Sunday, November 13, 2011

Preparing...

Just like our first IVF cycle, I have high hopes of getting things pretty well in order before our cycle starts. This week will be full of deep cleaning the house, preparing for both Thanksgiving and Christmas and being a little more proactive about figuring out meals for when I'm on bed rest. 

Since I'm currently not working, I am fully able to take it easy when the stim drug side effects set in, and to lay low for a few extra days after the retrieval and transfer. However, I'm also a huge perfectionist when it comes to holiday gift giving. Enter stress- which I really try to keep to a minimum during treatment cycles. For this reason, we finished about 90% of our Christmas shopping this weekend and we are fairly set on what else we need to pick up- all easy to find, and all things the hubs could pick up if needed. 

Originally I was worried about how stressful it could be doing a cycle between the two holidays, but I've since realized that it is actually perfect timing for all that laying around-- Christmas movies galore! We're planning to go chop down our Christmas tree on Thanksgiving weekend so that will be out of the way and I'm sure the house will be fully decorated that weekend as well. Nothing like laying on the sofa, watching Christmas movies while on bed rest- the Christmas cheer should dissolve the cycle's stress and worry, right?!?!

It feels crazy that we're kicking off our calendar TOMORROW! We'll both start our antibiotics and I'll also begin taking a low dose steroid, lup.ron and an aspirin. By Friday I'll be done with BCPs and we'll be about a week out from stims. When we made our plan in August for this cycle it felt so far away, and while it was, time has passed super quickly- I can't believe we're about to do another cycle. I keep wondering how 'clearly' I remember last cycle. I know partially I'm sugar coating what its like in my mind because I know first hand how worth it is to see those two pink lines and know that you are pregnant- even if only for a few short days or weeks. So I'll just keep up with that thinking- no matter what, its worth it!  

7 comments:

vicki said...

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you will receive the best Christmas present this year!

Kayla said...

You sound just like me!
I'm glad the holidays are here cause I have to wait until January for my IVF but I'm preparing already.

I've already taken 4 bags of stuff to Goodwill, deep cleaned half the apartment, and I'm preparing a menu for the ER & ET days.

:)

Baby Hopes said...

Hoping for a wonderful Christmas for you!

E and R said...

I'm with Vicki on this one! Praying for a Christmas miracle for you!!

amiracle4us said...

Sounds like we are going to be on the same track! My period should start next week with stims staring on day 2 :)
Heres to a very Merry Christmas, I hope!

Miss Mac said...

90% done- impressive! Our cycle was draining but now it seems like it flew by and that sounds like a great way to spend Christmas, should be that way instead of so much stress!

JM said...

Well crap! I feel completely unprepared for everything compared to you!!! I haven't purchased a single gift for the holidays. I haven't even THOUGHT about food for the bed rest days, though my mom's coming up to help so I think that's mostly taken care of. Cleaning, yeah, getting that done over the next week because the family's going to be in town for Thanksgiving.

Commence "not enough time to do everything" freakout in three, two, one....