Sunday, January 18, 2009

Many Packages

My "baby in a box" arrived on Friday. I predicted it would cost us around $500. You can imagine my relief when they called and said we owed $175.25. Phew..

Take a gander at how much medicine one IVF cycle requires.


I will admit, I am a bit overwhelmed. The extra long needles are very intimidating. My blog friend Evan suggested a numbing cream. I planned on being prideful and taking the pain, but looking at that needle makes me cringe. I may consider that cream, after all.


Another package arrived Friday. Enclosed were my books. I have already browsed most of The Couples Guide. I knew most of the information in it, but found a few facts that were interesting. I plan on starting The Shack tomorrow while Tom is doing his thing.


I also ordered one more item from Barnes and Noble and I needed to exchange it. I went to the local store and found what I needed. I decided to browse the kid book section. I allowed myself to start our baby's book collection! Here are the two I picked. I am super excited to get a new book or two every few weeks.


The kangaroo book is too cute. I can't wait to read to our little peanut(s).

17 comments:

Evan Nicole said...

That looks almost identical to my package!! I cant wait for you to start...not for the pain, but so you can get it all over with and we can have babies together!! Let me know how The Shack is, I wanna read it when I finish all the Twilight books! And def go for the cream...it makes the shots completely painless...

Cochran Quads said...

Praying for you!! Goodnight Moon is one of my absolute favorites!!!

Happily Ever After said...

Ouch! You will be okay though. At least injections are over quickly. It will worth the pain if babies are in the making.

I love those books. I started my collection back in college. I can't go into Barnes and Noble without buying at least one children's book. TJ Maxx and Marshalls have a lot of those popular board books. There prices are so much better than Barnes and Noble.

Here's the first one I ever bought: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Oh-Baby-the-Places-Youll-Go/Tish-Rabe/e/9780679885726/?itm=1 I usually give it to my friends when I find out they are pregnant.

Here's another cute one I bought this past summer at Barnes and Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Ma-Theres-Nothing-to-Do-Here/Barbara-Park/e/9780375838521/?itm=4 It would be another good one to give pregnant friends.

Best wishes!!! :)

Kriss said...

I just finished The Shack, interesting read. Curious as to what you think about it after you read it, do update. :) -kriss

Jennifer said...

I'm excited for you to start your new adventure. You are so lucky that your insurance covers meds and IVF..this would not have been an option for us. Good luck with the needles and meds! Whats the shack about? Praying for good news for you soon!!

twondra said...

I remember getting "the box". It was exciting and yes, overwhelming. If hubby can give you the shots with the big needles, it helps soooooo much.

Stacey said...

Happy Belated birthday. I hope you had a wonderful day!

Mrs. Hammer said...

Does it seem more real staring at your "baby-in-a-box" supplies? IVF has been this 'if/when we get there' thing for us so I think it would really hit me to see that sitting in my home. I think it's a cute idea to keep your end goal in mind by buying kid's books.

Let me know what you think of The Shack. I ended up hearing this guys testimony when he came to a local church and it really helped me to understand why he wrote what he did.

I'm a little over half way through 'the couples guide' and have skipped through a couple chapters or two myself since they didn't apply but I think the second half will be more applicable to you (starting at chapter 8).

Ashley said...

That's EXCITING!!! Does your insurance cover meds for IVF? Just curious because we were told our meds would be anywhere from 2000-4000. I would GLADLY take 175:) When do you start taking the shots? I'm so happy for you to get started and get your baby:)

Kalle said...

Forget the "No Pain No Gain" theory. Stock up on that numbing cream. I started a book collection a few years ago for our little one to come. It's fun to go browse and then look back at what you've bought.
Good luck with this first cycle.

courtney said...

Oooh good luck! I can't wait to hear the success stories of starting IVF and then bringing a baby. Congratulations on turning the page in this crazy IF journey.

Mimi said...

I hope I get a package too. I am freaking out that everything will be one at a time!!! One other thing you can do that really works wonders is use ice!!! I put ice on my belly until I can't stand it anymore or the skin starts to turn white, inject immediately and you won't feel a thing! I promise! Good luck sweetie!

I love the book idea!

Kami

Dan and Gretchen said...

Erin-
Just an FYI on some of those large needles...the fat needles are only used for "mixing" the liquid w/the powder (for the HCG and menopur, if they didn't give you a cap to do it with)...you should have another one that you use for the injection. They are also supposed to be administered in the butt (the HCG, the menopur is in the belly), and honestly...I had a friend who was nurse do mine, and there was no need for numbing cream. They actually go pretty high in the muscle, and it was no big deal. I honestly had myself all worked up over those shots and it wasn't a problem.

You'll Do GREAT!!!
Happy "New" Beginnings!!!

Tiffany said...

Yahoo for meds, and OMG what a blessing to have the meds covered. I couldn't even imagine. Don't worry the needles look worse than they are, I PROMISE!

WantWait&Pray said...

The extra long needles are probably for your trigger and for the progesterone in oil (PIO) which you'll use after the transfer. In my opinion, I warmed up the PIO by wrapping it up in a heating pad each night....also I iced my bum before the shot. Heating the oil will let it go in more easily (it's a really thick consistency) and icing will help to numb the area. Email me if you have any more question....I'm happy to help!

amanda said...

i started our babies book collection long before being pregnant too. books are good and so much fun to read to that precious little baby. :0) praying.

Cin said...

I am a bit of a lurker and have been reading your blog for a while. I just wanted to say that if I had one wish this year, it would be that you have your peanut. Just one little wish, its not too much to ask...

Oh and if you are looking for great kids books, check out Possum Magic by Mem Fox and my Little Bears personal favourite Its Time For Bed. "Its time for bed, little calf, little calf, what happened today that made you laugh?" Such a sweet question.
(hug)