KWPX2- It sounds like your timing was excellent what with the O pain you were feeling while the IUI was happening! I know that FF can give incorrect information, so I’m still holding out hope for you especially with all the emotions you’ve been feeling. Those are definitely good signs!
Sphinxy- I so hear you on the out of control emotions. I swear every other minute I’ve been going absolutely bat shit crazy. Its times like these that I hate being a girl. Hugs to you and glad that it seems your emotions regulated pretty quickly. Thinking of you during this TWW! Your timing sounds like it was impeccable! Also- you are so right about the prenatal pill lengthening your follicular phase. That makes total sense for me too! Aha indeed.
Scorpioma- 12 DPO sounds like a great day to test! Fingers firmly crossed for you during this TWW! It sounds like you are doing some great things to keep distracted and take care of yourself. As for your symptoms so far I think it’s a good sign that you are so tired, but also that you are not obsessing. This could be the month or it could not and avoiding obsession is good either way. <3
Fmorris- that’s cool that you are exploring the options of a KD! Out of curiosity, what led you to this consideration?
Lizbian- yes that would be hilarious to name a child Florence/Flo considering the mental images it induces. Lol J Also, yay for your progesterone level! That is so awesome and reassuring! A Valentine’s insem would be so romantical J As for the syringes, we ordered them from the Maia Midwifery site and they worked well for us. I think they were 1cc in size. Also, yay for reserving the baby dust!
Chortles- It sounds like pushing out the dates was the best decision for you and DW. We took a four month long break after my first try and it was the best thing for us in terms of reducing stress. Also, yes, we used our FSA to buy sperm last year through the OHSU sperm bank!
Twomommyfamily- that’s so awesome that your O has been so consistent. I bet that relieves a ton of pressure as far as timing insems goes.
Granite- that’s awesome that your friends feel confident coming to you for advice. We have some friends that joke that I know everything about TTC. I wish that were the case! Lol! Still, I love feeling helpful.
Escher- I completely agree about the Brill book. While it is like the Bible of Lesbian TTC, it’s also so dense that I can’t help but feel like there’s no possible way I could be successful in getting pregnant because there’s no way I could do everything she suggests. It’s reassuring to know that you look at it this way too and yet you got pregnant just fine with your DS. Good luck on your insem this month!
Darcy- As for exercising during the TWW, I do recall Brill saying that changing one’s exercise pattern too much can throw things off, but probably you aren’t changing things as extremely as you might imagine. I think hiking is good exercise and that its most likely not going to hurt anything. And with regard to your cycle length and timing, I completely affirm your choice to move on to ultrasound monitoring and hcg trigger if this doesn’t work out. But! It might have worked! I still have hope for you!
SanDiego- Hugs to you as you move on to your fifth cycle. I echo that sentiment that it is so hard to see family members who are pregnant, but your sense of zen about it is good too. I kind of feel that way with my sister too. Everyone says that it must be excruciating to see her pregnant. It was at first, but now I’m really just happy for her and excited to meet her sweet baby girl!
Lea- thinking of you! 11 DPO is early for sure. <3
AFU- Thank you all again for all the love. It means more than you know. Yesterday we went to the RE consult and came up with what feels like a really good plan. She suggested that based on my reproductive history we should try doing a mid-cycle ultrasound and HCG trigger. So, we have the ultrasound scheduled for next Tuesday and depending on the size of my follicles, she’ll either have me come back for another ultrasound or have me give myself the trigger shot. She’ll do the IUI this time and I think it will happen either Thursday or Friday, but we’ll see. What I like about this plan is that it seems to cover all of my concerns from timing the insem to weak ovulation and potentially low progesterone. The HCG trigger will give me a strong O and will be very helpful with timing and she’ll also have me come in 7 DPO for a progesterone test. It may work or it may not. Right this moment I’m okay with that. We’ll stick with our same donor from NW Cryobank and ship two vials to ORM today. That way if it does work then we’ll have another vial for a later baby and if it doesn’t, we’ll be able to cross that bit off our list of worries for the next cycle. DW is still trying to get her cycles normalized, but once she does she’ll dive right into trying. Also, when we were there yesterday they did some blood tests for blood type, thyroid functioning, vitamin D level and a few other things. I’ll get those back at the end of the week. So, here I am at CD4 and I’m doing significantly better than CD’s 28-3. Phew. I’m just glad to start a new week and get distracted. Onward and upward!
Where, at this point in your thought and planning process, is your ideal place to give birth and why?
I think we’d like to give birth at Alma Midwifery and Birthing Center in Portland. Our friend gave birth there and they treated her like a queen. They have double beds so that the non-birth partner can sleep in the same bed as the birth partner (how nice is that!) and they also let you order take out food and they go pick it up and bring it back to you! It’s basically like a B&B! I love this idea, but we’ll just have to see how things go during my pregnancy. One good thing we learned yesterday is that ORM provides monitoring during the first trimester including beta testing and all that so that I wouldn’t necessarily need to find an OBGYN. I could just use them for the first trimester and then move on to using the midwifery services of Alma. Thank God for good insurance, that’s all I can say.