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101st Post

Word Press just informed me that this is my 101st post on this blog. Sometimes it’s the little things….

Today was a 5-day transfer of three little embryos. Dr. TAL had recommended an aggressive approach (given my age – now 34 – and utter failure to ever achieve a pregnancy). The doctor on duty today told me that the three embryos were ‘fair’ – grade C for two and one not developed enough for a grade. So, we did the deed and now I suppose I am PUPO. My amazing acupuncturist made a house call this afternoon so hopefully all qi is helping something stick.

My birthday weekend was. Yep, that’s right. I was chaperoning my mother-in-law while DH was at a bachelor party in New Orleans at Jazz Fest. Sigh. I did my best to pack the schedule so we checked out the cherry blossom festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, visited my sister-in-law and her son, saw Water For Elephants, ate and walked a lot. A few asked if this was my choice … and the answer … no, not really, but at the end of the day it did pass the time.

So the next 10 days will include lots of pineapple, attempts to keep calm and wishes/prayers/hopes.

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The stats

The numbers are in – and I’m cautiously optimistic.

27 retrieved

16 fertilized with ICSI

14 embryos

Tomorrow or Sunday could be the transfer so I’m going for an acupuncture treatment tomorrow morning before work and then I have one scheduled for Saturday afternoon.

And what’s on tap for this weekend? My mother-in-law is staying with me for three days while DH is in New Orleans for a bachelor party at Jazz Fest. Apparently my mother-in-law thought it was sad that I was spending my birthday alone. Yep, that’s right. Saturday I turn 34.

Here we go again.

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Bruised belly

Could it be the cold weather? The piles of (browning) snow outside? For whatever reason, the subcutaneous injections are bruising my belly this go-round.

Today is cd5 and I’m on a familiar cocktail (Lupron, Follistim, Menopur, prenatal vitamins & extra folic acid). I go in for more monitoring tomorrow and then a business trip, with needles & meds in tow, to Ohio on Monday. It’s looking like a retrieval (*if all continues to go well, please, please) early the week of the 24th.

I haven’t told any of my co-workers that we started another cycle which will make a sick day necessary for retrieval and transfer. In the past, I’ve let a few key folks in, but for a variety of reasons, didn’t seem like the right thing to do this time. Honestly, I feel like I’m observing this cycle from outside of my body vs. obsessively focused as I have on fresh cycles 1 & 2 and frozen transfers 1 & 2. Perhaps detachment is a good thing?

I will continue to sing the praises of the admin side of RMA though. They use email (amazing!) to get quick answers to me on financial matters and logistics. And, miracle of miracles, my doctor has actually called me. My experiences with CRMI were drastically different from a patient-service perspective. Of course, what I really want is to be a mom, but having some patient-service support does help reduce the stress though –

Between the morning & evening injections – and regular acupuncture – it’s turning into a needle-heavy January. Please, please, please let this work…

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Still here and really appreciate the comments and check ins!  Before updating you on where I am, please know that I’m still reading your blogs, but I have a new computer for work that won’t let me comment! Anyone tech savvy enough to offer a solution? I’ve tried disabling pop-ups, adding you to safe lists – essentially exhausting my technological prowess.

As for me, all’s going okay I suppose. Lining is thickening and Dr. TAL thinks that we’ll do the transfer (if those embies thaw correctly) next week. Probably Tuesday. I’m on 5 units of Lupron, 6 mg. of estrogen, extra folate and prenatal vitamins. PIO shots following transfer. At least (sigh) none of it is new and scary this go-round. I’m also seeing a lot of L., my fabulous acupuncturist. She was featured by The Bump this week!

DH’s at a Knick’s game tonight entertaining customers and I’m headed to bed shortly since tomorrow’s an early monitoring day – which means a 5 a.m. wake up.

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Monday blues

Heavy.

That’s how I am feeling.

It’s likely the looming onset of my least-favorite-relative again – or possibly the allergies that I am determined not to acknowledge.

But I feel heavy.

I’m trying to remain upbeat, but an aching back isn’t helping. We also got our annual 360 reviews at work today and while mine said some really wonderful and postive things, I am totally focused on the ‘needs improvement’ section. DH pointed out that even the negative feedback wasn’t particularly negative, but I can’t help but question why I am working so hard.

This week’s a busy one too – plans every night. We’re invited to friends’ new apartment for a weeknight BBQ on Thursday and I have a sinking feeling that they’ll be telling us that they are expecting.

Maybe I’ll start planning for a vacation. Right now we’ve been discussing Ireland, Morocco, Hawaii or a two-week cabin rental in Maine. As you can tell, we have no idea what kind of vacation we want. The official reason is to celebrate DH’s graduation from the executive MBA program he’s been in for the last 2 years, but the unofficial reason is that we are both sad and tired.

It’s cold again tonight, so I’m off to snuggle up in bed with a book. Thanks for indulging my Monday blues.

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Oh, and a business question for you guys. I’m helping out my fabulous acupuncturist L. with a few PR ideas. She’d like to start a blog and I was brainstorming a few places that she could blog (in addition to her own Web site). Fertility Authority and BlogHer came to mind, but what else would you recommend?

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Not the best day of the year for us TTC eh?

Park Slope – my neighborhood in Brooklyn – might be one of the most difficult places to be on mother’s day for someone struggling with IF. When I walked to my spin class this morning the sidewalk was packed with fathers and adorable children buying flowers and bagels to take home. Then, when DH and I walked down the street to pick up the sandwich he ordered for lunch I swear (yes, IF glasses in full effect here) that every woman we passed was both pushing a stroller and pregnant.

Sigh.

So what am I doing today? Finishing a PR plan that I am writing for my fabulous acupuncturist L. She specializes in women’s health issues so I have been digging around Fertility Authority, Resolve and a few other sites as I flesh out some ideas for her. And, I just came across this great piece on “Infertility Etiquette” – which I loved. Not sure if I’ve mentioned that I grew up in the South and actually ‘graduated’ from a required etiquette course (which DH finds hilarious). The author did a nice job giving good advice that isn’t too harsh for me to share with our family members and few friends who know what we’re going through.

But in good news – I’m so excited for one of my most supportive commenters (dare I say blog friends?), Slice of Pie, on her exciting news!

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I have been a delinquent blogger – again.

But, here I am, on the road for work again – with some downtime in a hotel room in Pittsburgh. Watching a special on CNBC on Sears and enjoying some free wireless in bed – to catch up.

Not too much progress on the IF/TTC front, but next week’s a big one. We are going to see RE#2 for a long-overdue second opinion. Then, a few weeks later we’re headed to RE#3, Dr. Exclusive, for a third opinion.

In the meantime, I’m focusing on acupuncture, exercise, healthy eating … and contemplating the random pains I’m having in my lower abdomen. I’m a few days into the TWW, we definitely had well-timed sex and I’d love to be hopeful, but more likely that cyst (“nothing to worry about”) discovered during the FET is acting up.

Last week was my birthday and all I wanted to do was hang out at home, spend some time with DH and watch a few episodes of The Wire. Instead, my parents decided to come to town and then DH’s best friend stayed with us – so LOTS of hosting.

And finally, anyone see this article in the New York Times? On one hand, I am glad that there are brave women willing to help shed some light on how difficult conception really can be, but am extremely skeptical that it will do much to change overall opinions. The PR professional in me wonders what they are planning to do if none of the women conceive during the short ‘window’ of the series – especially if some have been through the ringer already with ART like the woman quoted in the article. Much like my thoughts on the “Giuliana & Bill” show – this one won’t be added to my limited TV/screen time any time soon.

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