Wednesday, June 30, 2010

God's plan....

1st a technical note--I've been informed that some people are having issues commenting on here, I'm not sure why and am going to see if Chuck can fix it for me. If you could please try to comment, so I can figure out if it's not working at all or just a problem for one person...

2nd-God's plan....
We are in the midst of VBS this week and have been singing every day with the kids. One of the songs hit me like a ton of bricks today though, it is a song similar to one I've sung hundreds of time, but today it clicked, particularly these words-
"Today is the day, God has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.I won't worry about tomorrow, I'm trusting in what you say."
As we were signing them for the 1st time I immediately got choked up and had to stop because I realized how important those words were for me right now!
I suppose knowing that tomorrow is the day we find out how our embies are doing and have at least 1 put in makes it that much more applicable, but I thought how true this is all the time and how much energy and time I spend worrying about tomorrow, when I know that God has it all under control. Definitely what I needed to hear today!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Emily's new trick

This afternoon was a typical afternoon. Em went down for her nap around 1, around 4ish I heard her stirring and thought she will be up soon. Her diapers were still outside drying and I wanted to get them in before getting her, so I went out, collected them and came back in. As I walked into the living room, here comes Em walking down the hallway! I asked her, "Em what are you doing" She replied, "nap done". I took her back into her room and put her in her crib and asked her to show me how she got out. This is what she did.

So clearly it was time to retire the crib and go to a big girl bed. Our original plan was to convert her crib to a toddler day bed, but after looking at bed railings to keep her in, we decided it would be just as easy to put her in the twin bed that was in our spare room. As we took apart her crib, she kept asking, bed?? bed?? And I told her we were putting the crib away and getting a big girl bed, and her response every time, "no".
But once we got the big girl bed in, it was a whole new story. She and I had gone to Target and picked out a comforter and new sheets, and she was happy as can be.

She seemed to go down willingly and has been quiet for over 45 min now, so here is hoping that this transition is as easy as it seems!!

Thaw report

The thaw report and transfer time are in. Of the 6 frozen embies, all 6 survived the thaw!! This is awesome news....unfortunately that is all we know. We get an automated message, so we don't get to ask questions, just what they record for us. I am assuming that the 6 are still growing at this point or they would have said otherwise in the message, but don't know that for sure. Our transfer is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, we are to report at 10:30. We will get our final fert report at that point, so until then we just pray that our 6 lil embies are growing and multiplying into nice "big" blastys!
As always prayers are appreciated!

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Appt. update and the beginning of shots!

I had my pre-op u/s and appt on Friday morning before leaving to help Mar move to St. Louis. The u/s went well, nothing exciting or unusual, which is exactly what we wanted to see. Then I met with Nurse Wendy to go over the pre-op stuff. Again, nothing exciting. On Friday I was to start estrace 3 times a day...every 8 hours so 7, 3, and 11. On Saturday we had the progesterone in oil once a day at 9 p.m. So my day now revolves around which med is coming up and how soon. Since we were in St. Louis Sat. Martha got to be the lucky one to give me my first shot....her comment "wow, that's a big needle!" Yep and you get to stick it in me :) She did a wonderful job though. Sunday Chuck is back on shot duty. Hopefully for the next 12 weeks or so if everything goes as planned.
After the appt. on Friday Iowa City took our 6 embies out of the freezer and began the thaw process. They were frozen at day 0 so they will thaw them and then allow them to grow until day 5 when we will transfer them. I am to call on Tuesday to get a report as to how they are doing and find out what time the transfer will be on Thursday. Right now our prayers are for an uneventful thaw and 6 fabulous embies multiplying in those little petri dishes. This is probably the most nervewracking portion of the process for me so far. I hate not knowing how they are doing....
That is all for now....we wait and see. I will update again Tuesday after I talk to Iowa City!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

New Blog

I've started a new blog to chronicle our journey in becoming a family of 4. Chuck and I have decided we are ready to give Emily a sibling, and wanted to keep record of the journey. I decided to keep this in a seperate blog, so that if we are successful it can be the beginning of a blog for the pregnancy and baby to be.

Our journey officially started on Saturday, June 12th, with cycle day 1. I started taking estrace twice a day to get ready for a frozen embryo transfer (FET) this cycle. I quickly discovered that estrace is not my friend, I had horrible headaches for the first 5 days. By Thursday the headaches had subsided making this a much more enjoyable process. After talking to the nurse at Dr. F's office we have a plan. Next Friday (the 25th) I will go in for a pre-op u/s. I will also start progesterone in oil injections that day and increase the estrace to 3 times/day. If everything looks good they will start the thawing process of our 6 frozen embies. They will monitor them and if everything goes as planned we will transfer 1 beautiful embie on July 1st. In theory this cycle should be much easier than our fresh cycle, and hopefully with the same wonderful outcome. I am super excited to be cycling with our dear friends, praying for positive results for both of us! I will update this blog with news and thoughts as we proceed.....

Saturday, June 19, 2010


It's been 2 weeks since I finished school and we seem to be busier than ever! Our 1st summer activity was signing up for the summer reading program at the library. I figured since Em loves reading it was the logical thing to do!
We then spent a week at church camp with the big kids and had a great time! Em loves hanging with the high schoolers, and they seem to love hanging with her. She went swimming multiple times, rock climbing, and puddle jumping among other things. She also learned some new dance moves! I'm pretty sure we have video, I'll have to see if Chuck can get it posted.
We're also continuing our speech lessons, at least for a little while longer. I think they may end up ending the services sooner than planned because she is doing so well with her talking! Some of her favorite phrases are "I do it" and "I get you". She is also counting in both English and Spanish! (thanks Dora!)
A funny talking story that happened today. We were at DQ after camp and she was running around jumping with everyone, and kept saying a word that sounded like santa. We were all confused and couldn't figure out what she was trying to say. When we got home we were watching Dora and discovered the spanish word for jump is "salta". Our 2 year old is smarter than us!
We also love playing outside, Emily has a slide, swimming pool, and water table that are her favorite activities. She is also still a big fan of the swing. We've taken a few walks to the park in town to play as well.
Hopefully I will get a picture post up soon...we have lots of pictures, they are all just sitting on the camera waiting to be uploaded. I am sure we will have lots more summer fun to share!