Monthly Archives: June 2011

IUI #2.5 update

Estradiol levels went up from 94 to 142 today! I have a 12mm follie plus a few 10 and 11 mm ones. I go back in on Friday morning for another ultrasound and blood draw to determine if the IUI can be done next week and if we have to back off a little on the meds. Since the office is closed on Monday due to it being the 4th of July, please keep your fingers crossed that my body doesn’t go haywire over the weekend and this cycle doesn’t have to be cancelled.

Some good news but some conflicts also


I went in for another ultrasound appointment bright and early this morning. I only had to wait about 10 minutes to be seen – something usually unheard of at my doctor’s office, so that was a nice surprise. I checked out the ultrasound on the screen and lo and behold there were follicles! Granted, the largest one was only at 10 mm, but they’re on their way. Nurse D drew my blood and told me (as usual) that she would call me this afternoon with my numbers. I was shocked to hear that my estradiol levels were actually at 94 which corresponds for once with the follicle count/sizes. I go back in for my next ultrasound on Wednesday to see if any progress has been made.
Onto the conflict… E. and I were chatting this afternoon and he told me that the whole IUI thing was making him uncomfortable. He said it would be weird if I got pregnant while he was gone. He also said that he wouldn’t like it if he wasn’t around for the pregnancy. I understand where he’s coming from, but don’t tell this to a hormonal woman in the middle of a treatment cycle. I’m glad he’s sharing his thoughts and feelings about everything, but why now? We both agreed that freezing was a good idea so we could keep trying during the deployment. We agreed to go through this IUI (and to be perfectly honest with you, I was going to finish it out anyway) and maybe not go through with the last one if this doesn’t work. Personally, I want to go ahead and just go through with the last IUI if necessary. I want to feel like we exhausted all of our options before doing IVF in the spring. If I don’t, I’m always going to wonder “what if?” If I had it my way (something that seems to never happen when it comes to the crap), I’d get pregnant over the summer, so he could be here for the end of the pregnancy and the birth of our child. If we have to wait until April to do IVF, sure he’ll be here if I get pregnant, but they’re already talking about a fall deployment. If that happens, he’ll potentially miss the birth and the first few months. Ugh. What to do, what to do? Keeping my fingers crossed for a positive appointment on Wednesday and we’ll go from there….. Why does life have to be so complicated and frustrating sometimes?

Follie check

Yah we didn’t see that on the screen this morning)

I went in for my first ultrasound of the cycle this morning. I had hoped that the F.emara worked and that we could proceed with the IUI without adding in the injections. Unfortunately that was not the case. Dr. P. took a look this morning and only found 1 follicle on my left side; nothing at all on the right. Nurse D told me that they wouldn’t make a decision on what to do next until my blood work came back this afternoon. I got the phone call about 2 hours ago and Nurse D told me that my E2 level was only at 5, which is apparently very low for being on cycle day 10.

The plan now is to start up the G.onal-F injections (starting today). Instead of going forward with the 150 IUs like last cycle, they decreased my dosage back down to 75 IUs. Hopefully this dosage works well. I go back in for a second ultrasound next Monday morning to see what’s going on in there.
While I was in the office this morning, I also asked Nurse D about the process to get on the IVF waiting list. She told me, “All you have to do is ask”. I told her that I was asking and we talked about E.’s deployment timeline. We settled on an April/May IVF cycle and that’s that. Hopefully we don’t need to go through with it, but we both agreed that it’s good to have a back-up plan just in case. If these next 2 IUIs are busts, then I have about 8 months to get into shape for IVF. I guess it’s back to being a pincushion for at least a week – let’s hope this works….

Happy Father’s Day

Even though my parents don’t read this blog, I just wanted to say Happy Father’s Day to my own dad. We’ve had our ups and downs over the past 28 years, but my dad is one of the most strong and funny people I know. I get my stubbornness and my sarcastic sense of humor from him. He taught me how to play basketball, how to drive, and instilled in me a passion for sports.


I wish I could wish E. Happy Father’s Day also. I guess technically I could; he is Bella and Murphy’s dad. You know where I’m going with this though. I want to make him a father so desperately. He is going to do such a great job. The holidays seem to get harder and harder each passing year. Maybe this month will be our month.

Milspouse Friday Fill-In #23


Happy Friday! Time for the Milspouse Friday Fill-In. Head over to Wifey’s blog to link up your blog.

1. Underwear parties, how old is too old? submitted by Wookie & Co.

I’m not quite sure what an underwear party is… so I don’t know how to answer this. I think that running around in your underwear is only appropriate behind closed doors or if you’re a little kid.

2. What was your favorite class in high school? submitted by Adventures of M-Squared

Can I have two favorites? English and psychology. I have always loved reading great books and am a stickler for proper spelling and grammar. I also had a great psychology teacher who taught us about interesting topics and showed us great documentaries about mental illness.

3. Have you ever convinced packers/movers to pack something they aren’t supposed to for a PCS? submitted by Ground Control to Major Mom

The packers will pack almost anything that laying around the house even if they’re not supposed to pack it. During our last PCS, they packed candles, lighters, charcoal, and lighter fluid even though all of those items are on the do not pack list. If you don’t want something packed, section off an area of your house for those items and tell the packers and movers “hands off”!

4. Blogging plays a growing role in the media. If you were asked to embed as a blogger with a deployed military unit, would you go? What do you think your blog would be like? submitted by To the Nth

I love writing but I also love the comforts of home. The living conditions are less than desirable during deployments and I don’t think I could “rough it” over there. I’d also be terrified of getting injured or worse…
5. Do you think kids should attend year-round school? submitted by Marrying the Navy

Since I’m studying to be a teacher, this question will also affect me. I always liked the idea of having off for the whole summer; however, year-round schools aren’t as bad as I once thought. The students and teachers do get several extended breaks throughout the school year that equal out to a traditional summer break. I think it would be nice to have several, short breaks throughout the year, as opposed to one, long break during the summer.