We took a couple of pictures before the race started of the people who were actually walking and/or running.
We really loved the race and the location. Liberty park (in Salt Lake City) has so many trees so it is nice and shady and the weather was perfect because it was overcast. My goal for the race was to beat my time from the Pound the Pavement for Parenthood 5K last year by 5 minutes. I didn't think I was going to be able to do it though. I had to stop training because of the pregnancy and didn't have time to get back into my regular running schedule before the race. I was shocked when we turned the corner and saw that we would be making the goal. I beat my time by a little over 5 minutes. That made me happy.
We then took some more pictures. Don't mind my red face. I always get super red.
Before the raffle began we were given a onesie for our miracle baby, whenever it comes. We can't wait to use it.
They then started the raffle. They said that last year they had enough registrations to give out 4 grants. This year they had enough to give out 11 $5,000 grants! That is a huge jump! It is so great to have so much more participation for such a great cause. Our name was not drawn but we are so happy for all the couples who received grants and free IVF cycles. Everyone deserves the chance to have a baby. It was sad afterwards because I saw a few people that had huge meltdowns because they did not get a grant. There were 78 couples but only 13 got something. It is just the way it works. I felt bad for them. Some couples that were chosen have been waiting years and years for a baby, much longer than we have waited. Some have just started their infertility journey. It is hard to see people taking it so hard that they weren't chosen. Of course we were hoping we would have got one too but it isn't the end of the world for us. We are not giving up hope and we will not stop trying. Our miracle baby is coming.
We keep getting questions about what our plans are for treatment. All we know right now is we are working toward 3 more IUI cycles. When? We don't know. It is really strange because in the past we have known and been pushed to do this doctor appointment or that doctor appointment immediately, and we knew exactly when to do the IUIs. Right now though, we aren't being pushed for a certain time. We are thinking maybe early next year. Finances still need to get into place for them to happen and we are hoping that will happen around the first of next year. We are feeling really peaceful about everything and the way it is happening though. It is a strange feeling to have. We want a baby so bad, but at the same time we just aren't feeling like we need to do the IUIs right now and aren't being pushed for a particular time yet. It is as if Heavenly Father is telling us to take a little breather and just wait it out the next few months. I know a lot of people may not understand that, and it is hard for us to explain, but we are still working on things and moving in the right direction. We have other things that we are lining up and getting into place to be ready for our next treatments. We can't wait to see what the next few months holds for us. We are also anxious for our "Someday" as well. We can't wait to meet our little miracle baby.