First Road Trip

This past weekend we took our first road trip as a family of three. It was pretty exciting and fun! Our destination was Forth Worth- to see one of my best friends and meet a new one! (Follow us on Instagram @thosenewmans for fun pictures of our trip!)
I literally spent the entire afternoon packing and preparing for the trip- when you have an infant the things you need increase! Our car was stuffed to the brim but I think I did a pretty good job remembering everything we needed. We even cloth diapered pretty successfully the entire trip.
Awesome discovery- Eli travels well- so we will definitely do it again. We made the nearly 4 hour drive from Houston to Fort Worth and Eli only fussed the last 10-15 minutes.

We really like Forth Worth- they have a totally different vibe up there. Love the buildings and the area too. And the food!! They have so many unique and tasty restaurants to eat at. Yummy!
But our favorite part is our friends, of course hehe Brad and Tiffany always host us when we go up and we are so greatful- they are always so gracious. I feel lucky to have life-long friends like them! Tiffany cooked wonderful meals and had fun stuff planned out for the whole weekend (best part was helping her register for baby stuff- cant wait to meet their new little!).

After a fun weekend we got brave and added one last stop on our way home- a trip to visit our friends over at Trial and Erin. Erin and I met through her blog and it was an instant connection. We wound up friends on Facebook after discovering we were part of the same group support page for MTHFR and pregnancy loss. Honestly, I believe it was more than just a coincident that we found each other…but what do I know? 🙂 only that we were brought together for a reason and we have been cheering each other on through our pregnancies. She’s amazing. Her family is a amazing and I feel so blessed to know them. Even better? Meeting face to face of course!! 🙂

So over all the weekend was successful! Some of our best friends live too far away! But I guess it’s a good excuse for another road trip 😉

Eli and I spent Monday trying to get back on schedule. That little turkey barely did any tummy time all weekend and got held all the time! So on Monday when it was time to get back to our routine he protested. First by waking up at 5 am (ugh…I don’t miss that! Miserable!) then by protesting all tummy time and workouts.

Only 2 more weeks until I return to work!! Yikes!! Glad we got a fun trip in before summer ends. Bittersweet for sure. Hope everyone is having a great week!

Wednesday is still far away…

…but we have come so far at the same time. It’s weird. I can remember back in May, feeling so hopeless as if this journey would never end and we would never get here. That was 4 months ago…and now I am fretting over 3 days. I know, I know…

We have had an awesome weekend so far 🙂
Friday we had some great friends over for tacos and ultimate sundaes.
Saturday we bummed around a bit. I got a pedicure with a friend and we talked fertility. AND it rained! 🙂 Later that evening I spent an hour on the phone with a girl friend who is going to mail me her maternity clothes. She is including a special little gift: our first onesie. I’m too scared to buy anything, but she is that confident in our pregnancy.
I have to admit, I have let myself think about what it will be like when we do have a baby.
I’ve also continued to have adoption pop into my life…at least on a weekly basis. I’m not sure if this is something we are being called to do, but it is starting to feel that way.
Sunday, we visited our first Sunday school class and had a blast. There were a lot of neat, fun couples in the group that we have a lot in common with. I really feel like we are starting to find our place in the church. We are also starting a home group. There are two in our area right now that are just starting. One is a very small group that is looking for a facilitator. These are young married that are starting their family.
The other is a slightly smaller group with no kids. We could combine, but I would hate to bring kids into a no kids class. Plus, this class meets on Wednesdays, which would prevent us from going to Wednesday night services. So I’m not sure what we will be doing yet. I think we need to talk to the others in the group and go from there. The important thing is we are finally getting plugged in 🙂

Yesterday I had my first *maybe* symptom. I felt super full all afternoon. Like I had eaten too much and if I could just throw up I would feel better. Yuck. And it went away when I ate. Very weird. But it wasn’t like being nauseous.
And my stupid bloated tummy looks so silly! A friend of mine is 11 weeks now and still a twig.

My mom and Barry will be coming on Wednesday for my first scan. Praying and hoping for some good news.
This is what I have been holding onto all weekend, in hopes of relieving some of my anxiety.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18


Well, I’m back to work today and feeling good. I sang all the way to work (even car-danced lol) and walked in just beaming. It felt so good to get back in there. My kids did just fine without me and the week is nearly over! lol I need more weeks to start on a Wednesday please! 🙂
Not to mention all the hugs and love I got upon my return. This year is so different because I’m not replacing someone…I am the someone. The kids are used to me, the way my room runs and seeing me around. It feels good to get all those hugs and watch them light up when I come into the room. It’s hard to feel bad or have a crummy day when you are constantly getting loved on like that.

One of my very best friends is nearly finished with the loooong wait for adoption/foster and it looks like she will be a mommy any day now. I am so excited for her…it’s almost scary. I can’t wait to spoil her child rotten and be the cool Aunt Ashley.

AND, another one of my very best friends is coming into town this weekend to stay. I STILL need to come up with fun stuff for us to do, but I’ve been pre-occupied. lol
So, I waited all afternoon to find out about our remaining embies. I somehow feel that if any of those made it to the blast stage, that the ones we got back will too. I know that is not how it works, but still.
Never got the call. Of course. So I harrassed Dr. H’s assistant and should hear something tomorrow.
While I was looking at the dates for that, I realized my beta is scheduled for a Friday…and that I won’t be able to drive to Houston to get my blood drawn. Which means a much much longer wait (a whole weekend!) before we would know something. I’m thinking I may ask for it to be moved up…he has it set for 11dpt, but I am pretty sure it can be done 10dpt. *sigh* I’m impatient, I know.

Had another acupuncture treatment and then visited the brand new HEB that just opened up near my house. Be jealous.

Symptoms thus far:
-occassional tugging or pulling feeling in uterus
-cramps that range from feeling like AF, to barely-there-dull, to nothing
-a weird soreness/pressure when I sit a certain way
-the boobies went from (.)(.) to (o)(o)

I know I am really good at having symptoms and I realize being on progesterone and everything else can cause many of these symptoms.
Not holding my breath, ladies, but there it is.
Speaking of meds, I got out all the needles I used for the first part of our IVF. I am blown away by how many times I actually stuck myself!! Go me!! lol
2 bruises on the tummy and 2 on the thigh. I think I made out pretty good:

Lupron- 20
Follistim- 10
Menopur- 8
Mixing Needles- 10
Novarel- 1

Now it’s forum time…gotta go stalk my fertility friends