Saturday, May 30, 2009

Beautiful Flowers

I went home to NC this week and my grandmother had these beautiful lillies in her yard, I couldn't help but snap some pics and share!

Zoofari

Tony, Ashley & Reeslyn came to visit this past weekend and we made a trip to the zoo. It was a beautiful day and we had a great time together! Here are some really cute pics of snapped of animals and of course, Reeslyn!!

In her safari hat, ready for the zoo!!

I thought this elephant was cute with his crossed back legs.

Ready for some lunch!!

This new baby chimp and his momma were so cute!!

*sorry its a week late but my blog hasn't wanted to allow me to upload photos*

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Day That Could Be

As we had anticipated we did our trigger shot Friday and then went in this morning for IUI. Needless to say we're going to have a very interesting story for our child if we get pregnant this month. Let's just say that Dalyn was on call Friday and Saturday and he got called out this morning at 5:45 and we had to be at the doctor by 7:30, so we were seriously worried he wouldn't get back in time. Luckily, God was looking out for us and he made it back and we actually got to the Drs. office early. Being a doctor she laughed at our story and said that it always seems people get pregnant when they have a funny story like that to tell, so I'm hoping that will be our story. Everything with the IUI went seemless. I hadn't felt any ovulation cramping but as soon as we started with the IUI my ovaries went crazy!!! It hasn't ever really hurt that bad but then again I've never had this many eggs either! So I've cramped pretty bad all day, oh and don't forget that I'm so bloated that 1/2 my pants currently no longer fit. She said it would only get worse in the next two weeks. And she said to expect to be weepy and then to be hateful and to expect to be exhausted; check, check, check!!!! Oh well I'll suffer through it for the cause. So now its the 2 week wait. . . . . Until then keep praying that those little eggs (or at least one egg) will get fertilized and grow, grow, grow!!!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Doctor Update

I went this morning for another u/s to see how those 4 little eggies were growing and I'm very happy to report that they are all perfect! PRAISE THE LORD!!! They measured from about 18-22 cm which is a perfect size to be released during ovulation. They are waiting on some blood work to say for sure but said in all likely hood we will be doing IUI on Sunday. So as it stands right now I'll do my trigger shot tonight and then head to the doctor's office early Sunday morning!
PRAISE THE LORD FOR ANSWERED PRAYERS!!!!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

My American Idol

Since day one I've loved Kris Allen on American Idol. Something about him just made me feel like he was an amazing person. Well here it is comfirmed!! This is a video from his leading worship in his church in AR.

Amazing!! is all I can say. I can't tell you how many times I've heard this song but how unbelievably moving it is coming from Kris Allen. That's the kind of American Idol that the world should be proud of. I certainly hope that Kris Allen continues to keep God in his heart during this journey he is about to embark on. Kelly @ Kelly's Korner has apparently heard that he was also doing great work for God while on the show. Great work Kris!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Happy Birthday To Me

I absolutely love my birthday and it seems like I end up celebrating in one way or another all week long. So I found this e-card and thought it was appropriate for my birthday.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Birthday Wish............

Granted!! Time for the update, dumb roll please. . . . . . . 4 EGGS!!!!!!!!! I don't think I could get tired of saying it right now. I have two on the left and two on the right, they are so close in the ovary that the doctor almost couldn't see them. They were all 4, 13mm, which is still a little to small to release. I'll do 3 more rounds of injections, tonight-Thursday and then will return for another ultrasound on Friday. The goal is to have them at 18mm. She said with the injections they should be right on target by Friday. And then if everything goes right we will be looking at IUI on Sunday morning. I'm doing okay with the shots, started feeling a little crampy and bloated this morning, she said that was normal and would only get worse between now and Friday. I can deal if it gets those little eggs to growing!!!

PRAISE THE LORD FOR THIS AMAZING BIRTHDAY WISH!

Monday, May 18, 2009

One Early Birthday Wish

Tonight should be my last HMG shot unless I get to the doctor tomorrow and she thinks otherwise, so far I haven't had any side effects. We had a little mix up with medicines/needles/etc last night but all is well. Tomorrow morning I go for a ultrasound, so my day early birthday wish (since my b-day isn't until Wednesday) is that we have at least 4 eggs!!!! Please, please, please, pleaseeeeeeee!!!!!!! I'm headed over, after the u/s, to enjoy some quality time and lunch with Casey, Nora & Liam. Hopefully, with Liam being just two weeks old, he will kick over some baby dust for this month!!! Please pray for me and my birthday wish tomorrow, I will update you when I get home!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

In Our Hearts, Forever!

Today, exactly one year ago we lost someone very close to our hearts, Landon McGary. Landon died in a very tragic motorcycle accident, leaving behind his wife, Angela and son, Aidan. Exactly, one year later, its very rare that we make it through the week without talking about Landon. I know that Dalyn strives everyday to be a dentist that Landon would be proud of. Landon use to tell me all the time "Jess, I know it doesn't seem like it now but one day it will be worth it." I think about that a lot of times when I get stressed and wonder why I'm doing some of the things I'm doing. We certainly miss Landon and think about him often. He will forever be in our hearts.

Dalyn & Landon at our wedding.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Things I Hate

1) NEEDLES!!!!!!!

I started my injectable medication for ovulation tonight and well I utterly hate needles. Dalyn accidentally didn't get all the liquid out of the bottle the first time and had to inject me twice. ECK!! I took it like a champ though, and I didn't flinched either time. Its for the greater good of baby making!! But nevertheless I still hate needles!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Crossroads

Do you ever feel like you've hit a crossroads in life?
I'm about to turn 25 in less than a week, yes just a baby I hear it all the time, but I feel like I'm coming to a point in my life where I need do decide what to do with this one life I've been given. I absolutely do not want to look back at this point years down the road and say, I would've done something different. Maybe infertility has caused me to come across this path, maybe it's my career path (or lack there of), or maybe it's the fact that I'm about to move in 6 weeks and am completely panicked. Or maybe it's just that I thought by 25 I'd have my perfect little plan in motion. I mean after all I have the perfect boy and a great marriage, I just thought things would fall into place from there.
So, I've been debating the career path recently. I haven't really told a lot of people but the clinic where Dalyn is going to be working in Washington has offered me an amazing accounting position. They have also offered to help me go back to school next year and get my Masters in Accounting. Great, huh? Well I'm just not excited about it, accounting is not where I want to be right now. So what to do?!? I'm going to accept the position for a few months until things get settled and then decide where to go from there. But don't hold your breath because I'm thinking about going back to school in maybe the Spring 2010, that is if a baby doesn't come along between now and then. Oh and that's the other thing I hear often, "since Dalyn is a dentist you won't have to work, so you can be a stay at home mom." Maybe it will change but I haven't ever really desired to be a full time stay at home mom. I've also looked at the possibility of a small side shop in Washington but haven't really decided much on that front yet. I'm sure God will point me in the right direction with all this but I just thought for now I'd put it out there.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Kayleigh's Story

Sometimes when your life seems tough it takes looking at what someone else is going through to realize that maybe things aren't so bad after all. I have been following the blog of Kayleigh for a while now; I can't remember if I had asked you guys to pray for her or not. Besides that, a little back story, Kayleigh was born June 23, 2008, three months early and was 10.5" and 1lb 1oz. Doctors didn't expect her to survive pregnancy but she did and despite major problems has been pulling through things doctor never imagined. However, things turned down hill a few weeks ago after an operation and sadly Kayleigh went to be with Jesus yesterday, May 11. Its such a heart gripping story that Kayleigh made it as long as she did. I have posted two links, one to Kayleigh's blog and one to a page that gives a little overview of her short little life. Please keep Kayleigh's family in you prayers and they try to move on from here after spending 11 months in the NICU fighting with little Kayleigh for her life.

Kayleigh's Blog
Kayleigh's Story
Also, tomorrow there is going to be a special on The Doctors about little Kayleigh, so tune in if you get the chance.

Caramel Pecan Cookies

What you need
1/2 tube refrigerated sugar cookie dough
24 caramels
1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
64 pecan halves
1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions
Cut cookie dough into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. In a 1-qt. microwave-safe bowl, combine caramels and cream. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until caramel mixture is smooth, stirring once. Spoon onto the center of each cookie; arrange four pecan halves around caramel. In microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Spoon over caramel. Let stand until set.

My Changes
--I used the square thing of pre-cut cookies that make about 25 in the store.
--Instead of using chocolate and carmel seperate I used chocolate carmel cups that I found at Food City but you could also use Rolos.

Still Alive

For those of you wondering, yes I am still alive. Sorry its been awhile since I've posted, I was telling D last night that I'm really just at a loss for words; something I'm not generally use to. I feel like I need to take a little break from life but well quite frankly I just don't have the time right now!!! :-) I'm a little stressed to say the least about things. Anywho onto some updates. . . .

On the infertility front, AF arrived Saturday morning, wonderful (not)! but I knew it was coming. That is the one good thing about this, I know within about a day or two as to when to expect it. Anyways, I'm doing what's called a mix cycle this month, I'm doing 7.5 mg of Femara on days 3-7 and HMG shots on days 8-10. My ovaries weren't responding well enough on Femara alone so the hope is that I can get more eggs on this mixed cycle. The drs office said the only side effect of the shots is that I may be a little "weepy." Do they know me, really, I can't get much worse, or maybe I can :-/. I go in for my next U/S on the 19th, which happens to be the day before my b-day to see how many eggs I have going. So I will update more then.

On the re-location front, I am gearing up for the moving process now. Yes, I'm a little obsessive compulsive when it comes to things like this and I have to have everything perfectly planned. It appears as though I'm going to be selling almost everything we own, so if your in need of any furniture, refrigerator, etc. I'm in the making it happen business right now. But seriously, as of now it looks like I'm going to be selling a sectional and chair, two desks, a entry table, a buffet, a king bed, refrigerator and who knows what else along the way. I'm also having a yard sale full of clothes and smaller items so if your in the Knoxville area be sure to stop by, its June 20. I'm probably not going to be selling any of my bigger stuff then, I'll list it on CraigsList, so if your interested in any of that let me know to. Other than that the move hasn't been officially set yet, we have to talk to the moving crew (aka friends & family).

And finally, we would like to say CONGRATS TO . . . . Brad McAbee . . . . and his graduation from Medical School this weekend. Brad and Dalyn have been best buds since they were little and are both going to make great Drs!!! Brad and Cassie are moving to Knoxville, which sucks since we're leaving and Brad is going to be doing his residency at UT in Family Med. Congrats again Brad, for making it through and Cassie, for supporting him through. We love you guys!!!!

Also, stay tuned this afternoon, because I have a really good and easy cookie recipe to come!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Because I can't come up with a catchy title,

i just don't have it in me today. I'm really at a loss for words the past two days and as you can probably tell, that very rarely happens to me. You think you have a plan for your life but life never seems to go quite like you plan it. We got two things of really bad news back to back, one of which we're only sharing with immediate friends and family and the other I'm sure you can guess. . . not pregnant again this month! All I can muster up to say is DANGIT, WHO SHOT MYYYY STORK???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GGGGGRRRRRR

I will update more about all the medicine changes to my cycle next month when I get to feeling a little more in control of my own life.
All prayers welcome!!!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Household Product Crisis

So I'm a pretty predictable person when it comes to buying everyday things for around the house, like toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, soap, shampoo, dish detergent. Since Dalyn and I got married I've always bought the same brands; Tide for laundry, Charmin for tp, Bounty for paper towels, Pantene for shampoo, Oil of Olay for soap and Cascade for dish detergent. I could send Dalyn out for it and he always knew what to get. So for four years almost I've been buying the same brands, very content with their uses. However, for no apparent reason over the last month or so I've been having a little household product crisis. First it started with the shampoo, i switched to Dove, no big deal. Now its progressed to everything Cottonelle for tp, Gain for laundry, Palmolive for dish detergent, Sparkle for paper towels, and most recently Dove for soap. I mean really!! what's happening to me!! Maybe I just had the need for a change?!? But I mean could I have just not done with changing one thing, I had to change my whole household. Dalyn informed me last night that he hates the new soap!! Guess that's my first clue that things were great how they were. I don't really understand my new need to change everything but I thought I share it with you guys! When I come up with an answer I'll be sure to share it too.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Liam Piper Bradshaw

Today our good friends Jonathan and Casey welcomed their new little baby boy, Liam Piper into the world!! He was born at 4:07 pm, weighed in at 7 lbs 15 oz and was 20.25 in! He's such a little handsome man and we're very excited to be a part of welcoming him to the world!! Both mom and baby are doing well and at last I heard are resting tonight. We just wanted to say Happy Birthday Liam, we can wait to watch you grow over the years to come and Congrats Jonathan, Casey & Nora, we are very excited to be a part of welcoming Liam to the world and thank you for allowing us to be.



**Thanks Amy for the pics, I have to give credit where its due. **

Friday, May 1, 2009

Laughter is the Best Medicine

First, let me start by saying I by no means want anyone to take offense to this. Infertility can be a very sensitive subject and I by no means make lightly of what a very difficult and sensitive thing it is to go through. However, Dalyn and I often turn to humor to try and lighten situations. Obviously, some things are impossible to make light about and in those moments we turn to each other, friends, family and God to help get us through. So with that said I ran across a could of jokes about infertility the other day and since its Friday I thought I would make this post for Infertility Awareness Week a light-hearted one.

How does an RE like his eggs?Over 20mm!

One ovary says to the other ovary, "Hey, did you order any furniture?" The other ovary says, "No, why?""There are a couple of nuts outside trying to shove an organ in."

Why does it take 50 million sperm to fertilize one egg?Because they won't ask for directions either!

Two sperm were swimming through a woman's body. The first said, "Whew. I'm getting tired. Just how far is it to the uterus?""The uterus?" the second laughed. "We're not even past the esophagus yet!"

You know you are trying to get pregnant when:You look at your vegetarian sandwich and the alfalfa sprouts look like sperm . . . or . . . Someone asks you today's date and you reply "Day 21"

Again, I truly hope these gave you a good laugh instead of causing any offense. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Happy May Day!

I just wanted to take a moment to say Happy May Day!! I love the month of May, I think for a lot of reasons but probably the number one is because I was a May baby. Another reason I love May so much is everywhere you look things are blooming and things are coming to life. I'm hoping this May will be an extra special one for D and I but we'll have to hold off and see what happens. Until then, I hope the May weather where ever you are in as beautiful as it is here. Also, stayed tuned for my post today and tomorrow to wrap up the celebration of Infertility Awareness Week.