I took a 2 week break from work & blogging & tried to just live in the moment & enjoy my time off. It was such a nice & refreshing time to just have a break & reset. When I went to the doctor to check on my cysts, they were gone so I was able to get set up on a plan for IUI cycle #2. It actually worked out great because we were planning on heading to California to have Christmas with my inlaws & so we were able to go there on the date planned & stay the 5 days we had been hoping to be able to stay. It has been hard to plan anything out because I feel like every single time we have a trip or something planned, our doctor's appointments make us need to cancel or change plans. I am still sad thinking about how I was not able to go to my aunt's funeral with the rest of my family because the timing with everything didn't work out. I know that Heavenly Father sees the sacrifices that N & I make though.
Anyways, we were able to have a wonderful Christmas in California! I started my cycle on Christmas Eve & was happy to be able to get appointments set up & then be able to start injections when we got back home. I never thought I would say I was happy to start injections because I hate needles so much, but I am just thankful to be able to have the funds & health to do another IUI round & to have another chance.
I went in for an ultrasound to see how many follicles I had & their sizes & they found that I had 4 large follicles & 6 small ones. A good amount because 1 or 2 more large ones might be too many.
Everything went well with the injections & then the night before the IUI we went to stay in a hotel near the doctor's office. This is probably too much detail, but if anyone else is going through thee same thing, maybe it will help you feel less weird! For our IUI's, we opt to use a condom provided by the doctor's office & bring it in before the IUI. They give you a certain time to drop off the "specimin" & then you come back 90 minutes later for the actual IUI procedure. Not to go into too much detail but there is pretty much nothing romantic about saying that you need to have a sex at an exact time with so much depending on it. It is very stressful & there are a lot of emotions. For some reason, this time seemed even more stressful than the last time & we ended up saying a prayer that everything would work out. By a miracle, we were able to get to the office (30 minutes late). When we came back an hour later, we were in the waiting room for 30 minutes. The timing of everything is very important so we were getting so nervous that something was wrong. Finally, the PA came to get us & told us everything was fine, they were just waiting on the lab. We did the IUI procedure & then headed back to the hotel to try & take a nap.
It was honestly such a stressful, draining, & emotional day. We had woken up at 7am & had such a crazy morning. It was only 11:30am, but we were both just so drained. We headed home & N had to head to work for an hour while I read in bed. Then N grilled steaks & pineapple & roased potatoes for us for dinner & it was delicious. We watched a movie on Netflix & it just felt so nice to relax. Sunday was wonderful! I made Abelskivers with homeade nutella, fresh whipped cream, & strawberries & it was delicious. I underestimated the time it would take to make, so we were a little late to church. Church was uplifting & I taught a wild group of kids in primary, but they were still cute. Then we relaxed at home & had family dinner at my sisters house, the best chocolate mousse/ganache/toffee cake, & ended the night playing Mariocart with my nephews. It was so nice to be able to have a relaxing, fun day after the stress of Saturday.
My goal for this 2 week wait is to keep busy, try not to even think that I am in the 2 week wait because it just stresses me out & makes it go by slower, to go to yoga a few times a week (the PA recommeded not running or doing intese workouts these next 2 weeks, but she said yoga, hiking, & other low impact activities were fine), & spending lots of time with N & family. I am so glad that when I do find out the results, it will be on a weekend & not the beginning or middle of a work week!