Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I'm a day behind....

I'm sorry I didn't post the results yesterday. Let's just say the day ended in a score of TUESDAY-1 CINDY-0. It wasn't a bad day really, just one of those days where an "I'm done!!" is absolutely necessary before dinner has even been made. I got great news at the doctor! My level went up to 364, more than double, which is awesome. Our next appt is Tuesday, August 9 for a sonogram!! Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes and feel free to keep them coming! :)


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Results are in...

The doctor's office called with the pregnancy test results and it was positive!! Anything over 20 is positive, over 100 is really good, and our HCG number is 133! I go back Tuesday for a repeat test to make sure that the number rises appropriately. Thanks so much for all the prayers!!!


Monday, July 18, 2011

Transfer #8

The transfer on Friday went great. Both embryos survived the thawing process and expanded like we were hoping. The pictures on the left show them straight from the "freezer" and the right show them a couple hours later, right before transfer.

The transfer went smoothly and the embryos were released near the thickest part of the endometrial lining. Now we patiently wait until Sunday, July 24 for the pregnancy test!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Wow it's been awhile...

I just realized it's been A LONG time since my last blog. I feel like our lives have been nothing short of CRAZY and super busy, but yet I don't have anything huge to report. I'll try to recap what's been going on and get caught up to present day. Here we go...

Brad - He is still at Wal-Mart but desperately trying to get out. He has an interview next week with another company, but I don't want to get into too many details yet. We have hope and a strong faith in the Lord and it's time we sit back and listen. Too many times we feel like God has let us down when things don't turn out how we want them to. I have been quickly reminded that it simply means it's not in HIS plan and we must patiently wait for Him to open the right doors. Medically, Brad is falling apart. (Not really, but I like to tease him.) He hasn't passed a kidney stone in a while (knock on wood), which is good considering x-rays show they are there. He has been having problems with back pain and numbness in his foot, however, and is now doing physical therapy. He just started a couple weeks ago so we are hoping it works and gives him some relief. Other than that, he's doing great!! :)

Me - I had a great year teaching Pre-K at an early childhood program! The children were wonderful and I enjoyed every minute with them. I have decided not to return next year. As most of you know, I have spent most of my "working years" babysitting and taking care of children. I have been asked by a couple people if I would be interested in doing it again and I really feel like it's the right thing. I've always enjoyed it and felt blessed to have the opportunity to be able to. I'm no longer going to let others labels and comments make up my mind. Some say that I'm wasting my degree. I disagree strongly! I may not need the degree to watch children but I will never regret graduating from college and learning all that I've learned. Even if I never "use" it, I will never regret having it! I've been praying A LOT for God to guide me in the right direction. After a long soul search, I was hit with an "aha!" moment that my role is still very important whether it be in the house or out. Those that are called to work out of their homes need a safe and loving environment for their children to go to. I want to be the place where they can bring their children and know that they are in great care while they go to work. As a mother I know how important that is. After making the decision, things are falling into place. I am happier than I've been in a long time and so excited for what's to come.

Haylee - I can't believe our baby girl is 2 already! It has been the best 2 years of our lives though. She brings so much joy and happiness to both of us. She did great in her first year of preschool and really enjoyed her teachers and friends. She is my social butterfly (hmm...wonder where she gets that) and has already been to numerous birthday parties and play dates. This summer she's enjoying the water, swim lessons, playing outside, and taking care of her babies. She has about 10 baby dolls and loves every one of them. She feeds them, rocks them, changes their diapers, reads to them, sings to them, sleeps with them, takes them for rides in their name it, she does it. My parents are absolutely in love and spend a lot of time with her. They feel blessed to be retired and able to do so much. If I mention running errands they jump at the opportunity to "babysit". I, of course, don't disagree! I love my baby more than anything, but going grocery shopping kid-free is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! :) She can be summed up with her statement to me of "I'm not a drama queen...I'm a princess!". No, honey, I think you're both. :)

And now the big focus right now...
This Friday, July 15, 2011, we are going in for round #8 of IVF. The procedure is scheduled for 1:15 pm and the pregnancy test will be Sunday, July 24, 2011. Prayers welcome and I will keep everyone updated.