We made it.
We are finally in the same state as the 100 celled baby we are taking back home on Saturday.
Even though real romance is a no-no at this stage in the process, we are making the most of it by tagging on two days of snowboarding prior to transfer. This is our fourth trip to Colorado for fertility purposes and we are infusing some fun and sport into the journey. On the last trip we ventured to Vail. Now we are giving Breckenridge a go. We both love boarding and are paying for the flights, so why not? Especially since I hope to be done with boarding for the next nine months.
We discovered a rustic mountain lodge only a few miles away from Main Street and were upgraded to a mountain view suite without even having to play the “we are here to get pregnant card.” Sweet.
We arrived just in time for some grocery shopping and a leisurely dinner last night. We hit up the local Safeway to pick up a prescription, beer for Bill, and water for me. Turns out the labs from Sunday yielded low estradiol levels, again. Now I am on four estrogen patches and also talking estrace orally twice a day. Holy estrogen overload!
Once again, this shouldn’t be an issue as long as we fix it by Thursday morning. The lining is nice and thick and my progesterone levels are right where they should be to make a cozy home for baby.
When the clinic called to relay the need to pick up more meds, we also learned that Bill has to have blood work done prior to transfer. They want to make sure he hasn’t picked up any communicable diseases before they send us home with a baby. The sadistic side of me is eagerly anticipating him getting poked too. Its only fair.
But today we put all the meds, labs, and procedures in the back of our minds as we enjoy two pristine days on the slopes.
Breckenridge is crawling with people, its one of the busiest weeks of the year. The first board rental store we stopped at was completely sold out of boards and bindings for Bill. We start the search anew today. Worst case scenario, we will buy new ones. Both of our boards back home are more than 10 years old and its past time. Still, the trip to Breck is stretching our already taught budget and we hope to score rentals.
Despite the crowds and not having a reservation, we consumed a delicious dinner without having to wait. Tonight we aren’t risking it and made reservations at an upscale, gluten-free, vegetarian restaurant. Simply perfect for our pre-baby making meal.
I booked an apres ski couples massage in the hotel spa today. Between shredding the hills today, the massage tonight, and the clean dinner I am doing the best I can for my body and should be toxin free by Thursday.
As far as how I am doing, physically I feel amazing. Stopping lupron has done wonders for me. Emotionally, I continue to feel unusually optimistic about this cycle.
On the plane yesterday I meditated multiple times. I visioned all the cells in my body breaking apart and joining with all the matter in the universe, including all the cells of our chilly little embryo. Then I imagined bringing those cells back into me. It was beautiful. I feel as though my body is calling our baby home. I have felt this way before, but this time is more profound.
Only two more days and we will be reunited with our baby and will hopefully be done with trips to Colorado for “medical purposes.” While we appreciate writing off the travel expense on our taxes, the next time we come back we hope it is as a family of four.
There still may not be much room for romance then, but that will be okay with us.