KS – how’re things?? How’s progesterone going?
Carmen, any news? Still hoping…
Amt, your animal babies are SO beautiful and adorable! DW texted me late last night while she was finishing up work and told me someone just offered her a tiny puppy. I was like, “Oh! I like puppies!” Except we agreed we do not need a puppy in our household right now. I just love their cute cuddly wiggliness and sweet puppy breath. Congrats on baby Jaxon. Any news on the pregnancy front?
2mommies – we bought up 12 vials of our donor when we started this process, hoping that maybe we could both get pregnant from those 12, as we also thought it might be great to have two half-siblings. We’re six vials down… so if this cycle doesn’t work, we are officially dipping into “my” vials. We’ve decided that if DW does get pregnant from this donor, we’ll try to buy more of his vials. If she doesn’t get pregnant with these 12 vials, we’ll likely switch donors and try again. So when are you guys starting to inseminate your partner?
Lise, I’m so sorry about your bum cycle. Hugs.
Brite, thanks so much for all your positivity. We have really been struggling lately, it’s nice to not run into more negative vibes than we already are experiencing. So glad the Femara is nicer to you than the Clomid!
CAnanny – so glad to hear you and DP have been reconnecting. Also, congrats on getting everything lined up for YOU! When are you going to be starting on the Clomid??
Dandy, good luck on your endometrial biopsy! Your plan to relax sounds awesome – and of course, I’m always fond of being able to smash people on skates without concern!
MrsPP! Things are sounding pretty good… the veggies are waiting impatiently for your BFP. Remember what I said about first time luck!
Yeledov, I’m sorry about AF. I’m glad however that your vacation made it easier. Forgive me, will this coming cycle be the first one where your donor is living in the city? I forget. How is your Monkey doing?
Krista, sorry about your ongoing battles with the dang medical professionals! I know nothing about inducing periods or only having them two weeks apart, but I hope you’re able to be comfortable with whatever decision you make. Good luck!!!
Sara! So nice to see you back. Sorry you are still feeling so ill, I hope you’re able to find some remedies to help it subside soon. Your doc continues to sound amazing. How do the rest of us get docs like her?!
Invitnconceptn, we are using NW Cryobank. We’ve found them easy to work with and reliable, and you seriously can’t beat the price. Something I really admire about them is that they don’t charge more for willing to be known donors. I love that they don’t offer donors more money to be willing to be known, so I feel like those donors who say they are willing are actually more willing, since they weren’t bribed with more money. Just my thought. Also, they’ll send washed specimens to our house without a doctor’s consent. Of course, they say that they do not recommend or support people doing at home IUIs, but that is to cover their butts. We have tried every cycle to do an IUI, but until this cycle I was never successful. I’d be happy to tell you our procedure for at-home IUIs if you want, send me a message.
From our bromelain bottle: “Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme derived from pineapples that aids in the breakdown of proteins.” Supposedly, there are proteins in the uterus that prevent fertilized eggs from implanting, so taking this enzyme will aid in implantation. Mostly, I’ve found that this supplement is used as an anti-inflammatory. Most people just buy a whole pineapple and divide it into five pieces, then eat one piece each day for the first five days post ovulation. My wife’s stomach is really sensitive to all the acid in the pineapple so we opted for the tablets. We bought them at GNC for ten bucks.
Also, we use the CBE digital OPKs (smileys) and buy them from Walmart, the box of twenty is usually like $35. I have never found them cheaper than that. Sometimes Amazon has them around that price, but it fluctuates.
Afu, we had a difficult day. We made the decision nine months ago to stop waiting for the “perfect” situation in which to start our family because we didn’t know when that was ever going to happen. That is still obviously true, but we are getting increasingly stressed out about how to afford paying for childcare once the babe does get here as well as balance having enough time to spend with our kids and one another. There has been talk of pushing our attempts at pregnancy back awhile, quitting indefinitely I guess. Having our foster kids has really made me question if I’m really going to be able to be the parent I always assumed I would be. I feel like an awful person; am I parenting these children just as I would parent my own? But I’ve never had my own child… so how do I know what that’s like? I feel torn in two pieces. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.