I know I’ve said this many times but it warrants mentioning again. We LOVE, love Gracie’s Co-op Preschool! Getting her a spot in the class was pure luck and I’m more happy with her little escuela every month. :) In this first school year, G and I have become those super involved parents (no shocker there, lol). We volunteer in the classroom at least once a month, sometimes together, and in the 6 months that Grace has been in school, we’ve been there with bells on for every single field trip. The other parents are so warm and friendly too. The bean has already been invited to 3 birthday parties from her school buds and with the pre-k committees that G and I have joined, we’ve made lots of new parent friends as well.
My favorite thing about the school is that it celebrates families. ALL families! A few weeks ago, I was volunteering in class and doing a little cleaning while the kids gathered for music circle. The song they were listening to and singing was called, “Love Makes a Family”. The song’s lyrics talk all about how some families are big and some small. That some kids have parents who are divorced, some live with grandparents and, well you get the idea. As I was cleaning and listening to the kiddos sing along to the song, a verse started about a little girl named Sophia who has two mommies. The verse talked about how her family is special and that it’s never ok to tease your friends just because their family looks different than your family. I couldn’t believe it! As I was listening to the start of the song describing different kinds of families, I was thinking, I can’t wait for the day that LGBT families are included in songs like these… And then the Sophia verse started! It warmed my heart so very much and made me a bit teary-eyed. I blame the fertility drugs (like always), but I’m pretty sure that I would have gotten choked up even if I didn’t have hormones ragging through my body. To see all the little ones singing the verse about Sophia and her moms together, and to know that my baby girl is learning and thriving in an environment that is so supportive of her family, well there’s just nothing more that we could ask for.
Sending Grace to school, and essentially out into the world for the first time this school year, made Georgia and I a bit nervous (me more so than G). I was honestly worried more about the parents than the kids, because I know parents can at times be close-minded a-holes. I worried that Grace would get teased. I worried that we would be treated different than other parents or that our family wouldn’t be viewed as a family equal to everyone else. Thankfully, I couldn’t have been more wrong. I know that there’s a high likelihood that we will be faced with a scenario like this at some point in Gracie’s young school years, but not today. Not this school year and that makes me very happy.
This past Monday we went on what was without a doubt my favorite field trip of the school year thus far! Me, G and some fellow parents, joined the kiddos in spending the afternoon at the local Children’s Science Center and Museum. Our group was left to explore the grounds and watch our kiddos learn all about science for the first time.
During the fieldtrip we learned about the life of water, studying its characteristics, patterns and flow!
The kiddos investigated light, shadow and the transfer of color!
And experienced the transactive qualities of air! Grace even got to “fly” a plane, with the help of Mommy before sharing the snacks she brought for her classmates!
We all had so much fun and learned a lot! I can’t wait until our next museum visit!
…And in other baby-making news, this arrived week before last!
I was so nervous the day it was delivered that I talked G into leaving work early to intercept the goods. All I could think of were the news articles I watched over Christmas about thieves stealing deliveries off people’s doorsteps and I was convinced that some crazed lunatic would surly steal our baby-making medicine… So my lovely wife was there to bring the meds in and go through them. She even sent me the picture pasted above because she was just as excited as me that they finally arrived!
I’m currently on day 18 of birth control and G’s been giving me shots of Lupron nightly for 8 days now. The shots don’t really hurt but these are also the ones that just go in my leg. I’ve had way more “side effects” from the birth control and the fact that I haven’t had coffee, wine or caffeine of any kind for weeks, lol. I’m a BIG coffee drinker and as someone who normally drank several cups of Star.bucks dark roast every morning, it’s been an adjustment. I had a horrible headache for the first week and thought it was the BC but soon realized that I was suffering from caffeine withdrawals. I sent G the pic above a few days ago after my face finally started to clear up from my first break out. I think I did a pretty good job covering up my zits but still I thought the picture was funny. It’s amazing how quickly the birth control wrecked my face and threw off my sleeping pattern. I don’t know how all you straight girls take this stuff for years at a time! ;)
Aside from that, I have a few questions for my fellow IVF mamas. Did any of you spot while you were on the birth control/Lupron combo? I called my nurse last week when I noticed some pink when wiping and they told me it was totally normal but today it seemed to be a bit more. I know that some people get cysts during this phase of the process and I’m just praying that isn’t happening because it would mean we would need to start all over. Even after TTC for a year and taking fertility drugs the entire time, I’ve never had a cyst so I’m praying it doesn’t happen now. Did any of you experience anything like this?
Also, when it came time for transfer, how many did you transfer? I know the number really just depends on egg quality but I’m still curious what others have done and what the outcome was. Thanks so much in advance for sharing!
That pretty much sums up what’s been going on around here. Sorry for the super long scattered post, haha! I’ll leave you with this picture taken of Georgia and two fellow moms from Gracie’s class at a recent “Best of the City” event. The Bean’s pre-school was voted “Best Parent Cooperative Preschool” in the city last month, so we of course had to celebrate with all the other “best of the city” peeps! Isn’t my wife just gorgeous?! I’m a lucky gal.