Hi Max! Good to hear from you, I hope you'll continue to keep us posted as things progress.
Happy surprise off-island vacation, Lise! I really really hope your surge comes soon and your cycle behaves itself so you can be back Friday. Good luck!
Nosreves, ugh, I'm sorry you aren't feeling good about this cycle. There are some people who swear by taking Bromelain supplements to thicken your lining as well, CD 5-15 is when I've seen it suggested. My wife takes it 1-5 DPO to aid implantation, but I know of others (2ez specifically) who I know was happy with how it helped her lining. Maybe look into it?
Carmen, sorry about your neck! That sucks. You didn't get any immediate relief from the chiro? I hate when that happens. At least you get to insem this cycle!
Cananny, I'm wishing you lots of luck! I hope this very first cycle works, wouldn't that just be fantastic? I agree with Carmen though, waiting until Tuesday?! Eek!
Afu, the days just keep flying past. Sunday is testing day... and maybe it's dumb, but we always test the day before AF is due. Seems a little silly to not just wait but I think we keep hoping maybe it'll be positive. We'll see. I'm to the point where the TWW has become my friend, it's this comfort zone of feeling like it really could work this time. The end of the TWW, however, it my mortal enemy. It always lets me down. I hate that we're closing in on the end, because if it doesn't happen this cycle we're done for awhile. All those cycles of begging the clock to spin faster to get us to testing... now I wish we had more cycles. But, that's how it goes, right? This too shall pass. Sigh.
As far as the questions about the kids being safe... we ask that question every. single. day. The CPS case manager is notoriously lazy and on top of it, she's been transferred to another department and we are her last remaining case, so she's just trying to get it off her desk. That's how it feels. It doesn't really seem like anything has been done to ensure the kids are going to be safe. The birthmom has taken her required classes and been present at the required meetings, therefore she must be fit to parent again. This is going to sound backwards, but I actually feel like parents who have substance abuse problems might be easier to determine if they're ready to parent. These kids were neglected by their mom and physically abused by one of the (several) fathers involved in this case. How do you prove that someone is no longer going to neglect their kids? Also, tell me this: if she couldn't manage 3 kids, and those 3 kids were removed by CPS, why is everyone thinking she's going to be able to handle the children now that she's got a 4 week old newborn in addition to the 3 older kids?
Needless to say, we're concerned and frustrated because we have no say in it; our hands are tied. The helplessness that we feel is the worst part.