Tuesday, July 21, 2009

ICLW! (Again, seriously?!)

I know one thing, this summer is going WAY too fast! I haven't done an intro for a while, so I thought I would do one this month. Here are 10 facts about me:
  1. I'm Christina. J is Josh. We've been married for almost 3 years. Here's a pic on our wedding day (heehee):
  2. Like I said, we've been married for almost 3 years (Sept.). That's great, but what's not so great is that we've been TTC for essentially every minute of those (almost) 3 years. Suck.
  3. I have PCOS. We've done hundreds (okay, maybe not quite, but it seemed like it) of rounds of Clomid, 5 IUIs, 2 HSGs, 1 Hysteroscopy & Lap Surgery, 2 rounds with Femara, 3 Injectables Cycles, Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine, and, well...anything else you can possibly imagine. BUT!!!

  4. We fired our RE earlier this year. We went to a new guy (the #1 IVF doc in the state!) last month who pretty much said that everything old RE was doing was a huge waste of time. (Fabulous!) So he suggested 3 months of a very strict, low amylose diet (which I have written about here and here if you're interested), along with Glumetz.a. This will do 2 things. First, it will regulate my hormones and he believes that every patient with PCOS has some level of insulin resistance, so it will help with that, too. Second, it will help me to lose weight which is VERY difficult for me to do! In the first 3 weeks, I had lost 11 pounds and now about a month and a half in, I'm at 15 lbs. lost. (Note: I have been cheaty mccheaterton basically the entire month of July...horrible!, so that's why the loss hasn't kept going. The good news is that it's stayed off and I'm back on the saddle and hoping for another 15 by Sept. when we go back.)

  5. Speaking of that, we'll go back in September (if we're not miraculously pg by then) and will do 1 more cycle of injectables (I believe) before making our way to IVF. Let's hope it doesn't take that!!

  6. Okay...onto other things. We have 2 pups.
    Kow.e and Luke. (Not sure why K's pic is so much bigger, but I assure you, it's very much like her to butt in and get all the attention.)Aren't they cute?
  7. I have the best job on the planet. I raise money for Purdu.e Univer.sity, which allows me to travel all over the country, meeting outstanding people and seeing amazing things. I went to PU and am proud to be a B.oilermaker!! Great timing, too, as yesterday we celebrated the anniversary of P.urdue's own N.eil Armst.rong walking on the moon! It was a great day to be a B.oiler!
  8. I read. I shop. I eat J's cooking. I listen to Dave Matth.ews, Jack Johns.on, OAR. Or KLOVE. I love reality TV (Tori! Denise! Kendra! The Little Couple! Love them all!! Except the hypocritical G.osselin's.)
  9. We are pretty passionate about the environment. We recycle (obvs...who doesn't these days?), we compost, we have a big garden in the backyard, we shop locally whenever possible, I drive a hybrid car (Fiona...b/c she's "green" with little ears!), we only use reusable shopping bags, we plan on CD'ing. It's just one of our things...and it's much easier than I ever expected!
  10. We're getting ready to go on a cruise (24 days!!). We have an IVF fund set up and I have convinced J that if we don't have to go to IVF, we can spend that money on a European Babymoon.

Well...I think that's longwinded enough for one day! Welcome, make yourself at home and stay a while! Happy iclw'ing!

16 comments:

  1. ICLW- I also have pcos. I just failed my 1st injectable cycle and am going to pause and diet. I am definitely reading about your diet. Good luck.

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  2. Good luck! Your dogs are adorable!

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  3. Oh my gosh, I was so excited to start reading your blog and find someone else who has actually been told to go on what we called "the awful diet." My doctor was in the process of doing a study on it with IVF eggs (although we were doing injectables) and I'm so interested to see which other clinics are also suggesting it and to hear how you're coping. I lost about 30 lbs in 3 months or so (but I'm also mostly vegetarian) and we did get our bfp after a really scary cycle. I'd love to hear how you're coping and if you can see any changes in your cycles - definitely considering doing it again at some point.

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  4. Hey there! I'm coming over for ICLW and this intro post left me with a question--what are your thoughts on being "green" and going on a cruise? I may be misinformed, but I thought cruises were some of the biggest fossil fuel wasters out there? No?

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  5. Your puppies are just adorable! I spent a few summers here and there with my grandparents in Lafayette. Beautiful! Love it!

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  6. Ooops! Sorry - had to correct my post because I realized I'd written a similar post the other day! This DHEA is making me CRAZY!! Love your post today - a really nice glimpse of your life and I can TOTALLY relate to the Cheaty McCheaterton line!!!

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  7. Your pups are so cute!
    Good luck with your new RE! and congrats on the weight loss! That's awesome!
    ICLW

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  8. Love the intro! And your puppies are adorable!

    ~ICLW

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  9. I love your enthusiasm and your positive energy. Do you watch the bachelorette - Gillian?

    ICLW

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  10. Your puppies are cute!

    Hopefully you guys will be able to go on the European babymoon soon :-)

    ICLW #117

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  11. 24 days at sea, wow. I hope you can figure out a low amylose diet at all of those buffets!

    Bon voyage!

    ICLW

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  12. How wonderful that the low amylose diet is working so well for you. It sounds like this new RE might be just the ticket to getting your little miracle.

    The cruise you are planning sounds amazing.

    ~ICLW

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  13. Okay first jealous about the cruise.

    Second, I am doing well with the diet. Thanks. I am however going NUTS without my coca-cola. I have a new appreciation for veggies and feel like the uber snob when I eat grapes and cheese.

    Here goes nothing today (pie contest in the hometown), hopefully I can stick with the diet.


    Stopping by for an ICLW visit...
    No. 95: The Unfair Struggle (male-factor infertility, good friends, neighborhood rumblings)

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  14. A distant cousin of mine studied at Purdue for his engineering degree!

    Hey, I am glad that you have succeeded to lose the weight and that you are in good hands...and love the wedding photo, what was hubby attempting?

    Good Luck!


    ICLW

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  15. I love the term "Cheaty McChearton"!!! hahaha, adorable!! Great looking pups you have! I love how environmentally friendly you are! Good luck with your baby journey!!
    ~ICLW~

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  16. Happy ICLW!

    Great intro! Have SO much fun on your cruise! I'll be hoping and praying you get your miracle soon!
    *HUGS*

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