These two weeks have gone so quickly! Happily, spring has finally arrived in New England, so we have taken many walks through parks and around lakes.
M is on maternity leave through July, but we have already begun the nanny hunt. Finding someone that we would not only trust with the keys to our home but also our newborn son is nerve wracking. We've tried ads on Craigslist and Ca.re dot com. The latter produced an overwhelming response -- over 50 applicants within a couple of days. My first thought to pre-screen people was to send those that looked like a good fit a series of questions by email. That immediately weeded out about 50%. Then we had a phone interview, and the final five were brought in for an in-person interview. Everyone seemed perfectly capable, but again...nerve wracking. M is going to bring back our top candidate on Monday for a working interview, so we will see how that goes.
The little guy is in the 93rd percentile for height and is nearly 9 lbs as of his two week checkup. Knock on wood, but we feel like we won the baby lottery with him. He's just such an active, alert and good natured boy. M's milk never came in completely, so we have continued to supplement with formula.
And the ever-popular topic of sleep. Ah, sleep. M and I tag team for now so that we can both get a nice stretch of REM. It will be interesting to see how this works when I go back to work next week.
On a vaguely related topic, I decided I should mention the potential after-effects I have experienced following my four rounds of IVF stims. Once upon a time, I had a nice, healthy menstrual cycle like clockwork, never a problem, never any cramps or pain. Ever since IVF #3, I have had an unpredictable menstrual cycle, and even then I would have a day on, a day off, two days on...something random like that. Plus cramping pain that seems to occur any time I get extra blood flow in that area, such as during ovulation. So here is where my paranoia came in. As I have mentioned previously, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at 45--just 3 years from my current age. My paternal aunt also had breast cancer and my paternal great grandmother died of breast cancer.
I wondered if I was putting myself in harms way by pumping my body full of fertility medications and driving my estrogen levels sky-high. I don't personally believe that fertility medications cause breast cancer or ovarian cancer, per se, but I do believe that it exacerbates any propensity for cancers--particularly estrogen-receptive tumors.
Anyway, I've been to the gynecologist about the pain and they have identified a couple of cysts which appear to be growing at a fair clip. Basically, the estrogen surge with every menstrual cycle gives them another shot in the arm. My options are 1) birth control pills, 2) hysterectomy or 3) do nothing and hope that they don't get too large and painful before I hit menopause (at which point they shrink). Despite my openness to take a million fertility drugs to start our family, I'm a purist and try not to put anything in my body any stronger than aspirin. So birth control pills are out. And a hysterectomy is out. So wait it out I shall.
In any event, for those of you going through multiple rounds of IVF, don't forget about taking care of your own health by keeping up on your regular screenings!