Here’s the News!

I’ve been running a mile a minute since the infamous “poop-shirt/smoke-out” day.  Ah, good times, good times. 

Libby went back to the vet a few days later and finally was fixed.   One evening I took a class at Austin Pets Alive on how to do pet adoptions (the interview and paperwork), and as I was leaving, another foster mom brought in a tiny 3 1/2 week old black and white kitten.  He and his three siblings were brought home from the pound with horrible upper respiratory infections.  His siblings were sick like Libby and Leif were, with trouble breathing and had to be fed every few hours by syringe.  This little guy could breathe and eat just fine, but the infection had settled in his eyes.  They were swollen the size of marbles in his tiny head and he couldn’t open them.  The vet suspected that he would be blind.  The foster mom couldn’t keep up with him with the needs of the other two, so she was hoping that someone else could take him.  Argh, I’m a softie.  So now we have Moo, the blind kitten.  Moo is short for Mooby, a fictional cartoon character in various Kevin Smith movies, but whenever I called him it sounded too much like I was calling “Booby!” so I shortened it to Moo.

Little Moo

Happy Little Guy

 One sweet perk of the company merger last year is now we all have a “Floating Holiday” – a paid day we can take off anytime (as long as it’s pre-approved, of course).  Last Thurday I took my floating holiday, so Wednesday night I headed up to Gatesville where my folks are still unpacking at their new house.  Mom and I hung pictures, mirrors, and curtains, unpacked boxes and shopped.  I got over half of my Christmas shopping done, yay me! 

Since Troy was still working full time, I brought Moo with me to the folks’ house.  Within an hour he was king of the household.  By the time I left, he could open his eyes!  He has a white film across the middle of his eyes, but he can see quite a bit.  The inner lining of his eyes are still swollen and red, but nothing like before.  He’s been through a full round of antibiotics so far, but since he’s still very infectious, Dad decided he needed to stay with them ’til he’s not infectious any more.  Dad re-named him Socks.  I’m hoping Mom will let Dad keep him.  Mom is iffy, but Dad and “Socks” are super tight!

Spoiled kitty

pooped out from playing with Grandad


Friday evening I rushed back into town to go to work.  Made a mistake at work :(.  Have to go in today after work at my regular job to take my punishment.  It sucks, it was carelessness on my part (didn’t affect patient care, it was about instrument care and maintenance).  I feel really bad.  There’s been talk of lay-offs and I really should’ve been more careful.  I wish this evening was over already so I could know what they have planned for me.  *sigh* <edit: got through the meeting with a reprimand and some good advice for making a better decision next time.  Sucked, but I’m glad it’s over and wasn’t more severe.>

Saturday morning I couldn’t sleep, just worrying over the mistake.  Around noon I got up to take Leif and Libby to big Halloween pet adoption event APA was holding at a PetSmart near our house.  I hope they do more events there!  By the time I got there, there was actually a potential adopter who had seen Leif’s profile on the APA website and she was waiting to meet him!  Once she and her fiancee saw Leif and Libby together, they just couldn’t leave with only one!  She adopted both together!  WooHoo!  I couldn’t have dreamed of a sweeter outcome.  We miss them so much, but I’m so proud of all we did to get them to their forever home!

While we were there, I saw our first two fosters, Padme and Ewok.  They’re still struggling to find a home – they’re both so shy and just haven’t been able to shake that.  I hope they can find a really quiet home.  Ewok is still little so I think she would do great with other pets but no kids.  Padme is so quiet, I think she’d do best in a quiet home, maybe with a single person or a retired couple with no other pets.  She doesn’t mind other pets, but she won’t fight for attention, so she’d get more if she was the only one.  They are a lot more sociable since they first came home with us, but I can’t help but feel a little sad that they still haven’t found their forever homes.  <edit to add:  tonight when I went through my emails, I saw that Padme was adopted after we left!  I’ve written the lead at the adoption event to ask about her adopter.  I’m so happy! :)>

Worked again Saturday night, and crashed out all day Sunday.  Hubby went to my folks for a few hours to set up all of their electronics – home phones, cells, TV and computers.  He fished on the way home and had a great time.  BFF Judy came by around 3, just as I was getting up, and we had a great evening.  She cooked pork chops, omg they were amazing.

Baby-Making Meal Plan update:  I’m now in the middle of week three.  I’m up to 3 metformin pills a day – two at bedtime and one in the morning.  I’m finally feeling some energy come back!  I swear last week I could’ve laid down on the cold, dirty tile at work and been asleep in 5 seconds flat.  Feels good to have some oomph again!  Week 1 loss:  7.4 lbs.  Week 2 loss:  4 lbs.  Loss so far this week:  2 lbs  (the end of week 3 will be Thursday).  Total loss so far:  13.4 lbs.  A good total so far, I know, but not near as much as I’d like to see!

On the TTC front:  AF finally came last week, right at about 6 weeks post-BFN.  It was short and light, just spotting for about 4 days.  I called the IVF nurse at the Texas Fertility Center, and we talked a little about what the plan would be.  In the evening Troy and I talked over whether or not we should sit out a cycle or push on.  Troy felt really strongly that we needed at least one more cycle before starting IVF.  I think he’s right.  The last failure was a hard one.  And I’m just starting to make progress on the BMMP.  Also, it’ll give us the extra funds for C-mas.

It was really hard to call the RN back and tell her we’ve decided to sit out a cycle, but it felt right.  We actually may have to sit out two cycles, as the center is closed for the last two weeks of December.  It just depends on the timing – as long as egg retrieval and embryo transfer don’t fall on those two weeks, we’ll proceed next AF.  Otherwise, it’ll be the first AF of January.

Either way, it’ll be ok.  The pros to waiting are that we’ll have more $$ saved and I’ll have more weight off.  For now, I’m sticking with the pro’s. 🙂 

Love to you all!  I’m catching up on blogs tonight!


26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Low Fat Lady
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 08:12:00

    Sounds like you are doing a great job with the kitties. I hope you are able to save lots of money. Glad the metformin is treating you well. Congrats on the weight loss – that is awesome.


    • iamstacey
      Nov 03, 2009 @ 13:33:54

      Thanks, Low-Fat! Both DH and I have really gotten into the animal rescue thing. Makes us feel gooooood. 🙂 I’m glad the weight is coming off…as I sit here at work smelling the home-made chili a co-worker brought in for everyone. OMG, it smells good.


  2. Jessica
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 08:51:34

    Waiting to TTC is hard, but it will be nice to save some extra money espeically for the holidays. Hopefully you will get your BFP during your “break” and you won’t have to do IVF!!


  3. Katie
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 10:00:26

    Just a note on the Metformin, you can also try the controlled release version. That’s what I use. I take three with dinner and the effects on my system are significatnly less!

    It must be hard to wait out a cycle but I think your reasons are sound and hopefully December will be the cycle for you guys!


    • iamstacey
      Nov 03, 2009 @ 13:36:21

      Thanks for the info, Katie! I see my doc again for my yearly well-woman appointment the week after next. I’ll ask him about the extended release!
      BTW, what dose does your doc advise? I’ve read that 2250 and 3000 are common for women trying to ovulate. I’m gonna talk to the dr about my final dosage. I’m up to 1500 now.


  4. Sweet Georgia
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 10:53:08

    Congrats on having your little foster babies adopted. It must be bittersweet.


  5. Kari
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 12:27:55

    Little Moo/Socks is a cutie!! Congrats on your little foster furbabies being placed!! Congrats on the weight loss too!! It’s good when you have a TTC plan. It’s hard to wait even a month…I know…but you’ll be that much more ready to move forward. Good luck!!


  6. Myndi
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 14:08:51

    Deciding to wait a month had to have been a really difficult decision, but sounds like the right one for the two of you. You’re a strong woman!

    And what you’re doing for the kitties is great. How rewarding to see so many of them off to good homes.


    • iamstacey
      Nov 03, 2009 @ 14:59:55

      Hey, Myndi! At first I really needed the break, but now I’m starting to feel the urge to get back to TTC-in’! Whether it’s the next cycle or the one in January, my heart will be 100% in it!


  7. Christy W
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 20:33:03

    You are such a good kitty mom! I think it’s amazing. And the weight loss! HOLY GUACAMOLE!!!!! I could never lose weight that fast. That’s so amazing. You go, girl! You are going to be a baby making machine! 🙂


  8. Michelle
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 21:29:52

    Well, you have been pretty busy! WooHoo about the weight loss. Great job! I am glad the kitties found a good home. Moo is so so cute!


  9. lifebytheday
    Nov 04, 2009 @ 08:43:23

    Wait until January and then we can cycle together! 😉

    And just a P.S. about Metformin – I previously had been taking 2000 mgs of extended release (4 tabs at night), but my new RE says that’s way too much, so I’ll be doing 1000 this time. Just started it on Sunday and forgot that I should build up to it – ugh, can you say GI issues? ;-P

    Glad you’re doing well – and congrats on the weight loss, awesome!!


    • iamstacey
      Nov 04, 2009 @ 12:16:06

      Thanks for the heads up on the metformin! I’m up to 1500 this week and things have been a bit … runny. 😉 We’ll see if I can take the 2000!

      I think we are going to wait until January. It kills me to sit out another cycle, but financially it’ll go so much smoother, and physically I’ll be in better shape, and there’ll be so much less stress after the holidays. So January better be our month!! 🙂


  10. meinsideout
    Nov 04, 2009 @ 11:14:33

    I love Socks! My cat Sophie looked exactly the same and it made me tear up a bit – I am so glad sight is returning!

    Great job on the weight loss!!!!


    • iamstacey
      Nov 04, 2009 @ 12:17:12

      Thanks, InsideOut! It’s been hard. I was CRAVING those home-made brownies yesterday! Hopefully it’ll pay off!

      I love the little black and white kitties. He just couldn’t be cuter!


  11. mybumpyjourney
    Nov 04, 2009 @ 11:18:10

    Thank you for reading and commenting so much on my blog!! 🙂 You had your work cut out for you. Hee hee. I am in love with Moo. You are such a blessing to take him in. Good luck with this cycle. I know that was a hard call to the RN, but good for you!

    YEAH on the weight loss. I have lost almost 15 pounds, and I am extatic! 🙂


  12. Molly
    Nov 04, 2009 @ 14:11:51

    I have a Libby too! It’s a nine year old male cat. 🙂 We love him.

    And the Metformin is rough… congrats on feeling better. I still get weird grumbly noises from my stomach on it all the time.

    And today I start Clomid. Eeep! Wish us luck. xo


  13. lillyshephard
    Nov 04, 2009 @ 15:31:06

    sweet kitty pics! you have such a generous heart. i hope your month or two off will give your body and heart a rest over the holidays–and also, way to go on your weightloss ventures!!


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