AmandaHope: What an incredible situation to be in with your KD. He must be quite a guy. A fun thing if she gets pregnant around the same time as you is the facination of watching a biological half sibling develop with yours. Anyway, good luck to you both. It sounds like his partner is pretty amazing too, to be comfortable with "sharing" in such a difficult situation.
My kids are fantastic, brilliant and keep me on my toes. Just like everyone else's I'd imagine. DS is 7, in love with marine life and all things microscopic. He is passionate about learning and trying new things, just like me. I love it. We had that book, eating the alphabet, when he was a toddler. He would pick a food from it he'd never tried before and ask if we could get it at the grocery. As a result he'd tasted the entire comercially available contents of the book by the time his sister rolled around. Whenever offered food, he would ask, have I had it before? If the answer was no, he would always try it. He's typically game for any new experience and he is in love with numbers. He likes to work out math problems in his head and he can figure out simple multiplication, division and algebra in his head when motivated (If we're going 60 miles/hour and the sign said we're 4 miles away, how long til we get there? If there are 32 candies in the bag and 4 people in the car how many do we each get?) He does a little happy dance when he gets to work these things out. He is a perpetual motion machine, I was terrified before he was born because he never quit moving in utero. I didn't realize that they were supposed to sleep until someone pointed it out. Once he was born I realized that he moved non-stop even in his sleep. He still does, runs around in circles making explosion noises. People hint about autism from time to time, but he seems very neurotypical so I don't stress. They don't hint about ADHD, they are very blunt about it. I simiply remind them that one of the important qualifications is that the attention and hyperactivity negatively interfere with his life, and since he's homeschooled, he is not ADHD. If he was publically schooled I would be fighting off the drugging of my son on a regular basis. Haha, sorry. It's a very notable part of him. He is tiny, only in the 16th percentile. Kind of built like Shaggy, on scooby doo, I can wrap my fingers around his upper arm and they overlap. Straight light brown hair about 4 inches past his shoulders. Clearest blue eyes I've ever seen (well, same as mine, but mine are hidden behind glasses and I never gazed into my own for hours). He was conceived with frozen sperm from pacific, way back in the day. We watched Percy Jackson recently and it gave us some conversation about the whole being raised without a dad thing. He doesn't feel any of the anxiety Percy describes and he seriously doubts his donor is a deity.
I like talking about my kids, can you tell?
DD is 4 and a half, wants to know everything and is in love with babies. She wants to be in kindergarten like all the neighbor girls and started reading a bit on our trip back from florida. She is fairly laid back, with a streak for thinking everything should just go her way, like me. Her favorite food is sushi and she loves sewing baking. She used to be obsessed with pancakes and could make them, excluding the flipping, start to finish when she was 2. She has short, wavy light brown hair and cloudy blue eyes with a star of darker blue around the pupil and a dark blue ring around the iris. She is small and stocky, most people think she's 2 until she opens her mouth. She is in the 20th percentile. (I just looked them up last week). She was conceived with the help of a friend, who has since had a son and while he adores her, he isn't sure he could "keep it professional" for another go-round.
So we are trying with another popcicle. This guy looks more like DP than any of the other donors we could find. It is supposed to be here today by 4:30 so I have to go check my mucous, woo hoo!
Lauren726 - My temps rise the day after positive OPK, so I am inseminating the evening of the first positive and then 24 hours later. If my mucous lines up. I have read that the sperm can't swim up into the cervix if the mucous doesn't work right, so I keep that in mind always. Doesn't matter how fertile I am if the sperm can't get in there, right? Of course, I've not read anything about TTC since I got knocked up with DS, way back in the day, but it worked then, so I'll keep it.
Newbian Mama - Aquarius' do rock. I'm specifically skipping the cycle that would give me another pisces. Love DS to death, but I have a hard time with the sensitive nature. I'm a sag, and about as stereotypical as you can get. I don't really believe that we are a product of the stars, but it's fun to think about and I'll have to skip a month anyway.
escher12 - Holy mackrel, I feel your pain. I am using tax money this go-round and then saving between months to afford it (and then using tax money for maternity leave next year). I've been working on improving my cash flow for about a year to get to this point. I opted for a cheaper bank, my fingers are crossed, haha. I found the bank up in the resources (european sperm bank - go on, tell me everythign that's wrong with them now that it's too late). I am passionate about having an open donor, it's all kinds of cheaper if you don't care about that. I could have gone with a local bank for 250 a vial. So as it stands I'm paying 390 x 2 for ICI vials. 150 for shipping and then doing home insems because I know they work for me. Back in the day I did accupuncture, but my DP at the time was a massage therapist and she traded for my accupuncture. One thing about accupuncture, you can apply pressure to any of the points they stick. They showed me the one he was hitting to control nausea and mood so I could press it myself when I wanted it, which was often. Something to keep in mind perhaps. Best of luck and sympathy. And remember, the price you pay to conceive them is nothing next to the price you pay to raise them! Well, babies are free, but then they start to grow and you're screwed. I think I've spent more on kid socks than I spent to get knocked up with DS, my $1600 baby.
Typed a novel, jeeze.