Amber and Aaron

Amber and Aaron

The Fun We've Already Had...

  • Graham Tomas born July 31 at 5:04 P.M. weighing 8 lbs, 12 oz.
  • December 2, 2011: PREGNANT!!!
  • Paisley Kate arrived August 21 at 5:38 P.M. weighing 7 lbs, 9 oz
  • DUE DATE: August 25, 2010!!!
  • Dec. 14, 2009- PREGNANT!!!
  • Oct. 07,2009- Had elective D&C.
  • Sept 28, 2009- No embryo on ultrasound. :(
  • Sept 15th, 2009- We found out we're PREGNANT!!!
  • Sept '09- Aaron had varicocele repair.
  • July '09- IUI #1 with HCG shot= No such luck
  • April '09- Ovarian drilling surgery, followed by hospitalization for uterine infection
  • Jan-Mar '09- metformin + 3 rounds of clomid= no ovulation
  • Dec. 11, 2008- Hysterosalpingogram (Fancy word for shooting dye through the ovaries. OUCH)
  • Nov '08- Sent to RE. Tried metformin alone for two months (No ovulation)
  • Oct '08- Diagnosed with PCOS based on amenorrhea and crazy hormone levels.
  • June '08- Aaron convinced me to start trying.
  • June '04- Got Hitched!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

2009: The Year of the Stirrups

As I was reflecting on 2009 today, not too many great feelings came to mind. We had a couple of incredible vacations (thank you, swine flu for making Mexico so inexpensive...) and I'm sure we have a lot of other things to be thankful for (slipping my mind right now). But of course what really stands out is our healthcare issues.

One of the reasons it stands out is that I have a gigantic stack of medical receipts to give our accountant for taxes. Which reminds me of how much we've had done this year. And it all leads me to thinking about "stirrups", since that's where I've spent much of my time.

When I say stirrups, you might think of the bone in the inner ear (also called stapes)...

Or the kind we use for horseback riding...

Or if you're an '80s child, maybe you think of this fashion statement...
But this is what I picture.
And how could I not? I keep record of my "fun little infertility" story so that I may one day torture our "hard-earned" child with it, so I was able to count the number of times I was in stirrups in 2009. Want to take a guess?
31 times. I used to actually complain about and dread my yearly pap smear. I was such a silly girl! But I went for that yesterday and it was a walk in the park. It was hard not to ask, "is that all?" You mean you don't need to ultrasound me, inject me with anything, draw blood, shoot dye into my ovaries, inflict pain in general?

I'm currently trying to remind myself that 2009 made me stronger. I'm a tougher person in a better marriage. And I'm going to be a fantastic mom if I don't say so myself...
But I did make one New Year's resolution this year: to avoid the stirrups as much as possible. (Unless I need to do it 50 times this year to get our baby, cuz then of course I will...)


  1. I agree-yearly pap smears are a walk in the park! So sad but so true!

  2. Really? You picture the table with foot cups? Because I sooooo picture the black pants from my fashion days in the 80s. Those things were AWESOME. Almost as cool as the pegged pants and layered socks.

  3. WOW! 31 times huh?? Well.. your post made me add up (in my head) all the times that I was in the fun little contraption this past year.. I beleive it falls somewhere around 12-15 times. So, yeah.. you beat me! =)

    The most annoying thing to me is how my clinic puts the "fuzzy leopard print" cover over each stirrup.. as if that somehow makes it 'fun' or 'cool' to stick your feet there. Makes me wanna puke. =/

    Anywho.. I hope that if you find yourself in the land of stirrups this year.. it is because you are fixing to watch your little baby squirm around on the monitor!! =)


  4. I can completely relate with you, I felt like 2007 all the way to 2009 I was constantly up in the stirrups as well.
    2010 Is going to be a better year for you. I can feel. Prayers coming your way!

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  6. I am praying that 2010 is your year!

  7. Ugh, I do not even want to think about how many times I got into those stirrups.

    Ultimately, it'll be all worth it though, no matter what you have to endure.

    We got a nice fat refund last year from our IVF reciepts, which lead to a fancy trip to San Fran. Kind of wish we had the cash now, but at the time we needed the retail/vacation therapy.

    Here's hoping 2010 is really efficient in the stirrup department for ya!

  8. Blahahahahahahaha.....that is hysterical!