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Yoshi is In Play + Random from the IVF Trail

So…. Yoshi is in Play! To celebrate, today, I am bringing you some fun, NON-medical odds, ends, and thoughts from the IVF trail.

Thank you to Amanda for hosting Thinking Out Loud!


To follow up where I left you all hanging with 5 eggs, we were able to fertilize three of them to create 3 embryos (which I first thought of as the three red shells and then realized that the three balloons from battle mode were more appropriate).

Yesterday (Wednesday), we transferred one (a “beautiful 8-cell”). They were about to do two of them (the 7-cell was #2), but we had them double check with my doctor, and he confirmed that I was a single embryo transfer only. The other 2 embryos will continue to be incubated in the lab.

They have you do this with a full bladder. Let’s just say, it is an experience. Not painful (other than the speculum), and pretty much exactly like a pap smear, as I said in the IVF Part 2 Post

I was ordered to stay low the rest of the day, and I am to stay rather quiet for the next few weeks until the first blood test (see this post for explanation). I actually updated that post with some clarification that I received yesterday regarding the whole “staying still” bit, but I am pretty much limited to 20 minute walks for now. Which is good, because Ridley is insane. And also for whatever reason, they have unplugged the treadmill at our apartment.


Trap door to the IVF lab

So the IVF people actually are wizards: there is a trap door with a “man behind the curtain” feeling in the egg retrieval room. I wish I had a picture: it is a little metal door in the middle of the wall that they open up and there is a dude in the lab on the other side and you confirm you name and date of birth to him (and there are the lab techs and incubators behind him). It was pretty hilarious.


I didn’t think about the eggs for eggs until I was writing the post. But I will take credit for the eggcellent choice.

The Intersection of IVF and Alex

Maybe the nerdiest thing that he has ever said to me, after I told him about the embryos: So, this totally just hit me: something now exists that shares our DNA. #scientist

Alex's "monkey tail" fun facial hair for the mustachio bashio!

The last time that he grew out a beard…

He is also growing a Yoshi Beard aka not shaving until the first blood test. 

Last Meal

I didn’t get my margarita, sushi, or Bourbon for my last meal before transfer. We basically had banked on it happening Friday, so when it was like, nope, definitely happening Wednesday, it caught us a bit off guard.

Consequently, I grabbed an airplane bottle of anejo tequila and had it with a nice dinner of chicken spaghetti squash, birthday cake Halo Top faux-ice cream, and a nut butter filled Clif Bar (not all at once, but you know). OH and whole jicama.

Go Yoshi Go! Playoff beards, trap doors, and other funny randoms from the IVF trail #infertility #IVF Click To Tweet

No Sleep for You

Remember all of that sleeping I was doing? Yeah, well, I even mentioned to my therapist that I hadn’t had a night sweat in a while. Joke was on me, because guess what happened last night? Basically, I asked for it.

Couch Rest.

So now, I am couch rest. I refuse to be on bed rest. I get 20 minutes of walking at a time to keep my body temp down (trust me, keeping my temp down isn’t difficult, but keeping ME down might be!). This is where you can find me for the next few weeks:

Have you ever been ordered to “couch rest” when you were otherwise totally healthy?

Tell me something random from your life! I’m too tired to think up questions, lol.

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  • Reply Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete

    OH. *clap* MY. *clap* GOSH. *clap*

    Nerdiest and most precious thing that a human has ever said! Way to go, Alex!

    I am not going to lie right now: I read this post faster than I’ve read really exciting race recaps. SO STOKED! <3 LOVE YOU!
    Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete recently posted…I don’t even know what to call this.My Profile

    January 19, 2017 at 5:07 am
  • Reply Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious

    Not moving a ton has got to be killer. Sending so many positive vibes your way!
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    January 19, 2017 at 5:17 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m over it πŸ˜€

      January 21, 2017 at 2:34 pm
  • Reply Allie

    Woot woot!!!! And, so strange how the treadmill was “mysteriously” unplugged πŸ™‚
    I love the visual of basically the Wizard of Oz delivering your egg!
    Good luck with your stillness. You can do it!
    Allie recently posted…The Rundown – What Do You Expect?My Profile

    January 19, 2017 at 5:40 am
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      January 21, 2017 at 2:33 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I cant imagine having that done with a full bladder. I hate doing anything with a full bladder! I would also go a bit crazy having to rest like that, but winter is good time of year for it I guess. Hope you can try to enjoy the down time!
    Lisa @ Mile by Mile recently posted…Cold Weather Gear for Winter RunningMy Profile

    January 19, 2017 at 5:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      At least I can pee at will, lol

      January 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Heather @Lunging Through Life

    Wooo! What exciting news! Staying low will take some time to get adjusted to but I bet you love it at some point πŸ˜‰
    Heather @Lunging Through Life recently posted…Life Lately: Jan. 19My Profile

    January 19, 2017 at 5:53 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hope I don’t love it tooooo much

      January 21, 2017 at 2:35 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    I’m sure it is SO hard to be on couch rest!! But yay for embryo’s!!! I love that he is growing a beard until blood test day! I actually got my husband to agree to drink no wine during my pregnancy, which was a pretty amazing feat considering we got pregnant on a trip to Napa and came home with a CASE of wine.

    January 19, 2017 at 6:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG he (and you, too, obviously) is a CHAMPION

      January 21, 2017 at 2:32 pm
  • Reply Tara | Treble in the Kitchen

    Good luck!! Sending prayers your way πŸ™‚

    January 19, 2017 at 6:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Tara!

      January 21, 2017 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Kimberly Hatting

    A full bladder? They tried (emphasis on TRIED) to do an ultrasound on me with a full bladder, and the tech kept getting annoyed because I could not remain still. And this was with my third child, so things were already “lax” down there from the two previous kiddos. Not a pretty sight LOL Kind of a mess, actually (#TMI) Good luck & best wishes!!
    Kimberly Hatting recently posted…An ode to the Puffer VestMy Profile

    January 19, 2017 at 6:58 am
  • Reply Sarah

    So excitingggg! Crossing my fingers so hard for you guys. I hope you have a good book or show for all that couch rest time!

    January 19, 2017 at 6:59 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Right now Alex is forcing me to watch basketball. And then it is time for the good stuff.

      January 21, 2017 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Cora

    Go red balloons GO! I loved battle mode. And Yoshi always kicked ass, so things are looking real strong πŸ™‚ :). You rest that bum of yours. It’ll help right now since you are tired, though of course you may need to pull out some extra captivating tv material for when you are feeling less so. What’s on your list?? I’ve been having my share of couch rest in these last couple weeks with my back. Wish we could share it together!

    January 19, 2017 at 7:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That would be way better, though I wish you weren’t dealing with it for you own reasons… get better soon.

      January 21, 2017 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    So excited for you!!! I hope that all this sitting lets yoshi cross the finish line, or whatever happens to him in the video games (w a posiiceboutcome, of course!)

    January 19, 2017 at 7:24 am
  • Reply Jamie

    Done the bed rest thing for babies. Self imposed couch rest when I threw my back out when twins were little (it was actually a wonderful excuse to make everyone else do everything else)! Sit tight little lady and let that baby make a nest πŸ˜‰
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    January 19, 2017 at 7:25 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      So basically you are the couch rest master?

      January 21, 2017 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Sandra Laflamme

    Fingers are crossed! Hoping everything goes very well for you and Alex and your combined DNA πŸ™‚
    Sandra Laflamme recently posted…Boston Marathon Training Update. Things are ramping up!My Profile

    January 19, 2017 at 7:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m thinking that little Embryo has a lot of determination from the two of us πŸ˜€

      January 21, 2017 at 2:29 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    Yay for a good transfer! Hopefully you have lots of good netflix to watch. Good luck!!!!
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    January 19, 2017 at 7:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, girlfriend! Now, we wait.

      January 21, 2017 at 2:27 pm
  • Reply Linda @ Veganosity

    YES!!!! I’m praying for all good things for you and Alex. As far as couch rest, I have one word, BRAVO. πŸ˜‰
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    January 19, 2017 at 7:51 am
  • Reply Michelle

    YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Rest, rest, and more rest! yes, I was on bed rest for over 6 weeks with my first pregnancy, and this was WAY before the days of Netflix. Let’s just say I watched a TON of movies.
    Michelle recently posted…Another ring in my tree…My Profile

    January 19, 2017 at 8:21 am
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      January 21, 2017 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Sara @ Oats & Rows

    YAYAYAY! Literally clapping over here for you guys. I’m a nerd and love word searches, so I downloaded the app on my phone recently and I could straight up chill for hours playing it. Can’t wait to hear more about your journey!
    Sara @ Oats & Rows recently posted…A weekend at my new home away from homeMy Profile

    January 19, 2017 at 8:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love word searches! And crosswords I used to spend hours doing those. I need to find an app that I like for that

      January 21, 2017 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply Jessica Marie @ FlashFitTrainer

    I’m not sure whether to be super excited or super cautious for you. I want to get really excited because there’s a live freaking embryo inside you! But…I know that this is super tricky. So, I will just wait at the edge of my seat and say a prayer. I think it’s hilarious that the Wizard of Oz is on the other side of this process. LOL.
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    January 19, 2017 at 8:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Where are my freaking ruby slippers? I’m super cautious. Our position is so simple, but so tenuous. We just are putting one foot in front of the other. Or, theoretically, because I am on couch rest.

      January 21, 2017 at 2:25 pm
  • Reply Kyle Houlihan

    Random fact about my life- When I was in third grade I was OBSESSED with cleaning out my ears. I used to sit in my top bunk at bed time with Q-tips in my ears, while reading Calvin and Hobbes. One night I forgot the Q-tip was in my ear. I finished my nightly reading. I put my head down on the pillow…with the Q-Tip in. Immediately the high pitch of my ear drum bursting was screeching through my head. I jolted out of bed in my racecar onesie and ran into the bathroom. My Dad came in and pulled the Q-tip out of my ear. Fifteen years later I’ve lost my love for Q-tips, but still have my love for Calvin & Hobbes.

    January 19, 2017 at 8:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Now that you mention it, you kind of are the exact combination of Calvin AND Hobbes.
      And that explains a lot.

      January 21, 2017 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply kat

    Man – I would be going insane if I couldn’t workout or do much activity. Then again, it’s worth it in the end, right? Praying for you!! <3
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    January 19, 2017 at 8:41 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Definitely will be worth it! Thank you, love

      January 21, 2017 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Danielle @ The T-Rex Runner

    Wow, this is so exciting! GO YOSHI GO!! I am sure it is hard sitting on the couch, but you have been talking about having a family forever, so a couple weeks of lounging is a small price to pay (IVF is not, obviously). You can do it!

    January 19, 2017 at 8:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      My thoughts exactly. If this is the price, I will gladly pony up (or couch down?

      January 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I was put on couch rest with……YOU!!!

    January 19, 2017 at 8:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I also made you catastrophically ill.

      January 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm
      • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

        You were worth every minute!!

        January 21, 2017 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply Babydoll_Brea

    I’ve been thinking about you and your husband a ridiculous amount, especially considering we have never met IRL. Sending all the positive juju!

    Random: I’m listening to my 15yo son use a hairdryer for the first time as he ‘sets’ the gel for his new haircut.

    January 19, 2017 at 9:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You are the bomb and OMG THAT IS AMAZING

      January 21, 2017 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Lindsey @ livinglovingrunner

    I’m sure Ridley will enjoy the couch cuddles for a little while πŸ™‚ You just need some Netflix and chill time! I wish that I was on couch rest…I could use the time away from work πŸ˜‰

    January 19, 2017 at 9:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      See, you say that, but give it more than just a few hours πŸ˜€

      January 21, 2017 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Helly on the Run

    Yaaaay!!!! You and your husband are just the cutest, I swear!
    Helly on the Run recently posted…RnR Arizona 1/2 Marathon: You Never Forget Your FirstMy Profile

    January 19, 2017 at 9:19 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We are definitely ridiculous.

      January 21, 2017 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply Emily

    I’ve never been ordered to couch rest, but rest is so hard for me. I think that the Lord is teaching me to rest in Him lately and take more naps and such and stop striving so hard, and just wait on Him, and it’s been hard…. I’m so thankful that He is working in me, because it’s tough, but it’s good to learn to just sleep, rest, and be gentle with your self, your body, and mind. You’re an example to me Susie, because I know you love to be active. I’m so thankful for all the love you’re putting into this journey.
    Emily recently posted…Why I’m Learning to Embrace Being SingleMy Profile

    January 19, 2017 at 9:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      And I am thankful for the love that you are sending to me but also giving to yourself. Never be afraid of self love and self care, Emily, just self obsession and arrogance.

      January 21, 2017 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Rae

    This is so exciting! I am sending absolutely all of the love and good vibes your way. GO YOSHI GO!
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    January 19, 2017 at 9:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, Rae!

      January 21, 2017 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Ellie | Hungry by Nature

    I can only imagine the weirdness of the man behind that trap door… I’m so happy to hear the transfer went well! Crossing my fingers for you and Alex!
    Ellie | Hungry by Nature recently posted…Whole30 Check InMy Profile

    January 19, 2017 at 9:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      The man behind the trap door was so hilarious. It’s like, HI I”M NOT WEARING PANTS.

      January 21, 2017 at 2:18 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ RunWiki

    I was on bed rest for both pregnancies– let’s just say I wasn’t a great patient. I did my “best” for the health of my children and I’m glad I did. Try to lay low pretty mama– it pays off.
    Lisa @ RunWiki recently posted…4 Ingredient Healthy Valentine’s Day TreatsMy Profile

    January 19, 2017 at 9:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I hear you. I am going to stay low, but I can’t be totally down and out. Or else, let’s just say that other things will suffer!

      January 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply Laura @ This Runner's Recipes

    Woohoo! Sending prayers & positive vibes. You can do the stillness! Enjoy lots of Ridley snuggles and Netflix in the meantime.
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Backcountry SnowshoeingMy Profile

    January 19, 2017 at 9:57 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You got it πŸ˜€ Thanks Coach!

      January 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

    OMG I WAS DYING THAT IS TOTALLY SOMETHING MY HUBS WOULD SAY – AND NOW SOMETHING EXISTS THAT HAS COMBINED OUR DNA. What you should tell us is what trash TV your using to keep you on the couch, come on, the bachelor????? lmao
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    January 19, 2017 at 11:24 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t watch The Bachelor. Now, Real Housewives… THAT I can discuss!

      January 21, 2017 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Ange // Cowgirl Runs

    Sending you and Yoshi lots of love and sticky thoughts! <3
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    January 19, 2017 at 11:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, Ange!

      January 21, 2017 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Suzy

    This might be a stupid question but can’t someone just plug the treadmill back in? I have to unplug my treadmill after every time I use it because Andrew is an electrician and he goes around and unplugs everything. Drives me nuts, especially because the treadmill is in the garage and the cord always seems to pool into the crevice between the cupboard and the deep freeze which is where ALL OF THE SPIDERS LIVE.
    Suzy recently posted…The Holy TrainMy Profile

    January 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, they also shoved it into the corner. So I don’t know what they are up to. But Alex was up there yesterday and said that it had gotten plugged back in.

      January 21, 2017 at 2:16 pm
  • Reply Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday

    Eeeeeek I am so excited for you. Honestly, I’d need to hire a live-in masseuse to keep me remotely comfortable if I had to rest that much, but it’d be so worth it. You got this πŸ™‚
    Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday recently posted…Thinking Out Loud #79My Profile

    January 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, that would certainly be a perk…

      January 21, 2017 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    I love how you keep a sense of humor through all of this, Susie! Wishing you good luck with this! πŸ™‚
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    January 19, 2017 at 1:49 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much, Ashley!

      January 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    GO YOSHI!!

    Exciting stuff, Susie! #watchallthemovies
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    January 19, 2017 at 2:25 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Tell Alex to stop watching basketball, in that case!

      January 21, 2017 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    I was so excited when I saw your post about yoshi – and I am praying and sending the greatest unicorn vibes your way!

    Rest sucks at times but you’ve got this! Just remember that you’ll have a whole ridiculous amount of running around as a result later on that will more than catch you up, hahaha!
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    January 19, 2017 at 5:59 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you, lovely, and I know what you mean!

      January 21, 2017 at 2:13 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I hope that you find some fun in this quiet time of relaxation! Catch up on some shows and blog work on that couch! πŸ˜€
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    January 19, 2017 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! Be good and stay down. You’ll have plenty of time to run around later when you have a little yoshi to chase. πŸ˜‰
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    January 20, 2017 at 12:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m trying, I”m trying…

      January 21, 2017 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Chase the Red Grape

    Oh my goodness ‘something now exists that shares our DNA’ – totally something geeky, that David would say too, but super sweet and heartwarming at the same time.
    I bet so many people are saying that they ‘love the idea of some couch rest’ but if you are anything like the it’s going to be a hard task. There really is only so much tv you can watch in a day without going crazy! Ha!
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    January 20, 2017 at 1:36 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      THANK YOU for understanding. Everyone wants/needs a nap. But think about when you were a kid and being put down for nap time, how happy were you??

      January 21, 2017 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply jill conyers

    I’m so happy to read this. Couch rest when I’m totally healthy would be tough but if there’s a will, determination would prevail. Thinking of you.
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    January 20, 2017 at 3:28 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Right now, I have determination in spades! Thank you!

      January 21, 2017 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Hannah


    I…actually think I could be embarrassingly good at couch rest as long as I had a big enough stack of books to keep me company.
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    January 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But see, my dog would just want to “read” with me πŸ˜€

      January 21, 2017 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply Esther

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    January 20, 2017 at 11:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you πŸ˜€

      January 21, 2017 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply San

    I’ve never been on couch rest, but think I would be ok with it for… two days LOL

    Thinking of you.
    San recently posted…Currently | JanuaryMy Profile

    January 26, 2017 at 7:03 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Couch rest for a weekend isn’t terrible! But longer?

      January 27, 2017 at 9:37 am

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