I started stims on Thursday. So far, so good. It was a little strange giving myself my injection on Thursday. It's been so long since I've had to do that, that both my husband and I felt a mixture of happiness and sadness about it. But, I'm happy to have the chance again to have a baby, and am hopeful that the third time is the charm.
So far, I don't have any symptoms, but I did get to skip the Lupron this time as I'm on an antagonist protocol. I've heard that Ganirelix can be a bit of a bitch, so we'll see. I don't know if I'm imagining it or not, but I feel some twinges in my ovary region. So, I'm hopeful that means that my ovaries are starting to ramp up. I'm working on giving them some positive reinforcement.
I am trying to occupy myself during this cycle by focusing on taking some control of the rest of my life. I've recently read a book called The Happiness Project and I loved it. I'm inspired to take a more active role in what I do and surround myself with. So, I'm working on organizing my house, I'm planning on clearing out my closet this weekend and getting rid or putting away all the clothes that don't fit or that I don't like. I'm getting a haircut today and a new style. I'm experimenting in the kitchen. I'm studying for a professional certification exam. I'm disconnecting from work on the weekend. And, finally, I'm working on doing random acts of kindness for my husband. All of this is helping me to feel like I'm making some progress in my life and in my goals, and distracting me from the BIG GOAL that I'm struggling to achieve.
I'm also super excited to be cycling during the Olympics. Talk about a distraction! I love it and really enjoy watching all the sports and the human interest stories. It would have been ideal if the Olympics were during my 2 week wait, but not so much.
And finally, I just want to thank everyone who reads my blog for all the support. It is amazing to be a part of this community and have a group of people out there who check in on me during this process and provide such wonderful support for me in all my ramblings. I can't imagine going through IVF and the infertility struggle without a support group. Thank you all for giving me such wonderful support!