Happy Friday!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all have had a great week full of excitement for the quickly approaching holidays. I visited all my Wichita Public counselors this week and surprised them with lunch. To say they're excited for winter break is an understatement. God bless those who work in education!

This week has definitely been nice for us. I'm feeling much more like myself and less like a closely monitored science project. I've enjoyed a little bit of wine (gasp), taken a run (gasp), drank coffee in the morning (gasp), and had NO injections for a week. (yay!) Crazy! It's like the wild, wild west, y'all.

Sunday's egg retrieval went really smoothly. We got up SUPER early to get to Kansas City by 8 a.m. We thought sleeping in our own beds the night before would be more calming and restful. Don't know how much actual sleep I got but it was a good effort. Surprisingly I wasn't very nervous - I just felt ready and excited. It seems like we've waited so long to get to an actual chance to have a baby, I was like, "let's get this party started everyone!" The KU Med team I had was amazing. I've seriously never experience a more well run, efficient and caring medical procedure. My doctor, nurses, and anesthesiologist were all women (who run the world?) and they were all wonderful.  I think the procedure only took about 20 minutes because half an hour later I was back sitting with Mike and exclaiming, "Wait, they already did it?"

The entire IVF experience has been pretty incredible. Mike and I have learned so much and come to appreciate the miracles performed in the medical field each day. We have twelve embryos hanging out in Kansas City right now, and it is amazing yet very bizarre to think about that. It's like twelve little "souls" or "beings" are just there - waiting. It's been difficult for us to wrap our minds around it at times. It's quite different from the way the majority of the world has a baby, but we're incredibly thankful for the opportunity. 

Next up - embryo biopsies! I told you it was like one big science experiment, didn't I?

In other news - did you know there was a Christmas tree shortage this year? We waited a week to get ours this year in hopes it wouldn't get as dry by New Year's. This left us on the great Christmas tree hunt a couple of Sundays ago. Mike was losing his Christmas spirit pretty quickly. We ended up with a smaller (womp, womp) Frasier Fir this year, but at least we got one. It's a little less "lush" as we've had before but it's nothing a few strategically placed poinsettias can't fix.

I love sitting and looking at all the lights this time of year!

The tree hunt this year almost had us resorting to an artificial tree. Almost. 

Christmas movies and specials are in full swing on TV. I enjoyed watching the original "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," which is one of my favorites. Mike can't even any more, but that's okay.

I also recently watched "It's a Wonderful Life," which I hadn't seen in many, many years. Man, what a wonderful movie. I love James Stewart! It was so good, and served as a reminder it needs to be a holiday tradition. Yes, I bawled at the end of the movie. I'm blaming it on any lingering hormones still in my system.

"Remember, George, no man is a failure who has friends." 

Mike is dreaming of boating and summer already, of course. When he's not boating, he's working on the boat. He's replaced the old graphics on his Malibu recently (it's ton of work, ugh) So, the Malibu has a cool, new look for summer 2018. Let us know if you want to join for some fun in the sun. We love having friends and family out on the water.

Enjoy your weekend, all!
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