allison -- congrats on the condo! are you going to be moving soon? how’s the TWW going for your DP and you? what day are ya’ll at now?
invitn – i had no idea that you were an exchange student here. i was one in a tiny village in Germany, and that’s how I really caught the travel bug (and how I fell in love with this part of the world.) strangely enough, we just had a young American friend here this weekend who is a teaching assistant right near caen (saint-lô). how was your experience? parles-tu toujours français? as for the second hcg, apparently it has a similar effect to taking progesterone in the tww…. at least that’s what the doc told me. it also means I can’t POAS anytime soon… what’s going on with you, though?? last I saw you were about 13dpo. have you tested again?
anna – yooohoooooo….what happened to our forum extrovert?? you’ve been uncharacteristically silent these last few days. what’s going on in your world? the fertilla guerilla shirt idea is brilliant! i think that once we get a BFP (or two!) we’ll have to have onesies made that say something like “my mommies are fertilla guerillas”. of course, like most of my bright ideas, it will probably just stay in my head, but it’s still fun to imagine. what day is your DP at now and what kinds of juicy symptoms is she having??? come back and bring some of that chatty-cathy sunshine of yours!
hopeful – thanks for checking in on me, and sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. I’ve been too busy too sit down and write out personals until now. and I’m totally with you on the TWW(T) being a mindfrak. i also think that it’s unlikely to have symptoms before implantation, but having a good feeling about things is a good thing in and of itself. i hope this is your month!
sancta – welcome!
outdoorsy – i didn’t know they still made waterbeds either. my grandmother had one for most of my life, and one of my worst memories is having to sleep on it when the heater was broken. it’s a special kind of hell. are you feeling better now? still waiting for that positive OPK?
Mrs² -- how are you doing on the clomid? this should be about your last day, right? did you get put on estrace, too? i always had lining issues with clomid, so i decided to take estrace this cycle (gyn wouldn’t prescribe it, but i used false pretenses to get it from my GP…and it worked!) are you doing a follie scan and then a trigger? fingers crossed that it all lines up for you this month and that you don’t have any nasty “cloments”.
amt – hey, girl, how you and your partner doing? are you starting up TTC next cycle?
rs11—i wish they could tell us more about our donor, too, but i think after all our struggles, we’re just happy to have access to affordable sperm and inseminations. and holy frak…. your medical costs are outrageous! DP's mouth fell open and she asked me how it was possible for a doctor’s appointment to cost $550 or even $350. i had no response. here, if you don’t have the social security, you pay between 26euros and 60euros (for acupuncture). the u/s cost 50something at a private place. that all gets reimbursed if you have soc. sec. (well, only about a third of the acupuncture does). it sounds like your RE is a lovely person to help you figure out ways around the messed up system.
i also think that birth is waaay too medicalized in the states, and that they are far too willing to induce or go for c-sections instead of letting nature take her course. from what I’ve heard, though, france isn’t any better. here they apparently love to give epidurals, and you really have to insist to avoid it. midwives deliver almost all babies here, but i don’t think there are too many birthing center-like places. good luck with the RE’s appointment tomorrow, btw!
midwifesteph and southernbelle – how are ya’ll feeling these days?
esenbee – sooo…what happened?? last I heard you were waiting till 14dpo to test again. update us!
cananny – here’s hoping for at least a couple of big, juicy, triggerable follies and a successful insem to follow. sending you good vibes for tomorrow’s scan
lise – yay! i’m so happy to hear you got your positive OPK and got off the island for your insem. I looked at your FF chart, and damn if you didn’t nail that mofo. i would *love* to be able to move you to graduates in a couple of weeks. fingers crossed big time!
happycalm – no need to apologize. getting a BFN when you’re sure it worked out is hard to take. it’s happened to me and DP both… swollen, super painful boobies, fatigue, etc. and then those negative tests followed by AF. i’m so sorry you had your hopes dashed this cycle. don’t give up, though! i know you didn’t asked to be moved, but i put you in Waiting to O, anyway. let me know if you prefer to be somewhere else. *hugs* and hang in there.
carmen – i’ve been thinking a lot about you this last week. i’m amazed at and inspired by how much strength you show here on the forum. i left you in the graduates section because i wasn’t sure where you wanted to be, but please tell me if you’d like to be moved. i’m so sorry that you have to go through all of this, and i imagine that the emotional stress could make things tense in your household. from everything else you’ve posted and from your blog, it’s been clear to me that you and DP and your DD are a very loving, connected family, one that other children would be very lucky to be born into. i’ll be thinking of you on Wednesday.
afm….DP got her peak today on the CBFM, so it looks like we’re heading back to Belgium again tomorrow. that means leaving at 5:30am to avoid paris traffic, and I am so not a morning person. it also means that I have come up with a good illness to take to the GP so I can get a medical certificate. so far we’re going back and forth between a migraine and another kidney stone attack. anyone have other good ideas? i hate lying, but since we can’t see a doc who’s in the same bloody country as us, there’s no other choice. it’s DP’s first time, and I just can’t see letting her drive there and get insperminated by herself. I’m at 8dpo, and I gave myself the final hcg shot yesterday morning. my boobs are feeling weird and I’ve had a lot of nausea/heartburn, but I’m 100% positive that’s related to the shot and my own messed up stomach. I wasn’t expecting to be able to insem at all this month, so i’m feeling happy rather than stressed in this TWW.
I hope everyone has a great week!