I was scrolling through photos on my iPhone the other day and it’s amazing how much has happened in the past 12 months! It has been a roller coaster of ups and downs, but mostly ups as today we celebrate our 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of Morning Lavender Cafe & Boutique in Orange County! It’s hard to believe we went through our IVF journey during this first year of running Morning Lavender OC. Life isn’t always perfect but I’d like to think our story of hard work and determination will inspire others going through tough times whether it’s personal or business related.
It’s hard to believe I am already in the 3rd trimester of my pregnancy! I remember just a year ago I was preparing for our 1st IVF transfer (which failed) and here I am just 9 weeks away from meeting our baby boy! A couple of weeks ago we decided to do our babymoon in beautiful Hawaii. We love the weather, vibe and food of the islands and since I’m pregnant in the winter, Hawaii was an easy choice for our babymoon. We have been several times to Oahu but this would be our first time to Kauai. My agenda for our babymoon was just to RELAX. The holidays were definitely the busiest for us working in retail and we still have so much to do before the baby comes! So we used this opportunity to take in the beauty of the islands and just enjoy some husband & wifey time before we become a family of 3! I can’t wait to take our son here one day and see him experience the ocean for the first time!
It’s a little surreal to be writing this post right now. I can’t believe I’ve already made it past my first trimester! In case you missed it, here was our pregnancy announcement last month:
I found out pretty early on that I was pregnant (8 days post transfer), but last time I had a devastating chemical miscarriage so I didn’t want to be overly excited. But I had this feeling that this was it – this was finally our baby and despite being a lower grade embryo than our last one, our baby was so strong. As soon as our doctor confirmed it, I couldn’t wait to share the news!!! I waited so long to say the words “I’M PREGNANT”!!!! Continue Reading
It’s been a while since I blogged about our IVF but I just wanted to update y’all on what’s happening since I’ve been getting a lot of questions on my Instagram. We really appreciate everyone being so concerned with our #ivfjourney and in this with us!
Our 2nd transfer is tomorrow!!! As I noted in this post, after egg retrieval and genetic testing in December, we had 3 viable embryos. In February, we did our 1st transfer with 1 embryo which resulted in a chemical pregnancy/miscarriage. We took a month off to heal and regroup. In May, I started taking Depot Lupron which my doctor recommended to cleanse my body and get rid of more of the endometriosis. These injections last 1 month and I did them for 2 months for it to be more effective. A few weeks ago I started my transfer cycle (estrogen pills and progesterone injections) and fast forward to now and we have our transfer tomorrow!
So how do I feel?! Honestly, very anxious. After the 1st failed transfer, I wanted to try again immediately. You know when you want something so bad? Our doctor actually advised us not to rush into another transfer especially since we only have 2 embryos left and so we went on vacation to Hawaii and just focused on the business. So I’ve been waiting patiently these past 5 months and the day is finally almost here. It’s hard not to forget the devastation of last time and not blame yourself for why it failed. So this time, I decided to do some things to better prepare myself both physically and emotionally and I will be sharing these 10 things with you in today’s blog post. Keep in mind, I have not had a successful transfer yet so I’m not sure if what I’m doing is right. But emotionally I feel better and more equipped to handle the outcome.
Hi friends! I’m sorry for being super MIA on the blog and on social media lately. The past 4 weeks have been the most intense 4 weeks for us both professionally and personally. We recently opened up the cafe portion of Morning Lavender OC and it has kept us super busy to say the least. In addition, we had our IVF transfer last month! I wanted to update you all so stay tuned for a super long post today! I’m also sorry if there are grammatical errors or if I’m all over the place – it has been a very long 4 weeks!
I can’t believe it’s already 2018! The past year and especially the past few months have been a whirlwind. I definitely fell behind on blogging towards the end of 2017 so I wanted to dedicate this first post to sharing what’s been happening in our busy lives. I recently did an Instagram on poll on what kind of content you guys wanted to see more of and most of you said “personal” so here goes:
We finished up our home renovations at the end of November! It was a 4.5 month process where we lived in construction, without a kitchen and poured over every design detail. We hired a good friend’s dad as our general contractor but designed and picked out everything ourselves. This was a learning but rewarding experience. It costed and took a bit longer than we wanted but we are incredibly happy with how everything turned out and happy to finally feel “at home”. I will be doing a separate post on our home renovations shortly with some fun before and after photos. Although we are done with the renovations, the fun decorating (a.k.a. Joanna Gaines) part has just begun and I’m hoping to carve out some time to get everything done!
A few months ago we bought a home and started renovating the kitchen and master bath immediately. The house was built in the 60’s and although move-in ready, we wanted to update the kitchen and bath to more of our style. After living in construction for 5 months, we are finally DONE with renovations! All that’s left to do is my favorite part – get my Joanna Gaines on :). That process in itself will take a while as we have been overwhelmed with opening our new store and of course our IVF journey. We kept most of our furniture from our condo but we’ve been wanting to try out a new mattress. With all of the work and stress we put our bodies through, we realize now more than ever the importance of a good night’s sleep and a good mattress.
I share a lot about fashion, business and travel on my blog but today I’m sharing something very personal with you. Things may always seem exciting or business as usual for us, but with all the highs, there have been lows. It is actually hard for me to write this – I can’t go very long without crying as I write these words. I guess the easiest thing to do is to reveal our infertility journey chronologically. This will be quite a lengthy blog post so keep reading if you like!