This has been such a relaxing weekend considering we both worked and studied for parts of it. I love 3-day weekends! Since we can’t drink alcohol we switched up our usual happy hour or dinner with friends for some much-needed pampering.

Friday evenings I usually go to either vinyasa or restorative yoga. This Friday J was so exhausted from her week that she decided to come with me. Her abdomen is filling up with follicles so we went to restorative where we stretched and meditated. It’s such sweet bliss to stretch deeply in a dimly-lit room to music and the sound of the teacher’s voice reminding me to nurture myself. Finally finding a studio in LA that I like and can get to on a regular basis has been a turning point in my acceptance of life here. J seemed to enjoy it. Restorative yoga uses a lot of props and while we waited for the class to start she played with the yoga blocks, stacking them into towers; such an architect. After she said it was better than having 2 glasses of wine 🙂

Saturday was a monitoring day so we were at the clinic by 8am. It was dreary and cool (in LA, that means below 75 degrees) so in the afternoon we finally hit up the Korean spa we’ve been meaning to try. Since J is carrying our egg babies and wanted to avoid the hot tub, she opted for a massage while I immersed myself in hot water. Mmmmm. I went in a steam room infused with reishi mushrooms. They smelled bad so I hope they were somehow beneficial. We also laid in the warm himalayan sea salt room, which is supposed to regulate blood circulation and blood sugar. I love spas – love spending three hours rotating between the jacuzzi, cold water wash, steam room, sauna, then all over again. We left feeling like happy jelly and ate dinner in front of a movie.

Sunday was our productive day. I cleaned and J went to her office to design labs, as she often does on Sundays these days. I told her to drink water and try not to let the stress affect our little egg babies. I had to work on a continuing education course for my new job and do some house cleaning. We did reward our day with Thai food though – spring rolls, Tom Kha soup, calamari for J, then red curry and Pad Thai.

I’m inserting a medical update into this story – This morning it was back to the clinic for J’s monitoring and my ultrasound. I’ve been on estrogen tablets for a week which thicken my endometrial lining. The doctor wants it to be over 7mm. Mine was 9.2! Yay! We confirmed the egg retrieval for Thursday. Tomorrow morning our IVF coordinator will mix up the trigger shot and show us how to inject it. She also reviewed my progesterone schedule – I start suppositories the night of J’s retrieval! One of the bloggers I follow (if you’re reading this you’ll know who you are!) said that after the retrieval it felt like her wife was passing the baton to her and that’s exactly how it felt!

Today we had our third relaxing outing of the weekend – hiking and beach in Malibu. We packed some sandwiches from Whole Foods and drove to Point Dume, a large cliff that juts out over the Santa Monica Bay. Our doctor has told J not to do strenuous exercise so this small preserve was perfect – just a few trails snaking through the dunes, then a steep staircase descending to a beach that’s more secluded than the public ones. The cliffs were gorgeous and the ocean greenish blue. We saw some fins swimming though the waves which may have been dolphins. Down on the beach the water was a refreshing temperature, not freezing, not warm. We did some splashing but the tide pools were too rocky to swim. We ate and fell asleep in the hot sun. If anyone saw J’s belly with its bruises and red needle marks they may have been confused.

It was exactly the kind of weekend we needed before a busy week and the retrieval in a few days! Hopefully the egg babies are relaxed and ready for their journey. We just finished the last round of stimulation shots and heading to bed so we can return to the clinic tomorrow morning.

Looking down from the hike

Looking down from the hike

J on Point Dume

J on Point Dume

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