Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April showers bring May pregnancies?

The appointment with our fertility doctor went great! We talked through all our options and he is open to jumping to a more aggressive plan. We think we decided to do a cycle or 2 of injectables before jumping to IVF. Although the average rate of pregnancy is 18% with injectables, our doctor said those numbers don't tell the real story as we aren't "infertile" per say and M's a great age at 31 to conceive and carry a child. We asked which medications we would use and he said Repron.ex or Folli.stim. If anyone has or knows someone who has any of these medications and no longer need them, we'd love to take them off your hands! We will pay any copay or shipping fees! We got an estimate of $5K per injectible cycle or $12K for IVF since we don't have insurance. One large factor in choosing an injectable cycle over IVF is the risk of having frozen embryos left over like we do from J's IVF cycle. We can't distroy them but we don't want to become the lesbian oct.omoms either.

Since M just finished her AF, we'll begin with her next cycle - YAY FOR MAY!

Aside from Project Baby C - our two little angels are getting so big! A is 22lbs and 28.5 in and R is 18.7lbs and 27.5 in. A has 2 bottom teeth halfway in and 2 top teeth that just finished breaking through. R has 2 bottom teeth halfway in and a top tooth that looks like it will break through in a few days. We think R is going to walk sooner rather than later. She now stands for 5 to 15 seconds at a time not holding onto anything and will sloppily walk when holding one of my hands. A is pulling herself up on more and more things and crawling a little more as well. They both have blond hair growing in more and more and A's eyes have turned a beautiful light brown while R's eyes are still TBD. Sometimes they look blue, sometimes slate, sometimes brown and sometimes green. R is REALLY into giving kisses and hugs these days. A has been giving kisses for quite some time but R will actually crawl over to you kiss and hold on to you sooooo tight! It melts our heart whenever she does this as we know it is her way of telling us she loves us. Tonight M was trying to get R down (who was fussing) and M heard R say "Mom" clearly and then kissed her twice! Life is AWESOME!

Monday, April 19, 2010

And we're back in the game again.

Yes, it’s true... We are gearing up to make a little brother or sister for the twins. Project Baby C is now underway! We might be crazy but we are actually 3 months off when we thought we’d start trying again. Life was just too hectic when the girls were 6 months old as we were also reno-ing a house and then moved in where renovations continue. Now that the girls are 9 months old we are ready to begin this TTC process all over again – this time with M in the drivers seat!

We have our first appointment with our fertility doctor TODAY! We are very excited! We are NOT excited about the punch in the pocket this will cost as M’s insurance (as with most NJ insurances) does not cover infertility like J’s did. Our winning IVF cycle ended up being a couple thousand in the end at most but depending on the path we choose, this cycle could costs an upward of $10K. Our plan is to skip all the IUIs and jump right to an injectable cycle or IVF. This is what we will talk with our doctor about today.

We couldn’t write a post without a little update on how our beautiful angels are doing. B is and has been for a couple of months, pulling up, getting down and crawling ALL OVER THE PLACE! The gates and child proofing has been up and running for quite some time now. A, our more mellow baby knows how to crawl but doesn’t as much as she could. She’s very happy sitting and playing and then crying if she wants to be moved. ;) We did have a big morning with A – when we went into her nursery to get her this morning, she was standing in her crib! This is the first time she has pulled herself up without our help! YAY BABY A!

Neither baby is really saying any words yet – “dada” is repeated over and over again by A but not because she knows what it means just because it is easy to say. B is really into “blah blah blah”. It’s really funny! I think they are both waiting for May 9th to say “Mama”.... That would be the best Mother’s Day gift EVER!!

At 9 months, J has finally stopped breastfeeding. Not because she wanted to, in fact, she was pretty upset that her breastfeeding days were over. The girls just naturally stopped. A was done breastfeeding about a month ago, and B just recently stopped. The girls still have their bottles of formula throughout the day. But now they are also having 3 square meals, which we try to make family meals whenever possible! In the mornings they have oatmeal, Cheer.ios, and bananas(or some other fruit)- which they LOVE. They literally shake and squeal with excitement when we pull the big yellow Cheer.ios box out of the cabinet. There is a little song and dance that we do with it, which may add to their excitement, but either way, they love their Cheer.ios. At lunch they have been having some grapes, toast, cheese and another fruit or vegetable like apples, carrots, peaches, etc. We have to really limit their cheese intake since they had such issues with dairy as babies, but we'll slowly increase it as we go. For dinner they have rice cereal along with a vegetable and some apple sauce. Dinner is always followed by blueberries which again brings on the shaking and squealing. The girls make it pretty obvious which foods are their absolute favorites. They are eating so many new things these days: apples, bananas, peaches, blueberries, watermellon, grapes, carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, string beans, toast and egg yolks. We are going to try chicken, avocado, blackberries and a few other things soon. We just try to do about 1 new food every couple of days so we can make sure they aren't having any bad reactions to them. At the end of the day they get their baths and a nice big bottle which almost always puts them right into a sweet, peaceful sleep....

As for The G.ood Wife - the episode the girls were in is "HEART". You can watch it online. A is the baby in the carseat shot at the beginning and then they are both in the conference room scene right after the first commercial break.

To end - here are a couple of pictures of the girls.

R rehearsing on the set of "The G.ood Wife"

The girls playing together

R being silly

A's Easte.r picture