Thursday, April 17, 2014

Making Baby #2: The Journey Continues with more Clomid...



With five mature follicles, and my husband’s high sperm count you'd think I'd be pregnant right now, right? Wrong!  When we met with the RE at the beginning of my new cycle my first question was "So what happened?"  He said several things like sometimes the sperm just don’t meet the egg(s), and if it does, it doesn't implant.  The woman's egg quality also has to be good, too because without good eggs all of the sperm in the world will not fertilize it. Also, any woman who ovulates only has a 9% chance of getting pregnant. I guess that makes me feel better.

Speaking of sperm and eggs hooking up, my husband sent me an article discussing research that found two receptor proteins that must interact to result in conceiving a child. Read here: Oh baby:Scientists find protein that lets egg and sperm hook up.

The Clomid I am taking, which he believes the current dose (150 mg/day for 5 days) is producing amazing results (read last post), only does half of the work, which is producing more follicles, thus increasing chances of at least one egg, is of good quality, being fertilized. 

This is my fifth medically stimulated cycle, and third round of Clomid.  We;ll see how many follicles are produced during this round.  I can only pray, keep my fingers crossed, and hope that this is my last cycle TTC that will result in a healthy pregnancy.

Good things that came out of this Clomid Cycle
  • My period was shorter, and less intense.  I didn't even have to reach for my overnight or heavy flow Always pads.
  • My skin didn't break out.  When I was on Femara, my skin broke out around the time Aunt Flow was expected to come.  My skin looks amazing, but, it can also be due to the new products I’m using in my daily skincare routine. You can read about some of them here, here and here.

Some Good News
Remember one of my 30 Before 30 Goals was to be featured in Essence Magazine?  Well, I have a story, Multitasking BeautyEssentials to Pack when Traveling with Kids”, up on Essence.com. Please show your support by leaving a comment over on the post. 
Since then, I've began to revamp my goals, and update my vision board. There’s so much I want and need to do. And by the way, I have two more books to read in order to reach my goal of reading 12 books in a year.  I'm currently reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

If you didn't get a chance to read my post, “Resolve to know more…” please check it out. I’m still recruiting people to [anonymously] interview to raise awareness during Infertility Awareness Week, which is April 20th – April 26th.





Friday, April 11, 2014

Mini Me's First Visit to LegoLand Discovery Center Westchester



Last weekend, we finally visited the LegoLand Discovery Center Westchester.  It wasn't a long drive from Brooklyn – maybe about 30-minutes, which is tolerable when you have a minivan full of kids.  Out of all of the children (five total) that came with us, mini me was the most excited.  She kept saying “Lego, Lego, Lego!” And when she realized we weren't reaching the destination quickly enough she began to ask my sister, non-stop, “Are we at Lego’s?” 

LegoLand Discovery Center Westchester was half of what I expected it to be.  First of all, we missed it since it’s located within a [beautiful] shopping center (Ridge Hill Shopping Center).  When I pictured in my head what I thought Lego Land Discovery Center would look like, I imagined a place that was larger.  LegoLand Discovery Center Westchester is SMALL, and for the cost of admission, and the limited activities I didn't think it was worth it; however, mini me LOVED it! In fact, she couldn't stop talking about it.  She’s still talking about it, and asking to go back!Oh, and she asked to go to Disney World.  I need more money! .:LOL:.



LegoLand Discovery Center had a manageable crowd by the time we arrived, which was around 2:45 p.m.  Although Lego Land Discovery Center Westchester targets children ages 3-10, from what I observed, most of the children there were at least 5+.  Even though there are areas for smaller children to play, you have children whose parents just let them run loose like wild animals doing any and everything.  I wasn't down for that.  Mini me wanted to go into the three tiered, enclosed Lego Fire Academy Play Station, but parents aren't allowed to go in with their younger children, so I didn't allow her to.  The last thing I need is for some idiot big kid to hurt my baby… and then… never mind.

The highlights of the LegoLand Discovery Center Westchester were:
  • The Medieval-themed Kingdom Quest video game inspired laser tag ride.
  • The Merlin’s Apprentice carnival ride that spins in circles and goes up and down. I thought mini me would be scared, but she actually enjoyed it.
  • MiniLand features cool replicas of some famous New York City locations.  MiniLand is made from nearly 1.5 million LEGO® bricks, with moving airships and trains.
Parents, this is where they get us! 
Come prepared to purchase something from the gift shop.  The exit leads you straight through the gift shop, and what kid is not going to want to purchase Lego products after seeing all of the cool Lego creations? I ended up purchasing the My First LEGO® DUPLO® Supermarket for $27.99 when it’s on-sale on the Lego wesbite for  $9.98! I can’t believe it!

My First LEGO® DUPLO® Supermarket


Know Before you Go!
LegoLand isn't an all day activity; we spent 2.5 hours there, which was more than enough time.  You can plan to spend a day shopping at the Ridge Hill Shopping Center and visit LegoLand.

Legoland DiscoveryWestchester: 39 Fitzgerald St., within the Ridge Hill shopping complex at 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers; 866-243-0770; http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/westchester/

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (last admission at 7:30 p.m.); Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last admission at 5 p.m.)

Cost: Tickets must be purchased in advance in order to guarantee entry. Otherwise, you can get there and have to turn right back around or just spend the day [window] shopping at the Ridge Hill Mall.
$18 for kids 3-12, $22 for ages 13 and up, free for kids 2 and under.  Annual passes start at $58.52 for an individual or $227.59 for a family of four and include admission, discounts for birthday parties, the shop and the cafe, and a subscription to Lego magazine.

Parking: The North Otis or South Otis parking garages offer the closest access to the attraction ($3.25 for up to six hours)



Have you visited the LegoLand Discovery Center Westchester? What did you think of it?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Resolve to Know More... National Infertility Awareness Week April 20-26th



This blog, Beauty and the Bump started off as a pregnancy, and lifestyle blog, and then transformed into a mom blog.   Not once did I think I’d incorporate infertility into it.  However, since [secondary infertility] is a very real issue that I've been dealing with personally, I realized that as a woman and blogger, it’s my duty to raise awareness on this issue.  

National Infertility Awareness Week™ is April 20th – April 26th.  This year’s theme is:  Resolve to Know More.  There are so many misconceptions surrounding infertility that I've touched on in some of my TTC posts, such as it only being a “woman’s issue”, it only affects women who are over 35, or it doesn't affect minorities etc.  All of those things are false

Infertility affects 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age.  Infertility is a disease that results in the abnormal functioning of the male or female reproductive system.  30% of infertility can be attributed to male factors, and about 30% can be attributed to female factors.  In about 20% of cases infertility is unexplained, and the remaining 10% of infertility is caused by a combination of problems in both partners.

In order to raise awareness during National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), I’m going to showcase some personal interviews with women (couples) of various ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, race and ethnicities who are currently struggling with infertility.  Hopefully, by the end of NIAW, I along with the women sharing their stories, remove the ignorance and shame surrounding infertility.

If you’d like to participate, you may record your responses to my interview questions on this form.

Thanks in advance for your participation, support, and resolving to know more about infertility.


Visit Resolve.org to educate yourself on infertility or to find a support group.


What will you Resolve to Know More of during National Infertility Awareness Week?