Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Just waiting for the Dam tour to begin. Jessie is mid blink. What a great shot.
Wow, there sure are alot of us these days
3. Well as everyone knows, we tried IVF but had to cancel because my body wasn't playing along right. But to put it in perspective, these are the shots it took to get us as far as it did. The shot in the middle I took every day for 3 weeks, the other 2 I only had to do for a little over a week. Shots were at 5am every morning to make sure we had them at the same time. It took alot out of me, but it will be worth it. I am excited to do it again at the end of November.
4. Because the IVF got cancelled I was able to spend a lot of time with my family at the annual reunion at Bear Lake. Unfortunately I was sad the whole time, spent a lot of time in pain, and worst of all didn't get any pictures. Luckily I have awesome family members who have their cameras and posted for me to look at. You guys ROCK!!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Well, to continue the story, we had our home study on April 8th with a social worker we will call Jim*. Jim came over and he wasn't that scary in person. He was a older man who has been doing home studies for over 30 years. He has worked for LDS Social Services, for the State, for attorneys and now that he is part retired he does this work with the University of Utah pretty much for fun! He spent an hour talking to both of us, going over how we met, how our marriage was, or finances (all stuff I expected). Then I took him on a tour of the house. He like our house which made me happy. It was funny because he walked into our second bedroom, which houses our TV and elliptical and said "So this will be the babies room?" and I got a HUGE smile on my face and said "YES!!" It was probably the best moment of this whole ordeal so far. I actually got to say out loud that I would be having a baby someday and this room is where I would keep it (kinda like your favorite toy at age 3 that you hide from all the other kids) He then talked to me alone and Mike alone. He asked me to describe my mom, my dad, their marriage (or lack there of these days), to describe Mike and finally to describe myself. I had to tell him who I was more like, my mom or my dad. That was a hard one for me. He asked Mike the same questions (alone). He brought us back together and told us he thought we were a very nice couple. His only real concern was Mike's lack of job (don't worry Jim, it is one of my biggest concerns too). He left us with a bit of homework and he was on his way after just over 2 hours. It was not that big of a deal, and I did not need to scrub the floors with ammonia like I did (he didn't even check under the cupboards or in the oven...oh well at least they are clean now) I stressed more than I needed to but hey when the fate of your future family lies in the hands of one single man you do everything you can to make that person happy. We even bought lunch and snacks and water bottles just in case. Boy we sure are crazy.
He did leave us with a bit of homework. Mike and I both needed to get a Criminal Background Check and a Child Abuse Background Review done. That was easy, just requesting a few forms. It makes me wonder why they don't make every person having a baby do this though. Some sweet children would be saved from a very yucky upbringing. Truthfully I was bitter for a bit that I had to have these extensive reviews and checks done one me, and any 15 year old who slips up can have a baby, but I guess I have learned a lot about myself through the process. It really made me do a lot of looking inside to see what I am really made of. The last part of our homework was a packet with questions we had to fill out. These questions were tough for me and took a few days to complete. Just so you can see a what I mean:
Anyway you look at it, the information is all in. We got a call on April 19 telling us that Jim had sent his final report up to the committee at the U. I called April on April 22, and she did in fact have it. The committee will have to review it and we will get a secondary acceptance letter (or rejection letter) from them in about a month. At that time we get to start making plans and setting dates for the procedures. What a crazy ride it has been, and yes, I am for sure stressing about that second letter. I know in my heart I have nothing to worry about, but that isn't stopping me just the same.
*Real names changed to protect the identity of the innocent :)
I still had to wait another 2 hours or so until Mike got home before I could open it. That was the hardest 2 hours to make it through. I ended up with a really clean house though, because it was the only way I could find to keep my mind occupied while I waited. When Mike got home we opened the letter:
Dear Nicole and Michael Montgomery
Through the generosity of anonymous donors, and after successful completion of a family study by a State licensed social worker, you will be able to be recipients of one cycle of IVF to be completed before the end of March 2010.
Monday I called April back and got the name and number of a social worker who would come to our house and complete a home study. A home study is where a social worker comes to your home, interview you and your spouse, inspect the home, and evaluate you as an individual and a couple. Pretty scary if you ask me. But, the social worker sounded really nice over the phone, and the interview date was set.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Mike managed to lose his job. He is working at 2 part time gigs right now, while he looks for a full time position. He has great potential with his travel business, and I see that taking off HUGE in the next few months. With him working so much I rarely get to see him. I might see him for a whole hour once in a while, so really the only time I see him anymore is Sunday. Luckily our car is in the shop getting new brakes today, so I got to see him while he took me to work and took me back to the shop to pick up the car. SCORE!!! Love him to bits, yes I do.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I will say I will be glad to get back to work on Thursday. It has been a full schedule ever since North Carolina and I am ready to get back to just plain normal life. Guess we will see if just plain normal life ever exists again.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
I am trying to find the humor in it, I promise I am, but if you know me you know that things like this stress me out. Of course it is only happening because I have something to get home to, because I have plans from the minute I get home all the way through next Wednesday. If you ever get stuck in the Raleigh airport flying Delta, the agents are super nice and super helpful. Just tell them you kow Nicole from SkyWest and if they know me, they may be extra super nice to you.
Jessie & Nate, I love you and promise I did not mean for this to happen. I will make it home by the rehersal...PROMISE
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
BD - Baby Dance (making a Baby that is)
BFN - Big Fat Negative (Neg Pregnancy Test)
BFP - Big Fat Positive! (Positive Pregnancy Test)
DH - Dear Husband
POAS - Pee on a stick (Home Pregnancy Test)
SMEP - Sperm Meets Egg Plan
TWW - Two week wait (also 2WW-that horrid time after ovulation, until you get a BFP or BFN)
Thursday, February 12, 2009
***Caution - I do use medical terms***
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (say "pah-lee-SIS-tik OH-vuh-ree SIN-drohm") is a problem in which a woman’s hormones are out of balance. Polycystic ovary syndrome (or PCOS) is common, affecting as many as 1 in 15 women. Often the symptoms begin in the teen years. Treatment can help control the symptoms and prevent long-term problems. For reasons that are not well understood, in PCOS the hormones get out of balance.
Follicle Stimulation Hormone In women, FSH helps control the menstrual cycle and the production of eggs by the ovaries.
Femara This medication is used with other medications to treat certain types of breast cancer (e.g., hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer) in women after menopause. Letrozole is also used to help prevent the cancer from returning. Some breast cancers are made to grow faster by a natural hormone called estrogen. Letrozole decreases the amount of estrogen the body makes and helps to slow or reverse the growth of these breast cancers.(**ALTHOUGH I DO NOT HAVE BREAST CANCER, IT IS THE MEDICATION I AM GIVEN MOST OF THE TIME. THE FDA WILL NOT APPROVE IT FOR INFERTILITY USE, BUT IT DOES THE JOB**)
Hamster Penetration Test The sperm penetration assay (also called the hamster zona-free ovum test or hamster test) checks whether a man's sperm can join with an egg. Sperm are mixed with hamster eggs in a laboratory. The number of sperm that penetrate the egg (sperm capacitation index) is measured. This test is done most often at special fertility centers that do in vitro fertilization (**Yes, we have had this done* Long Live mansters!!*)
Saline Ultrasound A hysterosonogram is done to evaluate the inside of the uterus (endometrial cavity) by filling the uterus with fluid during an ultrasound. This procedure is also known as a sonohysterogram.
Reproductive Endocronoligist (RE) (Dr. Gibson at the University of Utah) Reproductive endocrinologists are medical doctors who specialize in the care and treatment of women who have trouble becoming pregnant or who have other reproductive or hormonal disorders. Reproductive endocrinologists are gynecologists who specialize in infertility.
Semen Analysis semen analysis checks the number of sperm (sperm count), the number of sperm that look normal, the number of sperm that can move normally, the number of white blood cells in the semen, and how much semen is made. For more information, see the medical test Semen Analysis.
hCG If follicles fully develop, you are given a human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) injection to stimulate the follicles to mature.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
Yesterday Mike and I decided to paint the celing in the front room. We had primed the new drywall the week before. After 2 1/2 hours of painting, and being only 1/2 way done, Mike and I decided to not be such savers, and we just went to Lowes and got new rollers. We had been using old ones that were not for "textured surfaces", and it was taking FOREVER. Once we bought the new brush, we were done with the other 1/2 in about an hour! That will teach us to be thrifty. Never again!! ha ha Mike did a super job on the celing, doing all of the main painting. All I had to do was tape and do the edges. His poor neck was so stiff after we were done. Thanks Honey!! You are awesome!
(**Sorry there are no pictures. Mike has them all on his camera and I have no idea how to pull them off. I will do some sort of picture post later**)
Thursday, January 15, 2009
We've saved all year for your specifically
Building a family we know is your goal
We see this desiere, light from your soul
We've thought & pondered "What more could we do"
So please take this gift from our hearts to you
Some of our loved ones, we pick off this tree
These angels in our lives are Mike & Nickie