Monday, August 30, 2010

O Baby

Well, after a VERY long weekend I FINALLY got the call from Dr. Baby's office.


My progesterone level, as of last Friday, was 13.4. According to Dr. Baby anything over 12 is great.

So, there you go. Officially, I just ovulated for the first time in 3 years. 3 YEARS. That is crazy. And wonderful.

I am overwhelmed and thankful and really excited. As far as I am concerned this cycle is a success even if I am not pregnant. My body responded beautifully to the medications so now it is just a matter of time.

I also figured out how many days past ovulation I am. I wasn't sure how to calculate it because of the trigger shots. The nurse said to count the day of the trigger shots as my ovulation day. So I am 10 DPO today. And I got a negative pregnancy test so I know the triggers are out of my system. From here on out if I get a positive, it's a real one.

Today, I am just going to rejoice in my success.

And me and these ovaries are going to go do a little victory dance!

Friday, August 27, 2010

To O or Not to O

No, not the good kind of O.

Well, the good kind, just not the sexy time kind.

I went in for my bloodwork this morning. I was in and out within 15 minutes. Which was nice. They were just checking my progesterone levels to confirm if I ovulated last weekend. It was the last thing to check to see if this cycle was a success. The last step in telling me if I could REALLY have hope this cycle. For the first time... hope. Hope for a little nugget of my own.

They told me that I would have the results this afternoon. They always call me by 4 in the afternoon with my blood test results.

So I waited anxiously all day long. At about 5 I called the office when I still hadn't heard. They closed at 1. So I called the emergency line. I know, I know... it's for emergencies. But I was quite agitated. All that and the emergency lady told me to call back in the morning between 8 and 10 am. Annoying.

So here I wait... waiting to know if I ovulated. I am putting all my hope in this faulty body of mine. Hope that finally all this hard work has paid off and my body has finally, FINALLY done what it is supposed to. Hope that I can finally give my husband what he longs for. What I long for.

That's not too much to ask, is it?!?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Counting Your Eggs

I haven't updated in a while. I've had so much going through my mind. I've had several blog post ideas running through my mind but haven't figured out how I want to write about them. I've had the ideas but my writing has been... stagnant, I guess.

We are more than halfway through our first cycle with Dr. Baby. I started the femara on cycle day three and took it through cycle day 7. The only side effects I had while on the femara were headaches. They got pretty bad but compared to the side effects of the clomid the femara was a piece of cake.

I went in on cycle day 11 for my first follicle check ultrasound and bloodwork. I was really excited that it landed on a Monday because my Husband was able to go with me. It was the first appointment he's been able to go to with me since we lived in Phoenix. Well, we went into the ultrasound and I had a few small follicles on my left ovary and a bigger one on my right. 12 mm. I was so excited! That is the biggest follicle I have ever had. Real progress for the first time! We went home and told to come back on cycle day 14 for another ultrasound to see if the 12 mm follicle had grown to 18.

Initially, I was so excited about a follicle that had grown at all but as the hours went on I started freaking myself out. I read too much on the internet and convinced myself that my follicle would stop growing. I got some good advice from SIF to eat some raspberries. I immediately called my husband and made him stop at the store on his way home from work. I ate so many raspberries over the course of the next three days. They were actually quite delicious.

We went in for my next check and my husband was able to come with me again, which was great, because I was so, so nervous. Immediately, she went to my right ovary and the 12 mm follicle became an 18!!!! I was so overwhelmed and excited I just started crying right there on the table, feet still in the stirrups and all. No other follicles grew, but all we need is one!! The poor ultrasound tech kept trying to get my to stop crying. As soon as she left the room all I could do was look at my husband and whimper through the tears 'It was the raspberries!!'

So thanks for that, SIF! :)

I took my trigger shots Friday night (cycle day 15) and they were a little painful but not bad. It was definitely different using a syringe on myself. The excitement of actual ovulation overshadowed any pain or discomfort. After the shots the whole weekend was spent relaxing and gettin' busy. :)

Right now we are in a holding pattern. We are officially in the two week wait. It truly is the longest two weeks ever. I have an appointment this Friday for more bloodwork to make sure that I did in fact ovulate.

I am a little overwhelmed. I can't believe for the first time in 3 years I just ovulated. Just the thought of it is so exciting! Which makes me feel a little ridiculous. Most women ovulate every single month and for me it is a huge momentous occasion!

My husband is convinced that if I ovulated I am definitely pregnant. I keep telling him not to count my eggs before they're hatched.

But I can't help but count them secretly along with him.

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