Rosie, I think 10dpo is a magic number for me too because so far, that's been my date to test. I can't keep myself from testing. It's like crack!! I have to do it!! Also I loved that video. TED is awesome and I've even shown my students some videos... one in particular comes to mind, it's a cute older British lady speaking about language decline. I have to say, it really resonated with my students and led to some very good discussions about English influence and preserving other languages.
Hi Hokievol! Welcome! I'm new here too, and the ladies here are extremely kind and very knowledgeable, too! I'm 6dpo so we're right about the same in our cycles. Baby dust to us both!
Ram, I'll be testing this weekend, and I always ignore FF and her "suggestions". Just test when you want to! No one here will judge. That's awful about your sweet dog. What kind of dog is she? I wonder if certain breeds are more prone to bloating. I have 2 dachshunds and they eat incredibly fast and they eat anything. Literally. My little Sophie ate a BATTERY when she was a puppy. And my other, Napoleon, ate a small bag of coffee grounds about a month ago. It's good prep for having kids because we cannot leave anything out. They will find it, and they will eat it.
Val, those are my dachshunds (as mentioned above). Napoleon is on the left; he's a rescue dog and we think he's dachshund/beagle/basset mix. He is quite a character and everyone who meets him falls instantly in love. Sophie is the little on on the right. She's also a rescue, but she's very diva-esque and the princess of the house. They are both so devoted and loyal, and I sometimes get emotional thinking about how their lives might change once we have a baby. I don't want them to ever feel left out, or neglected. Does that make sense? A lot of people I know have gotten rid of their dogs after kids. Breaks my heart. Who is Nutmeg? And a clean kitchen is the key to a happy home... at least in my house.
Boots. Boots! I wish I could give you a hug. I feel a kinship with you because you are also a teacher and girl, I KNOW how difficult this job is. I already know you have a generous spirit and a softness of heart. If your co-workers don't appreciate you, they are too self-focused and cynical to see the sacrifices you are making for the job. Take it one day at a time. Summer break will be your time to re-charge and relax---claim it! This journey to conceive is not easy, but I think it makes us deeper, more understanding people. It's also given us an authority on understanding unfulfilled desire. We are able to see things in a different light than most people. I honestly think I will be thankful for this trial at some point in my life. I guess I just don't want you to give up or get too discouraged.
I would love to have conceived on our first try. Or never even had to "try" but it just would have "happened" and I'd be all, wow, that was easy!! But then I think about the time last month, when I knew I wasn't pregnant, and I tried to be optimistic for my husband. He came up to me and just looked at me, no words, and it leveled me. I just fell into his arms and cried. Because the failure time and time again does hurt. I think it's okay to dwell in that pain for a time. And then I came around and thought, you know, I get to try this again. I was thankful that my husband and I are getting deeper and even more real with each other through this journey. And one of these months, it will work. It will.
For all of us, I dedicate this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Gm1lVWXwEs&feature=related It's not exactly my type of music (I'm really into techno right now!!) but I heard this on the radio in our teachers lounge and I feel like the song could have been written for our TTC journey.
"There's something to be said
Who knows what's ahead
Keep on going
If it all just happened overnight
You wouldn't know how much it means"