Happy Birthday to a Very Special Guy!

Happy Birthday to a Very Special Guy!

First off, thank you all so much for the kind words on both my fertility post and my venting post.  I try to keep things fairly positive here but sometimes life can be rough and keeping it real is part of blogging for me.

Today is a very special day for a very special guy.  My wonderful Hubby!

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Sometimes I Think One is Enough…

Sometimes I Think One is Enough…

Yesterday The Love Nugget was up at 5:15.  I felt him crawl into bed beside me and thought, “maybe he’ll go back to sleep.” 10 minutes of him wiggling around, I rolled over and opened my eyes to see him wide awake staring at me. “Mom, I’m really hungry.”

I’m normally a morning person and don’t mind getting up early. Even when he wakes up early with me he’ll sit and read, color or hang out until we eat breakfast around 7:00.  Today was not normal.  We were both still recovering from a cold and I had stayed up late the night before.  Although that was for a good reason (Girls night to see Magic Mike) I was still planning on sleeping in a bit.  No such luck there.  We were up and he was raring to go…

By 6:00 we were out the door walking the dogs. Which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing since it’s been so hot we haven’t been able to do much walking. However, it was just one of those mornings. The dogs kept barking at other dogs, they were pulling on their leashes and The Love Nugget was on fire. Running on peoples lawns, yelling at the dogs and jumping into sprinkler puddles. All fine things when it’s not 6:00 am.

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Fourth of July Recipe Round-Up

Fourth of July Recipe Round-Up

Really?  Already Fourth of July?  This summer is just flying by!  We actually don’t have big plans which is kind of nice.  It’s supposed to be pretty hot so we’ll probably go to our towns parade in the morning, relax during the day, then hit up the fireworks show in the evening.  Relaxing but fun!

Of course with most American holiday’s the day wouldn’t be complete without good food!

Here’s some recipes I’ve been eyeing to make for this years celebration :-)

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Health Update – Hormones Suck!

Many of you are aware of our fertility struggles but it’s been awhile since I’ve done an update mainly because since my last miscarriage things have been pretty quiet around here.  For one because I needed a break from thinking about pregnancy, fertility, miscarriages etc.  For two because we had a gap of time between our most recent loss (in April) and our fertility specialist appointment.  Which I was admittedly very nervous and anxious about.  Nervous because I had an inclination that they were going to suggest hormones, spending $$$ and possibly being told we can’t have another baby.  Anxious because it’s a step in the direction of finally getting pregnant and hopefully carrying a baby again.  Hopefully…

Well, we had that appointment several weeks ago and I’ll admit that I left feeling better about my situation.  Better but also a little frustrated that taking hormones was of course recommended…  Just what I’ve been wanting to avoid.  However, I’m lucky in that I don’t have to take much AND the doctor that I met with is against using Clomid which I’ve been adement about avoiding from the beginning.  So that made me feel SO much better!

Since then I’ve began a journey with California IVF.  I’ll admit that so far it’s been better than I expected but has also had some downfalls.  The first thing I was told to do was to take provera which would kick start my cycle since I haven’t had a period since January.  This was especially important so that they could perform a saline/iodine ultrasound to better see in my uterus.   I started taking that and right away gained a few pounds but it wasn’t until 3 days after stopping that aunt flow came to visit.  It worked!  Although she didn’t stay long I was able to go in a few days later and have the ultrasound.

I was nervous because I thought maybe they would see something they weren’t seeing in a regular ultrasound that was hindering my ability to carry a baby.  Luckily I was all good!  Well, not all good.  My endometrium lining was pretty thin which he said is most likely the cause as to why I don’t have a period.  He said he didn’t see any signs of anything that would hinder my ability to get pregnant and that with some hormonal supplementation I should be able to carry to full term.  Yay!

So began the next step.  Hormones :-(  I immediately started taking Estrace which is an estrogen supplement.  It hasn’t been all that great….  I’ve been crabby, have gained nearly 5 pounds, and feel bloated all the time.  Despite those things it did work.  The reasoning for taking it was to increase the lining in my uterus and hopefully allow me to have a normal period.  It worked!  Another check did indeed show that my uterine lining had thickened which means I’m ready for the next step.

More drugs…  As I mentioned above I luckily do not have to take clomid.  Instead my doctor has prescribed me Letrozole (generic for Femara)  which is actually a medicine used for breast cancer.  It’s been shown to have higher pregnancy rates higher live birthrates and less side effects than clomid.

A 750-women government-funded study, one of the largest to date looking at infertility and PCOS, found that the drug letrozole improves ovulation and results in higher pregnancy and live birthrates than clomiphene, sometimes known as Clomid, which is considered the first-line treatment. Letrozole is a generic drug and also marketed byNovartis PLC under the brand name Femara.

There was a study done in 2005 by some Canadian fertility doctors that found there to be higher risk of birth defects when using Letrozole.  Of course this scares me to death but after doing a lot of research on the drug, I have found that many sources that highly criticize this study for having improper design and research.  Femara is known to have a short half life in the bloodstream and is cleared from the system before the egg is fertilized.

So am I thrilled to be taking it?  No, not really.  However, my doctor felt confident that it would help me to conceive and carry to term.  Which after the past two years I’m 100% ready to do just about anything to make that happen.

I started Letrozole just yesterday and will take that for 5 days then go in for another ultrasound.  Once that clears we’ll either do an IUI (Intrauterine Insemination) or timed conception.  Then because of my MTHF I’ll be put on a prescription of HCG, a higher dose of Folate and most likely low dose aspirin.

So that’s where we’re at.  Hopeful for the future and taking it one day at a time :-)  I’ll keep you guys updated on our progress from here.  Fingers crossed I’ll be sharing some good news sometime soon!

QUESTIONS –   

  • Have you ever taken hormones?  
  • Do you have any experience with fertility treatments?  Clomid?  Letrozole?  

 

Celebrating 7 Years of Marriage!

Celebrating 7 Years of Marriage!

This past weekend The Hubby and I celebrated seven years of marriage.

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Friday Favorites #4

You guys this was one of those weeks I literally couldn’t wait to be over!

Not just because it was again, outrageously hot, but The Love Nugget was on a mission to drive me insane and no matter how hard I tried to keep him busy he somehow continued to push my buttons.  To top it off I had to bring him with me yesterday to teach my 6:00 am class.  It’s been really slow lately with only a few clients and of course this particular day no one came…  So we drove 20 min there then turned around and drove 20 min. back for an hour before we had to leave again to go to Afterburn.  Since I had to wake him at 5:15.  It was a long day…  Needless to say I’m ready for the weekend.  Not just because it’s been a long week but even more because we are celebrating our 7 year anniversary.

You know you’re getting old when you look back at your wedding photos and think you look like a baby!  So young but really only seven years ago.  Well… I guess that’s sort of long time when you think about all we’ve done in seven years 😉

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My Love/Hate Relationship with my Legs

My Love/Hate Relationship with my Legs

I’ll start this by saying it wasn’t really until recently that I even began to even think about loving my legs.  The truth is, I’ve always basically hated them.  I know some of you are probably thinking I’m crazy but let’s face it most of us (both men and women) have some part of their body that they don’t like.  For me, it’s my legs.

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Afterburn Studios and a Giveaway!

Afterburn Studios and a Giveaway!

Hi guys!

So you’ve probably been noticing I keep mentioning a new studio I’ve been loving.  Not just loving working out at but LOVING teaching there as well!

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A Day in Our Life – Summer Edition

A Day in Our Life – Summer Edition

Hey guys!

I know I’ve said it a lot lately but man have we been busy!  It’s crazy to think that summers will get even busier as our kid(eventually kids) get older.  We’re only half-way through June and we’ve been on the go every day.  Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing since it’s all fun stuff :-)

I figured since I keep telling you all how busy we’ve been I’d give you a glance into our crazy lives lately.  Here’s a day in our life from last week!

4:45 – I wake up before my alarm goes off, as usual.  I get up and drink a big glass of water, then take some time to start Headspace.  A new meditation app to lead me through some mindfulness practice.  So far I’m loving it!  #practicemindfulness

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Home at Last for a Relaxing Father’s Day!

Home at Last for a Relaxing Father’s Day!

We were home this past weekend with nothing much planned and it was amazing.  We have seriously been on the go or if we were home, had people staying with us since April.  We love to travel and to have family stay with us but after several months of it were exhausted.  So to be home for a weekend with no visitors and no big plans was just what we needed :-)

We kicked off our weekend Friday with a relaxing dinner at home and some Orange is the New Black on Netflix.

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Of course my internal alarm clock went off bright and early Saturday morning.  So I spent some time out back with my coffee and the AFFA Fitness Theory and Practice book.

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