wonder how much money I've spent on our baby so far.  Everyone says kids are expensive...believe me I already know.  I don't think I'll actually tally the amount until I finally get a big fat positive one of these months.  A good friend once told me after they had their first baby that he only cost them something like $25!  They had good insurance and I think out of pocket was just one copay.  I remember thinking "This will be nice!  I have really good insurance too!"  Ha Ha!  In the future when I tally the cost of getting a positive pregnancy test, I'll also tally the money my insurance saved me. When I was doing my Lovenox injections it was $900 per month and I only paid $50!  My initial bloodwork bill came and it was over $600 and I only needed to cover $20!  Thank you BCBS of Illinois!  Illinois has made it mandatory for all their insurance plans to include infertility and since my company is headquartered in IL, I have BCBSIL instead of BCBSMO.  Yay!