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Thankful Thursday and The State of My Belly

02/09/2012

Belle

Thankful Thursday

1. My husband – for being so very understanding after our fight earlier this week.

2. My ovaries – yes, despite all the hell they put me through, I’m thankful that they have a bunch of follicles and are pumping out enough estrogen to keep my cycle from being canceled.

3. J.R. Watkins lip balm – Dare I say it, but I think it is better than Burt’s Bees.

4. The color Mustard Yellow – No matter what the weather, season or mood, Mustard Yellow always cheers me up and makes me feel stylish.

5. Decaf Soy Lattes – My guilty pleasure. I have had one every. single. day. this week. I think all the IVF stress justifies it. Hopefully my thighs will agree!

6. Understanding coworkers – Who have been more supportive of this IVF adventure than I had ever expected.

7. Post Punk Kitchen – for providing me with culinary inspiration on a regular basis and for creating this pie which is absolutely to-die for. Go make one tonight. You will not regret it. Nor will your thighs.

The State of My Belly

The current state of my belly can be summed up in one word – full. I feel like I have eaten two Thanksgiving dinners, or have been constipated for two weeks, or have an alien life form growing in me. It’s fierce. I’m aware pregnancy is much the same, but at least you get a gradual build up. During stims you go from empty and happy to HOLY MOTHER F-ING CRAP I’m full of ovaries!

Tonight is my first Lupron trigger. Since we are doing an egg donor protocol and freezing embryos, I get to have not one, but two jolly fun Lupron triggers. One tonight at 10 p.m. and one tomorrow at 10 a.m. I have yet to try Lupron. Any advice for the injection?

Just two more sleeps till retrieval!

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  1. February 9, 2012

    my lupron was easy peasy, no burn no pain, nothing, but i had a much different protocol and took it twice daily for a week before we cancelled. What gauge needle?

  2. February 9, 2012

    Lupron is CAKE compared to the others. Don’t worry at all! Use the tiny needle (ie high gauge) and you prob. won’t even feel it!! Fx for you!

    • February 9, 2012

      So glad to hear this! The Ganirelix burns like the dickens. I was afraid Lupron would be much the same!

  3. February 9, 2012

    Fingers crossed for you!!!

  4. February 9, 2012

    Fingers are crossed!

  5. February 9, 2012

    I call that the “watermelon ovaries ” feeling. So much fun. And guess what? At my 12 week scan , they could tell which ovary they got the most eggs from ! It was STILL swollen! It makes for a crappy start to pregnancy (full and bloated like you from 5 weeks?) but who cares .

    HAPPY LAYING! I hope it goes really well. (Remember the numbers each day don’t matter. What matters is who’s still standing come transfer.) I’ll be thinking of you.

    • February 17, 2012

      I totally agree! The numbers (of how many and how fast growing) aren’t nearly as important as what you have when it comes time to transfer them back to you.

  6. February 10, 2012

    yay for great ovaries and e2 levels and not being cancelled! I knew you’d make it! Next up retrieval :), good luck!!!!

  7. February 10, 2012

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!

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