Well, today we went in for IUI number 3. We are really hoping that we will have a miracle & be able to get pregnant. This IUI was different from the other 2. With the other 2, I had 4 FSH shots before doing the trigger shot & then had the IUI on day 16. Because of this, I was planning on having my IUI on Tuesday or Monday at the earliest. When I had scheduled my ultrasound to see how everything was looking, how many follicles I had, & when we would do the trigger shot, the nurse wanted me to schedule the ultrasound for Thursday, the 2nd. I asked if it would be ok to do the ultrasound on Friday, the 3rd, instead since it would be easier to get work off. The nurse said that should be fine since I usually had my IUI on day 16. After a day, I was feeling worried about trying to do things on my schedule & rescheduled the ultrasound for the 2nd instead. Around this same time, my sister had a baby!! I was glad I had switched my ultrasound & made plans to drive up with my dad to see my sisters baby from Friday to Sunday. I though this would be perfect since I wouldn't be having my IUI until Monday or Tuesday.
Fast forward to Thursday. I was nervous going into my ultrasound as always. We have just heard bad news so many times, that now I feel like I am always so nervous for any appointment. The ultrasound went well & I had 3 follicles on the left side that were a great size, 1 on the right that might be large enough, 2 that were too small, & great uterine lining. The lady doing my ultrasound said, "I hope you don't have any plans for this weekend!" I nervously laughed & said that I had planned to visit my sister to see her week old baby but of course this was the most important things. She said that because of the size of the follicles, Saturday would be the day (Day 13 in my cycle). I am so glad that everything looked good at the ultrasound & am hoping that things being different this IUI is a good thing since the other 2 were not successful! The nurse told me that I didn't need to take any more FSH shots (I had only done 3 so far this round) & to take my trigger shot that night at 10:15 & then to come in for the sperm drop off at 8:30 & IUI at 10:15am on Saturday.
Part of me was a little sad though, cancelling plans to visit my sister. Of course if we get pregnant, we will be so incredibly thankful but it is so hard getting negative pregnancy tests each month & thinking of the things I missed because of shots & appointments. I missed my sweet aunt's funeral because it was during a day when I needed to be home during a month of clomid. I have missed many other things & it makes me sad, but I know that Nate & I need to continue to have faith & we know that our efforts are seen by our Heavenly Father.
Thursday night, N gave me the trigger shot & then we booked a hotel near the fertility center for Friday night. Friday I got off work early since I had been planning on leaving early to go visit my sister. I came home & N & I packed & then headed downtown. My little sister had told me about a restaurant she loved called Culinary Dropout so we decided to try it out! It was decorated really cool & rustic & connected to 3 other restaurants that all had a great atmosphere too. We kept saying we felt like we were in Portland, haha! We got there during happy hour so we decided to just share some appetizers. Thinking they would be small, we ordered soft pretzels with cheese fondue, an antipasti platter, chips & dip, & pork belly nachos. The appetizers ended up being huge & we could have gotten by with only 2 but we were happy to have lots of leftovers! Everything was sooo good! Our favorites were the pretzels with fondue (reminded us a little of Urban Fondue, a special date night place for us in Portland) & the antipasti platter. The platter had cured meats, the best cheese, bread with balsamic, sweet peppers, golden raisins, & persimmons on it, sooo good!! We saved most of the nachos & chips for lunch & Super Bowl treats! It was so nice to have a fun, relaxing date night & to be able to try somewhere so new & different. We have missed all of the cute/quirky places that we used to eat in Portland so it was just a perfect place for that night so that we could relax, have a good time, & not stress. After dinner, we headed to the hotel to check in. They gave us each bags of cookies at checkin, so already it was a perfect place to stay! Then we got up to our room ate our cookies & watched My Best Friends Wedding & Blended & it was so nice & relaxing.
Saturday morning came & we ate the typical continental breakfast & then it was time to get the sperm sample. We opt to get the sample at a hotel near the treatment center & then bring it to the office because of both religious & personal reasons. I had been so stressed about this because last month when we needed the sample for the IUI, it was so incredibly stressful. N & I were both so stressed out & it was such an emotionally taxing day. There is nothing less romantic & more stressful than knowing you need to have intercourse at an exact time & then rush to a doctors office by a certain time & that if things don't work out, you have wasted $1,000, that month when you only have a few months chance, shots, & medication.
Anyways, that was one of the most stressful days ever, & so I had been praying since then that everything would work out for this IUI #3 & that the day would be stress free. My many prayers were answered & the day went so much better than the day of IUI #2. We were able to get to the doctors office with 10 minutes to spare, then head back to the hotel to shower & get packed up, relax & watch Fixer Upper, & then get back to the office 15 minutes early. The IUI procedure went well though it did feel more painful getting the catheter this time. I stayed laying down for 10 minutes after & have been taking it easy the rest of the day. I am so thankful that everything went well & that today was so much less stressful. I know that this was an answer to many prayers. I know that N & I have done everything that we can & the rest is in God's hands. I know that He has a plan for us & that we will be parents one day. I'm not sure if this IUI will be successful, but no matter what the results, we will continue to have faith in our Heavenly Father & will trust in Him.