Thursday, June 24, 2010

Will you accept this rose...um, I mean pregnancy test!

So, you may have heard we are will be doing our first IUI cycle in July.(If you haven't heard then this must be your first time visiting my blog) IUI is short for intrauterine insemination. So many people have asked me about how the actual procedure works. Today, while I was explaining it to one of my friends and we got to laughing...you could compare it to The Bachelorette. So I will give you the less technical "Bachelorette" version of how it works.

IUI ~ On the Wings of Infertility

So, we all know the basis of The Bachelorette. They take a nice, average girl (the girl being my egg) who has not had much luck finding true love or marriage (conception or pregnancy). They put her (my egg) in the ideal situation to meet eligible men (the hubby's "goods") and hopefully, by the end of the process, she will have selected a man and get engaged (conceive).

On the show they take their nice average girl (egg), and give her a hair stylist, makeup artist and wardrobe so she looks the best she possibly can. (In IUI they use injectable meds to get the best possible looking eggs. Ultra sounds are done to determine when she is done "getting dressed"). They take the eligible men ("the goods") and do the same. They gussy them up, make them put on a nice suit and drive them in limos to meet the girl (For IUI they take "the goods" wash 'em up, throw out the duds, make them fast swimmers and give a them nice ride through a catheter right up to the egg's door) Of course, on the show, the production team (Dr. and nurses) sets up a fancy meeting and times it just right so that they are in the exact same place at the same time and that everything is just right for TV. (To do this IUI style, exactly 36 hours before the "introductions" I take another injection to force me to ovulate 36 hours later. So, essentially we kick the chick out the door in her pretty dress just as the guys are driving up.)

For about 10 weeks we tune in each week to see if this normally picky girl can decided on a guy to fall madly in love with. We hope one of the guys is strong enough to stick around and out wit, out play, out last the others...Wait, that is a different show! All though, Survivor might also apply here! (Thank goodness in IUI we only have to wait for two weeks after the initial meeting.) Finally, the show finale airs and we can all see who, if anyone, she has picked. The kicker is to watch the "After The Final Rose Show" to see if these two actually stayed together and if they are really going to get married (or if the IUI worked resulting in conception/healthy pregnancy)

Now, the odds of the IUI working are about the same as a Bachelorette couple actually staying together (20% the first time and 50% over the course of 4 cycles) Ok, so maybe the odds of it working are better than The Bachelorette. My hope is that my egg(s) are alot like Bachelorette Trista and NOT like Bachelorette Jen....who picked no one! All that said, I think I should rent my uterus out to ABC for their next reality show. I could use a little extra cash!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

May Mayhem...

Yes, I realize this post is a tad late...in my defense work is kickin' my butt right now. I have been running around trying to make ungrateful brides look stunning! Jealous yet?!?

So May.....

Like I said before most of May was spent at work but...I did get the next to last weekend free to spend with this little lady...

oh yeah...and Mom and Ashlie were here too! We had a super fun girls weekend. Which included lots of shopping, eating, chatting and movie watching. I spent a lot of time loving on Miss P. We also did a few other things but I will get to that shortly.I was quite honored that Presley's first plan ride was to see me! I hope there are many more flights in the upcoming years, with Georgia as the destination.

While they were here we decided to take a day trip to Savannah. We got up early and drove out to Tybee Island, for Presley's first visit to the beach. I was excited to get to share in some of her "firsts" since I live so far away I miss out on most of them. While we were at the beach she also had her "first" face plant in the sand...lets also hope it is the last! We didn't stay long because it was so hot.

After the beach we tried to go for lunch at Lady and Sons but the earliest they could give us was 9:45. So we settled for yummy Chicken strips and Spanky Spuds at Spanky's on Riverstreet. We did a little shopping and then headed back home.

Here are some pics from the weekend...


Beach Babe (before face plant)


Grammie and Prelsey


Tybee Island Beach Bunnies


Uncle Heath and Aunt Brittani with Sweet P!


Margarita Buddies

Memorial Day was super laid back. Heath and I went to hand out with Casey, Kristi and the girls. We spent the day playing Super Mario Brothers on the Wii, jumping on the trampoline and cooking out. Once the girls went to bed we had a mean game of Phase 10. We always have a great time together. Sorry no pics of this one.

Baby Journey Update:

I have struggled back and forth with how much to share about our journey. Several people have asked me questions about the procedure. This led me to to realize that most people are not familiar infertility treatment or even infertility as a whole. So I have decided to share most of this journey with you. My hope is for people to better understand our situation both medically and emotionally. I plan to add a timeline in my side column shortly so you can follow along with us. I also hope to explain some of the treatment, just as soon as I completely understand it!

I would like to say Thank You for all the prayers everyone has said for us. We were very pleased that all of our tests came back good. The doctor has given us the green light to do IUI in July. We have been busy buzzing around trying to get everything ready for that. It takes a lot of work to get all the medications lined up and to make sure we are getting the best price. Everything seems to be coming together financially for us but, we do ask that you continue to pray on this aspect for us. We would also ask that you pray that this IUI cycle works for us and that we won't have to do it again! So for now we are just waiting for July to get here.