Yep, the deed is done! I had my sixth iui yesterday...it took three tries to conceive Miss K, and this is my third (and probably final) try for numero dos. All told, I did a total of six days of Folli.stim (150), five days of Fem.ara before that, and one ginormous (at least it felt that way) dose of Preg.nyl for my trigger shot. With a huge needle, no less. I ended up with one very big follicle, two medium ones that might have been viable at the time of the iui, and quite a few smaller ones. More than I've had at other iui's, so maybe that's thanks to the Folli.stim. Everything else my RE said looked great: my lining, the "specimen", my CM, all of it. I don't think I could have asked for any better conditions, so here's hoping the stars were aligned in my favor. And now...it's time to sit back and wait.
I can honestly say I pulled out all the stops with this try, and did everything I could, short of IVF. Last week I was at the clinic on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, AND Friday. Thank goodness for a fabulous colleague who covered part of my first period class on Monday and Wednesday--I had very early appointments--and refused any kind of compensation for it. He's getting cookies, though, and he's not allowed to turn them down! :) My Thursday appointment forced me to miss forty five minutes of parent conferences, and luckily I only missed two that my amazing student teacher covered for me. And because we all made it through sixteen hours of parent conferences, four after school on Wednesday and twelve (!!) on Thursday, 8 am until 8 pm, we had no school on Friday, my iui day. I am still so glad for that, since I felt like absolute crapola afterwards. I don't remember feeling so awful after my other ones: lower back soreness, and achiness that was kind of like mild cramping. It lasted all evening, and I spent yesterday evening curled up on the couch. Thankfully I feel a lot better today.
You know, I feel really good about everything. If K asks about a sibling later, I can definitely say that I gave it my all. If it doesn't work, I know with 100 percent certainty that we will be JUST FINE. No regrets either way. Yeah, I'll be sad for a while, but I know that there are a LOT of advantages to having an "only". I can already tell, though, that it's gonna be a LOOONG two week wait!!
PS: We had a bit of a scare today at a birthday party for one of K's preschool friends. It was a bowling party at a nearby bowling alley, and she had an absolute BLAST. After cake and presents, the girls wanted to bowl some more, and K was right there with them. At this alley there was a metal slide-type thing that you roll the ball down, which gives it momentum down the lane. During the whole party K was easily able to pick up the child-sized bowling balls and carry them, with arms underneath, over to the slide. But unfortunately, this time either she slipped or dropped the ball, and landed on it face-down. You can always tell by that scary cry that she's definitely hurt somehow. The ball landed on (or rolled on) her hand, and my first thought was that maybe she broke her wrist or her hand. Thank goodness it's fine, just a little sore. She also got a bruise and a cut under her chin, and a tiny cut in her mouth, which I never was able to see. But I tell you, it's no fun seeing blood coming out of the corner of your little girl's mouth and on her chin. I ended up getting napkins and a cup of ice from the snack bar, and it all looks SO much better now. Scary, but with a happy ending. And to think I was considering having her birthday party in March at the same bowling alley!! Yeah, I'm still considering it, though...we'll see.