Curiosity Killed the Cat

2014 is shaping up to be a fine year — much better than craptastic 2013!

As you know, we’re finally pregnant (yay!). So many of you have reached out to offer your congratulations. I can tell that people are genuinely giddy with happiness over our baby girl.  A number of people sent me messages saying that they haven’t been this excited since they found out that they, themselves, were having a baby! It warms my heart to know that you all have been on this ride with me.  Through the bad, and now the good!

A number of people have asked me for details on the whole process. Rather than answer the same questions over and over, I’ll just list them all out for you. Here goes…..

1. Are you using a surrogate?
No, we did not have to go the surrogate route.  I had triple negative breast cancer, which means the cancer was not hormone driven. Which means I’m not on hormone blockers for 10 years post chemo. Which means I can safely carry a pregnancy. That was my belly bump in the last post 🙂

2. See, I told you you’d get pregnant when you least expected!
No, this was not a surprise pregnancy. This was a well thought out, and highly planned pregnancy. We used our frozen embryos and availed ourselves of the best medical science has to offer!

3. So IVF worked the first time you tried after cancer and chemo?
Sadly, no.  This was our third embryo transfer post chemo. We did a transfer last summer, another last fall, and then this last one — which worked — in April.

4. What changed? Why did it work?
I have no earthly idea to be perfectly honest.  I will tell you this though — after the first two transfers failed, we ditched our original IVF doctor and moved over to Dr. Mitch Rosen at UCSF. Dr. Rosen has gotten all of my girlfriends pregnant — the man is truly a genius. As much as I hate to admit this next one, I think the 6-week cleanse also helped. My body was fairly clean and in good shape at the time of the third transfer.

5. Are you having twins? So many IVF pregnancies are multiples.
We did transfer two embryos, but I am carrying a singleton pregnancy.

6. Are you having a girl or boy?
Girl!

7. When are you due?
January 3, 2015

8. Do you have a name picked out?
We have it narrowed down to two names, but that’s as far as we’ve gotten.

9. What are the two names?
Nice try! We’re keeping that secret 🙂

10. How are you feeling?
Knock wood, I’m feeling great. I’m 18.5 weeks along and, much to Paul’s chagrin, am fully embracing nesting! We’ve already started converting our guest room into the nursery.

11. Are you working?
Not in the traditional sense. At the moment,  I’m simply enjoying this whole experience. I’d say I worked pretty darn hard to get to this point, so I’m cherishing every moment of pregnancy. Come January, I’ll be a full time mommy to our daughter. I hear it’s extremely tiring, yet rewarding work. I cannot wait for my new job!

 

The Fat Lady Has Sung….

…the cleanse is over!

We cheated in week 5 while we were in Hawaii — we’re only human, people!  Let me tell you, that pizza and those Mai Tai’s & Pina Colada’s tasted good!  It was easy enough to get back on track for the 6th and final week, though.

In the end, I kicked my carb, sugar and alcohol cravings to the curb (for the most part, I mean, I still enjoy life!).

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Got into a good gym routine.

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And lost 10 pounds!

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I feel so much better, have more energy and am just happier after the cleanse. So much so that I’m going to try and keep the basic tenets of the cleanse going — it doesn’t feel like a burden to me at this point. My body is totally adjusted and I’ve found my rhythm preparing 90% of my meals at home.  Only difference going forward, is that I’m not going to be as strict with myself (I can’t be a social hermit forever!) — I’ll have the occasional pizza, grilled cheese, fro yo or glass of red wine if I’m craving it.

Now that the cleanse is over, I guess I’ll have to go back to writing about cancer and fertility! Luck you, dear reader! lol

Weigh In Wednesday

We’re one month into the cleanse! I know you’re all morbidly curious — so I shall appease you:

8 pounds lost
Body water % up 1.1
Muscle Mass % up .7
Bone Mass % down .2
Body Fat %* down 1.6

*all of my %’s are now within the “normal” range for a woman in the 30-39 age range. When I started I was in the “above normal” range (Gasp!)

How do I know all of this? My amazing Vitagoods Digital Body Analyzer. This scale is the bomb. They also have an app where you can input all of your data and track your progress.

Off to the gym…..

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The Half Way Point

We did it! We survived a weekend away without cheating on our cleanse!

I’m not gonna lie to you — it was REALLY, REALLY weird to be at a concert and not drink.  It was also really difficult to be around great friends in a city that was absolutely bursting at the seams over the Seahawks playoff game — and not drink and eat everything in sight during the game. But we managed to get through it.

Honestly, if Paul wasn’t on the cleanse with me, I would’ve caved for sure. It was really helpful to have him by my side.  Also, didn’t hurt that my friend Megan is a very clean eater already — so all the food she made us was cleanse friendly.

At this point, we’re three weeks into the cleanse and have another three to go.  I feel like it’s sort of a way of life at this point. So many of you have reached out to me privately to let me know that you too have done a similar cleanse as part of an allergy elimination experiment.  What we’re doing is more or less the same thing.  We’ll add back foods slowly and see how we feel.

For me in particular, this cleanse has been great because chemo really does a number on your organs — your liver in particular.  I feel like eating clean is rebooting my insides!

OK — so the here are the deets: I’ve lost about 6.5 pounds so far. I have a lot more energy than I used to.  I’m able to go to the gym everyday (yes, I even went to the gym while we were in Seattle) for about an hour and forty five minutes.  I run errands, go to PT, cook etc. — and then I’m wiped for the rest of the day.  In all, I can eek out about 6, good, productive hours before I crash.  Hoping to see that time lengthen as we continue the back half of the cleanse.

OH! Final report for you — my heart rate, while exercising, has come down a bit in the past week. Yay!  Cardio that used to put me at 170, is now steadily in the mid to high 150’s.

All of this hard work is starting to pay off!

PS – the JT concert was amazing. It was also so wonderful to get to hang with Josh, Megan, Jess and Katie.  I made a mindful choice to be in the moment and experience our trip rather than crazily documenting everything through the camera lens on my iphone. So you won’t see any pictures in this post. Sorry….