Thursday, January 19, 2012

Tasty Goodness Lemon Bread

So, can I just say that I love Pinterest? I don’t just like it. I LOVE it. I am addicted and I’ve found myself having to NOT pin things because I feel like I’m over-pinning. I found a sign on there that said “Pinterest = Crack”. I agree. Pinterest is my crack. But it’s so awesome! I love that you can click on one thing and that leads you sooooo many more THINGS….recipes, pictures, clothing ideas, crafting ideas, ideas, ideas, ideas, ideas…..
I happened to find the following recipe on Pinterest (originally from and tried it tonight. It was pretty tasty! I am a lover of lemon, so I perked right up when I saw the recipe on my screen. I had never thought of lemon bread! I’ll say that, because I love lemon so much, I’m going to add more lemon zest next time I make this, I think.  Also, the recipe says to wrap the bread up and let it sit for a while after it has cooled and the flavor will enhance. But….that didn’t happen. I cut into that bad boy pretty quickly. I have no willpower. The first picture is the one off Pinterest. It looks better than my picture so I'm going to include it. Mine didn't turn out as pretty, but HEY! Don't judge a bread by what it looks like...and stuff.

Lemon Bread

1-3/4 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 beaten egg
1 cup milk
1/4 cup cooking oil
2 tsp. shredded lemon peel
1 TB. lemon juice
2 TB. lemon juice
1 TB. sugar

Stir together the flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl combine the egg, milk, oil, and 1 TB. lemon juice. Add the egg mixture to the dry mixture and stir until combined. Add the shredded lemon peel and stir.

Pour batter into greased 8X4X2 inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the bread comes out clean.

While the bread is baking, stir the 2 TB. lemon juice and 1 TB. sugar together. Sugar should be dissolved before brushing on the bread.

When the bread is done, brush the lemon juice mixture on the bread (it will seem like a lot, but go ahead and use it all). Cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then remove. Cool completely on a wire rack.

This is clearly my bread. I didn't burn the edges...that's just the lighting. Promise.

It is so good! You can see the flecks of lemon zest.

Let me know what you think if you decide to try it!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What sucked? An SIS sucked...and other news

First off let me say that whoever said that the saline sonogram was “better” than a dye test, they are carazy, or cray cray as my friend, Kyle, would say. I think what is “better” about a saline sono is that it is over much quicker than a dye test. I was done in under ten minutes, whereas the dye test that was done several years back took about twenty minutes, if I remember correctly. BUT even though it’s faster,  the pain and discomfort, it’s like they make sure pack it in to that shorter period of time. I don’t like complaining or indicating that I am in pain or discomfort during procedures like this because I figure that there will (hopefully) be much greater pain in store for me with this whole thing…say, labor. But I confess that I did squeak a few times. Anyway, to sum it up: Better because it’s shorter. Worse because the pain is worse…at least for me it was. I guess the discomfort comes from the fact that they are using a catheter to pump saline into your uterus and tubes to check things out. Cool, huh? HAHA. If I were to describe it I would say that it was like really intense cramping plus feeling like you had to pee really bad.  A word of advice, by the way: Don’t wear skinny jeans the day of this procedure. Just don't.

Results were good though. There were no abnormalities or blockages in my uterus or tubes (yay), though my doctor said that because my body hasn’t been producing estrogen on its own all this time that my uterus could use a little tweaking. I’m to take estrogen pills for thirty days then follow up with Provera for the following ten days. The estrogen will help to expand my uterus and better prime it for pregnancy, and the Provera will initiate a period. At that point I’ll go back in and she’ll determine if she wants me on estrogen for another month. I’m going to stop here and voice my thoughts. On one hand I feel very appreciative that my doctor is being so thorough. I’m really hoping that this will better help her to hone in on a path for us when we do get started with treatment. On the other hand, every time I hear that we’ll be doing something for 30 days I want to scream because that’s ANOTHER month gone by. It’s just me being ready to get this party started. I understand that she has to cover her bases and that this is all necessary. So, that being said, hopefully my uterus will be in better shape in 30 days so we don’t have to wait even longer. But maybe that will be okay, which leads me to my next bit of an update….

So we went to see a urologist Monday afternoon. He was very frank and to the point, which Steven and I both appreciated. We talked about what was going on, described Steven’s lifestyle, and he had a quick examination. Here’s what the urologist is thinking: He is concerned with the volume of the sample that Steven had analyzed by my doctor, so he thinks there might be a blockage of some sort. There was also blood in Steven’s urine sample and he says that might have something to do with his low numbers. So the next step is for Steven to have another semen analysis, an u/s on his prostate (fun), and to have his bladder checked out. All this will be done next Thursday, and hopefully whatever they find will be easily fixable and will lead to better numbers for Steven. The urologist didn’t seem overly alarmed by what he thinks might be going on, otherwise I would think that he wouldn’t wait a week and a half for Steven to be checked out.

Sooooo….more waiting. But the good thing is that we will find out what’s going on with the hubs and he will be on the mend soon. What we’re hoping for is something that is easily fixable and will up his numbers. My doctor told me that if his numbers stay low then they can still work with where he’s at…but that we’ll have to go with IVF. This is not the best news. So for now I will continue to be optimistic and be grateful that my husband is going to be taken care of even if it does not guarantee that his numbers will improve. If that’s the case then we’ll deal with that news when we receive it.  Above anything else, his health is what is more important. And on that note, I’m going to end this post and go try to figure out what the hell my neighbor is cooking. Something that smells pretty bad is seeping through the hallway and under our door. And I’m not liking it, not one stinkin’ (heehee) bit.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

And we’re off....

…sort of. I went in Thursday morning for my first round of tests. First  there was an ultrasound to check on whatever follicles might be hanging out. Basically my doctor wants to find out what my body is doing on its own this first round. After the ultrasound I had blood work done. Here is what they are checking on/looking for: levels of estradiol, FSH, anti-mullerian hormone (this hormone is produced by the ovarian follicles and, from what I understand, a woman with lower AMH produces a lower number of oocytes), and prolactin. They also are required to confirm that I don’t have any infectious diseases since I am planning on becoming pregnant: Hepatitis B and C, HIV, Syphilis, and Varicella-Zoster (which I just read is a form of herpes and commonly causes chickenpox in kids and shingles in adults). They are also looking at my TSH, or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. During my last year or so of taking growth hormone shots I was diagnosed as having hypothyroidism (basically my thyroid was lagging behind; under producing) and was put on pills to balance everything out for that last year. I was interested to find out if all was still well in that area. I heard back from the nurse that afternoon and was told that everything looked good – I am in the “normal” range (yay). The infectious diseases lab work take a little bit longer to get the results back and the nurse told me that no call is good news. I’m obviously not waiting around for a phone call as I know I’m good to go in that department. As a side note, out of the three doctors I’ve been to this is the only organization that requires patients to be screened for infectious diseases. It makes sense as any disease like that would be passed on to my baby should I become pregnant. And probably anyone who has an infectious disease knows they have it…so for anyone to intentionally keep that information from the doctors and proceed with treatment in order to get pregnant, KNOWING that they are going to infect their baby, is pretty jacked up.
Anyway, while I was there I got Steven’s results for his semen analysis. So his numbers are not looking good, in fact they are lower than they were in July. Now, I believe that several factors are contributing to this issue. I know he’s not secretly smoking. I’m not smelling any hint of cigarette smoke on him. If he is smoking then he sure as hell is doing a fantastic job of getting rid of the smell. So I know that’s not it. When I first went in for my initial meeting with my doctor she informed me that it typically takes about three months for sperm reproduction to get going again after a man quits smoking. So it’s possible that his body is still in recovery mode. Also, I was reading online that drastic weight loss can contribute to poor sperm production/count. Over the past year and a half Steven has dropped over one hundred pounds, which is pretty drastic. He drinks caffeine (I do, too, but I’m just saying.) And lastly, Steven has major MAJOR knee problems and requires strong pain meds. So there is a good chance that they are affecting his numbers. In fact, yesterday his doctor told him that the type of pain meds he is on are the ones that will least hurt his liver and reproductive organs. “Least affect”…so that means that they are probably affecting him. Okay, we don’t know this for sure obviously. I’m just saying that there are several things that could be working together to cause this problem. Oh, plus he had been taking Clomid close to when he had his numbers checked last time so that may have been helping his numbers then. We have an appointment with a urologist Monday to get him checked out. I know that he’s concerned that there might be something wrong, but I’m just not going there at this point. He is a healthy person and has made several positive changes over the past year and a half so it’s pretty disheartening for him to find out that his numbers are lower than in July. But at the same time, I hope and pray that there is nothing wrong. We’ll begin the investigation on that Monday afternoon.

As for me, I go back to the doctor Monday morning for a Saline Infused Sonogram (SIS), which is where saline will be injected into my uterus to extend it so that they can check things out more clearly. This will allow them to check out my uterus and also to make sure my fallopian tubes are clear and open. Several years ago I had something similar done to check my tubes and it was not the most fun thing ever. I’ve been reassured that this will be less painful, but the way I look at it (and that first tube check) is that this is just part of the process. Plus, should I be blessed with a pregnancy I’ll be facing much more painful “stuff” with a delivery. I say this now, but watch, the SIS will kill me Monday morning and I’ll be like, “Holy crap, Y’all! That was horrible and I couldn’t walk afterwards!”
Now for how I’m feeling. I’m not going to lie. I was really upset when I got Steven’s results. I know I KNOW that those results don’t mean that we are done, shutting down the show, etc, but it was still upsetting to learn that there is one more hurdle to jump in this process. I also know that I could be and might be facing much more difficult news later during this process, but in the moment it just wasn’t processed well. I held it together in the doctor’s office, but when I got back to my car I just broke down and had a mini pity party. Luckily it had been snowing all morning and I had privacy – my own little snow globe of a car – and could just cry without worrying about people seeing me. Several times I thought “Why?” and I’m not going to feel bad for asking that question. I’m just not. Yes, our situation could be much worse, but this is what we’re facing and it’s all relative. So I had my pity party, posted a could-be vague status on Facebook to vent, and then started to pull myself together…partially because I needed to start the process of looking forward and also because I didn’t want to have to dig my car out of the snow that was still piling up. Have to be practical, right? So anyway, I know that things could be worse. You can sit there and say, “Oh, well that’s nothing. Here’s what WE had to go through.” But for my own emotional and psychological state, I’m going to let myself feel any emotions that come my way during this process. This is an incredibly emotional process, and to be honest, I really don’t let myself think too far below the surface most of the time. I take a “Here’s what we’re going to do…” attitude and just go with it. I don’t sit and think about this not working because there’s no reason to think that way yet. But sometimes I hit a snag and I feel like it’s best to let myself go with those snags and work through however I’m feeling. That’s just me though. On top of that it’s like, okay, I’m bringing all my baggage to the table (that whole not being able to ovulate thing) and now we have to deal with this on top of it? Not fair! (Again, I KNOW THAT THINGS COULD BE WORSE.)
So that’s where we’re at now. I’m still trying to do better with caffeine and my diet (I will not allow myself to regret that delicious half of a chocolate pistachio cannoli I ate at lunch) . But y’all, it just plain sucks! And exercising? I need to get into gear and just GO TO THE GYM. It only got to freakin’ 16 degrees today. There’s no stinkin’ way I’m walking more than I have to outside, so I need to just bite the bullet and go to the gym. There’s always tomorrow…

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Yucatan Lime Soup

I found this recipe on Pinterest (originally from this website: and made it last week. It is seriously some of the best soup I've ever had! I haven't calculated the nutrition information just yet, but looking at the ingredients, it can't be bad for you at all! Y'all should definitely try it! (This made enough for my husband and I to eat for two nights with a little left over.) *For some reason when I post this it's all squished together. Sorry if it looks funky.

Yucatan Lime Soup
2 tbsp olive oil
1-2 chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup white onions, finely chopped
1 tsp essence (2 tbsp paprika, 2 tbsp salt, 2 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp pepper, 1 tbsp onion powder, 1 tbsp cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp oregano, 1 tbsp thyme)
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 cup seeded chopped tomatoes (or 2 cans diced tomatoes)
1 jalepeno, chopped with seeds removed
1 1/2 boxes of chicken stock (4 cups)
the juice of two limes
2 cans of black beans, rinsed
1 avocado, diced (for topping)
*****Season the chicken with cumin and salt. In a large pot, saute the onions, essence, and 1/4 tsp salt in 2 tbsp olive oil. Add the cubed chicken, garlic, tomatoes, and jalepeno. I added more olive oil to moisten the mixture. Saute this mixture for about three minutes. Add the chicken stock, lime juice, and black beans. Simmer for 10-15 minutes then serve. We topped our soup with diced avocadoes and chopped cilantro and ate it with corn tortillas. Adding shredded cheease to the top would be tasty, too.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Water and Fertility...

*Okay, before I get started I feel like I should put a disclaimer of some sort. I am not a doctor or anything of the sort. Anything that I say on here is going to be based on internet research and documentation provided by my doctors. Basically, nothing I say on here is going to be all crazy. I’m certainly not going to try anything outlandish, so I wouldn’t suggest or mention it to others….unless it was to be preceded with “Oh my gosh, listen to THIS…” or followed by "...can you believe that craziness?!".  My reasoning for writing a post such as the one below is to share information that I’ve gathered for myself, information that I feel is helpful and that I can use in a practical sense in my day to day life to help myself get a baby in mah bellay.  So here goes…

One of the things my doctor in Minnesota stressed to us was that we need to stay away from caffeine and that we need to drink water. She said that it is alright for me to drink milk and natural fruit juice, but that water is the best. That makes sense, doesn’t it? Our bodies are made up of 70% water, our brains are approximately  85% water, and our bones are about 15 % water. So I know it’s what I SHOULD be drinking…but, honestly, sometimes I get bored with water. I can either not get enough of it and it’s all I’ll drink or I don’t want anything to do with it. Obviously water is good for us, it is natural and healthy and necessary for our survival, but how does it contribute to infertility?
According to this article written by Zura Jones,, water helps to flush out toxins from our bodies and it helps our bodies absorb natural ingredients from the foods we eat. And here is something else, water positively affects the quality of a woman’s cervical fluid, which in turn will better help sperm reach the eggs for fertilization. In addition, according to the author, water will help keep sperm alive for several days while waiting for fertilization to take place. Who knew? Maybe you did, but I sure didn’t.  Being a “why” person, I knew that water was good for my body, but understanding WHY it is important in relation to infertility, I am having an easier time turning down the Diet Dr. Pepper (sad)….most of the time.

I’ve read several different places that it is important to drink only filtered water so that the water we put in our bodies has been regulated and is safe. I don’t drink tap water anyway. Sure, that’s all I drank growing up, but I won’t do it now. Besides the fact that I like to know that my water has been filtered and is clean for me, I am also totally and completely creeped out by the thought of what could be CRAWLING INSIDE THE PIPES that tap water comes from. Roll your eyes if you want, but you never know, y'all. YOU NEVER KNOW.

Monday, January 2, 2012

I needs to work out, Y'all...& the greatness that is MyFitnessPal

So two summers ago I really got into losing weight. For me, like many people, the idea of trying losing weight just plain sucks. (It sure is fun and easy to gain the weight though!) For me it's the getting started part. Once I get into a routine and start seeing results I'm all in and super pumped about continuing to see results. Two summers ago I was looking for a weight loss tracking program that would track my calorie intake and my exercise...but for free. I ended up finding MyFitnessPal ( LOVE. IT. It is free (yay) and it is awesome. It has a database full of food items that makes it easy for you to track what you're eating, and you can also add items if what you're looking for isn't there already. When you sign up you input your stats and it calculates how many calories you should stick to and also protein, carbs, and a other important information, etc. It's also very cool because when you input any exercise you do it will calculate the number of calories burned, apply that to your daily calorie bank, and then you get bonus caloriess for being good (YAY). This program helped me because it kept me in line. I was excited to put in my exercise every day to see how many calories I had burned. What exercise did I do, you ask? I walked. I walked my ass off...literally. The combination of eating right (yogurt with bran cereal for breakfast and tuna fish for lunch every day for the most part. PROTEIN.), walking three to five miles 5-6 days a week, and using MyFitnessPal helped me lose around 25 pounds. Then I got all hot to trot and tried to amp it up by doing an additional dvd workout program and killed my knees....which led to me falling off the workout/weightloss wagon. Plus winter hit. Minnesota winter. No way was I walking in Minnesota winter. Since then I've been lazy and not a very good girl. I've put back on some weight, but nothing like where I started.

My plan for tomorrow is to get back onto the weightloss/exercise/healthy girl kick and really do my best to stick to it. Not only does it make me feel better, but I know that it will help when we get going with our next round.  So it's back to healthy eating and using MyFitnessPal. I've done good the past two days (I find it helpful to celebrate each day of being good) even though I devoured my french fries at Buffalo Wild Wings tonight. BUT I had their naked chicken strips and they were so stinkin' good! Plus they were without breading and were grilled so they were good for me at only 43 calories a pieces according to MFP! In addition to eating a more healthy diet, I plan on getting into a regular exercise routine (boo YAY!) A couple of months ago I started the C25K program ( and got to week four, I believe. Then we moved and I let it go. So I'll hopefully be restarting that tomorrow...though it's only 17 degrees right now and running or doing anything outside in weather this freakin' cold doesn't sound maybe the C25K part of the plan will start in a few days when it warms up some.

Anyway, if you haven't heard of MyFitnessPal and are looking for an awesome and free weightloss helper-outter, I recommend you check it out! =) I

Sunday, January 1, 2012

My Story: Part Two

Happy January 1st, 2012! Here's hoping that 2012 is full of blessings and good health for us all! My first post left off with us moving to the Chicago area. This post will bring my story up-to-date...

Since we've moved and gotten settled I have met with our new infertility specialist once for a preliminary "get to know each other" meeting. I liked her immediately. She seems to be very thorough and to the point, but friendly and patient at the same time. We spent a good amount of time talking and going over my history. I feel very optimistic about my future with this doctor and look forward to working with her. So what's going on now? As soon as my next period starts there are a few tests my doctor wants to conduct to determine where exactly I am and what my body is doing on its own. My husband also has to have a semen analysis to see how things are looking on that end. I hope and pray that his numbers have improved since he quit smoking. According to my doctor it takes several months for sperm production to improve after a man has quit smoking so hopefully it has been long enough since Steven quit smoking for improvement to have taken place. If his numbers are still low enough for concern he will need to see a urologist to make sure there are no underlying issues that need to be addressed. Depending on her determination of how the two of us are looking she will decide if we can proceed with the treatment for an IUI or if IVF is necessary. Because things went so well with the first round in regards to how my body responded to the medication and because Steven is no longer smoking, I am confident that we will receive the good news that we will be able to proceed with the treatment for an IUI.

For now we wait until my next period starts. Steven will be having his numbers checked over the next week and we will keep our fingers crossed that we will hear positive news on that front. In the meantime I’ve decided that it’s time to get down to business with getting my body ready for whatever treatment we will undergo. While going through our first round of treatment I stuck to specific food and exercise guidelines that were provided by my doctor.  It’s time to get back in gear so that I can help the situation the best I can so that we can have good results with our second round of treatment. I have been doing some research on foods that are supposed to boost fertility and those that should be avoided. I think that my next post will focus on that information. Take care and thank you for reading!

My Story: Part One

Welcome! If you have stumbled upon my blog and are interested in one girl's experience with infertility, please read on. This is my first blog, so please be patient...and kind. My main reason for doing this is to share my story and my thoughts and feelings. It is so shocking to know that so many women are facing fertility problems and I feel like it is still a topic that is sometimes seen as "inappropriate" to discuss openly. The only way to change this is to share our stories so that we can learn from one another and provide support for others in similar situations. So as not to scare you off, I've decided to cover the main points of my story without going into too many details. I will recap specific points in later posts. So here's my story...

My infertility can be blamed on the fact that I was (I guess I still am, really) growth hormone deficient as a child. Basically what this means is that my endocrine system did not produce the necessary hormones to make me grow. From the time I was diagnosed, around two years of age, until I was fifteen years old I was given growth hormone shots. The decision was made to stop the shots at that age, which brought me to the height that I am now: 5'5". A side effect, I guess you could call it, for me as an adult is infertility. This is because another job of the endocrine system is the production of hormones related to fertility. In a nutshell: My body is unable to produce a menstrual cycle on its own and as a result I am unable to ovulate. When I was eighteen years old I was prescribed hormones in the form of birth control pills to stimulte a cycle and I have been on b/c pills for that reason off and on since then.

Jumping ahead to the past few years.... About four years ago my husband I decided that we were ready to get the ball rolling on trying to start a family. After meeting with an infertility specialist in Arlington, Texas I was put through what I would assume is the standard testing for an infertility patient. This included having an MRI to determine that there weren't any issues causing my infertility such as a cyst or tumor around my pituitary gland, my hormone levels were checked, and my tubes were checked to make sure there were no blockages. A sample of my husband's sperm was also checked for abnormalities. After the testing was completed my doctor started me out on Clomid, which is used to induce ovulation (in the form of a pill). Sadly, my system did not respond to the medication, which led to the determination that I would require FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), which is an injectable. Around the time when we were about to begin treatment I started teaching which led to the decision to hold off on treatment for a while. On top of that the FSH is expensive, very expensive, and our insurance was not going to cover any of it so we were looking at huge cost which scared the crap out of us, to be honest. We never went back. Life happened. I was a new teacher wrapped up in chaos, it was scary expensive, it just never seemed like a practical time, and then we ended up relocating fom Texas to Minnesota (YEAH). Let me just say that I know that it's never a "good time" to start a family and that we will never "have enough money". But when you are looking at paying thousands of dollars monthly for an undetermined amount of time just to conceive a baby to start said family, it's very scary.

When we moved my husband and I decided that it was time to make starting a family our number one priority so we started the search for a new infertility specialist. We had moved to a very small town so we didn't have to search too hard - there was only one in town. Fortunately we had already done all of the priliminary testing required for  infertility patients so we were basically able to jump in and get started. While waiting for my next period to start I started taking prenatal vitamins. My husband also was put on vitamins. For this first round my doctor presented the option of starting out on Clomid and then following up with FSH injectables. Even though my system hadn't responded to Clomid in the past she thought that maybe it would act as a sort of primer. Plus Clomid is WAY less expensive than the FSH meds so it was also a way to save a bit of money. If it worked well enough it would be a big bonus to save money by using the two as a combination rather than using the FSH alone. Let me just say right now that before starting this process I was extremely ignorant as to what was going on inside my body. I basically knew what was going on, but I didn't know the intricacies. There were many phone calls made to the nurses (the very kind and patient nurses) after getting home from appointments with my doctor and me freaking out that I didn't really fully understand what was going on. A great deal of my anxiety came from the fact that I didn't have anything to compare myself to so I learned to make sure to always clarify what SHOULD be happening. For example, when my doctor was measuring my number of follicles I asked what was "normal" or what results she would typically look for so I would have something to go by. But back to the story...I took Clomid twice a day for five days then started the injectable FSH Gonal-F. I don't think there's any way for certain to determine just how much of a role the Clomid played that first round, but the medication did its job. I started out with eleven follicles. They were small, but my doctor was quick to reassure me that eleven follicles, even small ones, was GREAT news. Over the next 22 days my follicles slowly began to grow. In the end I was left with three follicles, two of which were large enough so that we were able to move forward with an IUI (Intrauterine Insemination). At this point I'm going to stop and stress how important it is that BOTH partners involved are checked out. Because my husband's sperm count and the related numbers were in the normal range when we initially started this process several years back he did not have them retested this time around. We found out when we came in for the IUI that his numbers were extremely low. Now at this point in time my husband was a smoker. He was advised that it would be beneficial for him to stop smoking in an attempt to raise his numbers. We didn't want to waste all of the time, money, effort, and hope we had invested over the past twenty-something days so we went forward with the IUI even though the chances of conceiving were slim. You never know, right? Stranger things than conception with a couple of eggs and a low sperm count have definitely happened. Two weeks later (the longest two weeks in the history of man, by the way) I went in for a pregnancy test and we were informed that I was not pregnant. I went into that round with the mindset that in all likelihood I would not end up pregnant that first time. It really is just a guessing game, that first round, with the doctor figuring out just how much medicine your body will require. 

After that first round my husband began the process of stopping smoking. He has really done an incredible job. That was six months ago and he has not smoked in the past four months. Not only will this hopefully hope his numbers, but his overall health will be greatly improved. Since that last round we also moved...again. We relocated for a job opportunity for my husband in the Chicago area (YAY) and we again started the process of finding a new infertility specialst. And on that note, I'm going to stop for the night. I will continue my story in the next day or two....