Thursday, April 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Mom!!

I wanted to take a very special moment to honor my mother on what would be her 51st birthday! Today I try not to dwell on her not being here still but to celebrate the amazing 46 years she did have on this earth. This normally isn't the easiest time for me because her birthday always hits around mother's day, so its a double whamy to remind me how much I miss her to the moon and back. I can't begin to explain what a monumental part of my life my mother played. I was an only child and a girl at that so we formed an amazing bond. She was truly my best friend and I knew she was always there for me. She was always good at remembering the little things and she would always leave me little things to remind me just how much she loved me. Although she can't be here to celebrate I know she's in heaven looking down celebrating with me in her own little way!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOMMY!!!! I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU MORE THAN IMAGINABLE!!

Poke, Poke

I think I've mentioned in several previous posts how much I LOATHE needles. Well when you going through infertility its not really the best thing to hate because you get poked on a lot. Anywho, this morning I went in for my progesterone level test, I got a call back about 1ish that it was 23. A little lower than its been the past 2 months but they still seemed pleased. I go next week for a preggo test so keep us in your prayers. On the same note, even though its Infertility Awareness Week, I'm going to be taking a break from infertility posts today and post a much more important post. So stay tuned this afternoon.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Infertility Videos

I've recently seen two very powerful and moving videos about infertility. I thought I would share those today. Enjoy!



The second one I couldn't figure out how to directly link to my post. So I will link you directly to the site that has the video. Just click HERE!

Thank you all for continuing to celebrate Infertility Awareness Week with me!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Girl's Weekend

Its very rare that I ever get any type of girl's weekend, not that I'm complaining because I dearly cherish every moment I spend with my hubby, but its nice to spend girl time just chatting away. So this past weekend while Dalyn was in Charleston, Ashley and Reeslyn came to spend a girl's weekend with me. I must admit it was certainly nice to spend time with just the two of them. I'm also secretly hoping with my IUI on Thursday and them coming on Friday that Reeslyn will have rubbed off some baby dust. Anywho, I had an amazing weekend and was sad to see them go. I managed to get a few pics of Reeslyn so I wanted to post them. But I also got a video that I absolutely cherish. Last visit our dogs loved Reeslyn but after a while they just kind of went about their ways. Well this time since Reeslyn was a little bigger and more interactive they all took notice, Sampson especially. And by the video your about to see, Reeslyn pretty much loves him to. You would think his size and bark would scare her but nope she just loves him!!



**I can't seem to get the video uploaded, I'll keep working on it but for now, enjoy the pics!**

Infertility Mythbusters

This might be a good time to look at some infertility myths, and consider what infertility is & is not.

Myth: Infertility is limited to women.
Fact: Infertility affects women and men equally. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, one-third of infertility cases are due to female factor infertility, one-third are due to male factor infertility, and the remaining third due to problems from both sides, or unexplained reasons.

Myth: Everyone seems to get pregnant at the drop of a hat.
Fact: More than five million people of childbearing age in the United States experience infertility. When you seek support, you will find that you are not alone. Join RESOLVE, a support group, or talk with others who are struggling to build a family, so that you won't feel isolated.

Myth: Infertility is all in your head.
Fact: Infertility is a disease of the reproductive system, and is not caused by not “wanting” to have a baby enough. Infertility can not be imagined into being. If not wanting a baby was enough to cause infertility, then there would be far fewer unintended pregnancies in the world.

Myth: Infertility is limited to unhealthy people.
Fact: While living a healthy lifestyle is a good place to start when trying to achieve pregnancy, it does not cure infertility. Poor diet, smoking, drinking, and STDs can threaten your fertility, but the majority of infertility cases are not the result of lifestyle choices.

Myth: Infertility is limited to older couples.
Fact: As we age, our ability to achieve pregnancy lowers. Fertility in women peaks during the late teens and 20s, after which it begins to drop, with age 35 beginning the most rapid decline. (This is why couples age 35 and older are encouraged to seek help for infertility after only 6 months of trying.) However, infertility can and does affect men and women of all ages.

Myth: Infertility is going to go away if you just “relax and go on vacation.”
Fact: How many times have couples coping with infertility been told, “If you just stop thinking about it, you’ll have a baby.” Not only is this advice incorrect, it’s also hurtful. Extreme stress can disrupt a woman’s menstrual cycle, but stress alone does not cause infertility.
Ignoring infertility does not help, either. While two-thirds of couples seeking infertility treatments will get pregnant and have a baby eventually, couples with diagnosed infertility who do not receive treatment have a 5% or less chance of having a baby.

Myth: Maybe you two are doing something wrong!
Fact: Infertility is a medical condition, not a sexual disorder.

Myth: If you adopt a baby you'll get pregnant!
Fact: This is one of the most painful myths for couples to hear. First it suggests that adoption is only a means to an end, not an happy and successful end in itself. Second, it is simply not true. Studies reveal that the rate for achieving pregnancy after adopting is the same as for those who do not adopt.

(brought to you by resolve.org and about.com)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Fast Facts About Infertility

Infertility is a disease that results in the abnormal functioning of the male or female reproductive system. Both the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recognize infertility as a disease.
  • Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse (six months if the woman is over age 35) or the inability to carry a pregnancy to live birth.
  • Infertility affects 7.3 million people in the U.S. This figure represents 12% of women of childbearing age, or 1 in 8 couples. (2002 National Survey of Family Growth)
    Approximately one-third of infertility is attributed to the female partner, one-third attributed to the male partner and one-third is caused by a combination of problems in both partners or, is unexplained. (http://www.asrm.org/)
  • A couple ages 29-33 with a normal functioning reproductive system has only a 20-25% chance of conceiving in any given month (National Women’s Health Resource Center). After six months of trying, 60% of couples will conceive without medical assistance. (Infertility As A Covered Benefit, William M. Mercer, 1997)
  • Approximately 44% of women with infertility have sought medical assistance. Of those who seek medical intervention, approximately 65% give birth. (Infertility As A Covered Benefit, William M. Mercer, 1997)
  • Approximately 85-90% of infertility cases are treated with drug therapy or surgical procedures. Fewer than 3% need advanced reproductive technologies like in vitro fertilization (IVF). (http://www.asrm.org/)
  • Fifteen states have passed laws requiring that insurance policies cover some level of infertility treatment: Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and West Virginia.
  • A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (August 2002) found that the percentage of high-order pregnancies (those with three or more fetuses) was greater in states that did not require insurance coverage for IVF. The authors of the study noted that mandatory coverage is likely to yield better health outcomes for women and their infants since high-order births are associated with higher-risk pregnancies.

(brought to you by resolve.org)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

HELP ME. . .


to celebrate National Infertility Awareness Week.
Its celebrated April 25-May 2, to help raise awareness about infertility which affects 7.3 million Americans! Its been a long road to accept our infertility but I feel like even though we still do not have a child of our own we can help so many people to be aware of what millions go through each day. I also hope that by sharing out journey we inspire people in all different aspects of their lives. I have attached below a link to RESOLVE which help promote the National Infertility Awareness Week (click here). You can go online and join the movement as someone who either has been diagnosed with infertility, has previously have infertility or know someone who has. I hope to be able to post different things this each day this week to help celebrate. Also this week I would love to hear your stories, whether it be of your own personal infertility, someone you know, or someone who inspired you through their infertility journey. Obviously, I realize this can be a sensitive subject for people to openly share so feel free to email me if you would like to share (jessicawebb01@gmail.com).

Thursday, April 23, 2009

IUI, Check!

Just a quick post. IUI went well this morning and I laid around all day with hopes my laziness would encourage them to get busy. Casey suggested last night at dinner that I do a post of what my day consists of with a round of IUI. Look for that next week. I go next Thursday for my progesterone test and then the next Thursday for my preggo test. Some funny facts about this month are, next Thursday is my mother's birthday and the next Thursday is my oldest sister's birthday. And if I were to get pregnant this month my due date would be January 19, which is our late friend Shawn's birthday. Weird, huh? Cross your fingers and pray and I'll update you guys soon. 


Tests, Tests

The hubby left this morning about 10:30 and headed to NC to pick up his mom so they could go to Charleston, SC to take his boards. They left NC about 4:30. I talked to him about 5:30 and well needless to say the weekend hasn't started out so well. He got pulled leaving our home town for speeding. He got very, very lucky; he could have been sited for no registration, dead tag, no proof of insurance, speeding, and windows being tinted to dark. Yes, I have all of it but because he was in my car he didn't know where any of it was. Anywhoo, he amazingly didn't get a single ticket or warning. So he's on his way to Charleston and should arrive there about 10ish. He was really nervous about this weekend as our future kind of hinges on it (no pressure, huh). I know how smart he is, so I have no doubt he'll do fine and if something happens and its not, we'll know it wasn't in God's plans. I'll update you all once I know how he did. But in the meantime please send you prayers for Dalyn this weekend. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

A Shot In the Dark

Oh how I love this time of the month. Dalyn gave me my HCG trigger shot last night and well now I can sit down without flinching. People keep telling me you'll get use to all the shots and needles, well I'm sorry but no, no I just won't ever get use to it. Call me a big baby but I'm just never going to get use to being poked on. To my I/F girls, I feel for those of you who have to take shots way more often than I do.

On another note, my one good egg, should be released tomorrow morning. Dalyn and I went back and forth a lot this month as to whether we should do another round of IUI knowing its not going to increase our chances. Something in my heart said no but maybe that is just the disappointment peaking through. Something else said we only have a few more months here we might as well do everything we can to make something happen before we switch doctors again. So after we went back and forth I made Dalyn make the decision this morning and we are going to go ahead with IUI this month. So we go in tomorrow morning, please pray for us tonight and tomorrow and that Dalyn's men can make their way up there and that the egg is there. BASICALLY, just pray.

And on another note, Dalyn also leaves tomorrow morning for Charleston, SC, to take his NC state license exam. Please keep him in you thoughts and prayers all weekend as he travels to and from and as he takes the exam this weekend. I know he is very nervous and could use all the prayers he can get.

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!!!
"Earth Day, celebrated April 22, is a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment. It was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970 and is celebrated in many countries every year." ~Wikipedia
There are so many things we can do to celebrate Earth Day but I think probably the easiest one this year is going to see earth.

If you purchase your tickets ahead of time on Fandango, Disneynature and Fandango will plant a tree in your honor. I mean it really doesn't get any easier than that. Dalyn and I are heading over after dinner tonight to do our part on Earth Day.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Love's Anniversary

Today Dalyn and I celebrate 9 years of being together! For those of you who don't know, Dalyn and I were high school sweethearts. I can remember those first few weeks together like they were yesterday. I had no idea of the perfect life that was to come together but I'm thankful God had his hand involved. We've had an amazing 9 years together and I can only hope the next 90 are as amazing. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect person to complete me or my life. Dalyn truly is my best friend and my soul mate and I can't wait to see what the years have to bring us.

..:Dalyn, you are the most amazing man. I think God everyday for allowing you to be in my life. I am truly very blessed to have you and am honored to be your wife. I love you more than words:..


May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortunes
and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
from this day forward.

Monday, April 20, 2009

One Good Egg

Well, I went back for my monthly ultrasound today. Sad news, only one good egg on the right side. The goal is 3. We have to decide now whether to proceed with IUI or just continue on our own this month. With only one egg, IUI doesn't really increase our chances of getting pregnant. She said if we didn't get pregnant this month, we're gonna change all of our meds next month. Just continue to pray for us as we decide which path to take and that which ever path leads us to our dream outcome.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Pictures of You, Pictures of Me

I love being in front of the camera, I don't think it always loves me but nevertheless. Dalyn and I haven't had any pictures taken together in a long time. We went up to spend the weekend with his mom and dad, so while we were there I decided to have his mom take some pics of us. Some of them turned out really cute so I thought I would post a few.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Crazy, Beautiful Life

Wow!! Time seems to be flying by me right now. Things are extremely busy on our end I haven't even had time to blog hardly at all this month. I don't even know where to begin with the madness.

I guess let's start with the doctor update. I just finished my cycle of Femara (follicle stimulating drug) and will be going in for an U/S on Monday. We're hoping and praying for a least three eggs this month. I will let you know Monday what things are looking like and when we will be doing IUI this month. Probably one day this week but I just don't know what day exactly. I think that's all on that end.

Next, I announced earlier this month that Dalyn and I were going to be moving to Washington, NC. All is falling in place with that. Still no definite move date. We traveled back down there the first weekend in April. Dalyn was sick so the trip was kind of long but we enjoyed it all the same. We got to enjoy some of the local restaurants and people. We searched for 3 days for places to live. You never would think looking at houses would be so tiring, but it is exhausting. We looked at both places to buy and rent. I'm having commitment issues with buying a house right now. Don't ask why, I've never really had commitment phobias but man this one is HUGE! So after much debate we've decided to rent for at least the first year we are living there. It will probably work out best anyways because we really don't know where we want to live. After lots of contacts and back and forth we'd like to introduce you to our new home in July. . . . . .


Its right on the water ::heaven:: has beautiful views and even a boat dock (for the boat D wants). We love it and are super excited!! Now I just have to get tan and in shape for my bikini summers! We hope it entices tons of people to come visit.

Our weekends are so busy, we don't have a free weekend until the next to last weekend in May. That only leaves me like 6 weekends to get things packed up before the big move!!! I'm starting to stress a little to say the very least. I tell you we literally have nothing planned for the move. Dalyn goes next weekend to take his boards to get his NC license. If I don't find a minute to blog between now and then, pray he passes everything. Otherwise, we may be jobless! I think that's all of our updates for now. I will update more later as I can find the time in what we are referring to as our crazy, beautiful life right now.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Stay Tuned.......

Crazy times right now, but fun/exciting news coming soon!!!!


p.s. please do not txt/call/comment/etc to ask if we are pregnant. we are not, but other big changes are coming soon.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

LIFE IS COMPLETE WITH THE RED SOX

3 Things I LOVE ABOUT SPRING!!!

1.2009 Season Begins

2. Josh Beckett

3. Boston 5, Tampa Bay 3 Starting the season off right!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Empty Arms

Well, yet again another month will come and go and we will have no Baby Webb. I've honestly been so busy this month that I haven't had much time to dwell on being pregnant. I went to the doctor this morning and they called about 12ish with the news, negative again. Yes I'm sad, yes I'm disappointed, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't. Its really hard to explain to someone who hasn't gone or isn't going through infertility what its like to be in our position. And in my experience a lot of times people who haven't gone through it mis-interpret or don't understand feelings or emotions. Please don't get me wrong, I tell people this a lot, Dalyn and I do not have self-pity for ourselves. We realize that God has blessed us with amazing opportunities and life. We realize that our lives could be much worse.

We will continue on the same course next month and if we still aren't pregnant we will change some things around the next month (May). Several people have asked about IVF, since we are going to be moving in a matter of months we are going to continue with IUI until after we get moved and then proceed to IVF if our new doctor sees fit.

In the meantime, I ran across a blog yesterday of another girl and her husband who are struggling with infertility. She had a link to Tears and Hope. I clicked the link and watched the powerpoint and I must say wow, its dead on! I couldn't have said something more perfect myself. It is exactly our story, as well as the millions of other couples out there. Please click on "Tears and Hope" above and watch the video. Pray for us after the video has finished that one day we will resolve our infertility, in some way.