A Busy June and Clomid Fail

tmp_201806022035361023720180609_151413Every single weekend this June, Adeline and I have been on the go. The first weekend we traveled up north to my parents house to celebrate my sister’s 29th birthday! Since her birthday is on the 3rd and Adeline’s is the 5th my sister wanted to have a little joint family birthday together. It was just my parents, sister, Adeline, my grandpa and I since a lot of people couldn’t come, including AC who had a lot of projects to work on around the house. It was really nice though. We had cake and a cookout and opened gifts. The following weekend, June 9th was Adeline’s actual 1st birthday party with all of our friends. Most of them actually all have babies born in 2017 like Adeline so there was about 5 babies in attendance! I feel like I failed a little bit at her 1st birthday party, the location we chose was an hour away from the house to make it convenient for everyone else but we then got stuck in a ton of traffic and ended up arriving to the location at the same time as all of the guests rather than a few hours early to set up decorations! I was so disappointed about that but with the help of some of the early arrivers we did manage to set up the picnic tables and lay the food and treats out. It just wasn’t as decorated as I imagined it would be. But overall I guess things mostly worked out, AC grilled burgers for everyone and I had baked a huge chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting (that’s Adeline’s favorite) and we opened gifts. So all in all I guess it was a success anyway.  That Tuesday Adeline had to get her 12 month shots, which there were 4 of them! Poor baby. AC took her to that appointment so I didn’t have to witness that torture thankfully. He said she was a champ though and only cried a little bit. My mother in law watched her after that so she would not have to go back to daycare in case she started feeling bad, which luckily didn’t happen.

Then the weekend of the 16th Adeline and I made the 4 hour road trip to Smith Mountain Lake! My best friend’s parents retired there and have the most gorgeous lake house. I wish I could retire like that some day. Their house is huge and amazing, Adeline and I got our own bedroom with a king sized bed and our own private bathroom. So nice! We spend the weekend splashing around in the lake and sun bathing. Adeline actually was ok with being in the water, she didn’t seem thrilled but didn’t hate it either.

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She wasn’t a fan of the huge life jacket she had to wear however, ha!

This past weekend was my mom’s 60th birthday so Adeline and I traveled back up to my parent’s house to help celebrate. AC couldn’t make it, as it was his drill weekend with the Army. My Aunt from NY flew in for the big event and a lot of other family and friends came to celebrate too, it was a full house! Adeline got to play with both of her cousins, who are 6 and 3 years old.

Aside from all of the fun weekend adventures, I had finished my 3rd cycle of Clomid and have been waiting to ovulate. Well, it’s cd 31 and nothing. I guess Clomid isn’t going to be the miracle it was for me last time that brought me Adeline. Although I was on Metformin paired with it last time and maybe that is the difference. I just couldn’t bring myself to go back on it this time and maybe that was a mistake. It upset my stomach so badly and I felt sick all the time and was afraid to eat anything. I really dreaded being on it. I am going to call my doctor tomorrow and see what my next steps will be, though I am pretty sure it will be to go to the specialist again. Ugh, I don’t have money for that. I am debating trying Plexus for a month or 2 to see if it can help my hormonal imbalance and maybe get me to ovulate? Not sure it’s a miracle drink like that but one of my friends who has unexplained infertility is trying it in hopes that she will have a 2nd baby as well. Have any of you ever heard of it or tried it? It was originally for diabetics but people with pcos have similarities with blood sugar issues. I think it’s around $80 for a months supply though, which is pricey so I don’t know. It would be cheaper than the specialist if it worked though…

Oh also, Adeline’s surgery is scheduled for next week, please pray that it goes smoothly and she comes out better than ever! We are all really nervous.

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Surgery Scheduling

About 2 and a half weeks about, the last Thursday in May, Adeline had a high fever when AC got her home from daycare. He took her to Urgent Care while I was just leaving work. She had caught Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease and then I came down with it that night as well. While having red spots all over your fingers and toes that feel like little bee stings aren’t fun, it might have been a blessing in disguise that she caught it because while Adeline was getting looked over at Urgent Care they also noticed a lump on her lower right side of the stomach. It was pretty small and very low so AC and I never noticed it. They said it was probably a hernia and to wait 4 days for the hand, foot and mouth to run it’s course then take her into her pediatrician to get the lump checked out.

So last week while I was still off of work with HFMD I had to take Adeline to the pediatrician. The pediatrician swore up and down that it wasn’t a hernia because it is rare for little girls, though higher in NICU babies but they usually develop it while still in the NICU so it would be pretty late for her to develop it. He thought it might be a swollen lymph node caused by her recent sickness but had us go downstairs to get an ultrasound done just to be safe. Well sure enough, the ultrasound tech said it actually did look like a hernia! But again she also said that would be very rare and kept looking. Then she said it might actually be that my baby has a tilted uterus and it is her ovary sticking out! I couldn’t believe it, with all my fertility issues and now my baby might have something happening to her ovary! She was just the ultrasound tech though and

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not allowed to make the final diagnosis and advised Adeline and I to go home and wait for the doctor to call with the results and go from there.

As soon as I pulled into my driveway, the doctor called with the results saying it actually was a hernia after all and to take Adeline to the ER that day! So I called AC then quickly ate lunch and then we were off to the ER. Once there we waited an hour or so before being taken back to a room then waited another 2 hours before a doctor came to check things out. He confirmed her hernia as well and told us since it wasn’t causing her any pain that they wouldn’t do surgery that night but to schedule an appointment to meet with a surgeon and the surgeon would then look her over and schedule the actual surgery. Hernia’s unfortunately don’t just go away and surgery is the only option. And they wanted it scheduled sooner rather than later because once it does start causing her pain it will be an emergency and very serious. The Hernia is actually sucking her ovary into it as well, but they said it was still getting blood flow and not damaged, but again, all the more reason to get this taken care of quickly.

So after all of that, today was her appointment at CHKD with her surgeon. It was a pretty easy appointment. She was weighed, still 14 lbs, and measured, 25 and a half inches tall, and they took her temperature and blood pressure. Then the doctor looked at her hernia lump and noted that she actually has the big lump on the right but also a smaller one on the left. Apparently it’s common to get one on both sides. The scheduler was not into work yet so we weren’t able to actually get her surgery on the books while there, which is frustrating, and are now currently awaiting a call to set it up within the next 2 to 4 weeks! My poor little girl. They said it should only be about 30 min to an hour to do the surgery and she can go home afterwards. She will need 3 days off of daycare to recover but they said she will be able to crawl around and do regular activities right away. Tomorrow is her 1st birthday party so I will turn my attention to that and distract myself from the surgery looming ahead in the near future.
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Happy 1st Birthday!

Today is Adeline’s very 1st Birthday! And I just can’t believe she has been in this world for a whole year. She started out at just 2 lbs 9 oz having been born at 29 weeks. She stayed in the NICU for 2 months before we were able to finally bring her home and start living life with her 24/7. I am so beyond blessed that AC and I have this little bundle of joy in our lives. She makes every day better!

Today she is 14 lbs and wearing 6 month clothes and size 2 diapers. Developmentally she is supposed to be at 9 and a half months adjusted but really I think she is almost on track as much as any other 1 year old, minus her tiny stature. She is always always smiling and happy, rarely ever cries, even her daycare teachers agree that she is one very laid back little baby. Although she is going through a phase were she fusses if I leave a room without taking her with me or if I try to let anyone else hold her. It’s flattering to me, but I enjoy friends and family getting to hold her and bond with her too. She is also sleeping through the night most of the time, has 2 bottom teeth and is cruising around the furniture. No first words yet but she babbles up a storm. It’s funny that she has more hair in her NICU pictures than she has now! Her hair is very slow growing.

This Saturday we will be throwing her a Birthday Party with all of our friends and family. I will post pictures of it after! It is bumble bee themed, for a Happy 1st Bee Day celebration!

TTC side note, I am on my 3rd round of Clomid now after having taken progesterone. Tonight is my 5th pill of Clomid starting from cd5. Side effects: a few hot flashes and I can feel myself getting the crazies on and off. Poor AC 😛 I hope this round works. Come on, Adeline needs a sibling! 😀