Friday, February 8, 2013

Our Work Here is Done... Dear God, We Need a Miracle!

The wait is on...the two week wait that is. As you all know, I was a little nervous earlier this week when I had a feeling ovulation was approaching and hubby was still out of the country. Want to hear something really crazy? Tuesday evening (CD17) I decided to do an extra test with OPK's in the evening. Low and behold this little guy showed his face at 6:43 pm....

Hot diggity dog! Perfect timing!

Even after all these months, the novelty of that damn happy face never wears off. It's like holding your mouth open while putting on mascara; It's an automatic physical response! You can't see that happy face and not smile yourself. 

I immediately ran to our shared online calendar to check what time hubby's plane landed that evening, and to my surprise it was the EXACT. SAME. TIME....6:43 pm. Not even kidding! That was just too ironic and little freaky actually. Meant to be? I'd sure like to think so!

Needless to say,  I was granted both of my wishes: We baby danced two of the most important days of the cycle AND I ovulated before CD20 on a natural cycle. Can I get a whoop whoop?  So I guess you can say "Our work here is done."  I'm opting to supplement during my luteal phase with 200mg Prometrium (progesterone) beginning at 3 days past ovulation. This will give me an extra boost of progesterone support for my endometrial lining, which can never hurt. It does mean however, that a period will not come on it's own as long as I'm taking it. I'll need to take a pregnancy blood test in 2 weeks to see if I become pregnant. If I'm pregnant, I just continue taking the Prometrium. If I'm not, then I discontinue it and a new cycle will start. 

Dr. Vaughn's IVF nurse called today to let me know he was going out of town in early March. Nurse Jamie said that he wanted to meet with us for a consult to discuss a plan going forward before he left. I felt my heart sink for a second thinking, "Wait a minute. Don't jump the gun! We may get pregnant this cycle!" Even though we know IVF is coming if this cycle doesn't work, and we've obviously already done buttloads of testing to make proper decisions surrounding IVF, it still took me by surprise to get that call and know WE MAY ACTUALLY BE DOING IVF IF THIS CYCLE DOESN'T WORK. Gasp!

The prospect became even more real in an instant, and I got a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. I don't know why it still feels so shocking to be facing that reality, but it kinda does. The nurse went ahead and scheduled an IVF consult for 2/25; AFTER we find out if this cycle worked or not and a few days before Dr. Vaughn's scheduled absence. We can of course cancel the apt. if needed. In the meantime, it's just a waiting game...plenty of meditation, yoga, visualization, and prayer happening over here.

Luckily I've been getting a few commercial auditions lately to keep me busy. Yesterday I had two. One was for a cheesy health college commercial. I get called in for these medical types of commercials occasionally, so I finally broke down and bought a set of scrubs to wear. Casting directors love it when you put some effort into an audition.  I know for a fact I've been beaten out by fellow actors showing up in full character, so I figured I'd go all out and try to land this one. Look how authentic I look! Can't you just see me in one of those cheesy ads at 2 AM?

If they don't book me, they are crazy right??

"You too can have a health career!" lol  My other audition was scheduled only 30 minutes later clear on the other side of downtown Austin by my scatterbrained....I mean GENIUS agent. I had to change outfits in my car to look like I was a gardening mom, tweak my make-up and hair to try to look ten years older, and haul ass to get to the hardware store audition.  I feel like I nailed both auditions, but you just never know what casting directors want. If you have a hair out of place, smile too much, smile too little, or say a certain word a certain way they don't like, you won't book the job. If I book, great! If not, at least hubby and I got a few good laughs at my scrubs get up. hehe

Volunteering and acupuncture today....both fabulous as always! It sure doesn't hurt that it's 80 degrees and sunny in Austin either. Makes for an awesome start to the weekend! No big plans really, except to go see the movie "Identity Thief" and spend time with my amazing hubby who leaves for business travel to San Fran again later this week.  I am dying to see this movie! Also hoping for some Sunday golf watching snuggle time.

Everything this cycle has been picture perfect in every aspect. I really could not have asked for a better cycle, especially following the wackiness that comes many times following an ectopic pregnancy and also the complications some other women have when doing an HSG. Indeed, my body has treated me well the past few weeks. The only thing left to do is stay positive and wait for (hopefully) good news in a couple weeks time. I'm sure I'll be a crazy impatient mess in about a week, but for now I'm enjoying this feeling of contentment, and I do BELIEVE with every fiber of my being this could be our cycle!


  1. Whoop, Whoop!! Hoping with every bit of baby mojo I can throw at you that this cycle works for you!!!

  2. Hi! I love the picture of you in the scrubs and definitely can picture you in a cheesy 2am ad (no really, that's a compliment!). Sounds like you're in a positive place this cycle and so maybe that will make all the difference and you won't even need IVF? If not, it's nice to know you've got a team all lined up and waiting.

  3. You look cute in scrubs :) Now if you had a scrub hat and a mask you'd look like me!

    Good luck this cycle!

  4. Oh. My. Gosh. Our cycles are the exact same! I ovulated on CD 17 (yesterday) too!! :)) The 2 week wait it ON, you are exactly right!! Hoping we BOTH are pregnant this time! That would be so awesome!!

  5. Congrats on the good timing! Ovulating before CD20 is so nice. It finally happened for me last cycle, but I was on 250mg Clomid at the time. I hope your cycle comes to a better conclusion than mine did! Also super good luck when it comes to the auditions.

  6. Woo Hoo! I was hoping DH would be back in time to give this cycle a go. And the time thing...totally not coincidence! I will be praying for you over the next 2 weeks and hoping that good news is coming! Man, I want that for you soooo bad!


    P.S. You can totally rock the scrubs! Hope they book you for BOTH those jobs!!!

  7. Congrats on O before CD20! Isn't always nice to see your body cooperate with you on a non medicated cycle? Everything seems to be falling into place for you, so keep up that optimistic attitude. Hahaha! You are definitely rocking those scrubs. =) Hoping you get at least one of the jobs. Will be praying for your BFP this month.

  8. Sending lots of prayers your way!!!

  9. Good luck Emily! If you remember the cycle I decided to be my last natural and schedule my first IUI was the cycle I got my BFP. I'm praying with all my might that it goes well for you! if IVF is the way it will happen then so be it but keep your faith and stay strong! Each day your closer to your getting your little one than you know :)

  10. Wow, that is super-freaky with the timing coincidence! If I were in your position, I'd be adding up the numbers 6, 4 and 3 and being crazy excited that they total 13, which is my lucky number... but that's maybe a little psycho. :) Love the blue scrubs, btw... you definitely look like those fake nursing students you see in ads -- the ones who are far too pretty to actually be nurses, haha.

  11. That's so exciting your hubby made it back in time! Talk about great timing! That's great that you O'd before cd 20 too. Hopefully in two weeks you will have a great end to a great month. BTW, you look awesome in the scrubs, hope you get the part :)

  12. I love the scrubs!!! I'm praying and cheering and crossing everything I own in hopes that you get that miracle BFP this month. It's totally possible. So hopeful for you.

    Did you get the part????

  13. I love your line of work and totally want to hear more about your auditions and gigs. Right before meeting my husband I dated a guy who did a lot of commercial work. I still see his commercials on TV. I likened him to Peter Pan. He was 12 years older than me, and had zero intention of ever growing up. Or being monogamous. So that sucked. Ha! Thinking of you, lady and hoping good things come of this au natural cycle.

  14. I am so behind on my blogs, I am so sorry Em! You know I love you! Yay for the +OPK and I am praying with all my heart that you get your BFP, things have lined up so well for you this cycle. You look adorable in the scrubs! Hope you get the part!

  15. I am the exact same way when I get a smiley face on my OPK! You're right, it never gets old. New follower. We've been TTC for 2+ years ourselves.