Monday, September 24, 2012

Amazing weekend

After a 4 hour workday on Friday the hubby and I headed north to NYC. It took us only 3 hours to get to the Lincoln tunnel, then it took an hour and a half to get through the tunnel and to our hotel. We stayed at the Lowes Regency on Park Avenue (the upper east side). We had such an AMAZING time!!!! We checked into the hotel and put on or walking shoes and were back out the door to hit the Big Apple. We started heading toward Rockefeller Center and of course we happened to get there as NYFD was responding to a call there. I thought I was going to loose DH for while as he might try to jump into action but it turns out he was ready for some time off too. We took his picture next to the firetruck and went on about our business.  
Next stop was Time Square where we had a great meal and did lots of people watching. A late night stop to have a slice of cheesecake and then back to our room.

Saturday Morning came around way to quick. We got up and threw on some workout clothes and walked around Central Park and then back down to Time Square. We got in line at TKTS so that we could get discount show tickets (YOU MUST DO THIS!!!!) We got great seats for half the price for a really good musical. Nice Work if You Can Get It starting Matthew Broderick (Yep that's right Ferris Bueller). After we had the tickets in hand we went back to the hotel to get cleaned up so that we could be presentable for the show and the rest of our day in NYC.
We saw the 2pm show, I give this show 2 big thumbs up. After the show we went to Madame Tussauds to check it out. It was pretty cool and we got some great pictures. After playing around at the wax museum we went walking again this time we ended all the way down in Greenwich Village and Chealsea.  We had dinner at an Italian place which was super yummy!!! Then we started to walk back towards the hotel. We knew we would not be able to make the almost 4 mile walk since it was already 10pm and it was supposed to rain but we wanted to walk off dinner. We figured if we could make it to 34th St. we would be really happy with ourselves plus we would be able to get our picture with the Empire State building in the background. As soon as we snapped the picture the skies opened up and it was pouring. We hopped in a cab and went back to our hotel room. 

Sunday Morning was time for the trip to end. Boo!!!!! We checked out of the hotel and got in the car and went to the South Sea Port. We had an amazing brunch with a few Bloody Mary's (maybe my favorite alcoholic beverage of all times) and then we walked to Ground Zero and Wall Street. After we did a quick walk around of these two areas we went back to South Sea Port where they had a Farmer's Market so we picked up a few things that we could have for dinner and then we hit the road to head back home. It was such a great trip and I can't wait until we can go back.  


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Another day in the life

So yesterday I got my hair done. It was awesome!!! Way back in April I attended a charity event and won in the silent auction a hair cut and full highlights. I figured since NYC, My Birthday and The Cruise are all coming up I should treat myself and get my hair did. I got blonde and red highlights and had an inch trimmed. I LOVE IT!!!!! What do you think?


After I left the salon I figured since I was in the neighborhood of my old roomie I would give her a call and see if she wanted to have a glass of wine or something. Well it turned out that I ended up going to her house for dinner and a few drinks. I love getting to see her and it doesn't happen nearly enough. Good food and good friends, that's what life is really all about.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Things are looking up

Often I feel as though I post only about my treatment and cycle. Well gee that is kind of boring!!! I am going to try to stop and give you a little more. Like amazing things that are going on in my life right now.
First of all today I am getting my hair done. YEAH!!!!! I can not wait!!!! It has been over a year since I last had a haircut or anything. So today I am traeting myself to the full treatment. I am getting highlights and a haircut. I actually won the package deal at a silent auction back in April and I decided to wait until just before vacation to get it done. I am going to have great looking hair for my trip to NYC this weekend.
Yep that's right we are taking a trip to NYC this weekend to celebrate my birthday which is on the 25th.  I'm not sure what our plan is for while we are in NYC, maybe catch a show and of course eat some amazing food. If you have any suggestions of things we must do while we are there please let me know.
Then after we get back from NYC I will only have 10 work days before we go on our cruise. I can't wait!!!!! Things really are looking up. It is going to be a fun filled couple of weeks. This is a great way to take my mind off the 2WW. Beta is October 1 in case you were wondering.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sunday Funday

After a crazy busy Saturday full of fundraisers, Cash Bash for KIVFD from 7am-6pm a little nap and then out to Operation Care and Comfort at the bar that hubby and I met at from 8pm-11pm. We tucked ourselves in bed and prepared for our Sunday Funday. Sunday was IUI#5, because it fell on a weekend we had to go to the main offices for Shady Grove in Rockville. That is about an hour and half away from our house so we figured we would make it a Sunday Funday.
We woke up around 7am got showered and dressed (In our Ravens gear of course, because it was game day). Out the door by 8:30am and made the trek to Rockville. We got there in time for the hubby's 10am drop off time so he went and did his thing and then we had to wait until 11:30am for my appointment. We decided that since we had so much time to kill we would head over to Starbucks and grab a drink and do some reading.
11:30am rolled around and it was so show time. I went in for IUI#5, the duty RE came in the exam room and introduced himself and we went over all the paperwork. Hubby's count was good, they want anything above 5mil and we were at 7.5mil so we were happy with that. As the RE prepared to work his magic I asked him to please not hurt me like the last Dr did. I explained to him about the clotting that I had after the last procedure and he was a little shocked. He really took his time. I think this IUI actually took 4 or 5 times longer than the prevouis IUI's but I am really okay with that. I feel so confident that he actually got the cath in the best position and was so gentle with me. The nurse that was in the room was awesome too. She helped take my mind off of things. We actually talked about how her first child was the product of IUI#6.
After the IUI was done we had planned to go over to BD's Mongolian Grill, just like we did after IUI#1, when we arrived we found out that it had closed down so we had to come up with a different idea. We decided to head back towards home and we went to Buffalo Wild Wings, it was my first time there and I loved it!!! After we filled out bellies with some amazing food we went home and took a nap.
After a quick siesta we started working on the house. We got all the baseboard trim finished in both the bedrooms. After that was done we moved the remaining furniture back into the rooms. It really looks so good. Nigel thought it looked so good while I was painting the trim that he needed to get a closer look and with that he ended up with a white skunk stripe down his back. Poor little guy.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Let's go racing

My monitoring appointment went well. My lining is at 11.5mm and I have some follicles that are growing. Right side was a little sleepy this month, which is weird for me as I have really only ever had measurable follicles on my right side for the past 4 IUI's. So right side follie was only measuring at 12.4mm. Lefty was slightly awake for the party. They measured 3 follies 26.1mm, 14.7mm and 13.8mm. I know it only takes 1 so I am hoping that the 26.1mm follicle is the one that will do the trick. I am hoping for some little NASCAR spermies that want to go fast and go left. IUI will be on Sunday, and since it is a weekend we will have to go to Shady Grove's main office in Rockville, so the hubby will not get to do his sample at home. I am secretly happy about this because the one time that he did his sample at the office was the time with the highest count. I am also happy about doing the IUI on Sunday because that will mean we get to have a Sunday Funday. Just me and the hubby. Our calendar is all blocked off so we get to do what ever we want. Right now the only thing on the calendar is "Baby Making Day!!!!" you gotta love my hubby for putting that on there.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Life

Well it has been over a week since I last posted. I figured I should at least post something so you know I am still alive. Things are going good. No side effects with any of my meds and I go in for monitoring tomorrow so fingers crossed that things will look good. Work has been really busy. I kind of hate it. I seriously had the thought of just packing up all my stuff and not coming back the other day. I know that I can't do that but man the urge was very strong. I think if I can get some of the backlog that was dropped in my lap taken care of things would be better. I just don't want to work all the overtime hours because believe it or not I have a life outside of work. Speaking of my life outside of work, we have had some great progress on our home renovations. We purchased new carpet for the bedrooms and that was installed this past Monday. It looks amazing!!!!
I have also been trying very hard to get healthy. I have been trying to watch what I eat and I have been working out like crazy. I am hoping that I can shed a few more pounds before we go on the cruise in October. I've gotta look good in my new bikini that the hubby just bought me.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Rainbows

For those of you following along on this journey, IUI #4 was a bust. ::::Let the waterworks begin:::  I knew when I tested on Friday and saw that stark white test strip that things didn't look good, but beta day wasn't until Tuesday so I was staying hopeful that Friday was just a little too early. I actually decided not to even test at home the morning of my beta. I would just take it as it was given to me. So on Tuesday morning after a long weekend, I woke up early so that I could go in and have my beta drawn. I knew that Nurse D would call me around lunch time so I only had a few hours to wait. Truth be told my body didn't need those hours to wait for Nurse D, it decided all on it's own and of course my period started while I was at work waiting for the phone call from my nurse.
I cried.
I just couldn't believe that this was happening again. It wasn't supposed to be like this. We had always talked about having kids as soon as we got married and here it is almost 2 years latter and nothing.
But you can't have rainbows without the rain, right???? So I pick myself up and dust myself off and get ready to do it all over again. Same protocol as before, because according to EVERYONE at my RE's office "You respond so well". So well let's see if it works this time.

Here is the rainbow that I saw on my drive home on CD1 for IUI#5. Let's hope there is something magical at the end of this rainbow.