Monday, December 31, 2012

Pregnancy News: 8 weeks


How far along? 8 weeks, 1 day
Total weight gain: Starting weight (today) 113 lbs. I gained the 5 lbs I had lost going through IVF
Maternity clothes? Nope, not yet! I'm sure it will not be long though!
Stretch marks? None. I didn't get any with Jayden. We'll see if the good genes stick with this pregnancy : )
Sleep: I am probably getting 10-12 hours of sleep throughout the day. No joke! I'm exhausted, and I've been off of work!
Best moment this week: The boys ( my son, Jayden and nephew) fighting over who would name the brother. They both think it's one of each, and none of them want to name the sister. LOL
Miss Anything? A glass of wine. I think it's harder at first, but then, I'll get used to it. It's been hard since it's been the holidays.
Movement: None. Just gas. LOL
Food cravings: I did not want anything to do with sweets when I was pregnant with Jayden. Only salty. This pregnancy, I can eat both! I was eating peanut butter and jelly sandwich with plain old potato chips for lunch this week.
Symptoms: Again, the nausea is no where near as bad as when pregnant with Jayden, but when I get it, it's pretty bad. I have not thrown up, yet. When I'm feeling good, I feel great! But when I'm not, I'm miserable. I just remind myself of this journey and realize what a blessing this "miserable" feeling is!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really. Unless, I'm feeling nauseous, which is not too often, and goes away quickly. Then I can't think about or look at food.
Labor Signs: Nope.
Wedding rings on or off? On. We'll see how long it lasts!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Another ultrasound this week with my RE (reproductive endocrinologist). Then I'll be released to obgyn for first appointment with her on Jan. 14th. Hopefully finding out the gender of the babies by end of January (through bloodwork) and everything being right on track with the health of the babies.
Thanks for reading!
Katherine

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fertility news: It's two miracles!!!

Hi friends, I had my first ultrasound today. I have been anxious and excited these past two days. We got there early and the u/s tech brought us in right on time with our appointment. As soon as she started the scan, she saw the two babies. She announced we were having twins! I was hoping she would let us see the u/s. We saw the beautiful heart beats and then heard them. It was such an emotional feeling to hear them! We are blessed beyond words and know that God will bless us with a healthy pregnancy and babies. Baby A's heartbeat was 119 and baby B was 131. At around 6 weeks the normal range is 90-110. Thank you fr your continued prayers!

Love,

K & B

Baby A is on top (closer to my uterus), that is why it looks bigger. Baby B on bottom.

Fertility News: Betas

Hi friends,
We had our betas (bloodwork to measure hcg). The first one was on Dec. 3 at 10dp5dt (10 days post 5 day transfer) or 15 dpo (15 days post ovulation). My result was 506!!! Anything over 2, but they like to see at least 50, means your pregnant. So it coud be twins!!! My second beta 48 hours later and 17 dpo was 1173! What a blessing! We are beyond thrilled! Now we wait until Dec. 19th to hopefully hear baby(ies) heartbeat(s). I am feeling great for the most part. I am 5 weeks today. We know God has blessed us and will bless us the entire 36+ weeks. We will wait to announce to close family and friends until then. So, for now these posts will be on drafts : ) Love, Katherine
Ps I wroe this on 12/3/12 and posted after ultrasound.

What a blessing!

Hi friends,
I have been tired this week. I passed out on the couch both Wednesday and Friday before 8pm. I didn't even have the energy to tuck Jayden into bed those nights. B went upstairs with him. I felt cramping on Monday (3 days post transfer) and Tuesday nights.
B wanted me to test last night. I was supposed to go into work for a couple hours this morning. But the doctor had no cases after all. I knew God had planned it so I could test after all and stay home with B to enjoy the news. I woke up about 530am and could not hold it any longer (peeing that is!) but I left the test on the counter. I woke B up 5 mins later. I told him to go look and only come back if it was positive. He never came back. So I went looking for him. And I saw it! I couldn't believe it! I had prayed before testing, 1 Samuel 1:27, "We prayed for this child and The Lord has granted our petition". I have prayed this prayer many times over these 18 months. I knew in my heart that one day He would.
We cried and prayed, thanking The Lord for this blessing. To watch over this pregnancy until full term. We pray for healthy baby (ies) and are forever grateful. On this first day of the last month of this year, God has blessed us with a miracle. He is after all, in the miracle-making business!
Love,
K & B
PS I originally wrote this on Dec. 1, 2012, but did not post until day of first ultrasound.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fertility News: It's really all up to God now

Hi friends,
Yesterday we received devastating news that none of our other embryos made it. I know I said I was at peace during transfer day, but I honestly was still very hopeful. The news last night made all the emotions of this journey come to the surface. I was so angry and devastated! In the IVF world the point of injecting yourself with so many hormones is to make a lot of follicles. More follicles, more eggs, more embryos. More of a chance to have multiple tries at this. We basically have no other hope than in these embryos in my womb. (We have used most of my infertility benefits and none left for a full Ivf cycle again. I write this and feel guilty because so many couples pay for all of this out of pocket!) I think I wanted to have the other embryos frozen as a crutch. (And the fact that they could have been our future babies or another couple, as we were planning on donating them). Easier to believe and to hope and to have faith, when you have a back up plan. We have none. But all we have is our faith in Him! And that is all we need! I am going to believe Him and know that this is part of His plan. I will put aside all the doubt that keeps creeping into my heart, and truly trust Him. As hard as this journey has been, I know good will come out of this. I am going to trust we are pregnant (my mind changes every other minute!) but truly believing Him is believing in miracles. We will need a miracle, and thank God, He is in the miracle-making business!

Thanks for reading,
Katherine

Ps As I re read this, I realize how hopeful I sound. I was not like this last night. There is a reason I didn't write this last night. But I know I had to through those emotions to get to where I am today. I am HOPEFUL. It might be as small as a mustard seed, but I know is enough.

"You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:13-14

Friday, November 23, 2012

Fertility News: Transfer Day!

We just left the IVF lab. We transferred 2 very good embryos! The worst thing was having an extremely full bladder. But the transfer was fairly quickly (10 mins). I will find out Monday if we were able to freeze the other 3. Dr. D is hoping for at least 2 to be frozen. But they will freeze them tomorrow on day 6, if they look good. And for some reason, I am at peace with this. Now the waiting begins. We are at complete peace that this is all God's hands!
Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers,
Katherine
Dear Lord- Please help me to have patience and faith while I wait to hear from You. Help me live in excited anticipation for the day when I will see how You answered my prayers. Amen.
I found this in my inbox today from Proverbs 31 Ministries. I love how God uses every little detail (an email, call from a friend, etc) to further advance His will in our lives and to be reminded that His Plan (and timing) is perfect!

Before the transfer.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fertility News: We have embryos

Hi friends!
Just got the call from the nurse. It looks like 7 of the 9 eggs were mature, and 5 were fertilized. We have 5 embryos! What a blessing! I was so worried because we did not have many follicles to start with, but God is always good! Transfer is scheduled for Friday at 7am in the ivf lab. I will be awake and B and I will be able to see the transfer on the ultrasound screen.
I keep taking it one day at a time, knowing the 2 week wait will be here soon.
Thanks for all your prayers!
Katherine

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fertilty news: Egg Retrieval

Hi friends!
Today is the big day- Egg Retrieval. We are on our way to the medical center to get there by 630 this morning. My procedure is at 730am in the IVF lab at their main office. I was getting a little
anxious last night. I hate being put under. I much rather have the procedure done awake and deal with the pain. But I asked for prayers from wonderful friends and I'm feeling very calm about the whole thing. Reading my fertility verses and scripture is helping.
I will update later today.
Thanks for the prayers,
Katherine


Update: They were able to get 9 eggs! I guess the last follie grew enough to catch up. Will find out tomorrow how many fertilize. Hoping for 5 day transfer on Friday!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Fertility News: Last day of injections

Hi friends,
I just took my last 2 injections. I took the Ovidrel (to induce ovulation and release of my eggs) at 730 tonight. I took the Cetrotide at 10pm, my usual time. Ovidrel causes ovulation 36 hours later. I will have my egg retrieval on Sunday morning, right at 730am. I was originally scheduled for my egg retrieval on Monday with a different doctor from the same clinic I go to. I confirmed today that it will be my RE, whom I absolutely love, who will be doing my retrieval! I am so thankful for the care Dr. D has given me. I remember the list my OBgyn had given me back in September last year. I didn't know who to choose, so I prayed. I know God placed me in Dr. D's hands for a reason. I say this even before knowing what the outcome of this will be. But I know this, Dr. D wil do his absolute best with me as I know he does with all his patients.
So, to God be the Glory. For every step in this journey that's still left to be taken. He's got it under control, and thank God for that!
Thanks for reading,Katherine

Picture of my last two shots.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fertility News: Day 9 of stims

Good morning friends!
My scan shows only 8 follicles are close enough for retrieval. The biggest is already at 24mm. I will most likely take my last shot tonight, Ovidrel, to induce ovulation. My egg retrieval being on Saturday. I will know for sure this afternoon when nurse calls me.

Thanks for reading,
Katherine

UPDATE: I'm still waiting to hear back from the nurse. But I check the patient portal online and my Egg Retrieval looks to be on Sunday morning. I should be doing my last round of injections (Gonal F, Menopur, Cetrotide) tonight.
Tomorrow night I will give myself Ovidrel to induce ovulation at 730pm and Cetrotide to stop ovulation in case my body wants to ovulate early. My E2 was 1900, so it's good. One more night to let those follies grow!
We are doing this! I'm getting anxious. But I know God is by my side through this entire process. He never let me go!


This is a picture after taking my last shot, Cetrotide, last night. I must have hit a vessel. Euww. I got a nasty bruise from it this morning. Sorry for the bare belly and pink pj's : )

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fertility News: Day 8 of Stims

Good afternoon friends!
I am waiting to get blood work. I still have 9 follicles that are looking good. They range from 9mm to 22mm. There are other smaller ones (4) but I doubt they will catch up at this point. I'm hoping the 9mm catches up with more time. I ordered 3 more vials of Menopur and 1 Cetrotide that will be here tomorrow morning. Depending of what my blood work shows, Dr. D might let me do meds Friday night. They just want to make sure my estrogen levels are not extremely high because of risk of OHSS (ovarian hyper stimulation syndrome). So Saturday might be my last day of injections with the very last injection, Ovidrel, and that will induce ovulation.
I'll update on my levels are up (online) and hear back from the nurse this afternoon. I texted B and told me him that we are really doing this! I feel so blessed to have had a great experience with this thus far. For having 11-12 follicles growing in my uterus, I feel pretty good!
Thanks for your prayers,
Katherine

Update: My E2 levels are 1600, which are good. I am now scheduled for another scan tomorrow. I know Dr. D wants to make sure we get those eggies before they get much bigger and lose them. I might be doing the Egg Retrieval this weekend.

Picture of my shots these past few days.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Fertility news: These past 18 months

Hi friends.
God has put in my heart to share my journey. At first, I wanted to wait until the "happy ending". But I've been waiting for the past 18 months, and if anything, this has made me realize the importance of sharing it while it's so fresh in my heart (the wounds, that is). I always questioned if we should have done something differently: Maybe we should have prayed until we heard God say "it's time", or sometimes I think we should have gone on this journey without sharing it with our friends and family how much we wanted a 2nd child. But I know that there is a purpose for the heartache we have felt these past 18 months. Just like there was and is a purpose for my twin sister going through brain cancer. I thought surely I had gone through enough heartache when she was diagnosed with Grade 3 (of 4) brain cancer. (You can read her journey here). Through that dark time in our lives, God was so faithful and is still amazingly faithful! I have seen with my own eyes His healing hands on her, even to this day. She was amazingly healed and continues to be healed 3 1/2 years after her diagnosis.
But God wanted me and B to face our own heartache, again, for a purpose. Looking back at an eventful day, on January 27th, 2012. My first appointment with my reproductive endocrinologist. I actually went by myself. Arrogantly, I thought I could do it without B. I heard the words endometriosis and all I kept thinking was, I'm pregnant. It doesn't matter if I have endo, and the chances of conceiving on our own were about 4%. Well, at least I thought I was pregnant. Just like I had thought every month before that (7 other months to be exact). And then I started spotting that afternoon. (Unfortunately, I spot 3-4 days before my cycle starts every month). I was beyond devastated! I went with my sister and a few of our very good friends to a Christian event that night. I know it was part of God's plan. I desperately needed to be surrounded by His word. We heard comedienne Anita Renfroe, Author Lysa Terkeurst and singer Natalie Grant. It was an amazing night! Natalie Grant shared her story of Ivf with us. And then how God unexpectantly, blessed them with another child after their Ivf twin girls. I remember bawling hearing her story of hope.
I had a laparoscopic surgery to remove mild endo and a huge fibroid, the size of a man's fist! in March 2012. I started Clomid in May and did 3 (failed) rounds. It was after the first failed round that B looked at me, after I had been crying (puffy eyes and all), and said he was so sad of seeing me so heartbroken. He said we had to stop doing treatment if it was going to affect me this way. It was then that I decided that I was too blessed to be so sad! I guess it became my mantra to carry me through the next few months. After the 3 failed Clomid cycles, we took a break. It was after the first month of taking that much needed break, that I felt God's peace. He told me it was okay to go through more treatment. It did not mean that I had any less faith in Him! How did He know what was inside my heart??? Only our amazing Father knows His children so well! I was so afraid of doing anything that might contradict God's natural way of conception. But His peaceful words reminded me that I needed healing. Healing tht omes from Him through medicine. We took another month off and then did our fourth (and last) Clomid cycle and did IUI (intrauterine insemination) in September.
I was in Dallas for work the week my cycle was supposed to start. I started spotting the very first day I got there. I was beyond devastated. Nothing could have prepared me for this. I was so sure God was going to bless us that month. I cried like I had not cried before. I knew at that point, IVF would be our only option. I googled God and IVF and ended up on Faithfully Infertile. I know God places stories of hope just when we need them. I needed to hear her story that night. I think being away from my family when I found out that IUI had failed was for a reason. It made me more vulnerable and it was God's consoling arms that calmed me down that night.
I share this now, mostly to chronicle my journey, because I feel my story is not a story of hope. At least not yet. It will be. God's plans are beyond anything we could possibly imagine. At the end of this journey, I realize if our wish to be parents again, is not fulfilled, He will have bigger and better plans for us. He will fill that aching hole in our hearts. This is something only Our God, Jesus Christ, can do and only Him. We continue to hold onto hope during this journey that He will bless us with a miracle (or two!). We have been waiting dearly, for these last 18 months, to hear the wonderful news. Tears well up in my eyes every time I think of that joyful day that I know is coming!
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12
Thanks for reading!
Katherine

Fertility News: Day 6 of Stims

Good morning.
I just left my ultrasound scan appointment. I have 8 follicles- 4 on each side. The biggest one measuring 17mm and the smallest, 9mm. They want them all to be as close to 20mm as possible. I added my third shot last night, Cetrotide. It was not as bad to mix since the syringe comes pre filled. I'm feeling great, in spite of all the follies growing in my body. My concern now is that I will run out of the injection that they had me increase
on Friday. It wouldn't be a big deal, but these meds are into the $ thousands.
I am calling the nurse to see what we need to do. This should be my last few days of meds, with hopefully the last shot, Ovidrel, on Saturday. Ovidrel
induces ovulation.
Thanks for reading and your prayers. They are truly appreciated!
Katherine
Update: My blood work looks good. I will continue with Gonal F 225, Menopur 225 and Cetrotide injections. My friend will kindly donate her Menopur and I will get a few samples on Wednesday when I go in for my next scan and blood work. I will probably have to order more Menopur (I have to do 3 vials of 75 each every night). They are about $75 per vial, and you can imagine the cost, as these little vials add up. Again, I am so blessed to have my insurance cover it all, but I have a lifetime maximum that I am quickly approaching. I got online to read more info on follicles and Estradiol (estrogen) levels. My Estradiol levels (or E2) look good at 766. I'm more worried about my follicles. Some women at same day as me, have closer to 20 follicles! (I had 8 at today's scan). Again, trusting that the Lord has this all in His hands. All I have to do is keep on having faith that He will come thru for us. And He will!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Fertility News: Day 3 of Stims

Hi friends,
I had another ultrasound scan this morning (I had one Monday for baseline). I have 4 follicles- 2 on each side measuring 10 mm each. This is just after 3 days of injections. I think I finally got it down, as far as doing my medications at night! It only took 3 days for me to get it. Ha!
I'm waiting for my bloodwork results. I will find out the results this afternoon and depending on what the results are, I might stay the same or move up or down on my meds. I asked the nurse if I would feel a lot of pain. She told me I should not. Bloating because of the amount of follicles I'm hoping to produce will be the only thing. My RE wants 15-20 follicles. Yikes!
Thanks for reading,
Katherine

Update: So my dosage on menopur will increase from 2 vials to 3. Good thing it's still in one syringe. I will now add 3rd med (Cetrotide) on Sunday night. My friend had 7 follicles on her first scan. So I can see why my RE is increasing my meds.
Again, it's all in His hands!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Fertility news: Injections continue

My nightly routine continues, and will continue for about 1 1/2 weeks. The injections are really not bad at all. Wondering why I was getting anxious last week. I think going into the unknown is probably the hardest part. Also, the hard part is mixing all the little vials of my Menopur. I think I've mentioned that my RE is pushing my body more because of my low AMH (ovarian reserve). So, instead of mixing my medication with saline, I have to mix two vials. My Gonal- F amount is also higher. My friend, who is a couple of weeks ahead in the process, is my go to for questions. It is great to have someone to understand every step of this process. My meds were also $3000 more than hers. Again, because of my higher dose. I'm truly amazed of how calm I am being through this process. I am leaving it all up to God, and His peace is Amazing! This kind if peace is God-given, because I'm certainly not the calmest person at all. I am also amazed of how far my faith in Him has grown through this journey. I really didn't think I could love Him and yearn to learn His Word more, but I am. So, I continue to leave it all to Him. His plan is much greater than mine after all!
Katherine

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Fertility News: First IVF Injection

I started my round of shots last night. The injecting part was the easy part. The hard part is the mixing of the medications. We spent over 30 minutes reading instructions. And I still have a list of questions to ask the nurse today.
Katherine

This is a picture of all my ivf meds.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Fertility News: Moving on to IVF

We are moving on to IVF. Met with our RE yesterday and we talked about the process: birth control for 3 weeks, then a baseline scan (internal ultrasound) and my injections will start (yikes!). Good thing I'm ok with needles and don't mind getting them or giving them to myself. Ultrasounds and blood work every 2-3 days. Then the egg retrieval (I will be put under) and my RE has decided on 5 day transfer. He will stimulate me more (up my injection dosage) than most women my age (32) because of my low AMH (0.86). This is pretty much IVF in a nutshell. I reminded my RE how we sat in his office in February of this year, and IVF was the last thing on our minds. And now, 10 months later, we have felt God's peace in going ahead with treatment. I really love my RE and his faith in leaving it up to God always. He suggested lots of prayer and anything to keep my stress down during this process. I am trying not to get overwhelmed with this process and have decided to leave each day up to God. Thanks for reading! Katherine

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fertility news: First Trigger/ IUI

I am still not comfortable sharing my infertility journey on my other blog, so I will update my journey on here. On Saturday, I had my first IUI. We took 2 months off Clomid, and this was my fourth round on it. I bought my trigger shot (Ovidrel) from a fertility pharmacy in Ohio (recommended by a great friend there). So, the trigger shot had been waiting in my fridge for a week. I went into my mid cycle scan appointment on Friday, and the nurse said I was ready. I had a 22mm and 18mm follicle on my right and 15mm on my left. It was the sweetest words to hear! I did not expect to have 3 follies! I made 1 on my first 2 rounds of Clomid, and 3 on the 3rd round. I quickly went home to give myself trigger shot and scheduled IUI for the next day. It was all happening so quick. I knew trusting in God and His perfect plan had a lot to do with it. B made an A in his report card with a count of 64 million and 98% motility. The procedure was quick and painless. Now we are in the infamous 2ww (two week wait). I'm at peace knowing God has the final say and His timing is perfect. Katherine

Thursday, August 30, 2012

New blog

I am transferring my blog to Jag Style Blog. I originally started that one as a fashion blog, but will now add most of the stuff from here to my new blog. Thanks! Katherine

Saturday, July 28, 2012

What's for breakfast? Chocolate chip banana bread

Happy Saturday! Another great recipe from skinnytaste. Here is the Chocolate Chip banana bread recipe. It was not hard to make at all and my 3 year old loved it! It can also work as a great gift during the holidays. I might need to try it this year. I love how baking has become Jayden and mommy time. He loves to help out, and loves to lick the spatula even more! Katherine

Thursday, July 19, 2012

What's for dinner? Mushroom chicken and dessert



Chicken and mushroom in white wine sauce from Skinnytaste. Here is the link.


Red Velvet Wrinkle Cookies



I made chicken with mushroom in white wine sauce again. It is definetely one of my favorites from skinnytaste. I had more mushrooms this time and added cherry tomatoes. It was delicious!

Red Velvet Wrinkle Cookies
6 tbsp butter
1 c powdered sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1 box of Duncan Hines Signature Red Velvet cake mix
2 large eggs
1 tsp lemon zest

Preheat oven to 375. Melt butter, set aside to cool. Place powdered sugar and cornstarch in shallow dish. Mix with a fork to blend.
Place cake mix, cooled butter, eggs and lemon zest in large mixing bowl. Mix by hand until well blended and a dough forms. Form dough into 1-inch balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place on cool, ungreased baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
Bake one sheet at a time in center of oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Making cupcakes

I know making cupcakes seems like no big deal at all. Jayden and I have been making cupcakes together for a while now. It has become our thing that we do together. Kind of like a mother and son moment and enjoy spending that time with him. I ordered a cupcake set, with a new mixer, (no, not Kitchen aid, even though I do want one!) and cupcake making things. So, for my mom's birthday yesterday, Jayden and I baked cupcakes. As you will see from the pictures, he loves helping! He talks through the entire time asking questions about what I'm doing. And he loves to say, baking "sodaaa". And he loves sprinkles!
Needless to say, I used a box cake yesterday. I've been trying to make them from scratch lately, but I was running out of time. So, I found a way to fix box cake on Pinterest. Here is the link.
Here is the recipe.
Step 1: Look at the directions on the cake mix, Step 2: Add one more egg (or add 2 if you want it to be very rich), Step 3: Use melted butter instead of oil and double the amount, Step 4: Instead of water, use milk. Step 5: Mix well and bake for the time recommended on the box.

They were so good! One thing, watch the time you make cupcakes, as I overcooked them a bit.

Monday, July 9, 2012

What's for dinner? Chicken in wine garlic sauce

Ok, so I need to get back on the wagon and start my skinnytaste cooking again. I make Chicken and mushrooms in wine garlic sauce tonight for dinner. It was delicious! Gina's recipes are always so good! You can view the recipe here. I am on a mushroom roll so I will be making recipes with mushrooms in these next couple of weeks.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Fertility news: Third round of Clomid

Well, we are heading into our 3rd cycle of Clomid. Might be our last as well. We have an appointment with the RE on July 24th to discuss our next steps. This last cycle was the hardest so far. It completely broke my heart that 2nd round of Clomid 100mg, failed again. I do not wish infertility on anyone! It is the hardest, personal journey we have faced (B and I). I will say that even through the many tears, it has brought B and I closer to God and each other. I know He has a purpose for all this heartache. I have seen so many blessings through my sister's journey through cancer (www.eligmora.blogspot.com) and I know He will deliver us through this heartache. Until then, we will continue to lean on each other and on God!
Love,
Katherine

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Two week wait

So, I am officially in the two week wait of my 13th cycle! I have become a pro, it seems!, at this, but it is still hard to wait to see if I get that BFP (big fat positive). After praying about it, we decided on not using the trigger this month. It was also going to cost $105! My insurance covers fertility at 100% (which we are so grateful for) but does not cover any fertility injections. Go figure! At my cycle day 12 scan (mid cycle scan), my follicle on right ovary was 19 mm with a lining of 13 mm which is great. I ended up ovulating on cycle day 16, which I confirm with ovulation predictor kit, clear blue easy fertility monitor and my body basal temperature. After tomorrow's temperature, I will be putting the thermometer up and relaxing these last few days. Stressing over it is not going to help. It's God's Will after all and I rather wait and stay sane while doing so.
Katherine

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fertility news: Second round of Clomid

It's been a year since we started to try to conceive baby #2. If God would've told me we would still be trying a year later, I wouldn't have believed Him. It has been a tough journey. But God is so faithful! Our hope is in Him and we trust He is leading us on this journey for His purpose. I am currently on my second round of Clomid 100mg, taken days 3-7 of my cycle. I don't have many side effects (slight headaches and minor hot flashes) but strong ovulation pain. I have a mid cycle scan next Tuesday, June 5th and they will check to see how many mature follicles I have. Last month my follicle on right ovary measured 21mm (which is good!) and my lining was great too. I opted to let my body ovulate on its own and ovulated on cycle day 16, like I usually do. This month, we are thinking of trying an hcg trigger (Ovidrel), to force ovulation and then we will have timed intercourse. I've been reading a lot on AMH (anti-mullerian hormone). My AMH is low, 0.87. Especially low for my age of 32. It makes it getting pregnant a lot harder. I already knew that! So we wait and we pray until God blesses us with another bundle of joy. Katherine

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Memorial Weekend 2012

I would like to thank all the men and women that sacrifice their lives so we can enjoy our freedom. God Bless each one of you and your families! We were very excited to go to Jellystone Park in Hill Country, TX. It was about 3 1/2 hour drive, and B, Jayden, my parents and I finally made it about 830pm on Friday night. We had a great time at the camping grounds. My uncle, his fiancee, his daughter and friends made it out on Saturday. We had a great time with all the amenities they had. Jayden had a blast. We also went to Canyon Lake on Sunday and my cousin and her family joined us as well. Overall, we had an awesome weekend!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

What's for dinner? Cheesy Jalapeno baked stuffed chicken

Another great recipe from Skinny Taste. She truly has great and healthy recipes and this one was by far our best! This one took a bit to make, because I had to cut the shallot and jalapeno peppers (and take the seeds out, so it's not so hot!) I also made whole wheat rice on the side and added lemon juice and a little bit of olive oil to the rice so it wouldn't be so dry. It was also yummy!
Here is the link.

Monday, April 30, 2012

What's for dinner? Skinny Chicken Parmesan and veggie pasta salad

I have to start this post by saying this is by far my favorite meal I have cooked. It was so delicious, and B and my sister loved it. I also have to say that I hate hated cooking. We are working on keeping a budget, and the only way to control our going out budget, was for me to start cooking. B is an excellent cook, but gets home later than me, and I would have to wait for him to start making dinner. So, it made more sense for me to start cooking. I'm so glad I did! Tonight's recipe comes from Skinnytaste.com She is really great at using fresh and healthy ingredients on all her recipes. I also made a veggie pasta salad. I got the recipe idead from lunch yesterday (Mia Bella). Rotini pasta, garlic, olive oil, bell peppers, tomatoes and parmesan cheese. And I also tried stuffed mushrooms (with leftover bread crumbs and parmesan cheese) and baked them for a few minutes.
Enjoy!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Fertility News

We have prayed about it and have decided to go ahead with the Clomid this cycle. My surgery in March went very well. He removed a large fibroid, as big as my uterus! and mild endo. We tried for 1 month and I'm now taking 100 mg of Clomid. My AMH (blood levels are thought to reflect the size of the remaining egg supply - or "ovarian reserve". From Wikipedia) is at 0.86 which is the low range, especially since I'm in my early 30s. The normal range is 1.0 So, my RE (reproductive endocrinologist) wants to give me stronger eggs since I do ovulate on my own. I will have a very monitored cycle, and really debated if we wanted to go ahead and do this. I did not want the stress that infertilty brings and now with all these tests, it really makes it feel real. We trust God is guiding us in this direction and feel peace this is His plan for us. We do not know if this will work for us, but we are choosing to trust by faith and not by sight. 100 mg is a lot to start off with, and I'm hoping the side effects are minimal. The main ones are headaches and hot flashes. It seems that I get hot enought with this Houston heat! My mid cycle scan to see how many follicles my body will make will be May 7th. Looking forward to getting good news!
Love, Katherine

What for dinner: Steak and potato salad

Tonight, B made us a great bbq meal. He grilled steak, chicken and veggies(bell peppers and onions) on the grill. He also made a great potato salad.
Ingredients for the potato salad: 4-5 small potatoes
eggs
mayonaise (light or olive oil)
mustard
salt and pepper
Boil the potatoes, and eggs. When boiled, cool off, then cut in small pieces. Add mayo and mustard then salt and pepper.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What's for dinner? Turkey meatloaf

This is my first time ever to make meatloaf. It was so easy. The hardest part is waiting. Has to bake for an hour. It was really good and even our 3 year old ate it! I will defintely be adding this to the meal plan for later on.
I got the recipe from skinny taste. Here is the link. I love her healthy and for the most part simple recipes.
The only ingredients:
1.3 lb of ground turkey
1 c of seasoned crumbs
1 egg
1/2 ketchup
1/2 of small onion
I added bell peppers and more seasonings.

I added some mashed potatoes and of course some salad on the side.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What's for breakfast? Oatmeal muffins

I got this recipe from sugarfree.mom on pinterest. These muffins are great! I added fresh strawberries to most of them, and did a few with chocolate chip (for Jayden) and others with raisins. I am freezing the rest and will eat them throughout the week.

Monday, April 23, 2012

What's for dinner? Enchiladas and guacamole

We are starting to meal plan for many reasons: keeps us on budget, easier to plan, no last minute ordering piza or eating out. This is the first week for us to try this, and I'm planning breakfast as well as dinner. B usually takes left overs and I will either pack a wrap from home or eat a work lunch.
Tonight's dinner was using Lawry's Enchilada Sauce and the recipe is from them as well.
Ingredients:
3 cups water
1 can (6 oz) tomato paste. (I used sauce since that is all we had)
1 lb ground turkey. (We always use Jennie-O extra lean ground turkey)
2 cups (2%) shredded cheddar cheese
8 corn tortillas
1 package of Spices and Seasonings (Lawry's Enchilada Sauce)
Bring spices and seasonings, water, tomato paste to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring, 10 mins. Brown ground turkey. Stir in 1 cup of cheese. In 13x9 baking dish, pour 1 cup of sauce. Dip tortillas in remaining sauce, then evenly top with meat mixture. Roll up, then place seam side down in baking dish. Evenly top with remaining sauce. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake an additional 5 minutes.
Benito's (Almost) Famous Guacamole
2 avocados
jalapeno (fresh)
cilantro (fresh)
lemon
Mix in food processor and salt to taste.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Colorado Trip

We went to Colorado during Easter weekend. We have great friends (and Jayden's Godfather)that live there and they were so gracious to welcome us into their home. We did so much! We were in Denver, Longmont, Colorado Springs, Winter Park, and so many small towns in the area. We had a great time and the weather was great. There was definetely less snow that usual this time. We stil made it on the bunny slopes for a few hours.








Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Jayden is playing soccer

Jayden is playing soccer at the YMCA. B is his coach. He is doing really well at practice. He loves kicking the ball with his team mates and scoring. He does not like to play during the game though. I think it will take him some time to get used to it, especially since daddy is the coach and does not get his full attention. He loves his new friends and enjoys the time he gets to spend with them too!

Here are a few pictures.




Friday, March 9, 2012

Lap Surgery Update

I had my lap surgery yesterday. Overall it went pretty well and I'm recovering well. I checked in at 630am yesterday and went into surgery at about 745am. B was with me until then. I remember seeing the bright lights in the surgery room and I was out. I was in recovery by 915am. Dr. D removed mild endo and the big fibroid I had issues with when pregnant with Jayden. It was as big as a grapefruit at its biggest point. Dr. D said I had a lot of scar tissue from it as well. I had 3 fibroids, and I believe he said he removed all 3 as well as the endo. He really thinks that is what was causing my infertility. I'm so relieved he removed it. I did not want to have the same issues with our 2nd baby. I had threatened miscarriage, placenta previa and pre term labor scares with Jayden. I know God's plan is perfect and I felt the most peace going into surgery and now. Almost like a joy! Weird to explain but I know I'm in good hands with our Lord. I have 3 very small incisions: my navel, on my right side (where the big fibroid and scar tissue were) and above my pubic bone. My mom was there in recovery with me and I came back to her house and slept most of the day yesterday. The pain kicked in about 130pm so I took 2 pain pills as 1 was not cutting it. I slept until 4pm. I was alternating between 1-2 pills every 4 hours yesterday. It's mostly just an uncomfortable feeling but the gas pains (they use gas to blow up your belly during surgery) hurt the most. Dr. D told me to lay flat all day yesterday to prevent the gas from traveling to my shoulders. I did about 85-90% of the time yesterday (lay down). I took 2 pain pills before bed at 930pm but woke up uncomfortable at about 2am. So I took another one. I woke up feeling sore but for the most part I'm feeling well. I'm back at my parents in bed today while Jayden and Mateo (my nephew) are downstairs with my mom.
I'm so grateful for everyone that has called, texted or emailed me. It is touching to see how many people are rooting for me. I know in God's perfect timing, we wil get pregnant soon. I have complete peace that He will carry us through the tough times and the joy is right over the hill.
Love,
Katherine

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Jayden's 3rd Birthday Party

Well, we did it! His party was a success and do not think we will be able to repeat this! We did go kind of all out this time. I mostly blame Pinterest. Ha! There are so many cute ideas in one website and makes it so easy to search for. Everything looks so cute and so simple. Simple it was not. But it was all worth it! Every hour we spent getting ready and planning it all out. And it was lots of hours. It really kept my mind busy (my surgery is coming up) and it was great to have something to look forward to. We had pretty amazing weather on Saturday. It was in the high 60s and a little windy, but not terribly bad. We had about 30 kids, maybe. I think I made 40 goody bags and have about 5 left.
Enjoy the pictures!


The cake (my mom made it and I was her assistant. Let me just say- it was so hard to make! Much respect to all pro bakers out there).


The food- Chicken Feed (Chex mix), Hay (pretzels), Jayden's Garden (veggies).


Old Mc Donald' Mac N Cheese




Pig and cow cupcakes. (Easier to see on here) The kids loved them. They were gone in 2 seconds!
Inspiration found on Pinterest. Here is the link: http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/fun-farm-cake-844008/


Chicken and cow cupcakes.


The cupcakes.


Home made banner. Used plates from Dollar Tree and cow print and letter printed on my printer.


The Gonzales family as farmers!



The birthday boy. He just woke up from a 2 hr nap, hence the serious face : )


The farm animal hats came from Oriental Trading, goody bags from Hobby Lobby, most of the candy from Cracker Barrel and most of the ribbon came from Michaels.



The pinata. I got this from a place that makes the pinatas hand made. Takes them about 2 days to make any design you would like. I just bought this one off the shelf.


The petting zoo" Miniature pony.




The pony ride. The kids love them!