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Hello, October! (and a ton of updates)

Hey Everyone!! Sorry I haven’t been blogging – I have sat down to write a post multiple times, but Netflix recently updatedΒ I have been busy with Etsy orders & a little distracted! πŸ˜‰

First of all, I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and support we received after my last post! I was utterly amazed and I love you all! Thank you to everyone who shared their stories with us! I may not have replied to everyone, but know that I appreciate it and I’m praying for y’all! πŸ™‚

So, for those wondering, here is an update on our IVF cycle! We started BCPs September 7th, and I took those for two weeks. Then on the 23rd, I had my baseline bloodwork and ultrasound, we picked up all our meds, and had our class on what all they will be doing and how to give shots! Whoo! There was a lot of info to take in!

We started ‘stimming’ (stimulating my ovaries in hopes that they will produce more than one egg πŸ˜‰ ) on the 26th and then I had multiple monitoring appointments on tuesday, thursday, and friday this week! The monitoring appointments at my clinic are kinda first come-first served, so there was a lot of getting up a 4:30 to get ready so I would look pretty. <Yawn> I miss caffeine! Β πŸ˜‰ lol

I started out giving myself one shot of Follistim in the a.m. and a shot of Micro-dose HCG in the p.m. After my appointment tuesday, my doctor wanted me to add in Ganirelix in the morning. So far I have given myself 22 shots in my stomach! It is crazy how quickly you become accustomed to it! I actually had to give myself a shot while waiting for my food at Sonic – that was interesting!

So, everything is looking good! I actually feel really good as well – I didn’t really experience any side effects until thursday and even the ones I have are fairly mild. Thankfully, my body is responding very well to the original doses of meds, so there wasn’t a need to increase anything! (yay!!)

Now for the exciting stuff! We will be triggering tonight! (The trigger shot is a large dose of HCG given intramuscularly to help mature my follicles and get them ready to be released!) This means that my egg retrieval will be monday morning & embryo transfer will be either thursday or saturday! Then we will continue shots until the pregnancy test which will be 10-12 days after our transfer!

{{{Disclaimer! Obviously we are hoping that all will continue smoothly and we will get pregnant. However, we have not decided how soon we wish to share the news of whether or not we are successful. Β So please, be patient as we try to figure all that out! πŸ˜‰ }}}

Ahh!!! This is starting to feel so real!! I’m so excited about all of this, but feel this peace as well! It is so nice to know that no matter the outcome, Gad has His hand in this!

Hopefully my next update will be sooner that later!

xoxoxo

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mug exchange.

Whoo! Can’t wait to participate again! These exchanges are always so fun!

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mug exchange

Since April 2013 I have been coordinating different quarterlyish package exchanges for the TTC (trying to conceive) Instagram community. We typically have a theme – lucky socks, stationary, ornaments, local love, nail polish, scarves, favorite things – and it’s SUCH a fun time to put together package for someone who knows about the season you are in. We don’t just cut if off to the people who are struggling to conceive, we welcome women for all phases of infertility (pregnant, adopting, new mom, etc… more details on this below!) I absolutely LOVE how all of these women come together to support one another and spread positive energy and love.

And guess what – it’s time for the next one! Typically I don’t use my blog to spread the word about this, but this time I want to invite bloggers, instagrammers and all of social media to participate (plus have a…

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Music Monday: Father’s Day

^Because I’m a mythical beast…and it is funny! πŸ˜›

^this is the song my dad and I danced to at my wedding! πŸ™‚

 

(So, I’m a little late as i’m writing this on tuesday, but the idea is still the same! πŸ˜‰ )

Happy Father’s Day! I’m so grateful for my Father. He is a wonderful example of what a man should be, and I appreciate his guidance and protection before I was married, and his advice and wisdom now! My dad is pretty cool, y’all – he drove me over an hour each way to harp lessons for years, he helped me build exhibits and sets for my NHD projects, drove to DC and many other places for competitions, he leads a Contenders of the Faith group, coaches a championship winning underwater robotics team, and somehow still found time to lead the family in devotion and help me with my homework and continues to lead and help my other siblings still at home. Thank you, Dad! I love you!

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June Already?!?

This is pretty much just a ‘Check in’ post. I’m hanging out at Starbucks (where else? lol) waiting for Paul to get off work. Yay for free WIFI! πŸ˜€

I can’t believe it is June already!!! 😯 However, I am so, so excited that it is June! πŸ™‚ I can now say that my birthday is next month! Also, this was the month we had to have all of our testing for IVF done by! There are now only two months left until our cycle – and a little over one month until I call them to start tracking things!!! I can’t wait! It seemed so far away when we first decided to do IVF and now its almost here!

10 Random things –

1. Happy Birthday, Poppy! You make 81 look good! πŸ˜‰

2. For those who love Star Wars, Vans released a SW line of shoes today! I love them all!

3. This month’s Once Upon a Time Sampler block is sooo cute! The more I look at it, the more I love it! Can’t wait to get stitching!

4. Starbucks is awesome – What is your favorite drink? Mine is a Toffee Nut Frappuccio with LOTS of Caramel Sauce πŸ™‚

5. If you are currently TTC, follow me on Instagram! @airmansprincess

6. I have some really cool posts coming! Be sure to check out my emotion ‘Music Monday’ tomorrow!

7. I just started sewing and I love it! Pics and project posts coming soon.

8. The message at church was so good today! It was teaching on some things I have really been trying to understand! Isn’t God good? πŸ™‚

9. I’m trying to get back into reading – what are some of your favorite books?

10. Today has been a really good day.