So my little one and I are officially done breastfeeding and so my husband and I are gearing up for one last year of seriously trying for another little one to join our family.
We had dwindled down nursing to 1-2 times a day and then started skipping days, and then just at the end of August, we stopped altogether. I took advantage of a very strange thing that happened one night to call it quits. We nursed as part of her bedtime routine, then brushed teeth, went potty, and she went to sleep in her toddler bed, quite normal. Then she woke up in the middle of the night projectile vomiting all over the bed (of course she had come into our bed by this point, so we were all up cleaning, comforting, etc. a bit out of it trying to figure out what was going on. We get new sheets etc. on the bed and settle back in, and of course, vomit all over… again. So at this point we were a bit more concerned and called a nurse. While on the phone with a nurse- you guessed it, vomit #3, all over me this time. The strange thing was it was all clear vomit, with just a tiny bit of yellow the second (and possibly the 3rd time- I was wearing dark jammies, so couldn’t tell). Anyway, after cleaning that all up, we eventually all got back to sleep and she was fine -after we slept in a bit the next morning. So I have no idea what caused this, but I decided it was a good out for me to tell her (in a very concerned voice) that it might have been the nursing that hurt her belly and I didn’t want her to get sick again. A part of me hated to cut her off, especially since she was on the verge of starting preschool (that’s right- my baby is in school!!) and I thought nursing might help fend off the string of illness you hear of kids getting (luckily she’s been healthy!). But on the other hand, I was a little over a month out from birthday #39 and figured it’s kind of now or never if we want to seriously try again. So that was it. And here we are.
So, if not IVF again, what now? Well, were trying the old fashioned way, with some modern touches. I’m going to go back on levothyroxine, starting tomorrow AM. My latest TSH values have gone back up to well beyond 3 at my last test (3.94), with taking nothing and eating some gluten (naturally fermented breads). My free T4 and free T3 were 1.34 and 3.2, respectively, while my antibodies (thyroid peroxidase (tpo) ab is at 9 and thyroglobulin antibody is at 2.2) are reasonably low. So, tomorrow I’ll begin 50mcg of levo once again. Tomorrow I’ll also add something new to the mix- DHEA. I’m starting with 50mg, in hopes of getting my testosterone levels up. I could have opted for a testosterone cream, but was a little concerned about the little one coming into contact with it so I decided to go for the pills even though the cream could work faster. In addition to multi/prenatal, I’m taking iron, B12 and calcium here and there, CoQ10 (~300mg), algae omegas, vitamin D- which we’re trying to get up from my current level of 43.7 to above 60. Vitamin C (500mg), Vitamin E (200iu), inositol (2-4 grams), and a lovely concoction of vitex (chaste tree), shatavari, & maca tinctures (equal parts- 1 teaspoon per day). These are to help improve egg quality and the shatavari should also help with implantation.
I met with a new OBGYN who is open to prescribing Femara. He wants me to get my TSH down and do some ovulation monitoring in preparation. He will want to monitor me with a follicle count ~ day 11 to see how things are going. Until then, we will keep trying!
Feeling like it’s a very, very long shot, but we’ve got about 11 more chances until I hit 40, so bring it on! Leaving you with a photo of my little sweetie petting a bison at a pumpkin patch- brave girl! Happy Fall!