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26 weeks!

Today is Baby W’s 26 week birthday! Time is moving very quickly, and I am feeling great :). I have been focusing on eating a healthy diet and getting my walking in. I walked over 20 miles last week, and have clocked 15 miles so far this week. I can feel a big difference in my energy level and am sleeping much better. Since I am walking 3-6 miles a day, I am making sure to eat a little more and drink significantly more water everyday. I have also been stretching more, which has reduced my hip pains, and has helped me get more comfortable sleep. Thank goodness!

26 Weeks (14 to go)

Baby W is the size of a head of lettuce!

My major complaint still tends to be heartburn! It really does suck, and sneaks up when I least expect it. I have tried eating smaller meals, eliminating spicy food, and eating dinner at least 2 hours before bedtime, but very little works. The worst is when I wake up at 3am with awful heartburn. Thankfully, generic tums are still working to fend off the pain, but I would prefer to use something more natural to combat it. The midwife we met with during our last appointment suggested papaya, but I keep forgetting to pick it up at the store.

I also have plenty of great news to share. First, we chose our birth doula! I am very excited to work with her, and can’t wait for our first meeting to develop our birth plan. I know the birth plan is more of a guide and is tentative, since every labor is different, but having a plan will help me to feel more in control, and better about the whole thing. I have also started to research what I need to pack in my hospital bag. I am planning to get it together at the beginning of my third trimester in a few weeks – yay! I also love the idea of bringing the maternity nurses little gift bags, so I am going to begin brainstorming what can go in their little gift bags. At this point, I know they will include a copy of my birth plan, treats, and some baked goods.

Second, Baby W is kicking up a storm. He’s been kicking for a while now, but he’s picked up the pace considerably over the last few weeks. He really enjoys kicking early in the morning, around 5am or so. I guess it’s his way of preparing me for middle-of-the-night feedings :). I have to say feeling him kick is one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced.

Third, I am getting so excited for my baby shower! YAY! I am truly blessed to have amazing friends and family, and I can’t wait to spend time with everyone! Our families have been very generous — my parents are buying all of our cloth diapers, so we are set until Baby W is potty-trained! And, my in-laws just ordered our crib and crib mattress — yay!! So exciting :). I am so grateful for the love and generosity — thank you, thank you, thank you!

Finally, I am beginning our search for a nanny for when I return to work. As you may know, I am fortunate enough to work from home, so we are planning to keep Baby W home with me, and hire a nanny PT to help out while I am working.  There is still a lot of work to do on this front, but at least it’s started.

Hope you’re all having a great week!
Baby Dust!

 

 

Growing up so fast!

We had our 6 month check-up on Monday, and Baby W is doing great! His heartbeat was a little over 140 — it sounded beautiful! He was also measuring perfectly, so we are all good to go. I am also feeling Baby W move a lot more. He has some very active kicking episodes during the day! It’s amazing to see my belly move and actually feel him kick my hand on my stomach. We go back in 3 weeks (on 11/5) for our 7 month check-up, which includes a check for gestational diabetes. I have to drink a glucose-filled red drink 15-20 minutes before I get to the office, and upon arrival will have my blood drawn to check my sugar levels. The goal of the test is to see how well my body processes the sugary drink — if my blood sugar is too high, then I will have to undergo more tests to see if I actually have gestational diabetes. I am feeling good, eating healthy, and walking regularly, so I don’t think I’ll have any issues, but who knows?!?!

Speaking of walking, I got a new treadmill, and I love it! Hubby set it up downstairs, and I have made a little desk so I am able to work and walk. My goal is to walk 4-6 miles a day (1.5 to 3 or so hours). When I hit my goal, I have a lot more energy, and I know that I am doing what’s best for Baby W. Plus, it’s pretty easy to incorporate walking into my daily routine when I can easily work and walk, and later in the evening, I can also watch a little TV while exercising! I plan to keep up this routine when Baby W gets here. As he gets older, I can put him into the carrier and walk!  🙂

We also signed up for our birthing classes. It’s a 4-week class that starts on 11/27 and ends about a month before my due date. I can’t wait to learn more about the birthing process. I also need to sign up for the breastfeeding class and the infant basics class. I love going to classes, and am really looking forward to learning as much as possible before Baby W gets here. I am sure nothing will prepare us fully for his arrival, every little bit helps!

It’s hard to believe that we are already 1/2 through October! Time just keeps flying by. We have a very crazy couple of months ahead — I think every weekend is planned through Christmas! Maybe that’s why time is moving so quickly :). Also, on another exciting note, my amazing sister-in-law — N — and my best friends are planning my baby shower for November 10th. I am thrilled! I don’t know all the details, but I know a few — it’s going to be sports’ themed, and the invites were designed by a friend (who is a graphic designed) to look like a baseball ticket! I am lucky to have so many loving and caring friends — yay!

So many happy things to look forward to in the coming weeks! I am so fortunate 🙂

Hugs!

Mud Run Fun

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After the mud run!

Day 20 — Up to the Challenges :-)

Today’s intention is to be positive!

Today, I am feeling up to the Challenges. I had a great workout last night, and like it always does, it really helped me to relax and put things in perspective. I am grateful to have a world-premier fertility doctor and insurance to cover our very expensive medical bills. I really don’t know how someone can afford 15-20k per IVF cycle?!?! It’s crazy to me that insurance doesn’t cover infertility — it is a disease — but that’s a whole other blog conversation…

Yesterday, I was feeling overwhelmed by the process — the appointments, the injections, the retrieval, the transfer, etc, etc. I was worried that I wouldn’t be strong enough to get through everything and, on top of that, I have to figure out how to manage my work, our very busy schedules, and our social calendar. I am fine with changing as many things as necessary to make this work, but I still want to have some normal in my life. The normal parts of my life will help me get through the craziness — they ground me in a way that makes the crazy not feel that awful. Yesterday, I was focusing too much on the details instead of on the big picture. I will be pregnant soon with a very healthy baby — and in the end, that is what matters! I am a strong person who has accomplished many great things, and because of this strength and perseverance, I will get through this. Plus, I am not in this alone. I have a wonderful and loving husband, a very supportive and strong family, as well as amazing friends who have supported me every step of the way. I know that everyone wants us to be successful and that they will do everything they can to help us through this journey. One of my weaknesses is that I am not good at asking for help. I am typically the one helping everyone else. But this time, I need the support because I know that I will not be able to do this alone. Maybe this is a lesson — sometimes you need other people to help you through the struggles, and that’s okay. 🙂

I am grateful for wonderful friends; my super hubby; my amazing family; a wonderful doctor and supportive nurses; my health; my puggle, Kahli; and sunshine!
I love and accept myself!

Day 17 — Impatient

Today’s intention is to be open to constructive criticism.

Today, I am feeling impatient! I just want my period to come so we can get everything started already. As anyone who knows me would tell you, I am a planner. I love details especially when organizing events. It makes me happy to make things perfect :). For our wedding, I planned every little thing from the music to the gift bags we gave to our guests as well as having itineraries for every member of our wedding party. I wasn’t a bridezilla, but I like having structure and I enjoy planning for big events.

IVF doesn’t exactly work that way. I feel like there is a lot of hurrying up to wait and waiting to hurry up. My period has never been regular — thanks PCOS — so I can’t exactly pinpoint when our next cycle will begin because I have to wait for my period to start. I know it’s coming, but it could be here tonight or the end of the week. While waiting, there isn’t much to do except read, read, and read more articles about IVF, but since every cycle is unique to the woman, I don’t really know the details, and won’t until I meet with the doctor. It’s quite annoying to have no control over any of it. Our first real IVF meeting won’t happen until I get my period, and then I will be able to make a more clear plan and feel more in control over this process.

The other hard part in all of this is the not knowing what to expect. My hubby and I are always busy –we go to a lot of charity events, out with friends, to alumni events, and play summer sports. Since I don’t know exactly when this cycle will begin, what the protocol will be, and/or if I’ll be pregnant in May/June, I am putting a hold on lots of stuff. Today, I bowed out of dragonboat racing in June and July — an event I have enjoyed participating in for the last 3 years — I won’t feel comfortable participating if I am pregnant or in the middle of a cycle. I also declined a fun mudrun at the end of the month and may have to miss a trip to Pittsburgh for Mother’s Day. Don’t get me wrong, the goal of having a healthy baby makes all of these decisions easy, but I always feel a little sad having to miss out because of my fertility.

At this point, I must focus on what I can control (and not on what I have given up) — my diet and fitness! I am following the Perfect 10 diet again and love it! It’s nice to eat real food and feel great. I just know that it is helping me to balance my hormones. I have cut out gluten (not too hard since I really never added it back to my diet) and will of course remove alcohol and caffeine — again not too hard since I rarely consume either. I am also back in the gym 5-6 times per week with walks 2-3 nights per week as well as fertility yoga every day. I will cut back on the cardio once we start the cycle so it doesn’t stress my reproductive organs and will just focus on walking and yoga for stress relief. All of this activity helps me to feel like I am doing something in my pursuit of having a baby. It’s easy to feel somewhat helpless through all of this, so I do my best to make positive choices that will positively impact our chances to have a healthy baby 🙂

I am grateful for my health; great friends; a loving hubby; an amazing family — parents, brothers, and sisters; love, laughter, and happiness!

I love and accept myself!

 

Day 11 – Ready

My intention today is Carpe Diem.

Today I am feeling ready for whatever life brings. I woke up and worked out – which helped me recover from jet-lag and not feel so lazy. It wasn’t a great workout, but at least I got through it. I also hope to get up early tomorrow an make it to the gym. I had a healthy breakfast and ate pretty healthy the rest of the day. We enjoyed time with our family and toured through parts of Paris. I purchased 2 beautiful journals – one for me and one for a very dear friend. I know she will love it. We went to a local cafe for lunch – the food was good, although there was some confusion with ordering. It’s difficult to communicate when you know very little French. It is interesting trying to decide what things mean and I am really terrible at it. Oh well, at least I am trying 🙂

Spending time with our sister and brother-in-law has been lots of fun. Our bro-in-law is hysterically funny and I spend most of the time around him laughing. We heard a lot about their new house and their plans for the future. They are planning on kiddies in 4 years – I am sure we will have 2 or 3 little ones by then. My father-in-law recommended they start their family earlier because they might have trouble conceiving. I know he didn’t mean anything by it, but I hate that our fertility issues would impact anyone’s family plans. I am sure they won’t have any issues – what are the odds of it impacting 2 women in the same family. I know that everyone is touting for us, and am thankful to have so much support.

I am grateful for love; happiness; family; friends; and laughter.

I love and accept myself!

Day 7 – Tired

Today’s intention is to find the silver lining. Yesterday was crazy, and today is already looking a bit hectic, but my goal is to find the happy and focus on it.

Today I am tired. Yesterday was crazy — I worked for more than 16 hours and didn’t get home until around 10pm. I have a lot to do before we leave for vacation for work and plenty to do to get ready for the trip, but I have to remember to stop and smell the roses. Being tired is one of the most annoying feelings to me — I like having a ton of energy and being able to run around to get everything done. This week, it’s not even that I don’t have the energy, I just don’t have the time. I have to make time for important things like getting plenty of sleep and making it to the gym, so I feel strong. On the bright side, travelling and The Perfect 10 Diet go well together. Due to work, I ate out at every meal yesterday, and it was easy to make choices that fit into the healthy plan. YAY!

I am grateful for a comfy bed and cuddly hubby; vacation!; my health; the sunshine; and, a wonderful life 🙂

 I love and accept myself!

Day 5 – Joy

Today’s intention is to enjoy some family time!

Today I feel joy! We enjoyed a great weekend with amazing friends, which reminds me just how fortunate I am. I may have some struggles staying pregnant, but I am blessed with a wonderful set of friends, family, and loved ones. I also feel joy because I feel great! I have been focusing on my diet and fitness since my last miscarriage and it’s really paying off! I started a new eating philosophy called The Perfect 10 Diet — the goal is to balance one’s hormones, which leads to a healthier body and weight loss. You basically swap out all processed crap and sugar and focus on eating organic, real foods including real fats. I have done this for a week, and the results have been fantastic — I feel great = more energy, glowing skin, better sleep, etc and I have lost 5 pounds! YES! This doesn’t just mean weight loss to me — it means that my hormones are finally coming back into equilibrium and I am well on my way to a wonderful IVF cycle in April. Go Team! Even more importantly, I don’t feel deprived — this is definitely not a diet. I am eating real foods and real fats, which means no crazy hunger pains and no crazy food cravings.

I am grateful for my health; wonderful friends, family, and loved ones; my hubby!; vacation on Thursday; and, our upcoming IVF cycle!

I love and accept myself!

Wait, Wait, Weight

I am not an impatient person, but this process can make anyone a bit anxious. It’s a constant game of waiting — wait for the next doctor’s appointment, wait for the next u/s, wait for a pregnancy test (the 2WW = worst), wait for the the fetal tissue testing results, wait for the next blood test, wait to start trying again, and, finally, while waiting try to lose a little weight. Sometimes I wonder if the universe is trying to teach me patience — maybe I just need to wait long enough and it will be my turn. Who knows?

We head to see our RE next week — it will be a month since my miscarriage, but it seems like it’s been much longer, like we’ve been waiting for 3-4 months to see the doctor and figure out our next steps. I don’t know how long he’s going to ask us to wait before we try again. My acupuncturist has suggested that we wait 3 months (really?!?!) to allow my body to heal. I just hope that my healthy lifestyle, working out, and acupuncture are helping my body to heal quickly. I know I feel great, I just have to wait to see what the doctor says next Tuesday.

Learning and Learning…

It’s been a quiet weekend! Jud and I are both sick with a terrible cough and sinus infection — ugh! We had a lot planned, but pretty much slept all weekend. Hopefully all the rest and medicine will help me get through tomorrow. I have to head into the city for work, which is always tough on my body. I rarely get sick, but this illness knocked me on my butt — I am sure the stress of last week’s miscarriage and D&C weakened my body just enough to allow all the germs in :-(. Yuck!

On the bright side, all the down time has allowed me an opportunity to learn even more about preparing my body for IVF. I’ve been reading about what to expect — lots of needles, doctor’s appointments, and sore ovaries! I am fortunate that I work from home most days , but my job can be very demanding and stressful, so I am looking for ways to de-stress my life by adding yoga, breathing exercises, and meditation into my daily routine as well as getting back to my normal cardio workout regimen. I am also meeting with my acupuncturist this week to begin treatments to nourish my body! I love acupuncture — it has helped me so much over the last few months! I have noticed a big difference in my energy level as well as how I sleep. Beyond that, my allergies have completely gone away and my stomach issues are also pretty much gone! I also think it’s helped me in my fertility journey, and will be a big part of me getting and staying pregnant with IVF.

I have also taken some time to learn more about supplements and vitamins — what should I add to my current vitamin and mineral selection? It’s so exciting to read the recent research. It gives me a lot of hope that there are changes I can make to increase my fertility. The most exciting research that I came across is the use of Melatonin with IVF cycles. Melatonin is an herbal supplement that helps people sleep, but is also has been shown to do remarkable things to help a woman’s fertility. It has a remarkable power to protect the eggs from harmful chemicals, which means better and more eggs during an IVF cycle! Woman who take 3mg of melatonin each night produced more eggs during their cycle and had a much higher pregnancy success rate (compared to what they had during their first cycle)! Even if a woman isn’t doing IVF, melatonin helps — especially women with PCOS — to produce higher quality eggs, which means a lower rate of miscarriage. Here is one of the studies about using Melatonin (http://www.bionews.org.uk/page_70654.asp) — so exciting!

I am also back on Weight Watchers. I am by no means fat or obese, but there is a lot of research showing that woman who have PCOS benefit from having a lower BMI – closer to 20 or so. I am currently around 24, so could stand to lose a few pounds. My goal is to lose between 8-10% of of my body weight, which should be relatively easy over the next 4-6 weeks. Yay for positive changes :-). It’s so nice to have some control in all of this — it honestly makes me feel better to know there are things that I can do to help my chances!! Time to keep learning 😉

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