March 31, 2008
would have a pic of her in the gown...but I can't make the camera work.....4am came real early.....sooner than normal I think...
March 30, 2008
My retrieval procedure is scheduled for Monday morning at 5:30AM. It will only take 5-10 minutes and I will be "out" for the actual process. Marcus and I are elated- we are closer than we have ever been; however, we do still have concerns we would ask that you pray with us.
1. Please let the procedure go smoothly. I have never been "out" before.
2. While I am going through the procedure, the embryologists will be working on Marcus' frozen friends. Pray that they survive the big thaw and are able to participate in the IVF process.
3. Pray that we are given guidance about the big decisions that will come before us this week.
I will be home resting on Monday and then back to work on Tuesday. The transfer, which places the embryos back in me, will happen on Thursday or Saturday depending upon how quickly they mature. A pregnancy test would occur in mid-April.
We are so very blessed to me this far and thank you all for loving us through it!
Marcus and Anna
Marcus planned wonderful birthday for me!
When I walked out of the bedroom Saturday morning, there were roses and tulips on the bar to surprise me. (they spent last night in Marcus' car!).
Marcus took me to breakfast after my bloodwork in the wee hours. We tried The Omlettry which is a central Austin dive. Marcus' omelette was good, but my pancakes were a little dry.
After breakfast, I met up with my Mom and spent the day house shopping- curtain rods, rugs, etc. Thank you Mom for all of your sewing help!
At breakfast, I opened some vvery thoughtful gifts- thank you Marcus, Katy, and Alison. Love it all! Marcus even commented that he needs to call my girlfriends when he can't find a gift for me.
He did buy me a lovely James Avery bracelet I have wanted and found a cool Austin vendor for these retro chairs for our backporch. Two red chairs and a table are on their way to me!
After hanging some curtains and getting more presents, thank you Tiffany and Cristina, we went to dinner! Marcus arranged for a group of our frends meet us last night at Cheesecake Factory, one of my favorites. Gotta have Strawberry Shortcake on your birthday! I appreciate you guys and girls celebrating with me!
Here's hoping this year is truly terrific!
March 29, 2008
March 27, 2008
March 26, 2008
What in the world? Who eats this? I'm not planning on making an ugli fruit salad or ugli cobbler anytime soon.
the moment passed, the shoes were packed and no one was lost in the shuffle to the new house. thank goodness, I need them all!
the move was hard on kitty. we have been saving a cat carrier in the garage for 5 years for just such an occassion.... that is, until the movers packed it in the truck without the cat. Marcus ended up moving her in a laundry basket and a trash bag. If you know JG, you know how that ended up!
Yea, new furniture! We got 2 new dining room tables, a new coffee and end table and a new desk for Marcus' office. Once the trash man removes them today we can park in our garage again!
I am curtain shopping this weekend and promise to post new inside pics of the house on Sunday. We are so close!
March 24, 2008
Thursday 7:30 - "Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy! We close! What a great day! Yeah! This is going to be a big day for us. I'm so full of energy and ready to go!"
Friday 7:30 - "Whew! Closing is done! Now the moving starts! This gets REAL! I'm gonna get a good breakfast, and be ready to get going! "
Saturday 7:30 " I've been up for half hour, I still can't see this dang HDMI cable. I'd go by feel, but apparently the nerves in my fingers are broken. The wind hurts when it touches them. I'd go do something else, but I need about twenty minutes to stand up again. My back has some how decided that it doesn't want to straighten anymore. Maybe some donuts and coffee will straighten the kinks out. "
Sunday 1:30 am - "OW! where are my Advil PM pills? I went to go to the bathroom and almost fell down like a wooden statue.....my back or legs don't work right. My left eye looks like I got hit in the face....did I get hit in the face? Who knows?"
Sunday 8am - " Bless you inventor of the Advil PM! Bring it on! My fingers no longer have any finger prints on them...I have rubbed them off. My back works, but my feet move like I'm on romper stompers. But hey! No pain! Did I even shower today? Forget it...I think these are the same shorts from Friday."
Monday 630 - "Time to make the donuts. Haven't shaved since Thursday....Must find coffee.....Thank heavens all the muscles work again...but now everyone at work will be like...'you do anything this weekend?'"
March 20, 2008
I called the doctor and they said "some people are more sensitive". I was prepared to be cranky or weepy all the time, but not covered in bruises. I will be doing Gonal-F for at least 10 days! Tonight, the injection did not hurt nearly as much and did not bleed. I hope that is a good sign and I don't get a matching blue spot for the left side.
With this drug, there is a high chance of cysts, so I will seeing the doctor and giving blood every 3 days until the retrieval date which is looking like March 31st. This month! Wow!
On a side note, we closed on our old and new house today! Yea! We'll be unblogable for a couple of days but will return with great pics of the new house.
March 19, 2008
The thought of spending 2 days stuck in the house after my IVF procedure in a couple of weeks scares me- will I get bored? will I want company? will I go crazy and sneak a Target run?
Then, it hit me this morning, I am going to use the time to catch up on some movies. I never go to the theater, so I think 2 days of fun girly movies would be great. And, for good measure, I think movies focused around being pregnant or babies would be good. Get me in the right frame of mind. Send baby magic my direction. Scare me to death.
So, I know I want to see Knocked Up. Send me your suggestions- what other baby-centered movies should I watch while trying to harvest my own baby?
March 17, 2008
Tuesday night we went to Wings N More to celebrate Bill's birthday. Bill and Marcus have been friends since elementary school. Looking at Bill's fingers reminds me why I don't like wings- they are messy!
Marcus opted for the creamy peach (chipotle ranch) finger accessory rather than the fire orange color chosen by Bill.
March 16, 2008
She is a blogging champion!
March 14, 2008
March 10, 2008
So, this morning I had a doctor's appointment and was given a clean bill of health to start the next phase of IVF- the injections. Marcus and I spent an hour in injection training with Amanda. As you can see from the picture, Marcus was much more freaked out. He will have to do my progesterone injections which come in early April. The needle for that one is large, long enough to go into the muscle and has to be done in an area I can't reach so well. Amanda told us it will feel like a tetneus shot- burn a little. You also have to alternate sides for that injection because it can create knots. They recommend going for a walk each night and using the muscles after your shots. Fun!
There is no need for progesterone just yet, I started with Lupron tonight. The goal of Lupron is to prevent ovulation. So, I will be on it for another 10 or more days. It was a little needle that goes in the fatty part of your belly. It was no problem- I got extra padding right where I need it! They say this one will make you moody and give you hot flashes. Nice!
We are so excited to be at this stage. I have waited so long to get the go ahead and start injections. Today felt good, needles and all!
On a side note, we received great news from our insurance company today about coverage. We will likely hit our annual maximum this month and everything after that is free. For us, that means having a baby could be free or trying this again if it does not work this time will be free. We love Avnet and their insurance, Cigna! Thank you to everyone who prayed financial blessings on us.
March 08, 2008
And where do you go for a warehouse full of stuff? Ikea.
I was breaking my streak today....no Ikea shopping in like, 4 years I believe. It was nice. But turns out, there was some great stuff there at Ikea. For instance, the Malm was great...looked really classy. Of course, you need a new Slorven when you get a Malm...duh!
We also saw the Orgen, and Flagen, and the Benno system. We debated the Ektorp..but we could not find a comfortable one. I feel bad though...I think I broke a Hedda...."Clean up on isle slobenheit!"
While we didnt get a Galant system while we were there, or a Knodd...we think that we may come back at a later time to get them...they looked pretty neat.
Anyway, we were there at closing, so we had to get out...we had to ask for directions to get out, and they said go to the Kurbas, and turn left, and we were there....but we went to the Kelvas, and turned left, and ended up back at the Arbnras. Crazy.
Ikea. Better living through crazy Swedish names.
March 06, 2008
Offer not valid in the state of Hawaii, to anyone with the initials KR (with children with the initials of IRR, LER).
Heres your clues:
10. I saw the Grand Canyon on my flight
9. I used my rapid rewards account
8. I heard the Wheel of Forture theme song in my layover
7. The airport I ended up in has a new wing
6. I passed a baseball stadium named after an antivirus software
5. I drove under a tunnel, and saw water.
4. I drove my a hotel Marcus and I stayed at 3,5 years ago
3. I did not eat rice or Chinese food with my dinner.
2. I did not see Wyatt Earp, even though he is here...
1. This time, I was not in Bronco gear, and the people were much nicer where I landed.
March 04, 2008
March 02, 2008
March 01, 2008
Look at all of that food! We had shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn. It was all fabulous!
Plus, everyone brought a side dish or dessert so there was a lot of food to go around.
Here is one of 6 tables- I am hanging out with Rob and Josette n the left (he is our teacher and the King Boiler)!
I can't imagine ever leaving this group of friends. The feloowship of our class made us stick around!