September 19, 2012

Happy Birthday to me!

It's what every birthday girl dreams of . . . IVF INJECTIONS!  No?  That's not right?  Oh . . . Well, it's actually quite an interesting ending and new beginning.  It's the end of my 20's.  Ten years ago, on my birthday, we were mourning the loss of my grandmother.  And now, ten years later, with God as our strength, we are beginning this new journey of trying to bring a new little life into the world.  I am a bit bummed out that I will probably be dwelling on the thought of my first two injections allllll day long, instead of being able to relax and enjoy celebrating the first day of my 30's!  (we were told to do the injections between 7pm and 10pm)

Now, don't get me wrong.  I was so excited when I heard that we could start before October.  Then she put the calendar in front of me . . . and I saw

We learned all about the different injections (how to clean everything, which size needles to use, how to mix some of the medications, and the scariest and most uncomfortable part —how to give the injections (even an intramuscular one, Yikes!!).  I think I'm losing sleep over this.  :(  I just don't know about two injections per day, given by my hubby, and then some days will be more than two —and for something like 15 days or so (if I understood correctly).  I keep telling myself, "Well, if you want a baby, Michelle, you just have to suck it up and get it done!".   Learning about injections and medicines, and signing consent forms, stepped it up a bit for us —made it much more real.
There were moments of complete seriousness, and then, just because we are the way we are... there were many moments of laughter.  Deciding to freeze any viable embryos that won't be transferred was a very serious discussion between us.  Deciding who gets to keep the embryos if one of us dies or divorces was a very comical conversation.  I think it was so awkward to have to make some of those decisions —but I do understand the importance.

So, now, all we are waiting for is the delivery of our medications and for September 29th to come around.  I've said goodbye to my herbal supplements (an easy change), caffeine (a little more thought has to go into this one), alcohol (eh, not toooo hard), and even to chocolate (the absolute toughest change so far!).

My absolute favorite part of the slideshow, overview and tips, was when it explained the importance of getting pampered during this time!  It mentioned massages, manicures, pedicures, and several other ways of being pampered that I love! :)  I hope that Chris really paid close attention to that portion of the class!!

Oh!  and something else that I have to "change" is my plan on getting a tattoo.  I had been planning this out for a while —doing my research and drawing out what I want, making it perfect.  My mom, on the other hand, basically freaked out about the thought of me getting a tattoo.  It cracks me up how serious she is about not wanting me to get a tattoo, or even mention the word "tattoo" while around her.  lol!  (yup, that's my mom!).  So, it was suggested that I wait until the end of the IVF cycle to go for my mom is ecstatic!! hahaha!!

Here's to turning 30 and our first IVF cycle! :)  (oh me oh my!)

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Wow for your strength. Wow for celebrating turning 30! Wow for multiple injections a day. Wow for your prescription for pampering! And WOW for you being able to walk through life and all it offers--good and bad--with grace. :) I am excited to see what happens next!