Graduation Party Success!

Tonight we hosted my inlaws for my 3 step kids graduation party.   We kept it low key.  I am choosing not to post pictures of anyone other than my husband for privacy reasons.
Fun had by all.  We had so much food left over we called a cruiser to pick it up to feed the station!

Abbigale and Spencer are twins Graduated from Middle school together.  They will be attending different High schools next year.  Hunter Graduated elementary School going into Middle School.

I loved the flowers and pineapple!   Our big gift to them is a trip to Hawaii next month Birthday graduation combo!

Teen Graduation Party Ideas

Gift Money!   

What kid doesn't want to see that!  
looks like little diplomas

 Pinterest Inspired

 I laminated their Nation Honor Society and other accomplishments for show ! 

Our dog Mandy!  

Initial Letters from craft store for keepsake

Pooped!   Kids were running around
Someone get that man a beer! 

Question for All of You

So there is something in my home that has been bothering me.  I fear there is nothing I can do but find a place for it.  For a small back up story I will say I have been married to my husband for 2 years now.  His kids are 10, 13 and 13. His ex wife (divorced 10 years) is a nice person whom I strive every day to build a relationship with.  She does not have the same feelings and has even told me she has no interest in getting to know me.  I have been working on accepting this and keeping her more separate.

I suppose I will start with Christmas.  For Christmas my husbands kids (with their mother) gave us a framed picture of them.  It was their school pictures in a green frame with light yellow matting.  Although I love pictures of the kid in my home the frame is ugly.  It took me months but I hung it in the entryway for the kids to see everyday. 

Yesterday for or Fathers Day his kids gave him a gift that they did as usual with their mother.   Again it was pictures. It was a cute idea right out of Pinterest.   A large piece of wood with string and clips.  About 10 pictures hung from it.  Now here is the kicker all of the pictures are from outings with their mom.  We were not present for any of them?  I find it very strange to hang such a piece in my home. Not to mention it does not go with our decor all.  She has been in our home many times.  Now I have never been in her home to see her taste but I would not have considered giving her a framed picture of the kids from a vacation we took them on.  Or maybe I should not think this way? 

In the end I will be hanging this new picture thing up somewhere.  For the kids.  I just do not agree with it and now have to look at it in my home for a long time.  

Please tell me what you think!

Journey Through My IVF Round #4 BFN

My IVF round summery

Started bc
June 1st Sunday retrieval
15 eggs retrieved 
7 eggs to fertilize
1 actually fertilized 
June 4th transfer
1 egg 6 cell grade 2 embryo 40% fractured 

2ww Symptoms Day by Day

  • 6/1 Sunday retrieval slept all day
  • 6/2 Monday hurting very bloated and cramping went to acupuncture 
  • 6/3 Tuesday still very bloated but I am slowly getting better. Noticed I lost a pound since yesterday 
  • 6/4 Wednesday transfer day! went to acupuncture directly after. Still bloated but again lost a pound 
  • 6/5 Thursday 1dp3dt starting to feel better bloating has gone down.  Lost another pound. Hoping to workout tomorrow. Starting my 5 days of pineapple and walnuts
  • 6/6 Friday 2dp3dt had a day off of picking my step kids up from school. Took advantage and went to my sisters house for the afternoon
  • 6/7 Saturday 3dp3dt Beach day. Decides to recreate a day at the beach we had with my sister during her 4th IVF round that turne into twins.  85 degrees out (brought an umbrella) Feeling twingy and just different home at night.  
  • 6/8 Sunday 4dp3dt Doubleheader baseball games followed by an open house. Can't stop googling the word implantation.  Feeling little cramps. My Breasts are super sore 
  • 6/9 Monday 5dp3dt lower back is beginning to hurt as well as small generalized cramping. I can't help compare the feelings to last round that turned out to be a BFN.  Fingers crossed.  Went to acupuncture. 
  • 6/10 Tuesday 6dt3dt Started testing today BFN as expected but I know now trigger is out
  • 6/11 Wednesday 7dp3dt Tested am BFN.  Exhausted all day and started to feel nauseous for a little bit at night with a headache.  Twingy when I was going to bed on the left side.  Sad I compare it to the twingy failed round I had 
  • 6/12 Thursday 8dp3dt Tested this am BFN I have been eating non stop all day.  It is awful and I can't stop.  I went for a 1/2 a$$ run walk to at the least feel better about it. Ugh Breasts are still full hurt on the run.  Went to acupunture tonight sore throat
  • 6/13 Friday 9dp3dt woke up to another BFN and a sore throat still kicking around.  Under the weather most all of the day.  Feeling tiny cramps and at the gym realized boobs still hurt
  • 6/14 Saturday 10dp3dt Decided not to test today.  I'll save all the disappointment for tomorrow.  I truly feel it is negative.  Feeling deflated this morning just like last round that was a BFN temperature of 100.6
  • 6/15 Sunday 11dp3dt Happy Fathers Day!  Went in for blood work early am.   BFN :(

What I hope to point out here is that I actually had real symptoms off an on although this round that did not work.

I am frustrated and feeling angry.  
I know these feelings will fade and I will be back to myself soon.  Every round I rebound faster.  The fact I have gained 10 pounds is just a little extra kicker this round.  

I have a follow up appointment on Tuesday which I will be going to alone.  My husband offered to take the day off but...  I'd rather save it for something more cheerful.  

IVF Update Round 4: Transfer Day

So transfer day finally came 
I was so nervous for the phone call that it would be canceled due to javing only 1 embryo. 

Here is a picture of my 6 cell grade 2 embryo (there was some fragmentation) 

I have made better quality embryos but it certainly has a fair shot! 
My transfer was yesterday a Wednesday and they say to look out for implantation day 4 and 5 after.   So.. Sunday Monday. 

Fingers crossed!  

IVF Round 4 UPDATE: One step forward 3 steps back

As I reported prior I had a whopping 15 eggs retrieved yesterday!  The most I had ever made.   Yesterday I was told 7 made it to fertilization and 1 fertilized.  This is the least amount I have ever had fertilize?   I am so disappointed to say the least.  I am in so much pain as well.

I am trying to stay possitive thinking...

  • Well there is 1!
  • All it takes is 1!

But I am honestly feeling hopeless.


Please keep my nugget in your thoughts and prayers.

IVF Number of Eggs Retrieved and Success Rates

I found a great website with some useful information in regard to Eggs retrieved Vs Success Rates.   Hope you find this informative.
Click on the picture for the link

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