Boots, that dust storm is craaaaazy. I saw the story on CNN about it and it looks like something from the apocalypse. The feelings you wrote about hit me close to home. I feel the same kind of feeling even thought we haven't done fertility testing (yet). I am the overly-stressed one and I worry too much. DH could handle a problem much better than I could. I love that you "pretend post" to the boards while you're at your appointments!
Rosie, you are my inspiration! I love that you are the hostess with the mostess. We need pictures of your latest dinner party!! I'm totally going to steal your ideas. You said you had a French meal, and I'd love to know your menu. :) French cooking is not my strongest area... I can manage a decent quiche and a few pastries, but that's where it stops.
Taxi, I'm happy to see you back. :) I hope you and your DH were able to re-charge a bit and heal from everything you've been through. Didn't it take Celine Dion several tries with IVF to get her twins? And she's in her forties. I know you will get pregnant and be an incredible mother. This experience (for all of us, actually) will make us better people, and better parents. I have to believe that.
Jessie, welcome! Sorry AF visited you, but now you have these wonderful ladies here to help you through the next cycle! :)
Lilac, I'm in the same boat with the terrible AF after stopping BC. It's so much worse now that (a) I'm 30 and (b) I'm off the BC. Part of my motivation for wanting to be pregnant is so I can miss AF for a few months--ha!
AFM, I O'd yesterday and my temp rose today, hooray! We BD's yesterday and the day before, and might try to do it again today just to be sure. This morning I was overcome with gratitude that I even get to travel this journey to motherhood, no matter how difficult it seems. I have many friends who are searching for a husband or partner. Other people in my life are fighting cancer and disease. My sister wants another baby but has major thyroid issues that only appeared a few months ago---and now another pregnancy is out of her future (for the time being) while she experiences her gorgeous dark hair falling out in clumps and a complete loss of energy. For one woman I know, she desperately wants a baby but her husband is out of work, and they have no insurance. It's all so difficult. It's almost too much.
So I'm going to try and be positive and grateful for what I do have---a body that (mostly) works for me, and a husband that wants a baby too. We have good insurance, and we have access to some of the best medical care in the world. Patience is NOT my strong area, but I know that if we wait patiently, we will all hold a baby in our arms someday.