Tuesday, October 29, 2013


The two week wait stinks. So much. I could write an entire post dedicated to the 40 reasons I don't like the 2ww but I'll spare you and just keep you updated on what I have been up to this time around.

3 Days Post Insemination (AKA  10/28/2013)

Yap, thats my paper mache uterus in the making!!
I started off my day by beginning a craft; Paper Mache craft. I found the idea on ETSY. It's supposed to be a uterus that I will fill with new feminine hygiene products, chocolates, airplane size liquor and maybe some confetti. The idea is that if my period arrives I'll have the opportunity to pinata the heck out of the uterus and receive gifts of liquor, chocolate, and tampons. If anything this project will at least keep me busy this week as I struggle not to take every pregnancy test in NC.
Turkey Chilli
This evening I cooked my Husband of 2 weeks Turkey Chilli from the Dillards Holiday Cookbook my sister got us as a wedding gift! It was delicious! We used PBR as the beer for the recipe (the beer we were willing to sacrifice) and it's probably some of the best chilli I have ever made. There's a chilli cook off going on in our neighborhood and I almost have mind to enter this recipe (but I wont, that would be cheating).

These delectable yeast rolls are 10xs as tasty as they appear. Every single one of them made from scratch with help of my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. My husband exclaimed "Lerissa this is amazing!" And I politely reminded him that I can cook, I can cook very well. I just don't like cooking feasts. Stop telling your friends I don't or can't cook and this will happen more often.
Yeast Rolls: Made with Coconut Milk

4 Days Post Insemination (10/29/2013)

I had to go into work this morning so most of my day was devoted to getting ready, getting there and coming back home. My faux uterus project is still drying (it's cold out here) so I'm not able to work on that today but I did get to bring home an earlier project I'd been working on for a few weeks when the 2ww was getting too rough. The plate was pre-poured all I did was spend the 8 hours it took for my to paint it. No stencils. All free hand. I think the next plates I'll do will be a set and I'll write out our wedding vows on them... if I'm optimistic. 
I also managed to squeeze in a last minute acupuncture appointment with a new doctor. The one I usually go see has been out Friday and will return Wednesday afternoon when I would then be able to schedule an appointment. Luckily I found a chiropractor to let me come in at 9:30am tomorrow morning. My hope is they'll do some magic Chinese points that will encourage implantation.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Trigger to 2DPI

We got orders to take our ovidrel hcg trigger shot Wednesday evening between the hours of 10 pm and 11 pm. We were thrilled!! At our Monday ultrasound we had two follicles on each ovary measuring the exact same size. Wednesday we had 4 follicles, three mature, the largest being on my right ovary :-) since we can't confirm my left Fallopian tube to be open we need right side ovulation to proceed with the iui.

Wednesday Night: we meet our friends at the bar to pre-celebrate our girlfriends 21st birthday. We both got excessively hydrated on glasses of water while our friends took shots and drunkenly told us the most inappropriate dinner stories. At 10:10pm we excused ourselves and went to our car. It was chilly out but my makeshift fridge made of two ice packs and two gallon sized freezer bag was there to guarantee our ovadril stayed as close to 34 degrees as possible. As I lay in the backseat of my car in the parking lot of our favorite hole in the wall bar where I've spent many nights getting well passed socially acceptable public drinking, I ponder if the people walking by realize that this syringe my husband holds is hope, a prescription and not street drugs. My husband did a great job I watched the entire time. He moved slowly and smoothly then proceeded to inject the very chilly contents into my lower abdomen for a 10 second duration. Then it's back to the bar to finish out the night.

Thursday: no side effects except some extreme ovulation cramps on my right side. I'm very gassy. BLOATED beyond belief. I'm very thirsty. I'm bloated. I have a slight headache hardly worth mentioning. I get minimal sleep tonight awaiting our iui in the morning.

Friday: Bloated. I smell everything. cramps!!! It's hurting. Right-side focused today is the day. I treat my man to Waffle House before his 9:00am appointment. He's happy, he's nervous one hour until my appointment. I'm scared and nervous. We find out that dispute the low volume this was the best, potentially healthiest sample he has ever given. 4 million semen post wash 100% alive, well-shaped, with fantastic mobility. Our nurse patiently spoke with us as long as we had questions and slowly walked us through what was going to happen, what happened, and our post insemination care. She did everything with great care and moved very slowly. I didn't feel a pinch of pain as I lay inverted receiving my husbands sperm via catheter. Our nurse informed us that the insemination went perfectly and allowed us 20 minutes to relax, and lay inverted. She dimmed the lights and put on soft spa music. 
Four hours later it hit me like a bus in a hurry, the most intense abdominal cramps ever. My obliques were super sore as well. It hurt to use my muscles to role over, stretch, pee, laugh, sneeze... Fetal position with a pillow between my legs was my happy place. Longest day ever. Oh and I'm MUCH more bloated than I was yesterday... awesome

Saturday: those hell cramps get better the more I sleep and the more I drink water. So, I slept most of my day away and successfully through the night. Cramps have reduced to a pressure which helps me sleep even longer hours. And I can detect what people have been eating 5+ feet away. The bloat continues. You can SEE my stomach protruding through my coat!! Usually a little wiggly but flat stomach is not protruding through my coat... wtf.

Sunday: pressure is still present. Bloat is still present. No more muscle pain. I have convinced myself that we have succeeded. I'm probably pregnant, maybe with triplets. I spent my morning creating pregnancy announcement graphics to sen to my family when we get our positive pregnancy test on the 8th. I theatrically gagged at the smell of someone who smoked a few hours earlier. My bad.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Letrozol on deck!!!

Now all I need is for my period to start ASAP!! Or to get a possitive pregnancy test.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Surely, your temps must have stopped increasing by now

My temp today was 98.80.... I can't make this stuff up. My temps are still increasing. I'm getting ready for my appointment this morning and hope they share some pleasing news with me. I've been adjusting my ovulation date to "at the latest I must have ovulated on or before this day" but my temps are still increasing! I've figured it out though! Since worst case scenario has My period arriving the day of our wedding as soon as these temps turn and I feel that my period is surly on its way Im going to start my provera to delay it a day or two so we can blissfully have our wedding in peace.

UPDATE 8:04am

Getting my labs done now all I want are answers, and answers I will receive. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Call back

Got a call back from the nurses. Going in for blood work tomorrow morning. I'm cautiously optimistic all of my tests have come back negative like this one I took recently. But maybe I can get a hcg of 5 or something tomorrow. Wouldn't that be nice?

Still rising....

So my temps are stillllll on the rise. I didn't test this morning but I will test Saturday and then the 10th