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    helenmac - A huge congratulations hun...that is such wonderful news, you have SO been through the ringer.

    Peasoup - Congrats also....I read your post to my mum and we both thought your last sentence was priceless!

    Em - Hun, March will be here before you know it. I am spending Christmas with my parents and I was just sitting here thinking that I did the same thing last Christmas but I was looking at donor profiles.....July came before I knew it and now Im sitting here the most happiest preggie gal!!! You are on such an exciting (and stressful) journey.

    BB4Me - Got your email and Im so happy that all is going well...looks like DH may have to hurry on that new house of yours.

    Blinky - Some R n R away from IVF is the best thing....it can become all too consuming at times and what better place than the Sunny Coast...beautiful. Enjoy.

    Sooty - The best christmas pressie...it must have been such a relief to hear that you can continue your journey....a journey that will be successful too.

    Lily - This thread is so full of knowledge and the support from the ladies is amazing. I too would not know how I would have coped without everyone here.

    Rainbow - Team blue...wonderful news.

    Net - So sorry to read your news... I hope that time with your family at Christmas is just what you need.

    Hi to all that I have missed....Im still trying to catch up!

    AFM
    Spending Christmas in Canberra with my parents and it is so nice to be away from the Cairns humidity. AND the choice of baby shops here is unbelievable compared to Cairns...I think we only have Baby r Us in Cairns! Bought a great pram yesterday at a great bargain.

    This will be the first grandchild for my parents, so they are super excited and I have to admit, Im getting a little spoilt!!

    Have caught up with a lot of my school friends and we have laughed and laughed...cant quite believe that their kids are either leaving home to travel, getting married etc, and Im just starting!!! Catching up with my bestie tomorrow.

    I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas....love this time of year.

    Oh I nearly forgot....there was a post a little earlier about cleft lips/palates being a risk whilst being on Prednisolone. This is incorrect....I have checked this with my OB, and a Fetal Medicine Specialist and also an Endocrynologist....there is nothing to suggest that Prednisolone can be attributed to clefting, despite some 'documentation' out in googleland. There has been some suggestion that clefting can be hereditary but not confirmed....clefting is purely random 'bad luck'.

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    I am staying at lizzies B and B I looked at the packages from ababysa as well but decided B and B was ok for me. Did you get the accommodation list from cfc?

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    Hi Angel, I did and was looking for el-cheapo accommodation as instructed by Dh, but then I told him the prices of the package and he said to book that... I'm not going to complain, the vineyard looks great!
    I've already made a dinner reservation at The Test Kitchen and only just got in on the 27th of March (estimating our dates lol as they are booked out until then). I used to be a chef so love going out to eat and Cape Town seems I'll be spoilt for choice!
    Em x

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    Em , I am currently looking at accommodation options too, as like you said it's all we can do while we wait
    I looked at the vineyards but found them expensive?? What sort of package deals did you get?
    Angel - I got the list from CFC but have been checking out websites like airbnb.com and capestay etc. We have so far found some great places for under $100 a night for entire apartments/bnb cottages etc.

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    Sooty - wonderful news for you. I'm so glad everything is ok and you can move forward on your journey.

    BB4ME - congrats on your scan. Sounds all very positive.

    Helen - what wonderful news for you. Hope you get well soon though :-).

    Sunny - enjoy your Xmas in Canberra. The shopping sounds excellent. Fun!

    AFM - like a lot of you girls we are just waiting. Not sure about the accommodation at the moment. Em I checked out the packages as they sound great. It would be nice to have the support of someone while there, plus being met at the airport. I have been looking at different places - of course price is an issue, but so is location. At this stage we are looking at Cavendish Heights, which is an apartment just 2 minutes from CFC. I think it was someone on here (can remember who) that recommended it. Anyway the had a lot of positives to say. It also has car parking and WIFI. Oh the decisions :-)

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    Hi

    just a quickie would like to reply to above post - Dh and I stayed at cavendish heights / it's across the road from Cfc .

    we had a great stay there whilst it's not the Hilton - we found the apartment great. I'd say by Australian standards it's a. 3.5 star rating
    it's very secure and in a nice area plus bonus was it's across the road from cfc

    goodluck choosing

    cheers Nicole

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    Hi guys - the babysa deal is their Silver package - did you use AbabySa for your donor? It's only available if you went through them I'm pretty sure.

    It's 11 nights at the Vineyard in a Courtyard room, with car hire for the 11 days, a meet and greet at the airport with shuttle to hotel, 24 hour travel assistance for tours etc with a specific travel agency for $2936 AU for two or 256 a day - includes breakfast/wi fi/ parking. I'm waiting for Lara to send me updated pricing for 2014 as they don't have it yet. There is also a bronze package staying at the Southern Sun Newlands Hotel which is slightly cheaper.

    The thing I like about the Vineyard option is that while you're still in a hotel room - you have acres of property to go for a walk, sit out side, read a book etc. It's close to Cavendish Square and supermarkets/restaurants, has a pool and a hotel brekkie (I'm coeliac so struggle with continental breakfasts and while fruit is great it doesn't sustain me all day - I normally have bacon and eggs to curb the cereal aisle of death). As a bonus the house restaurant happens be one of my restaurants that's on my wish list for my culinary/donor trip to Cape Town . My DH also works a very full on and stressful job - so he just wants a bit of downtime and this looks like a lovely place to unwind - and I don't have to cook, because I won't be able to! Trust me - being coeliac I cook a LOT at home so it will be nice to have a week or so off from that.

    I did look at a lot of cheaper (but great looking) apartments/villas on capestays.co.za and found few - not sure if you've been in contact with the owners yet, but the few I did contact were more than fully booked... they had two lots of people on the waiting list should their original guests fall through - all CFC patients too! I think the more reasonably priced places are going to go pretty quickly in the Claremont area given March is peak season and there are only 2 hotels in the vicinity. And as we are getting out treatment plan pretty late - I think we'd be struggling to find something decent in Claremont - so the AbabySA plan looks good ( the Vineyard still has rooms when we need to book).

    Helen - I'm still smiling from your news - I might seem like a blow in on this thread, but I've been reading along for over a year now so have followed your struggles with Ashermans and immune issues - so I'm just so happy that you've got your positive outcome.

    Anyway - I've rambled enough now about my accommodation choices - so I'm off!

    Em x x

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    Thank you Emski, Sunny and Lily

    I'm now on anti biotics for my chest infection. The high fevers have stopped so hopefully on the mend soon.
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    Thanks Nicole - I think we will try there. We are going until May so hopefully we will get in.
    Thanks for the info Emski. I thought that would be the case. To bad EDSA and all the others don't have this service. I'm sure there is a market for it.

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    Oh Helenmac - I am so so happy for you. I've been thinking of you constantly and hoping the silence wasn't what we all fear. A huge congratulations, as I know the lengths you have gone to.

    Wonderful news !! I hope you get better soon. xx


    Quote Originally Posted by helenmac View Post
    Hi Ladies,


    I'm so happy to share my news of a BFP!!!


    HCG levels are 853 on day 16 and 2nd blood test is on Monday.


    At the moment I'm so sick with high fevers and a flu so sorry for short post.


    Thank you to everyone for your support I will keep you posted.


    Helen.

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