Two PERFECT buns in the oven!

We left our beach condo last night and made the 3 hour trip back home so we wouldn’t have to do all of that stressful trying to get there on time driving in the morning. It’s a good thing that we did because the rain was literally coming down in sheets this morning when we were en route to the hospital.

When the nurse took me back and did an ultrasound to check my bladder, she handed me two bottles of water and exclaimed, “Drink up! I’ll be back in fifteen minutes.UGH. Typically I have to pee all of the time. My bladder is perpetually full. However, because we were depending upon it’s state of fullness, one coffee, a glass of water and an iced tea later, it still wasn’t full. By the time I downed the water that the nurse gave me I literally felt like I would be sick if I drank another sip. Getting sick from drinking water would be a first.

She then came back with the doctor and they checked me again. Still, I was a no-go. Dr. Dodson suggested that we give it another ten minutes. He was right. Ten minutes later, my bladder was displayed as a big black blob on the ultrasound machine and all was right with the world. Except for the fact that the pressure of the ultrasound witchchamacolit made me feel like I was going to explode.

However, I AM NOT COMPLAINING! Dr. Dodson informed me earlier that we had TWO PERFECT eight cell embryos to transfer! This is very exciting news, as last time we had one eight cell and one three cell embryo and the word perfect never came out of his mouth. There were three thawed to get the two that are thriving, sadly one of our snowbabies did not make it.

Right before the transfer, the embryologist examined the babies one more time and the doctor informed me that one of the snowbabies had grown to TEN CELLS since that morning! This REALLY made us smile! The transfer went without a hitch and now we have two perfect buns in the oven!

We had lunch and then headed back to the beach. The forecast for tomorrow is sunny with a slight breeze and low humidity. Sounds like perfect conditions for letting these little ones settle in.

Thanks for all of you prayers, love and support! Here’s to a spectacular two weeks!

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Pssssssst…

I’m getting ready to head to my transfer appointment, aka: about to get babies in my belly. All prayers and positive vibes are welcome and appreciated. Be back later!

PS. Getting ready requires me to slowly fill my bladder to the point where I feel like I’m going to pee all over Dr. D. Let’s also hope that doesn’t happen. It could be a little embarrassing.

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Sunday Snapshot: Sunrise on the Ocean

Since I have been thoroughly enjoying my beach time, I thought that I would share some of that sunshine with all of you in a Sunday Snapshot post..

Sunrise is much different than sunset.

You have to get up really early.

Then, there is the waiting.

There are even a few moments when you start to second guess yourself.  Did I miss it?

Then, there is that first glimpse.  You have been so patient and it suddenly appears as if it was meant just for you, a colorful little light sent from above to warm your heart.

What it lacks in drama it makes up for with serenity.

Sunrise on the ocean has a special way of reminding you that your problems are really small, in the grand design.

And, if you make the time to really take in the grandeur of it all, it’s absolutely worth getting up extra early for.

I highly recommend it.  God is good.

Ni Hao Y'all

*As always, you can click on any image to see a larger version.  I don’t have my editing software with me, so these shots are pretty much straight out of the camera.

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“Baby, I’m ready to go…from the rooftops, shout it out!”

That’s from a  tune that I have rocking on the Sirius 90’s station right now.  It seemed fitting for my mood at the moment, my own little serenade, if you will.

“Baby, I’m ready to go…from the rooftops, shout it out!” That’s also what Dr. D was saying as he was bopping around the exam roof after he caught a glimpse of my uterine lining.  If you’ve ever met Dr. D you would find that particularly humorous.  I said to his nurse, Joni, “Look, Joni, I wore this dress for you today since you liked it so much the last time I was in!” She smiled and asked Dr. D if he even noticed.  I chimed in and said, “NO.  He’s too busy looking at OTHER things (as my legs were in stirrups).”  He smiled and may have turned a little red and replied, “My eyes are glued to this screen (referring to the ultrasound monitor) and nothing else.  Trust me!”

So, my lining looks good and we are scheduled for our transfer of two growing, healthy and perfect snowbabies next Wednesday morning at 10:30 (EST)!

Please keep us in your thought and prayers.  We are getting ready for our pre and post transfer beach vacation, so we will be doing our part to be relaxed and ready.  This is the first time I’ve ever had to pack a bag full of medication and syringes for a vacation.  Progesterone starts Saturday!  YAY!  (That sounds really strange given the substantial needle and thick serum that is involved…but, to me it’s baby glue, and that’s exciting stuff!)

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I am working so hard…

…at trying to disguise the effects that Lupron, Estrogen and an upcoming Frozen Embryo Transfer have on my body.  Just look at what has become of me.

The sun covers up estrogen induced pimples, my life jacket is covering up what resembles a late second trimester belly from the Lupron and leisure activities that are good for the soul offset the stress...what stress?

My head, heart and soul are in a really good place this cycle.  At the beginning of the cycle, I wondered, “Should I go into the cycle with really high hopes, putting all of my positive vibes out there into the Universe?  Should I go back to that place where I was?  Hoping, praying, believing?  Or, should I have NO expectations so that the possible let down won’t be as intense?  What’s better?  How should I mentally prepare myself?  Am I up for this?  What is the best approach???”

The answer?  I stopped myself in my own tracks and I turned it over.  I needed to STOP over thinking it.  I needed to take my medicine and to do absolutely nothing else other than to make sure that I am enjoying and appreciating summer and my friends and family, every single day.  Sure, I am praying and staying positive, but these days what’s swimming around in my head is a lot more peaceful than the desperate hand-wringing, begging, pleading and “what ifs” that were there before.

So, tomorrow I have an appointment to check my uterine lining and we’ll take it from there.  My challenge is going to be to keep this good mojo going throughout the next few weeks.  But, for today, I’m letting that go.  I’m not going to think about it too much…

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Summer Readin’, Y’all! A Book Review

I don’t know about you, but I do not make enough time to read.  That is, I don’t make enough time to read during the school year.  Well, now that I am on my yearly three-month vacation (green is NOT an attractive color on you…y’all could’ve been teachers too!), I’ve made it a point to lounge my rather proportionate behind on the closest piece of outdoor furniture and sink into a good read.

I’ve just finished The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder, and I would like to be the first to tell you that as far as good summer reads go, this book did not disappoint.

It’s by Rebecca Wells, who also wrote The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.  If you loved the Ya-Yas, then you’ll love this one.  If you didn’t read the Ya-Yas, it doesn’t matter a hoot, it has nothing to do with this story.  This book has got a little bit of everything.  We’re talking about first love, tragedy, family secrets, and the special bond between mothers and daughters and amongst girlfriends.  Most of all, I loved how it took me to rural Louisiana and then to New Orleans and back.  You will learn all about the laid back way of life on the La Luna river including the tradition of Cochon au Lait (which is French for Pig in Milk but refers to the Louisiana tradition of roasting a pig at the party after a loved one’s funeral).  You’ll also learn all about how NOT to be a sissy when eating seafood:

“Singing, eating, talking, and sucking-uh-I mean sucking crawfish heads.  That’s the way you can tell real get-down-with-the-seafood kind of people from your sissy seafood-eaters.  It’s whether we suck the heads or not, right?”

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll want get your butt down to Louisiana so you can soak in some of their good old Southern hospitality and get some of that good livin’ that we all deserve.  They really seem to know how to live in those parts.

Read it.  You won’t be sorry.

Did y’all buy my southern accent in this post?  I tried…

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Meet Laura and Makenna!

For some of you, Snowflake adoption may seem a bit abstract.  Maybe you think it’s a really cool idea, or maybe you don’t get it all.  To us, it’s not an abstract idea.  It’s not something we are trying to wrap our brains around.  It’s the way we are going to grow our family.  Snowflake babies (aka:  adopted frozen embryos) have the potential for a heartbeat, for 10 perfect fingers and 10 perfect toes and for the ability to have their mommies and daddies proudly wrapped around their little fingers.

Laura was among the first snowflake moms to welcome me into the blogging community.  She discovered my blog through a yahoo group that our adoption agency set up.  She immediately introduced herself and began offering her support to me from the day that we first connected.  She has really shown me that this is indeed REAL and that there is a little life just waiting for us to spring it free from the freezer and grow it into our arms.

Laura and Makenna at Baby's First Wedding

Looking like a princess in her party dress!

Here is what I know about baby Makenna:

  • She spent three years of her little life frozen in a tiny tube called a straw.
  • She was born on June 2nd, 8 long days past her due date!
  • Some of her outings have included her uncle’s wedding, church and her daddy’s softball games.
  • She is a big (or is that little) Milwaukee Brewer’s fan.
  • Everyone who meets her comments on her beautiful hair and big eyes.
  • She has won her mommy and daddy’s hearts.

She was most certainly "worth the wait!"

Daddy's little monkey!

Thank you Laura, for reaching out to me and being a friend.  Congratulations on your beautiful baby girl!

If you’d like to soak up some more Makenna goodness, visit Laura’s blog at The Best Is Here!

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What do the author of this blog and Willie Nelson have in common?

Have you guessed it yet?  C’mon!  Play along.  I’ll wait…

Is it the hair? Maybe.

Is it the sparkle in the eye? Absolutely.

Is it the ability sing, write music, and perform for audiences in sold-out venues full of fans who span the ages between 18-105 years? Perhaps.

I could go on.

But, most importantly…

We're on the road again!

As of right now, here is what’s in front of us on the highway (humor me, will you?).

July 7th:  We have an ultrasound scheduled to see how the garden is growing (read: check my uterine lining.).

July  10th:  Time for Baby Glue!

July 14th:  Transfer!

What we LOVE about this new timeline is that it puts us in the middle of our week at the beach for our transfer!  This is actually great.  We will be fully relaxed from soaking in the sun and the sound of the ocean.  Then, we will return home the night before the transfer.  Immediately after we have our snowbabies on board, we’ll head right right back to the beach for a few more days of rest and relaxation.  The beach happens to be my happy place.  It’s where I am the most relaxed and where I want to live some day.  So, this is perfect!  It’s really exciting!!!  It’s the perfect scenario and, as Dr. D says, “We are going into this fully expecting better results this time around.”  I like how he thinks.

“I can’t wait to get on the road again!”

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You are about to help make a difference in the life of an orphan.

Yup.  You’re gonna do it.

Why?  Because you have a generous heart and it’s really easy. You don’t even have to spend a dime of your own money.  All you have to do is click on the blog post that I have linked below and leave a comment.  Once you do that, Stefanie, the author of one of my favorite blogs, Ni Hao Y’all,  is going to donate $1.00 for your comment to a wonderful organization called An Orphan’s Wish. In fact, she is going to donate $1.00 for every comment left and there is no limit to the number of comments you can leave.  So, if you have a blog, you can blog about it like I am right this minute, and help to spread the word.

An Orphan'sWish

They do great things like provide medicine and vitamins for orphans in China.  They also do really wonderful things like provide leg braces for children with club feet and help children who were born with cleft palates get the surgery that they need.  They do other life changing things too, just click on the icon above and visit their site.  They keep their overhead costs low so that 98% of the donations received go directly to helping the babes in need.

So, are you ready to do one tiny little thing to help to make a difference in the life of a child in need?  If so…

CLICK HERE and leave a comment!

Let me know if you do so I can give you a big ‘ole cyber-kiss for being so sweet!

Children like Benjamin, Cassie, and Isaac thank you in advance.

Benjamin

Cassie

Isaac

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Food Blogging Friday: Holy Guacamole!

Since it’s summer and time to bring delicious dips to picnics, I thought I’d share my recipe for guac with you.  This recipe is delicious enough to wow your friends and family with.  Or, if you love it as much as we do, just share with a loved one.  Michael and I may or may not have polished off this entire recipe in one sitting. One of the best things about guacamole is that it’s pretty easy to make.  If you can dice, chop and mix with a fork, you can make magic!

You will need:

1/4 Cup diced red onion

2 small tomatoes, diced (seeds removed)

2 TBS fresh cilantro, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

The juice of one lemon

*or 2 TBS of the kind that is in the fake plastic lemon.

3 ripe avocados

2 TBS of sour cream

a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce

First, chop up your onion, tomatoes, cilantro and garlic. Get this out of the way before you do anything else.

Next, juice one lemon, or squeeze a few tablespoons out of the plastic lemon. It's really up to you.

We need to talk about avocados.  They are delicious.  They are rich and luscious like butter but they are a vegetable, maybe they are technically a fruit.  Anyway, be sure they are RIPE before trying to use them.  If they give a little when you squeeze them, they are ripe.  I try to buy them when they are ripe.  I don’t like to wait for my guac.  If you can’t find them ripe, let them sit on a window sill for a few days until they are ready.

Slice your avocados into quarters then remove the seed and the skin. Put all of that delicious green flesh into a large bowl.

Sprinke the avocado with your lemon juice. Do this right away. It'll prevent the avocado from browning. Then, mash it lightly with a fork.

Note:  This is one time I DO NOT let my red Kitchenaid mixer do the work.  There is nothing better than getting a big hunk of avocado when you’re eating the guac.  Mmmm…

Add your prepared ingredients to the bowl as well as the sour cream.

Don't be afraid to add a few sprinkles of hot sauce. There's nothing wrong with spicing things up a bit.

Mix it all together with a fork.

Serve it with Xochitl chips. If you don't know where to find them, order them online. Do what you've gotta do because they are the best. They are thin, crisp, lightly salty, and authentic. There is no substitute.

Enjoy!

Try to share, you’ll feel better about yourself in the morning!

PS.  Here is the link for the Xochitl store locator.  Don’t use any other chips.  You will regret it for the rest of your life!

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