Had my pre-ovulation Ultrasound yesterday and the doc said there are 3, good-sized, healthy follicles!!! We were shooting for 2. She also said the lining of my uterus was a nice and thick 11mm. Kind of reminds me of the time the doctor who screened me for lasik eye surgery said I had "nice, beefy corneas." *flex*
So, everything is looking good and the doctor said that as long as I understood and was comfortable with the risks of going forward with 3 follicles, we are good to go. I wouldn't say I feel "comfortable".... but I have always been a risk taker I suppose. Besides, then I wouldn't have to narrow down name choices to just 1 :)
I wasn't planning on having to do the HCG shots, I was under the impression that we were going to wait for me to naturally ovulate. I imagine we're doing it for the convenience of being able to schedule the IUI procedure. So, while I wasn't stoked at the idea of sticking a needle in my stomach, I am prepared to do what it takes.
I think the only thing worse then having to give myself (ok, making Adam give me) a shot in the stomach, is having to wake up at 2:30 in the morning to do it. That's right, 2:30 A.M. I set my alarm for 2:15 (I have never actually used my cell phone alarm) I figure that will give us 15 minutes to sleepily do something that should only take 1 minute. Convinced I was going to miss the alarm it takes me longer than normal to fall asleep, and I wake up 2-3 times an hour. So, 2:15 rolls around and I'm handing a half-awake Adam a long fat needle that he says "makes him feel a little queasy."
If the size of that needle doesn't have you all a little worried, you are not my friends! No, actually the large needle is used to mix the Bacteriostatic water with the HCG which comes in a powder form. Then the smaller needle, shown below, is what is used to inject the hormone. The nurse who walked us through the procedure said "as long as you have some fat, it's not difficult" Then proceeded to laugh at girls who are too skinny and complain about the pain of the injection because they have no fat to protect their stomach muscles.
It honestly wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, but if I never have to do it again I will be a happy girl.