Showing posts with label Work. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Work. Show all posts

Monday, March 28, 2016

WOW It is 2016 already!

Today I stumbled across my blog and geez… I miss blogging! Chasing twins is a very busy job, but I have to get back to the basics! Doing what I love! I have to be happy to make everyone else happy!

I do not even want to recap the last 4 months of 2015… So moving forward… My New Year has been pretty good! I took the kids to Busch Gardens to celebrate New Years! It was a nice night.

Tomorrow the kids are starting their FSA testing! I pray that they do ok! In the state of Florida, if you fail, You might not be going to your next grade, though they do have a couple of "Just in cases" in place. ***FINGERS CROSSED***

Since I am completely always in MOM MODE… I decided that I would start driving for UBER. So far, I have made some pretty good money and met some interesting people! I will start taking time to write about those "experiences" because I have only driven 5 times, and BOY do I have some stories?!
I will seriously make a tab for that later! 

I will be back! LOL. I will devote some time to this blog again!!!

I hope everyone had an AWESOME Easter! XOXO



Sunday, November 3, 2013

Our Egg Transfer 29 October 2013

 Anxiety hit me around 2 AM. I got up to tinkle and couldn't go to sleep afterwards. So many thoughts were twirling in my head! Gustavo was sleeping soundly beside me and since I knew he was going to work after I got the eggs transferred and settled back home, I didn't wake him.
 My eyes were wide open... I was thinking about the possibility of really having twins... Or even one baby... I had ruled out the possibility of ever having more kids, but... I want more now:)
 DJ and Mimi are growing up very fast! Though I think I might shelter them a bit too much... They are excited to have more brothers/sisters.

 Okay- On to the story. We got to check in around 0845. We signed some papers and paid for the embryo freezing (A whopping 350 KD!!!)  We went to our room and then returned back to the clinic around 0900. They took 3 of us in to the L shaped room. I was happy because one girl was from my last group and then The American was there too! YAY! Someone to talk to while I am waiting!
 We had to put on our gown like before and then... After about 20-30 minutes, I was told to tinkle and then I went into the room. It was dark and I laid down. I saw the Embryologist... He confirmed my name and then left the room. My room was in-between another room and the Lab door! The doctor came in and got everything prepared. It didn't hurt much. It was like a pap smear. He talked to me about the embryos. He said that 11 of the 18 were great blastocysts. So we inserted two and froze 9. He told the nurse, "Load" she then told the lab... After about 2 minutes, the Embryologist came in with a small and long tube. 

The doctor said he was done. I asked him, "How do you know they are both in there?" He said, "I am going to check now" When he returned, he confirmed they were both inside. The nurse then tilted my bed. Head down, legs up and told me to keep my legs bent.
(Breakdown: 27 eggs retrieved, 21 were mature, 18 fertilized... 11 kept growing...)
Now- I want you to understand that it is normal for your numbers to decrease significantly. So, do not worry if this happens to you.
 It was strange because they left the door open so I could hear what was going on in the room beside me! Poor girl, She had to do the procedure 3 times because her embryos were not going out of the tube!
 After about 30 minutes I was moved to a holding area. I remember I looked at the clock and it was 1215. A Kuwaiti lady was there (The same from the L shaped room) so we started talking. She was really so sweet! I was told that I had to stay in the hospital... 3 days! I said, "No Way!" So, I only had to stay until about 7 PM:) I saw the American and the sweet Kuwaiti before I left the hospital! How nice will it be to be pregnant with other people!
 How am I feeling:
Well- I feel ok. I have a little bit of cramping. 
Let the torture of the wait begin!



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

To Tell or Not to Tell? That is the Question!


Many times when people are going through IVF, they do not know who should know. So who should you tell?

1.        Tell your DIRECT supervisor! I have a lot of management in my office, but I only told ONE of my managers.

2.        CLOSE friends… I have only told a handful of people. (And who ever reads the blog) //We have also told the kids!!!//

3.        I HAVE NOT told my family… But we have told Gustavo’s Mother.

Now here are the reasons:
-      Tell your boss because you may be moody with the meds that you are taking. Also because there is a possibility that you will be missing a lot of work. You do not want them to think that you do NOT have a valid reason. I have my doctor give me a sick note, even though I am not asked for it. Just to be on the SAFE side
-      Tell people that care about you and want you happy. They will have a positive energy that will make life a bit LESS stressful. Talk to them and share what you are going thru. One minute you may be crying and the next minute… laughing.
-      I have NOT told my family because I am SCARED to fail. I would hate to get everyone all excited and then have the worst happen.

Now this is just my outlook. You do not have to do it “MY” way. This is just how WE have done it.

I know you may be thinking… How is it a secret if it is on a blog? And the answer is: It isn’t a secret… and I just want to remember EVERY lil piece of this voyage! It is hard to find out a lot of good info on the process!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Guess What? IVF in Kuwait



Gustavo and I have been talking about having another baby since we have been married... We are never together long enough to make it happen though!

I tied my tubes when Mimster was born. I didn't think that I wanted more kids. She was a BIG surprise to me! And what a joy! She keeps us on her toes!
DJ is an easy kid. It doesn't take much to keep him happy!
I love them. They say a Mother's love only multiplies, never divides!

So- Let's start multiplying!

The first step: Get the swimmer's tested!
- I finally got Gustavo to go and spray some babies into a cup! It was very easy... You just walk in, get a cup, pay 23 KD (80.00 USD) Ummm, Release, and then in a couple hours, you have your results! Looks like Gustavo has some GOLD METAL SWIMMERS!!!! YAY!!!

Step Two:
It took me about a week... And a lot of research to decide to go in and see the doctor.
I waited for about an hour to see the doctor. He asked if I knew about IVF and I did. I broke it down the way I understood it... And clearly I was right. Then I met 'WANDA' I had an Ultra-Sound. (INTERNAL) He checked out my Uterus and said, "Looks good"

Okay- Now what?
- Hysteroscopy
- Start injections
- When my period comes, new injections
- Egg Retrival
- Egg Transfer
- Wait 2 weeks...
- Are we pregnant or Not???

Fast Forward a Day:
I got blood drawn. They took two vials to check out my hormones. My doctor said that I should get hysterscopy to check out my womb.
(Hysteroscopy is the inspection of the uterine cavity (or in my case WOMB) by endoscopy with access through the cervix) Basically- They are going to put a camera in my womb to make sure everything is okay in there.
That is a Minor Surgery... So I met with the anesthesiologist. He told me what to be ready for... then they gave me 2 pills to take in the morning of the hysteroscopy.

So I will be going in on the 18th to get that done... And then that night... I will get a class about injectables!

***To save time and money... I will have Gustavo do my injections. Bonding time!!!***

We are so excited! We have already picked names and we are hoping that we will get TWINS!!!

PS- I promise that if I use that cool IVF language, I will also have a break down or cheat sheet! That way you won't be lost like I was!!!

Wish us LUCK!!!

I made a TAB just for our IVF VOYAGE. To keep up with our progress: Click Here

 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Blog Loving!

Blogging!


I have found that Blogging has become my favorite past time... If I am not blogging something, then I am reading someone elses blog!

I LOVE IT! Just take the key to my heart you WONDERFUL people!


I am attracted to SMART people! I do not even know who they are, but I am intrigued by them! It is AMAZING!

Since I have been in Kuwait, I have hardly made any friends...
That is strange to me... But something that I am used to. I have been contracting for a long time and I have moved around A LOT so I generally do not get too attached to anyone. I am almost sure that is NOT healthy! I have abandonment issues! LOL.

When I am on the bus to go to work I hear, "Hey Amber", "Hi Amber"...
When I am at the grocery store... In Fahaheel... Malls... Eating Dinner... ETC same thing. A lot of people KNOW who I am... Yet- I do not have friends.

Have I closed myself of as a defense mechanism?


To start the year off right... I have decided to STAY AWAY from any OFFICE DRAMA... And make some friends that do NOT work in my office!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Drama from the MAMA!

Today has been one of the worst days I have had over here...

What happened to compassion and understanding? Learning your employees?

Sometimes I HONESTLY want to pack up everything and get the HECK outta here! I have to deal with more then the AVERAGE person! On the DAILY. It gets hard when people do not think about cirumstances or situations! I never ask for "SPECIAL" treatment... But the fact that I am BASICALLY a SINGLE Mother in a Foreign Country... Understand that I have things to do! And I will RECORD MY time ACCORDINGLY!

And you are OFF!!!
-Drive Home
-Spend time with the kids...
-Work Out
-Sleep...
-Wake up 4-6 times in the day...
"I NEED WATER!!!"
-Check the time, email... Sleep
-Wake UP!!!
-Get Dressed
-I have to worry about the CRAZY drivers on the road, those two vehicular cameras on the way to work... (I have to know... Am I going to get a ticket because I am IN the picture? I know I wasn't speeding TWICE and the IDIOT got me flashed!!! How do they know which car it is???)
-Did you remember your badge? Whoa, Yes!
-Is the BUS going to leave you?
-Are you going to be late now?
-PUT ON YOUR REFLECTIVE VEST!!!
Then into the office...
-WOOOOOSA...
-Now, Put on your "I do not give a DARN about anything- EVERYTHING in my life is PEACHY- smile"
"Hi Amber", "Hey Amber", "Glad you are here Amber...."
Sit down at my desk...
EXHALE....
I am on TIME!
That is just 1/2 of it!!!
It is difficult to go into work and SPEND 12.45 hours with the same people...

I try to be the same EVERYDAY... and I am trying to be a better person. Most people who remember me generally only use one word.... "CRAZY"!!! I am really attempting... So when I can feel that someone is pissing me off, I try to stay calm... This TASK is difficult... VERY DIFFICULT...

"Think about the kids, Gustavo... The house... Calm down Amber"
I wish I was RICH and didn't have to work. I could just be get pretty... cook... shop... Do whatever I wanted! And MY FAMILY would be all that I had to WORRY about!...

Where is a Genie when you need one?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Me

 No Make-up... I was told that I hide behind my BLOG... and behind the camera... Not the case!
Gustavo gets a picture almost everyday! I think that I will try to take a picture of myself everyday for a month! I am sure it is harder then it sounds!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Depression becomes Me!

So- My heart is in my stomach… A piece of my heart has left. Mi Suave departed tonight. I had one of those "Lifetime Battered Women Moments" in the airport parking lot and then decided it was safe to drive home. (A success obviously) To try to ease my pain… I ate a whole box of Velveeta Shells and Cheese… (Ahhh Comfort Food)
















My Fave! But Gustavo's makes it better:(
It is hard to imagine how I am going to be able to function and juggle everything. He really took care of everything and spoiled us TOO much!

Then tried to watch a Jennifer Anniston movie, "The Switch" But never started it…
I got a message on Skype from My Moni Moni so I called her. She made me feel a bit better. Isn't it funny how your real friends just KNOW they are needed:)
I feel like going and dragging the kids from their beds to mine. Yeap- I am going to get them! 90 lbs each!!! I need them… Do not judge me! I am usually not an advocate of kids sleeping in bed with their parents… BUT… Once in a while is okay. Good Night from Kuwait

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Summer

 I have been doing the homeschooling lessons for the kids this week. Gustavo and a Co-worker sent me these links to help me keep the kids sharp. I bought a lot of little books from LuLu's on EXIT 208 to also keep their minds moving. Summer can really drain the brain! Dj and Mims are still finishing up their school year. We are moving quickly:) We only get Friday off! I am so proud of them and they seem to love the extra work I bring home for them. They work with "Ms. Mommy" for 3 hours a day and then the practice worksheets, workbook assignments, after that... It is a free day.

http://www.tlsbooks.com/letterworksheets1.htm



I hope that the kids finish before the next school year starts. I want to send them to Summer Camp so they can have some fun.




Saturday, June 9, 2012

Build-A-Bear

Since Gustavo is about to go on a "Business Trip"... I thought that for "Father's Day" the kids and Gustavo could Build A Bear together. The kids are always trying to bargain a way into sleeping in our bed. And every morning that is their first stop! I figured this way they would feel like they had a piece of him. They absolutely LOVE their bears!!! See below:

 This place had every accessory a bear can have. It was pretty much a Bear boutique. From shoes to jewelry, leather jackets and all sorts of cool gadgets to accessorize and pimp out a bear.
 This was the sound section where you can select from a wide variety of sounds or could do your own custom which is what Gustavo did.
So many different kinds!
DJ picked a Pup
Take a picture. Special edition Build-A-Bears!
Stuff and Fluff Station!
                





Mimi picked the Celebration Bear! One year in Kuwait! ME TOO!

Mimi listening to the message Daddy left!
 DJ patiently waiting for M.I.D.K to get stuffed

Daddy talking to DJ. His Champion!
 This is DJ and M.I.D.K (M=Magnificent, I=Including, D=Destroy, K=King)

 Mimi and DJ waiting to make a wish and place it inside the Bear
Rub your hands together... Really fast!!!

Rubbing some LOVE off of Daddy!


~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~MAKE A WISH!!!~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~




Mimi washing Joy!

DJ washing M-I-D-K.


DJ selected a Star Wars pajama outfit
 Dressing station, getting the bears geared up
A great Father/Daughter/Son activity! Don't you just LOVE Father's Day?
 DJ at the Early Learning Center Store where they have real cool and expensive educational games, every time we went to the Avenues he will always want to go into this store to get this huge medieval castle. The deal was that he had to learn his times tables to ten and he will get it. Sure enough DJ completed the task and Daddy had to go buy this castle. Yesterday we just went to get the  action figures.