Officially Started

We just got home from Stanford, and I feel some relief and excitement as I sit here typing tonight.  

Gabe couldn't get off work in time to go to my appointment so my Mom took the drive with me, and let me tell you it was just as long a drive as it was last time, but less traffic.  We arrived early and things were smooth sailing.
Ultrasound - CHECK
Bloodwork - CHECK
Urine Sample - CHECK
IVF date outline - CHECK
Orientation - CHECK
Injection Training - CHECK

I had 10 follicles on the right side and 6 on the left.  The follicles house the future eggs and these are a good thing, however if either side has 12 or more we would be forced to wait another month as that many eggs could be dangerous and painful.  So we had 16 which was below the 22 and we were set to go forward.  I have to admit that as she was measuring and counting them, I was sweating bullets.  Last time each side had 10 and I was so afraid that maybe one might have 12, but the prayers paid off and the 16 sounds good to me, now lets just hope that we can also get 16 good eggs in those follies.  I had one cyst, which I was assured is not a huge problem and the birth control pills should fix it right up.

We got out tentative schedule for appointments, the retrieval, and the embryo transfer.  The next appointment is scheduled for Friday the 22nd.  This will be our pre lupron (drug to put the ovaries the sleep) ultrasound, a little more lab work, and then we will be given the lupron, syringes, and needles, to begin shots that night.

I sure never thought I would be happy to see these little birth control pills, but I am.  To me they are the symbol of finally starting a new chapter of our journey, a journey filled with ups and downs and happy and scary moments.

After the appointment and bloodwork, Mom and I shared chicken lettuce wraps at PJ Chang's.. Yum.. Yum.  Then it was time for IVF orientation and injection training.  Gabe was able to make it for this, and I was happy to see him and tell him about the appointment and finally being able to move forward.
Orientation was good, the training was a bit scary, but the needles weren't all as big as I thought they would be.  All shots will go in my belly and the first will be on Friday the 22nd.  As we practiced I started to get a little scared for the first one, but any pain is worth it... anything at this point is worth it, and someday this will be just a memory of what led us to our dream.

The following statue sat at the front desk of the IVF clinic, I found it fascinating.  Had Gabe been with me and seen my taking a picture he would have probably thought I was crazy, but oh well, I love it!  Cheers to crossing our fingers and looking towards the future, I am off to take my birth control pill and prenatal vitamin... what an oxymoron combination.


Hannah said...

YAY!!!!!!!! I'm so happy! I love the statue and I'm glad you took a picture of it. I think it's the perfect mascot for this next month or so.

SUSIE said...

I am so happy for you and gabe I was so happy when your mom came in to tell me I started to count weeks I just can't wait. love susie

LisaB said...

Good for you guys! Wow, what a journey. I was scanning through your blog and there was something you posted about "for some the journey to motherhood is effortless" That is an amazing statement because it is so powerful to me. My journey was effortless, but the parenting part was not. Your journey is definately not effortless and maybe because of that you will be a better parent and your journey as a parent may seem effortless! I hope you get what I am saying! Love you both!

Anonymous said...

This is great. I will keep you in my prayers while you continue to go through this process.I can't wait for you to share they joy of being a parent. You are so right later this will all be a small memory taken over by the joy of a little one.
I will keep praying for you
Alesha & Family

Anonymous said...

I am soooo happy for you guys. I read this the day you emailed it and of course ran home and told RC. We both have you in our thoughts and can't wait till we get to hear some REALLY good news that will undoubtedly be the best present you two could ever receive. The pic that you took of the statue says so much...even though there aren't any words. We love you guys and can't wait until we get to hear more about your "adventure"...xoxoxo