Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Next Inspection & Weekend Getaway

I had my "inspection" (of my uterus) on Thursday.  **Caution possible TMI.

I taught 2 hours of summer school that morning and then had to leave even though my sub didn't show.  My poor para's, but I guess it went fine without me.  I was supposed to take 800 mg of ibuprofen an hour before the appointment.  I realized that morning that would be 4 pills, which seemed like a lot.  I haven't taken that much all year.  I called to be sure, and the nurse said that was right.  Made me a little nervous for the pain.  I got to my appointment and did blood work first.  I always let them know to use the butterfly thing when taking blood because my veins are so small.  The guy taking blood on that day rolled his eyes and asked if I was kidding as he got out a tray for all the tubes he needed to fill.  He said couldn't use one, because they needed a lot of blood.  They finally are testing me for clotting issues.  I was told to have that checked out over a year ago when I was doing accupuncture, but the doctor always said it was too expensive and insurance wouldn't pay until a person has 3 miscarriages.  Really??  And this can be fixed with a pill...  Anyway, I was happy they are finally checking this.  He was able to get my veins no problem and sent me upstairs for the next part which involved filling my uterus with water while also looking around with the ultrasound wand.  I felt a little crampy, but being able to look at the screen was distraction enough.  I really like the doctor I went to and if I ever do get pregnant would want him, Dr. G.  They were mainly looking to be sure I didn't have any polyps in my uterus, which I don't.  He said the water was really flowing in there and through my tubes, which was good, tubes are still open.  He also showed me my bladder and bowels, "lots of bowels."  That's embarrassing, thanks for letting me know.  Then, I talked him in to checking my ovaries, as I've never seen what they are up to without medication.  Of course one side had nothing going on; but the other had 3 good sized folicles.  I was excited to hear this.  Obviously, not too excited and not getting my hopes up, but it's still nice to hear that my body is kind of doing what it's supposed to at the right time of the month.  Maybe if I finish reading 50 Shades this week....

After my appointment, I had to make one stop and then met my family who was waiting at my house to leave for a cabin we were visiting for the weekend.  As I'm driving, I was almost in tears as the cramps were coming on strong.  The nurse said I would be a little uncomfortable.  I just had to run into a store quick, so it was ok, just maybe walking a little funny.  Luckily I sneezed when I was almost to my car, there's all that water they put in!  I was worried that I would be miserable the first night at the cabin, but the cramping was gone after about 20 minutes.

We packed up the rest of our stuff and were on the road for a family getaway with my parents, my brother, his wife and son, and my sister and her husband.  It was a great weekend of eating, drinking, laughing, playing games, talking, and other family visiting us.  I really do have the best family!  This weekend we are heading to my home town to see more family and friends.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

New Tab

Notice on the top that I started a tab for our journey before I started the blog and will continue to add.  I think I remembered most things and the dates are pretty close!

Always - Sarah

Saturday, June 16, 2012


The house is sold (hopefully, I guess it's not official until the money is in the bank), but that doesn't mean that we start the next step in our journey right away.  The clinic we will be going through, doesn't do any IVF cycles in the summer anyway because they have found the their rates of success were less than other times in the year. Obviously our summer will be too busy anyway.  I don't want to lose my momentum of blogging though.  I feel like if I stop until the appointments start, I will quit all together.  So the summer of our journey will be about the distractions to keep our minds busy and not stressing about what is to come.  We have lots of exciting things planned for the summer to do this!    

Here were my distractions for last weekend.  Hubby left town and there wasn't anything going on here, so I headed to my sister-in-laws on Friday night to see her and my favorite little boy Howie (our 16 month old nephew).  My brother was out of town too, so I thought they might want some company.  We played outside, ate some supper, and then went to the park and pool that evening.   

My welcome!  
Hold still for one picture with Auntie before she has her swimsuit on Howie!

Howard with his momma.  Again, wanting to go, go, go; not get a picture.

Loving the pool!
 Saturday morning, the 3 of us headed to the capital city to meet up with my mom and dad.  We went out for lunch, did a little shopping, and hung out at the hotel.  

Grandpa letting Howard have some milkshake before his food comes.  

Watching the twins with grandpa. 

Swimming with grandma, grandpa, & mom.  Auntie had to get out for a drink and a picture!

Howie in his little island.
It was such a great weekend get away.  Howard is at a fun age, copying everything we do.  We taught him to clink glasses for "cheers!" and we're working on a joke about grandpa's hair and trying to teach him some new words.  He is so smart!  I see my sister-in-law with him and I want to be a mom just like her.  She's always teaching him something (love that as a teacher).  Then, she pulls out another home-made toy out for him and I think, "well, I probably won't ever be THAT good!"  Thanks for a fun weekend Robin, Mom, Dad, and Howie!  Gavin's spent last weekend playing fastpitch out of town.  He didn't get any pictures for the blog, weird!  Distractions for this week included homework for my summer class and a garage sale yesterday.  A lot of work, but got rid of a lot of stuff which means less to store!

Always - Sarah     

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


This morning was our house inspection.  I picked up a morning shift at my part-time job so my father-in-law opened the house for the inspectors.  I got home, relieved him, and sat in the next room acting like I wasn't listening.  The inspector said, "it's a good house, just a couple little things; but that's just how it is when the house is 30 some years old."  The new owner's son said he would call my husband tonight.  I am expecting that we will have to fix the garage door.  I guess it has a broken spring.  I thought it had been sounding funny.  We also have a floor heater in the basement bedroom that I overheard him say "shouldn't get that hot."  It's brand new, so hopefully it's nothing major to fix.  Other than that, it was things that may come up in the next few years that we had already talked to the new owners about.  No big surprises, so that's good.  The new owners have their inspection on their old house tomorrow.  Hopefully everything is fine on their end too.

In other news, I got a letter in the mail about what to expect at my sonohysterogram that is scheduled for next week.  Sounds like an "inspection" of my uterus for any abnormalities and they will also look for the best spot to place embryos when the time comes.  Doesn't sound like a fun appointment, but shouldn't be too uncomfortable if I take the suggested 800mg of IB's before.  The doctor will be able to tell me the results of the procedure at the appointment.  I'm hoping I hear something like this morning, "it's a good house (for a baby or two), just what I'd expect when you're 30 some years old!"  

Always, Sarah Beth  

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Week 2 on the Market

I wanted to get a picture for this post, but haven't had a chance so I guess I'll do that later because I'm starting to forget and want to record the details of the sale of our house!!!  Here is an update of the 2nd week our house was on the market.

Monday evening (Memorial Day) the hubby showed the house while I made a quick trip to see my sister.  The guy, we'll call him "S", seemed to really like it and was looking for his retired parents who sold their house about an hour away.  He said he would tell them about the house and have them come to look at it later in the week.  On Tuesday, my father-in-law opened the house for a realtor to show it to a couple.  On Wednesday, I showed the house to "S" who came back with his parents.  They seemed to really like it too.   They only stayed about 25 minutes though and he asked that I'd have Gavin give him a call later that night.  I figured he just had questions about things I don't know about like the bills or furnace.  Gavin talked to him later that night and the only questions he had were about making an offer, earnest money, purchase agreements, etc.  A good sign, but after the weekend before, we didn't want to get too excited.  "S" called again on Thursday to say that his parents would be making an offer on Friday and to let him know if anyone else seemed interested or made an offer.

As I was driving home on Friday afternoon, already happy because it was the last day of school, Gavin said, "You'll never guess who called and made an offer."  I guessed "S."  Nope, it was the gal from the weekend before that led us on and then out of nowhere said they were going to pass.  We were still mad at them and we had told "S" we would let him know, and the offer was a little low.  Gavin updated "S" that we had an offer and he said he would call within 30 minutes with an offer and he did.  Gavin asked for $1000 more to include the washer and dryer, "S" said yes and we accepted the offer!

They came over on Sunday to sign the paperwork.  They are really nice people and will fit in great to our neighborhood as there are a lot of retired people.  The wife loves my colors so she won't paint a thing. They said we don't have to worry, our house will be well taken care of and we can just stop by anytime!  They must some how know it's a little bittersweet for us to sell.

I spent my first day of summer vacation going to the bank and to the title company to drop of the purchase agreement.  So far we are just very excited, but I know I'll get sad when we start packing up.  As of now, we will close on July 13th.

Praying that everything goes through with the sale and that the next steps in our journey go just as smoothly as this!

Always - Sarah Beth

Really cute picture of us with a SOLD sign to come later!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Let Summer Vaca Begin

School's out!  I called my dad Thursday morning driving to school to say that I was driving to the last day of school of my 8th year of teaching.  Seems like just yesterday that I was at my first interview.  Most of this year, I've said it's been my hardest year of teaching; but the last day of school was so fun and the kids were so good.  When the last day was said and done I thought, maybe it wasn't such a bad year.

Thursday, I started celebrating with a few drinks at a patio bar with some co-workers and then walked to hubby's softball game to watch and hang out.  Some how we kept going and got home at 2 am.  Sometimes, we like to pretend we are 22.

Friday was a teacher day so I had a few meetings, finished my last little bit of paperwork, and then thought about packing up my classroom, but mostly just visited.  After school I got home to a letter in the mail.  I rarely get anything but bills in the mail, so it was already exciting.  It was an article clipped out of a magazine about a doctor's journey to motherhood and her reflections of Mother's Day.  It was from my good friend's sister.  It amazes me the people who pray for us and think of us.  This doctor had experienced infertility, IVF success and failures, and the loss of a child.  Then, her and her husband were led to adoption.   They weren't actively trying to adopt, but God had a plan for them and they adopted, twice; both times someone seeking them out.  Adoption happened for them because a friend had a friend, who knew they were struggling to start a family.  It reminded me that there is a reason we've decided to be open about our process with friends and with this blog.  You never know where you will be led in life.  We went out with friends Friday night with more celebrating and softball, with that little note and article in my head all night reminding me that God has a plan for us.  I'm just still learning to be patient and trust His plan, as I love to make a lot of other plans!  Yes, we were celebrating again, but waiting to post about that later when I have a picture!

This weekend, hubby coaches his last game of girls softball in the state tournament and I am spending my days relaxing, but have to work my part time job the evenings :(.