Thursday, March 25, 2010

April Madness

No I didn't get that month wrong, but in this post (my 50th I might add) I'm going to attempt to take a stab at estimating the VIP dates of the IVF cycle. I mean why not have a little fun why I'm injecting myself daily with meds. And for the record I absolutely love March Madness, and if I toot my own horn am pretty frickin good at random guessing! Last year I actually won my dad's office pool, which has like 50 people in it. Actually I dominated the pool, let's just say I had every one of the elite 8 correct, can we say unheard of. Last year was also the first year that all the top seeded teams made it to the elite 8, yes I tend to pick the favs (a girly thing to do my little bro has told me)....but whatever. They announced me the winner before the final game because nobody could even catch me at that point.

And let's take the a step further. March Madness may be my second favorite time of the year after xmas. Growing up my family went to Hilton Head, SC for every spring break...my absolute most favorite place on earth (after maybe Hawaii). But I have so many amazing memories from all those years of trips. Hubby and I have even gone back a few times with friends on our own and my parents a couple times, and someday we've decided that Hilton Head will be our spring break choice for our family. And what always occurred over the week we were there, the finals of the NCAA tourney. So I've seriously been doing this for like 20 years and I love it!!! I really don't even like sports, but something about doing the brackets takes me back to when I was a kid with the fam in Hilton Head rooting for my picks for a chance for bragging rights of winning the pool!

So back to IVF. I went in for my cd21 monitoring appointment today, and am just waiting for the call from my nurse that all systems are a go. And the u/s lady told me I had 12 follies on one side, and 14 on the other...she said they liked over achievers on "this side" (the IVF side) of my clinic. Yay, I most certainly hope to over achieve this cycle, but not over stim!! I start Lu.pron tomorrow, period is expected 5-7 days after I start Lu.pron. Then I have a baseline cd3 monitoring appointment, and folli.stim starts that night. The tricky part is guessing how long I'll be on folli.stim, which is whenever my follies are ready.


So here is my April madness bracket:

3/26 - start Lu.pron (this is an easy one, hah)
3/30 - AF or CD 1 (this may be a day or two early, but I frickin hope it comes fast)
4/1 - CD3 and start Folli.stim
4/5 - she said I come in on day 4/5 of stims...so I'm going with 5.
4/8 - trigger...so this assumes I would only be on stims for 8 days, BUT I just think I'll be fast...based on all my other previous cycles.
4/10 - ER
4/14 - Transfer (hopefully we get a 5dt, and I'm not sure if you count the ER day or not)
4/23 - Beta???

So those are my VIP April Madness date picks. We will see how close I come to my predictions here. And here is the really freaky thing. I know there's no way to predict these dates (even if I was a crazy psychic last year in my NCAA brackets), but if I'm even a little on target...last year I got my one and only BFP on 4/24 (my half bday). So how insane after all these cycles that my IVF beta would line up almost to that date exactly one year later. I have to say, it honestly gives me some weird hope. I will always fondly remember that day (May 13th on the other hand I have a serious issue with), but 4/24 is music to my ears. And the thought of that day approaching, one year later, and the stars aligning just right gives me hope that maybe 4/24 will once again be my most favorite day of the year!!!

31 comments:

Secret Sloper said...

Basic, I hope all of your predictions are right on and that the combined luck of those guesses gives you another BFP at last.

I can't believe how close you are to *THE* cycle. This is amazing! I'm so excited for you! You and DH are going to rock this out.

Andrea said...

Praying for all things wonderful in April :) Continue to believe that ANYTHING is possible and it will be yours!

As you know, I have entered a new realm of this "world of IF" and have adopted my official pledge, which goes like this:

"I am in it to WIN IT"

You are too sweet friend, you are IN IT to WIN IT :) Hold tight to your faith, as nothing can diminish that, nothing. And, cling tight to that sweet hubby and all those wonderful friends (like me :) who are rallying you on to success! You are off and running and I will be your personal cheerleader to the FINISH LINE. You WILL get there!

Much Love and Many Prayers as you set sail :)

HUGS

suchagoodegg said...

I love your picks (I try to do that every cycle!), especially you having a BFP to announce by 4/24. It will be yours my friend. Go get 'em!!! :)

Andrea said...

Forgot to tell you, but I am such a Carolina Girl at heart :) My love affair is with the Isle of Palms...and of course Charleston. NC or SC, I'll take it! I even married a Carolina Boy!!!

More HUGS
ps Sending a little surf and sand your way.

Al said...

Omigosh, less than a month you'll know! That's crazy. I feel like it's gone so fast.

I am hoping you'll have that BFP by 4/24..it seems so fitting that you will. Excited for you !

Rach said...

Hope it all lines up!!

Kim said...

Oh how perfect would that be?! Such good vibes I am feeling! So excited for you!

Shanny said...

I think your April Madness bracket looks good, hope it works out with awesome results!!!!

The Millers said...

You are too funny! If you are spot on with your predictions then I am going to need you to buy me a lottery ticket!!

Crossed Fingers said...

Yea! I hope this cycle leads to a sticky BFP for you! My fingers are crossed tightly!

How are you doing with brackets this year? Total upsets all over the place. My brackets are all jokes right now. haha

Ashley said...

I hope all your predications are right! My office told me AF will come TEN days after Lupron. So I'm hoping your office is right and mine is wrong! Ten days is forever long. Last cycle I was on stims for 12 days but I think I remember you have responded faster during previous cycles. Good luck!! April's our month for babies! I just know it! :)

Katie said...

That would be so amazing if you got you IVF BFP on that date. I hope and pray that the stars align for you! I know you have a busy month ahead, but you have an amazing, positive attitude about it all. I am so excited for you and what's to come during "April Madness."

Just Me...C said...

I am so very hopeful that April 24 will result in another BFP for you! April is going to be exciting so you better buckle up :)!

Jessica said...

I love your VIP April Madness date picks. I hope you are right and get your BFP on your 1/2 birthday!!

JC said...

Oh wow wow wow so exciting!!! 4/24 would be the perfect day! I can't believe it's so soon!!!

The Baby Race said...

Fingers crossed that your picks are right on!

Catrisha T said...

Hoping that the stars align for you and your picks are right. Best of Luck!!

ICLW #33

A said...

It will be fun to see how close your predictions are! Mine have already gone out the window from what I already thought. Haha! It would be amazing for you to get another BFP on 4/24! Praying it will be true!

Kate said...

Sounds like you've got it all lined out - 4/24 is only a month away - it will be here before you know it! Good luck!

~ICLW

Chelle said...

I like your odds! It will be fun to see how right on your numbers are. Too bad you can't do your beta on 4/24. ;)

I am totally a cheerleader on your sidelines for April Madness!

Pregnant Yuppy said...

Good luck with your April Madness predictions! I hope that everything goes smoothly for you.

ICLW

Littlest True Blue said...

Yeah for April Madness! So excited for you to get started!
PS. My hubs and I found it totally funny about the "puppy pee-pad" in the masturbatorium too! We use those for our dog too! ha ha!

LTB

Erin said...

I am just about ready to burst with excitement for you!!!

Stefanie Blakely said...

I LOVE Hilton Head!! My parents owned a place in Palmetto Dunes for many years and we went down several times a year... so beautiful and relaxing!!

So excited for your next cycle. :)

AplusB said...

I love the correlation with march madness! So true! I have this psycho spread sheet where I try to estimate my period, ovulation, etc. etc. when it's really just picking brackets, right?! I so hope that 4/24 brings you a positive BFP, but 4/23 is my bday and a positive test would be an awesome bday present for me :)

Fran said...

I have everything crossed for your April Madness!! This has to be the cycle!

Fran

ICLW #14

R.J. said...

Hey cycle sista! I've been keeping up on reading but a little lax on my commenting. I'm excited that you're getting started! BTW, my estimated ER is 4/7, so we'll be in the 2WW together (again). I'm sending some good wishes your way ...

Erika said...

I love March Madness too! But then again, I grew up in the Hoosier state, where loving basketball or at least March Madness is a MUST!


So hoping this IVF cycle goes just as you're prediciting. Best wishes! Happy ICLW, too!

subfertilefrugalista said...

Yay! So excited for you this cycle! And what about you being a genius psychic!?!? Did you read the article about that kid who had the first two rounds perfect? Amazing. He was the only one they could find online that had it perfect. I loved him even more because he had my alma mater/place of employment winning it all. Unfortunately, we lost in the Sweet 16 but I loved him for a while!!

theworms said...

I love the IVF brackets!! Sending you tons of GL this cycle. I hope we both have BFP posts very soon :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

ICLW

Dear Diary said...

Hi Cycle buddy, this is going to be our cycle!! I will be praying for you =)