Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekending

The weather was beyond amazing on Friday and Saturday, so we made the most of our weekend, and spent a whole lot of time outside. Friday morning we got out and did some serious walking. Harrison, Brooke, and I did the longest walk we've ever done without the stroller. It was only around our neighborhood, but it probably equated to just over a mile. That's a lot for little legs. We mad a stop during our walk to check out the fish in the pond. H and B decided they needed to feed the fish grass. The fish weren't impressed, but the kids continued their lunch offerings for a good twenty minutes.


After naps the kids and I rounded up all of their sand toys, all being a couple buckets, shovels, and rakes, and we headed to a local pond with a walk in beach. They loved digging in the sand, and I loved working on my tan. About 20 minutes after we showed up a few other kids arrived in swim suits and then it was game over. Both kids were soaked and covered in sand. Next time I'll make sure to bring suits even if the water still feels like February.


Robbie brought home Jimmy Johns for dinner, and we ate dinner outside on the patio. We just purchased an outdoor dining set, and the kids want to eat outside all of the time. I do too, but them even more. We didn't get an umbrella for our table, but with how much time they want to spend out there, we may need to.

Saturday morning we had a few small errands to run, so the kids and I headed to the outdoor mall. I dot to enjoy a decaf iced latte, and they went to town on a couple of cake pops. I made the mistake of letting them have one a few weeks ago, and now they ask for them all the time. B likes to lick hers like a lollipop for 15 minutes before taking a bit. It drives me crazy. Take a bite of the cake, you're missing the best part!!!


After our errands it was off to the park for a quick run on the slides and swings, and then home for naps. After naps we went to mass with my parents and then the kids were off to Grandma and Grandpa's for a sleepover. After church I asked them if they were hungry. Brooke's response was, "I not hungry yet. I'll be hungry at Grandma and Grandpa's." Well all right then. Out of the house you go.


A couple of my best girl friends are having their wedding reception and recommitment ceremony this coming weekend, so we went out for a little ladies bachelorette action. Sushi, bowling, and a drag show. It was a seriously fun night, and I wish I wouldn't have had to take off early. Robbie and I had a 5am wake time on Sunday, so I had to call it a night around midnight. I heard there was cage dancing after I left. Bummer. ;)



Sunday morning we left the house by 5:45am and headed to Indy. Our egg retrieval went well, which I'll share more about tomorrow, and we were home with the kids by 1:30. Family nap time ensued, and then it was off to Target. I wasn't able to score any Lilly online, and I was hoping to maybe get one or two pieces in the store. No such luck. :( After we got the few things we needed, we went out for dinner and then it was home for bed.

I'm looking forward to many more weekends like this when we get to spend all of our time outside. Today it's cold and rainy, so if Spring could come back, I'd greatly appreciate it.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Favorites

So who else is uber excited about the Lilly Pulitzer for Target line? I have been counting the days until this line drops. I would love to buy one of everything, but since my bank account would hate me, I'll just be buying a few pieces for me and a few for Brooke. I love that we can buy matching outfits. We both love when our outfits coordinate. Poor Harrison is going to feel left out.

I was planning to hit up Target Sunday morning, but since we'll be on our way to Indy for our egg retrieval, my phone will be getting an online shopping workout. Here are a few of my favorite pairings.

                                     Mama                                                                           Mini





















I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! I have dinner and entertainment plans with the girls on Saturday night for a dear friend's bachelorette party. Sunday we'll be headed to Indy bright an early to get these eggs out of my ovaries. So much excitement, I might burst.

Linking up with
AmyKarli


Our Little Miracles

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring Polish Favorites

Today was the first time in months, like 8 of them, since I went to get a pedicure. Before that it was about a year. When I was pregnant with the twin I got them every week or every other. Before that, it was at least once a month. Now I have a hard time justifying spending the money and indulging myself for something I can do at home. Granted, I don't have a massage chair and pedicurist to massage my legs at home, but still. Pedicures have become a luxury for me.

Since I'm not spending much time at the nail salon, I've started accumulating more and more polishes. My two go to brands are OPI and Zoya. They both go on smoothly and cover well with two thin coats. I really want to love Essie because their colors are great, but I hate the way it goes on. I also like a little bit of sparkle in my polish, which Essie is severely lacking.


Zoya's spring lines are fabulous this year, and their summer colors look to be just as fun. If you aren't familiar with them, do yourself a favor and pick up a bottle next time you're at Ulta. The kids and I have used almost all of the spring colors, and love them. When I did my fingers in Hudson it lasted a week before it started chipping. My toes in Dillon lasted almost three weeks. I haven't tried out Cole yet, but I think a fun coral polish might need to make it's way into my collection.

What are your favorite polishes right now? Are there ones I'm missing out on and need to get?

Our Little Miracles

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

365 Challenge - Week 15

Things have been crazy and quiet around here all at the same time. After the rush of the last couple weeks to get everything done for the Easter Bone Hunt, and fit in every possible appointment you could imagine for me, the slow down this week has been great. Our days have involved lots of outdoor play time with a few monitoring appointments mixed in. I doubt they'll be too excited about it, but I'm looking forward to slowing it down even more after transfer next week. A day or two of bed rest sounds quite delightful. 

4.9.2015

4.10.2015 - the look of excitement - iPhone

4.11.2015 - chiminea, chiminea part deux

4.12.2015 - the real look of excitement

4.13.2015 - my most willing subject

4.14.2015 - popsicle smile

4.15.2015 - LOVE



Tuesday, April 14, 2015

IVF #2 Update

We are just over a week into stimulating for IVF, and things are going well so far. We got off to a little bit of a rocky start, but we're smooth sailing now. When I went in for my monitoring appointment last Thursday, there were only 11 follicles that were growing, and my estrogen levels were at 82. That's really low, and not what they like to see. So they upped my meds and told me to come back in two days.

My appointment on Saturday was met with better results. Estrogen levels were approaching 300, and a couple follicles had reached the 10mm mark. We're aiming for 18-22mm, so still a ways to go. At yesterday's appointment, there were 26 follicles at 6mm or higher, and 2 of those were at 15mm, and my estrogen was at 753. Things are looking good. 


When they upped my meds, I went to 187.5iu of Menopur and 200iu of Follistim per day. We were tentatively scheduled for retrieval on Friday, but I have a feeling they're going to push us a day. The slow start put us behind enough that I thing we're looking at Saturday. I go back in tomorrow for another ultrasound and more blood work, and we'll know tomorrow afternoon if we will be triggering that night, or if we'll continue with stims. 

By Sunday morning, I was really starting to feel the bloat come on. Something as simple as chasing the kids around the playground, or giving them underdog pushes on the swings has become difficult. Monday morning I decided it was time to give up on real pants for the rest of this cycle. My jeans still button without a fight, but man do yoga pants feel so much better. 


We've been telling Brooke and Harrison that mommy is going to have tummy surgery and that's why I can't pick them up or run around with them. They seem to respond to that logic, but it's hard to not be able to pick them up. We've been trying to get out of the habit for a couple months now, but it's tough. I've still been picking them up if they get hurt, but I won't carry them anymore if they ask for it, and after retrieval it will be no lifting at all. 5 lbs will be my limit.

I've been trying to be conscious of what I'm eating, but it's hard with 6724 pounds of Easter candy in the house. In the grand scheme of things, I know a couple pieces of candy per day won't make or break a cycle. I have been eating a lot of protein and healthy fats, along with fruits and vegetables. Hard boiled eggs, yay Easter, avocado, grilled meats, pistachios, Penne Pomo, because olive oil, and Virgin Marys with lots of olives are a few things I've been consuming in mass quantities over the last week. I've been drinking as much water as possible and have also been upping my milk intake. I know I need to kick my decaf coffee to the curb, but I swear my days go better with a cup of decaf. I know I didn't worry too much about any of this last time around, but this cycle feels so different. So final.

Other than being sore and bloated, I am feeling really good. No crazy hormonal side effects and no headaches. I'll hopefully go in tomorrow and see lots of follicles approaching the 18mm mark. I'm ready for my last day or two of stims, and then the dreaded PIO starts. Bring it on!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

365 Challenge - Week 14

We have been spending a lot more timeoutside this past week, and we are loving it! It's finally getting warm enough for Brooke to wear some of her new dresses. I won't have to argue with her everyday about why it's too cold for a sun dress, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't alittle excited to bring my maxi dresses out from the back of my closet. Thank goodness. There are only 16 days until the zoo opens, and then I have a feeling every morning will be spent with the animals. So if you love zoo pictures, you'll soon be in luck. 

4.2.2015 - Harry bunny

4.3.2015 - Grandma's gadgets

4.4.2015 - Easter fest

4.5.2015 - LOVE

4.6.2015 - bath time equals happy time
4.7.2015 - all that glitters

4.8.2015 - pants at a time like this?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Let The Stims Begin


There is a lot of waiting involved with IVF, and infertility treatment in general. Waiting in the lobby, waiting for test results, waiting to save money, waiting until you can take a pregnancy test. As much as I hate the dreaded two week wait leading up to a pregnancy test, I hate waiting for cycle day one even more. It so tedious to wait for a new cycle to start. Knowing any moment it could happen, but it hasn't yet.

We made it through our suppression phase and are now onto the good stuff. Monday morning I went in for a baseline ultrasound and to get my estrogen levels check. The Lupron has been doing it's job, and my estrogen levels were at 35.8, they like to see less than 50. My lining is at 6mm, nice and thin, and we were able to see lots of visible follicles. 17 on the left and 18 on the right.


Once I was done getting poked and prodded, I got my calendar, was handed a stack of consent forms to go over, and handed over a big fat check. I was super excited when I left the office. Excited for 9pm to roll around so I could give myself a myriad of injections. I know that sounds crazy, but it's true. Right now I'm not anxious, I'm just excited. We've been through this before. For the most part I know what to expect, and at least for a few days, I'm in control. 

My nightly protocol now includes 5 units of Lupron, down from 10. 125 units of Follistim and 150 units of Menopur. Follistim is by far my favorite injection. Yes, I just said favorite injection. There's no mixing or measuring. You just click the pen to the right amount, screw on a needle, and shoot up. Menopur I could do without. It burns like a son of a you know what. Last night was my first time taking it, and I'm already over it.


I'll continue on with this regimen at least until Thursday. I go in Thursday morning for another ultrasound and blood draw. I'm then back on Saturday and again on Monday. We will hopefully see quite a few follicles growing. If they're growing too fast, too slow, or if my Estrogen levels are off, they will tweak the med dosages.

Right now we are tentatively looking at retrieval on Friday the 17th and transfer on Wednesday the 22nd. That can definitely change depending on how I respond to the meds, but I think last cycle we were pretty spot on with the calendar. We had 20 eggs retrieved, 19 that fertilized, and 5 that made it to blastocyst transfer or freeze. Similar results this time around would be fantastic!


I have been continuing with weekly acupuncture appointments and will continue with those at least through transfer. If you did acupuncture to accompany IVF, how often did you do it while you were stimming, and did you keep going after transfer? I need to ask about it on Thursday, but I'm curious as to how often others did it.

I probably won't do another IVF blog post until we for sure know when retrieval will be. I will however be overgramming, as per usual. You can follow me on Instagram (@jennpargeon) for the daily play by play.