Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Update on school, speech, and cycle

School: I finally finished my application!!! I turned everything in today. Now, I just have to wait 3 weeks to find out if I got in. So nervous!

Speech: I spoke with Nathan's speech therapist. We will be meeting weekly on Tuesdays. I can't wait to get started! She seemed really nice, so I hope it goes well.

Cycle: Blah. I have a feeling this cycle also didn't work. My temperatures are doing what they normally do in a failed cycle. I am trying to relax and not think about it right now. But it is hard. I have been feeling very nauseous lately and I wish I could attribute it to pregnancy symptoms. But alas, I think that I just ate something that upset my stomach (salsa probably). Last night I had a dream that was so real. I dreamed that I was watching our baby implant in my uterus. So weird to see the inside of your uterus at 4 am. Ha! I woke up really sad though because it wasn't real. Bummer. Anyhoo, we aren't sure what we are doing next cycle. I am not ready to give up on IUIs yet but I am growing tired of the heartbreak. We shall see...

Sorry that I am all over the place today.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Trip to Chicago!!

Brandon and I. It was so weird being a couple again, rather than Mama and Daddy. Although we were very happy to get home to see Nathan.
Brittney and I. My smile will get progressively more sloppy as the pictures go on. We all had quite a few drinks.

All the girls! Emily (standing next to me on my right) surprised us from California! We were so excited!
Smalls and me. Note the sloppy smile.

Nicole and I.

Emily and I.

Sara and I. So happy to see her!

We had a wonderful time! It was awesome to see everyone again. It was like being back in college! So fun. Nathan did good with the Grandmas. :) We are spending the day today recovering....

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

IUI #4, Counts

The nurse finally got back to me with our counts from both IUIs.

Sunday's IUI:

Count: 66 million

Motility: 22% rapid 19% slow--total motile 41%--53% immobile So only 27 million motile

Morphology: 1% normal

Monday's IUI:

Count: 50 million

Motility: 17% rapid, 9% slow--total motile 26%--73% immobile So only 13 million motile

Morphology: 1% normal

Overall, not looking great. Sunday's numbers weren't too bad. But Monday's were horrible. Only 13 million motile sperm. UGH! I am just so tired of this. And Monday was the actual day of ovulation. :(

Monday, March 23, 2009

IUI #4, Cycle day 16

IUI went well this morning.

Today is ovulation day according to my temps so we timed everything perfectly.

Thanks for all the support.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

IUI #4, Cycle day 15

IUI went wonderfully today. No problems at all.

Our next IUI is tomorrow morning. :)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

IUI #4, Cycle day 14

Positive OPK today!

First IUI is scheduled for tomorrow morning. Bless my in-laws, they are driving three hours tomorrow morning to be here by 8am to watch Nathan.

Second IUI is set for Monday morning.

Hoping that this is it!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Limbo...

I have no idea what is going on this month.

My temps are all over the place.

And I am still reading low on my monitor.

Hoping that I get a sign that I am ovulating soon. I can't stand this wait.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Nathan Cole

Getting ready to go to the park!
My handsome little man.


Eating a stick.

" Nathan, where is your belly?!"





Mama and her baby

Friday, March 13, 2009

Cloth diaper info

I get asked a lot for cloth diapering information. Here it is:

Cloth diapering is so easy, it is honestly crazy to me that more people don’t do it.

There are several ways that you can go with cloth diapering. I will go over the basics first, then get into more specific questions.

Different types of Cloth diapers:

1. First up are prefolds. These are really simple. My favorites are from http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/ They are basically pieces of fabric (high quality) and you use different folds to keep them in place. There are literally a million different folds! Some people use pins and some people use what is called a snappi. These are cool little devices that secure the prefold on the babe. The great thing about prefolds is that they are cheap! Easy to clean and are adjustable to fit. You can get infant size or preemie size (depending on the age of the babe). Prefolds do need a cover. I will talk about covers a little later.

2. Next up are fitteds. Fitteds are great because they are super easy to use. Some come with snaps and some come with Velcro. I prefer snaps because they don’t rub the little one’s legs. There are a million different types of fitteds. Some fitteds even are considered one-size! Which fit babies from newborn to potty training but are more expensive. Some fitteds are sized and are cheaper. Either way, you spend the same amount of money! My favorite fitteds for newborns are Kissaluvs My favorite fitteds for sized are http://www.preciousdignity.com/ My favorite fitteds for one-size are http://www.thegoodmama.com/ Goodmamas are harder to get because a mom makes them, but you can find them online used and new at different places. Fitteds also need covers.

3. Next are pockets. Pockets are super fun and super easy! They are basically a diaper with an waterproof layer called PUL. They don’t require a cover for this reason. The diaper can be stuffed with different inserts to change absorbency. Pockets are great for outings and nighttime because they last longer. Pockets can also be one-sized and sized. My favorite sized pockets are Fuzzi Bunz (Erinn from http://www.greenplanetbaby.com/ has these at her store). They go from XS to XL. My favorite one-sized are Blueberry. http://www.blueberrydiapers.com/ I love all the colors at Blueberry. They also have minky! Minky is a soft outer layer. Super cute. I always recommend that people start out using pocket diapers. Very easy to get the hang of.

4. Next are AIOs. This is short for All-in-ones. These are similar to pockets, in that you don’t have to use a cover, but you don’t have to stuff these. The downside to using AIOs is that they take longer to dry.

5. Now as far as covers go, there are a million different kinds. Erinn has a lot on her site. I like Imse Vimse and Thirsties for Velcro and Adorabumz for snaps (http://www.adorabumz.com/). Remember covers are needed for fitteds and prefolds.

The key to cloth diapering is you have to have fun with it. Get cute prints and colors that you enjoy putting on your baby.

Washing routine:

Once you build up your stash, you can go longer in between washing. Washing diapers is super easy. Toss diapers in for a cold rinse (to avoid stains and to rinse), then a hot wash with a tiny bit of detergent (seriously, I use like 8 drops of regular Tide), then another cold rinse. Toss in dyer and you are done! Don’t use fabric softener or dryer sheets.

Cloth Diapering accessories:

1. First, you must get a diaper sprayer. http://www.abbyslane.com/catalog.php?item=3871&catid=497&ret=catalog.php%3Fcategory%3D497 Cheap and easy to install, this is my fave CDing accessory! It makes it so easy! When you have a poopy diaper, spray it out in the toilet and toss in your pail.

2. Speaking of the pail, I just use a kitchen trashcan. You can get a couple of pail liners from http://www.greenplanetbaby.com/Wahmies.htm The great thing about pail liners is that you just take the pail liner to your washer, dump in the diapers, and toss the liner in with them!

3. If you use pocket diapers, you will need some inserts. Erinn has a lot to choose from. And most of the time, the diaper comes with an insert and you just need some extra if you need more absorbency.

4. You will also need a couple wet bags. These are for the diaper bag when you are out and about. I have one from blueberry and Erinn has several on her site.

Specific questions:

1. "….but what if baby has a dirty dipe out in public or at a friends' house? I don't want to have to rinse a dipe in a public bathroom or friends' sink/tub." Super easy. Ok, before your baby is on solid foods, his/ her poop will be kinda peanut buttery. If you are out and about, just place the diaper in the wet bag and spray it off when you get home. As long as you don’t leave the diaper in there for days, you should be ok to just do it when you get home. I have never had an issue with smell because the wetbag closes tight. After your baby is on solids, the poop will just roll off the diaper. Knock the solids into the toilet and put the diaper in the wetbag to go home.

2. Don't they stink in the pail? No. I do diaper laundry every two or three days. By spraying off the poopy diapers, you will eliminate the smell.

3. Why do you do it? Saves money! It seems like a lot of cost upfront but it saves in the end. Better for the environment. Over 2 tons of waste per child in disposable diapers goes into the landfills each year. Better for the baby! No chemicals on the baby's bottom.


It is super overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it, it is so easy and fun! Best place to start with CDing: http://www.diaperswappers.com/ It is a forum where you can ask questions, buy used diapers, and get a lot of ideas!

And anytime I mentioned Erinn: her store link again is http://www.greenplanetbaby.com/ Everything you could ever want.

Hope this helps!!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Letter to my 22 month old boy...

Dear Nathan,

March is here! Spring is coming up soon! We have had a couple days of nice whether. I was so excited to get you out of the house. It is back to cold again, so we are really hoping it warms back up soon.

We had a well-baby visit today. You did so well! You are now 35 inches tall and 29lbs. You are in the 100 percentile for height! Just like Daddy! You are in the 95 percentile for weight. My big growing boy! Lots has happened this past month. Mama and Daddy decided that it was time to get you evaluated for speech. We were just concerned because you really aren't talking that much right now. Well, you babble all the time, but only say a couple words that we can understand. The speech therapists came out and did an evaluation. They found you to be ahead in physical and cognitive development and slightly delayed in speech. The official diagnosis is expressive language disorder. A fancy word that means that you know what you want but you just can't ask for it. In other news, you have become so affectionate! You love giving hugs and kisses now. It makes me so happy that you can show your love now. There is nothing better that getting kisses from my sweet baby. You still aren't nursing, but you love to cuddle with mama. You are still getting breastmilk in a cup though. Although it is hard for mama to pump with you around (today we had a poop incident while Mama was attached to the pump). :)

Only 2 months left until you are 2! We are going to start planning your party soon! We will probably be doing a Spongebob theme. You seem to enjoy that show when Uncle Ben watches it. I love you so much baby! Off to give you some kisses!

Always,

Mama

Sunday, March 8, 2009

14

Cycle 14 has arrived! Obviously we were expecting this one because our IUI was cancelled this month.

We are really looking forward to this cycle. We will be doing two IUIs and progesterone supplements afterwards.

Hoping that this is it!

Here is my chart if you would like to stalk it this month.

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/1c9737

Thursday, March 5, 2009

My decision

I am applying for the Certified Nurse Midwifery master's degree program! I have thought long and hard about it. Brandon and I have talked until we are blue in the face about it and we agree that this is my chosen path!

I am really excited! I am in the process of filling out my application, writing my biography, getting my letters of recommendation, filling out financial aid paperwork, finding my preceptors, and contacting my schools for transcripts. There is so much to do!

My application is due my April 24th. I hope to have everything done by April 1st. Classes start this summer and in two years, I will be done!

It will be a long road. But so worth it in the end. When I graduate, I will be able to work almost anywhere. I will be able to open my own homebirth practice or go into business with another midwife. I feel like this is a good choice!

Now I just have to get everything turned in and wait to see if I get in! EEK!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Speech therapy update

The speech visit went great!

They were really nice and asked a lot of questions. They played a lot with him, watched him interact, watched him eat, etc. There were two women there, a speech therapist and a developmental therapist.

The speech therapist does think that he does have a speech delay. Most likely just from decreased sensitvity in the mouth. She said the speech issues, coupled with his food issues are a indicator of this. He is a really picky eater with some textures and it is hard to get him to eat different things. He also stuffs his mouth a lot with food and she said this is a classic sign of decreased sensitivity. She just said that he doesn't have the sensitivity in his mouth yet. Thankfully, there are ways to increase the sensitivity to the mouth. We have to get a vibrating toothbrush to use on his mouth before each meal and several times a day. It helps to increase blood flow to the area.

She agrees that his tantrums (she got to see one or two) are a direct result of the speech delay. She said that more intelligent children who have a speech delay just get so frustrated. And otherwise, she doubts that he would have this behavior issues.

So she does recommend weekly speech therapy sessions for him. She also gave me some great info on getting him into a tumbling class here in town to get him more "speech practice" time.

We will meet again in two weeks to outline our plan of action for him and to set up our therapy.

I am really happy that I called and that I have a reason for all of this. Makes me feel really good to know that we are working toward a solution!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

One warm day...








We had a really nice day last week. It was so nice to get out of the house! I can't wait for spring!

Speech therapy visit tomorrow

If you have read my letters to Nathan, you'll know that he isn't really saying much right now. He has 4-5 words that he uses all the time and isn't really gaining vocabulary.

So I decided to contact a speech therapist to ask for an evaluation. It is tomorrow! I am pretty nervous. The lady that came by last week to give me information on the company asked a ton of questions about his skills and she said that he is very advanced in physical and cognitive development. And she agreed that he is a tad delayed in his speech patterns. But we won't know for sure until the evaluation.

Most likely he is just a late bloomer in the speech area (which is common for boys and only children).

I will update after our visit tomorrow.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

One month pumping milestone!

I have been pumping for a month! It totally sucks, but is worth it to know that Nathan is still getting mama's milk.