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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Welcome to IComLeavWe

Welcome IComLeavWe-ers. If you don't know what I'm talking about, go checkout Mel's blog for all the nitty gritty details.

Since this is my first IComLeavWe I thought I would share a little about myself. For those of you who've been around for a while, there might be some new tidbits for you too, so sit tight.

IF Related:
A (my DH) and I have been TTC actively since January 2008. We were "not preventing" as my body regulated (HA!) after being on the pill for 10 years starting in November 2007. We've discovered along the journey that I have PCOS with insulin resistance. (which also helps explain the 100 pounds I put on over the last 10 years) Dr. RE (my reproductive specialist) put me on metformin and a very strict No-Amylose diet that has allowed me to actually ovulate on my own in a normal time frame (gasp!) and lose 35 pounds (OK 25 net, but I'm not counting my Thanksgiving to Christmas slide oops). I had a laparoscopy done in August only to find out my insides are "beautiful". We did an IUI in September and one in November. On December 9th I got my first positive beta ever. On December 21st, I found out my betas weren't rising and I would probably miscarry. On January 8th, we lost our first bean at 8 weeks 2 days. I'm handling the miscarriage a LOT better than I ever thought I would, and I am truly relieved. Tuesday I had a final beta, and my numbers are all back to Zero, so we go back to Dr. RE next week (assuming the continuation of care approval from my new insurance comes through)

The rest of my Life:
Wow it really seems like IF has defined me for the past 6 months or so since we started seeing Dr. RE, but the truth is, there's a Lot more to me than IF.

A and I are actively involved in our church (a large Methodist one). A sings and plays guitar in the praise band every Sunday, and I run the sound board and prep the visuals. We are also involved in a Disciple Bible study this year; its a 32 week cover to cover study of the bible, and I am loving it! I honestly believe that it is because of my growing faith that I was able to come through the last month mostly unscathed. Prayer really does work, just not always in the way we expect.

A and I are also involved in a Beagle Rescue. We currently have 3 dogs in our house; 1 is ours, Cleo, and the other 2 are our fosters Tess and Blue. Tess has had a rough go in life, she is a puppy mill survivor, and was totally unsocalized with people when she first came to us. As such, she is TERRIFIED of anything that walks upright. She's been with us just at a year, and she's making progress, but still runs from us and doesn't like to be touched. We HAD to give her a bath last night, and it took both of us just to get her into the bathroom. Blue is actually a foster that was adopted and returned. For some reason he was scared out of his mind of the dad of the family that adopted him. We don't know why, and he hasn't shown any signs of fear of men at our house, so the only thing we can come up with is the guys occupation must have made him smell like something that Blue is scared of (I don't know what that job is). Blue is super sweet and a big couch potato. I don't anticipate we'll have him as a foster very long.

A is also a semi-professional magician and I am his "lovely assistant". He does mostly birthday parties at this point, but what he really wants is to be a stage magician doing illusions (Think David Copperfield). We both have very strong views about the secrecy of magic and the brotherhood of magicians. Neither of us are fans of the David Blaine or Chris Angel style of magic, but then again neither of us really like to do Close up magic either. We both worked at a kiosk in our mall called Instant Magician for about 6 months. Doing the same tricks over and over for the mall rat hecklers is enough to turn anyone off close up stuff.

Well that's us in a nutshell. Thanks for stopping by! and don't forget to check out the others on the January IComLeavWe list!


  1. Love your blog, it's nice to meet you!

  2. Stopping in to say HI from ICLW. Praying that you are able to start your next cycle soon and that it is successful!

  3. What a lovely introduction! Great blog, can't wait to read more!


  4. I love that you're involved in Beagle Rescue. I have Cavaliers and I follow a rescue in the US that does the same. I so wish I could foster here!


  5. Certainly does sound like you are busy. I have two dogs and I've always toyed with the idea of fostering others.
    I'm sorry for your loss. I hope your appointment next week goes well.

  6. Hi there! I am so sorry for your loss. I, too, recently lost a baby. We lost our sweet girl the week before Christmas.

    Just out of curiosity, are you going to Dr. Jarrett? I have rarely heard anyone else talk about the low amylose diet, which I am also on (well...okay...supposed to be on a little more strictly than I have been since the m/c!) and since you're in IL and I know he has an office over there, too (I'm in IN), I thought I'd see if it was the case.

    Either way, I am a huge proponent of the regimen. I o'd for the first time in 2 1/2 years on my OWN after just 1 cycle on it. Then 4 months after starting it, I got pg! We went ready to pay OOP for IVF and he asked me to trust him and do this diet for 3 months. I am so happy it worked. I also lost about 20 lbs. which is exciting. I'd like to lose another 20, and am beginning to get back on track THIS WEEK!!!

    Best of luck to you. I'll be following along and I hope you have better news soon.

    the subfertile frugalista

  7. Christina, yes I go to Dr, J. Don't you just LOVE him!? I have to say the diet, although strict has been AMAZING. I slacked since about Thanksgiving, and put on about 10 pounds as a result well that and the almost pregnancy, but in the first week back, I lost 5!!

  8. So excited to find you on here! Yes, I absolutely adore Dr. J...or Dr. Miracles as I like to call him. I went to another RE for a year+ before moving to him and it was the best decision we ever made. We really loved him before our m/c but gained so much more respect because he was just amazing through the entire m/c. So clearly caring and passionate about the work he does. We are very luck to have him!

    Congrats on the 5 lbs. too! Need to get myself back on track. It's sooo tough!!


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