Last Miles, My Bday and Egg Retrieval

Last week was my last few days of running, my birthday and my egg retrieval for IVF. I must say, that all that made for a pretty eventful week, one way or another! I took Monday as a rest day after my 16 miler and did an easy 6 miles on the treadmill Tuesday. I still had a bit of my birthday cake left over and had it as a pre-breakfast with my Nuun… no shame!

6 easy before eggWednesday was officially my last day of running until hopefully after I find out I’m pregnant! I was so happy to get some miles in with Jolene, my BRF (best running friend). Those are my favorite runs and someone who’s willing to drive to your house at 5AM on a weekday is definitely a keeper! It doesn’t hurt that she’s a great friend outside of running, too <3

Last Jolene RunMy Thursday started off at 3AM when I had to give myself the HCG trigger shot in preparation for the egg retrieval (ER). HCG is what tells a normal woman’s body to ovulate. It’s perfectly timed with the ER so that they are JUST about to release and my doc is there to suck them out before they go off on their own. We got home from work that evening and noticed we only had a 22 gauge needle…. ummm that thing is so thick! The needle is so long because the HCG has to be shot in my butt, inter-muscularly. Thankfully, Todd is an amazing husband and went out after we put Kara down for bed to get the thinner needle <3

22 gauge vs 25 gauge

Thursday was also my actual birthday and my co-workers surprised me with decorations and SO many treats. Pumpkin bagel, pumpkin muffin, mini donuts, cranberry orange muffin, coffee, a pumpkin sugar cookie and even more gifts! I am one lucky lady! My mom got me the dress in the picture. Pretty much anything fashionable I wear is from my mom or sister 🙂


Don’t mind the messy desk 😉

Friday was Egg Retrieval Day! Both Todd and I took the day off of work and just took things easy. We had pancakes, took Kara to the park and did our normal weekend thing because we had no clue how’d I’d be feeling over the actual weekend. I was only on light sedation and was “awake” the whole time. I couldn’t feel anything, but I was blabbing about random stuff the whole time. Todd was able to ask questions and see everything. Pretty cool.

Egg Retrieval

They tell you to dink A LOT of fluids and eat a lot of protein to help with the bloating and water retention. Seems counter intuitive, but like when I had a mild case of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS) with Kara, the extra water/sodium/protein helps draw fluid out of my abdomen to be flushed out. I pretty much laid on the couch all day Saturday and most of the day Sunday. I wore my fit bit to be comical and I walked .35 miles ALL of Saturday, haha. As of Sunday night, this is what my stomach looked like…

Bloated Belly

Next step for me is the embryo transfer, which will hopefully be Wednesday. EEEE!!!! Sorry for the lack of Kara pictures! She’ll be back in full force next week, haha. Hope everyone has a great week! Linking up with The Weekly WrapMommy MomentsMCM MamaRunsBlog Hop and Inspire Me Monday!

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  1. OH yay for the nuun discount! Just in time – I need some more hydration in my life. Thanks for sharing about the egg retrieval – the process is so interesting. And wow, that bloat is hilarious!

    • It is a pretty exciting week! Both last and this week! Jolene is a dear friend and I was lucky enough to meet her through this blog!

    • I do have some pretty awesome co-workers… they put up with my baby talk, oversharing and still do my birthday big 🙂

  2. I have a friend like that…I’ve transitioned her to an early-morning runner (on occasion), and we’ve logged many early-morning miles before the sun is anywhere near rising. Good luck with everything this week!

    • Good for you for converting her, haha… it can be a hard adjustment but I think it’s the perfect way to start the day! And THANK YOU!!!

  3. What a fun birthday your co-workers had for you at work! You look very lovely in the dress too. I hope everything goes well this week! Fingers crossed for success. Thanks for linking.

    • It was a nice surprise! My mom still knows how to dress me well 🙂 And thank you! I’ll take all the luck I can get XOXO

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