I seem to have some pretty good ovaries! They have grown lots of good sized follicles which are ready to go! The nurse told me at my second scan today that she would “eat her imaginary hat” if the egg retrieval wasn’t on Wednesday and low and behold I got the call to say Wednesday is the day!
When they collect my eggs I’ll be sedated but not completely put to sleep. I’m not worried about it but I’ve never had a light sedation before so hoping I don’t remember any of it! I’ll be wearing my lovely socks given to me as part of my #ttcluckycharmexchange that I found through Instagram.
Such a thoughtful package from a lovely person I was matched up with 😊
I can’t say I’ve indulged in the love for unicorns that lots of people seem to have at the minute but a bit of magic has got to be good, right? The whole package is so thoughtful and carefully picked out. The Instagram TTC/Infertility community has been so supportive!
Egg collection gets us closer but there is still no guarantee that we will have our little baby L by the end of it 😕 Got to think positive as much as possible, while still guarding myself if the 48.8% chance of it working doesn’t tip in our favour! I used to think that IVF meant you had a baby. I used to be very naive!
I had a friend buy me nettle tea as it’s supposed to help with the lining of the uterus and it seems to have worked. Mine is nice and thick and squishy, or so they tell me, which will be perfect for when the fertilised egg is ready to go back in 😊 I’ll admit, when I first made a cup I was slightly put off by the slight scent of wee but you soon get used to it! 😂
IVF Tip #3 – it might smell like wee but drink nettle tea as it works (even if it is a total placebo just go with it and believe!)
You want eggs, you go out and buy some from the shop. I want eggs, I need to inject myself with drugs to make them grow!
I said in my last post I had freaked myself out about the injections a little as I’d watched some YouTube videos, but giving myself the first injection was a doddle! I did it on my own (hubby picked that night for a few too many drinks with his dad and brother!) but in hindsight maybe that was a good thing as I didn’t have any distractions!
7 days of injections later and it’s getting easier. I’m becoming a pro at mixing up the injections but still a little rusty at getting the needle in. Last night I ended up with my first war wound and strangely feel ok with it. I think because it’s the first outward sign that I’ve been giving myself all these injections.
The only real side effect so far is that the tiredness has been wild! Today I was supposed to be stuffing my face with BBQ food at a friend’s but instead I’ve been laid up binging on Netflix. The clinic have said the tiredness will be bad and that it will probably get worse as the injections go on as my body is on overload. They have recommended I drink plenty of water, which is fine apart from the urge to pee every 5 minutes!
The first scan to check my follicles went well so now to wait until Monday to check them again. Fingers crossed they keep growing 🍀
IVF Tip #2 – always stay near a toilet as you’ll need to pee a lot!
Am I the only one who signs up for the gym and then, after a few months, decides that I don’t really like exercise and would rather be vegged on the sofa at home?
This time (along with every other time to be honest!) I decided that I would really give the gym a go and stick with it. Luckily I signed up for the gym with a friend and she is great at getting me motivated! Everyone needs that friend who keeps them in check don’t they and I am so glad I’ve found mine 😘 I’ll admit, there are times we ‘go to the gym’ and actually end up in the hot tub and steam room but we have been making the effort to try different classes.
This week my lovely friend signed us up for body pump. So along I went all bright eyed and bushy tailed thinking we’d jump around to a few songs and get a little out of breath. How wrong was I!!
For those who don’t know, body pump is a class based around weightlifting! Now those who know me, or even those who have seen pictures, will know that I am not the most hench of people. In fact you could probably flick me and I’d fall over as my muscle strength is none existent! But, I gave it my all – lifting, squatting, crunching and press ups. You name it we did it! I had to stop a few times but managed to get through to the end without passing out!
Now, as someone who doesn’t lift anything heavier than my phone and the TV remote, it was a massive achievement for me but I am suffering for my effort! I have muscles that ache that I didn’t even know existed! The hubby, who lifts regularly, made sure I had stretched and drank protein but nothing prepared me for the pain I would feel. Not just the next day but the day after too! My arms have been like dead weights and felt like jelly at times but no pain, no gain I guess.
Would I do it again? Hell yes – in fact we’re booked in again for next week 😄
Anyone tried body pump before? Or blindly followed a friend into something new? Give me a shout below and, if you don’t already, give me a follow if you’re interested in how my gym adventure pans out!
Last weekend the hubby and I decided on a day out. After not feeling my best over the last few months it’s been easy to stay in and wallow but I have finally convinced the hubby that we need to get out more so off we went!
We decided that a day in York would be a nice start as not too far down the A1 and I have great childhood memories of days out there. We didn’t realise that it is actually very similar to the little city we call home, but we enjoyed it all the same.
After parking in a massive car park in the middle of no where we caught the park and ride bus and got to see the city sights as we wove our way down to our first stop. The hubby is such a rule breaker!
We then enjoyed a little walk through the town and down The Shambles.
Before the obligatory pub break where we watched a bearded, fire eating street performer wearing a tutu and workman boots! (Sorry no pics of this one guys, you’ll have to use your imagination!)
We then walked up to York Minster and didn’t pay to get in (paying to get in a big church 😮) but stood and looked at the burning candles and windows. Such a beautiful building.
After a bit of rain that led us in to a fish and chip shop 😋 we headed of to the outlet centre where I spent too much on some trainers, a skirt, top and scarf!
We had such a great day together we are planning more adventures soon. Where is your favourite day out? Give us some recommendations below that I can add to our list!
I have literally found my hand and nail saviour! After a recommendation from my friend Sophie, I tried a tube of The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector and am so glad that I did.
The smell took me a little while to get used to but I now really like it – it’s quite earthy but not too strong. I use it every morning and night after my skincare routine and my hands are now super soft. Even the hubby has noticed a difference! I can’t stop rubbing my hands together to feel the softness – I must either look like some weird pervert or super villain. I can clarify I am neither! I just really like the feel of my hands!
The biggest thing I have noticed is that my nails are now really strong. My nails were so brittle and broke all the time but they now feel much harder and a lot less bendy. Since ruining them with the removal of a gel polish after my wedding they seem to be even better than they were before.
If I could recommend one product for all those who love looking after their hands and nails this would be it.