Happy Wednesday! This week is already flying right by. I'm not sure if it's the cooler weather, the busy days, the meds, or if I'm still trying to catch up from last week, but I am constantly feeling in need of a good nap!
Last week I had the best time having my family in town for a few days. We kept busy, hitting up the outlet mall, attending a concert (Thomas Rhett & Brett Young were awesome!), going to the zoo, visiting Multnomah Falls, attending soccer games, the Rolaff Pumpkin Farm, Powell's City of Books, and more! We were on the go, go, go... but with my mom, sister, nephew, and niece here for just three days, I wanted to squeeze in everything we could! I miss them so much already but I am so glad that they came. There's something special about showing where you live to the people you love most.
This week has had a couple of firsts on the surrogacy journey. For starters, acupuncture! Has anyone had acupuncture? I've always been intrigued, but have never tried it myself. Until this week, that is! It was recommend that I squeeze some sessions in before the transfer, to help with blood flow to the uterus and increase our chances of a successful transfer. Of course I am happy to do anything I can to help this process along (so much of it is out of my hands!) so I will be having 5 sessions prior to the transfer. On transfer day, they'll actually do a session right before and right after the transfer at the clinic. Here's my first experience with acupuncture...
I think it looks scarier than it was! You can clearly see the needle in my forehead, and if you look closely you'll notice the one below my ear/middle of the neck region. There was another one in that spot on the other side, as well as one in each hand, four in my stomach, and four on my legs/feet. They are the tiniest little needles, and I couldn't feel a thing!
I'll tell you what is not a tiny little needle, though. The next set of shots! I'm still doing the daily Lupron injection, and it has been easy peasy since I got through day one. This week I moved on to including a delestrogen shot. My first shot was Monday, and luckily I had nurse Brad on hand to administer the bugger. Do you see the size of that thing?!
After getting used to doing my own shots, it was a little unnerving to hand over the responsibility to someone else. Brad wasn't nervous at all, though. In fact, is it just me, or does he look a bit too happy about what he was about to do??
We watched the little training video, drew up the meds (which turned out to be the trickiest part) and then it was shot time! This shot goes in the upper glute region... which would be pretty hard to do on my own, so I am super thankful that Brad was willing and able to do it. The shot went just fine (he's a natural!) and now we don't have another big one until Friday.
Other than that, it's been a busy week already with our little miss foster baby girl. She has had three appointments already this week, plus a visit with her mom and dad, so between her schedule and mine, add in soccer for the other three kids, school, and preschool, we've been on the move. In good news, all of this driving around in recent weeks has forced me to tackle my fears and I'm becoming a seasoned Portland driver! I still prefer keeping to the less busy roads, but I am handling the crazy ones pretty well.