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

Avoiding Menopur…

I’m sitting here at the comp with ice packs on my thighs because that’s what I do now. lol
The Menopur yesterday was pretty brutal. It took forever to inject and I felt sick afterwards. Within 30 minutes I was fine, but I had a headache and my eyes felt like they were all puffy.

Speaking of puffy…I am so bloated and swollen! I can *feel* my ovaries.
Dr. H is having more Menopur sent to my house this evening and hopefully by Wednesday we will be done with the stimulation phase.
Yesterday was just difficult. I’ve only had 2 days where I didn’t feel strong enough to do this and one of them was yesterday.
I feel better today. It helped that Michelle gave me my Lupron this morning (teaching again gets in the way of icing up your body parts…so to avoid causing myself more pain, Michelle did it for me and she is awesome)

What doesn’t help is that I am now sitting here with ice packs awaiting another injection.
I’m hoping the progesterone can be taken at any time, because I will have Michelle do it for me. We will see.

Anyway, today was the first day of school! Very different compared to my first year of teaching. I felt nervous at first, but as soon as my first class walked in, I was ready. I just slid right into my normal routine and it was great. Best part was I got to see my kids. 🙂 Most of them I already know. Only a few new students and then of course Kinder. So it was a fun day and I get to do it all again tomorrow. I have an awesome job!

I’m worried about getting a sub in there on Friday. I want the ER to be Friday because I am ready to be done with these injections. But that means a sub in my room for the first day. Not so awesome.
I definitely need to re-do my lesson plans for the sub.
If it has to be Saturday…well, what’s one more day, right?
I guess that is it for now. Avoiding my Menopur and going to rest. I’m pooped!!

Stim Day 6

Just got back from another scan. Lining is now 8, which is great and had the coveted 3 layers…what ever that means. Lol he showed me the layers but didn’t explain them, just said it was very good. 🙂
So I guess the Estradiol is doing its job.
We upped my meds, so I will officially be out of meds by Tuesday. (And Menopur will take twice as long to inject. Joy.) Dr. H said he had some extras on hand and that we could have them come Wednesday but we may not need them. Just depends on the follicles.

My tummy is feeling weird…where I inject I am bruising like crazy all of a sudden and the skin feels numbish. I dunno. Dr. H said it was normal. I switched to my thigh and we will see what happens.

Barry made me laugh…as soon as we went into the office, he blurts out, “Is it ok for me to be back here? I know hw you don’t like Ashley bringing family…” lol thanks for sticking up for me!! Dr. H was a bit ruffled I suspect but all is well.

Update on the upped dosage later.
On track for ER on 8/26