Day 10 update

Yesterday I went in for blood work and surprise ultrasound…with Dr Go. I have 2 follicles on the left (10.53 and 16.55) and none on my right side. When the nurse called with results she said it appears I’m close to ovulating! I go back on Sunday for another check in. They ordered Ovidrel for me and then I spent hours dealing with finding a pharmacy

that has it in stock and getting past the insurance wanting pre-approval. In the end, the RE recommended a fertility pharmacy that discounts the cost so yay! Tomorrow we’ll go in to see what is what and then deal with possibly triggering!

Sweet Potato Soup

I came across this recipe and had to try it for myself. I really love sweet potatoes and really… who doesn’t love soup?

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 small celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium leek, sliced (white and pale green parts only) I omitted this
  • 1 large garlic clove, chopped I used 1 tsp pre-minced garlic in the jar
  • 1 1/2 pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth (use vegetable broth for vegetarian option and gluten-free stock for gluten-free version)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups half and half
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup

Preparations:

Melt the butter in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add chopped celery stalks and leek, sauté about 5 minutes. Add garlic and sauté 2 minutes. I used my usual soup pot

2 Add sweet potatoes, chicken stock, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

3 Remove cinnamon stick and discard. Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth. Return to pot. I have a food processor that I use to puree and it’s great!

4 Add half and half and maple syrup and stir over medium-low heat to heat through. Season soup to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool soup slightly. Cover and refrigerate soup and celery leaves separately. Bring soup to simmer before continuing.) Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with celery leaves. I did not sprinkle with celery leaves, ate it as it was with a piece of sourdough bread 🙂 

Notes: The prep time is about a half an hour or more depending on how quickly you work chopping everything, peeling the potatoes, etc. Pureeing takes about ten minutes and then you get to reheat and enjoy. This recipe made 5 servings (2 ladles of soup per serving). I’ll definitely be making this one again! Delicious.

Week 1 Reflections

On Day 1, same-sex marriage became legal in Pennsylvania, where we live! It was such an emotionally charged day with setting up the dr appointment for this cycle and then getting this exciting news. I went to a rally after work with some of my coworkers. To hear the stories of the queer couples that initiated this legal battle was so moving. To see and hear what it meant to them, what it means to our community as a whole, was more than I have words for. We all sang “Lean on Me” and cried, it was beautiful! There was some hesitation that perhaps the governor would appeal the federal judge’s decision but the next day he said he wouldn’t. He affirmed his belief in the conservative Catholic tradition of one man-one woman but said he will not fight it. People were getting marriage licenses and after the 3 day wait, people began getting married 2 days ago! I am so full of happiness for all the queer couples who can now be legally wed. C and I have been blessed to be legally married due to his legal transition years ago and we are so thankful for that. It’s too bad that so many others have had to wait so long and are still waiting in many states and countries around the world.

Tonight I took the first dose of Clomid. If I remember correctly, the hot flashes and shitty sleep will kick in on Day 2. Joy of all joys, right?! I felt really intense about taking the first pills. This means we are really in the go. ACTUALLY ON THE GO! I’m readying my body to get pregnant, to grow a person. What the hell?!

It’s so terrifying and simultaneously exciting. When I hear a kid having a tantrum I’m so grateful that it’s not me. Is that awful? Will I love my kids and not think they are annoying and bothersome? That’s my worst fear- that I don’t love my child as I should, that I feel like my life is somehow not enough. I’m hoping this is all the pre-pregnancy scare and that I’m not an awful mother.

Dr Go

There is a Dr at my RE practice that I dislike. Earlier this week they let me know he’d be the Dr I’d see today. Ugh. He was his same self from yrs past, no bedside manner. He was forcefully stabbing the wand in me to find follicles and the nurse says “this is baseline”and he says “oh, I thought she was further along. You have no follicles”. I laugh and say that’s fine that I’m not worried because none should be growing. He continues stabbing for a few and then he’s done. Shakes our hand and leaves. The nurse was making a face like what an idiot this Dr is. I hope my dr is in the next time I’m there.

The power of blogging

All I needed was to blog about it! All of your vibes were successful!!

I go in on Friday for day 3 blood work. Then Clomid days 5-9 to see how we are doing. Our sperm is in the mail and should arrive on Thursday. Sadly their office is moving so I wanted to ensure it’d get there before Friday. Omg here we go!!

Impatience

I am waiting for day 1.. I’m late on the month we are ready to start trying. Pms is here but no actual bleeding. Boo! I want to get this party started or we will run into inseminating during a time when we have visitors and travel plans. I don’t want to sit out another cycle.

Send lady red vibes my way..thought I’d never say that.

I have a request

As the temperature climbs and our apartment complex hasn’t switched over to air conditioning yet, we are experiencing ridiculous heat in the apartment. It’s 88 degrees outside and even with the doors open it is still 80 degrees inside. As a result, there is no oven cooking going on here. I have tried 2 crock pot recipes in the past week and both were failures, big failures. As in I wouldn’t eat the food period failure.

I am looking for slow cooker or stove-top, grill, and sandwich ideas to get through this awful period until they switch the HVAC to air. For slow cooker recipes, I am gone for 10hrs for work so I can’t use any 4-6 hour recipes, it just doesn’t work. Feel free to share links and send me an email if you have an awesome beat-the-heat recipe.