I feel so lucky to finally be pregnant and happy (although a little cautiously still) in my second trimester. And I hope that many of you will be in the same boat very soon.
You are my people! You are my community and you have been my support and inspiration along this journey.
I know that the infertility journey is emotionally draining, physically exhausting and a huge financial burden.
The very least I can do to help my fellow infertiles is to give away what is left of my medications. And some of these medications were graciously given to me as well.
I have 11 boxes of Vivelle estrogen patches, these are 0.1 mg patches and there are 8 patches/box. These don’t expire until June 2014.
I also have a 21 day supply of Endometrin vaginal inserts, each insert is 100 mg of progesterone. This supply expires in April 2014.
I also have tons of Sure Comfort insulin syringes, often used for Lupron, etc.
I would like to get these in the mail to anyone who will need them soon, I want to be sure someone can benefit from them before they expire.
Please send me an email if you could use some or all of these meds and I will get them in the mail ASAP.
I apologize, I’ve been gone awhile. Hubby had a terrible flu a couple of weeks ago, we both had obnoxious colds last week, I celebrated my first anniversary of owning my dental office, and this week Hubby and I had 3 evening meetings between the two of us. I’ve been wanting to jump on here, but just haven’t had the time or energy.
Everything is going well, I’m feeling good despite the cold, but am just amazed at how fast 2014 is going by so far! Do you agree?
My weight gain was pretty steady and minimal in my first trimester. But this week has been another story, 3 lbs in this week alone and my bump is definitely starting to make its appearance. I’m not complaining, it reassures me that the babies are growing.
We are heading to Hawaii the first week of March and I am SO excited, Hawaii is my happy place and Hubby and I are in need of some R & R and some uninterrupted time together. However, this is probably the last vacation we’ll go on until who knows when. Again…..no complaints, life will be just as wonderful, just different!
Here are a few “bump” pictures. I don’t have one from this week which has been the most dramatic, but I’ll include that one soon.
Our next appointment is on March 13th, I will be 18 weeks, we are hoping we can find out the genders at this appointment. If not, we have our detailed scan at 20 weeks, so hopefully we’ll know what we are having by the end of March. After my next OB appointment, my doctor wants me to come in every 2 weeks! She wants to closely monitor my cervix….fun! I’m just hoping I can work out all the appointments with my work schedule, my doctor’s office is about 20 miles from my work, so it’s not easy to get there in the middle of a work day.
Hope all of you are doing well! Miss you!
Last Friday Hubby and I went to our 12 week ultrasound. At this ultrasound the babies nuchal translucency (the thickness behind the neck) was being measured to check for risk of chromosomal problems. The doctor called yesterday after reviewing our images (the ultrasound was done at a separate clinic) and said that our risk of chromosomal disorders is very low for both babies and that the risk of heart defects is low as well. Very good news!
As always, it was so exciting to see the babies. They have really grown, have little arms, legs, fingers and toes. Both were sitting in very similar positions and are measuring almost exactly the same. Baby B wasn’t nearly as active as at the last ultrasound.
I’m feeling much better than I did a few weeks ago, but I’m coming down with a cold and that is wiping me out a little bit. There has been a stomach flu going around my office, so I’m just hoping I can escape this flu season without getting a stomach bug. On the day of the ultrasound I had the worst headache I’ve probably ever had, I really didn’t want to take anything for it, but finally had to take a Tylenol after suffering with a pounding headache since I had woken up.
I’ll be heading back to see my OB again tomorrow, I’m hoping to get more information on my calorie and protein intake (a friend of mine who had twins was told to consume 160 g of protein every day!) and also when our next ultrasound will be. Both Hubby and I are anxious to find out the genders of the little ones.
Hubby had an awesome trip to New Jersey for the Super Bowl and the Seahawks are bringing home the Lombardi trophy!!! The city has gone wild. Work has been very quiet so far this week, I think people were hungover from celebrating on Sunday and today is the victory parade in downtown Seattle, so more cancellations have come up. Today is a big day at the office-it is my 1st Anniversary of purchasing this dental practice! It’s hard to believe a year has gone by already!
Here are some pics of the little ones:
Baby A & B, Ultrasound tech said this will be the last time we’ll be able to see them together in the same image, they will be getting too big soon.
Well, it’s February today and it’s about time that I got back into the kitchen. I’ve made it into my second trimester and I’m starting to feel like myself again in the food department. My nausea has subsided and I’m not having the terrible food aversions that I was having in the middle of my first trimester. Although, brussel sprouts (which I normally LOVE) still do not sound appetizing and I am still finding myself picking carbs over meat and veggies. Therefore, with my current obsession of carbs, this recipe is perfect! My hygienist at my office brought in these yummy cinnamon rolls, hers were huge and puffy, and I asked her for the recipe. My cinnamon rolls didn’t turn out quite as large and puffy as hers, but I think they still tasted good and I would make them again. I’m not sure if my yeast wasn’t as active as it could have been. I’ll have to try them again to see if I can get the size and texture that I was envisioning. These are great for sharing, I had made these to share with my book club for a brunch get together.
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In a large bowl mix milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and egg. Add 2 cups of flour and mix until smooth. Add yeast mixture. Mix in remaining flour until dough is easy to handle. Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 5 to 10 minutes. (I used the bread hook on my Kitchenaid mixer, this could be the difference of why mine weren’t as fluffy) Place in a well-greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, usually 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
When dough is doubled in size, punch down dough. Roll out on a floured surface into a 15×9 inch rectangle. Spread melted butter all over dough. Mix sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over buttered dough. Sprinkle with walnuts, pecans, or raisins, if desired. Beginning at the 15-inch side, roll up dough and pinch edge together to seal. Cut into 12 to 15 slices.
Coat the bottom of the baking pan with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Place cinnamon roll slices together in the pan and let rise until dough is doubled, about 45 minutes.
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for about 30 minutes or until nice browned.
While baking, mix the above ingredients for the glaze/frosting. Spread over slightly cooled rolls.
These are a little labor intensive, but if you have some time on a weekend, they are really tasty and probably a little healthier than Cinnabon.
Tomorrow I will be 13 weeks and into my second trimester. Like I said above, I’m feeling better and starting to get a bit of a pooch. We had our 12 week ultrasound yesterday and everything is looking good. We did the nuchal translucency screen and both babies had measurements that were below a higher risk measurement. I will post pictures soon! It’s always so comforting and exciting to see the little ones in there.
Oh and one last thing, our awesome Seattle Seahawks are playing in the Super Bowl tomorrow! Hubby flew out this morning and is going with 2 other friends to the game! I’m so excited that he will get to be there. Our city is alive with excitement and I hope they can bring home a WIN for us! Go Hawks!!!!!!
Hope everyone’s new year is off to a good start! Ours is going well so far, we have all of our Christmas decorations down, but they are still piled in our upstairs hallway waiting to make it into the attic. Work has been busy, but not as crazy as it was in December and our home town Seahawks are playing in their first playoff game against the New Orleans Saints today!
This past Thursday, January 9, 2014 was our first OB appointment. I was at the office for 3 hours, but I didn’t mind because I still can’t believe that I was even there. The sweet sweet nurse (who happens to be a friend and co-worker of my girlfriend who just had twins in December) met with me first and went thoroughly through my paperwork, then I met with my new OB (I use to see another Dr. in the group practice, but he has since retired) and again she was very sweet and thorough. My Dr. wanted to do another ultrasound (I had to ask if it was safe since it was my third one in about 2 1/2 weeks) and I got to see the babies again! Unfortunately, Hubby had to work and was unable to make it to this appointment. Baby B was dancing around like crazy, they both have little hands and feet now and I swear that Baby B was fist pumping. Lastly I had my blood drawn, I had to get poked twice, the first phlebotomist couldn’t get my blood flowing and sent me out into the waiting area with a glass of water, second time was a charm. Thank goodness!
Yesterday, I felt like I got a lot accomplished, I made our 12 week ultrasound, it will be done at a separate clinic and will be our first genetic screen. I called the MaterniT21 phone line and we do have coverage for the genetic blood test screen (since I will be advanced maternal age by time of delivery, ugh!), but Hubby and I will probably wait and see how the ultrasound goes before we decide to do the blood test. And finally I signed us up for a multiples class that will be five consecutive Wednesdays starting in mid-March. We’ve got to do all that we can to plan for the whirlwind that will happen when the little ones arrive.
We are heading to Florida in a couple of weeks for Hubby’s best friends wedding, I’m a little nervous to fly (I hate to fly as it is), but the doctor said as long as I get up and walk around every hour that it is fine and to stay well hydrated. We will be through our first trimester by the beginning of February, the worrying won’t be gone, but maybe I can breathe a little sigh of relief.
More pictures of the little ones:
Baby A-Head up
Baby B-Head down
And I do mean “surprise” times two! Well, much to Hubby and I’s surprise, we are having twins! We went for another ultrasound today to confirm the status of the second gestational sack that was questionable at our first ultrasound. And, there is no doubt, there are two growing embryos in there.
Hubby and I are of course very happy, but a little shocked. After some wonky beta numbers and what appeared to be an empty sack at the first ultrasound we definitely had our minds set that we would be having a singleton. Of course, a singleton is much easier to manage and a safer pregnancy, but we’ll get through it. We have wonderfully supportive friends and family that I’m sure will be more than happy to lend a helping hand. Our Moms are over the moon and are ready to move in.
Hubby and I both had tears of joy today, this whole process has been so emotional and it’s hard to believe that all of the heartache, tears, and frustration has finally led to these miracles. We are blessed with so many wonderful things in life and this is just the icing on the cake. It really does feel like this is finally happening when it was meant to. We wanted it to happen so badly each time we went through the whole process, but in reality, those times may have not been the best. If it would have happened any sooner, I would still be working at my old job, not as happy as I am now, and things would not be as settled and as ready for a baby (babies!) as it is now. Also, Hubby and I have only grown closer in this whole process and we’ll need that strength in our marriage when we are stressed, sleep-deprived, and cranky as new and learning parents.
Here is a picture of the little ones!
Our due date is August 10, 2014, but I’m sure the little ones will arrive before 40 weeks! I feel good today and just hope I can hold onto this feeling. Keep the worries away.
First of all, I’d like to wish all of you a Happy New Year!!! I can’t believe that 2013 has already come and gone. Around this time last year, I wrote a post saying “2013 will be my year”, I was full of hope that a new year would bring renewed hope and possibly that elusive BFP. I must say 2013 overall was a good year, I finally bought my own dental practice and am loving everyday of having my own office and working with some amazing ladies; as far as our journey to having a baby, the year wasn’t looking as bright. We had another BFN in January after our first FET, another heartbreaking BFN in June (after what we thought was our best fresh IVF (#3) cycle) and finally the miracle BFP on December 1st of 2013 after FET #2. I didn’t think I would make it out of 2013 with a BFP. I guess thinking that we would be moving on to a gestational carrier was that mental shift that I needed and mostly the grace of God.
I am again full of hope for 2014 and am hoping it’ll be our best year yet. But, I must say, getting the BFP and seeing the heartbeat at our first ultrasound still hasn’t eased my worries. For all of you infertiles out there, I’m sure you know what I mean, we are constantly waiting for that other shoe to drop. After so much heartache and disappointment, it’s so hard to not be guarded.
This past Saturday after spending a few days out of town visiting my family, I came home and had a little bit of bleeding. I called the oncall doctor and she said it is very normal and as long as I’m not gushing blood (filling a pad every hour) that everything is probably fine. The bleeding did subside and turned to just very light spotting. I feel better that I’m not seeing anymore blood, but I can’t help but worry. Also, I was feeling pretty nauseated for a couple of weeks and now I’m feeling almost 100% normal with little to no nausea…..again, I worry! I have a love/hate relationship with the internet, I love that I can go online type in a specific concern and bam! I am on a forum reading posts from lots of other women with similar experiences and most of the time it puts my mind at ease. But, on the other hand, I hate the internet because I read something that makes me almost go into panic mode. (i.e.-loss of symptoms can be a sign of miscarriage). Hubby keeps threatening to take the internet away! Some days it would probably be wise.
I’m praying that my mind will be put at ease again this coming Friday, we are having a second ultrasound to verify what the status of the second sac is. Hubby and I think that it’s probably empty and that we are having a singleton (which we are very content with). But, most of all, I just hope we see the embryo continuing to grow and that it has that nice healthy heartbeat still. I know until I’m holding the baby in my arms that the worrying probably won’t subside, and then I’ll have a whole new set of worries! So is life…..
I hope that this post finds all of my friends (in person and through the blog), family and other infertiles happy, healthy, and optimistic about a wonderful new year! I hope that 2014 is a blessed year for all of you.
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