midwifesteph -- sorry that June didn't work out for you either, but it sounds like you are in a good place and staying positive. it will happen!
carmen -- aw, shucks and thanks. i used to draw every day but haven't been doing much for a few months. it feels good to play again :). living by those three bars on the CBFM can be exasperating, no? hope that high is soon!
cananny -- i'm sorry about AF this month. sounds like we're in the same boat with taking July off to enjoy life and then starting again in August. not only will we be on the same cycle, but my birthday is four days after yours. i'm hoping for an August baby, too...it would be born around my wife's birthday, which would be even cooler. i hope the festival is a blast for both you and DP. you both deserve a mental and emotional break. f/x for those Leo conceptions!
gelly -- welcome back on board the TTC rollercoaster. hope the IVF consultation in two days goes well. do you know when you're starting?
prettyisa -- can you cross them for me for August instead? and i'm so pleased that you like the drawing. i don't know what the thing in her hand is, but another one of my characters has one as well. i wish i had one in real life...whatever it is. congratulations on the successful consult and green light! i'll be away when all the big stuff is happening, but i'll be sending you excellent embryo and sticky bean vibes from italy!
ad astra -- merci :) . i actually did the original little doodle in pencil and then scanned it in, touched it up & colored it using my drawing tablet. up until a year ago, i did a lot with soft pastels and pen, and it was oil pastels before that. the Wacom is brilliant, as it allows me to fix mistakes and redo things. basically, it makes me look much better than i actually am. are you an artist, too, by any chance? and i soooo agree with you on the KD. we had to find ours through an online service, and in our ad we stated that the most important quality we were looking for was a good heart. our new one certainly seems to fit the bill. as for Paris, just let me know when and what kinds of things you enjoy/want to experience. it's a lovely city (in spite of the gazillion tourists), and i always find great pleasure in rediscovering it with new people. just be prepared to bring a couple pairs of pants that are a size too big. i have the inside scoop on the best bakeries and pastry shops. what kind of competition did you have in Caen?
sara -- that's sad for your friend and her partner. the same thing happened to me and DP the very first time we were supposed to insem. we got really bummed about it but then stepped up our search for a new, reliable one. she's certainly welcome in our warm little bunch of ttc'ers. it sounds like you and sara had an amazing time last week. and you definitely have all the good omens on your side for this insem being the one! f/x!
afm... i have had two straight days of temp drops and cramps on and off all day today. just waiting for AF to finally make her appearance. mostly i'm hoping that this AF is a "robust" one. it would be one of the few times since my surgery last year. we leave for tuscany in about a week, and i'm starting to get a little bit excited. i've always wanted to see Florence, and Pisa and Siena are nearby as well. if anyone wants a leaning tower postcard (or any postcards, at all) send me your addy in a pvt message. i've also decided to go ahead and try clomid in August. i'll be doing days 2-6. anyone have suggestions/advice? i was planning on taking evening primrose oil to help out with the CM. does anyone have any experience with it or know when it should be taken in the cycle?