Friday, July 15, 2011

Ultrasound results - July 14th, 2011

Today was my follicle ultrasound for IUI #2 (5). DH was able to come to the appointment with me as he had taken the day off of work for another appointment. His physical blood draw showed that his blood sugar was a bit off, so they had him do a 2-hour test, which is very similar to the 1-hour test that I had to do when pregnant to check for gestational diabetes. We should hear the results today. Hopefully everything came back within the normal range - fingers crossed!

Dr. Shortstick ended up doing my ultrasound this time, and will be preforming the IUI for us as well as Dr. RE is on vacation. Hopefully he's doing something fun! I told Dr. Shortstick that I didn't mind her as a stand-in as she did the IUI that lead to RoBet! In any case, she was able to see the right ovary easy-peasy as usual. And inside was one nice big follicle at 20.7. There was another one next to it, but she didn't measure it for some reason. It was shaped weird (kind of rectangular), so maybe her experience tells her that those kind are empty and have no egg inside. In any case, she went on a hunt for that elusive left ovary next. And boy was it hiding! She had to poke and prod and push to find it, but she did! And inside was a second beautiful follicle at 18.1! So, we have 2 good follicles with eggs this time - hooray! And my lining was good at 9.7 - remember that the goal is 8 - 10, with 10 being perfect! So, I am much happier with my body this time around. I guess it just needed another month of recuperation from breastfeeding to get things right! Now we wait and see what DH's counts are like. We're hoping for 44 million - that's reasonable, right? =) OK, I'll settle for anything over 1.5 post-wash, but if it's over 2 million, I'm probably going to have my hopes pretty high up for this cycle.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ultrasound is tomorrow - July 13th, 2011

So my follicle ultrasound is tomorrow afternoon. I don't feel much "cooking" in there this month. I'm only expecting 1 good one again this time. It is so difficult to be optimistic - I just feel like I'm going through the motions at this point without much emotional investment. I know we're trying to conceive, but it's almost like I just don't expect it to happen for a long time at this point. Maybe I'm just in a bad mood these days.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Peep - July 11th, 2011

Well, I tried to peep back on the 8th, but I have found that blogger and iPad do not get along. Apparently the box for typing my actual blog message isn't taken as a text box on iPad. So, sorry for the delay in making a peep!

I had a great week last week - both my husband and I had the week off of work, and we did a lot of fun things! We saw Grammy and Papa on Friday and Saturday before the holiday, then on Monday the 4th we went to the local parade. It was RoBet's first parade, and she loved it! I would share pictures, but we forgot to take the camera, so I don't have any. =\ Then on Tuesday, we went to the local zoo, which is a fantastic zoo. We all enjoyed that. Then on Wednesday and Thursday, my husband and I worked hard to clean out our basement, which has been a disaster since we moved when I was 8 months pregnant. That is now cleared out, and much stuff has been moved to the garage and is awaiting a garage sale (not sure when that will happen, but it will at some point before winter). On Friday I stayed home with Robet and Hubby went out shooting for awhile. Saturday found us at the local science museum, and that was a blast! RoBet loves the little kids area - especially the water table! She was soaked! Then yesterday we had friends over to play games, eat lunch, and prepare for an upcoming D&D campaign. What a great week!

Now back to reality. I have 3 weeks left of work, and LOTS of things to get done in that time. It's going to be a push to the finish, that's for sure! My follicle ultrasound is coming up this Thursday. Today is CD8, so that will be CD12. Eep! That means the IUI will likely be either Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. The first week of the cycle really does go by pretty quickly!

I hope everyone had a great holiday week!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Why Testing Early Can Suck - June 30 - July 2

I could not help myself and started testing early. That is very easy to do when you can get a package of dip strip tests online at about $10 for 40 tests. I tested on Wednesday night - 8 days past IUI (DPIUI) and got a very faint positive result. I was over the moon - I couldn't believe it had worked on the first try! Holy schmoly! But as it was so very faint, I decided not to post anything until the next day when I could confirm that it was getting darker. So, I tested again Thursday night and didn't think I saw a line at all. =( I wasn't sure if it was real or just a fluke, so I waited until this morning (Saturday) to test again, figuring I would get a much darker second line if there was one to be had. Alas, there was not. I am 12DPIUI today, and not even a hint of a second line. I am fairly certain I am out this cycle at this point. I didn't think we'd be lucky enough for it to work with the numbers we had this cycle, but I must admit that with the strong progesterone number and that faint second line, for a day I was convinced that it had. Back to square 1 - AF should arrive within a couple of days.