My Life in Numbers

This was so fun to write in honor of my lovely fellow bloggers, Farrah and Greta.  Don’t foget to visit GFunkified to read more link ups on others “Life in Numbers.”

1 number of IVF attempts (success)

1 number of marathons I’ve run

2 number of kids I have

2 number of times I’ve driven cross country

2 number of years I bugged the colleges before one finally hired me

2 number of dogs we currently have

3 number of times I usually drag the kids out of the house per day

3 number of years I’ve been a full time stay at home Mom (small side jobs not included)

3 number of months when I realized I would marry Steve

3 number of dogs we’ve adopted

3 number of pitbulls we’ve owned and loved

3 number of times I pulled into the same pump on the wrong side before I finally gave up and left (baby brain)

4 number of years old my girls will be next month

4 number of major surgeries I’ve had

4 number of eggs I eat a day

4 number of degrees I have (2 associates, 1 BS, 1 MBA) – and none of them prepped me for parenthood

5 number of turtles I had before they caught a virus and died

5 number of days we hit the beach in the summer

6 number of times I’ve been to New Orleans (favorite place)

6 number of IUI attempts

7 number of years before I got pregnant

7 number of kids I wish I could have had

9 number of years I had Marcie and Frankie (turtles)

11 number of years old my Bowie was when he died

12 number of years (almost) that I’ve been married

17 number of years we have been together

20 number of years I’ve lived at the beach (or very close)

38 years I’ve been alive

38 number of states I’ve been to

150 number of minutes until bedtime

I might have to do this again!  You should try it as well!  Link up, leave a comment or do on your own!

Lastly don’t forget about the giveaway that ends Wednesday.  Happy ALMOST Thanksgiving!

Fertility Friday 10

How do you decide on the road to success with fertility treatment?  Do you start slow and steady, a little conservative?  Do you jump on in and move the process along?  How many months do you use Clomid before realizing this isn’t working.   How many rounds of IUI? How many embryos do you put in for IVF?   These are all tough questions.  For us, our doctor thought my “issue” would be a quick fix.  I wasn’t ovulating; yes ladies it is nice to menstruate only a few times a year unless, you are trying to get pregnant.  We started what I considered to be fast right out of the gates with a healthy dose of clomid.  Why did I think this was fast?  Because after so many years of trying on our own (five years, with a 6 month period of clomid but no supervision or guidance) it felt like it was going to happen RIGHT NOW. It didn’t.  We then moved onto IUI after 6 months.  The first try I bailed.  I think I became overwhelmed and just needed a minute.  After that quick regroup session we jumped back into five more tries.  Ugh that is so frustrating.  Now I was definitely feeling like we were being too conservative.  I had heard Shady Grove is more conservative which had me second guessing my decision to use them but in hindsight that is the healthiest way to go.  This is your body and your baby you’re messing with so a gentle approach is best.  There is selective termination which is just a fancy way to say abortion which is something I wouldn’t choose.  Especially when I am the one purposefully creating this child knowing there is a strong possibility of having multiples so if I was going to end up with 5 babies then that was my fate.   I do/did believe so many rounds of IUI were too many and we should have moved onto IVF sooner. With that said the next question presented itself.  Originally we signed a waiver requesting only 1 embryo to be used should we make it to this step.  After almost 2 years we changed our mind to 2.  The doctor wanted to know our reason and we explained to him the emotions we were dealing with. 
  • ·         Emotionally it was taking a toll on me, my husband and my parents
  • ·         Financially it was taking a toll on us
  • ·         Mentally it was exhausting
  • ·         If we only used one and it didn’t’ take, I wasn’t sure I could keep going based on the above.
  • ·         If we used two, the chances were better that at least one took, if both took then we would be happy to have 2 kids in case, again, for the reasons above.
Knowing what I know now, hindsight’s 20-20, if only.  Next time we will go straight to IVF but that is only because we know now what we didn’t them.  It is such a tough decision but probably the most important one you will make.  So how do you handle making such a life altering decision?

12 Days of Christmas my Way…..

In one of my Mommy groups we created a version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” that made us all giggle so hard.  Since today is the twelfth day I thought what would be a better post than to create the 12 days of Christmas my way.  I hope you enjoy!  Starting backwards with 12 make sure to get the tune going before you start.

12 months of play dates*

11 cousins playing

10 sticky fingers

9 months of stretch marks

8 hours of pumping*

7 cups of coffee

6 rounds of IUI

5 hours of colic

4 major surgeries

3 hours of sleep

2 happy parents

And a set of babies under the tree

I would love to hear your version!!! Happy Holidays!!

 

*stolen from MOPS version