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Are you there period? It’s me, Belle.



The fabric I chose for my tote and purse. I am quite excited!


I’m sitting here panty checking waiting for my period to start so we can hopefully get this IVF show on the road. I’m like soooo ready to grow some eggs.

My last pill was on Tuesday night meaning I expect the pre-period cramps to settle in tomorrow night and my period to show up just in time for Saturday’s run. I hope. I’m actually a little concerned I won’t get a withdrawal bleed after 6 weeks straight of  birth control pills. Back when I took birth control regularly to protect myself from an unplanned pregnancy (hahahahahaha! So funny now!) my periods were either extremely light (think: one day of light spotting only) or non-existent. If I don’t have a withdrawal bleed, will they let me start my IVF cycle on Monday? If there is no bleed does that mean I’m a hot cysty mess? Does it mean my estrogen is too high? You know, for having been at this for more than a year, I’m still pretty clueless about a lot of things. Any input?

Since I can’t run, spin or do yoga during IVF, I intend to turn my attention to some sewing projects. Today I ordered four new patterns and some pretty Amy Butler fabric.  On my list of things to make is a carry-on tote for Vegas, a matching hand bag to hold “very important Vegas things” (read: flask, ID and some of that adhesive tape in the event my fake stick-on boobs fall off), a halter top and a simple skirt. I feel like these projects should keep me good and busy while growing eggs, recovering from retrieval surgery and then obsessing waiting on the daily embryo report.

I’m afraid this is all I’ve got right now. Waiting on my period. Waiting on IVF. Waiting on Mr. Husband to find a job. Waiting on my baby. Waiting….



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  1. January 26, 2012

    My doctor always says “you may or may NOT experience a withdrawal bleed after stopping bc” so I wouldn’t sweat it too much.
    The fabric is beautiful! When are you going to Vegas?

    • January 26, 2012

      Well that sure is good to hear!

      I’m heading to Vegas on March 24, so I have lots of time to obsessively make things for the trip 🙂

  2. January 26, 2012

    As long as you choose when, exercising on ivf fine belle. Early , before those eggs start popping, then take is easy in the lead up to ec, then on the third day post ec I went running, both times , and continued this til embryo transfer. I got all my embryo reports whilst out pounding the pavement . It helped deal w the stress and the bloating, and my doc was pretty happy w my choices. Re withdrawal bleed, don’t sweat it. Just concentrate on today. The only way of knowing is the scans and blood tests , don’t drive yourself mad with the what if game, or dr google 🙂

    • January 26, 2012

      I am soooo glad to hear you ran post retrieval! I am absolutely loving my Couch 2 5K program and was so sad to be away from it for weeks.

      Also, I broke up with Dr. Google a while ago. I don’t know if I ever blogged about that one, actually… I have a topic for tomorrow now 🙂

  3. January 26, 2012

    Aw yes, the endless waiting. It’s all endless waiting. It gets no better or easier with pregnancy. I’m imagining we’re supposed to be learning patience from all the waiting but really it just makes me hate waiting.

  4. January 26, 2012

    I’m waiting for the Crimson Wave as well, though I’m not coming off birth control ( I am trying to get my hands on some progestrone creme to stop mid cycle spotting that is making my cycles wonky). However, from my understanding back when I was on bcps inbetween clomid cycles and IUI injectibles, my RE put me on a low dose estrogen one. When I stopped the pills, my period came full force (cramps and all) and there were no cysts. So hopefully you will not be a hot cystic mess.

    Your sewing projects sound like fun (I can’t sew to save my life). Will you post pics of your finished stuff?

    • January 26, 2012

      I have been on Loestrin… judging by the name I’m going to guess it was low estrogen.

      I took some sewing lessons last year and consider it one of the best expenses of my life. I found a great local teacher and learned enough to feel confident to tackle just about anything. I will be sure to post photos of some of my completed projects, too!

  5. January 26, 2012

    You’re so crafty! Cute fabric!

  6. January 26, 2012

    Waiting waiting waiting waiting… I feel like I spend so much of my life waiting, too 😦 It’s so freaking annoying! When are we going to be “there”?

    • January 26, 2012

      No kidding. I’ve had enough of this game.

  7. January 26, 2012

    “when I took birth control regularly to protect myself from an unplanned pregnancy (hahahahahaha! So funny now!) ”

    Love this. I think we all feel that way. Unplanned pregnancy…what a laugh. I don’t believe in it anymore 😉

  8. 35life #
    January 27, 2012

    This is EXACTLY how I felt in the days leading up. I took the pill for 9 continuous weeks and got my period within 3 days, so don’t worry!

    Enjoy those last chances to run. I had some of my best workouts right before I had to stop. Go out on top!

    Love the fabric! Again with the similarities! 🙂 My quilting fabric just arrived today for my next project. I was looking forward to a distraction for my IVF round two – two week wait!

    Hang in there – it’s not long now!!

  9. January 27, 2012

    I am also planning on running post retrieval. My soul is going to need it!

    The waiting is definitely the worst part. I feel the same way, that I am waiting. I am tired of waiting. I don’t want to wait anymore.

  10. Rachel @ Eggs In A Row #
    January 27, 2012

    Wait, no working out at all during IVF? Seriously?

    • January 28, 2012

      I was told no working out for 2 days post transfer, than after that light activity like walking, swimming or casual biking until the blood test.

  11. January 29, 2012

    I really like that fabric. I can’t wait to see all the finished products!

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