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Birthday Fun!

We always celebrate Birthdays with a party, a get together where we play games, eat, open presents and just really get to enjoy everyone’s company. Fortunately, our family is big and expanding so we get together often! Shortly after we realized we were having you we celebrated your moms’s Birthday, February 24th (don’t forget it). Pam and Larry came down for the celebration as well. Your mom’s couldn’t be happier that everyone in our families get along and really enjoy each others company.

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For everyone’s Birthday I always try to get a pic of a wish being born, aka blowing out the candles

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Oops missed Doug on the last one 🙂

Your mom loves to bake and does a fantastic job at it, she bakes everyone’s Birthday cake, and gladly takes requests!

Look at the beautiful cupcakes she baked for your cousin Bella’s baby shower,

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This is your mom decorating your gender reveal cake. IT’S A BOY!

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This is my favorite cake that your mom makes for my Birthday. It’s a lemon cake with lemon icing and coconut flakes the inside has a layer of raspberry jam in between the layers and it’s the best cake ever!!!!!!!!!

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I like to decorate cupcakes! Here is some of my work!

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We can’t wait to start celebrating your Birthdays!

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IVF – A prick and a prayer

As we began to hone in on the IVF – In Vitro Fertilization procedure, Kari was scheduled for a plethora of blood tests. We signed up to attend an “injection” class where we were taught how to properly aim extremely long needles into different skin injection sights (done on rubber stress balls at the time) for the hormone shots that were to be doled out daily. Every mom-to-be left that class looking like they needed a strong drink, yet no one could indulge! Shortly after the class and a hefty pharmaceutical lab payment we received a large box!

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Yes that’s right. All of the meds for Kari’s procedure. It was getting REAL! We were of course excited and scared. We really felt the pressure that so much was riding on this procedure. We tried not to think of the what if’s, we tried to stay positive and focus on good thoughts and living a stress free life. Tried was the key word, it wasn’t always perfect but we made it work.

Kari and I are blessed with amazing friends and family. My mom visited and Kari’s mom stayed with us for a few days after the painful egg retrieval, they helped take care of our zoo of animals (2 dogs, 3 cats), bought goodies to us, and most importantly listened to us. Kari got REALLY swollen and was very uncomfortable post egg retrieval. We were hoping for a super successful retrieval with a ton of eggs, but we soon realized the reason that Kari hadn’t had previous pregnancies was due to poor egg quality. Only 2 eggs were deemed acceptable. One didn’t multiply as much as expected and one was doing just fine. When we were ready for the transfer of the egg/s back into Kari 3 days later, we decided to put both back in just in case. The doctor didn’t feel confident that the smaller of the two was worth saving and freezing but we still wanted to use it.

Unfortunately with no eggs left to freeze (in ideal circumstances, there would be eggs remaining for use at a later date in the case of a negative result or an opportunity for another child) this meant we really needed this procedure to work! The cost of everything is really in the retrieval process so another attempt just wasn’t fees-able for us in the near future. After the transfer, our family support was in full swing. We had so many people praying for us it was incredible! The love and acceptance that we receive from our loved ones is more than anyone can ever ask for. We are forever grateful!

A few months prior, my youngest brother Matthew and his girlfriend Aubrey found out they were expecting. This was a hard time for me. I was so happy for them and sad at the same time. So many emotions took place! On the night of the Kari’s transfer Matthew and Aubrey had their gender reveal party for their baby. I attended and was excited to find out if I was having a niece or a nephew. Kari couldn’t join due to a 48 hour period of bed rest. I just felt that it was so important to go share in their experience and joy and I had especially hoped that they would be able to share in ours a few moths later. Well it tuned out I will be an Aunt to a lil’ baby girl named Isabella Luna. I can’t wait for her arrival, due June 22nd!

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We had an excruciatingly long wait in the days leading up to a blood test to find out if we were pregnant or not. We were on edge and knew we were supposed to be relaxed and calm. There was nothing we could do but count the days and hope.

On the day of the blood test I remember Kari and I discussed that I would leave my phone on me all day. The anxiety level was in full swing. We were supposed to get a result by 2:00 pm. We both went to work knowing that if we stayed home we would pace the floors bare. By 1:45 I was a wreck, disheveled with a frazzled look upon my face. I went into my office to sit for a moment, I looked down at my phone, 1:52. What the Hell! Just then my work phone rang, I answered it and needed to take the call up front. I left my office and proceeded with the phone call. When I hung up the phone I realized the other line was ringing and the caller I.D. had Kari’s name on it. I left my cell phone in the office, go figure! I answered, apologetically, time stopped abruptly and the world felt frozen. I heard Kari crying on the other end. I had a split second to expect the worse, but I didn’t, I just listened. Through trembling tears  I heard her softly say “it worked”. What, I said shaking like a leaf, she repeated it, “it worked were pregnant”. I started crying of course, I immediately left work to kiss and hug my wife in person. I called my mom, who screamed like crazy, so did Kari’s mom when we called her next. It was an unforgetable experience, pure joy and amazement.

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After the initial blood test Kari had to get 3 additional blood tests to make sure the pregnancy was “sticking”. Everything went perfectly, the numbers increased as needed and we were moving right along. We had a fertility clinic ultrasound scheduled to look for a heartbeat. And there it was, one amazing heartbeat. IT WORKED!

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Those days were nerve racking and scary and I certainly came close to fainting out of sheer nervousness a few times, but we did it. We stayed strong when we wanted to give up. We didn’t quit when the times were more than difficult. It made us stronger and united. And we are now pregnant! Our precious baby is due October 18th 2014.

Here are some tips that we found and believed worked for us.

Pure whey powder – after the egg transfer, our fertility doctor read studies that it helped, not tasty, but worth the try. One scoop of the pure stuff, no weird steroid pump-you-up bells and whistles. You have to go to a specialized store for the raw kind.

Also the pineapple core method. There is a theory and a method to the pineapple eating madness. Here is a link:

http://www.fertilityafter40.com/does-eating-pineapple-with-bromelain-help-with-implantation-during-pregnancy.html

We tried to stay calm, I didn’t let Kari do any hard work. Which meant I shoveled this horrible winter’s snow and learned how to use a snow blower. Also during our 2 year fertility journey I have done all of the liter box cleaning (toxic chemical/cat liter disease).

Kari was mindful about what she ate, took prenatal vitamins and although this was the time when she really could have used a drink, she didn’t. She stayed away from harsh cleaning chemicals as well. She also hydrated with an increased intake of water.

The most important part of our experience was again the support, so many people routing for us, helped us to stay positive. Thank You to EVERYONE! We Love You!

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ONE YEAR LATER! If I knew then what I knew now… I wouldn’t change a thing!

It has been ONE YEAR since my last post, I can’t believe it! I parted ways with this blog for some time due to FEAR. I was afraid it wouldn’t work, we wouldn’t get pregnant. So many IUI’s for Kari later, unexplained infertility and the emotional ups and downs were wearing me out. I didn’t want to build up a purposely unsuccessful entity, so I paused, with all intentions of resuming my passion and telling our story at a later date. Well it’s time! I was recently re-inspired to share, and hopefully this blog will allow my child/children to understand the love they were created out of and the want that existed for him/her/them. Since the last post on 5/9/13 there has been a world of change. Kari has had 2 additional IUI’s held at the fertility clinic and 3 at home IUI’s. She had an HSG test and blood tests galore that showed no damn reason why she wasn’t getting pregnant. We decided I would begin trying to get pregnant and we began alternating in between my IUI’s at the fertility clinic and at home IUI’s for Kari. We happened to be able to time it out where there was a 2-3 day lapse where we would find out if I was (wasn’t) pregnant and we would try the at home IUI with Kari. I resulted in 3 unsuccessful IUI attempts, I was put on Clomid during my first shot, Kari still had Clomid in her system from her recent attempts, can you imagine our household?!.. Two women on this high hormone drug that makes you a bit of a raging lunatic. Not recommended! In hind site, maybe that’s what I would change! The most important ingredient to this whole experience’s recipe is SUPPORT! Without it you are lonely, you will feel crazy and the self doubt and blame will over power hope. Luckily Kari and I knew when the other was having a bad day, we knew when to stay away, and when to talk more. It took time and there was no method, rhyme or reason. You just had to listen.

The waiting period was by far the most brutal, what’s that feeling, is it a pre-menstrual cramp, or is an egg attaching to uterine lining. Am I tired because I’m  PMS’ing or because I’m pregnant. When you think you may be pregnant you do things differently, you drive slower, you REALLY look both ways. But after some time you can read every PMS sign to a tee,then you realize, it didn’t work, I know it. You make the dreaded I’m not pregnant, I just know it”  phone call. The other end of the line tries to convince positivity, and now you realize that you are not only that you are PMS’ing but also that you are not pregnant. Boy oh Boy are you pissed. Seriously I have to remind myself that we had an almost 2 year trail of these ups and downs and didn’t get divorced. WE ROCK!

I just finished watching all of our video recordings of the first 8 IUI procedures for Kari. I stopped video recording and taking pictures at IUI’s after that. I stopped blogging after that. I thought I had walked under the pregnancy curse ladder and a black no-pregnancy cat crossed our paths. Pictures and blogging were bad luck all of a sudden. Going over the recordings you see hope, followed by wish, followed by a slight sense of desperation. We were slowly breaking. When I began trying I was thrilled at the chance of success. After month #2 I was devastated, you see I’m a competitive person mixed with a high level of sensitivity and anxiety, I don’t do well with what I consider failure and I stress out easily. So I focused on what I thought I was doing wrong.  Also I started running just prior to these IUI tries and liked it, so of course I tried to get a couple of very light slow miles in during the never ending 2 week waits and when the IUI didn’t work, I blamed it on the 2 runs I took and (maybe?) shouldn’t have. And when I decided I would try yoga instead and the 3rd IUI didn’t take I though maybe I twisted to hard or stretched too long and ruined my shot. But when I stayed inactive I was miserable. Emotionally I was a wreck, Kari handled the entire procedure so much better than me. After try #3 our sperm order was out and money was just behind it. Kari works for a corporation that has great health insurance, I work for a small independent company that has so-so insurance. Since our fertility procedures were considered elective, mine covered nothing. Kari’s covered at least some of the costs and my one month was equaling out to 2 tries for her. After some calculating we realized we could have had an IVF twice over by now. So I stopped. We decided to focus on Kari (who by the way was/is so eager to be pregnant) versus myself who was willing for the ultimate result, a healthy/beautiful little baby. We began working on the process of IVF.

A loan, a months wait (while on birth control pills, go figure) and a headache’s worth of bills and photo copies of endless instructions later Kari was scheduled for an egg retrieval and the procedure. We were going ALL IN!

Some pics from our multiple IUI’s

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