Friday, November 13, 2009

Change of plans....

Well, we've changed the start of IVF cycle again. After talking with a few people, we found out Brad's insurance company would end up paying for over half of the IVF medications...which will save us quite a bit of money. This came at a perfect time since we were both in the open enrollment period. I went ahead and dropped my insurance (starting in January), and Brad added me to his. Now, the new plan is to hopefully start IVF in January. We were kind of disappointed to put it off another month, but I think it will be nice to not have that added stress. We can enjoy the holidays before all of the crazy stuff starts!

On a side note, I can't believe the holidays are almost here! Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away. We (well probably just me) are putting our Christmas tree up tomorrow. For those of you who know me, this is VERY late for me. I usually have the tree up by the first of November. Brad thinks it's against the law to put the tree up before Thanksgiving....I guess we've just had to learn to meet in the middle! :)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

In-vitro class

Today we headed back down to Nashville to go to the 3-hour long in-vitro class that everyone has to take before going through this process. Before I go on about the class, let me just start by saying that I'm thankful we made it to the class after the way Brad was driving in rush-hour traffic! We almost rear-ended someone and about 2 seconds later, we almost side-swipped some girl (who wasn't paying any attention). We did make it safe and sound, and we were even 20 minutes early! :) *Brad's going to kill me for putting this on here! haha
Anyway, we were escorted back to a conference room with 3 other couples, and the IVF nurse who was leading the class started by going through what a normal IVF cycle will consist of. I thought I had read everything about in-vitro on the internet, but WOW...going through each day for 2 months made it seem so overwhelming. When it came time to discuss the injections, we were able to "play" with the needles so we could decide which one we wanted to use (and no, we didn't stick ourselves or each other...we only practiced mixing the meds and filling the syringes). We also met with a financial lady, and then we got to speak with our individual IVF nurse. She's really friendly and about our age, so she'll be really easy to talk to. After we met with her, Brad and I both have to have some blood work done.
Going into today, the plan was to start the 2 month long in-vitro process in November, which would mean the procedure would be right around December (Christmas break). Well, we found out today that the lab is closed for that week around Christmas for cleaning, so we either have to start at the end of this month, or wait until Decemeber to start. I'm in the middle of taking 2 classes for my masters, so my first thought was that it might be better to wait when I don't have that extra stress weighing me down. So needless to say, we will be starting around the middle of December, and the actual procedure will be in January sometime. Brad is still trying to talk me into starting it this month, but I don't think I could handle it right now. He keeps saying I have a couple of weeks to change my mind, but I really don't think it's going to happen. :)

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Beach Bums

We just got back from our VERY relaxing week in Destin. It was our first trip since our honeymoon with just the 2 of us (and Bailey). The weather was absolutely perfect everyday...high 70s to low 80s everyday! :) Our days pretty much consisted of waking up, breakfast, walk, beach, lunch, nap, supper, walk, TV, bed! We took a nap the first 4 days we were there....I don't think I've ever napped so much, and it was GREAT!
This trip came at a perfect time for us since we will be starting our 2-month in-vitro process in the next few weeks. We will be going to our in-vitro class on Wednesday in Nashville to learn all about what our lives will consist of for the next few months. We are extremely excited to get this process moving forward, and we can't wait to see what the outcome will be. (Hopefully it will be a very positive one!)
Enjoy the pictures from our Destin-ation! :) haha

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Our Life...an update

Well, as some of you know and some of you may not know, Brad and I have been visiting a fertility clinic in Nashville for the past several months. When we decided about 15 months ago to start trying to have a baby we thought it was going to come so easy. Little did we know that we would run into so many obstacles. After MANY tests, procedures, and visits to the doctor, I think we've finally realized that it is a genetic problem that seems to affect Brad. There is some chance that we'd be able to get pregnant on our own, but the chance is pretty small. Because of that and the fact that we've tried a couple of months of IUI's (artificial insemenation), we've decided that we're going to move on to in vitro. We know this is a HUGE step, but we both believe that this is going to be the "thing" that will work. (Let's just hope that it works the first time!) We called Nashville Fertility Clinic last week to set everything up, and we received all of our paperwork in the mail yesterday. I knew it was going to be a long process, but the papers just proved that it was even more than we expected. We are EXTREMELY excited about it, and we're ready to get it started. Right now, we're looking at starting everything at the end of October, and the actual procedure will be sometime toward the end of November. Our doctor has assured us that he will "try to keep us off of late night television" and not have a million babies, and he doesn't want us to turn into Jon and Kate plus 8! :) We will keep you updated throughout the whole process. I'm sure the next couple of months will be crazy! We leave for Florida in 3 weeks, and we're so excited to have a nice, relaxing week before all of this starts.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

At the beach...

20 months later...

First Post...

So, I've decided to create a blog to keep everyone updated on our lives. I figured it's a great way to share pictures, videos, and stories with our family and friends.