We hit the ground running today. Ready or not, the time has arrived.
Our first ultrasound took place this morning. My endometrial lining is right where they want it, all of my cysts are under control, my ovaries look good. I was instructed to go ahead with my first dose of hormones. We should be excited, right? Well, we are, except for one thing: We’ve been here before.
It feels like we’re walking an emotional tightrope this time around. We get good news and feel on top of the world. But then we remember we’ve heard this good news before and didn’t fall pregnant, which brings us right back down to earth. Naturally we want to stay optimistic, but we can’t get ahead of ourselves. If our cycles had an underlying theme, this one’s would be “cautiously optimistic”.
My focus this time will be a little bit different than it was during our last go around. Last time I was very focused on healthy eating, exercise and all that jazz. While I still plan on keeping a healthy lifestyle, this time around I’m going to be laser-focused on my attitude and stress levels. My emotions have been a veritable smorgasbord, much, I’m sure, to Lee’s dismay. Emotions have been heightened for the last few months as I’ve tried to come to terms with our last cycle as well as attempting to mentally prepare for this one. The stress and anger have been a little too much at times. And I’m letting things that normally shouldn’t bother me throw me completely off-kilter. I really need to focus on not letting the minutiae of every day life get to me as much as it has the last few months. Try as I might, I can’t control everything. I can only control how I react. And my reactions need to chill out a bit.
The good news is, it’s almost impossible to be upset in Minneapolis in late spring. Spring started off like an evil joke this year, but we’re finally getting the mid 70s and sunny days that keep most of us Minnesotans in the bold North. It’s also a short week for me! I’m two weeks from my 2-year anniversary at my job and have a few vacation days to use or lose. I’m choosing to enjoy a 5-day weekend this week. And I’m trying to ensure I make enough time this week to do the things I enjoy. I have 3 books on loan from my local library, and my goal is to finish at least one this weekend. Other plans include drinking tea on my deck, planting some flowers and enjoying the beauty of the season. I’ll also probably spend an exorbitant amount of time with my husband. Did I mention how much I enjoy his company? I feel like I might have casually mentioned it once or twice on this blog. A long weekend with my main squeeze sounds like the perfect way to spend a holiday.
I have no doubt the second cycle will seem to go much faster than the first one. We’re excited and scared, hopeful and nervous for the outcome. The time has arrived and now we’ve got to put our game faces on and get ready for a whirlwind of a month.