Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Emma!

Our sweet, little goddaughter is turning ONE today! Jessica is having her a little party at 1pm so I'm taking off work early to go see them. I can't believe she's already one! It seems like it wasn't long ago that Jessica called to tell me she was late. I, of course, forced her to take a pregnancy test that minute! Who waits until they're 4 days late to take a test??? Jeez! She was out of town and had to buy a test from a drug store. Then she had to take it in a ladies room. Haha! Memories! I allowed her to call her husband first and then call me with the results... I'm so nice!

Technically speaking, I should be starting my period today. I'm cycle day 28. However, I'm 95% sure I ovulated late so I don't think I'm really due to start until 1/4/10. Then I'll go see Dr. H on Day 3 to start my IVF cycle! So exciting!

xxoo,
Jaime

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Lots to Share

I have been so busy with all of the running around that I haven't been able to post an update. Shame on me! Let's see... I last left you on Dec 23rd. I was getting ready for my Dad's family Christmas and my immediate family Christmas the next day. Tristan spent the night and was sweet and happy all day the 23rd and the 24th. That's the best Christmas present I got! Followed closely by my Wii and Wii Fit. :)
Here's a picture of us decorating a gingerbread house Wed night.


We woke up Thurs morning and I made the white chocolate bread pudding. I must toot my own horn and say that it was delish! Tristan was really excited to get to my family's Christmas because she knows she has tons of presents (my mom overdoes it!) The three of us and Lexi jumped in the car around 11am and stayed at my Uncle Jackie's house until about 4pm.

This is a picture of all of the kids at my Uncle Jackie's.


At around 4pm we headed over to my parents' house. We had such a good time. I got the Wii Fit, some Alabama T-shirts, a scale, and another Wii fitness game... I think they are trying tell me something... My parents surprised John with a 32" LCD HDTV! We thought about buying one as a joint gift to each other but we decided to wait until next year. He was so shocked he couldn't even speak. I wish I could haven gotten a picture.

This is a picture of my brother playing with the kids.


We took Tristan to her mom's house Thursday night and then finally headed home around 9pm. When we got home John gave Lexi a little bit of ham for dinner. That was a HUGE mistake! About 30 minutes later she started crying at the door. She had some tummy problems and we thought she was done. We were wrong! Every hour after that she would cry at the corner of the bed which means she had to go outside. Then one of the times John took her, he walked into the living room to get his phone and stepped in a big puddle of vomit... barefoot! EWWW! I came running when I heard him screaming and yelling. We cleaned that up and went back to bed. About an hour later (4am) Lexi crawled up to my face and was smacking her lips like she was eating something. I opened my eyes and saw her staring at me with those sad eyes and then she almost puked all over my face! Luckily I picked her up fast and got her in the bathroom. She finally stopped at around 5am so we got a little sleep. Tristan was calling about every 30 minutes for us to come over so she could open her presents. Poor thing! Lexi made a full recovery but we didn't take her to Tristan's or back to Tuscaloosa that afternoon. She needed her rest.

Tristan got a ton of stuff and loved it all. She's still not quite to the point where she wants clothes but she didn't complain about it as much as last year. In fact, one of her favorite presents was a shirt that John got her. Another of her favorite gifts was a key necklace with real diamonds that John went and picked out by himself at Kay's Jewelers. He wrote a sweet note and put it in the box. Here's a picture of her in the shirt and one of her with the necklace.



Today and yesterday were pretty laid back which is just we needed. We have to get back to work tomorrow.

xxoo

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Time

I love Christmas time. I feel like I haven't been able to fully enjoy it this year but I am determined to enjoy every second of the rest of this week!

My cyst must be gone now because I'm feeling a lot better. Now I'm just waiting for Mother Nature so we can get this show on the road. The problem is that I don't know when or if I ovulated. I have about a 13 day luteal phase (the time between ovulation and period) so if I didn't ovulate until a day or two ago then I still have a couple of weeks left. But if I ovulated around the time I was supposed to then I only have a few days left. I just have to be patient I suppose!

John took Tristan ice skating yesterday and I think they're going to see Alvin and the Chipmunks today. I think I finally finished up my Christmas shopping and I can't wait to sit back and relax today. Tomorrow we're going to Tuscaloosa for my Dad's family Christmas and then our immediate family Christmas. It's always fun so I'll make sure to post some pictures.

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 21, 2009

IVF

I went to see Dr. H to discuss IVF this morning. She agrees that it's time to move forward. I can't keep going through this torture with cysts! I believe one of them is rupturing today b/c I can't even stand up straight it hurts so badly. Hopefully it will go away soon!

She just gave me a timeline and told me exactly what would happen. I wait for my period and then go in on Day 3. I will get a lot of blood work done and they will check for cysts. If I have cysts I will have to take the BCPs until the cysts are gone. That could be anywhere from 2-4 weeks. After the BCPs I start the injections. They will monitor me closely and hope to get me around 10-15 follicles. Depending on egg quality and number she could freeze some for later. Then five days later they'll put 1 or 2 back in. Then 9 days after that I have a blood pregnancy test. So they whole shebang should take about 6-8 weeks depending on how long I have to be on the BCPs.

Hope you all are doing well!
Jaime

Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Friday!

It's Friday! Wahoo! My job is supposed to be dwindling down over the month of December but it just keeps getting worse. I am so glad that it's Friday and I have the whole weekend off. Then I only come to work Monday and I'm off the rest of the week for Christmas. I can get through today and Monday! I can! New York is SUPPOSED to be mirroring everything we do right now and then taking over all operations as of Jan 1st. I don't know if it's going to happen though... they are really behind. However, if they are able to, we will close out December month end books which will take through mid January and we'll help with the audit some. From what I'm gathering, we'll be laid off no later than the end of January. At this point I welcome the lay off! The whole company has pretty much written us off so it's hard to come to work and care about what I do. But I am a professional and will continue to do my job to the best of my abilities.

I am going shopping tomorrow to try to finish up Christmas and then Heather is having a slumber party! FUN! We were instructed to wear Christmas PJs and bring a gift for dirty santa. I'm sure it'll be a blast!

xxoo,
Jaime

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Promised Pics

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACH!!

Here's a picture of all of us at brunch. Em, Rach, Jess, me and LL (she just had another eye surgery...hence the glasses)


This is one where Em got the wreath stuck on her head. LL thinks this is hilarious!

We had a great time. We ate a lot and played dirty santa. We also played the Friends Scene It and Disney Scene It games. I love my girls.

John forgot the camera yesterday so he didn't get any pictures of Tristan's Chorus Concert. He said it was fun and she did great.

Fertility update: I don't know that I have ovulated yet. I keep having pains and twinges around my left ovary so I'm not sure if it's the cyst rupturing or ovulation. I'm day 15 today so hopefully I will hurry up and ovulate! The sooner I ovulate, the sooner I can start my next cycle... my IVF cycle!! YAY! John and I are meeting with Dr. H on Monday morning to discuss all things IVF. I'll let you know what goes down.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Migraine, Migraine Go Away

Of course once I get back into the spirit I get saddled with a migraine! I had to go home early yesterday and I felt terrible about it. My work is implementing a new pricing structure and last night was the first time to try it out. That means my back up had to stay here until 7:30 last night trying to get it to work! I brought her a little present today to try to make it up to her but I still feel bad. My head still hurts today but it's better that it was yesterday. Looks like I'll be the one working late tonight.

John took the camera today because Tristan has a choir performance tonight. I'll try to post pics tomorrow of that and my ladies' brunch.

xxoo,
Jaime

Monday, December 14, 2009

This Weekend

This past weekend has restored my Christmas cheer. After an emotionally draining weekend before and a horrific week at work all I wanted to do was crawl in bed and not come out. But the Christmas spirit started Thursday night with my Supper Club and then continued Friday night when I got to babysit Emma for a few hours. Saturday night John and I went to the Annual Patten Christmas Party which was very entertaining. We played Dirty Santa with 32 people so it was a lot of fun! The weekend was topped off with an explosion of cheer on Sunday with my brunch. Thanks to all of my girls for helping me get back into the spirit! I'll post pics tonights.

xxoo,
Jaime

Friday, December 11, 2009

Supper Club - Christmas Edition w/ pics

Last night's Supper Club was a success! The pastitsio I made was quite tasty and my decorations turned out great! I even had a few people ask for the recipe! AND - I actually got to use my Christmas china for the first time in 8 years! Jaime G brought hummus, Kelly brought Greek salad and bread, and Christie brought white chocolate bread pudding. mmmm... White Chocolate Bread Pudding... It was heaven!

Jaime G brought her 2 week old baby for his first outing. He's so cute! I took a picture of all of us surrounding him but I'll have to post it tonight.

Tonight John and I are babysitting Emma! I'm so excited! I'll post some pictures of her tonight too.

Happy Friday!
Jaime

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Busy Busy

I have so much to do this week! AAGGHHH! I'm hosting a party at my house tomorrow night and I'm hosting a brunch Sunday! It is good that they are close together b/c I can scrub the house one good time and hopefully it will stay clean! I have been running around trying to get decorations, clean the house and buy presents. Tonight I'm preparing the pastitsio so all I have to do is throw it in the oven tomorrow night when I get home. Carrie, my interior designer friend, is also coming over tonight to help me with the decorations. With all that has been going on, December is flying by! I can't believe it's already Dec 9th! I should definitely slow down and enjoy my favorite time of year!

Fertility news - My left side is starting to hurt so I guess I'll be ovulating in a few days on that side. BOOO! It was a longshot to hope that I would actually ovulate on the right side without some help but I was still hoping.

Finally, the Eberts Blog honored my blog with the Honest Scrap Award. I have to say 10 Honest Things about myself so here goes:

1. I love my husband!
2. I think I want a baby more than anybody in the world has ever wanted a baby. :)
3. One of my biggest fears has always been that I wouldn't be able to have children. Even at a very young age I was scared about it. I guess deep down I knew.
4. John and I both have great families.
5. I have the brain of an accountant but the heart of an artist.
6. I really don't even like accounting but I'm good at it.
7. As you can see from the two above statements, I'm questioning my decision to stay an accountant after I'm laid off next month.
8. I have a lot of great friends.
9. I'm impatient.
10. I have little, baby feelings... as John says :) He once asked me if my little, baby feelings would every grow up to at least toddler feelings. I'll let you know if that happens.

xxoo,
Jaime

Monday, December 7, 2009

Honestly - It gets cold here!

When our Canadian family came down to visit the weather was mild and pleasant so now they don't believe us when we say it gets cold here! Well this weekend was cold! Here are some pictures to prove it!

After a weekend filled with many emotions I am actually glad to be back at work and in my element. The highpoint of the weekend was Alabama beating Florida in the SEC Championship! Roll Tide! Now we will play Texas in the National Championship Game! I wish I could go out to California for the game! The rest of the weekend was tough. I can't really go into it because it's not directly related to me and I don't want to tell someone else's story but John and I could use an extra prayer or two if you have some sitting around. Praying for patience!

We finally did decide to make this a natural cycle and if I'm not pregnant we'll do IVF in January. I'm extremely nervous about this decision but I've prayed about it and I feel it's finally time. After 2 1/2 years it's time to pull out the big guns!

xxoo,

Jaime

Friday, December 4, 2009

OF COURSE!! - updated

I finally get really up for a cycle and 100% positive so what do you think happened at my appointment today? CYSTS! Two of them to be exact. A 2.75cm on the left and a 4cm on the right! I only had a tiny little follicle on the right at ovulation so how the heck did it grow to 4 cm? I'm so frustrated! I guess I shouldn't have gotten so excited about this cycle until I found out if I could actually do it.

The one bit of good news is that she found my vein on the first try. They're going to analyze my blood and call back this afternoon with my options.

update - Just got a call from the nurse. Of course my labs were PERFECT for IVF. However, if I start BCPs now I would start IVF at the end of Dec. She said she can't drag out the pills into January. We really wanted to wait to do IVF in January for tax reasons (I'm a tax nerd, I know!) SO... I can either do a natural cycle this month (pointless) or start BCPs and do another injectable cycle in January. That would push IVF until almost March though. So many decisions! All feedback will be much appreciated... should we take the pills and try one more injectable cycle or do a natural cycle and then IVF in January? AND to top it all off there are no guarantees that my labs will be good for IVF after this natural cycle. I am not equipped to make these decisions so I need some help from you guys!

xxoo,
Jaime

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Hopeful

Mother Nature showed bright and early this morning so I have my baseline appt scheduled for tomorrow. A nurse called yesterday and said Dr. H wants to retest my ACL (blood clotting) antibodies again. They were moderately positive when my rheumatologist checked them a couple of months ago but she said she wants them done at her lab so she can see a "true" reading. So I'm not looking forward to get blood taken tomorrow but I am super excited about this cycle.

I did not cry this morning or even get upset. My overall emotion was hopeful! I am excited to get this last cycle underway. You see, I never really let myself get up for a cycle. With every bit of good news I let myself go a little higher but I'm always very reserved with my hopefulness. The thought of letting myself go and putting all of my hopes on a cycle is scary. To let yourself get that high and then just come crashing down if it doesn't work is too much pain every month. However, since we're doing IVF next month I am putting all of my eggs in this month's basket. Even if it doesn't work I should be able to recover fairly quickly since I know I'll have the hope from IVF. So please join me in praying, hoping and wishing that this will be THE cycle! I'm going to be flying high this month with optimism and positiveness! I will not let doubts, worries or fear get in my path!

xxoo,
Jaime

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Oh My That's A Lovely Door

Isn't this a lovely door? John did such a great job staining it! He's also going to put up some pendant lights in the kitchen over the island. So my house is still not in order! We have dust, tools and junk everywhere! It has to be done soon though b/c I am hosting a dinner party Dec 10th! Hopefully our good friend Josh, who is an electrical engineer, will come over and help John get some lights up!




I tested this morning and it was negative so I stopped taking the progesterone. Hopefully Mother Nature will show soon so we can get this last cycle started! Please let this be the one so we don't have to do IVF!!


xxoo,
Jaime

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