Baby Bradley – Our Journey

May 27th, 2021: It was surreal getting the instructions for our transfer. It was equal parts exciting and terrifying. I started PIO (progesterone in oil) shots on Thursday, May 27th at 1:30PM. I got a call from our clinic right at 11:11AM to see if that time will work for us. I am taking that as a good sign! My body needs 144 hours of progesterone, so the first shot is super important and it needs to be given at a specific time. The rest of the shots can be administered at a time we choose, but the first one is scheduled and based off of our transfer. It’s getting real! (I just reread all of this before posting it to the public and I got chills and butterflies as I read this).

Rewinding to our anniversary (May 26th), Jake got me some NA beer (so sweet) and a beautiful plant.

We went out for lots of raw sushi since I won’t eat any of that after my transfer. We are definitely both starting to dream about this transfer working. I told Jake I’m going to be devastated if it fails no matter what, so I’m going to be positive and enjoy everything rather than be nervous and negative. Easier said than done, right?

My first shot wasn’t bad at all. Jake is so good at administering them. I’m a control freak, so I don’t think there are many people I’d be okay with giving me shots in my tush. Thank you, Jake, for being so wonderful. My behind is a little tender today, but no knots, so I’m thankful for that!

Here’s shot #1! We’re coming for you, Baby Bradley!

May 31st, 2021: Two days away from transfer!!! I can’t believe it. I get butterflies when I think about it. We have completed 5 shots. I have some bruises and one knot that is pretty painful, but other than that, I’m just fine! I have had a few days of really feeling the side effects and a few days feeling almost normal. I am extra thankful for those almost normal days! My shot routine is this: I put on numbing cream and take my Estradiol pills at 7:30AM. I then sit on my heating pad for 30 minutes. While I sit on the heating pad, I draw up my shot – 1mL of the PIO. I think this picture was taken before shot #3. Jake gives me my shots at 8AM every day.

A few minutes before the shot, I hold the syringe in my hand (or put it on my heating pad) to warm up the liquid. Since the shot contains oil, it is thicker and can hurt going in if it isn’t warmed up – I unfortunately know this from experience. I sit on my heating pad and hold my shot in my hand until Jake is ready to stab me. ; )

I haven’t been drinking, but I love wine, so I picked up some alcohol-removed wine to see if I like it. I did not care for this red blend, but I have some others to try out.