All the Sun For You

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Spreadsheet Activated


Here is my guess at my upcoming FET cycle calendar.  When I talked with the nurse a while back, she said the cycle would be about 42 days, but that sounded short to me.  I reviewed my calendar from my prior FET and it was actually a 47 day cycle through transfer day.  With that said, I am guessing transfer day to be on/around October 14th (Matthew was transferred October 12th).  We shall see – I get the official calendar later this week.

Here is my nifty, difty spreadsheet that I’ve already started checking things off of (started BCP and baby aspirin an hour ago):

In other news, we had a busy, busy day!  We had “Zoo Tunes” down at the zoo today for Matthew and he loved it!  “Zoo Tunes” consists of singing songs, playing little instruments, petting the animals, etc.  He loves, loves, loves to dance and a few times, he dropped his instrument and ran into the middle of the circle made up of small children and just broke out in dance while they all played their instruments.  I don’t like to say that my kid is cute – but it was freaking adorable!  I think he thought he was a rock star  😉  We went through the zoo then afterwards and the bald eagles terrified him but the red pandas made him giggle.  It was fun!

“What’s over there?”

I had a lot of things to do today in preparation for the car purchase, so that kept us on the road.  All we have to do now is sign some docs at the bank and we’re all set.  Our plan is coming together nicely!  B and I are a good team when it comes to these types of things.  We divide and conquer and get things done in half the time.  I married a good one  🙂

Now that I’m in a cycle, I’ve decided that I need to respect my body and not cheat on the healthy lifestyle.  It’s time to get control.  I had a few (lot of) Oreos tonight as my last hurrah.  I’m done being stupid about this.

My best friend is having her first baby on Thursday but goes into the hospital tomorrow for an induction.  The reason for the induction is not my news to share, but before anyone gets all, “inductions are bad” on me (I think inductions are bad, for the most part), I will just say that there is a very good reason to get this baby delivered.  She chose to go with my OB and he does not take these things lightly.  I am so excited for her, I can hardly stand it.  Both B and I are jumping out of our skin, we’re so psyched about this baby!  I can’t wait to meet Baby Girl AKS on Thursday (or Friday, if she delivers late on Thursday)!

B reminded me today to keep on living and enjoying life during this cycle.  I assured him that this time is different.  It really does feel different.  I am at such a great place right now, I can’t imagine letting this bring me down.  Today, Matthew grabbed my face with both hands, pulled my face to his, and kissed me with so much love that I couldn’t let him go.

Yep – this time is VERY different.

Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

21 thoughts on “Spreadsheet Activated

  1. DAYUM, you are organized! So it’s really happening, wow! I’m seeing a major shift in some of my favorite blogs of everyone working towards/working ON #2, it’s crazy. Definitely has me thinking about our tentative TTC #3 plan… yipes!

    I thought my IUI/injectables round was crazy, but you IVF/FET ladies get mad respect from me. That ish is intense.

    • I wish we weren’t all cycling at the same time, to be honest. Some of us will fail (I’m counting on our first one not working) and it makes it extra hard when others are succeeding. It’s part of the deal, right? But that’s going to stink.

      I only have 46 days left to go. YAY… 😉

      • OMG, this is totally what I’ve been feeling! It freaks me out that so many people I follow are starting the TTC engine back up. I’ve been seriously debating putting it off until December, but then part of me fears I’ll feel “left behind.” It’s a complicated dynamic, this cycling together. A couple years ago I coincided with 3 other women on IUI#2 (for me). At the time I wrote, “I’m excited to have these fabulous women to share the wait with. But I’m also nervous. What if they all get lucky and I don’t?? I mean, I’ll be thrilled for them, of course, but I’ll also be incredibly, inconsolably, impossibly jealous.” Uh. Yeah.

        On a side note, and as a reminder (to me too) that all of our journeys are so different, NONE of us got pregnant that cycle. Since then, I had Sofi, one woman had a boy a couple months after me, one adopted a few months ago and the fourth is just getting going on DEIVF. How’s that for an interesting sampling?

        Also, your spreadsheets are AMAZING of course.

        And, finally, I love the zoo tales. How funny that Matthew was scared of the eagles! That’s un-American!! 😉

      • The eagles screamed at each other. They’re loud little effers!

        You sum up so well how I feel about TTC#2 while everyone else is too. I didn’t blog while TTC Matthew, so this is new territory for me. I’ll play nice, I promise 🙂

    • My neighbor has twins – 19 months old. She’s pregnant now with a surprise baby who’s due 2 days before her kids. I think of you every time I go down there. You ladies with twins – you’re the real heroes in my world 😉

  2. That is too funny about Matthew dancing in the circle. I would have totally cheered for him: “Go Matthew! Go Matthew! Go! Go!” 🙂

    And what a sweet moment with you and the little man. I anxiously await affectionate moments like that with my little girl.

  3. Eagles are freaking terrifying! Good call, Matthew!

    Wow, you are amazingly organized, and like Jules, I give you mad props for the intensity of what you’ll be doing.

  4. LOVING your spreadsheet. In fact, when I saw it, I said I must make one! BUT – can I use yours instead? Would save me a ton of time. So if you’re willing to share, I’d love to use yours. Please send it to me at adventuresofalex @ gmail . com. THANKS!!!

    So cute about Matthew dancing in the middle of everyone. So adorable.

    The comments above are interesting. It’s weird that so many people are doing #2, but yes, inevitably some won’t work. But this was true when I was trying for the first. In fact, I got pregnant at the same time as a few other ladies, and unfortunately I lost my baby at 9 weeks. But those ladies kept supporting me, I kept supporting them through their pregnancies (which was hard some days, I must admit) but 7 months later I got pregnant and it stuck. I’m still bloggy friends with these ladies, and now it seems we’re all trying for #2 at the same time again! Just goes to show you – this bloggy thing can turn into real friendships.

  5. Oh man! It is ON! I am so very excited and nervous and.. excited!!!

    I also notice that a lot of ladies I follow are starting back up again, and it’s a complicated swirl of emotions. Especially over here on ‘the other side’. I am pulling for all of you with all my heart! 🙂

  6. Yep, it seems like my reader is flooded with TTC #2 plans and #2 pregnancy announcements these days. We planned to start this month, but are holding off at least one more to get to “a better place” with some personal shit going on (ahem) unrelated to my great family of 3. I’ve already thought about how it will be difficult to be trying again at the same time, but one person’s pregnancy does not equal someone else’s loss, though it will be a tough thing to push through as some won’t get their way as already mentioned. Biggest thing to remember is that we are all here to support one another in whatever way we can. Your spreadsheets rock by the way. Can you make me one for my day-to-day activities?

    • Exactly! I used to think that if I was cycling with someone and the odds were 50/50, that if she was successful, that fate would make me unsuccessful. Thank goodness it does not work that way. But sometimes my brain still goes there.

      I love spreadsheets!

  7. LOL. I love your spreadsheet! 🙂 And the zoo day sounds amazing! I need to get out of the house, but it is too bloody hot and I’m a big ole wimp. If it would cool down just 10-15 degrees for a good month or two before fall/winter really hits, then I’d LOVE it! But it will probably switch overnight from record heat to record cold, and again, I’m a wimp and will stay inside. 🙂

  8. Wow- organization- impressive! Glad the zoo was fun- it sounds amazing. Good luck and congratulations to your friend on her baby girl!

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