Coen: 16 Month Update

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Coen’s 16 month Update

Height:  30.5 inches

Weight:  Almost 27lbs

New This Month:

  •  Crawling up the stairs
  • 2 New Teeth
  • Sitting quietly and “reading”
  • Continuously handing us his books to read to him

Likes:  Chocolate brownie cookie that daddy gave him a piece of, being chased, the snow, our dog Duncan, reading or being read to, Curious George, jumping in my closet and hiding, getting into the cabinets

Dislikes: Being overtired, being told “No”, not getting enough attention, being off his schedule, not getting his way, being in high chair too long

 

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Sleep:  He is sleeping 7:30 to 6/6:30 and still napping at about 9:30/10 and 2:30/3.  A few times during the week he will skip a nap usually his second.  I just don’t feel he is quite ready to drop to one nap yet because when he skips his morning nap he is super tired.

Eating:  He has 3 meals a day and 3 snacks.  We are offering milk in the morning, at some of his meals and a half hour before bed with a little snack.  We are still using up the frozen breast milk along with regular cow’s milk.  He has a wide variety of food and his favorites are still blueberries and avocados.

Clothes:  18 Month clothes are getting  very tight and most of his bodysuits have shrunk so much he looks like he is wearing a v neck.  I have been meaning to go out and buy some shirts in 24 month or 2T.  He still has little feet and is in size 5 shoes.

 

Cleared for FET

FET #4 Update

I didn’t think I would be writing this but I have been cleared to start a frozen embryo cycle!  I honestly thought we may not even get the chance to try for #2.  Why is it we always think the worst case scenario?  It looks like all is good with my liver from a biopsy point.  My gastro will be monitoring my liver levels during the cycle just in case.  I am also waiting to hear on the genetic test for Celiac disease.  I started Estrace Friday night and return for an ultrasound on March 3rd.  Depending on my lining, we will most likely be transferring the week of March 8th with a beta right before our 4th anniversary.

Valentine’s Weekend

The hubby and I don’t celebrate Valentine’ Day but we did spend the night away for a wedding 2 hours north.  It was only the second time we have left Coen overnight but it was good to get away especially after the biopsy and stress I had been dealing with.  I did indulge in a few cocktails and it was probably the first time I have had over two drinks in about two years.  It would have been relaxing if we didn’t hit a storm both ways there and back.  A little pic from the day.

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1 Step forward 2 steps back

FET #4 Update

Life has been busy and a lot has happened in regards to starting our journey for #2.  In January, I finally got my period after 30 days of estrace and 10 days of provera.  It was just a reminder how much I dislike being on hormones but as always it’s just another thing you just have to deal with.  Over a week ago I got my meds and the FET was approved.  All I had to do is stop the BCPs and wait for AF to start the Estrace but now we (I) have another barrier……. Since I had Coen I have been dealing with some stomach issues.  I have always had digestive problems all my life but this was different.  I thought it was my gallbladder and had an ultrasound a few months ago to find out I just had some “sludge” or debri in my gall bladder.  It could be causing my problems but I figured I would deal with it as it was not necessary to have my gall bladder removed.  After a few weeks of more stomach issues, sleepless nights in pain and beginning to fear food I finally saw the Dr.   Long story short I also have elevated liver enzymes and have tested positive to having some autoimmune antibodies (Antinuclear Antibodies) in blood.  The two may or not be related but I have to go for a liver biopsy Thursday.

The FET is postponed until after the biopsy.  It wasn’t until I started typing this post a few days ago that I started to put two and two together.  I googled ANA positive and failed IVFs and found a ton of info.  This made me nauseous.  I am starting to wonder if this was my problem all along and the reason for failed implantation?  Oddly enough the time that actually took I did take Claritin and Benadryl which I had seen was an autoimmune protocol that some other women had done.  I figured it was worth a try.  I am not sure if this helped or it was just a coincidence.  All I know is I have one beautiful little miracle.   The problem is my heart selfishly aches for another and I am not so sure it is in the cards for us now depending on my diagnosis.  Even if things look good I wonder if I will continue to have failed cycles.  I am not ready to give up yet and until we figure out what is wrong I am trying to have faith.  We are already so blessed with one perfect little man.

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Coen: 15 Month Update

A super late update as Coen will be 16 months next week!  I have also been bad with taking pictures hence the not-so-great pics.

Coen’s 15 month Update

Little guy is now walking full time.  Over the past month he has enjoyed his second Christmas and spending time with family and friends.

Height:  30.5 inches

Weight:  a little over 26lbs

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New This Month:

  • No new teeth but seems like he is working on getting some
  • Says “ACHOO”  when we ask “what does Sneezy say?”

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Likes: Eating! Walking, talking, playing and terrorizing the dog, giving hugs, stacking, playing with blocks,

Dislikes: Car rides, diaper/outfit changes by Mommy, being tired

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Sleep:  He is sleeping 7:30 to 6/6:30 and still napping at about 9:30/10 and 2:30/3.  A few times during the week he will skip a nap usually his second.  I just don’t feel he is quite ready to drop to one nap yet.

Eating:  He has 3 meals a day and 3 snacks.  We are offering milk in the morning, at some of his meals and a half hour before bed with a little snack.  We are still using up the frozen breast milk along with regular cow’s milk.  He has a wide variety of food and his favorites are still blueberries and avocados.

Clothes:  18-24 Month clothes, size 5 shoes

 

Coen: 14 Month Update

Coen’s 14 month Update

Little guy has really taken off with walking this month.  He is definitely crawling more than walking still but he is so proud of himself when he walks.  He is smiling from ear to ear!  He does the little Frankenstein walk with his hands out.  I would say he is about 50/50 with walking/crawling and every day he does more and more.

Height:  30ish inches

Weight:  25ish lbs

New This Month:

  • Walking – a lot!
  • Stacking and playing with blocks
  • Climbing – he tries to get onto everything
  • Stranger Danger- he has started to become scared of new people and places.
  • Saying Ma!

Likes: Walking, talking, throwing food on the floor, having tantrums, giving hugs, stacking, playing with blocks, playing “Where’s Coen?”  this is where he hides behind me aka peekaboo.

Dislikes: Car rides, diaper/outfit changes, food that he normally liked.

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Sleep:  He is sleeping 7:30 to 6/6:30 and taking two naps a day at daycare and occasionally two with us.  He will skip either his first or second nap when he is with us but I don’t feel he is ready to drop to one nap yet.  He is napping about 9:30 and 2:30/3.

Eating:  He has 3 meals a day and 3 snacks.  We are offering milk in the morning, at meals and a half hour before bed with a little snack.  I am using up the last of the frozen breast milk.  He has a wide variety of food and his favorites are still blueberries and avocados.

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Clothes:  He is still in 18 Month clothing but I will probably break out the 24 month stuff.  His legs are still 12 or 18 month in length but his torso fits better in 18 or 24 months.  We have the hardest time getting sleepers over his thighs!  He still wears mostly bodysuits since he is still crawling a lot.  We are also having the hardest time finding shoes because his feet are short and fat.  We have some size 5 wides but the are too big in length so it is difficult for him to walk.

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No Period and More Pills

FET #4

Ever have one of those days you just feel like no matter what you do things just go wrong?  Today is one of those days.  I didn’t sleep well and came into work having to deal with chaos.  I  just got off the phone with the clinic and I am starting to feel like we may never start FET #4.  My body is not cooperating and I am beginning to be come frustrated.  So far 7 days of Provera and nothing and  then 10 days of Estrace plus 5 days of Provera with only spotting.  Now I have to go on 30 fregin days of Estrace with the dose doubled and 10 days on Provera all just to get a period so I can do the basic testing.  The worst part is the nurse saying she wasn’t sure why they even had me do only ten days of Estrace because that never works.  Argh. It was just more time wasted. I never thought it would be this difficult or that my body wouldn’t get back to normal on it’s own.  Why did I even stop breastfeeding at a year?  Part of me just wants to quit before we even start BUT if I quit when it got hard I wouldn’t be seeing that cute little face every morning.  So back on the fat pills starting tomorrow.  Unless I change my mind……

Enough of my rant and the poor me because there are so many out there without even one child.  I just need to learn to enjoy this journey as much as I can.  We had a few pics taken last week for our Christmas cards this year…..here are a few that we have on it!

 

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A Snowy Thanksgiving

I can’t believe my 5 day weekend is over! The only good thing about it is that my last day of provera is today.  I can’t wait to be done with these meds!  At least if I am going through a cycle I can tolerate the hormones knowing that transfer day would be coming.  Taking hormones just to get my body back to normal is no fun.

Thanksgiving Eve

Wednesday morning the snow starting falling.  I had the day off but I took the little guy to daycare so I could get some pre-Thanksgiving prep done.  I  ended up picking him up early because the roads were getting nasty.  After his second nap, I bundled him up and took him outside to play in the snow for the first time..so cute!!!

 

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He loved when I put him in the sled and pulled him around.

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Wednesday night the power went out but we have a generator so we stayed nice and warm….just didn’t sleep very well due to the noise.

Thanksgiving

Unfortunately, the power was not on Thanksgiving morning putting a damper on things because we were supposed to host.  Luckily my in-laws (who are in Arizona for the winter) never lose power and we decided to cook over there.  Coen enjoyed his first Thanksgiving meal despite having a very fussy day.  He does not like to be off his schedule.  I am such a schedule person so I can’t blame him!

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We are still working on using utensils.  He hasn’t quite got the grasp of it yet.

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My goal was to workout legs in the morning to help burn some of the calories I would be consuming but since we were grid locked from fallen trees I couldn’t make it to the gym.  Instead I kept my portions in check.  I did have a small slice of both apple and strawberry rhubarb pie though.

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It is impossible to get Coen to smile or pay attention for any picture!

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And when he does look he won’t smile on queue instead he decided to make farty noises.

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