Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Saturday evening McKenzie broke out with a terrible rash and her knees & elbows were swollen and hot to the touch. At first, I thought maybe she'd had an allergic reaction to the strawberries - although she's eaten them many times before and these are organic, pesticide free, so I couldn't imagine these would be worse than any others she's had. In fact, they were so incredibly delicious and perfect! Sunday (Mother's Day), we went to the walk-in clinic at our family practice (College Park Family) and found out she had strep! 24 hours of antibiotics and steroids later, she was back to her normal cheery crazy self.
So, long story short, my 8 beautiful tomato plants sat in my dark garage for 2 days. They were wilty and browning. Cut off from sunlight & water, they were dying quickly. Monday evening, the kids and I got them planted, watered from our rain barrel, and they instantly perked up. 2 days later, they are really thriving. They smell so wonderful and we can't wait to pick some beautiful tomatoes!
All of this has gotten me thinking. Reminding me how much my life is like those tomato plants. One day disconnected from God's Word and prayer connection with Him, and I am worse off than these little plants. Wilted. Worn out. Unable to produce fruit. Thankfully, it just takes time in His life-giving presence to perk right up. Thankful for that truth!
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Another negative pregnancy test today. I don't understand why God doesn't bless my friends Adam & Natalie with a baby. I don't understand why they have 6 babies in heaven. I don't understand how He could ignore thousands of prayers for this. I don't understand why His answer appears to be no. I don't understand why it's so hard for good people to have babies. I don't understand miscarriages. I don't understand infertility. I don't understand cancer. I don't understand heartache and broken dreams. I don't understand this fallen world.
... but I will choose you God!
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Our last go-round I was SOOOOOOOOOO confident, so this time I'm very gun shy, but still cautiously optimistic and trusting God, because what else can I do? I faithfully did my bed rest, I have avoided lifting over 10 lbs (much to Kenzie's dismay), and have been eating eggs, avocado, black beans, & salmon + drinking whole milk! It's in His hands now.
Today is 6dp5dt (6 days past 5-day embryo transfer). If you spend too much time on surrogacy and IVF blogs you will become fluent in crazy abbreviations and also a little crazy! I shared this last time, but here's a look at what's going on with these 2 little embryo-babies!
|One||The blastocyst begins to hatch out of its shell|
|Two||The blastocyst continues to hatch out of its shell and begins to attach itself to the uterus|
|Three||The blastocyst attaches deeper into the uterine lining, beginning implantation|
|Five||Implantation is complete, cells that will eventually become the placenta and fetus have begun to develop|
|Six||Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) starts to enter the blood stream|
|Seven||Fetal development continues and hCG continues to be secreted|
|Eight||Fetal development continues and hCG continues to be secreted|
|Nine||Levels of hCG are now high enough to detect a pregnancy|
Thursday, January 15, 2015
So today's been a nice day of rest (thanks to Uncle Nick and Aunt Caitlin for watching the kiddos!) watching some Netflix, reading a lot, and even napping. Plus spoiled rotten by treats!
Thank you for all your love, support, and prayers!
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Anyway, Janaury 7th was an important day for several reasons. I started the morning at 7:30am at the doctor's office so they could check on my progress with all the estrogen. My uterine lining was 10.73 and my estrogen levels were at 1550 and apparently that's perfect so YAY!
And then I got to go out with my lovely husband to celebrate our 9th anniversary! I was craving meat (odd for me, probably all the hormones!) so we went to Fogo de Chao for the first time and then to my favorite date place - Barnes & Noble. LOL!
Meanwhile, I'm going to enjoy this diet! ;-)
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Monday, December 29, 2014
Well, we are back in the baby making business! LOL!
Back in November, Natalie harvested more eggs and she & Adam have 6 good looking embryos in the freezer. They upped Natalie's hormones this time and that seems to have yielded really terrific results!
On December 26th, I went in for bloodwork and a scan to check on my estrogen levels and to make sure my ovaries were "quiet." Everything looked good, so I started estrogen patches & pills on the 27th!
Please pray that my body responds well to the hormones! If everything goes well, we'll be doing an embryo transfer on January 15th.