Our trip up north was much needed for a change of pace and to get away from the mundaneness of our typical life. During those five days, we enjoyed hiking, massages, driving along the coast, wine tasting, and eating. We also did a whole lot of nothing. Although we were only 90 minutes away from home, it was a whole other world out there. The breathtaking sceneries, the yummy wines, the slowness of life, the hospitality of the innkeepers, and the scrumptious homemade breakfasts made those few days nothing short of magical.
Four breakfast dishes are shown here for four mornings, with wonderful company of other B&B guests including this hilarious Filipino older lady who told story after story of her adventures coming from her country to the United States.
I had been craving oysters so my wonderful husband drove me to a place known for their seafood and we had a delicious lunch with a dozen oysters, crab sandwich, and clam chowder.
One of the highlights was a hike in the redwood forest a mere 10 minutes away from our bed and breakfast. The increased heart rate while climbing uphill, the fresh air, and the tall redwood trees are a reminder of how much we should enjoy and appreciate nature and exercise in our lives.
Needless to say, the ocean is always breathtaking and a great reminder of God’s handiwork.
I didn’t quite want to think about the upcoming cycle during this trip, as I just wanted to get away from it all. However, we could not escape the reality of it as we are still pretty much in the middle of our cycle. We still haven’t heard from Dr. E or the company that was supposed to share the epigenetic sper.m test results with us. Bob actually doesn’t want to find out about the results since they would not change our desires to transfer two embryos. So daily it crossed my mind to email Dr. E about it but I still haven’t. Annie has been taking estrogen to prepare for her lining. One evening during our trip, she sent me a frantic email about running out of the insulin syringes for the Lup.ron that she’s been injecting. I guess the 14 syringes that came with the Lup.ron kit and the extra 10 syringes provided by the pharmacy were only enough for 24 days, and she needed to be on it for a total of 28 days. I forwarded her email to Dr. E asking for help, but I didn’t sleep too well that night wanting to resolve the issue the next day. I am glad to report that it got resolved quite easily but it was nevertheless an interruption of my otherwise tranquil mind that was relatively free of the thoughts of reality.
Since we returned on New Year’s eve, our trip marked a perfect end of 2016, a year that was full of ups and downs like the previous four years since we started trying for a baby. I am glad we had a moment to take a breather and just be by ourselves without the hustle and bustle of life.
Just like Christmastime, I opted for doing nothing special for New Year’s eve. We had a very early, no frill dinner, and had a glass or two of the yummy champagne that we bought on our trip.
We went to bed like usual and didn’t even wait for midnight to ring in the new year. It was just another evening and another day.
Tomorrow is the day Annie will have her lining check to confirm the transfer. If all goes well, in a week, she will be lying on the same table and I will be staring at the same screen in the transfer room just like the end of October. Bob told me yesterday that despite all the setbacks, his desires for a child are as strong as ever. I feel the same way too, and I feel blessed that we are on the same page. May our resolve to bring home a baby align with God’s perfect plan for us in this upcoming cycle. May this be the beginning of something super magical.