Day 10 (Round 2 of IVF Stims): Growing Pains

Day 10 (Round 2 of IVF Stims): Growing Pains

(Entry written prior to posted date).


Today I woke up with a lot of pain in my left leg and hip. Most of the day I wasn’t sure what that was all about but I had an epiphany moment that I will tell you about later. But first let me tell you about the fun day we had at the Seattle Japanese Garden. Although I was in some pain when we walked around I was still able to move around okay, I just walked a little slower. There were so many beautiful picturesque parts of the garden. I took boatloads of pictures. There were unique Japanese trees, small stone bridges, and a lovely pond at the center of it all filled with Koi fish.




I was kind of surprised to see these fish in the pond in November. They sluggishly floated around in the water when they weren’t coming right up to people looking down on them. They seemed to be waiting for people to toss them little bits of food. It was really nice to slowly walk around the garden and really take in all the beauty and effort that went into creating the garden. I think it would be amazing to someday own a piece of property and create a nice garden for visitors to come and see. There are other gardens in Washington I am hoping to see this week as well. Maybe the next one will be the Bloedel Reserve which I read about from a visitor brochure.




While Mom and I were relaxing on a bench in the garden an adorable Asian baby girl came running up to me smiling. The baby stopped right in front of me and held it’s hand up and looked at me expectantly. I realized the baby wanted a high five. Her mom said, “High five” confirming what the baby was doing and I happily gave her a high five. The baby was ecstatic and let out a joyful giggle. She waved at me then waved at Mom and took off running on to more adventures. The young couple started to chase after her when I said to them, “She is adorable.” The man said thank you then bolted off after the baby as she was aiming for the pond. They got to her in time before their little one was going to be swimming with the Koi fish. That innocent and happy little high five I shared with this baby absolutely melted my heart. I’ve thought of adopting before but this moment really got the gears turning in my head about the love and joy I could be missing out on. Maybe if these first two rounds of IVF don’t work out I will look into adoption or fostering more seriously.




Now, back to what I was talking about in the beginning with the pain in my leg and hip. Most of the day I felt this moderate achy feeling all up and down my left leg and hip. I wasn’t sure why I was feeling that way. Did I sleep wrong? Did I walk too much yesterday at the mall? It had to have been the mall, right? Mom was asking what it felt like. “Growing pains,” I said.  Then the light-bulb moment finally happened. Duh! I had just accidentally overdosed on my Human Growth Hormone last night. I laughed at myself for not making the connection sooner. It was like I was reliving those growing pains I felt from when I was a pre-teen. I called my husband up to talk about our day and I told him about the realization I had. “Well my one leg might be two inches longer tomorrow, but my eggs will probably still stay the same size.” He laughed and called me “Gimpy Julie.” I haven’t laughed that hard in a while.


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