Monday, July 28, 2008

One More Week

Today I had my weekly bloodwork and I was really very anxious to get the results. I have been doing a little too much research and reading on the internet and had gotten my self worried so I was just needing a little reassurance. Boy did I get it. My nurse, Kristen, was back from her honeymoon and she called me at lunch and told me she was so happy to come back to such good news and I said what news- she said your beautiful hormone levels! She said my HCG level had gone from 749 last Monday to 8,567 today and my Progesterone level was up to 50.45 from 38 last week. She said you are definately pregnant! She had told me on the day of my first blood test that based on my level of 97 she thought it was probably 1 healthy baby. I asked her today if she still thought that and she said she really couldn't say anymore based on how high my levels had gotten and how quickly they were rising. She said she would not be surprised either way. I always knew in my head that twins were a possibility but after that conversation it became a very real possibility. A week from today we will have our sonogram so by this time next week we will know if we are expecting one or two babies. I am so excited and anxious to see the sonogram. We are really excited that both of our mothers are going to join us for the sonogram.

Tonight Justin and I went for a walk and when we left the house there was a precious baby blue jay sitting on one of my geranium planters. I kept hoping that its mommy would come and get it while we were out walking but when we returned it was sitting at our front door. It broke my heart that it was seperated from its mother. Justin gave it a little dish of water and went to move it and then it started to fly although it didn't get very far. I felt a little better knowing that it was at least somewhat mobile. I just can't understand how mother birds just up and leave their babies like that. I guess one day I will be having to learn to let my babies go- first day of school, graduation, college, marriage- yikes I'm glad that is all several years away. I can already tell letting go is not going to come naturally for this mommy

Saturday, July 26, 2008


I am amazed at what is already taking place in the development of our baby(s). Wednesday marked the beginning of week 5. My update says that this week, "Your baby is about the size of a sesame seed, and he looks more like a tiny tadpole than a human. The big development this week: Your baby's brain is beginning to grow! It develops from the neural tube, a structure that will also spawn your baby's spinal cord, nerves, and backbone. In the meantime, the primitive placenta and umbilical cord, which deliver nourishment and oxygen to your baby, are already on the job. " It is just blows my mind that something the size of a sesame seed is already developing a brain. How could anyone question the existance of a God when they look at the intricate details of a human life. Conception, creation and growth are all miracles to me! And knowing that one or two of those miracles is growing inside of me thrills my heart more than I can express.

This week I have definately felt some of the early pregnancy symptoms including some serious sleepiness and occassional nausea if I have not eaten in a while and of course the many trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night have continued. I think Justin would testify that I have also been quite sensitive and instead of being my somewhat feisty self I am a little bit more weepy. I will say though I really do feel pretty good and each symptom is really just a reminder of the miracle happening inside me. Last night Justin read to the pearl(s) for the first time. He read a really sweet book I bought for him called, "You're My I Love You." I have also been doing lots of reading to find out what is happening with my and the pearl(s) right now. I have also been doing lots of reading on what I should and should not be doing right now and let me just say there is a lot of information out there. The nutrition information alone is pretty overwhelming. I decided to sign up for a free online pregnancy food journal to help keep up with the nutrients I am getting because there are a lot of them to keep up with. I have also been trying to walk in the evenings and I bought a couple of pregnacy exercise videos so I can try and stay in shape and hopefully make the labor a little easier. I am learning that our social calendar is going to have to be limited to weekends because during the week just being at work takes most of my energy so I typically come home and take a long nap before dinner. Justin has been great and has been cooking for me and taking really good care of me and the baby(s). We are really looking forward to August 4th and finding out how many blessings we have to look forward to meeting in March!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Our Pearl(s)

Today I had to go for more bloodwork just to check that my hormone levels are continuing to go in the right direction and boy were they. My HCG level, the pregnancy hormone, had gone from 97 last Thursday to 724 today. The nurse told me everything looked beautiful. It was so exciting and reassuring to hear her say that. She also told me they were going to go ahead and schedule my first sonogram for August 4th, two weeks from today. That is a few days earlier than we previously thought so we were really excited! We are quickly nearing the end of week 4 and the beginning of week 5 so I thought I would write a little bit about the development of the baby(s) that has been happening this past week. Right now our baby(s) is about the size of a letter "o" on this page. That tiny little pearl as my mother is referring to it is already beginning to develop layers of cells that are called germ layers which develop into the babies organs. Pretty amazing that all that is happening in something so tiny. As for me I have really just been sleepy in the afternoons and evenings, more hungry than normal & occassionally a little queasy. Other than that I really am feeling good!

The last few days we have just continued to celebrate with family and friends. Mom and I made our first trip to a baby store, Madeline's Room, and they were having a sale that day and we both ended up winning door prizes. We each bought a book for the baby(s). Mom picked one out that was shaped like a cupcake and called "I love you more than..." and I picked out a book from the same series called "You're My Little Love Bug." They both have a place to insert the babies photo and they light up and play music. They are really sweet. The last line of the one I bought says, "But most of all what you are is God's sweetest gift of love!" I just loved that because that is exactly how I feel about this baby(s). Saturday I broke a cardinal rule of pregnancy and I cut my hair off, well I cut off about 5 inches which was a lot to me. I had decided I was only going to cut it off if I wasn't pregnant but I just couldn't resist. It feels so much better in this hot weather. Saturday evening I got to go to my first baby shower as an expectant mommy and it was so much fun. Sunday we got to announce to our Sunday School class our news although most of them already knew it was still very exciting to share that huge answer to prayers. Sunday afternoon we went to lunch with my parent's life group and when we walked in they all started to cheer- it still amazes me how many people are just as excited as we are about this miracle. After lunch my mom and Shelly and I went to see Mamma Mia. It was a lot of fun to see all the costumes and the dancing and hear the Abba music! When I got home I read the two new books to our precious little pearl(s), something I have dreamed of doing for a long time. While I felt a little silly reading out loud with no one visible in the room, it was a really sweet moment with my pearl(s).

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Still On Cloud Nine

Well it has been about 2 days now since we got our very exciting news. In the last 2 days we have laughed, screamed (the joyful kind), cried, hugged, and smiled from ear to ear. We have basically just relished in the wonderful news. We have received so many phone calls, emails, comments on the blog and had visitors stop by. It amazes me how many people are rejoicing in this miracle with us! We are so grateful for all of your friendships and your prayers and your kind words! It has been a truly amazing journey. Not always an easy one in fact quite often it has been incredibly painful and challenging but through it all I have seen two things strengthened- our faith in our loving God and our love for each other. There were moments when my faith was truly tested through this and there were moments I wasn't sure it would survive but it did because God is so faithful to never leave. Even in the times I was angry at Him and didn't want to talk to Him I still knew He was there. And once I turned back to Him and realized He was my only hope, He was always there to take me back in His arms and comfort me. His faithfulness has always amazed me. I have learned that marriage can also be hard at times. This last year though which has been a very difficult year has been the best year of our marriage. I tend to want to be a very independent person and I absolutely had to lean on Justin so many times. And he was always there for me and always strong for me even though I know he was hurting too. I fell more in love with him this year because of that. So looking back over this journey I can see what God was doing in our lives. He never does things to be mean or cruel, He is teaching us something. I also know that God wants to use us to help others we will cross paths with that are going through this same struggle. In fact a sweet friend sent this in an email, "My devotional today was 2Cor1:3-4 and it says that "God ...comforts us in all our affliction so that we maybe able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." I know that he will use the trials that you and Justin have been through these last few years to give hope to someone else that is beginning to walk in those shoes." So now we celebrate and we give praise and glory to our God because nothing is impossible with Him. I truly believe with all my heart that medicine did not create our perfect embryos but God did! Even the embryologist couldn't explain how last time we had such poor quality embryos and this time we had a perfect one and another one that was very good quality. A song kept coming to mind everytime I think of the this wonderful blessing from God. The lyrics are:
"It makes me want to shout, hallelujah, thank you Jesus, Lord your worthy of all the glory and all the honor and all the praise."

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The result is . . .

POSITIVE!!!!! WE ARE PREGNANT, WE ARE PREGNANT, WE ARE PREGNANT! We have waited so long to say that and now I can't stop saying it. Praise God! We are so thankful for this blessing! He is so good to us! And it was definately worth the wait. Our due date is March 25th and we have a sonogram in 3 weeks and will know then if we have 1 or 2 little blessings to look forward to. Thank you all so much for your prayers! We have definately felt them. We will be planning a celebration party very soon! I have lots more I want to say but so excited I can't sit and write right now but will soon.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

My Sweet Justin

Well tomorrow is our big day! We are both very excited and very hopeful. I still have a real peace about it all. Today when I came back to my office after lunch I walked in and sitting on my desk were the most beautiful flowers. I immediately recognized the handwriting on the envelope and knew they were from my loving husband! Not only were the flowers gorgeous but the card he had written for me was so sweet! God blessed me with a very compassionate, tender, patient and loving husband almost 6 years ago and I am so thankful for him! He has been my strength through this journey and he has been so thoughtful and loving the last couple of weeks! He waited on me hand and foot while I was on bed rest. He is an amazing man for whom I am ever so grateful! I just thought you all should know how wonderful he is and how lucky I am! I know when we do have children he will be an amazing father and I can't wait to see that!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

3 More Days

We enjoyed the rest of our weekend with Justin's mom, Pat. They played golf yesterday and fortunately for everyone's sake they tied. They are quite competitive with each other. We went to Dason's little pool party for a little while yesterday afternoon. We met my parents for dinner at Szechuan's which is always so yummy! After that my parents and Keller came back to the house and we made cupcakes. While we were waiting on the cupcakes to bake we were sitting in the living room and Keller was trying to crawl all over me and mom told him to be careful around my tummy because there might be a baby in it. He said is there a baby in there? I said we don't know yet. I asked him if he wanted to talk to it in case there was so he leaned over to my tummy and started whispering, "Hi my name is Keller and I'm your cousin little baby." It was so sweet. He sat back and he looked at me and said I hope it is a boy. Mom said you wouldn't want a girl cousin and he said "Yuck!" So I guess we know how he feels about that.

Today we went to First Baptist for Baby Caroline's dedication. She looked so pretty in her little dress and she was so happy the whole time. It was really a sweet ceremony. After church we all went to the Frizzell's for lunch and some BabyCakes of course. We had a fun time with all of their family and other friends. Then I had to come home for a nap. I took a very long nap and really didn't even want to get up after that. I have been feeling really good still. I just have some occasional little aches in my lower abdomen. Thursday is only a few days away and I am so glad that the time so far has gone pretty fast.

Friday, July 11, 2008


Today was my first day of freedom from the bondage of my bed! When I left for work this morning as I pulled out of the garage and saw the sunshine and the flowers and the pretty green grass I realized just how much I love the outdoors and how happy I was to be out of the house! Before I went to work I went straight to the lab to have some bloodwork done. Fortunately I am able to do the rest of my bloodwork here in Abilene so we won't have to drive to Lubbock for at least a few weeks. As I got to work and saw I had lots of new voicemails, a full inbox, a stack of orders to review and sign off on, and not to mention the many emails to respond to I started to feel a bit overwhelmed. My sweet boss and my friend Laura quickly reminded me it is only business and not to let it stress me out. I started working through one stack at a time. I was already feeling much more at ease by lunch. Justin came and picked me up and took me to lunch. He has been so sweet through this whole process. I think he was as ready as I was to get out of the house today. I'm sure he was also happy that he didn't have to wait on me hand and foot any longer although he never complained. By the end of the day I was pretty much caught up to where I need to be and I don't think that was of my own doing. It has been amazing but through this whole process it is like God has just cleared my calendar both at work and home so that I could focus on this cycle. Before I went out for the retrieval I had gotten everything at work completely up to date so I was able to be away without having a lot of stress about it. I love how God is concerned with even the small details of our lives! This afternoon Kristen, the nurse called and said my progesterone levels looked beautiful and they were still waiting to get back my estrogen levels. I asked her if this told us anything and she said no but that it made her very happy so not sure what that means but its always nice to get positive news. By the end of the day I was a little worn out after having laid in bed for 3 days going back to work all day wore me out. I came home and took a nice long nap and woke up just in time to greet my mother in law who came in town for the weekend. She took us to dinner at Copper Creek which was quite delicious and then we went to see the movie Hancock, it was a great movie. We always have a fun and busy agenda when she visits so I'm sure tomorrow will be another fun filled day!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Movies, Friends & Good Food!

Well I had Justin set up my laptop so I could post a little update. I am almost done with day 2 of bedrest. Tomorrow will be the last day- yippee! I have been feeling really good although a little restless! I definately feel I'm in a much better place and have been through this whole cycle. It is hard to explain exactly what I feel but I just know that God is in control. I feel at peace and I don't feel anxious. I feel well rested and relaxed. I feel very happy and content with where I am at this moment. Of course I am excited to find out the results next Thursday but I don't feel consumed with thoughts of it like I did last time.

Until this evening I had pretty much remained in the bed other than for trips to the bathroom which I had 6 of in a 5 hour period on Monday night. Last night though I made it through with only 1 trip to the bathroom though- that was pretty exciting! Yesterday was a pretty quiet day. Justin got up early and made me breakfast in bed. Then I watched a little TV, did a sudoku puzzle, and watched some movies. Last night my sweet friend Shelly brought us Olive Garden for dinner and she sat and visited with me for a while. Today Justin again got up and made me breakfast in bed and I read a magazine and responded to some work emails and finished a movie I fell asleep in last night. My sister was sweet enough to bring me some yummy Taco Bueno for lunch and visit a while on her lunch break. Shortly after that my friend Shelly came back over and this time brought her sweet baby Lily. Not long after they came over my mom and my nephew Ethan showed up. My mom came over to visit and cook me one of my favorite meals for dinner- Pepper Steak. Shelly and Lily stayed and played a while and then they went home. A little while after that our friend Stephanie called and her and Harrison came over and brought me a yummy new Blackberry Sprite drink from Sonic. Harrison and Ethan played for a while. They were both playing with my little Reveille dog that sings the Aggie Fight Song which is pretty funny considering Harrison comes from a family of Red Raiders and Ethan comes from a family of Longhorns. I am such a bad influence! A little later my sister and her other little boy Keller showed up so now we had a house full of 3 little boys. It was quite entertaining. Right after that my dear friend Kimberly and her little boy Creighton showed up to visit too! So now we had four precious little boys in our bedroom all under the age of 3. Things had gotten a lot more exciting around here. Benjie even stopped in after his afternoon run! After a while of watching the boys play everyone headed home except for my family. I decided to finally move from the bed to the couch in the living room. It was a nice change of scenery! My dad stopped by too and we all enjoyed mom's wonderful Pepper Steak! Then to top it off we had strawberry pie. When everyone had left it sure was quiet here with just me and Justin! Having all our visitors today reminded me just how blessed we are to have such good family and friends that care so much about us and that have been so supportive in this journey! Below are some pictures from today.

Baby Lily in her pretty pink dress! Look at those precious baby rolls!

Ethan, Keller, Creighton and Harrison all wanting to play with Creighton's cool rifle! Sharing is so hard when you are small!

Kimberly, Creighton, Harrison and Stephanie all piled in my bed with me- I love these girls!

Monday, July 7, 2008


Well today was the day of our transfer. Aubrey and I headed to Lubbock again for what could be one of our last times for a while. Aubrey and I arrived in Lubbock in time to eat a quick bite at Freebird's, and then we headed to the doctor's office. The embryologist came and talked to us about our embryos first. We had 6 embryos still maturing, but there were two that were the best quality, with one being in his words, "PERFECT." He said they rarely ever see embyros of this quality. We were so excited to hear that news, and we had already decided that we were going to put two in. The doctor came in and began the transfer, but had to stop, because Aubrey's ovaries were so enlarged that they had pushed a lot of things in the wrong position, and it was hard for her to get the proper alignment. She restarted with a different technique and made the transfer. After the transfer the doctor did a sonogram to be sure the embryos had settled into the lining of her uterus and as you can see in the sonogram photo below there are our two beautiful embryos in the lining of Aubrey's uterus.

If you look at the picture, next to the arrow are two little white dots which are the embryos. After the transfer, Aubrey had to lay still for about an hour. At around 2:45, we were on our way back home to Abilene. Aubrey will be on bed rest for the next 3 days so I will be her butler. Now the waiting begins- we will take our pregnancy test in 10 days on the 17th, so please just continue to pray for patience and the development of our babies. Thank you all so much for your encouragement and prayers. We are already praising God for the miracle He has already done in giving us these two perfect embryos!

Sunday, July 6, 2008


The call came even later today so it was a very long morning and we missed church. I could not keep my eyes off the phone waiting for the number to pop up. He did finally call though and we still have 8 embryos today! The 2 best quality embryos have reached the fully compacted morula stage and most of the others have reached the early morula stage so he has scheduled our transfer for tomorrow at 1:30pm. We will get another call in the morning to let us know if they have reached the blastocyst stage but he feels based on where they are at today they should be ready for transfer tomorrow. Everything has been about a day or two ahead of our last cycle. God is so good to us! While I am so happy and really at peace I still know this does not mean this cycle will definately result in pregnancy but I thank God for this experience and for the hope that has come from this experience- just knowing that we can make beautiful embryos gives me hope that we will one day in His time experience childbirth! Thank you again for all of your support, your prayers and encouraging emails, comments and even texts (boy we have a lot of methods of communication these days). We value your friendships and you should know that knowing we have you all has really helped us in this sometimes difficult journey. Tomorrow we will send an update when we return from Lubbock. It will likely be Justin since I will be on bedrest for the following 3 days. If anyone gets bored and wants to stop by, I am sure I'll be happy to have visitors.

Last night we got to get out and have some fun at the dinner for the 4th of July tournament Justin has been playing in all weekend. It was fun to get dressed up and get out and socialize a bit. We went with our good friends Jill and Chano. I've included some photos below.

Saturday, July 5, 2008


The call came a little later today and I wasn't quite expecting it so it startled me from my deep sleep I was in. Needless to say I was a little groggy and out of it as Keith passed on today's update but I'm pretty sure I got it all. We still have 8 precious embryos hanging on and all 8 are at the development stage they should be at and we still have 3 of those 8 that are above average quality- woohoo! Tomorrow he will call us with another update and if any of the embryos are at the full morula stage the transfer will be scheduled for Monday morning and if they aren't quite there yet it will be Tuesday morning. So we wait excitedly for our next update! I want to share a little verse out of a spiritual inspiration book that I came across in our last IVF cycle that was really special to me.

Hold fast your dreams!
Within your heart
Keep one still secret spot
Where dreams may go
And sheltered so,
May thrive and grow...
O keep a place apart,
Within your heart,
For little dreams to go!
Louise Driscoll

"When dreams come true, there is life and joy." Proverbs 13:12

We will continue to dream big because our hope is in our God who does great things! My prayer for these embryos is always that they would thrive and grow so when I read this it seemed it was written just for me. Please continue to pray with us that these embryos will thrive and grow and that no matter what happens we will always continue to dream big in our God.

As I promised in yesterday's post I am going to share some photos from our fun filled 4th of July. We started off the morning with the River Oaks Circle 1st Annual 4th of July Parade. It was a huge success. There were lots of people with wagons, bikes, dogs, firetrucks, John Deer gators, antique cars, and people wearing crazy hats and bowties. The parade route was once around our circle. I made it to our house (about half way around) and then I had to retire.

Lila was ready to ride!

I am not sure Keller and Laney thought the parade was as exciting as we did but they were good sports and road along!

Joy, my grandparent's dog, who is a member of the family even got to participate in the parade and of course mom was there with camera in hand!

Even Uncle Nathan and Uncle Justin participated- they aren't too cool to be in a parade! And in the stroller behind the wagon baby Stone was pushed by mommy Andrea.

It did get pretty hot while sitting outside for the parade so we decided we needed to find a place to cool off. It's a good thing our good friends the West live right down the street and have a beautiful pool! They were nice enough to let the whole family come over for some splish splash fun!

Nothing makes a baby or mommy more tired that an afternoon of swimming!

After that we headed back to grandmother and papa's for a family cookout! Let me tell you my family can make some really good food and I ate way too much! To end the day we all piled in the cars to go find a spot to watch the fireworks. It was a wonderful 4th of July!

Friday, July 4, 2008


Well this morning I woke up about 7:40am to go to the bathroom for probably the 6th time since I went to bed last night and thought oh no now I have to wait an hour or two to get the call. I walked over and took my phone off the charger to move it to the nightstand next to the bed and I looked down and saw a number flashing, the number flashing. I told Justin its him, he's already calling. I answered the phone to hear "Is this Aubrey?" I said yes this is Aubrey. He said, "This is Keith from the Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Lubbock." I wanted to say do you really think I don't know who you are- I sit and wait for your call every morning. So instead I said "Hello Keith." Then he said, "I'm calling to give you an update on your IVF case." Again I wanted to say just get to the point, how many embryos do we have? He finally did proceed to give me the news! He said we have 10 embryos left and they are all progressing as they should and he said we have about 3 that are above average quality, 4 that are average and about 3 that are below average. Now if you remember it was on this day of our last cycle that we got a call telling us that we had 6 embryos left and all 6 were poor quality. So that being said you now have an idea of how excited we both were with today's news. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

What a lovely way to start celebrating the 4th of July! This wonderful news and in about an hour my nephew and two little cousins will be arriving with the bike and wagon that we all decorated together for the 4th of July Parade on our little circle we live on. After the parade there will be homemade ice cream. If that is not enough we also will have homemade ice cream at grandmother's tonight along with my dad's delicious brisket, papa's tasty burgers, all the yummy sides and a homemade pound cake. I'm sure Justin would throw in the fact that he is playing in a golf tournament makes this an even better day! So happy 4th to you and your family! Enjoy the time together! And we'll talk again tomorrow- maybe I'll even include some photos from the parade.

Thursday, July 3, 2008


Praise God the embryologist just called and 11 of the 12 eggs were fertilized so we have 11 embryos today. Since today is the first day each embryo is only 1 cell so he cannot tell what the quality of the embryos are but tomorrow he will begin to get an idea on the quality as the cells begin to multiply. I am feeling much better today although still pretty soar from the procedure. Each day we will use this blog to give an update on our precious embryos. God is good!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008


Hello everyone, this is Justin on today's entry!

Well today was the day of the retrieval, and what a day it was. Aubrey, Aubrey's mom Sheree, and myself left for beautiful Lubbock around 7:45 this morning in order to arrive for our 10:30 appointment. The trip went well, Aubrey and Sheree got to read magazines while I drove. I really enjoy parts of the drive, because I am fascinated with the wind farms. I am amazed at the magnitude of them. It seems as if they are building more and more every time we head that way. Well other than that, I have never seen so many State Troopers on the road in all our trips up there as I saw today. I swear there were about 10.

We arrived in Lubbock around 10:20 and got to our appointment on time. The waiting room was pretty empty and we just sat there for about 25 minutes and then they finally called us back. I walked with Aubrey to the back and they put her IV in for the procedure. After Aubrey got her IV, we headed back into the procedure room. Walking into the room gave me flashbacks to our time before. We had quite the adventure last time in that room. Aubrey could not wake up from the anesthesia and every time we tried to get her up, she would almost pass out and fall back asleep. It took about 4 hours after the retrieval to get her to the car. I was just hoping that this time would be a lot easier for her. We waited in the room for about 45 minutes I believe. I really do not know the exact minutes, but I was getting impatient, because I was very nervous today. I was just so worried about a lot of things. God, however, was in control. When the nurses finally came in, I had to leave and go back to the waiting room. I sat there patiently with Sheree, catching up on the newest issue of Time and just hoping all was going well with the doctor and Aubrey. At around 12:30 or so, the nurse came out to get Sheree and I. Aubrey was done with the retrieval and everything went really well.

As we walked into the room, Aubrey laid there peacefully not moving at all. She looked like she was enjoying her sleep, which she does. The nurse told as that we had "12" good eggs that were retrieved. We had 14 last time but only 8 survived so we are 4 more ahead this time. I was excited to hear this news and I know Aubrey's mom and Aubrey were too. I was then sent to do my part of the retrieval and returned later to be with Aubrey until she woke up. When I got back Sheree had said she was slightly awake, but still wanted to sleep. During this time the embryologist told us that my count was still low like last time, so they will have to do ICSI which we did last time. I was a little disappointed because I have been doing everything I can to help us out and I still could not get a higher count. Aubrey woke up gradually and we got her up and ready to go a couple hours later. Then it was back on the road again. We stopped at Rosa's for a little bite to eat since Aubrey had not eaten since the night before and headed towards Abilene. The ride was going great until we got about 10 miles outside of post. That is when Aubrey woke up and said she was not feeling good. I thought she was going to throw up so I was about to pull over, and that is when she passed out. She had one of her spells which looks scary and sometimes is, but she came out of it about 30 seconds later. We do not know what causes these spells, but the main thing is that she is OK. The rest of the trip was fainting free!

We are back in Abilene now, Aubrey is asleep in the bed taking it as easy as she can. She will be a little sore tomorrow though. We find out tomorrow how many eggs have fertilized and how many look like they are maturing the way they should. What an exciting time in our lives and I am glad we can share it with you. Thank you so much for all your prayers and support. Please continue to pray that we have multiple eggs mature and progress they way they should, and that God will continue to give us patience.