thanks everyone for weighing in on the speculum issue. i had been anticipating a choice between plastic and metal, but the size distinction was flabbergasting. i ended up with a metal gra.ves vaginal speculum in size medium, manufactured by kin.k industries--which made me happy.
escher: sending lots of fertile vibes your way--any sort of chaos around insemination seems to bode well for baby-making.
lisedea: i know a lot of folks that avoid the master cleanse during the winter since it's such an intensive cleanse--but drinking the tea hot does sound nice for the cold months. i'm keeping away from allergen-type foods (nuts, gluten, wheat, dairy, etc) for a few weeks and then following a week or two of the organ.ic avenue "love cleanse". and, my favorite, favorite child in the world was conceived directly following a m/c, against the advice of a doctor. he is now a beautiful and bright nine-year-old.
seraf: thanks for the speculum offer--i had already ordered mine by the time i read your post. a house full of kids sounds like a blast...especially if you live in the country. i always tell my dp i either want one child or five, but since it seems we are settling long-term in the city, we're pretty certain we'll choose one. i hope you get to add to your brood this year.
library: SO jealous of your lunch with armistead maupin! and neil gaiman for that matter. i used to work in the library at a liberal arts college in pdx, and we also had a large representation of queer folks in a fairly small library. awesome work environment--an abundance of books, huge windows overlooking a forest, and an awesome benefits for domestic partners. your sleep interruption sounds ike a good old-ashioned panic attack. i hope you never have another.
hello everyone else i hope to get caught up with more personals this next week.
afm: i am settling into the rhythm of a new university term, and still unpacking from two weeks away from home. today is cd2 and i will be able to chart my cervix with the speculum and temp for two full cycles before my next insemination month. for the first time, my dp and i are going to insem at home rather than the re clinic--and we'll likely use iui vials for ici. i have read brill's book, but i'd appreciate advice from folks familiar with doing at-home insems. this is how i always imagined we'd try, but i was distracted by some stories of quick successes just by choosing iui vs. ici.
time to drink some wine and cook some dinner.