IVF Continued & Halloween Happenings

Well, as expected our first fresh IVF cycle did not result in a successful pregnancy.  It did however yield us 8 high quality embryos, which I already adore beyond reason.  The heart is an unusual thing, and attachments formed stronger then I could have ever imagined even though they are have never been inside my body.  It truly is miraculous and magnificent to feel that level of deep love.  Every women should experience this.

After our loss, we slowly and painfully picked up the pieces of our hearts and begin pushing forward towards our fist frozen embryo transfer.  Like most infertility journeys, even the best laid out plan always consists of snags.  Our RE was out of the country for the entire month of October, but luckily our clinic is comprised of a husband wife team, so who better then to transfer our little angel then our RE’s wife…I mean they might as well be family.  We scheduled for 10/28.  Unfortunately, my insurance delayed us by a week, then I needed to travel for work the following week.  We finally landed the date of 11/11 and low and behold I went in to have my endo lining check and now we are out another week with a scheduled transfer of 11/18.  I jokingly told my husband, if we get pushed back another week to Black Friday, I wonder if they will give us a sale price (winking smiley)!

So this Sunday we will confirm a date, and begin the dreaded PIO shots.  Those needles are longer then my fingers.  Holy shit, I’m super scared but I know it will be worth it!

On a lighter note, Halloween in our new hood was SO MUCH FUN!  We took Beefcake to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin,  you know where most people take their children. I carved that thing like a pro and it was HUGE.  Eric dressed up in a mask and scared children, while me and the dog had a blast passing out candy and dancing to Thriller!  We also got to decorate for the first time and I loved every single minute of it. Until next year cob webs…

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Peace before the Storm

Our lives have been filled with some big and tough decisions lately between work, family obligations and our infertility journey.  We recently took a few days to meet my family for a few days at Table Rock lake in Missouri. We swam, skied, played dominos (which we LOVE) and ate some of the best breakfasts known to mankind, compliments of my grandma.  Also, Beefcake came with us and experienced her first swim! Talk about total cuteness!!!!

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This time rejuvenates me and I just feel much more calm and at peace, when life tends to feel like a whirlwind.  Upon our return, we went back to the fertility doctor and received some unfortunate news.  My cyst is still present and large in size, measuring about 5 cm. So, it must come out, which means surgery and another delay in our timeline.  This is both frustrating and scary, but we will conquer it head on next week.  We are just taking it one day at a time.

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Fourth of July Weekend

There is nothing better then a long weekend to regroup and organize. We enjoyed a low key and lazy Saturday with napping and prepping for our lake trip next week, meaning shopping some of the holiday summer sales, including some new bedroom furniture ( minus the bed which will be coming later).  We scored a basic dresser and 2 nightstands. I am super excited about their modern shape and industrial finishes.

Magnolia Home Furniture

I plan to compliment it with a softer upholstered bed like this and industrial sconces like these . Things are finally starting to come together and I will share after in the near future!

Following, we grabbed Beefcake, loaded up the car, picked up burgers from the Twisted Root and caught Roanoke’s fireworks show.  It was GREAT and the dog was so good!!!  We will definitely be going back next year.

Monday we spent prepping for the week and cleaning the house, but also had time to reflect and remember that our freedom comes at a price, and we are so thankful for the families who sacrifice!

#homeofthefreebecauseofthebrave

3 Day Weekend

Our Memorial Day weekend was great and a much needed time to disconnect.  Friday evening I ran the errands which I typically reserve for Saturdays, while Eric had a “man night” with his friends.  Saturday, we spent time working on a few things around the house, including a bathroom update coming to you soon. Sunday was spent at my parents, eating and playing board games, followed by a Memorial Day brunch, neighborhood Memorial Day BBQ and some quality time with Eric prepping for our fertility planning.

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Glitter Sandals (currently 30% off on Cartwheel App)

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American Dreamer Tee

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Latte Bowl

Home of the FREE, because of the Brave!

Family Christmas Card Photo Shoot

Christmas Pictures
Christmas this year has totally been sneaking up on me!  I mean where the hell did 2015 go?  Anyways, it is that time again for our yearly Christmas card photo shoot, and as normal Beefcake did not disappoint with her glorious out takes!
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But, as long as we get one, I mean just one good shot, where everyone has their hat on and is semi looking at the camera, we consider it a win!  Merry early Christmas from our family to yours!
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Life According to my iPhone…

Life has been moving a million miles a minute lately.  We have been visiting our house, aka dirt, a lot lately and are starting to see some progress.  We have foundation now!!!!  We have also finalized our paint colors for the interior as well.  Loving the cool gray tones.  In other news, I have been starting up with heavy travel again so spent the last week in Scottsdale.  It really is so beautiful there.  And, last but not least, of course I supported #nationaldogday .