Ethan and I have been home from Barbados for a couple of weeks now. He went back to work (and I went back to housewifing) a week ago today... life is mostly transitioning back to normal.
While in the middle of OHSS, we were told that everything would be better when my period started, and we fortunately found this to be very true. However, the second full day was a bloodbath. Seriously... terrifying, horrifying, slasher-film stuff! Emotionally, it was pretty brutal, too. A large part of that was probably hormones, because my emotions swung wildly and without warning. But another part was definitely that we had to go buy pads. I had all but run my supply out with my last pre-IVF period, blissfully thinking that it was perfect timing - I wouldn't have to store them for a whole pregnancy! It hurt... a lot... to pick a pack up off the shelf at Kroger. I'm actually lucky I got the kind I wanted, because I could barely bring myself to look at them enough to make sure they were the right ones! Just grabbed them, tossed them in the cart, and started daydreaming about chocolate chip cookies. ;-)
Leaving Barbados was heart-rending. I cried like a baby on takeoff, until the island disappeared from sight. When we landed there, we were so full... of eggs, of hope, of confidence... as we were leaving, I felt so empty of all those same things. Now, we're focusing on our return trip in a couple of months. There's a little less planning and logistics involved, but still enough to keep us busy and mostly distracted ;-)
I'm back on BCPs (birth control pills) for our FET cycle, and as usual, they're making my moods swing a little worse than usual. I haven't noticed weight gain again yet, but it's only been about a week ;-) I think that week of not being able to hold more than a few bites of food every several hours helped get rid of some of the old BCP weight... not that that is a pleasant/safe/advisable way to diet at ALL, but hey - silver linings. :-)
In other non-fertility news, we're keeping my in-laws' pup, Dixie, for a week. She is SUCH a funny little critter, so we're having a blast. It IS an interesting glimpse into life with a baby and a toddler, though... I'm thinking we'll try to space our future FETs out a bit... ;-)