Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Busy December (in all ways but one)

When I first typed the title to this blog post, I typed, "Busty December!". Apparently my mind is in the gutter.

I'm sure it has absolutely nothing to do with my 24-day dry spell... Yes, it's been that long since we have done "it". Poor Buster. And poor me!

In my defense (ha) we weren't "allowed" to after the embryo transfer. And since then, I've been a) worried that it would mess something up, and b) distracted beyond measure. I'm sure someday we may be intimate again...

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In other news, Buster and I closed on our first home last weekend. It's a pretty small house (1,500ish SF), but it's bigger than the apartment we currently live in! It's not somewhere I'd like to live forever, but it's definitely a start!

Buster and my FIL have been painting over there every day since the closing. We are hoping to start moving stuff in this weekend. This will definitely keep us busy!

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As if buying a house and moving before Christmas isn't enough to do... Buster and I leave for Las Vegas in two weeks!

And this is a pretty amazing story. 

As many of you who have been reading my blog for at least a couple months are well aware, I have a friend whose 6-month-old daughter was in desperate need of a heart transplant. Baby Jasmine was diagnosed with Dialated Cardiomyopathy, and was admitted to Loma Linda University Children's Hospital back in August. While her family lives in Las Vegas, Jasmine and her mother, Naycee, stayed in California for 92 days awaiting a new heart.

On November 28, 2011, Jasmine received that heart. And she is positively flourishing. 

It's only been a week and a half, but the doctors are shocked and impressed with her progress. She continues to amaze everyone. Jasmine is an inspiration. And so beautiful!

Jasmine post-surgery, looking healthier by the minute!
Back before Jasmine received her precious gift, I was posting her story a lot on my Facebook page. The more people I could get to "like" her page, the more supporters she had, and the more likely it would be for her story to get out.

A friend of mine saw my posting on Facebook. She actually works at the corporate office of my company (I'm a contractor, so I work on-site at the government lab). She brought Jasmine's story to the attention of the upper management and owner of the company we both work for. And here is where it gets pretty amazing.

My company decided to "sponsor" Jasmine's family for the holidays. They typically adopt a local family and provide Christmas for the family. And when I say "providing Christmas", they go ALL OUT. Jasmine's story touched them, and they decided that regardless of where the family is located, they could stand to not have to worry about affording Christmas. And that Jasmine's older brother and sister (15 and 8) shouldn't have to have a meager Christmas.

Obviously I was beyond thrilled with this development. I excitedly relayed the news to Naycee, and she was just shocked that people she didn't know could be so compassionate. 

A couple days later, my friend at the corporate office called me again. The point of this phone call was to inform me that the owner of my company wanted to hand-deliver the gifts to Jasmine's family. And she wanted Buster and I to accompany her.

I instantly started crying. What an amazing offer. Not only will I get to participate in bringing so much joy to a family, but I get to meet my friend Naycee in person! She has been such a wonderful friend to me, supporting me through all of my hard times. And I like to think I've done the same for her. And finally, we will get to meet.

When I called Buster to tell him the news of this generous offer, he cried. Our airfare and hotel room (at a BIG casino on the strip!) are covered. I will also be getting paid my normal wages, since the trip takes place during the week. We are also going to see a couple basketball games, as our home team is in a tournament there during this time.

We come home on Christmas Eve. I could not be MORE excited for this trip.

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And one final update. I have another beta scheduled for Monday the 12th. I have also scheduled my first ultrasound! It is on Monday the 19th. I will be 7wk1d pregnant. We'll be leaving for Vegas on the 21st. 

This is shaping up to be the best Christmas ever.

20 comments:

  1. What an amazing story! So cool for all of you! This wait til the u/s is killing me... at least you will be busy!

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  2. What an incredible story! I'm so happy for Nacyee's family and for you to be able to finally meet her. Its amazing how close you can feel to someone you've never met, but thats the beauty of this blogging world, it never feels like you've never met!

    Also, in the sex department... do it now while you can! Blue and I also took it slow at first because I felt bad and worried about it, but I now know that IVF moms are much more likely to have placenta previa and it may be a damn long time before you can do it again... so do it now!

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  3. That is so awesome! How great of your company.
    Re sex: My REs office says none at all until the first ultrasound! Seems a bit ridiculous to me. Have a great time in Vegas. I was just there and it was a lot of fun.

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  4. I started following Jasmine's story on Facebook after you mentioned it on your blog. I was in tears when I read the news that she had received a new heart. And now I'm teary again, reading about how wonderfully generous and caring your workplace is.

    Enjoy your trip! I know you'll savour every moment of this holiday. :)

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  5. Thats amazing!!! So glad you get to meet her!! Cant wait for the next beta!!

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  6. Congrats on the house! This really is going to be an awesome holiday season, in more ways than one! As for sex, you were right when you told me it would be quick - it was pretty much over before it began, so I say go on ahead. You won't even break a sweat. :D

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  7. That is amazing! So many good things happening at once! :)

    What a heart touching story. I'm glad that Jasmine got a new heart and that she is doing so beautifully. A very nice post to read before the Holidays, that's for sure :)

    Have a wonderful, fun trip. And best of luck for a healthy heartbeat on ultrasound!

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  8. Kara- That is an amazing story! You are such a wonderful person and you are helping so many people daily through your blogs...and now being able to help this family that has had such a trying year is just remarkable. I've been following Jasmine's progress since you posted information and I always share the good news with my husband when she posts the updates. I am so unbelievably happy for you and Buster- I know it seems like cruel and unusual punishment but I think you were chosen to struggle with infertility for a reason.... You have touched the lives of so many through your journey. And you are so deserving of a beautiful family of your own. I hope you have a great trip and continue to have a happy and healthy pregnancy.

    Stephanie- TWW

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  9. What an amazing story! So glad you got the word out there, and that such a wonderful thing is happening :)

    Best wishes on the upcoming betas/ultrasounds too. Still keeping you in my thoughts and hoping for good things to keep coming your way.

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  10. This is just the story I needed to read today. Thanks for telling it - what a reminder about priorities and generosity.

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  11. how inspiring! it's always great to hear these type of stories. =)

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  12. What a great story!!!! CHEERS (the virgin kind ;o) ) to the BEST Christmas Ever!!!!

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  13. Now that is a GOOD blog post! Sooo glad to hear all these positive and exciting things happening for you! You deserve the best December ever!!!

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  14. So much excitement! I love this post!! I feel like crying. I'm still so over the moon for you! Screw sex...no pun intended. hehe

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  15. Kara, this made me cry! You are so sweet and what a blessing you are to Jasmine's family :)

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  16. That is so aweosme what your company did. They are so very deserving of it. I can't wait to see how the visit goes and see pics. God bless baby Jasmine!!

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  17. That is so awesome that your company is doing that for her and her family. So sweet and touching.
    And congrats on the new home!! It's always exciting (even though it's a lot of work) moving in to a new home. :)

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  18. Congrats on your new home :) And, I remember when I was on progesterone, and bed rest in the beginning of my pregnancy, we were told NO SEX too for the whole first trimester.. It's totally worth it tho :) I'm so excited for all your new ventures you have going on!!

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  19. So much going on! I'm so happy for the wonderful news!!! Just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for an award! :)

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  20. Wow! How awesome!! Enjoy your trip! Isn't it amazing how things work out.

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